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“What is written in these pages I suppose will someday be read by others than myself. For this reason I cannot hope to be absolutely honest in what is...”

Elliot, Elizabeth, ed. The Journals of Jim Elliot. Grand Rapids, MI: Fleming H. Revell, 1978.

Devotional

A hymn a day pushes anxiety away (1838)

This is the gate of heaven. Genesis 28:17 NIV. Behold the entrance gate of heav’n, Where Jesus saith, “I am...

Events

1377

Pope Gregory XI enters Rome from Avignon, hoping to put down an Italian revolt against him. He will send  Robert of Geneva (later antipope Clement VII) with a company of ferocious Breton adventurers to crush the rebellion with atrocities, but it will continue. In about a year, Gregory will die, leaving the situation worse than it was.

Authority for the date: Johnson, Rossiter, ed. The Great Events by Famous Historians.

1484

Birth of George Burkhardt, better known to history as Spalatin, the secretary of Frederick the Wise and a friend of Martin Luther and other reformers.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.

1525

Zurich City Council holds a public debate on infant baptism, which reformer Ulrich Zwingli has mandated as a covenantal act, but which Anabaptists such as Conrad Grebel and Felix Manz oppose, saying that baptism symbolizes a believer’s commitment to Christ and therefore must be entered into by adults with understanding.

Authority for the date: Durant, Will and Ariel. The Reformation. New York: Simon and Schuster, 1957.

1562

Edict of St. Germain is issued, allowing Huguenots to preach in France.

Authority for the date: http://www.unofficialroyalty.com/royal-forums/15-french-royalty/41786-jan-16th1562-edict-of-saint-germain

1677

Trial of Ludovick Muggleton, a fanatic religious leader who had gathered many followers and annoyed London authorities by claiming to be one of the two witnesses of Revelation 11 and publicly cursing opponents. He will be sentenced to stand in the pillory for three days in three sections of London, to pay a £500 fine (or go to jail), and to have his books publicly burned. The sect of Muggletonians had arisen under his teaching.

Authority for the date: Chambers Book of Days, 1863

1705

Death of John Ray, a naturalist and theologian. He systematized botanical classification and developed a theology that sought to understand God’s wisdom and power by studying created things. His system for classifying plants seems to have been the first to divide flowering plants into monocots and dicots.

Authority for the date: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/history/ray.html

1829

Birth of Catherine Mumford in Ashbourne, Derbyshire. She will become the wife of William Booth and co-founder of the Salvation Army.

Authority for the date: Christian History 26 (1990).

1853

Birth of Harry Monroe in Exeter, New Hampshire. He will become an alcoholic, gambler, and counterfeiter. Eventually he will hear the gospel at the Pacific Garden Mission in Chicago and convert to Christianity, becoming a leader in the mission. His personal testimony of Christ’s ability to free him from alcoholism will make him an effective evangelist among other alcoholics.

Authority for the date: Ralston, J.H. “Harry Monroe Dead.” Christian Workers Magazine 17 (September, 1916) 29, 30.

1858

Birth of C. H. Phillips in Milledgeville, Ga. He will become a leader in the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church and their historian. 

Authority for the date: Phillips, C.H. The History of the Colored Methodist Episcopal Church in America.

1932

Death of Charles Gore, founder of the Community of the Resurrection, an Anglican monastery. He had been an author, a bishop, and an advocate for social justice.

Authority for the date: http://justus.anglican.org/resources/bio/84.html

1945

Raoul Wallenberg, a Swedish Lutheran diplomat, is last seen alive by his friends after Soviets take him into custody. His resourcefulness had saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during Nazi occupation. He will be remembered with other Righteous Gentiles in the Episcopal Church calendar on July 19.

Authority for the date: http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/biography/wallenberg.html

1967

Death of Clara Clerget, French-born nun (Sister Anne-Marie of the Visitation), who had spent over fifty years as a missionary in Madagascar, most of it working with leprosy patients. Her radiant personality had attracted much attention and so she will be treated with high honors at her funeral.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

1977

The Supreme Court of India (Hindu) rules that the successful work of a Christian evangelist is a threat to the “freedom of conscience” guaranteed to all citizens of India.

Authority for the date: Christian History 87 (2005).

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