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The dungeon flamed with light

Historical

August 2004
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The dungeon flamed with light

Last month we saw that revivals may differ from one another in many respects. Yet there are some characteristics that recur in all revivals, whatever their historical setting and whatever leaders are involved. We now consider four of these characteristics.Australian historian Stuart Piggin defines revival thus: 'Revival is a sovereign work of God the…

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1904 – the Welsh Awakening

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August 2004
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1904 – the Welsh Awakening

A century ago, Wales experienced that last national religious revival - an awakening whose influence was felt in the four corners of the world and (according to the estimates of the time) brought in 100,000 new converts. Yet this great movement of the Spirit had small beginnings - that did not always involve the…

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Reflections on the Welsh Revival

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August 2004
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Reflections on the Welsh Revival

Scripture is full of counsel about the importance of remembering - something specially needful in an age that seems determined to abandon history. Deuteronomy 32:7 says, 'Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father; and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you'.Psalm 105 begins…

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Reflections on the Welsh Revival

Historical

August 2004
Articles > Historical

Reflections on the Welsh Revival

Scripture is full of counsel about the importance of remembering - something specially needful in an age that seems determined to abandon history. Deuteronomy 32:7 says, 'Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father; and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you'.Psalm 105 begins…

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John Eliot: Puritan Missionary to the Indians

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August 2004
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John Eliot: Puritan Missionary to the Indians

The Puritans were deeply committed to missionary endeavour. All the well-known Puritan and Covenanting ministers subscribed to a petition presented to parliament in 1641 'for the propagating of the gospel in America and the West Indies'. The best example of this spirit was to be found in New England. The Massachusetts Bay Company's Charter…

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The dungeon flamed with light

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July 2004
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The dungeon flamed with light

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), described by Martyn Lloyd-Jones as 'pre-eminently the theologian of Revival', once said: 'The Holy Spirit, in his indwelling, his influences and fruits, is the sum of all grace, holiness, comfort and joy or, in one word, of all the spiritual good Christ purchased for men in this world: and is also…

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The dungeon flamed with light-Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

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June 2004
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The dungeon flamed with light-Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

Jonathan Edwards' treatise An Humble Attempt (to promote agreement and unity in prayer) was inspired by information he received during 1745. It concerned a prayer movement for revival which had been formed by a number of Scottish evangelical ministers, including his regular correspondents John McLaurin (1693-1754) of the Ramshorn Church, Glasgow; William McCulloch (1691-1771)…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

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May 2004
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Evangelical revivals of the 18th centuryJonathan Edwards and praying for revival (1)by Michael HaykinIn an essay published in the mid-1960s, before the resurgence of interest in Jonathan Edwards, Peter Gay, an historian with little sympathy for Edwards’ theological vision, contrasted him with Charles Chauncy (1705-1787). Chauncy was Edwards’ main theological opponent during the Great…

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The charismatic movement – a short history

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May 2004
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The charismatic movement – a short history

3.   The Vineyardby Jonathan BayesOne result of the rapid progress made by 'Restorationism' in the years immediately after 1975 was that the renewal movement within the denominations (see Part 1 of this series) began to decline.Many people who had been involved in the renewal moved into the Restorationist movement, having become disillusioned with attempts…

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James Montgomery

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May 2004
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James Montgomery

James Montgomery was almost six when he travelled with his father from the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, Co. Antrim, to the Moravian school at Fulneck  - which would be his home for the next ten years. During the voyage a violent storm struck fear into the boy, but he was comforted as his father…

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The dungeon flamed with light

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April 2004
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The dungeon flamed with light

The book seeks to answer both the misguided zeal of James Davenport and the cold intellectualism of Charles Chauncy - aberrant positions that we looked at last month. But it is noteworthy that the longest section of the book is an answer to Davenport's position.Edwards regarded the misguided zeal of those like Davenport as…

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The charismatic movement – a short history

Historical

April 2004
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The charismatic movement – a short history

Needless to say, this did not go down well with other churches in the city! The three uniting congregations were an Independent Holiness Church, a charismatic House Church, and a Brethren Assembly. The new church was led by Bryn Jones.This event marked the emergence of 'Restorationism' as a separate strand within the charismatic movement,…

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