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Bill Bright with Students

It Happened Today: Bill and Vonette Bright Incorporate Campus Crusade (1953)

Sensing the presence of the Lord as never before, he was impressed to drop out of college.

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Morning and Evening Meditations

Devotional (2016 church year): Jesus is sufficient for every need (1847)

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to...

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A large civil-rights demonstration (known as The March on Washington) gathers in the United States capital in behalf of African-American civil rights. The march brings together major civil-rights organizations and many religious groups—Catholic, Protestant, and Jewish—and marks the first determined effort by a large number of white clergy to join the cause to end racial discrimination. Rev. Martin Luther King, jr., gives his famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 28 (1990).


Death in Cambridge, Massachusetts, of Albert C. Knudson, a liberal theologian and pastor in the Methodist tradition. He taught Personalism, a theory that the person is the fundamental category for explaining reality.

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Dwight L. Moody and Emma Revell marry. Emma will help soften the evangelist’s rough edges, making him a more effective leader.

Authority for the date:

Dictionary of American Biography.


Death of Hugo Grotius, a Christian scholar, often titled “the father of international law.”

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


King Ladislaus IV of Poland convenes a religious conference at Torun (Thorn) in the hope that 26 Catholic, 28 Lutheran, and 24 Calvinist theologians will reach ecumenical consensus for the sake of the nation. Discussion will continue into November but fail dismally.

Authority for the date:

Peterse, Hans. “Irenics and Tolerance in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries.”


Electors choose Ferdinand II to be Holy Roman Emperor. Jesuit-trained, Ferdinand will reject Charles V’s policy that had finally allowed Protestants to exist. Ferdinand will put down Protestants and anyone who tries to limit his royal power. He had vowed to the Virgin to banish heresy from any territory that might come under his sway and so he will reject chances to end the horrific Thirty Years' War if it means the Reformation will remain alive in his realm.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Death of St. Augustine of Hippo, who, more than any other man since the apostles, stamped the church with his personality and ideas.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.