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All articles by Robert Oliver

In 1971 Robert commenced a pastorate at the Old Baptist Chapel, Bradford on Avon, Wiltshire. This continued until retirement in 2006. During this pastorate he completed a research course leading to a PhD through the London Bible College. On completion he was asked to be lecturer in Church History and Historical Theology at the London Theological Seminary.

He is also responsible for teaching Church History in the John Owen Centre and in this connection is an adjunct Professor of Church History in Westminster Theological Seminary Philadelphia. He is also visiting Professor of Church History at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary, Grand Rapids, Michigan and a Fellow of the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, Escondido, California.

Robert Oliver is married to Rachel and they have two children and five grandchildren. Dr Oliver is the author The History of the English Calvinistic Baptists, 1771–1892, published by the Banner of Truth Trust in 2006.

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Historical

November 2017
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John Rogers, Reformation martyr

Over 460 years ago, on 4 February 1555, John Rogers was tied to a post in Smithfield, London, firewood was heaped around him, and he was burned to death — because he was an evangelical Christian. In the next three and a half years, nearly 300 more martyrs died in the same way. Our…

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October 2017
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The Reformation in England

Inevitably, the debate about indulgences raised by Martin Luther’s protest rapidly became one about the personal understanding of Scripture, over against the church’s claim to be Scripture’s final and authoritative interpreter. The debate became furious and could not be contained within Germany, but widened, helped by the widespread use of Latin in scholarly circles…

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February 2017
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Then and now

‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed’ (Genesis 3:15); ‘These things I have spoken to you that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). Over the past 50 years…

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November 2014
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Why remember George Whitefield?

When British Christians seem to be making little progress against the destructive tendencies of humanism, and false religions of various sorts appear to be capturing popular attention, why should we spend time considering a preacher born 300 years ago? Perhaps obsession with contemporary issues swamps our attention and we forget our need to study…

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News – Islam & the church

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June 2009
News

News – Islam & the church

Islam & the church   Nearly 200 people attended the 18th Annual Meeting of Evangelical Library West in Bath to hear Dr Patrick Sookhdeo of the Barnabas Fund speak on 'Islam, the church and the future of Britain' at Widcombe Baptist Church, Bath. Emphasising the Christian duty to love all people, Dr Sookhdeo urged…

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The Marian Martyrs

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April 2006
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The Marian Martyrs

On 21 March 1556 Thomas Cranmer, lately Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake in Oxford. Queen Mary I hoped by this execution to deal a final blow to the Protestant cause in England. In fact she committed a major political blunder. Cranmer was the most prominent of Mary's victims, a scholar with…

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Missionary Spotlight-EP Conference, Romania

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February 2006
Romania

Missionary Spotlight-EP Conference, Romania

Evangelical Press’ third Romanian Conference was held on 18-19 November in the city of Oradea. As the date coincided with sessions of the Romanian Baptist Union Assembly in Bucharest, there was uncertainty about the degree of attendance we could expect. In the event fears proved to be groundless, with numbers greater than in previous…

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