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Paul Gerhardt

It Happened Today: Paul Gerhardt Left a Legacy of Hymns (1676)

Gerhardt gave German Lutherans some of their most beloved and familiar hymns.

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The Cheque Book of the Bank of Faith

Devotional (2016 church year): He Who Would Win Souls Must First Get Virtue

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you...

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Abune Dioskoros, the fourth patriarch of the Eritrean Orthodox Tewhado Church is installed. His predecessor, Abune Antonios, is under house arrest at the time for criticizing the government for interfering in church activities and for persecuting evangelical Christians.

Authority for the date:

HCJB Global.


Xu Chenping becomes the Catholic bishop of Hong Kong where he will seek to implement the instructions of Vatican II.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.


Death of Luther B. Bridgers, author of the hymn “There’s Within My Heart a Melody.“

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Billy Graham gets his start in big-city evangelism at a Youth for Christ rally at Orchestra Hall in Chicago ten days before D-Day.

Authority for the date:

Wacker, Grant. “Watershed: Los Angeles 1949.” Christian History (2014).


Christian explorer Jedediah Smith is surrounded and killed by Comanche Indians at a water hole near the Cimarron River.

Authority for the date:

Katz, Bob. “Mountain Man Jedidiah Smith Was a Desert Man, Too.”


Lyman Beecher and former opponents of Charles Finney’s revival methods publish a letter saying that the general interests of religion will not be served by continued controversy on the subject. Finney is among the signatories of the letter.

Authority for the date:

Wright, G. Frederick. Charles Grandison Finney

Archibald Campbell, Earl of Argyle is beheaded at Edinburgh on accusations of treason because of his involvement with the Scottish Covenanters. Authority for the date: Dryerre, J. Meldrum. Heroes and Heroines of the Scottish Covenanters. London: S.W. Partridge, 1896.

Death at Geneva of John Calvin, reformer and theologian.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 12 (1986).


A council of bishops in Constantinople declares heretical the views of Eastern Orthodox theologian Barlaam the Calabrian. Barlaam and his supporters had argued against the hesychast method of prayer and against the theological teaching that the light at the transfiguration and the fire in the burning bush were examples of the uncreated energies of God. After his condemnation, Barlaam will become a Roman Catholic.

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Archbishop Ruthard hides 1,300 Jews from anti-Semitic mobs, but the rioters find and massacre all but a handful.

Authority for the date:

Durant, Will. The Age of Faith. (Story of Civilization.)


Robert Guiscard, a Norman adventurer, enters Rome at the request of Pope Gregory VII. He liberates the pope and reduces half the city to ruins. His men will rape even the nuns and sell thousands of Romans into slavery.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Theodore of Tarsus arrives in Canterbury to serve as Archbishop. He will visit the whole of England, establishing the Roman date for Easter and settling bishops in all the sees except London.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.