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“If the church councilmen observe all these regulations, continue steadfast in the pure doctrine of the faith and lead holy lives as children of God if...”

Schmucker, Beale M. “The Organization of the Congregation in the Early Lutheran Churches in America.” Philadelphia: Lutheran Church Review (July, 1887).

Devotional

Neglect has consequences (1880)

A lazy person doesn’t plow in the proper season; he looks for a harvest, but there is nothing — Proverbs 20:...

Events

1115

Death of French monk Peter the Hermit at Neufmoutier-by-Huy. He had helped inspire the Crusades.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1153

Death of Blessed Pope Eugene III. He had fled to France during disturbances in Rome.

Authority for the date: Brusher, Jospeh. Popes Through the Ages.

1413

Jan Hus’s De ecclesia (On the Church) is read in Bethlehem chapel, Prague. Cardinal D’Ailly will later complain at the Council of Constance that it combats the pope’s plenary authority as much as the Koran.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Philip. History of the Christian Church.

1622

Pope Gregory XV issues a brief allowing Philip Neri’s Congregations of the Oratory to govern themselves independently of one another.

Authority for the date: Bacci, Father. The Life of Saint Philip Neri. London: Kegan, Paul, Trech, Trübner & Co., 1902.

1623

Death of Pope Gregory XV in Rome from a fever, after several days in great misery. 

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1660

Archibald Campbell, Marquis of Argyle, arrives at Whitehall to congratulate King Charles II on his accession to the throne, but as soon as the king hears his name announced, he stamps his foot and orders Sir William Fleming to execute his orders, which are to imprison Argyle in the Tower. Argyle had stood with the Parliamentarians in the recent civil war.

Authority for the date: www.electricscotland.com/history/other/campbell_archibald.htm.

1663

King Charles II of England grants a charter to Rhode Island colony that guarantees religious freedom regardless of “differences in opinion in matters of religion.”

Authority for the date: Macdonald, W. Select Charters and Other Documents Illustrative of American History, 1606-1775.  Macmillan, 190

1673

Death of Johann Rudolph Ahle, a composer of sacred music who had avoided polyphonic counterpoint and confined himself to the simple “chorale” style. Some of his songs will still be popular centuries later.

Authority for the date: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook.

1681

Death in Thuringia of Georg Neumark, German educator and hymnwriter, author, and composer of the hymn “If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee.” Twice during his life he had lost everything he owned: once to robbers and once to fire. These losses seem to have contributed much to the depth of his religious verse.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1716

Death of Robert South, a Church of England preacher, Latinist, and author well-known for participation in doctrinal controversies, often opposing with wit and invective the very positions he had formerly held, yet boldly attacking the vices of his age.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography.

1813

The remains of eccentric preacher William Huntington, formerly a coal shoveler, are transferred from a temporary grave at Tonbridge Wells to a permanent one at Lewes. The gravestone is inscribed with an epitaph he had written a few days before death, leaving space for dates and age: “Here lies the Coal-heaver, who departed this life [July 1, 1813] in the [69th]; beloved of his God, but abhorred by men. The Omniscient Judge, at the Great Assize, shall ratify and confirm this, to the confusion of many thousands; for England and its metropolis shall know that there hath been a prophet among them. W.H. S.S.” S.S. means “Sinner Saved.”

Authority for the date: Chambers Book of Days (1881).

1939

After just a month in America where he was to lecture, Dietrich Bonhoeffer departs for Germany, writing to  Reinhold Niebuhr, “I have made a mistake in coming to America. I must live through this difficult period of our national history with the Christian people of Germany. I will have no right to participate in the reconstruction of Christian life in Germany after the war if I do not share the trials of this time with my people.”

Authority for the date: Christian History 32 (1991).

1948

The Moscow Conference convenes to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the independence of the Russian Orthodox Church from control of the Eastern Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople.

Authority for the date: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1758-6623.1950.tb01050.x/abstract

2000

Death of James Curtis Wakhu, a zealous evangelist for Sheepfold Ministries, especially among the Muslims of Kenya. He had experienced three years of undiagnosed pain.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

2001

Vonette Bright celebrates the release of a new series of books, My Heart in His Hands, at a Sunday reception in Atlanta. The four-book devotional series for women has been written to complement the seasons of a women’s life through inspiring stories and Scripture verses, with much of the content culled from her Women Today radio program.

Authority for the date: House of James.

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