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Quote of the day

“My soul doth magnify the Lord, my soul doth magnify the Lord. I have longed these 16 years to seal the precious cause and interest of precious Christ...”

Date from McFeeters’s Sketches of the Covenanters. Quote from Biographica Scoticana.


Christmas Angels

The Angel of the Lord beheldThe faith of AbrahamAnd said, “Since you have not withheldYour only son from meYour seed wil...



Death of Greek Orthodox theologian and poet John of Damascus near Jerusalem. The last great doctor of the Greek church, he had been a strong defender of the use of icons.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


A Roman synod deposes wicked Pope John XII. He had been just eighteen years old when elected.

Authority for the date: Encyclopedia Americana, 1956.


St. Anselm is consecrated Archbishop of Canterbury. He had fashioned the ontological argument for God’s existence and is often credited with being the father of scholasticism.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Adrian IV (Nicholas Breakspear) is elected Pope, the first Englishman to hold the position. At the beginning of the twenty-first century he will still have been the only English pope.

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Drops of molten silver injure the Shroud of Turin during a fire.

Authority for the date: Nickell, Joe. Shroud of Turin. Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2007.


Death from fever of Peter Cameron Scott in Kenya. The founder of the African Inland Mission he is not yet thirty.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


All ecclesiastical property in Russia is confiscated.

Authority for the date: Hutten, Kurt. Iron Curtain Christians. Minneapolis: Augsburg, 1967.


Death of Roland Victor Bingham, who persistently attempted to evangelize the Sudan between 1893 and 1902, and co-founded the Sudan Interior Mission.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


 Medical missionary Dr. Paul Carlson appears on the cover of Time magazine. He had become a symbol for events in the Congo when he was seized by Simba rebels who executed him.

Authority for the date: Time, Dec. 4, 1964.


President Idi Amin ousts fifty missionaries from Uganda, charging that they have connections with Israel and South Africa. 

Authority for the date: Wooding, Dan and Ray Barnett. Uganda Holocaust. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Pub. House, 1980.

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