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It Happened Today: John Smyth Influences the Baptists (1600)

His views helped form Baptist theology and church government. 

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Devotional (2016 church year): Spiritual muscles need exercise (1858)

Be merciful unto me, O God, be merciful unto me: for my soul trusts in you:...

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Death of Missionary Sam Sasser. In 1960 Sasser had begun serving as a missionary in the Marshall Islands and Samoa. Authority for the date: “A Tribute to Dr. Sam Sasser.”

The Church of South India is inaugurated at Madras by the merger of three denominations: Anglicans, Methodists, and the South India United Church (Presbyterian/Congregationalist).

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“Church of South India.”


[despite his tombstone, which says September 26] Death of Freeborn Garrettson, for many years a leading Methodist itinerant pastor, later the presiding elder in the state of New York.

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Thought to be a runaway slave, George White is arrested while searching for his mother. He will become a famous itinerant African-American preacher.

Authority for the date:

Hodges, Graham Russell. Black Itinerants of the Gospel. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 1998.


Death at Charterhome, London, of Dr. Thomas Burnet, an English theologian, and author of Sacred Theory of the Earth, popular in its day. He had tried to explain Noah's flood by describing the antedeluvian world as a hollow, oval-shaped object filled with water.

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Death of Thomas Traherne. His poetry, considered worthless at his death, will be rediscovered by William T. Brooke who will point them out to Alexander Grosart much later at an outdoor book stall. Bertram Dobell later proved they were the work of Trahern. Trahern’s poems will come to be recognized as among the best of the seventeenth century minor poets, brimming with childlike delight in God’s works.

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Standard encyclopedias.

Death of St. Vincent de Paul. After giving his life to serving the poor, he had founded the first Confraternity of Charity, the Congregation of the Mission, and the Daughters of Charity (the first non-monastic women’s order completely given to care of the sick and poor). Authority for the date: Delany, John. Saints for All Seasons. New York: Doubleday, 1979.
The Seminario de San Bartolome is established by the Jesuits, their first college in Columbia. Classes will commence January 1st the following year with seventy students. Authority for the date:

Philippina Graveron, a young Huguenot widow, is martyred at Paris.

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“Life Pictures from Church History, No. 17. Philippina Graveron. “ The Guardian. 8 (January, 1865) 10-1


Repose (death) of Savvaty. He was the inspiration behind the famous Solovetsky monastery, having settled as a hermit on one of the almost uninhabitable islands of the White Sea in northern Russia.

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Pope Alexander III writes a letter to the legendary Prester John, supposedly Christian king over much of central Asia. He entrusts this to Philip, his physician, to deliver. Philip does not survive the attempt to convey it. Authority for the date: Baring-Gould, Sabine. Curious Myths of the Middle Ages. London: Rivingtons, 1877.