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Dietrich Bonhoeffer

It Happened Today: Bonhoeffer is Transferred to Buchenwald (1945)

“His soul really shone in the dark desperation of our prison.”

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Dwight L. Moody

Devotional (2016 church year): More People Read Us than Read the Bible (1900)

Ye are our epistle written in our hearts, known and read of all men, 2...

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Rhodesian terrorists kill seven white Roman Catholic missionaries, including four nuns, at St. Paul’s Mission, Musami. They ignore black Christians and staff.

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David H. Youngdahl becomes the first chaplain endorsed by the Baptist General Conference to die in military service, going down on a transport en route to Europe during World War II.

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The Standard (June 2002).


Lutheran pastor Martin Niemoller is put on trial by the Nazis because of his outspoken opposition to their policies and will be incarcerated for seven years, most of it in a concentration camp.

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The Orthodox monk Hermogenes is tonsured at the Belogorsk monastery. Two and a half years later he will be shot by Bolsheviks.

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Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


Death of Frances Gaines Cartwright, who had shared the itinerant ministry of her husband Peter Cartwright and lost a daughter when a tree crashed on the girl in the wilderness.

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“Peter Cartwright and Frances Cartwright, United Methodist Church.”


Moody and Sankey commence a New York evangelistic “crusade” at the Great Roman Hippodrome on Madison Avenue.

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Rev. Daniel Bliss lands in Syria where he will work as a missionary for close to fifty years, seven years in traditional activities and the remainder as an educator.

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Creegan, Charles C. Pioneer Missionaries of the Church. American Tract Society, 1903.


Solomon Stoddard accepts a call as pastor of Northampton Church, Massachusetts. He will minister there for fifty-five years. Among his most famous innovations will be the so-called “Halfway Covenant” that will allow people who are unsure of their salvation to partake of Communion. He will also become the grandfather of famed theologian Jonathan Edwards.

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Coffman, Ralph J. Solomon Stoddard. Boston: Twayne Publishers, 1978.


The British Parliament ratifies the Westminster Confession which had been accepted by the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland the previous August.

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Duncan, J. Ligon III “Owning The Confession.” Premise Vol. II, No. 1 (January 28, 1995).


Philip II, king of Spain, decrees the establishment of the Inquisition in Lima. Among its many victims will be Jews.

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The Swiss Canton of Bern officially embraces Protestantism, passing an edict abolishing Romish bishops.

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Bevan, Frances. William Farel. London: Alfred Holness; Glasgow: Glasgow Bible Society and Book Depositorym, 1888.


Girolamo Savonarola and his followers burn works of art in Florence.

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Van Paassen, Pierre. Crown of Fire; the life and times of Girolamo Savonarola. Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1960.


Death of Peter of Mladonovice, friend of Jan Hus and recorder of that martyr’s mistreatment and death at the hands of the Council of Constance.

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Spinka, Matthew. Hus and the Council of Constance. New York and London: Columbia University Press, 1965.


Benedict of Nursia visits his twin sister Scholastica. According to Pope Gregory I, knowing that she will soon die, Scholastica asks her brother to stay beside her. Benedict refuses. Scholastica lowers her eyes in prayer and such a severe thunderstorm comes up that Benedict cannot leave. Three days later, his sister dies.

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Harper, Howard V. Days and Customs of All Faiths. New York: Fleet Publishing, 1957.