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Lord Shaftesbury

It Happened Today: Shaftesbury Born to Do Good (1801)

He became known as the “Poor Man’s Lord.”

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Diary of an Old Soul

Devotional (2016 church year): God Is Nearer than We Can Express (1860)

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Death at Toulouse of Jacques Maritain, a leading neo-Thomist philosopher.

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Standard encyclopedias.

Christian Missionary Alliance pilot Albert Lewis crashes his flying boat in a pass leading into Netherlands New Guinea’s Baliem Valley (now in Irian Jarat). Before his untimely death, ten thousand souls had been brought to Christ in part because of his supporting ministry. Authority for the date: Bromley, Myron. “Al Lewis’s Last Flight.” Alliance Life. (November 7 1990).

Soviets arrest Natalya Ivanovna Sundukova, daughter of a priest, on grounds that she leads a counter-revolutionary church cell in Stalinabad. She will be imprisoned and eventually shot for counter-revolutionary activity, dissemination of Christian teaching among prisoners, and refusal to work for the atheist regime.

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


Death in New York City of Congregationalist clergymen and social gospel advocate Josiah Strong, who had sought to apply Protestant ideals to social problems. He had been a strong advocate of missions, believing that only redemption through Christ could change people’s behavior. His most influential book had been Our Country: Its Possible Future and Its Present Crisis.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

Thousands of Genevans demonstrate for five hours against a religiously inspired ban on gambling. A shocked Karl Barth is appalled at their mindless slogans and comes out in support of the ban. Authority for the date: Busch, Eberhard.Karl Barth. Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2005.

Frances Havergal, in Winterdyne, England, writes the words to the hymn “A Worker’s Prayer” aka “Lord, Speak to Me That I May Speak.” One stanza reads, “O teach me, Lord, that I may teach /The precious things Thou dost impart; /And wing my words, that they may reach /The hidden depths of many a heart.”

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Death of George Washington Bethune, hymn translator, Reformed church pastor, while preaching in Florence, Italy. He will be buried in September and his hymn “It Is Not Death to Die” will be sung at his funeral.

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Death of Georg von Polentz. He had been the first Reformation bishop of Samland and Pomesania, a region in Prussia. Authority for the date:
Work on Salisbury Cathedral begins under the auspices of Bishop Richard Poore. Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography.