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All articles by Nigel Faithfull

Nigel Faithfull is a retired analytical chemist and member of St Mellons Baptist Church, Cardiff. In 2012, he published Thoughts fixed and affections flaming (Day One), concerning Matthew Henry.

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August 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

How are the mighty fallen!

David hears of the death of two of Israel’s heroes, and exclaims three times that two mighty men have fallen. He laments, ‘Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon’ (2 Samuel 1:19-27). He is ashamed that such news is proclaimed among his enemies. At the same time, he…

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April 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

The face of Christ

Once, when saying bedtime prayers with a grandson, he asked why he couldn’t see God, saying, ‘It would be easier to believe in him if I could’. This was not such a childish question. Moses made the same request, but God replied, ‘You cannot see my face, for man shall not see me and…

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September 2016
Scientific (including creation)

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

In a recent BBC TV programme, The man who made the modern world, Professor Iain Stewart began by asking people in Edinburgh’s George Street whether they recognised a portrait of James Clerk Maxwell. Virtually none did, even though they were standing right under his large monument, erected in 2008. He is known as Scotland’s…

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Historical

August 2016
Articles > Historical

Michael Faraday (1791-1867)

We are living in days when we can be easily intimidated by institutionalised atheism. Children in school science lessons may detect a sneer when they say they believe God created the earth and the first humans. When we enter museums, we are bombarded with information which promotes Darwinian evolution and its associated timescales, to…

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Historical

July 2016
Articles > Historical

John Flavel (1628-1691)

It was a privilege to be part of the Christian Union at Aberystwyth in the mid-1960s. A highlight, apart from the eminent preachers, was when books were put out for display on the book table.  Once a year the Banner of Truth took orders for ‘damaged’ books at only 40 per cent list price.…

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October 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Time is of the essence

Down through the centuries people have been fascinated by time. Can you remember seeing sundials and clock faces with the inscription ‘tempus fugit’? This Latin phrase (Virgil, 70-19 BC) means ‘time flies’,never to be recovered. Another is ‘carpe diem’ (Horace, 23 BC), often translated ‘seize the day’. These two Latin phrases encourage us to…

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August 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A light in the dark

Darkness and light, or night and day, are themes that accompany us throughout our earthly existence. Every day, we experience the contrast between a dark night and a hopefully sunny day. During the day, we might voluntarily enter a dark place. The caver enjoys the challenges of exploring underground, but he is always glad to…

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