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Toyohiko Kagawa

It Happened Today: Toyohiko Kagawa, Extraordinary Japanese Christian (1888)

He determined to do Christian work among thieves, murderers, and prostitutes.

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Evening by Evening

Devotional (2016 church year): Evening comes before morning (1850)

And the evening and the morning were the first day —Genesis 1:5 (KJV).


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The Scopes Monkey Trial begins in Tennessee. The state had forbidden teaching evolution. To test the law, the ACLU had gotten a high school biology teacher, John T. Scopes, to stand accused of breaking it. Authority for the date: “Timeline: Remembering the Scopes Monkey Trial”

Death of Phoebe Palmer Knapp, active American lay Methodist, who had published more than five hundred Gospel songs, including the hymn tune ASSURANCE, to which we sing “Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine.”

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Clement C. Moore. In 1819 he had established the General Theological Seminary, where he taught Greek and Hebrew Literature for twenty-eight years. He has also authored “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” better known as “'Twas the Night Before Christmas.”

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Thomas Babingdon Macaulay makes a speech in British Parliament on the Indian question, outlining the positions Britain should take. Deeply influenced by Christian ideals, he urges that India be given self-rule. His speech becomes the Christian position on India as long as Britain rules that country.

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Death of the Dutch Protestant leader William the Silent, who is the first head of state assassinated with a pistol. After the bullets strike him he is said to have exclaimed, “O my God, have mercy upon my soul! O my God, have mercy upon this poor people!”

Authority for the date:

Motley, John Lothrop. “Assassination of William of Orange.”


Under pressure from her parents and her father-in-law, the Duke of Northumberland, Lady Jane Grey, a Protestant, assumes the throne of England, reigning nine days. It is an ill-fated move that will result in her execution seven months after Mary Tudor comes to power.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Anthony of the Caves, who will be known as “The Father of Russian Monasticism” because he had attracted a wide following even among the nobility. His monastery will flourish for over one thousand years.

Authority for the date:

“St. Anthony of the Kiev Caves.” Orthodox America.