prev JANUARY 2 next

Quote of the day

“Glory to God in the height of His divinity Glory to God in the depth of his humanity Glory to God in His all suffering Into His hands I commend my spi...”

Belcher, Joseph. Historical sketches of hymns, their writers, and their influence. Philadelphia: Lindsay and Blakiston, 1859.

Devotional

Keep us from wounding Christ (1916)

His love is perfected in us. 1 John 4:12 ESV. Heavenly Father, write Thy new, best name of Love upon our hearts this mor...

Events

303

According to tradition, Roman Emperor Diocletian orders a slaughter of Christians at an English town which, because of the event, becomes known as Lichfield, “field of corpses.”

Authority for the date: Harper, Howard V. Days and Customs of All Faiths. New York: Fleet Publishing, 1957.

1492

The Moors surrender Granada to their Catholic majesties Ferdinand and Isabella.

Authority for the date: http://granadamap.com/history.htm

1542

Calvin’s Ecclesiastical Ordinances are ratified as church law in Geneva.

Authority for the date: Durant, Will and Ariel. The Reformation. The Story of Civilization.

1792

Death of Edward Perronet who had written the hymn “All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name.”

Authority for the date: Duffield, Samuel Willoughby. English Hymns; their Authors and History. New York: Funk and Wagnalls, 1886.

1849

Seventeen-year old John Norton Loughborough gives his first public talk. Filled with certainty Christ will soon return, he has rented a church in upper New York to lecture on the subject. Eventually he will become an influential leader of the Seventh-day Adventists. 

Authority for the date: Lest We Forget: Adventist Pioneer Library, Vol. 6 No. 4 (1996).

1878

Death of Edward Caswall, author of the hymn “When Morning Guilds the Skies.”

Authority for the date: Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Baker, 1992.

1883

Death in Philadelphia of Charles Porterfield Krauth. A Lutheran pastor, editor, and educator, he had spent his life promoting conservative Lutheran theology and a literal reading of the Augsburg Confession.

Authority for the date: http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/k/r/krauth_cp.htm

1905

Sergius Georgievich Golubyatnikov, known as “Seraphim,” is consecrated Bishop of Mozhaisk. While serving in a later post at Ekaterinburg and Irbit he will condemn the Bolsheviks’ February revolution, for which he will be sent to the Novospassky monastery in Moscow, becoming its first prisoner when it is turned into a prison. There he will be shot.

Authority for the date: Moss, Vladimir. Holy New Martyrs and Confessors of the Urals, Siberia and Central Asia.

1909

Ordination of Aimee and Robert Semple by Chicago evangelist William H. Durham. Aimee will marry Harold McPherson after Robert’s death, becoming the founder of the International Church of the Foursquare Gospel and one of America’s most popular and controversial preachers of the early twentieth century.

Authority for the date: Christian History Online.

1921

KDKA, a Pittsburgh radio station, broadcasts a service from Calvary Presbyterian Church to test its ability to make remote broadcasts; this is the first religious broadcast ever made.

Authority for the date: Hill, George H. Airwaves to the Soul; the influence and growth of religious broadcasting in America. Saratoga, CA:

1924

Death of Sabine Baring-Gould at Exeter, England. An Anglican clergyman, he will be remembered as the author of two popular hymns: “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Now the Day Is Over.”

Authority for the date: Wells, Amos R. A Treasury of Hymn Stories. Baker, 1992.

Subscribe to daily emails

Containing today’s events, devotional, quote and stories