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It Happened Today: Absalom Jones, First Black Priest in America (1802)

The ushers literally dragged the unsuspecting Jones from the altar.

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A Thought and a Prayer for Every Day in the Year

Devotional (2016 church year): Give God your whole heart (1885)

It is the heart for which God asks, and, moreover, it is the whole heart....

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Muslim extremists attack a Christian radio station in the Philippines, killing Greg Hapalla (who is taping a program in the local language) and control operator Greg Bacabis.

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Committee to Protect Journalists.


Death of James M. Gray, who had been a Bible teacher, author, pastor (Reformed Episcopal Church), dean and president of Moody Bible Institute, an editor of the Scofield reference Bible and hymnwriter. Among his hymns was “Nor Silver Nor Gold” and “Only a Sinner.”

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Archbishop Signaie ordains Charles Chiniquy as a priest in Quebec Cathedral. After causing several scandals, Chiniquy will quit Catholicism and vilify his former church.

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Death at Abbotsford of the novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott, who had also written hymns. Two of the best known were “The Day of Wrath, that Dreadful Day,” and “When Israel of the Lord Beloved.”

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Standard encyclopedias.


The first lodge of Orangemen is organized in Loughgall, County Armagh, Ireland. Named after William, Prince of Orange, it will be a bitterly sectarian Protestant fraternity that will clash often with equally angry Roman Catholic societies known as Defenders or Ribbonmen.

Authority for the date:

Leete, Frederick DeLand. Christian Brotherhoods. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham, 1912.


Death at Harrowgate, England, of John Balguy, a Church of England priest who had written many books of theology and apologetics as well as an essay on redemption that rejected substitution in atonement.

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Britannica, 1911.


Repose (death) of the Venerable Joseph, who had founded Zaonikiev Monastery in Volgoda, believing his eyes were cured through an icon and prayer.

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Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a yellow badge. Authority for the date: