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A. B. Simpson

It Happened Today: Ordination of A. B. Simpson (1865)

“Regeneration is like building a house and having the work done well. Sanctification is having the owner come and dwell in it.”

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Morning Dew

Devotional (2016 church year): Faith shifts our desires off this world (1864)

The righteous shall live by faith — Romans 1:17 (ESV).

Peter tells us that...

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2000
Unknown assailants behead Christian pastor Yesu Dasu in Karimnagar, India. Authority for the date: http://in.christiantoday.com/articles/pastor-found-murdered-in-andhra-pradesh/1930-2.htm
1972

Death of Rose M. Horton, who had worked as a missionary and Bible translator in Kenya for Africa Inland Mission and was largely responsible for getting the entire Bible translated into the Kambla language. She had been nicknamed “Happy” by the Africans.

Authority for the date:

Linnell and Martha Davis.

1945

Poland’s Communist government abrogates its concordat with the Roman Catholic church.

Authority for the date:

Shuster, George Nauman. Religion Behind the Iron Curtain. Greenwood Press Reprint, 1978.

1937

Dedication of the Peace Lutheran Church in Rio de Janiero, Brazil.

Authority for the date:

www.lutheranhistory.org.

1901

Fei Qihao, after escaping Boxer revolutionaries in China, arrives at San Francisco, intending to study at Oberlin College in Ohio, but is denied entry into the United States on technicalities. He will eventually reach Oberlin and return to China to work with its YMCA. He also will serve in prominent government positions.

Authority for the date:

Biographical Dictionary of Chinese Christianity.

1859

Christians in Bicester, England, commence a daily prayer meeting that will result in revival.

Authority for the date:

Orr, T. Edwin. Second Evangelical Awakening.

1830

Death of John Henry Hobart, Episcopal bishop of the New York diocese. Energetic in extending the church, he established branches in almost every major city of New York state, sent missionaries to the Oneida Indians, founded General Theological Seminary, and revived another college that will later be renamed Hobart College in his honor.

Authority for the date:

Wikipedia.

1803

Barton Stone and others form the Springfield (Ohio) Presbytery, having withdrawn from the Kentucky Synod because it censured them. Stone had recently been a key figure in the Cane Ridge revival in Kentucky, and will be a leader in the Stone-Campbell movement that births the Churches of Christ, Disciples of Christ, and other denominations. However, he had rejected the traditional Christian view of the Trinity and Presbyterian views of election, predestination, and retrobation.

Authority for the date:

Christian History 106 (2013).

1771

Twenty-six year old Methodist missionary Francis Asbury, writes in his journal as he sails to America: “Whither am I going? To the New World. What to do? To gain honor? No, if I know my own heart. To get money? No, I am going to live to God, and to bring others to do so.”

Authority for the date:

Nygaard, Norman Eugene. Bishop on Horseback. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, 1962.

1743

The first service is held in the unfinished Augustus Lutheran Church of Trappe, Pennsylvania, an event which will later be seen as a historic moment in Lutheran history in America.

Authority for the date:

Fegely, William O (rev. by Herbert H. Michel). “Augustus Lutheran Church—The Shrine of Lutheranism.”

1707

Death of Samuel Willard, a colonial clergyman in Massachusetts, who strenuously opposed the Salem witch trials.

Authority for the date:

Van Dyken, Seymour. Samuel Willard, 1640-1707. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1972

1654

Oliver Cromwell has the doors of the House of Parliament locked and surrounded by soldiers, and directs its members to meet him in the Painted Chamber where he speaks to them in serious tones about the perils with which their policy menaces the State, and requires them to sign an engagement “to be true and faithful to the Lord Protector and the Commonwealth.” Those who refuse (nearly one hundred, some for religious reasons) are excluded from the House.

Authority for the date:

Dale, R.W. History of English Congregationalism.

1624

Death of Bassian of Tiksnensk, an ascetic hermit of the Russian Orthodox Church who sought to mortify his flesh by wearing heavy chains, refusing all visitors except his spiritual guide, and half-starving himself. He will come to be regarded as a saint.

Authority for the date:

http://oca.org.

1591

Death of Lutheran hymnwriter Kaspar Bienemann whose Christian poems include “Lord, as Thou Wilt, Deal Thou with Me.”

Authority for the date:

Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook.

1571

Dr. Pedro Moya de Contreras arrives in Mexico where he will implement the Inquisition.

Authority for the date:

Dr. Yitzchok Levine. “The Inquisition In Mexico.”

1217

The Dominicans arrive in Paris for the first time and go straight to the center of the city to begin their mission work.

Authority for the date:

Sabatier, Paul. Life of St. Francis of Assisi.