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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...

Events

1621

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.

1672

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.

1708

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 

1861

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.” http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/life_and_art/2011/11/julia_ward_howe_s_battle_hymn_of_the_

1867

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.

Authority for the date: orthodoxwiki.org/Innocent_of_Alaska

1867

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.

Authority for the date: http://oca.org

1900

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.

1910

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 http://worldmissions.ag.org/

1967

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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