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John Keble

It Happened Today: Keble Identifies National Apostasy (1833)

How a sermon on apostasy inspired reformation in the Church of England but also led some notable leaders to convert to Roman Catholism.

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Daily Thoughts

Devotional (2016 church year): Retribution is inevitable (1885)

Know this—that as surely as God sometimes punishes wholesale, so surely is...

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1857

Forty-seven-year-old Ting Ang, a trader in Fuchau, China, is baptized on this day, the first Methodist convert in China.

Authority for the date:

Williams, Craven E. “Origins: Methodists in China.” www.gborocollege.edu/prescorner/china.html

1850

Death of Johann August Wilhelm Neander. Born David Mendel, a Jew, he had taken the name Neander at his conversion and become an influential theologian and church historian.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1849

Theodore Fliedner escorts four deaconesses to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where three days later a deaconness home will be solemnly dedicated, the beginning of the Lutheran deaconess work in the U.S. from which will spring many deaconness hospitals.

Authority for the date:

Jane M. Bancroft. Deaconesses in Europe.

1809

Death of Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain, a champion of contemplative prayer and the co-compiler (with Macarius of Corinth) of the Philokalia (Love of the Good), an anthology of spiritual writings by monks from the desert fathers to Gregory Palamas.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.

1792

Samson Occom’s wife finds him dead, having collapsed as he walked back to his house after writing an article in his study. Occom had been a notable evangelist among American Indians, a hymnwriter, and the principal fundraiser for the college which became Dartmouth University.

Authority for the date:

Edwin Hatfield. The Poets of the Church.

1614

Death of Camillus de Lellis at Rome. After a wild life as a soldier, he underwent a conversion experience, served the sick, and founded the Agonizants, an order to care for the sick and minister to the dying.

Authority for the date:

Schaff, Philip. New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.

1575
Death of Richard Taverner, a Bible translator and reformer in England. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
664

Death of Deusdedit, the sixth Archbishop of Canterbury.

Authority for the date:

Encyclopedia Britannica.