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Happy Birthday, Christina Rossetti

Today (December 5) is the birthday of Christina Rossetti (1830-1894). Rossetti is remembered these days for the Christmas lyric “In the Bleak Midwinter,” the long, strange, poem Goblin Market which launched a thousand knowing dissertations, and charming, harmless children’s verse like “Hurt no living thing:Ladybird,

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Happy Birthday, John Cotton

Today (December 4) is the birthday of John Cotton (1585-1652), a Puritan pastor with a ministry in both Bostons: The Boston in Lincolnshire, England, and later the Boston in New England. He was an accomplished Cambridge University man (graduate of Trinity, fellow of Emmanuel) whose

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Mary Baker Eddy Seems to Have Died

Today (December 3) is the day in 1910 when Mary Baker Eddy, who taught that evil is an illusion and death is a failure of the imagination, died. To everybody else, this kind of thing seemed rather like a refutation of her own teaching, but

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Ruusbroec: Tipsy on the Trinity

Today (December 2) is the anniversary of the death of Jan van Ruusbroec, also called John of Ruysbroeck (1293-1381), a 14th-century Flemish mystical writer whose work is often considered a high point of medieval Christian mysticism. In a 1984 lecture in Kentucky, Louis Dupre called

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Happy Birthday, C.S. Lewis

Today (November 29) is the birthday of C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), the professor of English who just wanted to be left alone with his books and his handful of bookish friends. But he turned out to have a headful of exactly what the world needed:

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Happy Birthday, John Bunyan

Today (November 28) is the birthday of John Bunyan (1628-1688). Most famous for his Pilgrim’s Progress, Bunyan also authored a number of theological and devotional works of lasting value. They all have that Bunyan charm: The fluency with Scripture, the lightning-quick associative leaps, the natural

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Happy Birthday, Robert Lowth

(Special guest post by Torrey prof Joe Henderson, Old Testament scholar who wrote the book, or at least the dissertation, or at least a big part of a dissertation, on Lowth!) Robert Lowth (1710-1787) was born this day, November 27. Lowth (his name rhymes with

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Happy Birthday, William Cowper

Today (November 26) is the birthday of English hymn writer William Cowper (1731 – 1800), who collaborated with John Newton on the collection called Olney Hymns. The most famous of the Olney Hymns is of course Newton’s Amazing Grace. Newton also wrote the lion’s share

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The Trinitarian Theology of Billy Graham

Today (November 7) is the birthday of Billy Graham, born in 1918. When you look back over the turbulent twentieth century, the ministry of Billy Graham stands out as remarkably steady and consistent. Compared to the fates of other prominent evangelists who stood in the

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Happy Birthday, B.B. Warfield

Today (Nov. 5) is the day when Benjamin Breckenridge Warfield (1851 – 1921) was born. The title of “America’s Greatest Theologian” is pretty universally ceded to Jonathan Edwards, and after him there is a tight race for “Second Greatest.” In my opinion, Warfield is a

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Happy Birthday, Augustus Toplady

Today (November 4) is the birthday of Augustus Montague Toplady (1740-1778), the Anglican clergyman who wrote “Rock of Ages,” one of the greatest English hymns ever. The hymn was first published in March 1776 in the magazine of which Toplady was editor, the Gospel Magazine.

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Reflections on the Recent Revolution in France

Today (November 1) is the date in 1790 when Edmund Burke published his Reflections on the Revolution in France. It’s a book that is still worth close study, because Burke’s insights into politics have proven to be perennial, maybe permanent. But the book itself was