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Jeremy Lanphier

It Happened Today: Jeremy Lanphier and the Prayer Revival (1857)

He was recharged if he spent an hour at noon in prayer.

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First Thoughts

Devotional (2016 church year): We must be careful what we say (1874)

Every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the...

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Burial of Joseph Adeyemo Taiwo, who had been a zealous Baptist minister and church planter in Nigeria.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


The first of the Unshackled broadcasts airs. These will tell stories of people who find that Christ alone can free from bondage to sin.

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“History’s Longest Running Radio Drama Series--Unshackled”


Death at Headington, England, of hymnwriter and hymn translator Frances Elizabeth Cox.

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Death from cholera of the Russian theologian Alexei Khomiakov, while treating his peasants during an epidemic. A Slavophile and many-talented man, he had been subject to censorship during his life, but his writings will nonetheless influence Dostoevsky, Solovyov, Florensky, and others.

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Death in Franklin, Massachusetts, of Nathanael Emmons, an influential Congregational theologian and pastor who developed a modified Calvinism that placed more responsibility on individual choice than was usual in Calvinist systems.

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Death of Baptist hymnwriter Alice Flowerdew best known for her hymn “Fountain of Mercy, God of Love.”

Authority for the date:

Burrage, Henry S. Baptist Hymnwriters and Their Hymns. Brown, Thurston & Co., 1888.


Death in Leyden of Herman Boerhaave, a Christian humanist who distinguished himself as a physician and isolated urea from urine. He also had introduced the thermometer into common medical use and encouraged doctors to employ a bedside manner considerate of patients. He will be regarded as the father of modern clinical teaching and of the modern academic hospital.

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Death of John Jewel, English church reformer. Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.

Emperor Henry V of of the Holy Roman Empire renounces investiture of ring and crozier at the Concordat of Worms in a deal with Pope Callistus II (that is, he gives up his right to install bishops). He promises freedom of election of clergy and promises to restore church property.

Authority for the date:

Trager, James. Peoples' Chronology. Owlet, 1994.