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Quote of the day

“Men tell us that our preaching should be positive and not negative, that we can preach the truth without attacking error. But if we follow that advice...”

Piper, John. “J. Gresham Machen’s Response to Modernism.” http://www.desiringgod.org/library/biographies/93machen.html.

Devotional

Give to Get (1856)

You meet him who joyfully works righteousness, those who remember you in your ways —Isaiah 64:5 (ESV). Let us not...

Events

362

Emperor Julian “the Apostate” orders that all professors and schoolmasters must obtain a license before teaching—thus excluding Christians from educating youth.

Authority for the date: Frend, W. H. C. The Early Church. Philadelphia: Fortress Press, 1965.

1714

Performance of Bach’s first sacred cantata “Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis,” BWV 21 (“My Heart Was Full of Heaviness,”) after a clash with the elders at Halle.

Authority for the date: Upton, George P. The Standard Cantatas.

1789

In Norwalk, after singing and praying, Jesse Lee preaches his first sermon in Connecticut (out of doors because no one will let him borrow a house or barn), taking as his theme, “You must be born again.” He will establish Methodist churches throughout New England.

Authority for the date: Lee, Jesse. Memoir of the Rev. Jesse Lee. New York: Arno Press, 1969.

1791

Death of Selina Hastings, Countess of Huntingdon, a lifelong supporter of revival leaders and Methodists. Hours before her death of a ruptured blood vessel, she had whispered, “I shall go to my father tonight.”

Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography.

1855

James Theodore Augustus Holly, an African-American, is ordained as a deacon at St. Matthew’s Church, Detroit. Nineteen years later, he will become the first African-American missionary-bishop of the Episcopal Church (for Haiti).

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

1922

Evangelist Paul Rader makes the first of many radio broadcasts to generate publicity for his evangelistic meetings. 

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.

1956

Founding of the Thomas Road Baptist Church by  Jerry Falwell and his associates.

Authority for the date: http://trbc.org/im-new/our-history/

1981

Muslims in al-Zawya Alhamra, a Coptic district of Cairo, attempt to seize a Coptic businessman’s land to build a mosque. Armed with machine guns, knives, crowbars, and other weapons they attack Christians and their property over a two day period, destroying one hundred and fifty homes and shops and murdering more than a hundred Christians, several by burning them alive. Afterward, foreign correspondents will be barred from photographing the carnage or interviewing the relatives of the victims or eyewitnesses.

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

2004

Jiang Zongxiu, a 34 year old mother and wife in China is arrested and beaten for distributing Christian literature in a marketplace. She will die the next day.

Authority for the date: Voice of the Martyrs, special issue 2005.

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