“After preaching at Oakhill about noon, I rode on to Shepton, and found them all under a strange consternation. A mob, they said, was hired, prepared,...”
Wesley, John. Journal.
Feast of the Baptism of Our Lord
Christ, when for us You were baptized,God’s Spirit on You came,As peaceful as a dove and yetAs urgent as a flame.God cal...
Death at the Cistercian abbey in Rievaulx (in Lincolnshire) of Aelred, an Anglo-Saxon abbot and writer of devotional works.Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.
At Zwingli’s suggestion, Zurich Council passes an ordinance to use the assets of monasteries taken over by the reformers to create a fund to assist the poor and schools.Authority for the date: Christian History 4 Zwingli (1984).
Luther and Agricola meet in their second disputation at Wittenberg on the topic of antinomianism (lawlessness). Luther agrees that the law is not necessary to justification but says it must be kept in the church to reveal sin, maintain discipline, and advise Christians what is pleasing to God.Authority for the date: Luther’s Works, Vol 47. “Against the Antinomians.”
Fifty-three lay Christians are beheaded for their faith at Yonezawa, Japan.Authority for the date: Wikipedia.
Death in Montreal of Marguerite Bourgeoys, who had founded the Congregation of Notre Dame of Montreal in the colony of New France (Canada). She had educated young girls in the area now known as Montreal, assisting the poor and American Indians. She will be declared a saint by the Catholic Church.Authority for the date: Wikipedia.
Young George Müller is released after thirty-six days in jail at Wolfenbüttel Castle for theft. He will migrate to England where he will become a leader in British faith ministries.Authority for the date: Müller, George. The Life of Trust: Being a Narrative of the Lord's Dealings With George Müller.
Ashbel Green Simonton holds his first baptism in Rio de Janeiro, considered the date of the birth of the Presbyterian Church in Brazil.Authority for the date: A History of Christianity in Asia, Africa, and Latin America, 1450–1990
Death of Henry Alford, Anglican priest, hymnwriter, and poet, who will be buried in the church yard of St. Martins. His tomb will bear an inscription in Latin that, translated, says, “The Inn of a Traveller on his Way to Jerusalem.”Authority for the date: Evangelical Lutheran Hymnary Handbook.
Death of John Horden, a Church of England missionary to Canada, who had learned five First Nation languages and founded many congregations in small towns and cities. In 1872 the Church of England ordained him as the first bishop of Moosonee.Authority for the date: Episcopal Church. Holy Women, Holy Men.
Soviets arrest the Orthodox priest Nicholas Mikhailovich Vinokurov in Yakutia. He is accused of conducting counter-revolutionary work to overthrow the Soviets and will be shot in Yakutsk in April.Authority for the date: Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.
Dr. Charles E. Fuller and associates broadcast the Old Fashioned Revival Hour for the last time from the Long Beach Municipal Auditorium, moving afterward to a Hollywood recording studio.Authority for the date: www.fuller.edu/news/html/revival_hour.asp