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The Christian History Almanac is a daily 5-minute podcast that highlights those stories- sometimes well known, other times less so- that have shaped the history of the church. Hosted by historian and author Dr. Daniel van Voorhis, each daily podcast concludes with a piece of prose or poetry and the… read more

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020

February 18th, 2020

6:16

On this day Germantown Quaker petition against slavery was published in 1688. And it is the birthday of Nikos Kazantzakis, b. 1883. The reading is from Francis Daniel Pastorius, his "Epitaph."

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Monday, February 17, 2020

February 17th, 2020

6:10

On this day, we remember Mesrop Mashtots, d. 440, and Giordano Bruno, d. 1600. The reading is "Atonement" by Sofia M. Starnes.

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Sunday, February 16, 2020

February 16th, 2020

5:56

On this day, we remember Philip Melanchthon, b. 1497, and Gaspard de Coligny, b. 1519. The reading is "The Spirit searches everything" by Tania …

Saturday, February 15, 2020

February 15th, 2020

7:28

On this day, we remember Lutheran musician Michael Praetorius and American Baptist preacher William Miller. The reading is a quote from "Surprised by Hope" by NT Wright.

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Friday, February 14, 2020

February 14th, 2020

6:03

On this day, we remember St. Valentine and Frederick Douglass. The reading is "Jesus Praying" by Hartley Coleridge.

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Thursday, February 13, 2020

February 13th, 2020

6:33

On this day, we remember Sister Julia McGroarty and Bruce Metzger. The reading is "Arbor Vitae" by Siegfried Sassoon.

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Wednesday, February 12, 2020

February 12th, 2020

7:02

On this day, we remember St. Julian the Hospitaller and Cotton Mather, b. 1663. The reading is "Eternal God, How They’ve Increased" by Mather.

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

February 11th, 2020

5:56

On this day, we remember Hugh of St. Victor and William Carstares. The reading is “Christians, come, in sweetest measures” by Adam of St. Victor.

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Monday, February 10, 2020

February 10th, 2020

8:13

On this day, we remember St. Scholastica, d. 543, and Dominique Pire, b. 1910. The reading is a quote from "The Foolishness of Preaching" by Robert …

Sunday, February 9, 2020

February 9th, 2020

8:13

On this day, we remember John Hooper (b. 1555) and Garner Ted Armstrong (b. 1930). Our reading is a hymn version of Psalm 23 by Henry Baker, "The King of Love My Shepherd Is."

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Saturday, February 8, 2020

February 8th, 2020

6:33

On this day, we remember the founding of the College of William and Mary in 1693 and also Josephine Bakhita, who died in 1947. The reading is "Come, …

Friday, February 7, 2020

February 7th, 2020

6:03

On this day, we remember Toader Arăpașu and Helder Camara. Our reading is an anonymous poem, "The Steadfast Cross."

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Thursday, February 6, 2020

February 6th, 2020

7:42

On this we remember, Antonie Arnauld, born in 1612, and George Tyrell, born in 1841. The reading is from A.J.M. Smith, "Beside One Dead."

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Wednesday, January 5, 2020

February 5th, 2020

6:20

On this day, we remember the Twenty-Six Martyrs of Japan, and theologian Martin Marty, born in 1928. The reading is from Edith Södergran, "Christian …

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

February 4th, 2020

7:36

On this day in 1859, the Codex Sinaiticus was discovered. And a few years later in 1906, Dietrich Bonhoeffer was born. The reading is from Bonhoeffer's "Meditations on the Cross."

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Monday, February 3, 2020

February 3rd, 2020

6:17

On this day, we remember Richard Rawlinson, born 1690, and Four Chaplains Day. The reading is an excerpt from N.B. Weber's "Accidental Saints."

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Sunday, February 2, 2020

February 2nd, 2020

7:12

On this day, we celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord and the feast Cornelius the Centurion. The reading is "A Song For Simeon" by T.S. Eliot.

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Saturday, February 1, 2020

February 1st, 2020

7:16

On this day, we remember Henry McNeal Turner, born in 1834, and the publishing of the Battle Hymn of the Republic in 1862. The reading is "There Is A Fountain Filled With Blood" by William Cowper.

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Friday, January 31, 2020

January 31st, 2020

5:22

On this day, we remember Thomas Merton, b. 1915, and John R Mott, d. 1955. The reading is "The Flight Into Egypt" by Thomas Merton.

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Thursday, January 30, 2020

January 30th, 2020

6:17

On this day, we remember Charles I, who died on this day 1649, and Francis Schaeffer, born in 1912. The reading is "Prayer" by George Herbert.

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

January 29th, 2020

6:06

On this day, we remember Swedenborg, b. 1688, and Sergius III was elected Pope. The reading is "I Have Called You Friends" by Narayan Vaman Tilak.

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

January 28th, 2020

7:31

On this day, we remember Thomas Aquinas, b. 1225, and Reuben Torrey, b.1856. The reading is "O Food Of Men Wayfaring" by Aquinas.

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Monday, January 27, 2020

January 27th, 2020

6:52

On this day, we remember St. Sava and Johann Nikolaus von Hontheim. The reading is "Infant Noah" by Vernon Watkins.

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Sunday, January 26, 2020

January 26th, 2020

5:54

On this day, we remember the feast of St. Titus and from a few centuries later, St. Paula. The reading is "On a Roccoco Crucifix" by John Wheelright.

Saturday, January 25, 2020

January 25th, 2020

5:46

On this day, we celebrate the Conversion of St. Paul and the founding of Sao Paulo as a Jesuit Mission. The reading is "The Harvest is the End of the …

Friday, January 24, 2020

January 24th, 2020

6:13

On this day, we celebrate the Feast of St. Timothy and remember John Donne. The reading is "Death Be Not Proud" by Donne.

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Thursday, January 23, 2020

January 23rd, 2020

6:01

On this day, we remember St. Marianne of Molokai and also the establishment of Georgetown in 1789. The reading is "A Prayer (For Those Who Shall …

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

January 22nd, 2020

5:21

On this day, we remember Father Gapon & Bloody Sunday of Russia in 1905 and the Testem Benevolentiae was published in 1899. The reading is a poem …

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

January 21st, 2020

5:47

Today, we celebrate St. Agnes Day. And the Book of Common Prayer was mandated in England on this day. The reading is "Hymn of the Magdalene" by Marbod of Rennes, trans. Hellen Waddell.

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Monday, January 20, 2020

January 20th, 2020

5:18

On this day, the Decian persecution began in 250 AD. And in 1518, Tetzel published his Counter-Theses to Luther. The reading is "Resurrection" by Charles G.D. Roberts.

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Sunday, January 19, 2020

January 19th, 2020

6:06

On this day, we remember Hans Sachs and Wulfstan, bishop of Worcester. The reading is "Invocation" by Juan Ruiz.

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Saturday, January 18, 2020

January 18th, 2020

5:28

On this day, we recognize the Feast of the Confession of St. Peter and the remember the baptism of Taufa'ahau Tupou. The reading is "Poem with a Phrase by George Herbert" by Brett Foster.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

January 17th, 2020

5:40

On this day, we remember St. Antony of Egypt, who died in 356. We also remember the Zwingli v. Grebel colloquy on Baptism. The reading is "The Cross" …

Thursday, January 16, 2020

January 16th, 2020

6:32

On this day, we remember George Spalatin and the signing of the Virginia Act of Religious Freedom. The reading is an excerpt from Eugene Peterson's "Tell It Slant."

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Wednesday, January 15, 2020

January 15th, 2020

5:05

On this day in 1842, Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana was chartered. Also on this day in 1983, Lech Walesa met with Pope John Paul II. The reading …

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

January 14th, 2020

5:40

On this day, we remember the Order of the Knights Templar and Niemoller, born in 1892. The reading is from Horatius Bonar, "How Long?"

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Monday, January 13, 2020

January 13th, 2020

4:55

On this day, we remember the birth of P.J. Spener in 1635. And it is the feast day of Hilary of Poitiers. The reading is from a Pentecost hymn from Hilary, "Rejoice, the Year Upon Its Way."

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Sunday, January 12, 2020

January 12th, 2020

7:05

On this day, we remember the Hampton Court Conference and John Winthrop. The reading is from Anne Bradstreet, "As weary pilgrim, now at rest."

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Saturday, January 11, 2020

January 11th, 2020

6:16

On this day, we remember the Altona Confession of the Confessing Church. And it is the feast day for Theodosius the Cenobiarch. The reading is a quote from Karl Barth.

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Friday, January 10, 2020

January 10th, 2020

5:54

On this day, we remember Berenger of Tours and Lazzaro Spallanzani. The reading is "Deathbed" by Evangeline Paterson.

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Thursday, January 9, 2020

January 9th, 2020

5:53

On this day, we remember one of the fathers of the American Baptist church, Isaac Backus. We also recognize the peculiar Translation of the Black …

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

January 8th, 2020

6:35

On this day, we remember the Council of Florence and the hymn composer Lowell Mason. The reading is from the "Dream of Gerontius" by J.H. Newman.

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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

January 7th, 2020

7:01

On this day, we remember Lucian of Antioch and Canute Lavard. The reading is "Discipline" by George Herbert.

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Monday, January 6, 2020

January 6th, 2020

6:32

On this day, we celebrate the feast of Epiphany. We also remember Reformation era composer Martin Agricola. The reading is "We Three Kings" by John …

Sunday, January 5, 2020

January 5th, 2020

6:40

On this day, we remember Edward the Confessor and Felix Manz. The reading is from Anne Locke, "Sonnet on the 51st Psalm."

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Saturday, January 4, 2020

January 4th, 2020

6:31

On this day, we remember J.J. Griesbach, born in 1745, and the founding of the New Apostolic Church in 1863. The reading is by Charles Kingsey, "the …

Friday, January 3, 2020

January 3rd, 2020

7:09

On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. Genevieve of Paris, and we remember J.R.R. Tolkien, born on this day in 1892. The reading is "Nöel" by …

Thursday, January 2, 2020

January 2nd, 2020

6:06

On this day, we remember St. Basil, one of the Cappadocian Fathers, and Charles Porterfield Krauth, American Lutheran. The reading is "Come Ye Sinners" by Joseph Hart.

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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

January 1st, 2020

5:53

On this day, we observe the Feast of the Holy Name. We remember Jefferson's Letter to the Danbury Baptist Church. The reading is "Ring Out Wild …

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

December 31st, 2019

5:55

On this day, we remember John Wycliffe and Marshal McLuhan. The reading is selected stanzas from "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen."

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Monday, December 30, 2019

December 30th, 2019

8:35

On this day, we remember pope-but-not-martyr St. Felix and New York governor and Democratic candidate for President Al Smith. The reading is "The Twelve Days of Christmas" by Thomas Lynch.

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Sunday, December 29, 2019

December 29th, 2019

7:51

On this day, we remember two English contemporaries: Christina Rossetti and William Gladstone. The reading is "Love Came Down at Christmas" by Rossetti.

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Saturday, December 28, 2019

December 28th, 2019

7:06

On this day, we observe the Feast of the Innocents. We remember Pierre Bayle, who died on this day in 1706. The reading is "That Rage Whereof the Psalm Doth Say" by George Wither.

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Friday, December 27, 2019

December 27th, 2019

7:01

On this day, we remember the feast day for St. John the Evangelist. Today, in 537 AD, the construction of Haga Sophia was completed. The reading is "Earth cannot bar flame from ascending" by Rossetti.

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Thursday, December 26, 2019

December 26th, 2019

5:37

On this day, we celebrate the second day of Christmas, known as St. Stephen's Day, and learn of traditions attached to this day. The reading is "St. …

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

December 25th, 2019

7:18

On this day, we celebrate the feast of Christmas. Dan gives us a survey of Christmas events throughout time. The reading is "At the Manger Mary Sings" by WH Auden.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019

December 24th, 2019

5:54

On this day, Dan gives a summary of Christmas Eve traditions around the world. The reading is "Chanticleer" by William Austin.

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Monday, December 23, 2019

December 23rd, 2019

6:17

On this day, we celebrate the feast of Thorlac Thorhallson, patron saint of Iceland. We remember Emil Brunner, born on this day in 1889. The reading is "Joy to The World" by Isaac Watts.

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Sunday, December 22, 2019

December 22nd, 2019

6:09

On this day, we remember Dwight Moody, b. 1837, and the first religious broadcasting license in the US in 1921. The reading is "Salus Mundi" by Mary …

Saturday, December 21, 2019

December 21st, 2019

4:56

On this day, we remember Jack Russell, the namesake of the Terrier breed. And today, some celebrate Blue Christmas, also known as the Longest sleep. The reading is another poem set to music, "Come, Thou Long-Expected …

Friday, December 20, 2019

December 20th, 2019

7:38

On this day, we remember Luther's beloved Katarina von Bora and Luther's nemesis Thomas Muntzer. The reading is taken from the carol "O Holy Night."

Thursday, December 19, 2019

December 19th, 2019

7:01

On this day, we remember Pope Anastasius I (d. 401) and Horatius Bonar (b. 1808). The reading is "The House of Christmas" by G.K. Chesterton.

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

December 18th, 2019

8:24

On this day, we remember Lyman Abbot and Charles Wesley. The reading is "Light of Those Whose Dreary Dwelling" by Charles Wesley.

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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

December 17th, 2019

7:32

On this day, we remember John Greenleaf Whittier and Pope Francis. The reading is "It is As If Infancy were the Whole of Incarnation" by Lucy Shaw.

Monday, December 16, 2019

December 16th, 2019

6:35

On this day, we recognize the feast of the prophet Haggai. We remember missionary to India, Amy Carmichael. The reading is "Christ's Nativity" by Henry Vaughn.

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Sunday, December 15, 2019

December 15th, 2019

7:20

On this day, we remember Oral Roberts and John Oldcastle. The reading is "Hark! The Herald Angels Sing" by Charles Wesley.

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Saturday, December 14, 2019

December 14th, 2019

8:55

On this day, we remember St. John of the Cross and the opening of Illinois Institute/Wheaton. The reading is "At Bethlehem" by Richard Crashaw.

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Friday, December 13, 2019

December 13th, 2019

7:49

On this day, we remember Phillip Brooks and celebrate St. Lucy's Day. The reading is the carol "O Little Town of Bethlehem" by Brooks.

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Thursday, December 12, 2019

December 12th, 2019

9:06

On this day, we remember both the enactment of the Virginia Sabbath Laws in 1712 and the establishment of the American Sabbath Union in 1888. The reading is from "Messiah" by Alexander Pope.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

December 11th, 2019

6:01

On this day, we remember St. Damasus and Greg Bahnsen. The reading is "The Stable" by Sister M. Chrysostom.

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Tuesday, December 10, 2019

December 10th, 2019

6:31

On this day, we remember St. Eulalia of Merida and the publishing of "The Bible in Spain" by George Burrows. The reading is an excerpt from "the Gift …

Monday, December 9, 2019

December 9th, 2019

7:46

On this day, we remember 1905 French Law on the Separation of Church and State and the feast of Juan Diego. The reading is "Christmas" by John Betjeman.

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Sunday, December 8, 2019

December 8th, 2019

6:24

On this day, we remember the feast of Immaculate Conception and Thomas Oden. The reading is "BC:AD" by U.A. Fanthorpe.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

December 7th, 2019

6:35

On this day, we remember Gabriel Biel and Carl F.H. Henry. The reading is "The God We Hardly Knew" by Oscar Romero.

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Friday, December 6, 2019

December 6th, 2019

8:06

On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. Nicholas of Myra. We also remember Phillip Berrigan, who died on this day in 2002. The reading is "The …

Thursday, December 5, 2019

December 5th, 2019

7:13

On this day, we remember Pope Julius II and Faustus Socinus. The reading is "Joseph's Lullaby" by Ron Klug.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

December 4th, 2019

4:59

On this day, we remember John of Damascus and John Cotton. The reading is "The Greatest Wonder" by William Drummond.

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

December 3rd, 2019

6:09

On this day, we remember the reformer, Nicholas von Amsdorf. Today is also the feast day for the prophet Zephaniah. The reading is "A Hymn on the …

Monday, December 2, 2019

December 2nd, 2019

6:36

On this day, we remember Jan Van Rusybroeck, who died in 1381, and the consecration of St. Paul's London in 1697. The reading is from "On the Morning …

Sunday, December 1, 2019

December 1st, 2019

7:53

On this day in 1989, Gorbachev and Pope John Paul II meet. Today is also the feast day of St. Eligius. The reading is "The Bells" by Longfellow.

Saturday, November 30, 2019

November 30th, 2019

7:01

On this day, we remember the baptism of St. Ambrose in AD 374. We also remember preacher Martin Boehm, born in 1725. The reading is "In the Bleak Midwinter" by Rossetti.

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Friday, November 29, 2019

November 29th, 2019

7:54

On this day, we remember two authors that happened to be Christians: C.S. Lewis and Madeline L'Engle. The reading is "The Risk of Birth At Christmas, 1973" by L'Engle.

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Thursday, November 28, 2019

November 28th, 2019

7:08

A special Thanksgiving episode!

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

November 27th, 2019

6:39

On this day, we remember Hans Denck and Gregory of Sinai. The reading is "Name and Nature" by John F. Deane.

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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

November 26th, 2019

8:10

On this day, we remember Alypius the Stylite and Catharine Drexel. The reading is by Sandra Duguid, "Road to Emmaus."

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Monday, November 25, 2019

November 25th, 2019

6:14

On this day, we remember hymn-writer Isaac Watts, who died in 1748. Today is the feast of St. Catherine. The reading is from Isaac Watts, "A Prospect of Heaven Makes Death Easy."

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Sunday, November 24, 2019

November 24th, 2019

7:54

On this day, we remember the Swiss reformer Oecalampadius and the Scottish reformer John Knox. The reading is "Eternal Father, Strong to Save" by William Whitting.

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Saturday, November 23, 2019

November 23rd, 2019

6:05

On this day, we observe the feast of Clement of Rome, who died on around this day in 99 AD. We remember the Mexican Jesuit Catholic priest Miguel …

Friday, November 22, 2019

November 22nd, 2019

5:53

On this day, we remember a trio who all died in 1963, John F. Kennedy, C.S. Lewis, and Aldous Huxley. And in 498, two popes famously dueled. The reading is "Lead, Kindly Night" by John Henry Newman.

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Thursday, November 21, 2019

November 21st, 2019

6:17

On this day, we remember the father of liberal theology, Friederich Schleiermacher, and French priest Jean Baptiste Henri Lacordaire. The reading is …

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

November 20th, 2019

7:01

On this day, we remember English church musician Thomas Tallis and notable American Baptist preacher Isaac Backus. The reading is "The Sacrifice of Isaac" by D. S. Martin.

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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

November 19th, 2019

7:44

On this day, we remember Elizabeth of Hungary and Billy Sunday. The reading is "It Is Well With My Soul" by Horatio Spafford.

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Monday, November 18, 2019

November 18th, 2019

6:26

On this day, we remember the consecration of the old and new St. Peter's Basilica in Rome and the papal bull "Unam Sanctum" of 1302. The reading is …

Sunday, November 17, 2019

November 17th, 2019

7:17

On this day, we remember two influential, esoteric, and controversial figures: Jakob Boehme (d. 1624) and Charles H. Mason (d. 1961). The reading is "Jesus was A Healer" by Les Murray.

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Saturday, November 16, 2019

November 16th, 2019

6:39

On this day, we remember Margaret of Scotland and Pierre Charron. the reading is "A Midrash on the Kingdom Prayer" by Susan McCaslin.

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Friday, November 15, 2019

November 15th, 2019

6:05

On this day, we remember hymn-writer William Cowper, born in 1731, and Anders Nygren, Lundensian theologian. The reading is "They Could Not Tell Me …

Thursday, November 14, 2019

November 14th, 2019

5:12

On this day, we remember emperor Justinian, who died in 565, and English Puritan William Ames, who died in 1633. The reading is "Credo" by James …

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

November 13th, 2019

5:50

On this day, we remember the publishing of Luther's "Formula Missae," a reform of worship. We also remember the Hundred Thousand Martyrs of Georgia. …

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

November 12th, 2019

5:58

On this day, we remember the poet, nun, and theologian Juana Inez De La Cruz. Also on this day in 1869, Presbyterian Church reunified. The reading is …

Monday, November 11, 2019

November 11th, 2019

5:47

On this day, we celebrate the feast of Martin of Tours and the birthday of Fyodor Dostoevsky in 1821. The reading is from "The Brothers Karamazov" by Dostoevsky.

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Sunday, November 10, 2019

November 10th, 2019

6:24

On this day, we remember the birth of Martin Luther in 1483 and the placing of the first Gideons Bible in 1908. The reading is "Indifference" by G. A. Studdert-Kennedy.

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Saturday, November 9, 2019

November 9th, 2019

7:02

On this day, we remember librarian and confessor Martin Chemnitz, born 1522. Today is the feast day for the author and mystic Margery Kempe. The reading is "Put on the new self" by Tania Runyan.

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Friday, November 8, 2019

November 8th, 2019

5:40

On this day, we commemorate Luther's mentor and confessor, Johann von Staupitz, and we also remember the Gospel Riots of 1905. The reading is by Richard Baxter, "With Christ."

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

November 7th, 2019

6:28

On this day, we celebrate the birthday of Billy Graham, noted preacher and evangelist. We also remember Elijah Lovejoy, Presbyterian minister and …

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

November 6th, 2019

5:37

On this day, we celebrate Augustus Adolphus Day, king of Sweden. It is also one of the feast days for St. Winnoc. The reading is "God's Hands" by …

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

November 5th, 2019

5:11

On this day, we remember the Gunpowder plot of 1605 and theologian B. B. Warfield, born in 1851. The reading is "Quiet Peace" by Amy Carmichael.

Monday, November 4, 2019

November 4th, 2019

5:38

On this day, we remember Chinese evangelist and church founder Watchman Nee, and Augustus Toplady, born in 1740, and author of the famous hymn and our reading, "Rock of Ages."

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Sunday, November 3, 2019

November 3rd, 2019

5:08

On this day, we recognize Calvin Fairbanks, abolitionist minister, and D. James Kennedy, early Presbyterian televangelist. The reading is an excerpt …

Saturday, November 2, 2019

November 2nd, 2019

6:28

On this day, we remember Conrad Weiser, a Pennsylvania Dutch pioneer, and Johann Albrecht Bengel, Biblical Greek language scholar. The reading is "In …

Friday, November 1, 2019

November 1st, 2019

6:07

On this day, we celebrate the feast of All Saints', part of a three-day observance. On All Saints' Day In 1755 in Lisbon was an earthquake, with a …

Thursday, October 31, 2019

October 31st, 2019

7:45

On this day, we remember St. John of Kronshtadt, born in 1829. And today is Reformation Day, particularly remembering Luther's 95 Theses. The reading …

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

October 30th, 2019

7:24

We remember college founder and broadcaster Bob Jones Sr., born on this day in 1883. We also remember Christopher Wordsworth, historian, and bishop, …

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

October 29th, 2019

5:36

On this day, we remember archbishop and translator George Abbot, born in 1562, and Abraham Kuyper, the Calvinist theologian who also served as Dutch …

Monday, October 28, 2019

October 28th, 2019

5:18

On this day, we celebrate the feast day for St. Simon and St. Jude, and in 321 Constantine wins at Milvian. The reading is "How Sweet the Name of Jesus" by John Newton.

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Sunday, October 27th, 2019

October 27th, 2019

6:35

On this day in 1978, the New International Version of the Bible was published. Also on this day in 1746, Princeton College of New Jersey was …

Saturday, October 26, 2019

October 26th, 2019

5:47

On this day, we remember Laurentius Petri, whose translation of the Bible into Swedish helped bring the Reformation to Sweden. We also remember Mahalia Jackson, born in 1911, known as "The Queen of Gospel." The reading …

Friday, October 25, 2019

October 25th, 2019

4:57

On this day, we remember the oft-forgotten John of Salisbury, who died on this day in 1180. Today is also the feast day for Tabitha, or Dorcas as she was known in Aramaic. The reading is "Dorcas" by George MacDonald.

Thursday, October 24, 2019

October 24th, 2019

6:17

On this day, the iconic cathedral at Chartres was dedicated in 1260. Also, on this day in 1648, the final treaties of the Peace of Westphalia were signed, ending the Thirty Years War. The reading is "The Agonie" by …

Wednesday, October 23, 2019

October 23rd, 2019

7:40

Today we celebrate two feasts: the first of St. James, the brother of Jesus on the Lutheran calendar, and the second St. John of Capistrano, the …

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

October 22nd, 2019

6:44

On this day in 4004 BC was the beginning of Creation, at least according Ussher. And a hopeful Miller calculates Jesus' return to be on this day in …

Monday, October 21, 2019

October 21st, 2019

5:06

On this day, we remember English poet and literary critic Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born 1772. And today is the feast day for St. John of Bridlington, …

Sunday, October 20, 2019

October 20th, 2019

5:41

On this day we remember a defender of the Christian faith, Ernst Hengstenberg, born 1802, and a definer of the faith, P. Schaff, who died on this day in 1893. The reading is "In Memory of My Dear Grandchild" by Anne …

Saturday, October 19, 2019

October 19th, 2019

4:47

On this day, the famous Olney Hymns were first published in 1779. And Charles Spurgeon preaches and tragedy strikes the Surrey Gardens Music Hall in 1856. The reading is "Praise for Faith" by William Cowper.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

October 18th, 2019

5:44

On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. Luke, author of one-quarter of the New Testament. We also remember Christian August Crusius, a counterpart to Kant, who died on this day in 1775. The reading is "Miserere, my …

Thursday, October 17, 2019

October 17th, 2019

6:07

On this day, we remember the controversial Reformation figure Andreas Osiander and the prolific Lutheran theologian Johann Gerhard. The reading is …

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

October 16th, 2019

6:29

On this day, we remember two of the Oxford martyrs, the Reformation-minded Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley. The reading is from "the Dream of …

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

October 15th, 2019

5:48

On this day, we remember the adoption of the Gregorian calendar in 1582, replacing the Julian calendar. On this day in 1932, Gladys Aylward left for …

Monday, October 14, 2019

October 14th, 2019

6:12

On this day, we remember two poets along with a reading from each: e.e. Cummings, born in 1894, and his poem, "I Thank You, God," and Richard Wilbur, who died in 2017, and his poem, "A Lamp is Lighted."

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Sunday, October 13, 2019

October 13th, 2019

5:32

On this day, we remember Theodore Beza, reformer Calvin's right-hand man, and Louis Berkhof, Dutch-American systematic theologian. The reading is an …

Saturday, October 12, 2019

October 12th, 2019

5:28

On this day, we remember English theologian William Chillingworth, who was born in 1602, and the angel of prisons, Betsy Fry, who died on this day in …

Friday, October 11, 2019

October 11th, 2019

7:34

On this day, we recognize the opening of Vatican II in 1962, the most significant event in the Roman Catholic church since the Reformation. We also …

Thursday, October 10, 2019

October 10th, 2019

6:05

On this day, we remember two less-than-orthodox theologians: Arminius, born in 1560, and Charles Hartshorne, died in 2000. The reading is from Martin …

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

October 9th, 2019

5:22

On this day, we remember the Pentecostal evangelist and media pioneer with many names, Aimee Semple MacPherson. We also remember French theologian …

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

October 8th, 2019

6:38

On this day in 451, the 4th ecumenical council convened at Chalcedon. And we remember Richard Whately, defender of the historicity of the Bible, who died on this day in 1863. The reading is by Thomas Washbourne, …

Monday, Octover 7, 2019

October 7th, 2019

5:43

On this day, we remember the birthday of William Laud, born 1573, a religious man-in-the-black-hat. We also remember Quaker, preacher, and …

Sunday, October 6, 2019

October 6th, 2019

6:18

On this day, we remember Pope Formosus and the Cadaver Synod. We also remember Bruno of Cologne, who died on this day in 1101. The reading is from …

Saturday, October 5, 2019

October 5th, 2019

7:57

On this day, we remember famous preacher Jonathan Edwards, born in 1703. We also remember Baptist-then-Presbyterian-the-Baptist Harry Emerson Fosdick, who died on this day in 1969. The reading is "God of Grace and God …

Friday, October 4, 2019

October 4th, 2019

6:06

On this day, we remember Cranach the Younger, artist, and neighbor of Martin Luther. We also recognize the publishing of the Coverdale Bible in 1535. …

Thursday, October 3, 2019

October 3rd, 2019

5:29

We remember on this day Francis of Assisi, who venerated poverty and loved nature. We also remember Dionysius the Areopagite, whom we meet in Acts 17. The reading is "Remember Me, Implored the Thief" by Emily Dickinson.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

October 2nd, 2019

6:02

On this day, we remember the founding of Opus Dei in 1928, a unique Roman Catholic organization. Today is the birthday of Wolfhart Pannenberg, also …

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

October 1st, 2019

6:55

Today, we remember both the birth and death days of John Peter Muhlenberg. We also recognize the Marburg Colloquy of 1529, a meeting between the …

Monday, September 30, 2019

September 30th, 2019

6:13

On this day, we celebrate the feast of Bible translator St. Jerome. We also recognize Gregory the Illuminator, credited with converting Armenia from paganism to Christianity. The reading is from "Mighty to Save" by …

Sunday, September 29, 2019

September 29th, 2019

5:18

On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. St. Michael and All Angels. We also remember the author, W.H. Auden. The reading is an excerpt from "For the Time Being" by Auden.

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Saturday, September 28, 2019

September 28th, 2019

7:13

On this day, we remember two relatively obscure Christian figures, St. Wenceslas and St. Eustochium. The reading is "The Finding" by Henry Suso.

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Friday, September 27, 2019

September 27th, 2019

5:37

On this day, we remember two prominent Roman Catholic figures who were known for their charity, Pope Urban VII and St. Vincent de Paul. The reading …

Thursday, September 26, 2019

September 26th, 2019

4:50

We remember on this day Lancelot Andrewes, born 1555 and contributor to the King James Bible. We also remember anglophile poet T.S. Eliot, born 1888. The reading is an excerpt from "The Rock" by T.S. Eliot.

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

September 25th, 2019

5:28

On this day, we remember arguably the worst pope of the Reformation era, Pope Clement VII. And we remember the Peace of Augsburg which was made law in 1555. The reading is "To Church" by R.S. Thomas.

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

September 24th, 2019

6:23

On this day, we remember two rascals of the Reformation era, Albert of Brandenburg and Paracelsus. The reading is "Lord I'm Afraid" by Paul Verlaine.

Monday, September 23, 2019

September 23rd, 2019

6:17

Today, we remember Padre Pio, who died on this day in 1968. We also remember American theologian William McGuffey and compiler of the McGuffey …

Sunday, September 22, 2019

September 22nd, 2019

6:06

On this day, we remember Otto of Freising, German churchman and chronicler, and Johann Agricola, a controversial student of Luther. The reading is …

Saturday, September 21, 2019

September 21st, 2019

7:16

On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. Matthew the Evangelist and the birthday of Girolamo Savonarola, Renaissance friar, and preacher, who …

Friday, September 20, 2019

September 20th, 2019

6:31

On this day, we remember two 19th century bishops: Philander Chase, founder of Kenyon College in Ohio, and John Coleridge Patteson, missionary to …

Thursday, September 19, 2019

September 19th, 2019

5:55

We remember the birthday of Scottsman William Robertson, born 1721. Today is the feast day of Januarius, also known as San Gennaro. The reading is an excerpt from "The Everlasting Gospel" by Horatius Bonar.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

September 18th, 2019

6:06

On this day, we remember the 310th birthday of Samuel Johnson, known by his friends as Dr. Johnson. We also remember poet and preacher, George MacDonald, who died on this day in 1905. The reading is from George …

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

September 17th, 2019

6:24

On this day, we remember the Benedictine abbess and mystic Hildegard von Bingen, and congregationalist Samuel Hopkins, born in 1721. The reading is from Hildegard von Bingen, "O spectabiles viri."

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Monday, September 16, 2019

September 16th, 2019

6:07

We remember the third council of Constantinople which ended on this day in 681. We also remember the birthday of J.B. Phillips—Bible translator and author. The reading is "The Gift" by William Carlos Williams.

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

September 15th, 2019

5:53

On this day, we remember the 16th St. Baptist Church Bombings in 1963 and the birthday of notorious Anglican turned Baptist, Titus Oates, in 1649. …

Saturday, September 14, 2019

September 14th, 2019

6:03

We remember theologian, bishop, and martyr, Cyprian of Carthage, who died on this day in 258. It is also the feast of Holy Cross Day. The reading is …

Friday, September 13, 2019

September 13th, 2019

4:56

On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. John Chrysostom, notable Christian preacher. And we recognize the birthday of English translator of German hymnody, Catherine Winkworth. The reading is an excerpt from …

Thursday, September 12, 2019

September 12th, 2019

5:18

On this day, we remember early Reformation figure, Clement Marot, died 1544, and also the extraordinary Methodist figure, Mary Bosanquet Fletcher, …

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

September 11th, 2019

4:46

On this day, we remember Scottish poet Joanna Baillie, born 1762, and author William X. Kienzle, born 1928. The reading is "Death Shall Have No Dominion" by Dylan Thomas.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

September 10th, 2019

6:36

On this day, we remember Wolfgang Musculus, born 1497, and Jean Vanier, born 1928. The reading is from Wilfred Owen, "At A calvary Near the Ancre."

Monday, September 9, 2019

September 9th, 2019

6:12

On this day, we remember two Russians, Saint Joseph of Volokolamsk, d. 1515, and Alexander Men, d. 1990. The reading is from "The Brothers Karamazov" …

Sunday, September 8, 2019

September 8th, 2019

6:31

On this day, we remember the founding of Harvard in 1636, and the birthday of Peter Martyr Vermigli, who began teaching in Strassbourg and ended in …

Saturday, September 7, 2019

September 7th, 2019

6:28

Today we celebrate the birthday of Jacobus Acontius, author of Satanae Stratagemata, and Thomas Erastus, author of Explicatio gravissimae quaestionis. The reading is a bit better known, a poem from Chad Bird, "Were You …

Friday, September 6, 2019

September 6th, 2019

6:27

On this day, the "Pilgrims" set sail on Mayflower in 1620. The notable patriarch of American Lutheranism, Henry Melchior Muehlenberg, was born on this day in 1711. The reading is from "The Ragamuffin Gospel" by Brennan …

Thursday, September 5, 2019

September 5th, 2019

5:33

On this day, we remember the birthday of Tommasso Campanella, utopian and astrologer, and Gottfried Arnold, theologian and historian. The reading is …

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

September 4th, 2019

5:01

On this day, we remember Roman Catholic cardinal and archbishop František Tomášek, who helped the demise of the Czechoslovak communist regime. We …

Sunday, September 3, 2019

September 3rd, 2019

5:06

On this day, we remember two ecclesiastical figures, Pope Gregory, who was born in 540, and Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Oliver Cromwell, who died in 1658. The reading is from C.S. Lewis, "As the Ruin …

Monday, September 2, 2019

September 2nd, 2019

5:28

On this day, we remember the most impressive Symeon the Stylite, who died in 459 on his pedestal. We also remember Danish pastor N.F.S. Grundtvig, d. 1872. The reading is "Abide Among Us, We Implore Thee" from Grundtvig.

Sunday, September 1, 2019

September 1st, 2019

6:55

We remember French polymath Marin Mersenne, who died on this day in 1648. We also commemorate the founding of the Order of St. Gregory the Great in …

Saturday, August 31, 2019

August 31st, 2019

6:10

On this day, we remember two Biblical figures, Nicodemus & Joseph of Arimethea. On this day in 1688 John Bunyan died, the Puritan author of "Pilgrim's Progress." The reading is from William Blake, "And Did Those …

Friday, August 30, 2019

August 30th, 2019

4:42

On this day, we remember the siege and sack of Jerusalem in AD 70. Also on this day in 1637, Anne Hutchinson was banished from the Massachusetts Bay …

Thursday, August 29, 2019

August 29th, 2019

5:31

On this day, we remember the beheading of St. John the Baptist, one of the oldest feast days in the church. We also remember German humanist Ulrich …

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

August 28th, 2019

7:58

It is the feast day of St. Augustine, who died on this day 430. And we remember Hugo Grotius, Dutch theologian, who also died on this day in 1645. …

Tuesday, August 27, 2019

August 27th, 2019

6:20

On this day, we remember St. Monica, mother of St. Augustine, and the order to burn Puritan John Milton's works in 1660. The reading is from John Milton, "On Blindness."

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Monday, August 26, 2019

August 26th, 2019

5:06

On this day, we remember Petrus Ramus, a French reformer who died in the St. Bartholomew's Day Massacre. We also remember the American Standard …

Sunday, August 25, 2019

August 25th, 2019

6:32

On this day, we remember a few different men named Genesius and 18th-century German theologian Karl Barhdt. The reading is from Madame Guyon, "I Love …

Saturday, August 24, 2019

August 24th, 2019

5:47

Today is St. Bartholomew's day, not a feast for the squeamish. We remember the birthday in 1759 of William Wilberforce. The reading is "Agony" by …

Friday, August 23, 2019

August 23rd, 2019

4:58

On this day, we remember Francois Hotman, born 1524, and the St. Bartholomew's Eve Massacre of 1572. The reading is from Sir Phillip Sydney, "Leave …

Thursday, August 22, 2019

August 22nd, 2019

6:17

On this day, the Alcasian contemporary of the first Reformers, Beatus Rhenanus, was born in 1485. We also remember one of the most unlikely to beatified, St. Guinefort. The reading is from George MacDonald, "Obedience."

Wednesday, August 21, 2019

August 21st, 2019

4:40

On this day in 1741, Handel began composing his most famous work, the oratorio "Messiah." Today, we also remember Alexander Konstantin von Oettingen, Lutheran pastor and statistician, who died in 1905. The reading is …

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

August 20th, 2019

5:47

On this day, we remember two European-born theologians who changed the face of the church in America: Francis Asbury and Paul Tillich. The reading is …

Monday, August 19, 2019

August 19th, 2019

5:14

On this day, we celebrate the Feast of Apples, also known as the Transfiguration. It is also the birthday of C.I. Scofield, born on this day in 1843. The reading is from St. Augustine on the Transfiguration.

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Sunday, August 18, 2019

August 18th, 2019

6:27

On this day, we remember the patron saints of masons and horse, Florus and Laurus, and we remember the work of Jean Bolland, whose work collected and …

Saturday, August 17, 2019

August 17th, 2019

6:03

On this day, we remember J.V. Andreae, born in 1586, mystic and alchemist. Today is also the commemoration of Johann Gerhard, scholastic and pietist …

Friday, August 16, 2019

August 16th, 2019

5:10

On this day, we remember Wyatt Tee Walker, African American pastor during the Civil Rights Movement, and Anne Bradsteet, a poet and theologian in the …

Thursday, August 15, 2019

August 15th, 2019

5:12

On this day, we remember the first Christians in Japan and the Assumption/Feast of St. Mary. The reading is by William Butler Yeats, "The Mother of God."

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019

August 14th, 2019

5:23

On this day, we remember the cable access preacher Gene Scott and founder of the Knights of Columbus, Michael J. McGivney. The reading is from "The …

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

August 13th, 2019

5:20

Servetus arrested in Geneva on this day in 1553 and we commemorate two women: Florence Nightingale and Clara Maass. The reading is by R.S. Thomas, "Praise."

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Monday, August 12, 2019

August 12th, 2019

5:10

On this day, we remember the incorporation of the Wycliffe Bible Translators in 1942. Also, William Blake, a critic of the Church of England, died on this day in 1872. The reading is William Blake's, "The Divine Image" …

Sunday, August 11, 2019

August 11th, 2019

5:40

On this day, we remember two medieval figures whose respective movements out-sized their own lives: Clare of Assisi d. 1253 and Nicholas of Cusa d. …

Saturday, August 10, 2019

August 10th, 2019

5:09

On this day, we remember two Reformation figures, Kaspar Olevianus b. 1536 and Phillip Nicolai b. 1556. The reading is a poem turned hymn by Nicolai, …

Friday, August 9, 2019

August 9th, 2019

5:57

On this day, we remember two martyrs under Nazi Germany, Edith Stein and Franz Jagerstetter. Our reading is about another martyr, "St. Stephen" by …

Thursday, August 8, 2019

August 8th, 2019

5:16

On this day, we remember the "Robber" Ecumenical council at Ephesus in 449 and the banishment of Roger Williams in 1635. Our reading is a poem by Mary Bowley Peters, "All Must Be Well."

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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

August 7th, 2019

4:32

On this day, Pope John XXII of Avignon was elected in 1366, and Frank Buchman, a founder of the Oxford Group, died in 1961. Our reading is by Cliff Ashby, "A Stranger in this Land."

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Tuesday, August 6, 2019

August 6th, 2019

6:44

In 1801, on this day, was arguably the most significant Christian event in US history, the Cane Ridge Revival. But also on this day, five years …

Monday, August 5, 2019

August 5th, 2019

5:16

On this day, we remember the northern renaissance 16th-century artists Dürer, Cranach, and Grunewald. Today is also the 85th birthday of poet Wendell Berry, born in 1934. Our reading is his poem, "Enemies."

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Sunday, August 4, 2019

August 4th, 2019

5:37

In just over five minutes, we learn of the Papal encyclical Aeterni Patris from 1879, we remember missionary James Chalmers, born on this day in 1841, and we hear our reading "A Word Made Flesh is Seldom" by Emily …

Saturday, August 3, 2019

August 3rd, 2019

6:05

On this day, we remember Rochester native Augustus Strong, born 1836, and we remember the death of Alexander Solzhenitsyn in 2008. Our reading is …

Friday, August 2, 2019

August 2nd, 2019

5:27

On this day, we remember the treaty at Nuremberg of 1532 and also the 16th century St. Basil, fool for Christ. Our reading is from Mustapha by Fulke …

Thursday, August 1, 2019

August 1st, 2019

5:10

On this day, we remember the death of Queen Anne in 1714, known as the Protestant Passover. We also remember Andrew Melville, born in 1545. Our reading is "His Metrical Prayer" by James Graham.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July 31st, 2019

4:56

On this day in 1541, the failed conference in Regensburg seeking reconciliation between Rome and the Lutherans ended. And on this day 1970, the New American Standard Bible translation was released. Our reading is from …

Tuesday, July 30th, 2019

July 30th, 2019

5:47

On this day, we remember Robert Barnes, the English reformer who also studied in Wittenberg. We also remember the endorsement of "In God We Trust" as the official motto of the US in 1956. Our reading is by AE Housman, …

Monday, July 29, 2019

July 29th, 2019

6:44

On this day, we remember the feast of Lazarus, Mary, and Martha of Bethany. On this day in 1793, the Bethel American Methodist Episcopal church was dedicated. Our reading is "Blind Bartimaeus" by Henry Wadsworth …

Sunday, July 28, 2019

July 28th, 2019

4:05

On this day, we remember J.S. Bach, who died in 1750. We also remember Jesuit priest and preeminent posthumous poet G.M. Hopkins. Our reading is "Pied Beauty" by G.M. Hopkins.

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Saturday, July 27, 2019

July 27th, 2019

4:43

We remember The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, whose rarely recognized feast is today. On this day, notable Anglican and evangelical John Stott died in 2011. Our reading is from Stott, "the Cross of Christ."

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Friday, July 26, 2019

July 26th, 2019

5:22

On this day, we remember the death of William Jennings Bryan. It is also the feast of Jesus' grandparents, Anne and Joachim. Our reading is from Steve Brown, "Radical Grace."

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Thursday, July 25, 2019

July 25th, 2019

5:17

Today is the feast of St. James the Greater, son of Zebedee and brother to John. Today is also the day that Thomas A Kempis died in 1471. Our reading is "The Kingdom of Heaven Compared to a Mustard Seed" by Christopher …

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

July 24th, 2019

5:05

On this day, we remember the birthday of once slaveowner and later abolitionist John Newton, and also the death of C.I. Scofield, famous for his …

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

July 23rd, 2019

4:25

On this day, we recognize the feast of St. Bridget of Sweden. We also remember John Day, 16th century English printer, who died in 1583. Our reading …

Monday, July 22, 2019

July 22nd, 2019

5:31

Today is the feast day for St. Mary Magdalene, the apostle to the Apostles. We also remember the death of Richard Cameron, leader of the Covenanters. Our reading is an excerpt from Robert Farrar Capon's "Between Noon …

Sunday, July 21, 2019

July 21st, 2019

5:07

On this day, we remember Kazimierz Swiatek, the cardinal who defied Stalin and who died in 2011. We also recognize the Roman Catholic encyclical of …

Saturday, July 20, 2019

July 20th, 2019

5:13

We remember on this day the death in 1566 of De las Casas, the original Renaissance man, and the birth in 1304 of Petrarch, the apostle to the …

Friday, July 19, 2019

July 19th, 2019

5:22

On this day, we remember George Fox, founder of the Society of Friends, and Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade. Our reading is "Hope" by Ann Brönte.

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Thursday, July 18, 2019

July 18th, 2019

5:05

Today is the birthday of Heinrich Bullinger, b. 1504 and author of the Second Helvetic Confession. It is also the birthday of Renaissance painter …

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

July 17th, 2019

5:25

Today we remember the death in 180AD of the earliest recorded African Christians, the Scillitan Martyrs. Today is also the birthday of J. Vernon McGee, host of "Through the Bible." Our reading is "A Prayer in Old Age" …

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

July 16th, 2019

5:01

On this day in 1054, the churches of East and West experience the Great Schism. Luther and Karlstadt attempted to breach the schism between Rome and Wittenberg with the Leipzig Disputation in 1519. Our reading is from …

Monday, July 15, 2019

July 15th, 2019

4:33

We remember St. Bonaventure, contemporary of Thomas Aquinas, who died on this day in 1274. We also remember the Arabic translator of the Bible, Abraham Ecchelensis, who died in 1664. Our reading "My Baptismal Birthday" …

Sunday, July 14, 2019

July 14th, 2019

3:58

On this day in 1833, John Keble busted onto the preaching scene for the first time. And we remember Lily of the Mohawks who was canonized by the …

Saturday, July 13, 2019

July 13th, 2019

5:01

We remember John Dee, an aspiring magician born on this day in 1527. We also remember the vision of Fatima purportedly on this day in 1917. Our reading is "Anthem" by W.H. Auden.

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Friday, July 12, 2019

July 12th, 2019

4:52

On this day, we remember The Golden Bull of 1356, which is a lot cooler than it sounds, and Thomas Kelly, born on this day in 1769. Our reading is …

Thursday, July 11, 2019

July 11th, 2019

4:48

On this day, we remember the Wittenberg Articles of 1536, a failed attempt at a common confession for the churches of the Reformation. Today is also …

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

July 10th, 2019

4:42

On this day, we remember the birthday of Sampson Sievers, an icon of 20th century Russian Orthodoxy, and the death of Hebrew scholar Clement Clarke …

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

July 9th, 2019

4:48

On this day, we remember the birthday of arch-heretic Nestorius in 386 and the death day of Stephen Langton in 1228. Our reading is "I Greet Thee Who My Sure Redeemer Art" by John Calvin.

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Monday, July 8, 2019

July 8th, 2019

4:18

On this day, "Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God" was first preached by Jonathan Edwards. Today is also the feast of St. Killian, celebrated by Irish and German alike. Our reading is a selection from "Mere …

Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 7th, 2019

3:47

We remember the ecumenical efforts of Athenagoras I, who died on this day in 1972, and the Treaty of Nemours in 1585, which had a less ecumenical …

Saturday, July 6, 2019

July 6th, 2019

5:03

On this day we remember the feast day of Sir Thomas More. We also remember co-founder of Fuller Seminary, Harold Ockenga, born on this day in 1905. …

Friday, July 5, 2019

July 5th, 2019

5:25

On this day we remember saints Cyril and Methodius and the Decree of Union in 1439. Our reading is "Jesus of the Scars" by Shillito.

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Thursday, July 4th, 2019

July 4th, 2019

4:46

Today is the day for the first saint, Ulrich, d. 993. We also remember church musician, William Byrd, d. 1623. Our reading is by Bonnie Thurston titled "Peniel."

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Wednesday, July 3, 2019

July 3rd, 2019

4:59

Today is the feast day for the apostle Thomas, also known as Didymus. We remember the Council of Orange in 529. Our reading is "O Gracious Shepherd" by Henry Constable.

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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

July 2nd, 2019

5:17

On this day, we celebrate the feast of the Visitation and the birthday in 1489 of Thomas Cranmer, English reformer. Our reading is from Brennan Manning's "The Ragamuffin Gospel."

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Monday, July 1, 2019

July 1st, 2019

7:24

On this day we remember the death of the first Protestant martyrs, Johann Esch and Heinrich Voes, in 1523. Today is also the feast of Junipero Serra, the apostle to California. Our reading is "The Balled of the God …

Sunday, June 30, 2019

June 30th, 2019

6:40

On this day we remember the debate over the theory of evolution, held in Oxford in 1860. Also, on this day in 1712, William Penn of Penn's Sylvania …

Saturday, June 29, 2019

June 29th, 2019

5:44

On this day, we celebrate the feast of St. Peter and St. Paul. We remember the arrival in the colonies their first two pastors, Skelton and …

Friday, June 28, 2019

June 28th, 2019

4:28

On this day we celebrate the feast day of Irenaeus, bishop of Lyons. We remember the death of Primoz Trubar, reformer, in 1586. Ou reading is from Augustine's "Confessions."

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Thursday, June 27, 2019

June 27th, 2019

5:12

On this day, we celebrate the feast day of Cyril, Bishop of Alexandria, and remember the death of James Moffatt, translator of the Bible. Our reading is "He Dies, The Friend of Sinners Dies" by Isaac Watts.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

June 26th, 2019

4:43

On this day, we remember Pearl S. Buck, missionary to China, and Philip Doddridge, English theologian. Our reading is "And will the Judge Descend" by …

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

June 25th, 2019

4:58

On this day, we commemorate the presentation of the Augsburg Confession, drafted by Philip Melanchthon. We remember on this day the opening of the monastery in Clairvaux by Bernard. Our reading is the poem "O Sacred …

Monday, June 24, 2019

June 24th, 2019

4:58

On this day we remember the feast of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist and the birthday of Henry Ward Beecher in 1813. Our reading is "Psalm 23" …

Sunday, June 23, 2019

June 23rd, 2019

4:20

On this day, we remember the fabled treaty between the Quakers led by William Penn and the Delaware tribe. We also recognize another treaty in Vienna in 1606 between the various Reformation churches and Rome. Our …

Saturday, June 22, 2019

June 22nd, 2019

6:09

On this day we remember the commemoration of John Fisher, bishop of Rochester and chancellor of the University of Cambridge, and the birthday of Ebenezer Erskine, member of the order of Free Gardeners. Our reading is …

Friday, June 21st, 2019

June 21st, 2019

5:28

On this day we remember the birthdays of Increase Mather in 1639 and Reinhold Niebuhr in 1892. Our reading is from Milton, "On Time."

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Thursday, June 20th, 2019

June 20th, 2019

4:26

On this day we remember the Synod of Diamper in 1599 and the first mission to Alaska by the Moravians in 1885. Our reading is by Anne Porter entitled "After Psalm 137."

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Wednesday, June 19th, 2019

June 19th, 2019

6:35

On this day we remember the birth of Blaise Pascal and the imprisonment of Josef Beran. Our reading is "Gloria in Profundis" by G.K. Chesterton.

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Tuesday, June 18th, 2019

June 18th, 2019

4:51

On this day we remember Englishwoman Anne Askew, martyred in 1546, and Peter Parker (b 1804), medical missionary to China. Our reading is the conclusion of "The Last Battle" by C.S. Lewis.

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Monday, June 17th, 2019

June 17th, 2019

5:31

On this day, we remember the School Edict from Julian the Apostate in 362, and the landmark ruling Abington School District v. Schempp in 1963. Our …

Sunday, June 16th, 2019

June 16th, 2019

4:56

On this day, we remember the marriage anniversary of William and Catherine Booth, founders of the Salvation Army, and the Universities Tests Act of 1871. Our reading is "A Hymn to God the Father" by John Donne.

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Saturday, June 15th, 2019

June 15th, 2019

4:24

On this day we remember author Evelyn Underhill, a scholar of medieval mystics, and Johannes Tauler, a medieval German mystic from the 14th century. …

Friday, June 14th, 2019

June 14th, 2019

5:13

On this day we remember English Puritan Richard Baxter and the removal in 1966 of the penalty of death attached to the list of banned books by the …

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

June 13th, 2019

4:48

On this day we celebrate the anniversary of marriage to Martin and Katie Luther in 1525. We remember the birthday of Dorothy Sayers, born on this day in 1893. Our reading is Sayers' poem "Fair Shepherd."

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Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

June 12th, 2019

4:55

On this day we remember the first Ecumenical council held at Nicea in 325, as well as Mother Bernadina Matthews, founder of the Carmelite Sisters of St. Teresa. Our reading is the poem "Do not live for death" by Wendell …

Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

June 11th, 2019

5:18

On this day, we remember the feast of St. Barnabas, missionary. And on this day we remember the death of Roger Bacon, scholar. Our reading is "On …

Monday, June 10th, 2019

June 10th, 2019

4:29

On this day, we remember Eugenius Bulgaris, who coined the term "euthanasia," and the reunification of the southern and northern Presbyterian …

Sunday, June 9th, 2019

June 9th, 2019

4:58

On this day, we remember St. Columba, missionary to Scotland, and St. Ephrem of Syria, Doctor of the Church. Our reading is the hymn "Abide with Me" …

Saturday, June 8th, 2019

June 8th, 2019

4:14

On this day we remember the feasts of St. Thomas Ken and St. Melania the Elder. Our reading is from Thomas Ken's hymn, "Awake My Soul, and with the …

Thursday, June 7th, 2019

June 7th, 2019

4:26

On this day, New Amsterdam was given freedom of worship in 1644. And Franz Gruber, composer, died in 1863. Our reading is "The Resignation" by Chatterton.

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2019

June 6th, 2019

4:18

On this day, Christina of Sweden abdicated the throne in 1654 and the YMCA was founded in 1844. Our reading is from Isaac of Ninevah.

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Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

June 5th, 2019

4:48

Today we remember the festival of St. Boniface who died in 754 and the birthday of Justus Jonas, Lutheran reformer, born on this day in 1493. Our …

Tuesday, June 4th, 2019

June 4th, 2019

4:14

On this day we remember Sigmind Mowinckel and his scholarship on the Psalms. We also remember Davenport's Fundamental Articles which sought to create …

Monday, June 3rd, 2019

June 3rd, 2019

4:36

On this day Abelard was pronounced guilty of heresy in 1140 and Francke's orphanage opened in 1694. Our reading is "Oh What Their Joy" by Abelard.

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Sunday, June 2nd, 2019

June 2nd, 2019

5:47

Today we remember the birthday of Henry VIII, born 1491 AD, and we recognize the Martyrs of Lyon who died in 175 AD. Our reading is from Chapter V of the Epistle to Diognetus, a second century AD description of …

Saturday, June 1st, 2019

June 1st, 2019

4:11

On this day we remember the feast of Justin Martyr and Mary Dyer who died on this date in 1660. Our reading is "When in mid-air, the golden trump …

Friday, May 31st, 2019

May 31st, 2019

4:47

On this day we remember St. Petronilla, Alexander Cruden, and Joachim Neander. Our reading is "Ascension" by John Donne.

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Thursday, May 30th, 2019

May 30th, 2019

4:48

On this day the church father Eusebius died in 336 and Joan of Arc was burned in 1431. Our reading is "Late Results" by Scott Cairns.

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Wednesday, May 29th, 2019

May 29th, 2019

6:12

Today we remember the murder of Cardinal Beaton of Scotland in 1546 and the birth of G.K. Chesterton in 1874. Our reading is the first six stanzas from "The Nativity" by Chesterton.

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Tuesday, May 28th, 2019

May 28th, 2019

5:06

On this day we remember Margaret Pole and the addition of "under God" to the Pledge of Allegiance. Our reading is "Disgraceland" by Mary Karr.

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Monday, May 27th, 2019

May 27th, 2019

5:32

We remember on this day John Calvin and Peter Marshall. Our reading is "Early One Easter Morn" by Chad Bird.

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Sunday, May 26th, 2019

May 26th, 2019

3:44

On this day we remember Nicholas Von Zinzendorf and Augustine of Canterbury. Our reading is "His Saviors Words, Going to the Cross" - Robert Herrick.

Saturday, May 25th, 2019

May 25th, 2019

3:40

We remember on this day Bede the Venerable and the dedication of St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC. Our reading is "Thomas" by Robert Siegel.

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Friday, May 24th, 2019

May 24th, 2019

4:39

On this day we remember Aldersgate Day in 1738, the Wesley Brothers, and St. Joanna the Myrrhbearer. Our reading is From Luther's Preface to the Epistle to the Romans.

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Thursday, May 23rd, 2019

May 23rd, 2019

4:33

On this day we remember Copernicus, Kepler, and the Defenestration of Prague in 1618. Our reading is "Light Shining out of Darkness" by Cowper.

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Wednesday, May 22nd, 2019

May 22nd, 2019

4:03

On this day we remember the calling of the Council of Trent by Pope Paul III, the sending of John Fecenham to the Tower, and St. Rita. Our reading is …

Tuesday, May 21st, 2019

May 21st, 2019

3:29

Today we remember Albrecht Durer and the feast day of Constantine and Helena. The reading is Psalm 23, translated by George Herbert.

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Monday, May 20th, 2019

May 20th, 2019

3:09

Today we remember the Council of Nicea in 325, Ignatius of Loyla, and St. Alcuin. Our reading is "God's Grandeur" by Hopkins.

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Sunday, May 19th, 2019

May 19th, 2019

3:44

We remember on this day St. Dunstan and Jacques Ellul. Our reading is "Poem to St. Dunstan."

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Saturday, May 18th, 2019

May 18th, 2019

2:56

Today we remember the "Edict" of Milan and Karol Wojlyla b. 1920. Our reading is "The Cross" by John Newton.

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Friday, May 17th, 2019

May 17th, 2019

4:09

Today we remember the formation of the Methodist Episcopal South Church, the Conservative Baptist Association, and the birthday of Baptist Carl McIntire. Our reading is "Aaron" by George Herbert.

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Thursday, May 16th, 2019

May 16th, 2019

4:13

On this day we remember Brendan the Navigator, the resignation of Thomas More, and the martyr Dirk Willems. Our reading is "Our God, Our Help" by Isaac Watts.

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Wednesday, May 15th, 2019

May 15th, 2019

4:33

On this day we remember the Papal Bull "Ad Extrripanda," Robert Ratcliffe, and Gustav Aulen. Our reading is "Strong Son of God, Immortal Love" by …

Tuesday, May 14th, 2019

May 14th, 2019

4:03

We remember on this day St. Matthias, Timothy Dwight, and Pius XI's condemnation of the Nazis in 1937. Our reading is "Easter 1984" by Les Murray.

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Monday, May 13th, 2019

May 13th, 2019

4:17

Today we remember Hugh of Cluny (b. 1024) and Henry Augustus Muhlenberg. Our reading is "The Advantages of Inaction" by Phyllis McGinley.

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Sunday, May 12th, 2019

May 12th, 2019

6:10

On this day we remember Pope Sylvester II, the ordination of the "anti-Pope" in 1328, and the death of poet John Dryden. Our reading is "Veni Creator Spiritus" by Dryden.

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Saturday, May 11th, 2019

May 11th, 2019

4:42

On this day Constantine inaugurated Constantinople and we remember Lutheran theologian Johann Arndt. Our reading is "The Song of Simeon" by T.S. …

Friday, May 10th, 2019

May 10th, 2019

4:16

On this day we remember theologian Karl Barth and the uprising in Scotland under John Knox. Our reading is "The Humiliation" by D.S. Martin.

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Thursday, May 9th, 2019

May 9th, 2019

3:37

On this day we remember the anniversary of the Salem Witch Trials and the apology of the Pope to Copernicus. Our reading is from Gregory of Nanzianus.

Wednesday, May 8th, 2019

May 8th, 2019

3:45

On this day we remember Julian of Norwich, Fulton Sheen, and his show "Life is Worth Living." Our reading is from Julian of Norwich.

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Tuesday, May 7th, 2019

May 7th, 2019

4:25

On this day we remember the Second Council of Lyon and the filioque controversy, the Scottish philosophers Reid and Hume, and St. Acacius. Our reading is "Death Be Not Proud" by John Donne.

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Monday, May 6th, 2019

May 6th, 2019

5:01

On this day we remember Cornelius Jansen, Dominic Savio, and Henrey VIII's command that every congregation receive a Bible. Our reading is "Descent" …

Sunday, May 5th, 2019

May 5th, 2019

6:32

Today we remember Søren Kierkegaard and the Scopes trial, with a reading from Kierkegaard, "Two Discourses at Friday Communion."

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Saturday, May 4th, 2019

May 4th, 2019

4:18

Today we remember the English Reformation martyrs, St. Florian, and conclude with a poem "The Dying Christian to His Soul" by Alexander Pope.

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Friday, May 3rd, 2019

May 3rd, 2019

4:10

Today we remember Pope Gelasius claiming the Universal See c.495, the legend of Alexandria and Antonina, the Florida Holy Wars, George Whitefield's …

Thursday, May 2nd, 2019

May 2nd, 2019

5:44

On this day we remember Athanasius (d. 373), Athanasius Kircher, Elias Boudinot, and the anniversary of the publication of the King James Bible. Our poem is "Hymn to God, My God In My Sickness" by Donne.

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Wednesday, May 1st, 2019

May 1st, 2019

4:02

On this day we remember St. Philip, the first broadcast of "Back to the Bible" in 1939, Frederick the Wise, and conclude with a poem by G.K. Chesterton, "The Convert."

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April 2nd, 2019

4:27

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