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“These are the reasons why we are against the traffik of men body, as followeth. Is there any that would be done or handled at this manner viz., to be...”

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Devotional

Correction Is for Our Good (1873)

Blessed is the one whom God corrects, Job 5:17 (NIV).  Happy, because the correction is designed to bring him into...

Events

676

Feast of St. Colman of Lindisfarne (in some churches; others observe his day in August). Involved in the controversy between the Roman church and the Irish as to when to date Easter, he had left England and established two monasteries in Ireland.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1455

Death in Rome of Fra Angelico (Guido di Pietro), an Italian monk and painter. He is said to have painted all of his works prayerfully.

Authority for the date: Britannica

1546

Death in Eisleben of German reformer Martin Luther.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1564

Death in Rome of sculptor Michelangelo. At the end, he asks his friends only to remember the death of Christ.

Authority for the date: Rolland, Romain. Michelangelo. New York: Duffield & Co., 1921.

1856

Sultan Abdel Medjid-Khan of the Ottoman Empire decrees that governmental authorization at the highest level is required for a permit to build or even to repair a church. The law will remain in effect more than a century and a half later in Egypt. Consequently it can take years for Christians to receive permission to repair even a leaking toilet.

Authority for the date: Bistawros, Baheg T. The Coptic Christians of Egypt Today Under Threat of Annihilation.

1862

Five Catholics are executed in Guizhou Province, China, for refusing to renounce their faith. They include missionary Jean-Pierre Néel; Lucy Yi Zhenmei, a virgin; Martin Wu Xueshang; John Zhang Tianshen; and John Chen Xianheng.

Authority for the date: Paul Hattaway, China’s Christian Martyrs. p. 100

1869

Evangelical or “low church” Episcopalians sign the “Chicago Protest,” against “unprotestantizing” tendencies in the Protestant Episcopal denomination. Suspended by mainline Episcopalians, some will band together to found the Reformed Episcopal Church in 1873.

Authority for the date: Britannica.

1874

Death in London of William Sandys, English lawyer and the composer of “The First Noel.” He had done a good deal to popularize Christmas carols.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1885

The Cambridge Seven (star college athletes who have dedicated themselves to Christian mission work) reach China.

Authority for the date: Pollock, John. The Cambridge Seven.

1894

A mob assaults the Presbyterian mission at Yeung Kong, China, breaking into the homes of the Rev. Andrew Beattie and Dr. D. A. Beattie, where they threaten and rough up the mission families (each man has a wife and child) as they smash and loot.

Authority for the date: The Church at Home and Abroad. (June 1894) 467.

1902

Death in Hampstead, England, of Christopher Newman Hall, an English Congregationalist minister, who edited the Christ Church Hymnal of 1876, to which he contributed eighty-two original hymns and wrote a famous tract titled, “Come to Jesus,” that will be translated into dozens of languages. His best-known hymn will be “Friend of Sinners, Lord of Glory.”

Authority for the date: Nutter, Charles S. Hymn Writers of the Church.

1946

Pope Pius XII makes American Roman Catholic Archbishop Francis Joseph Spellman a cardinal.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1948

Father Butrus Sowmy of St. Mark’s Syrian Orthodox Monastery in Jerusalem phones John Trever, asking that he examine an old manuscript. It will turn out to be the first discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Authority for the date: Trafton, Joseph L. “The Dead Sea Scrolls Unrolled.” Christian History 85 (2005).

1984

Death in London of D.C.K. Watson, an Anglican priest, evangelist, and charismatic. He had been instrumental in greatly expanding attendance at the churches over which he presided and was an active promoter of world missions.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

2006

Muslims burn down Victory Baptist Church, Alamuderi, Maiduguri, Nigeria.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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