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William J. Kirkpatrick

It Happened Today: Birth of Hymnist William J. Kirkpatrick (1838)

“Coming Home” became a popular invitation hymn.

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Morning Light

Devotional (2016 church year): Discipline Is God’s Purposeful Love

As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten, Rev. 3:19.  

That thou may’st pray...
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Death from a heart attack of Tilahun Haile, an Ethiopian pastor and evangelist for the Kale Heywet Church, who had preached and taught in the local Amharic lanaguage.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


A mob of ten thousand Muslims attacks Coptic Christian homes in Egypt’s Nile Delta.

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Marshall, Paul A. and Lela Gilbert. Their Blood Cries Out. Thomas Nelson, 1997.


Death of Emily Malbone Morgan, who had founded the Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross. The Episcopal Church will commemorate her as a prophetic witness.

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Death on Long Island of Quaker leader Elias Hicks, founder of the Hicksites (a more liberal branch of the Society of Friends) that rejected creeds and taught progressive revelation. Hicks had been instrumental in ridding Quakers of slaves and in getting legislation passed that banned slavery in New York state.

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Henry Williams reaches Sydney, Australia, enroute to New Zealand as a missionary. He will be largely responsible for the success of the Church Missionary Society in New Zealand, and serve as archdeacon of the Waimate region.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death in Cork, Ireland, of Samuel Neale, an internationally-known Quaker evangelist.

Authority for the date:

Some Account of the Life and Religious Labors of Samuel Neale. Philadelphia: James P. Parke, 1806.


Mennonite Melchior Zahler is betrayed, captured, and bound at the instigation of a Reformed churchman. His children and possessions are taken from him and he is brought to Berne where he is sentenced to be transported to America.

Authority for the date:

Zahler’s personal account.


The First Helvetic Confession, also known as the Second Basel Confession, drafted by Heinrich Bullinger and Leo Jud, is adopted by Swiss reformers at Basel.

Authority for the date:

Oxford Encyclopedia of the Reformation.