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“Now the passage which I have undertaken to expound to day, is one in which the doctrine of the Trinity is brought into connection practically with the...”

Robertson, F.W. Sermons Preached at Brighton. London: Kegan, Paul, Trench and Co., 1884.

Devotional

Give Thanks for Holy Communion (1916)

Read John 6:49-59 I. Our Lord gave the instruction recorded in our passage in the one synagogue in all the world, it see...

Events

451

Armenians fight a desperate battle at Avarayr to preserve their Christian culture against the Persians, who have a much larger army. This is the first known battle in history fought to preserve a nation’s Christian faith. Although the Armenians lose the battle and their best leaders, the Persians lose sixty thousand soldiers and agree by treaty that Armenia may practice its faith.

Authority for the date: www.armenianchurch-ed.net

605

(probable date) Death of Augustine of Canterbury, the missionary who had persuaded the Anglo-Saxons of Wessex and Kent to follow Christianity.

Authority for the date: Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.

1232

Pope Gregory IX appoints Dominican friars to be inquisitors in Aragon. He will appoint others for the kingdoms of Navarre, Castile, and Portugal.

Authority for the date: Balmes, James and William H. Rule. “The Inquisition Established in Spain A.D. 1480.”

1328

Franciscan friar William of Occam, a notable scholar, flees from Avignon to escape Pope John XXII, of whom he had been critical, and joins Emperor Louis of Bavaria. He will take an active part in the emperor’s struggles against the pope.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana.

1521

A rump session of the Diet of Worms approves an edict declaring Luther a criminal who has committed high treason, and calls for his capture and death.

Authority for the date: Christian History 28 (1999).

1595

Death of Philip Neri, the founder of the Oratorians.

Authority for the date: New Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1967.

1862

Thomas Barnardo experiences conversion to evangelical Christianity. His most famous work will be the opening of orphanages for London’s homeless boys and girls.

Authority for the date: Orr, J. Edwin. Second Evangelical Awakening.

1894

Lillian May Thomas, an African-American, sails for the Congo as a missionary.

Authority for the date: Jacobs, Sylvia M. Black Americans & the Missionary Movement in Africa. Greenwood Pr., 1982.

1910

Pope Pius X issues his “Borromeo” encyclical in which he blames modern revolutions on “the would-be reformers of the sixteenth century” and characterizes them as enemies of the cross.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. Creeds of Christendom. 

1927

Death of Francis Edward Clark, founder of the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1952

Death of Walter Thomas Conner, a Southern Baptist preacher and educator active in Texas. He had sought to make theological education result in practical expressions of faith, by writing and teaching for four decades at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Authority for the date: https://tshaonline.org

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