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“Seekest thou great things for thyself Seek them not. Seek ye first the kingdom of God.”


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Death of St. Sava from pneumonia in Tmovo, Bulgaria. He had become ill after participating in a ceremony known as “Blessing of the Waters.” From being a monk, he had risen to become archbishop of Serbia.

Authority for the date: Obolensky, Dmitri. Six Byzantine Portraits. Clarendon, 1988.


Death in Udine of Odoric, a Franciscan who had traveled to China and reported on the Far East, but whose credibility was low because he reported many details on hearsay.

Authority for the date: Hartig, Otto. “Odoric of Pordenone.” The Catholic Encyclopedia. New York: Robert Appleton Company, 1911.


Anabaptist preacher Leonhard Schiemer is beheaded and burned in Austria. Dreading death, he strengthens himself with the thought, “If I did not place all my confidence in the Lord I would fall; but the Lord is my comfort and my confidence; he forsakes none who trusts him.” During his ministry, he had made about seventy converts in Rattenberg. In prison he had written letters that were held in high regard by other Anabaptists.

Authority for the date: Dyck, Cornelius J. An Introduction to Mennonite History. Scottdale, Pa.: Herald Press, 1993.


Juan Valdés publishes his Dialogue, giving rise to the Valdesians of Spain. His emphasis on faith and religious feeling, as well as disregard of ecclesiastical authority, paves the way in Spain for Protestant ideas, but forces him to flee the Inquisition.

Authority for the date: Nieto, Jose C. Juan de Valdés and the Origins of the Spanish and Italian Reformation. Geneva, 1970.


Forty-four ministers, mostly from the province of Holland, sign a Remonstrance that expresses their objections to certain Calvinist teachings of the state church of the Netherlands.

Authority for the date: Burigny, Jean Levesque de. The Life of the Truly Eminent and Learned Hugo Grotius.


Death of Father Parti Sarpi, a Venetian polymath and doctor of theology. He had assisted Venice in its struggles against the papacy and wrote a history of the Council of Trent that exposed misdeeds of the pope, all while still a member of the Augustinian Servite order.

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Adoption of the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut—the first written constitution known to history that specifies the powers of government. It is largely the work of clergyman Thomas Hooker.

Authority for the date: The American Republic: Primary Sources, ed. Bruce Frohnen. Indianapolis: Liberty Fund, 2002.


Death in Ely, England, of John Bois, one of the translators of the Authorized Version of the Bible, and a key editor of it. He had also assisted with an edition of John Chrysostom’s writings. Significantly, he had been able to read the Hebrew Bible at age five and taught Greek at Cambridge for ten years.

Authority for the date: Chambers Book of Days, 1863


Death in Oxford, England, of George Berkeley. Years earlier, as newlyweds, he and his wife had attempted mission work in America, but left when financial backing failed. After his return to England, he had gained fame for a theory of vision and for his philosophical system of idealism, which held that familiar objects were ideas in the mind and did not exist outside of our perception. (In a famous incident recorded in Boswell’s Life of Samuel Johnson, when Johnson learned of Berkeley’s philosophy he kicked a large stone until it hurt his foot and announced “I refute it thus.") Made bishop of Cloyne, he had shown consideration toward both Roman Catholics and Protestants.

Authority for the date: Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy


Death in Cheshire, Massachusetts, of Baptist evangelist John Leland, who in addition to his evangelistic work had been an ardent opponent of slavery and a strong advocate for religious liberty.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Death in London, England, of Cardinal Henry Manning, who had been a leader in the Oxford movement for reforming the Church of England before transferring his allegiance to the Roman Catholic Church.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.


Doctor Walter Lewis Wilson, having heard James Gray preach on the Holy Spirit, goes home, falls on the floor, and yields to the Holy Spirit. He becomes a notable evangelist, founder of churches and a college in Missouri, and will be known as “Beloved Physician.”

Authority for the date: Michael Rusten, Sharon O. Rusten. One Year Christian History. Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2003.


Death in Oxford, England, of Richard Meux Benson, the principal founder of the Society of Saint John the Evangelist, an Anglican form of monasticism.

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Death in Ashfield, New South Wales, of Robert J. H. McGowan, Australian minister, Bible scholar, conservative theologian, and moderator of the General Presbyterian Assembly for New South Wales.

Authority for the date: Biographical Dictionary of Evangelicals.


Death in Taiwan of Lillian Dickson, founder of The Mustard Seed, an inter-denominational mission agency that engaged in relief aid, public health, and Christian education.

Authority for the date: Presbyterian Church in Canada Archives.


Death in Ecuador of Dr. Manuel Naula, the first Quichua Indian to become a medical doctor. A Christian, he was known for his self-sacrificing life and soul-winning efforts.

Authority for the date: Unattributed obituary clipping.


Death of Sipho Mncube, a South African evangelist who had once been an alcoholic, drug addict, and thief. Many had come to Christ through his humility and charitable efforts.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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