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Thomas Chalmers

It Happened Today: Free Church of Scotland (1843)

How a rift in the Church of Scotland led to a church free of state control.

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First Thoughts

Devotional (2016 church year): We May Encounter God in Unexpected Places (1874)

When Jacob awoke from his sleep, he thought, “Surely the Lord is in this...

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Funeral in Hong Kong for the Catholic priest Leong Chi Hing, long active in the care of China’s Christian community as well as its  missionary and linguistic work.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Missionary nurse Amy Wilkes and missionary Samuel Zwemer are wed at the British Consulate in Baghdad. The Church Missionary Society, which had paid Amy’s passage to the field, will require them to reimburse the cost of her journey because she had left their work. When Zwemer raises the funds it will be said he purchased his bride in true Arab fashion.

Authority for the date:

Wilson, J. Christy. “The Apostle to Islam: The Legacy of Samuel Zwemer.”

Death of Cesar Malan, near Geneva. He had been a Swiss Reformed pastor, evangelist, and author of more than one thousand hymns. Authority for the date: Gordon, Ernest. Book of Protestant saints. Chicago: Moody, 1946.

Death of Orthodox monk Macarius Glukharyov who had founded a successful mission among the Altai people of Siberia. Unlike most traditional Orthodox missions, he had recruited female missionaries. The Russian Orthodox Church will eventually declare him a saint.

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Death of Jacob Albright who had founded the “Dutch Methodists” of Pennsylvania, later known as the Evangelical Association.

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Death of Jacques Marquette, Jesuit missionary to Michigan and midwestern North America. Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.
Death of Pope St. John I, having been imprisoned by an Arian emperor for not pressing the case of the Arians. Authority for the date: Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages, Third Edition. Neff-Kane, 1980.

Traditional date on which seven elderly Christian women at Ancyra (in modern Turkey) were drowned when they refused to apostasize.

Authority for the date:

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