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Philip Embury

It Happened Today: Philip Embury, America’s First Methodist Preacher (1760)

His cousin had to push him into action, but from his faithfulness sprang a major American denomination.

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Daily Thoughts

Devotional (2016 church year): The door of salvation soon swings shut (1875)

But since you refuse to listen when I call and no one pays attention when I...

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1979

Death of Georges Vasilievich Florovsky, a twentieth-century Orthodox theologian, known for his eccumenism, profound learning, and clear writing on many areas of church life.

Authority for the date:

Wikipedia.

1960

Jeremiah Mahalu Kisula, a successful pastor and evangelist, moves to Kasamwa-Geita, Mwanza, to become the first African Director of the Africa Inland Church of Tanzania.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1890

Death of John Henry Newman. Ordained an Anglican in 1824, he had become a leader in the Oxford Movement, aiming to restore the Church of England to high church principles. But in 1843 he had left Protestantism to become a Roman Catholic. His autobiography, Aplogia pro vita sua, will later be considered a Christian classic.

Authority for the date:

Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.

1880
Bud Robinson is converted. He will go on to become a leader in the Nazarene church. Authority for the date: Miller, Basil. Bud Robinson, Miracle of Grace. Kansas City, Missouri: Beacon Hill Press, 1947.
1872
Death of composer Lowell Mason in Orange, New Jersey. His publication of church music had been prolific, with over fifteen hundred sacred compositions to his credit. His popular tunes included those to which we sing “Nearer, My God, to Thee,”” When I Survey the Wondrous Cross,” “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” and “Blest Be the Tie that Binds.” Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
1847

Presbyterian missionary Charles Williams Forman sails for India. He will begin Protestant missionary work at Lahore and spend more than forty years in the Punjab, founding Forman Christian College.

Authority for the date:

Rankin, William. Memorials of foreign missionaries of the Presbyterian church, U. S. A. Board of Publication and Sa

1673
Robert Barclay completes a catechism and confession of faith, his first mature works. Authority for the date: Trueblood, D. Elton. Robert Barclay. New York: Harper and Row, 1968.
1527
The Zurich town council agrees to suppress Anabaptists. Authority for the date: Littell, Franklin H. The Origins of Sectarian Protestantism. New York: Macmillan, 1972.
1519

Death of Tetzel in Leipzig, “neglected, smitten in soul, and full of misery.” A hawker of indulgences, he had been a relentless foe of Luther. After indulgences had fallen into disrepute through Luther’s teaching, Tetzel  complained to Rome that he was safe nowhere, but Luther, when he heard of his illness, had written him a kind letter, forgiving him.

Authority for the date:

Britannica.

1464
Death of Nicholas of Cusa, a church diplomat and council member. He had been the first to say space is curved, declaring that only if that were true could God be equally the center of every point. However, he had been a man of contradictions, defending the papacy but proving the Donation of Constantine a forgery; suffering imprisonment for the sake of the church but compelling Jews to wear yellow badges. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
1253
Death of Clare of Assisi, a Benedictine nun known for her spiritual relationship with St. Francis and for founding the Poor Clares. Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.