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It Happened Today: Birth of Hymnwriter Dorothy Ann Thrupp (1799)

Anonymity and a popular hymn for children.

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Daily Communion

Devotional (2016 church year): Leave Vengeance to God; Seek Peace Instead


Don’t say, “I will avenge this evil!” — Proverbs 20:22 (HOLMAN).

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All the Christian communions who share control of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre agree to install a new exit door in the church. A century and a half earlier, dozens of Christian pilgrims had been trampled to death when fire broke out in the church.

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Militant Muslims gun down two Christian businessmen at Dairut, Assiut, and spray responding police officers with machine gun fire, killing two.

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Bistawros, Baheg T. The Coptic Christians of Egypt Today Under Threat of Annihilation.


Death of Traian Dorz, a Romanian poet who served as leader of the Orthodox revival movement known as The Lord’s Army. He had suffered imprisonment, harrassment, and restriction by a hostile government and hostile church authorities.

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Spiridon, George. “The Literary Work of Traian Dorz in the Operation ‘Channel-82’.”

Death of Georges Lemaître, a Belgian priest and mathematician, who had been one of the first to recognize that Einstein’s equations required an expanding universe with a beginning at a measurable time in the past. Eventually the so-called “Big Bang” theory will refine and improve similar concepts. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Minnie Kennedy, mother of Aimee Semple McPherson, tries to end speculation about the evangelist’s sudden disapperance by holding a memorial service for her at Angelus Temple. Three days later McPherson reappears with a tale of having been kidnapped.

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Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Robert A. Torrey receives his DD from Wheaton. He will become a prominent evangelical leader and write the popular What the Bible Teaches.

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Martin, Roger. R. A. Torrey: Apostle of Certainty. Murfreesboro, TN: Sword of the Lord Publishers, 1976.


Five Moravian missionaries arrive at the location in Alaska where they will found Bethel mission. The Moravian leader, Rev. Henry Kilbuck will learn the Yup’ik language of the local Eskimos.

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Death of Samuel R. Brown, missionary-educator to China and Bible translator in Japan. Authority for the date: Cary, Otis. A History of Christianity in Japan. New York: Revell, 1909.

The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Chamberlain awaken Princess Victoria, a Christian, at five in the morning, to inform her she is now the Queen of England and Empress of its far-flung empire.

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Standard encyclopedias.


The Schwenkfelders leave Rotterdam on what will prove to be a hard voyage to America.

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Although not a bishop himself, Martin Luther consecrates Nicolaus von Amsdorf as bishop for Naumburg. Elector John Frederick had ousted the regularly elected Roman Catholic bishop, Julius von Pflug.

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Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


The first Diet at Augsburg gathers. The Augsburg Confession will be presented on the 25th.

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Smith, Preserved. The Age of the Reformation. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1920.


Archbishop John Chrysostom leaves Constantinople under arrest, never to return.

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Christian History 44 John Chrysostom (1994).