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How not to pray

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees...

Events

1549

Death of Johannes Honter, a humanist scholar, theologian, and the reformer of Transylvania.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1579

The Union of Utrecht joins several Dutch states against oppressive Spain.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1589

The Moscow Patriarchate is created, making the Russian Church autocephalous, that is, subject to no higher bishop. However, there are some details regarding precedence and signatures that will not be ironed out for about four years.

Authority for the date: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_the_Russian_Orthodox_Church.

1656

Blaise Pascal publishes his first Provinical Letter, weighing in on the French controvery between Jansenists and Roman Catholics.

Authority for the date: Pascal, Blaise. Provincial Letters.

1789

Father John Carroll establishes Georgetown College which will become Georgetown University.

Authority for the date: Chicago Tribune (January 23, 2001).

1821

Lott Carey, a Baptist, sails with 28 colleagues from Norfolk, Virginia, to Sierra Leone to become the first African-American missionary to Africa.

Authority for the date: E. Michael Rusten, Sharon O. Rusten. One Year Christian History. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2003.

1848

Charles Perry arrives in Australia and will become the first Anglican bishop of Melbourne.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1893

Death of clergyman and educator Phillips Brooks, opponent of slavery and author of “O Little Town of Bethlehem.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1908

In an early example of parachurch activity, representatives of a number of Protestant men’s movements meet in Chicago to federate in a loose coalition for mutual information and for co-operation. Among the participating organizations are the Young Men’s Christian Association and the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, as well as Methodist, Baptist, Presbyterian, and Congregational brotherhoods.

Authority for the date: Leete, Frederick DeLand. Christian Brotherhoods. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham, 1912.

1945

Nazis execute Helmuth James von Moltke, having said “the only trouble with you is you are a Christian.”

Authority for the date: Dewar, Diana. All for Christ: Some Twentieth Century Martyrs. Oxford University Press, 1980.

1950

Polish Communists take over the offices of Caritas, a Roman Catholic humanitarian agency, hoping to reduce the influence of the Roman Catholic Church.

Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.

1984

Funeral of Spetume Florence Njangali, a priest in Uganda’s Anglican Church. A hard-working woman of great ability, she had struggled long to obtain priestly ordination for women.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1999

Hindu extremists burn to death Australian missionary Graham Staine and his two sons in their jeep, forcing them back into the burning vehicle when they try to escape the flames.

Authority for the date: Foxe’s New Book of Martyrs.

2006

A Turkish higher court declines to say whether charges should proceed against novelist Orhan Pamuk for “insulting Turkishness.” Pamuk had said, “Thirty thousand Kurds and a million Armenians were killed in these lands and nobody but me dares to talk about it.” The Armenians were descendants of early Christians.

Authority for the date: New York Times.

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