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Azusa Street Revival

Number 312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, entered the annals of church history 100 years ago on 23 April 1906. It was about to become what Vinson Synan calls ‘the most famous (street) address in Pentecostal-charismatic history’.

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January 2014
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Howel Harris (1714–73): ‘a thrill of fervour’

At a time when Wales was lying  In a dark and deadly sleep,  Presbyter and priest and bishop —  None of these his charge did keep;  In the dark and dismal twilight  From Trefeca came a man,  All ablaze in sparkling brightness,  A thrill of fervour through him ran.   William Williams Pantycelyn may…

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January 2014
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Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (3)

Daniel Rowland’s theology came from the 39 Articles and Westminster Larger Catechism, and, chiefly, the Bible. He championed the reforming principles of Hus, Jerome, Cranmer, Ridley and Calvin.   He was in his preaching an able and a balanced theologian, who contended earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. But he was…

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January 2014
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Dangerous compromises

Reflections on the life of Renée of France Simonetta Carr, author of Renée of France, published by EP Books (128 pages, £6.99, ISBN: 9780852349090) as part of their Bitesize Biographies, discusses some global lessons that Renée has for us today. When Evangelical Press first suggested I write a book for their series of Bitesize…

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December 2013
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The power of God’s grace

Christian Watt stirred the glowing embers of the fire. With her parents away, she was alone in the family’s ‘butt and ben’ cottage in Broadsea, near Fraserburgh, in the far north of Scotland. ‘No!’ she thought decidedly to herself. ‘I will not marry James Sim’. Born into a fisherman’s family, Christian had long ago…

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Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (2)

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November 2013
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Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (2)

John Rowland, Daniel’s brother, seemed quite content to give Daniel every liberty (see October ET). So Llangeitho became the base for Daniel’s ministry and, for some 50 years (he died on 16 October 1790 — his 77th year), his congregation never went below 3000. This is an amazing fact, when it is remembered that…

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November 2013
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Two Bibles in Ireland

The failure of the Reformation in Ireland was arguably the single most important event in Irish history. The Bible in the vernacular was one of the tenets of the Reformation. However, by the end of the sixteenth century, no attempt had been made to translate the Bible into Irish. By contrast, there were at…

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November 2013
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John Newton’s dream

The free and easy relationship young John Newton enjoyed with his mother stands in marked contrast with the dreadful, distant relationship he endured with his father. As soon as Captain Newton landed in Wapping after a sea voyage, he would be seen striding through the streets and into the door of his house on…

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October 2013
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David Brainerd (1718-1747) (2)

Last month’s article on David Brainerd highlighted Jonathan Edwards’ esteem for his friend as an exemplar of authentic Christianity. Although dying when only 29, Brainerd was a classic role model for how the kingdom of God is extended. In 1729 Jonathan Edwards had become pastor at Northampton, Massachusetts, then a town of about 1000…

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October 2013
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Final curtain

Can Her Majesty the Queen refuse the Royal Assent for a parliamentary Bill? This became a live issue in relation to the recent Marriage Act. To answer this question, it is necessary to turn to the 1688 constitutional settlement. Those well versed in history will know that the seeds of the 1688 settlement were…

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October 2013
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Dangerous Compromises – Reflections on the Life of Renée of France

When Evangelical Press first suggested I write a book for their series of Bitesize Biographies, I immediately thought of Renée of France, and that for several reasons. Mostly, I had recently written a semi-fictionalized biography of Olympia Morata (Weight of a Flame, the Passion of Olympia Morta, P&R 2012) and my research had left…

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October 2013
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Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (1)

Daniel Rowland was born in 17131 at Pantybeudy in the parish of Llancwnlle, near Llangeitho, Cardiganshire. He had an elder brother, John, and both sons were intended for the ministry by their father, who was the vicar. On the death of his father in 1731, his elder brother John succeeded him, while Daniel completed…

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