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Quote of the day

“If humanism were right in declaring that man is born to be happy, he would not be born to die. Since his body is doomed to die, his task on earth evid...”

Solzhenitsyn, Alexander. “A World Split Apart.” Commencement address delivered at Harvard University, June 8, 1978.

Devotional

The Tongue Is a Restless Evil (1899)

A gentle tongue is a tree of life —Proverbs 15:4 (ESV). How many are the sins of the tongue—how many, and ho...

Events

793

Viking raiders devastate the Christian community on Lindisfarne island by looting and slaughter.

Authority for the date: http://public.gettysburg.edu/~cfee/MedievalNorthAtlantic/Lindisfarne/index.html

1621

John Yukinoura Jirocmon is executed on the remote Japanese island of Nakai no shima. He dies saying, “From here it is not far to Paradise.”

Authority for the date: Turnbull, Stephen. The Kakure Kirishitan of Japan. Japan Library, 1998.

1688

Seven bishops who refuse to violate the English constitution by accepting an arbitrary Declaration of Indulgence promulgated by King James II without parliamentary approval, are arrested and taken to the Tower of London. They will be found not guilty when tried.

Authority for the date: The New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.

1727

Death at Halle of Christian pastor and philanthropist August Hermann Francke.

Authority for the date: Britannica.

1819

Dr. John Scudder and his associates Spaulding, Winslow and Woodward, with their wives, sail from Boston on the brig Indies, bound for Calcutta as missionaries. Scudder will be especially influential because he is a medical doctor and surgeon. His daughter Ida will in due course also become a notable medical missionary.

Authority for the date: Creegan, Charles C. Pioneer Missionaries of the Church.

1936

Death of H. R. Mackintosh, a Church of Scotland theologian, and professor of systematic theology at New College, Edinburgh, until a year before his death. His wrote The Doctrine of the Person of Jesus Christ, carefully assessing theologies and heresies regarding the understanding of Christ’s incarnation and arguing for the kenotic theory.

Authority for the date: http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayAbstract?fromPage=online&aid=3359016

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