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We treat God badly but he is good to us (1864)

This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins—1...



John Donne is appointed dean of St. Paul’s Cathedral, London.

Authority for the date: Edmund Gosse. Life and Letters of John Donne, Dean of St. Paul’s. London: William Heinemann, 1899.


Richard Baxter defies the English law forbidding him to preach, “preaching as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men.”

Authority for the date: Morgan, Robert J. On This Day. Nelson, 1997.


Danish authorities in India, fearful of losing profits if Hindus are upset by hearing the gospel preached, imprison missionary Bartholomaus Ziegenbalg. He will be held for four months.

Authority for the date: Robert Eric Frykenberg, “The Legacy of Christian Friedrich Schwartz” in 


Queen Charlotte of England, wishing to set up Sunday schools at Windsor, consults for two hours with Sarah Trimmer. Trimmer was notable for her Sunday schools, educational and biblical writings, and Christian piety.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of National Biography


At the suggestion of her minister, abolitionist Julia Ward Howe writes the words of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” to the popular tune “John Brown’s Body.”

Authority for the date: ” A Fiery Gospel.”


St. Innocent of Alaska (John Venianinov) is appointed Metropolitan of Moscow. He undertakes revisions of many church texts, raises funds to improve the living conditions of priests, and establishes a retirement home for priests.

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Metropolitan Philaret serves the Divine Liturgy for the last time and is found dead in the afternoon. He had struggled to free the church from government interference and had supported the efforts of the Russian Bible Society to translate the Bible into modern Russian that people could understand.

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Death of Samuel J. Stone, Anglican clergyman and hymnwriter and hymnologist, who had published five collections of hymns. His best-known hymn will be “The Church’s One Foundation.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Swedish missionaries Daniel Berg and Adolf Vingren disembark in Brazil where they introduce Pentecostal faith to South America’s largest nation, forming its first Assemblies of God church.

Authority for the date: ” Centennial Celebration of the Brazilian Assemblies of God” at


Jacob Olawale Omoniyi is ordained as a Baptist minister in Nigeria. Despite deficiencies in his education, he becomes a notable educator, pastor, and leader—the first chairman of the Oyo West Baptist Conference.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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