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All articles by David Whitworth

David resides in Sweden

Historical

January 2017
Articles > Historical

Julius Köbner (3)

Continued from Julius Köbner (2) A group of believers met together in the German town of Barmen. These Christians had become Baptists after a visit from Johann Oncken a few years earlier. When Oncken paid them a visit once more in 1852, he promised he would send Köbner to assist them. The believers there were…

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Historical

November 2016
Articles > Historical

Julius Köbner (2)

Continued from Julius Köbner (1) When Julius and Juliane Köbner joined as members of the Baptist church in Hamburg in 1836, the church had 36 members. Their pastor, Johann Oncken, needed an assistant to relieve his workload as pastor, preacher and missionary. There was no one in the church at that time with the necessary…

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Historical

October 2016
Articles > Historical

Julius Köbner (1)

Julius Köbner, Johann Gerhardt Oncken and Gottfrid Wilhelm Lehmann were three great German Baptist pioneers in the European continent. They became known as the Baptist cloverleaf. Köbner became Oncken’s right-hand man and his closest friend in the Baptist church in Hamburg. The story begins in Odense, Denmark. Köbner’s parents were immigrants from Poland and…

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George Scott (1804-1874)

Historical

April 2012
Articles > Historical

George Scott (1804-1874)

George Scott (1804-1874) George Scott was a key figure in the nineteenth-century evangelical awakening in Sweden. Margaret Scott, wife of Tailor Robert, gave birth to George on 18 June 1804.The Scott family belonged to a Methodist church, but later joined the Church of Scotland. Scott’s Presbyterian upbringing left an indelible impression on him.    Leaving…

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John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson

Historical

March 2012
Articles > Historical

John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson

John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson These two nineteenth century missionary trail-blazers lived almost nomadic existences for an extensive part of their lives, travelling thousands miles across the expanses of Scandinavia and Russia. They were driven on by holy compulsion to spread the gospel through the translation, publishing and distribution of Bibles and tracts, in…

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Wisdom

Article

September 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Wisdom

Wisdom Job asks a question still vitally relevant today: 'But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?' (Job 28:12).     There is no shortage of self-styled prophets, ranging from scientific humanists to the gurus of the New Age movement, ready to provide their misleading answers. Isaiah denounced all such 'experts'…

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Unity and diversity

Article

September 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Unity and diversity

Unity and diversity Within the mystery of God's triune being there exists the unity of the Godhead and the diversity of the three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And, notably, within that Trinity there is unity in diversity and diversity in unity. These complex realities are also present in the created order, reflecting the…

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