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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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The Clapham Sect and the slave trade (1)

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May 2012
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The Clapham Sect and the slave trade (1)

On 24 February 1791, only a week before he died, John Wesley wrote his final letter. It was to William Wilberforce, and all about Wilberforce's struggles against the slave trade.

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Samuel Rutherford

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November 2011
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Samuel Rutherford

Samuel Rutherford A seventeenth-century Englishman once listened to some well-known preachers in Scotland. Of them he said, ‘I came to Irvine, and heard a well-favoured, proper old man, with a long beard, and that man [David Dickson] showed me all my heart. Then I went to St Andrews, where I heard a sweet, majestic looking man [Robert Blair], and he showed me the majesty of God. After him I heard a little, fair man, and he showed me the loveliness of Christ’. The ‘little, fair man’ was Samuel Rutherford, whose influence lingers on today, particularly through his published Letters.       Rutherford was born 411 years ago...

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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

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September 2011
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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

Joseph Spoor — aflame for God Joseph Spoor (1813-1869) was a northern Primitive Methodist minister greatly used in the conversion of thousands of men and women. A full account of his ministry is given in The earnest preacher, by Rev. E. Hall (1879). By the age of 20, Joseph had already seen a powerful local revival at Appleton Wiske, in North Yorkshire (August ET).     When 22, he was ordained into the Primitive Methodist (PM) ministry at Darlington. By the end of his first three months, there was an increase of 80 members.    Rev. Ralph Shields, one of Spoor’s many sons in the gospel, recounted:...

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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

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August 2011
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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

Joseph Spoor — aflame for God One of the north of England’s most outstanding Primitive Methodist ministers was Rev. Joseph Spoor (1813-1869). His biography (The earnest preacher, by Rev. E. Hall) was published in 1874. Joseph was born in Whickham, to the south west of Newcastle. His father worked the coal-carrying barges on the River Tyne.     As a boy, Joseph was, like his companions, rough-living — engaging in swearing, brawling, gambling and drinking. With friends, he would sometimes disrupt local Christian meetings and ridicule believers.     Hodgson Casson     At that time, a zealous but highly eccentric Wesleyan Methodist minister called Hodgson Casson was...

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Westminster Conference 2010

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February 2011
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Westminster Conference 2010

Westminster Conference 2010 This conference met over two days in December at the American Church in London (next year's venue is Regent Hall, Oxford Street). This year's theme was 'Standing firm - still Protestant'. With Catholicism taking big strides forward in the UK, it was timely.      In the first session, John Owen Centre principal…

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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (4)

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February 2011
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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (4)

The Moravian connection - Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (4) For all the help that John Wesley had received from the Moravians, he had not become a 'paid-up' Moravian. He was still, supremely, an Anglican clergyman.  In spite of his enthusiastic comments both during and after his stay at Herrnhut, he had taken note of…

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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (3)

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January 2011
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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (3)

The Moravian connection -Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (3)On 24 May 1738 John Wesley wrote in his journal, 'Wednesday, May 24. In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans'.'About a quarter before nine, while he was describing…

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