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William Carey

It Happened Today: William Carey’s Work Went up in Flames (1812)

Twelve years of missionary toil went up in flames.

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A Thought for Each Day of the Year

Devotional (2016 church year): Fragments Are Precious (1877)

Gather the pieces that are left over —John 6:12 (NIV).

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Leonid Zwicki is installed as bishop of the newly-created Belarusian Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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Death of hymnwriter Mary Ann Thomson. Her best-known hymn was “O Zion Haste, Thy Mission High Fulfilling.”

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Death of Henry Drummond, Scottish evangelist and religious writer, best remembered for his classic meditation on 1 Corinthians 13 “The Love Chapter” entitled The Greatest Thing in the World. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Samuel Zwemer preaches his first sermon—to a congregation of African-Americans in a small New Brunswick, New Jersey, church. He will go on to become a notable missionary to the Arab world.

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Wilson,J. Christy, Jr. “The Apostle to Islam: The Legacy of Samuel Zwemer.”


Gerard Manley Hopkins preaches his “dominical”—a practice sermon.

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Bergonzi, Bernard. Gerard Manley Hopkins.


Mendelssohn revives Bach’s St. Matthew Passion at the Singakademie in Berlin. A thousand people have to be turned away from the performance for lack of room.

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Rowbotham, Francis Jameson. Story-Lives of Great Musicians.


In response to a sermon by John Knox, a Reformation mob burns churches in Perth, Scotland, and instructs the friars to hold mass no more.

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Documents of the Reformation.


Muslims behead Bishop Elogius in Cordoba, Spain.

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Haines, Charles Reginald. Christianity and Islam in Spain.


After years of iconoclasm (opposition to and destruction of icons), two-dimensional images are restored for worship in the Eastern Empire, an event known as “The Triumph of Orthodoxy.”

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