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It Happened Today: No Union Possible (1576)

While agreeing with some Lutheran positions, the Orthodox rejected others.

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Daily Readings of Holy Seasons

Devotional (2016 church year): We Remember Pentecost (Whitsuntide) (1875)

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place....

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Death of Francis Schaeffer, a Christian apologist. With his wife, Edith, he had operated L’Abri, a ministry to intellectuals. His most important book may have been his smallest, Escape from Reason, which caused many evangelicals to look at the development of literature and art. He had often argued that moral relativity is responsible for social ills.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Obadiah Kariuki and Festo Olang' are consecrated as the first African assistant bishops in the Anglican diocese of Mombasa, covering East Africa. Kariuki will be a bishop and spiritual leader in the Kenyan church after the nation’s independence, his diocese growing so rapidly that it will have to be divided in two. Twenty-two years to the day after his consecration, thousands will attend a thanksgiving service in his honor when he retires.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.


Death of hymnwriter Ada Rundall Greenaway. Her best-known hymns are “For the Dear Ones Parted from Us,” “O Father, We Would Thank Thee,” “O Perfect God, Thy Love,” “O Word of Pity, for Our Pardon Pleading,” “Rise at the Cry of Battle,” and “Rise in the Strength of God.”

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Death of George Fife Angas, Baptist businessman and colonizer of Southern Australia. Authority for the date: Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003.

Ecumenical Patriarch Jeremias II and his associates issue the Epicrisis on the Confession of Augsburg, an answer to the Lutheran confession, showing points of agreement and disagreement. They declare there are two sources of true faith: the Holy Bible and Sacred Tradition.

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Death of the abbess, Heloise, whose love affair with, and secret marriage to, the philosopher-theologian Abelard is known to history.

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Wynfrith is consecrated as Bishop Boniface. He will carry the gospel across Germany and Prussia.

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Mayr-Harting, Henry. Coming of Christ to Anglo Saxon England. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1991.