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It Happened Today: Etheldreda’s Dream (679)

How did an unwilling bride become the founder of a religious site?

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Daily Meditations on the Christian Life

Devotional (2016 church year): Christ’s People Have Power to Minister to Others (1916)

And whenever the unclean spirits saw him, they fell down before him and...

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Death of Johan Herman Bavinck a Dutch missionary. He had labored in Indonesia and later taught at Kampen Theological College and at the Free University of Amsterdam. Authority for the date: Gerald H. Anderson, et al, eds. Mission Legacies. Biographical Studies of Leaders of the Modern Missionary Movement, M

Death of Emily Divine Wilson in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She wrote hymn tunes, including the tune to which we sing “When we all get to heaven.”

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Walter J. Ciszek is arrested in Russia where he has been preaching the gospel in spite of Communist laws against doing so. His book He Leadeth Me will recount his experiences and sufferings. Authority for the date: Ciszek, Walter J. He Leadeth Me. Ignatius Press, 1995.

J. Gresham Machen, Presbyterian educator and defender of orthodoxy, is ordained at Plainsboro, N.J. 

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Piper, John.

Death in Bangkok of Dan Beach Bradley, pioneer medical missionary to Thailand. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

Samuel H. Walker, a Methodist Episcopal layman, leads in the formation of the Anti-Saloon League of the District of Columbia. It will pioneer a national movement, subsequently overshadowed by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.

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Leete, Frederick DeLand. Christian Brotherhoods. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham, 1912.

Clarissa Whitman, the beautiful two-year old daughter of missionaries Marcus and Narcissa Whitman, drowns while fetching water in two cups. Authority for the date: Drury, Clifford M. Marcus and Narcissa Whitman and the Opening of Old Oregon. Northwest Interpretive Association: Seat

A vendor, slitting open a giant codfish at Cambridge fish market, finds a rancid, half-digested copy of a volume of the martyr John Frith’s shorter works in its belly.

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"Vox Piscis: or The Book-Fish"


Knights of Malta lose their fort at St. Elmo to an attack by Ottoman Turks but will eventually drive the Turks from Malta.

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Death of Mark of Ephesus after an excruciating two-week battle with intestinal illness. He was famous for standing alone for the Eastern church at the Council of Florence when other eastern leaders conceded to Rome.

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Standard encyclopedias.