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All articles by Gwyn Davies

Dr Gwyn Davies (now retired) was a lecturer in church history at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology.

News

January 2018
News > Events

Event – Thanksgiving in Aberystwyth

In June 1967 four men came together in Aberystwyth to pray for guidance. Three of them, Ieuan Jones, John Ifor Jones, and Wil Morgan, attended different chapels in the area, but were increasingly uneasy, because the Word of God was not being preached there. The other was Gordon Macdonald, a Welsh Wesleyan Methodist minister…

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Historical

February 2017
Articles > Historical

Pantycelyn

William Williams (1717-1791) was one of the most remarkable hymn writers who ever lived. What may seem strange to those outside Wales, however, is that he is generally known not by his personal name, but simply by that of the farm where he lived: ‘Pantycelyn’. The farm lies just beyond the hamlet of Pentre-tŷ-gwyn,…

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Historical

January 2017
Articles > Historical

Christmas Evans (1766–1838): Welsh preacher par excellence?

‘Christmas Evans,’ according to an early biographer, ‘was a Paul in labour, a Bunyan in imagination, and a Whitefield in eloquence’. Even today — perhaps because his name and appearance are so easily remembered — some regard him as the Welsh preacher par excellence. As will become clear, there are reasons to question such…

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Historical

November 2016
Articles > Historical

‘Though he died, he still speaks’

He had a burning desire to take the gospel to Korea. A gifted linguist, he had already mastered the rudiments of the Korean tongue. Having secured passage as an interpreter on an American armed trading ship, the General Sherman, he set out for Pyongyang, the capital. As the ship sailed along the Taedong River,…

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Historical

October 2014
Articles > Historical

‘The Lord’s gift’: Thomas Charles (1755–1814)

If I were ever to be cast away on a desert island, with only one person from the whole history of Christianity for company, I think I would choose Thomas Charles (although it would be a close call between him and William Williams Pantycelyn). Why Thomas Charles? On the 200th anniversary of his death…

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Historical

January 2014
Articles > Historical

Howel Harris (1714–73): ‘a thrill of fervour’

At a time when Wales was lying  In a dark and deadly sleep,  Presbyter and priest and bishop —  None of these his charge did keep;  In the dark and dismal twilight  From Trefeca came a man,  All ablaze in sparkling brightness,  A thrill of fervour through him ran.   William Williams Pantycelyn may…

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Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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February 2013
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Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones In December 2012, a plaque was unveiled on the wall of the childhood home of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones, at Llangeitho in rural Ceredigion. Dr Lloyd-Jones’s family moved from Cardiff to the village when he was a young boy to take over Siop yr Albion (Albion stores), which is still open today.…

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