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James Chalmers

It Happened Today: James and Jane Chalmers Arrive at Rarotonga (1867)

Chalmer’s irrepressible relish for life impressed pirates, novelists, and polynesian islanders.

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Daily Bible Readings for the Lord's Household

Devotional (2016 church year): Christ Wears Many Crowns (1850)

On his head were many crowns —Revelation 19:12 (KJV).

Jesus passed through...

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1945
The Christian Airmen’s Missionary Fellowship is officially born. Later it will change its name to Missionary Aviation Fellowship (MAF). Betty Greene, an American wartime pilot, had written an article in which she suggested using planes to help missionaries. Jim Truxton, a Navy pilot, saw it, contacted Betty and suggested organizing to implement her idea. Authority for the date: “Betty Greene: Pioneer Missionary Pilot.” http://www.trailblazerbooks.com/books/HeroTales/Hero3-Smpl.html
1943

Smith College awards Wu Yi-fang, first Chinese woman to head a Chinese college (Ginling Women’s College), an honorary Doctor of Law degree.

Authority for the date:

sophia.smith.edu/blog/smithipedia/international-connections/ginling-college-and-wu-yi-fang/

1937

Jesse Overholtzer founds Child Evangelism Fellowship in Chicago.

Authority for the date:

Rohrer, Norman. Indomitable Mr. O.

1930

Orthodox church worker Michael Alexeyevich Golikov, already in prison camp under a sentence of three years, is sentenced to ten years for trying to communicate to the West the terrible conditions of the camps. He will die, still imprisoned, in 1938.

Authority for the date:

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

1930

Three days after sentencing him to death, Soviets shoot Mark Arsenyevich Dannik, warden of the Orthodox church in Ustyanka, Loktevsky Region. He is executed for anti-Soviet and counter-revolutionary propaganda and agitation—that is, for speaking against the wickedness of the Soviet regime.

Authority for the date:

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

1732

Death of Thomas Boston, an influential Scottish minister and author of The Crook in the Lot.

Authority for the date:

Wikipedia.

1690

Death of John Eliot, missionary to the American Indians, in the parsonage at Roxbury. He had translated the entire Bible into the Algonquin Indian language and published the first Bible printed in America.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1560

The scholar John Feckenham is taken to the Tower of London in England for refusing to take the oath of supremacy. He will spend twenty-four years there.

Authority for the date:

Taunton, Ethelred Luke. The English Black Monks of St. Benedict. London: John C. Nimmo, 1897. p.195.

1535

Pope Paul III makes a cardinal of John Fisher, Bishop of Rochester. Fisher has long opposed King Henry VIII and even invited Holy Roman Emperor Charles V to invade England. Henry declares that he will send Fisher’s head to Rome to get his cardinal’s hat—and soon will have him beheaded.

Authority for the date:

Smith, Preserved. The Age of the Reformation

1527

Austrian authorities torture and kill the Anabaptist leader Michael Sattler as an archheretic.

Authority for the date:

Yoder, John Howard. Legacy of Michael Sattler. Scottdale, Pennsylvania: Herald, 1973.

1521

A cannonball strikes Spanish soldier Iñez "Ignatio" Loyola, breaking his right leg. While recovering, he reads the lives of saints and determines to imitate them. He will write a famous guide to  Christian meditation, the Spiritual Exercises, and found the Society of Jesus (Jesuits).

Authority for the date:

Malachi Martin. The Jesuits. Linden Press, 1987.

325

Council of Nicea opens to settle the issue between Arians and Catholics. This is the church’s first ecumenical church council since the days of the apostles.

Authority for the date:

Frend, W. H. C. The Early Church. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1965.