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Martin Bucer

It Happened Today: Martin Bucer, Strasbourg Reformer (1517)

Several religious groups viewed him as one of their own—a tribute to his ecumenical spirit.

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Devotional (2016 church year): Submission is better than fretting

The foolishness of man ruins his way, and his heart rages against the LORD ....

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Death of John Mott, whose missions ministry had spanned the globe.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Josiah Mtekateka is ordained as a deacon. He will overcome racism to become the first black African bishop of the Anglican Church in Malawi.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of Charles Spurgeon, a Baptist minister considered one of the greatest preachers of all time.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Giovanni “Don” Bosco, Roman Catholic priest, educator, and founder of the Salesian order. He will be canonized in 1934.

Authority for the date:

Saxton, Eugene. “St. Giovanni Melchior Bosco.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Com


The profession ceremony for Sister Martha Turpin is held at the Ursuline Convent in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is the first North-American-born woman to become a nun in the Catholic Church.

Authority for the date:

Olsen, Kirstin. Chronology of Women’s History.


Death of Menno Simons. This gentle Anabaptist leader will give his name to the Mennonites. Surprisingly, considering the rewards on his head, he dies a natural death.

Authority for the date:

Simons, Menno. Complete Writings of Menno Simons.


Athanasius returns to Alexandria where he spends the last seven years of his life after having been exiled five times for his faith.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.


Silvester becomes bishop of Rome (i.e.: pope) after Miltiades, but few genuine records will survive from his years.

Authority for the date:

Wace, Henry. A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature to the End of the Sixth Century A.D.