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Theodore Fliedner

It Happened Today: Theodore Fliedner Purchased First Deaconess Center (1836)

Fliedner is most famous for his deaconess work.

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Daily Thoughts of Comfort

Devotional (2016 church year): Ultimate Happiness Cannot Come from the World

So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God —Hebrews 6:9 (NASB).


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A Peruvian Air Force aircraft shoots down a private airplane carrying missionaries, killing Veronica Bowers and her infant daughter, Charity.

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Wilson Rajil Sabiya, a Lutheran theologian, writes a letter to General Ibrahim Babangida, President and Commander-in-chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, alerting him to Muslim efforts to make Nigeria an Islamic country by infiltrating the police force.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Theologian Karl Barth is featured on the cover of Time magazine.

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C. H. Spurgeon’s London tabernacle burns down. Efforts to rebuild it commence at once.

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Vincent, Benjamin. Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates. Putnam, 1911.


Leo XIII issues his encyclical Humanum genus against the Masonic order which, in Europe, is atheistical and anti-religious in tenor.

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Death of Baptist minister John Clarke, a founding father of Rhode Island, and the agent who obtained the colony’s charter from King Charles II in 1663.

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Death of Johannes Bugenhagen, a leading Lutheran reformer, a professor at the University of Wittenberg, and the pastor of the city church there. Bugenhagen had helped Luther with his German Bible translation as well as translating the Bible into Low German himself.

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Execution of Elizabeth Barton, the “Nun of Kent” who had prophecied against King Henry VIII’s marriage to Anne Boleyn. She said Henry would die shortly thereafter. (He lived fifteen more years.) A staunch Roman Catholic with a reputation for holiness, she urged pilgrimmages and prayer to Mary and strongly opposed the Lutheran Reformation.

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Standard encyclopedias.


At the Second Diet of Speyer, the term “Protestant” is first applied to participants of the Reformation. The term was taken from the Protestatio, a statement by the reformers challenging the imperial stance on religion.

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On This Day in Lutheran History.


Death of Alexander who founded the Orthodox monastery of Oshevensk, experienced miracles, and was a notable spiritual counselor.

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