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Samuel Davies

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February 2011
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Samuel Davies

Samuel Davies  (1723-1761)   Samuel Davies was born in Delaware in 1723. His parents were born near Pontypridd, but later emigrated to North America. They were earnest Christians; his mother especially was a woman of prayer.   The parents experienced a long delay in conceiving a child and Samuel later wrote, 'I am a…

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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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News – OAM encouragements

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January 2011
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News – OAM encouragements

OAM encouragementsFor a week in October, an Open-Air Mission (OAM) team went to centres in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Sunderland to witness alongside local evangelical churches.     There were five full-time OAM evangelists and a local associate worker who preached each day. There was also great support for the work from other local believers.      At…

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Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562)

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January 2011
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Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562)

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562)The English Reformation normally evokes images of Henry VIII, Thomas Cranmer, Edward VI and Lady Jane Grey. Few remember another protagonist who brought both raging controversy and theological clarity to 16th-century England - Peter Martyr Vermigli.It was the summer of 1542 in Italy. After the previous year's disappointing attempt to conciliate…

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Historical

December 2010
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A divine irony

A divine irony With an ominous rattle of wheels and the crack of a whip, a cart was driven through the gates of an Edinburgh hospital. Another casualty was being rushed in, a man critically injured in some industrial accident. With the lower half of his body horribly crushed, he was in desperate pain.…

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C. T. Studd (1860-1931)

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November 2010
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C. T. Studd (1860-1931)

C. T. Studd (1860-1931)   A few years ago, while sifting through the archives of the Africa Inland Mission (AIM), I came across the most unusual application papers I have ever seen. They had been submitted by Charles Thomas Studd, in November 1912.   The name was familiar because I had read of this…

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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (2)

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November 2010
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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (2)

The Moravian connection - Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (2) John Wesley, an Anglican clergyman and missionary to Savannah, Georgia, during the mid-1730s was in deadly earnest about personal holiness. He had embarked upon his mission with the aim of securing his own salvation. His religious quest had begun years earlier. He recalled in his Plain…

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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (1)

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October 2010
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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (1)

The Moravian connection - Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (1) In spring 1727 the small Moravian group on Count Nicholas Zinzendorf's estate in Berthelsdorf, Saxony, was deeply divided. Controversies had arisen over such issues as predestination, holiness and baptism. The Lutheran count had allowed the refugees to settle on his land five years earlier. They came…

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J. H. Newman and authority

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September 2010
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J. H. Newman and authority

J. H. Newman and authority   With the pope poised to canonise J. H. Newman (1801-1890) as a 'saint' this September, Rev. Dr David Phipps exposes Newman's heretical thinking concerning the authority of the church.   On 9 October 1845, John Henry Newman, Oxford don and former vicar of the University Church, was received…

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Charles Darwin & Charles Kingsley

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August 2010
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Charles Darwin & Charles Kingsley

Charles Darwin & Charles Kingsley Russell Grigg   The first edition of 1,250 copies of Charles Darwin's On the origin of species was published on 24 November 1859. The book caused something of a public uproar and was promptly denounced from pulpits across England, despite the popular story that the entire first edition was…

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Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)

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August 2010
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Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)

Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)   Born at Burnley on 16 September 1860 into a two-roomed terraced house, Samuel Chadwick was small and thin, always looking as if he had not long to live.   The area hummed with noise from the cotton mills, and from the age of eight the young Samuel would rise at…

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Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)

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August 2010
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Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)

Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)   Many today think of Philip Doddridge only as the writer of 'O happy day', 'Hark! The glad sound' and a few other lesser known hymns. The many other qualities and achievements of this godly man are almost unknown.   It is well over 300 years since Philip Doddridge was born…

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