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Phil Arthur became a Christian in his teens. After taking a history degree at Cambridge University he returned to his native North East, where he taught history for 14 years, first in a High School and then in a Further Education College in a New Town on the Durham Coast named Peterlee. During this time, sensing a call to the Christian ministry, he undertook a course of training with the Evangelical Movement of Wales and was increasingly involved in preaching, both in his home church and in other local churches. In 1988 he moved across the Pennines to become the first Pastor of Grace Baptist Church. He has had the privilege of being involved in various other ministries over the years and currently serves on the committee of the Westminster Conference, The UK trust of Christian Compassion Ministries and teaches part of the Church History syllabus at London Seminary.

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Getting started in church history

Historical

November 2005
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Getting started in church history

I cannot think of a single Christian who would not benefit from acquiring a working knowledge of church history. This is, first and foremost, because God has been at work in this world ever since the events recorded in the final chapter of Acts 28. Our time is always well spent if we make…

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Learning from the past

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October 2005
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Learning from the past

Benefit from history!Car-maker Henry Ford is famous for his off-the-cuff remark that 'history is bunk'. Sometimes I come across Evangelical Christians who share his dismissive attitude towards learning from the past.But I prefer the perspective of the historian, who called his record of the first colonists in New England The mighty acts of Christ…

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Guest Column : Reflections from a duffle-coat pocket

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October 2005
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Guest Column : Reflections from a duffle-coat pocket

I have always liked aphorisms - those short, pithy sayings that express a nugget of truth in a striking way. That is one of several reasons why I have been drawn to Samuel Rutherford, an eminent servant of the gospel in seventeenth-century Scotland.His capacity for coining phrases that get under your skin and won’t…

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Learning from the past

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September 2005
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Learning from the past

History has always been one of the great loves of my life. It is something I learned from my father while I was still very small. His passion to understand his own roots, and his conviction that the people of the past were worth getting to know, communicated itself to me.Tramping with him through…

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Guest Column – How to spoil a prayer meeting

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September 2005
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Guest Column – How to spoil a prayer meeting

Here are ten sure-fire tips guaranteed to make the corporate prayer life of any local church ineffective. Yes, your church can become weak and succumb to spiritual paralysis! Just follow these ten steps and the pulpit will lose its power, lives will cease to make an impact, and the church will become barely distinguishable…

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Guest Column

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August 2005
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Guest Column

In the winter of 1850-51, two young men walked out of Cambridge on the Newmarket road, heading for a village named Teversham. One of them was deep in silence, having received one of the biggest surprises of his young life.A keen member of St Andrew's Street Baptist Church and an active teacher in the…

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