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Historical

October 2000
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Havelock of Lucknow (2): The friendship of Christ

Havelock’s first four years after returning to India in 1851 were unremarkable until, unexpectedly, he was appointed Adjutant General of the British Army in India. He was now responsible for the efficiency of all regiments in India and their readiness for war. In 1855 war looked somewhat remote but, since the Afghan disasters, Indian…

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October 2000
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The forgotten revival – The Cornish revivals of 1814 – 1835

Seven years after ‘The Great Revival’ of Redruth in 1814, which so extensively and profoundly affected the Methodist societies in that whole area of Cornwall, a further powerful quickening occurred in October 1821 at Camborne and Tuckingmill, just three miles from Redruth. The remarkable conversion of two young men, who were brothers, was the…

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October 2000
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Nicholas Ridley – The cause of truth

Now began the greatest part of Ridley’s witness to the cause of the Reformation in England and to biblical truth. Last month, we traced his life up to the time he was imprisoned by the newly-enthroned Mary Tudor. From the early days of his imprisonment he did all that he could, by word of…

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September 2000
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Nicholas Ridley – The Reformation years

Along with Cranmer and Latimer, Nicholas Ridley was one of the three principal figures of the English Reformation. It is thought that he was born 500 years ago, in 1500, which is why we are remembering him this year. Some consider him to be the leading thinker of the English Reformers. At his trial…

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September 2000
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Two Thousand Years of Christianity: The Reformation spreads

When Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, John Calvin was only 8 years old. But he was destined to become the foremost theologian of the Reformation. Calvin was born in France in 1509 into a Catholic family. He was converted while a student at the University of Paris, but…

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September 2000
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Havelock of Lucknow – ‘But God was with him’ (Acts 7:9)

Next to Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square stands the statue of Major General Sir Henry Havelock, the nation’s tribute to a gallant Christian soldier. Yet few readers are likely to have heard of him. When news of his death reached England at the height of the Indian Mutiny, The Times said it fell ‘upon…

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July 2000
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The grace of God in Helmsley

Have you ever spent a sunny summer afternoon wandering around Helmsley in Yorkshire? If so, you may have enjoyed sipping tea in one of the many cafes, browsing through second-hand bookshops or even savouring the exotic ice-creams available locally. But it would certainly add significance to any future visit to Helmsley to know something…

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July 2000
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Count Zinzendorf

The eighteen-year-old Count was profoundly moved. He stood in the Dusseldorf art gallery, gazing at a picture of Christ, crowned with thorns, blood trickling down his face. He was looking at Domenico Feti's painting Ecce Homo (Behold the Man). Underneath was the Latin inscription: 'This I have suffered for you, but what have you…

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Historical

July 2000
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Two Thousand Years of Christianity

Nine centuries of decline Pope Gregory died in A.D. 604. The next 900 years were to be an age of moral and spiritual decline. It is true that Christianity continued to expand. The Roman Catholic Church extended its influence eastwards into Moravia and Bulgaria during the ninth century, into Poland and Russia during the…

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July 2000
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Evangelical Spirituality

J. I. Packer has observed that a 'revival … is always a disfigured work of God, and the more powerful the revival, the more scandalising disfigurements we may expect to see'. This was certainly the case in the American Great Awakening. Between 1740 and 1742 it is estimated that there were as many as…

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June 2000
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Two thousand years of Christianity – Theology and politics

Everything changed for the church in AD 313, when the Edict of Milan allowed complete freedom for Christian worship. The previous year the Emperor Constantine had decided to make Christianity the official religion of the Empire. Some would say that Constantine was converted. However, it is unlikely that he was truly born again. He…

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Sarah Edwards

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June 2000
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Evangelical Spirituality – Sarah Edwards and the vision of God

In recent articles we have looked at the spirituality of Jonathan Edwards, considered by many to be a classical mentor in this area of the Christian life. But his wife, Sarah Pierrepont Edwards (1710-1758), appears to have had as rich a walk with Christ as her famous husband. Unfortunately, Sarah was not a writer…

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