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Emulate Barnabas (1880)

Rescue those who are being taken away to death; hold back those who are stumbling to the slaughter. If you say, “B...

Events

888

Death of Rimbert, archbishop of Bremen-Hamburg. He had helped evangelize Scandinavia and probably authored the life of his mentor Ansgar.

Authority for the date: Catholic Encyclopedia. 

1289

Dante, who will one day write the Divine Comedy, fights on the side of the Guelphs in the Battle of Campaldino. The Guelphs are victorious and control Florence.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1294

Death of Roger Bacon, a Franciscan monk and one of the most original thinkers of the Middle Ages. He had predicted aircraft, submarines, suspension bridges, engines, and more.

Authority for the date: http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/13111b.htm

1445

Repose (Death) of Venerable Barnabas the abbot of Vetluga, who, after serving as an Orthodox priest, became a hermit along the River Vetluga at Red Hill, living on wild growth and acorns. He is supposed to have predicted that many people would one day live in this uninhabited region. Following his death, a monastery grew up there, followed by an influx of farmers.

Authority for the date: http://oca.org

1632

John Owen graduates BA from Oxford University. He becomes one of the leading non-conformist preachers of his day and the author of many theological works. A Calvinist, he will strongly oppose Arminian views.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1923

Mildred Cable and the Chinese Trio leave Hwo Chow to set out for Central Asia, uncertain what and where the Lord is calling them. Years later they will have preached the gospel to hundreds of cities and villages in the Gobi desert.

Authority for the date: Cable, Mildred and French, Francesca. Through Jade Gate and Central Asia. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1939.

1936

The Presbyterian Church of North America is founded in Philadelphia, led by J. Gresham Machen and others who believe that the United Presbyterian church has become too liberal. In 1938 the denomination changes its name to the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Authority for the date: “Why the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?” http://opc.org/cce/WhyOPC.html

1951

Ordination of Fulton John Sheen as a bishop in the Roman Catholic Church. Although a masterful theologian and educator, he will gain international recognition as the host of the radio program The Catholic Hour and will present the TV programs Life Is Worth Living and The Fulton Sheen Program.

Authority for the date: http://www.catholic-hierarchy.org/bishop/bsheen.html

1965

Evangelist Prem Pradhan is released from prison in Nepal where he had been incarcerated for his witness about Christ. He will become an educator and accept hundreds of orphans whom he, his wife, and assistants will rear in Christian faith.

Authority for the date: Powerlife (April 9, 1972)

1970

Death of missionary Frank Laubach in Benton, Pa. He had taught reading through phonetics.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

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