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Johann Peter Lange

It Happened Today: Johann Lange Wouldn’t Call Christ Mythical (1802)

In spite of a tendency of German theology to discredit the Bible, Lange remained fully committed to its validity.

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Octavius Winslow

Devotional (2016 church year): We Are More than Conquerors (1856)

More than conquerors —Romans 8:37.

The original word will admit a stronger...

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Death of Betty Greene, a Women’s Air Force Service pilot during World War II. She had founded the Christian Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship in 1945, later known as the Missionary Aviation Fellowship. After leaving the airforce, she flew for Wycliffe Bible Translators around the world.

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Watchman Nee is arrested. This Chinese Christian becomes well-known in the West when his many books are published. Authority for the date: Kinnear, Angus. Against the Tide. Christian Literature Crusade, 1992.

Listeners who hear the first complete public performance of Brahms’ Requiem in the cathedral of Bremen this Good Friday recognize it as a masterpiece. The master composer has taken his texts from the German Lutheran translation of the Bible and focuses on consoling the living.

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Standard Encyclopedias.


Nestorius is made Patriarch of Constantinople. His attacks on the use of the term “Theotokos” (God-bearer) to describe the Virgin Mary will lead to clashes and get him declared a heretic. He will not deny Jesus’s nature as God, but feels the term challenges the important reality of Christ’s human nature.

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Frend, W. H. C. The Early Church. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1965.