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Pride Takes Us Down (1880)

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom —Proverbs 11:2 (NIV). Interpretation. &mdash...



Death of Bishop Richard of Chichester, who had suffered persecution from hostile King Henry III but was beloved by his people.

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Papal bull of John XXII condemns the writings of Marsilus of Padua and John of Jandun.

Authority for the date: Coplestone, Frederick Charles. History of Philosophy. Great Britain: Continum, 1946-1975.


At the Council of Constance, Jean Gerson rejects propositions of Matthias Grabow that are intended to suppress the lay spiritual renewal movement called the Brethren of Common Life. Gerson’s defense of the lay brothers ensures they will obtain papal approval.

Authority for the date: Creighton, A History of the Papacy


Adolf Clarenbach, having preached Reformation ideas in Wesel and Cologne, Germany, is arrested by Catholic authorities in Cologne. He will be sentenced to death.

Authority for the date: Schaff, Phillip. New Schaff-Herzog Encyclopedia of Religious Knowledge.


Death in Mülheim (in the Ruhr) of Pietist preacher and hymnwriter Gerhard Tersteegen. Among his best-known hymns was “Thou hidden love of God.”

Authority for the date: Nutter, Charles S. Hymns and Hymn Writers of the Church. Nashville: Smith & Lamar, 1915.


Death of Reginald Heber in India. The following year, his hymns will be published posthumously. Among them will be “Holy, Holy, Holy” and “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains.”

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


James Chalmers and Oliver Tompkins sail from Daru, Papua, New Guinea, in what will be their last voyage. Within days, cannibals will martyr and eat them.

Authority for the date: Creegan, Charles C. Pioneer Missionaries of the Church. New York: American Tract Society, 1903.


Nazarene evangelists Tómaz Phiri and Nadies Kampione (husband and wife) make a dangerous night escape from Mozambique to Malawi with their children. Although refugees, they will plant four churches that will remain in a flourishing condition years later.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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