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John Laski (1499-1560)

Historical

January 2010
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John Laski (1499-1560)

John Laski (1499-1560) 2010 marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Poland's greatest Reformer, John Laski. He was highly esteemed by Calvin and Melanchthon, a friend of Cranmer and Bucer, and looked to by numerous Reformers. As a Reformer, John Laski1 would play a key role in the Netherlands, England and Poland. And yet today…

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Children’s Champion

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December 2009
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Children’s Champion

Children's Champion With Barnardo's 330 charity shops, 400 social projects and care of thousands of children, most readers will be familiar with that name. But who was Tom Barnardo, founder of this remarkable charity begun in 1867?  A bit of all sorts' was Tom's own description of himself as he thought of the blend of…

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The Synod of Dort

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November 2009
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The Synod of Dort

The Synod of Dort   Last month, we looked at the life and teaching of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609). When he died the system of theology that bears his name did not perish with him.   In 1610, forty Dutch theologians who championed his ideas gathered at Gouda for a conference, under the leadership of…

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Meteoric Methodism (2)

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November 2009
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Meteoric Methodism (2)

Meteoric Methodism (2) Between 1790 and 1840, 1.5 million people were gathered into the churches of England and Wales - approximately one in every ten of the population. This means that by 1840 one third of the English nation attended Protestant churches on Sundays.  If this 50-year period is today called a 'forgotten revival', then Primitive Methodism…

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Was Hitler an occultist?

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November 2009
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Was Hitler an occultist?

Was Hitler an occultist? Just over seventy years ago, Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. It was in reality a war against Adolf Hitler and those who fought alongside him in his programme of nakedly aggressive territorial expansion. Hitler was a rabid anti-Semite. He had made his extreme beliefs clear 15 years earlier in his infamous…

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Pastor Pokorny (1917–2008)

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October 2009
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Pastor Pokorny (1917–2008)

Pastor Pokorny (1917–2008) August Erwin (Tony) Pokorny was born at a chaotic time in history. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was on the brink of disintegrating and Austria was set to become a republic. Its economy was unable to cope with the large numbers returning from army and empire posts, and there was extensive unemployment. When Pokorny's parents…

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Historical

October 2009
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John Calvin’s mission to France

John Calvin's mission to France   The year 2009 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. He was born in northern France and was converted, as a student, in the early 1530s. From 1541 until his death in 1564 he served as a preacher and teacher in Geneva. Calvin was never…

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Meteoric Methodism

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October 2009
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Meteoric Methodism

Meteoric Methodism 'Shooting stars' leave a dramatic, but brief trail of light and fire in the night sky. So it was with Primitive Methodism. The Primitive Methodist (PM) movement blazed forward, but was extinguished within 120 years. What lay behind its rapid success and extinction? Consider the description of Primitive Methodism provided by C. H. Spurgeon's…

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Historical

October 2009
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Arminius

Arminius In what must be one of the great ironies of church history, Jacob Arminius shares an anniversary year with John Calvin. The Genevan Reformer was born 500 years ago on 10 July 1509. Arminius, who did so much to question Calvin's theology of sovereign grace, died on 19 October 1609. Like Calvin, Arminius…

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1859 – the year of grace

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September 2009
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1859 – the year of grace

1859 - the year of grace In 1856 a lady called Mrs Colville returned home to Gateshead in a state of despondency. She had spent several months visiting homes in Ballymena, County Antrim, with the aim of winning souls for Christ and felt her work had been unfruitful. Little did she know how the Lord would…

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Memories of my father – Jock Purves

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September 2009
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Memories of my father – Jock Purves

Memories of my father - Jock Purves   My father Jock was the eldest of five, and it was always with him that the wider family discussed family, professional and spiritual matters. He was similarly recognised in the village where we grew up. Although there was a godly local Presbyterian minister it was often…

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God praised for the Reformation

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August 2009
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God praised for the Reformation

God praised for the Reformation  1.  Great God we bless Thee for Thy work      In Reformation days; We name the men whom Thou didst use,     But Thy great Name we praise!We love to hear of Calvin's toil,     Or Luther's fearless stand,But these were only tools employed     By Thine almighty hand. 2.  In England, Wycliffe's…

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