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John Cotton

It Happened Today: Clothing, Fishing, Masonry (1633)

Puritans in Boston joked about the names of the three prominent ministers who reached their colony this day.

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Daily Strength for Daily Needs

Devotional (2016 church year): Serve where you are (1892)

... but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates...

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Trans World Radio begins broadcasting from its newest station, a 100,000-watt shortwave transmitter in Guam. Authority for the date: Berg, Jerome S. Broadcasting on the Short Waves, 1945 to Today.

Sergius Petrovich Ilmensky, an Orthodox priest, becomes editor of The Saratov Theological Herald. His increasing prominence will cause him to be made bishop of Solikamsk six years later (taking the name Theophanes) but the Communists will drown him on Christmas Eve 1918 while he is administering the diocese of Perm by their command.

Authority for the date:

Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.


Death of David Abeel. A pioneer missionary to Batavia, he had also been instrumental in organizing the Society for Promoting Female Education in the East.

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Oliver Holden, composer and American Puritan clergyman, in Boston, Massachusetts. He had written CORONATION, the tune to which we sing the hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.”

Authority for the date:

Standard encyclopedias.


Some of the priests of the Canonical Chapter of Castellena protest having to do homage and pay tithe to a woman “bishop” (abbess) in Naples.

Authority for the date:

Morris, Joan. The Lady was a Bishop.

Francis Asbury boards ship for America, where he will so organize and extend the Methodist church that by his death it will have grown from being one of America’s smallest denominations to being its largest. Authority for the date: Nygaard, Norman Eugene. Bishop on Horseback: the story of Francis Asbury. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1962.
Thomas Gillespie becomes the minister of Carnock in Fife. He becomes a strong advocate of allowing Presbyterian congregations to choose their own minister, rather than having one appointed by the general assembly. Authority for the date: Larsen, Timothy T., David W. Bebbington, and Mark Noll. Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals. IVP Academic, 2003.
The Great Fire of London destroys old St. Paul’s Cathedral. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Johann Companius dedicates the first Lutheran church in America in the Swedish colonial settlement Christina, near present-day Wilmington, Delaware on Tinicum Island. Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
Death of Pope St. Boniface I, who was awarded the papacy by Imperial decree. Boniface had supported Augustine of Hippo against Pelagianism. Authority for the date: Brusher, Joseph. Popes Through the Ages. Neff-Kane, 1980.