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Lift the fallen (1886)

Whoever turns a sinner from the error of their way will save them from death and cover over a multitude of sins—Ja...

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1639

Death of John Spottiswoode, who had sought to assimilate the Presbyterian church of Scotland into the Church of England, and served as Archbishop of St. Andrews, Primate of All Scotland. He had also written The History of the Church and State of Scotland.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1731

Birth in Hertfordshire, England, of William Cowper, who becomes a notable pre-Romantic poet, known in Christian circles for the hymns “God Moves in Mysterious Ways,” and “There Is a Fountain Filled with Blood,” and a collection titled Olney Hymns ( with John Newton) .

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1792

Birth of Sarah Grimké in Charleston, South Carolina. She becomes a notable abolitionist and advocate of women’s rights, writing An Epistle  to the Clergy of the Southern States Against Slavery and Letters on Women’s Suffrage with the Equality of the Sexes and the Condition of Woman.

Authority for the date: "Grimké, Sarah Moore and Angelina Emily." search.eb.com/women/articles/Grimke_Sarah_Moore_and_Angelina_Emily.html

1815

The inquisition in Mexico sentences revolutionary priest José María Morelos to banishment (if his life is spared), deprivation of all ecclesiastical benefices, and other penalties.

Authority for the date: Timmons, Wilbert H. Morelos: Priest, Soldier, Statesman of Mexico. El Paso, Texas: Texas Western College, 1963

1883

Death in Battle Creek, Michigan, of evangelist and abolitionist Sojourner Truth (Isabella Van Wagener). Born a slave, she had experienced visions and voices, which she attributed to God. However, she attached herself early to a cultish Methodist group whose leader beat her.

Authority for the date: http://www.sojournertruth.org/Library/Archive/LegacyOfFaith.htm

1899

Individuals with Church of Christ leanings open a little stone chapel at Wampoony, South Australia.

Authority for the date: Taylor, H. R. The History of Churches of Christ in South Australia, 1846-1959. Churches of Christ Evangelistic Unio

1901

Death of American scholar Joseph Henry Thayer, who produced a famous Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament, for many years the standard in its field.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.

1926

Louise Rathke, RN, first Missouri Synod deaconess, sails for India as a missionary.

Authority for the date: www.lutheranhistory.org.

1938

Death from pneumonia in Collegeville, Minnesota, of Virgil George Michel, a Benedictine monk. Viewing liturgical practice as the expression of the mystical body of Christ, he had worked intensely to spread ideas of liturgical reform, worship, and social action.

Authority for the date: http://www.fofweb.com/History/MainPrintPage.asp?iPin=ARL174&DataType=AmericanHistory 

1958

In a rejoinder to critic W.N. Pittenger, published in The Christian Century, C.S. Lewis acknowledges that most of what he writes is evangelistic.

Authority for the date: Christian History 7 C. S. Lewis. (1985).

2001

Islamic authorities in Turkey order pastor Ahmet Guvener to halt construction on a church that is almost complete, alleging he has illegally changed the architectural plans. He will soon be placed on trial.

Authority for the date: Baker, Barbara G. “Turkish Pastor Put on Trial in Diyarbakir.” Compass Direct.

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