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All articles by Geoff Thomas

Geoff Thomas is a well-known author and conference speaker and was pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth for over 50 years.

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Historical

April 2019
Articles > Historical

Dr Lloyd-Jones was well equipped to write on spiritual depression: Part 1

There was no one in the twentieth century more suited to preach, counsel and write on this subject of spiritual depression than Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This subject has always been addressed by pastors, but particularly so from the time of the Reformation when the wrappings of human traditions were removed from biblical Christianity. The Puritan period especially excelled as an age when sermons were life and power, and many kinds of men and women were drawn to faith in the Lord Christ. They brought their past with them into the kingdom of God and were troubled with doubts and periods of darkness. Their pastors...

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News

March 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Megan Franklin (1981-2018)

London Christians are groaning mutely at a fearful providence that has humbled us all, particularly the family of Brad and Megan Franklin. Brad is an American pastor of St Giles Christian Mission in north London. He has six young children (all under thirteen years old) and his wife, Megan, was expecting their seventh. Three days after Christmas, Megan sustained a small cut, leading to a Group A Strep infection. Her brain swelled, causing catastrophic damage. Megan underwent a C-section and successfully gave birth to a sixth son, who is doing well. However, Megan did not recover from her infection and tragically passed away on 6th...

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News

November 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Dr John R. de Witt (1935-2018)

John de Witt passed into glory on Sunday 30 September 2018. The funeral service was at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, with Dr Derek W. H. Thomas and Rev. David H. Lauten officiating. I met Dick in September 1961, when he took part in the opening exercises in Philadelphia of Westminster Theological Seminary’s academic year. He prayed for the almost 300 students, who were the sum total of the student body at that time. He had driven there from his first congregation, Sixth Reformed Church in Paterson, New Jersey. Pastor John Richard de Witt was the son of Gary and Elizabeth Petranella Van Vliet de Witt. A...

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Article

December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

Jesus Christ is the greatest

A messenger from God announced to his mother Mary, at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ into the world, that he was going to be great. There is relative greatness and absolute greatness. Snowdon is a relatively great mountain in England and Wales; none is higher. But it is a mere hill compared to Alpine peaks, and like a molehill if set down in the Himalayas. That is relative greatness. But Jesus Christ is absolutely great. Great in his living No life can compare to his. He was pure, meek and good, and yet strong and just. He hated all that was tawdry and...

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Historical

September 2017
Articles > Historical > Uncategorised

50 challenging years

Over 1967-2017, confessional evangelical Christianity in Britain has faced some significant challenges. Here are six of them: 1) The so-called ‘New Perspective’ on the teaching of the apostle Paul. In a book entitled Paul and Palestinian Judaism by Ed Sanders, which appeared 40 years ago, the thesis was promoted that the Jews of Pauline times were not a legalistic, works-oriented community; they were men who considered themselves saved by being God’s chosen, covenant community, the children of Abraham; and their remaining in the covenant depended on their keeping the law. Law-keeping was the badge of covenant membership. James Dunn and N. T. Wright were among...

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The greatest of the great is come

Article

December 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The greatest of the great is come

In Nazareth, Mary was told that the child to be born to her would be a great person. He would have a great birth — the highest of all stooping to such a humble entry into the world. He would be great in his life, wholly free from selfishness, lust and greed. He would be great as a teacher. He would preach the Sermon on the Mount — Shakespeare never wrote anything as magnificent as that discourse! He would be great in the wonders that he did, displaying his power over evil, over creation, over disease and over death. He would be great in his...

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Learning from the shepherds

Article

December 2014
Evangelistic

Learning from the shepherds

Shepherds weren’t very high up on the social scale, in the first century. In fact, the general view was that they weren’t to be trusted. They were often the victims of cruel stereotypes — like blondes today! People would comment to one another whether the sheep being herded along the side of the road really belonged to those shepherds, or whether they had been ‘nicked’ in the middle of the night. It was surely difficult to be absolutely certain whose sheep they were. In a Jewish book called the Mishna, familiar in the first century and so at the time of Mary and Joseph, buying...

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