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It Happened Today: The Day Jesus Died? (33)

Wrestling with ancient dates is never easy.

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Counsels of the Wise King

Devotional (2016 church year): Pride Takes Us Down (1880)

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom ...

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Nazarene evangelists Tómaz Phiri and Nadies Kampione (husband and wife) make a dangerous night escape from Mozambique to Malawi with their children. Although refugees, they will plant four churches that will remain in a flourishing condition years later.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


James Chalmers and Oliver Tompkins sail from Daru, Papua, New Guinea, in what will be their last voyage. Within days, cannibals will martyr and eat them.

Authority for the date:

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

Death of Reginald Heber in India. The following year, his hymns will be published posthumously. Among them will be “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.” Authority for the date: Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Baker, 1992.

Death of Pietist preacher and hymnwriter Gerhard Tersteegen. Among his best-known hymns was “Thou hidden love of God.”

Authority for the date:

Nutter, Charles S. Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church. Nashville: Smith & Lamar, 1915.


Bull of Pope Gregory XIII bans reading of Scotus Erigena’s De Divisione Naturae.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Adolf Clarenbach, having preached Reformation ideas in Wesel and Cologne, Germany, is arrested by Catholic authorities in Cologne. He will be sentenced to death.

Authority for the date:

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


Papal bull of John XXII condemns the writings of Marsilus of Padua and John of Jandun.

Authority for the date:

Coplestone, Frederick Charles. History of Philosophy. Great Britain: Continum, 1946-1975.


Death of Bishop Richard of Chichester, who had suffered persecution from hostile King Henry III but was beloved by his people.

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