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All articles by Roger Fay

Roger Fay was editor of Evangelical Times from 2007 until the end of 2018. He is a director of Evangelical Press Missionary Trust (Russian and French) and an elder of Zion Evangelical Baptist Church, Ripon

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November 2016
Articles > Historical

Britain’s decline and fall (1)

How deep-rooted is decadence in Britain today? What would it take for there to be a widespread turning to Christ? Some answers to these questions lie beneath two centuries of social history. We start with the years 1790-1840. These were the decades of the ‘Forgotten Revival’, the high watermark of British evangelicalism that followed on from the eighteenth century Evangelical Awakening. During this period 1.5 million people were gathered into the nonconformist churches of England and Wales (total population by 1840, 18 million). This ingathering also affected the established church and resulted in a significant minority of evangelicals in the Anglican clergy and a highly...

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News

October 2016
News

Education – A unique book

Author Gareth Crossley has released a second edition of his unique, Christ-centred survey of the Old Testament. Entitled The Old Testament explained and applied, and aimed at the global English-speaking market, the first edition (2002) has been highly acclaimed and has helped pastors and preachers ministering in first- to third-world contexts. The Old Testament explained and applied gives detail for each of the 39 books of the Old Testament on their historical settings and redemptive contexts. It highlights for each book, in a helpful and structured way, the messianic types, appearances and prophecies of Jesus Christ, as well as other key theological themes. There is...

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August 2016
News

Conference – Jonathan Edwards Conference

On 9-10 June, in the comfortable surroundings of Radisson Blu hotel, Durham, 60 attendees were treated to a theological feast, focused on the New England theologian Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), whose seminal ministry has helped mould Reformed evangelicalism for three centuries. This conference followed an inaugural one held in Durham in 2014. The theme this time was ‘Jonathan Edwards for the church: the glory of God’. Attendees came from a variety of evangelical churches, especially Presbyterian. We are especially grateful to Gateshead Presbyterian Church and Rev. Dr William Schweitzer for their helpful input. Rev. Dr Kevin Bidwell led morning devotions on both days and Rev. Andrew...

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May 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘Beautiful in his time’ (2)

Jonathan Edwards, in A history of the work of redemption, demonstrates that a soteriological (saving) significance is traceable in nearly all of God’s works. He gives numerous scriptural examples to show how God, in different ways, is always preparing the field for the salvation of sinners. The Lord’s groundwork is even traceable in his acts of judgment. Soteriological fulfilment On using this Edwardsean hermeneutical principle for ourselves in the study of Scripture, we discover that the Lord displays what we might call a ‘soteriological eagerness’ in redemption (see ET, April 2015, p.29). This eagerness is exemplified in Jesus’ parable of the prodigal son. Here, the...

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April 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘Beautiful in his time’ (1)

The New England theologian Jonathan Edwards is famous for his description of the progress of redemption history: ‘It may here be observed, that from the fall of man to our day, the work of redemption in its effect has mainly been carried on by remarkable communications of the Spirit of God.’ ‘Though there be a more constant influence of God’s Spirit always in some degree attending his ordinances, yet the way in which the greatest things have been done towards carrying on this work, always have been by remarkable effusions, at special seasons of mercy’. These words have long provided the church with insight into,...

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Historical

May 2015
Articles > Historical

The forgotten John Wesley (4)

The fourth reason we should not forget John Wesley is because of his unique impact on our nation.

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Historical

April 2015
Articles > Historical

The forgotten John Wesley (3)

The third reason we should remember John Wesley is for his remarkable example of zeal and boldness in the cause of the gospel.

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