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Wall of Constantinople

It Happened Today: Fall of Constantinople (1453)

Christians defended Constantinople valiantly, but would they be able to hold out against the Turks?

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Morning Dew

Devotional (2016 church year): Be Filled with God (1864)

The forgiveness of our sins, the separation from the circumstances of our...

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1988

Following a beating by police in a Peruvian jail, Arturo Marin gives his heart to Christ. Later rearrested on mistaken identity, he serves his sentence in two of Peru's worst prisons, where he will lead many men to Christ. After his release, he will become a pastor with Heart Cry mission.

Authority for the date:

http://www.heartcrymissionary.com/arturo-marin

1934

The Barmen Synod opens, an assembly of German pastors who oppose Nazi racism and adhere to the historic Reformed Confessions, and therefore are known as the “Confessing Church.”

Authority for the date:

Christian History 32 (1991).

1890

Honors student Samuel Zwemer is ordained in the Reformed Church of America. He will become a leading missionary to the Islamic world.

Authority for the date:

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

1832

Death in London of George Burder, an evangelical pastor and hymnwriter, who had taken part in founding the Religious Tract Society, the British and Foreign Bible Society, and London Missionary Society in addition to editing The Evangelical Magazine.

Authority for the date:

Hatfield, Edwin. The Poets of the Church. New York: Anson Randolph & Co., 1884.

1811

Consecration in Trinity Church, New York, of Bishop Alexander Viets Griswold, of Massachusetts, an Evangelical, and Bishop John Henry Hobart, of New York, a High-churchman. The pair will do much to revitalize the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States.

Authority for the date:

Bacon, Leonard Woolsey. A History of American Christianity.

1779

Samuel Stillman preaches a sermon titled “The Duty of Magistrates” before the General Court of Massachusetts, calling for a bill of rights for Massachusetts, separation of church and state, and the abolition of slavery. He declares that governments have no right to impose religious practices upon anyone.

Authority for the date:

www.belcherfoundation.org/duty_of_magistrates.htm.

1734

John Barnard preaches “The Throne Established by Righteousness” before the King’s council and representatives in Masachussets, arguing that governments must have the consent of the governed and that government officials should respect church leaders—who in turn should support the government in maintaining order.

Authority for the date:

Barnard, John. “The Throne Established by Righteousness.” Boston, 1734.

1722

Death of Laurenti Laurentius, German Pietist hymnwriter.

Authority for the date:

www.hymntime.com.

1593

John Penry, who has called for reform in the Church of England, is hanged as a traitor based on a satire he did not write and some notes criticizing Queen Elizabeth I.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1546

Sixteen assassins enter Cardinal Beaton’s castle early in the morning along with stone masons renovating the palace. They wait until Marion Ogilvy, Beaton’s mistress, departs before breaking into the archbishop’s rooms and stabbing him to death in retaliation for his recent execution of the reformer George Wishart.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 46 (1995).

1538

Holy Roman Emperor Charles V procures a brief from Pope Paul III, setting aside a sentence against his favorite preacher, the Benedictine monk Alonso de Virués, who had been accused of Lutheranism because of his correspondence with Erasmus and isolated passages from his sermons.

Authority for the date:

Lea, Charles. Pages from the Inquisition.

1415

The Council of Constance deposes scandalous Pope John XXIII (later numbered among the antipopes). When he receives notice of his deposition, he removes the papal cross from his room and says he regrets having been elected pope. He will be imprisoned for three years.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 68 (2000).