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Vonette Bright celebrates the release of a new series of books, My Heart in His Hands, at a Sunday reception in Atlanta. The four-book devotional series for women has been written to complement the seasons of a women’s life through inspiring stories and Scripture verses, with much of the content culled from her Women Today radio program.

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House of James.


Death of James Curtis Wakhu, a zealous evangelist for Sheepfold Ministries, especially among the Muslims of Kenya. He had experienced three years of undiagnosed pain.

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Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

The Moscow Conference convenes to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the independence of the Russian Orthodox Church from control of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople. Authority for the date:

After just a month in America where he was to lecture, Dietrich Bonhoeffer departs for Germany, writing to  Reinhold Niebuhr, “I have made a mistake in coming to America. I must live through this difficult period of our national history with the Christian people of Germany. I will have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.”

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Christian History 32 (1991).


Death in Thuringia of Georg Neumark, German educator and hymnwriter, author, and composer of the hymn “If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee.” Twice during his life he had lost everything he owned: once to robbers and once to fire. These losses seem to have contributed much to the depth of his religious verse.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Johann Rudolph Ahle, a composer of sacred music who had avoided polyphonic counterpoint and confined himself to the simple “chorale” style. Some of his songs will still be popular centuries later.

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Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook.


King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island colony that guarantees religious freedom regardless of “differences in opinion in matters of religion.”

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Macdonald, W. Select Charters and Other Documents Illustrative of American History, 1606-1775.  Macmillan, 190


Archibald Campbell, Marquis of Argyle, arrives at Whitehall to congratulate King Charles II on his accession to the throne, but as soon as the king hears his name announced, he stamps his foot and orders Sir William Fleming to execute his orders, which are to imprison Argyle in the Tower. Argyle had stood with the Parliamentarians in the recent civil war.

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Death of Pope Gregory XV in Rome from a fever, after several days in great misery. 

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Standard encyclopedias.


Pope Gregory XV issues a brief allowing Philip Neri’s Congregations of the Oratory to govern themselves independently of one another.

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Bacci, Father. The Life of Saint Philip Neri. London: Kegan, Paul, Trech, Trübner & Co., 1902.


Jan Hus’s De ecclesia (On the Church) is read in Bethlehem chapel, Prague. Cardinal D’Ailly will later complain at the Council of Constance that it combats the pope’s plenary authority as much as the Koran.

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Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.


Death of Blessed Pope Eugene III. He had fled to France during disturbances in Rome.

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Brusher, Jospeh. Popes Through the Ages.


Death of French monk Peter the Hermit at Neufmoutier-by-Huy. He had helped inspire the Crusades.

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Standard encyclopedias.