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It Happened Today: John the Baptist Beheaded (30)

Herod’s lust led directly to a showdown with John the Baptist.

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In the Hour of Silence

Devotional (2016 church year): The more we give Christ, the more we have (1899)

It came about the same night that the word of God came to Nathan, saying,...

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W. A. Criswell is ordained in the Southern Baptist Church. He will become known for his excellent expository preaching and will pastor a large Dallas church whose congregration will triple under his ministry. Among its members for a time will be numbered evangelist Billy Graham.

Authority for the date:

Michael Rusten, Sharon O. Rusten. One Year Christian History. Tyndale House, 2003.


All of the bishops of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church (later known as the Christian Methodist Episcopal Church) meet in the First Methodist Church of Atlanta, Georgia, to discuss the educational needs of their denomination. They form a board of trustees, promise aid to one college already opened, and establish the Payne Institute.

Authority for the date:

Phillips, C. H. The History of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America.

Michael Faraday, a devout Christian, induces an electrical current in one wire from the current in another—a discovery that utterly transforms the world, without which there would be no electronic computers, no power lines, no telephones, no internet. Authority for the date:

Selina Hastings Huntingdon opens an evangelical college at Trevecca. 

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Rev. Devereux Jarratt, a minister of the English Church, settles in a parish in Virginia where he will be instrumental in stirring up revival among a largely apathetic and profane people, working in tandem with Methodist evangelists.

Authority for the date:

Bangs, Nathan. A History of the Methodist Episcopal Church.


John Dick, a Scotsman who is a fugitive for his Covenanter faith under King Charles II’s administration, is captured and brought before the committee of public affairs. Although Dick manages to escape, he will be recaptured a few months later and hanged.

Authority for the date:

Morgan, Robert J. On This Day. Nelson, 1997.


Oliver Cromwell’s government issues an ordinance appointing lay commissioners in all the counties of England and Wales with power to eject “scandalous, ignorant and insufficient [incompetent] ministers and schoolmasters.” Each County Committee consists of fifteen to thirty laymen, with eight to ten divines as assessors.

Authority for the date:

Dale, R.W. History of English Congregationalism. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1907.


In Lyon, France, following the onset of the St. Bartholomew Day’s Massacre, officials place Protestants under protective custody in the city’s convents and jails. It does not save their lives. Two days later, crowds will break in and massacre the prisoners by sword, strangulation, and drowning. Witnesses report that the Rhone River flows red from the blood of thousand of mutilated corpses.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 71 (2001).


Members of the Evangelical Estates determine to prepare an apology for the Augsburg Confession to present to Emperor Charles V.

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Beginning date in the Coptic Church’s Calendar of the Martyrs, a date chosen in commemoration of those who died for their faith during the rule of Diocletian the Roman Emperor.

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