prev SEPTEMBER 21 next


Give God your whole heart (1885)

It is the heart for which God asks, and, moreover, it is the whole heart. There are many claimants in the world for our...



Cardinal Nicholas of Cusa orders Jews of Holland to wear a yellow badge.

Authority for the date:


Repose (death) of the Venerable Joseph, who had founded Zaonikiev Monastery in Volgoda, believing his eyes were cured through an icon and prayer.

Authority for the date:


Andreas Rudman writes to Justus Falckner, urging him to accept a call to lead the Dutch Lutheran congregations in Manhattan and Albany. This leads to Falckner becoming the first Lutheran minister ordained in the area that will become the United States.

Authority for the date: Julius Friedrich Sachse, Justus Falckner, My


Death at Harrowgate, England, of John Balguy, a Church of England priest who had written many books of theology and apologetics as well as an essay on redemption that rejected substitution in atonement.

Authority for the date: Britannica, 1911.


The first lodge of Orangemen is organized in Loughgall, County Armagh, Ireland. Named after William, Prince of Orange, it will be a bitterly sectarian Protestant fraternity that will clash often with equally angry Roman Catholic societies known as Defenders or Ribbonmen.

Authority for the date: Leete, Frederick DeLand. Christian Brotherhoods. Cincinnati: Jennings & Graham, 1912.


Death at Abbotsford of the novelist and poet Sir Walter Scott, who had also written hymns. Two of the best known were “The Day of Wrath, that Dreadful Day,” and “When Israel of the Lord Beloved.”

Authority for the date: Standard encyclopedias.


Archbishop Signaie ordains Charles Chiniquy as a priest in Quebec Cathedral. After causing several scandals, Chiniquy will quit Catholicism and vilify his former church.

Authority for the date:


Death of James M. Gray, who had been a Bible teacher, author, pastor (Reformed Episcopal Church), dean and president of Moody Bible Institute, an editor of the Scofield reference Bible and hymnwriter. Among his hymns was “Nor Silver Nor Gold” and “Only a Sinner.”

Authority for the date:


Muslim extremists attack a Christian radio station in the Philippines, killing Greg Hapalla (who is taping a program in the local language) and control operator Greg Bacabis.

Authority for the date: Committee to Protect Journalists.

Subscribe to daily emails

Containing today’s events, devotional, quote and stories