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It Happened Today: Ajuoga Registered the Church of Christ in Africa (1958)

When colonialist church leaders demoted Ajuoga in 1957, he led sixteen thousand Africans out of the Anglican church.

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Crumbs from the King's Table

Devotional (2016 church year): What is in a name? (1888)

And those who know your name put their trust in you . Psalm 9:10 ESV.


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Death of Harriet Bedell, who had served as an Episcopal missionary among Native Americans in Alaska and Florida.

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Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.


Missionaries Nate Saint, Ed McCully, Jim Elliot, Peter Fleming, and Roger Youderian are massacred by Woadani Indians (Auca) in Ecuador.

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Standard encyclopedias.


The Grecian Holy Synod condemns Apostolos Makrakis in his absence to three months’ imprisonment. Makrakis, who is popular with the middle class, had preached controversial sermons about Christ and attacked freemasonry, materialism, and simony (the sale and purchase of church positions). The latter charge turned church leaders against him and now they use his view that humans have a soul, spirit, and body to condemn him. In 1880 a court in Athens will absolve him.

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Death of John LeClerc (Clericus), a Swiss theologian who had left Geneva because his critical study of the Bible led him to disagree with Calvin. Settling in Amsterdam, he had become an Arminian.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Elizabeth Hooten, first convert to George Fox’s Quaker teachings, and one of the earliest Protestant women preachers.

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Deen, Edith. Great Women of the Christian Faith. New York: Harper, 1959.


Tjard Reynders is executed for sheltering the gentle and holy Anabaptist leader Menno Simons.

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Simons, Menno. Complete Writings of Menno Simons.


Lothair of Segnei is elected as Innocent III; he will be the first to consistently title himself “Vicar of Christ” and will take the papacy to its pinnacle of power.

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Standard encyclopedias.


Death of Severinus, an early missionary from Africa who preached Christianity in what is now Austria.

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