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Johann Sebastian Bach

It Happened Today: Bach Accepted a Post in Leipzig (1723)

Bach wrote and directed an enormous amount of music and performed almost every day.

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First Thoughts

Devotional (2016 church year): God’s Son Is the Ultimate Gift (1874)

God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son —John 3:16.

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1987

Death of J. Edwin Orr, revival historian. His research had showed him that all revivals had sprung from prayer meetings, and he preached and spoke throughout the world to share this vision.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1960

At a constitutional convention in Minneapolis, three major Lutheran bodies in the U.S. merge to form the American Lutheran Church, with a combined membership of about two million.

Authority for the date:

Report of the Joint Union Committee: To the Constituting Convention of The American Lutheran Church...

1934

Five thousand pastors and laypeople gather in Ulm where they  create the “Confessing Church,” relying on the Reformation confessions in interpreting Scripture, rather than Nazi racial theories and propaganda.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 32 (1991).

1922

Baptist leader Olisemeke Samuel Wadei “Martin” opens the first of several schools. In his long and useful life, he will also establish a teacher training college and health centers for his Nigerian people.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1918

Patriarch Tikhon raises Justin Lvovich Olshevksy to the rank of Archbishop of Omsk. He takes the name Sylvester. He opposes the Soviets and blesses the White Army that resists Soviet control. Eventually the Soviets will defeat the Whites and arrest and torture Archbishop Sylvester for two months before killing him.

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Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.

1663

King Charles II charters the Royal Society of London by that name, “for improving Natural Knowledge.” Most of its initial members are Christians and it will become a leading force for scientific inquiry.

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Great Britain. High Court of Justice. Chancery Division. The Law Reports: Division 1, Chancery

1538

John Calvin and William Farel are fired by the town council of Geneva and ordered to leave the city within three days. They had refused to administer the Lord’s Supper the day before in part because of notorious sins among the city’s folk, and in part because they did not want to follow the lead of Bern in serving unleavened bread.

Authority for the date:

Rusten E. Michael and Sharon O. Rusten. The One Year Book of Christian History. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 200

536

Death of Agapetus I, bishop of Rome, while in Constantinople, where he had been sent on an embassy to avert war. He had used the occasion of his visit to depose Bishop Anthimus as a monophysite.

Authority for the date:

Wace, Henry. A Dictionary of Christian Biography and Literature...