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“Southampton, I do hereby certify, that at the General Quarter to wit Sessions of the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King, holden held by adjournment...”

Dale, R.W. History of English Congregationalism. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1907.


Our lives belong to another (1843)

Don’t harm yourself! —Acts 16:28 (NIV). It is true that God promises forgiveness if we repent, but what assu...



Death in Jerusalem of Godfrey of Bouillon, a crusader who became king of Jerusalem.

Authority for the date: Catholic Encyclopedia


Canonization of theologian Thomas Aquinas, author of Summa Theologica and Summa Contra Gentiles. He had synthesized Aristotelian thought with Christian.

Authority for the date: Britannica.


Death of Georg Neumark, German educator, hymnwriter, and composer, in Thuringia. One of his best known hymns is, “If Thou but Suffer God to Guide Thee.”

Authority for the date: Cyberhymnal.


Papal guards arrest the influential Quietist spiritual leader Miguel de Molinos, internationally renowned for his Spiritual Guide. He will die in prison after mistreatment and torture.

Authority for the date: "The Life of Molinos" from the Spiritual Guide. Seedsowers.


Death of Baptist leader Benjamin Keach. Years earlier, he had been fined and pilloried for a work entitled A Child’s Instructor which rejected infant baptism.

Authority for the date: Burrage, Henry S. Baptist Hymnwriters and Their Hymns. Portland, Maine: Brown, Thurston & Co., 1888.


Death at Fulham of Thomas Sherlock, bishop of London, notable for defences of the Christian faith.

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Death of Jane Austen in her sister Cassandra’s arms. Suffering Addison’s disease, the author is just forty-one years old. She will be remembered as one of the greatest novelists of the English language, but had also written fervent prayers which demonstrated Christian faith.

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Lyman Beecher, Charles Finney, and other Presbyterians hold a colloquium at New Lebanon, New York, in an attempt to define acceptable revivalist practices. The meeting runs through July 25th and produces no agreement. An attempt to condemn some of Finney’s revival practices is countered by his call to condemn lukewarmness in religion.

Authority for the date: Russ Patrick Reeves, Countering Revivalism and Revitalizing Protestantism


Catholics opposed to the dogma of papal infallibility adopt the name Old Catholics. Intellectually they are led by professor Johann Joseph Ignaz Von Döllinger of Munich.

Authority for the date: Vincent, Benjamin. Haydn’s Dictionary of Dates. Putnam, 1911.


Two Armenian Professors, Thoumaian and Eayayan, who had been condemned to death in June at Angora, Turkey, reach England. Their innocence was so well-known in the local embassies that the Sultan had felt obliged to release them. 

Authority for the date: Evangelical Christendom(August 1, 1893)


Wasyl Swystun and a group of thirty influential Orthodox laymen summon one hundred and fifty-four delegates to Saskatoon, Canada, where they discuss what they consider to be the unsatisfactory direction the church in the Ukraine and the Russian Orthodox mission in Canada are headed and vote to take steps that will lead to the creation of the Ukrainian Greek-Orthodox Church of Canada.

Authority for the date: Yereniuk, R. “A Short Historical Outline of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of Canada.”


Azer Ata is ordained a priest in Egypt. He will become pope of the Coptic church in 1959, taking the name Kyrillos VI.

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Death of Josiah Mutabuzi Isaya Kibira, a leader in the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania and an advocate of ecumenism.

Authority for the date: Dictionary of African Christian Biography.

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