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Historical

January 2017
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Britain’s decline and fall (2)

Continued from Britain’s decline and fall (1) In summer 2015, BBC TV fictionalised part of the Bloomsbury Group’s history in a drama series entitled ‘Life in squares’. The title was an echo of an early witticism about the group being a ‘circle composed of [sexual] triangles who lived in squares’. There were certainly other…

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January 2017
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Pearl Harbour

Just over 75 years ago, on 7 December 1941, 353 Japanese fighter planes, torpedo planes and bombers attacked the United States at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. In a matter of 110 minutes, the Japanese had destroyed 188 aircraft and damaged eight battleships (sinking four), and sank three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and…

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January 2017
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Gideon Ouseley (3)

My interest in Gideon Ouseley was first aroused when I came across this incident in his biography, written by John Hughes (1876). (Hughes later became a Methodist minister). ‘On a raw November evening Ouseley preached at the corner of the street where we lived at Portarlington. After preaching, he came into our house for…

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January 2017
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Christmas Evans (1766–1838): Welsh preacher par excellence?

‘Christmas Evans,’ according to an early biographer, ‘was a Paul in labour, a Bunyan in imagination, and a Whitefield in eloquence’. Even today — perhaps because his name and appearance are so easily remembered — some regard him as the Welsh preacher par excellence. As will become clear, there are reasons to question such…

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December 2016
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Remembering Martin Luther

A blue touch-paper was lit 500 years ago which brought about an explosion that changed the course of the world. Martin Luther, a German monk and university professor, nailed his 95 Theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg in Germany. The Theses were points Luther was making that were indirectly questioning…

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November 2016
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Julius Köbner (2)

Continued from Julius Köbner (1) When Julius and Juliane Köbner joined as members of the Baptist church in Hamburg in 1836, the church had 36 members. Their pastor, Johann Oncken, needed an assistant to relieve his workload as pastor, preacher and missionary. There was no one in the church at that time with the necessary…

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November 2016
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A night to be remembered – what Dr Lloyd-Jones really said.

It seemed as though it might be an uneventful night in London … The many Christians who made their way to the Central Hall, Westminster for the opening of the Second National Assembly of Evangelicals were totally unaware of how eventful that meeting would be. Even the members of the Westminster Fellowship who knew…

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November 2016
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Britain’s decline and fall (1)

How deep-rooted is decadence in Britain today? What would it take for there to be a widespread turning to Christ? Some answers to these questions lie beneath two centuries of social history. We start with the years 1790-1840. These were the decades of the ‘Forgotten Revival’, the high watermark of British evangelicalism that followed…

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November 2016
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‘Though he died, he still speaks’

He had a burning desire to take the gospel to Korea. A gifted linguist, he had already mastered the rudiments of the Korean tongue. Having secured passage as an interpreter on an American armed trading ship, the General Sherman, he set out for Pyongyang, the capital. As the ship sailed along the Taedong River,…

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November 2016
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Gideon Ouseley (2)

Continued from Gideon Ouseley (1) 1798 was the year of the Irish rebellion against English rule, with Ireland in the grip of violence. When Gideon was away on his gospel travels, Harriet was left at home; and it may have been the thought of danger to her that caused them to move to Sligo,…

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October 2016
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Julius Köbner (1)

Julius Köbner, Johann Gerhardt Oncken and Gottfrid Wilhelm Lehmann were three great German Baptist pioneers in the European continent. They became known as the Baptist cloverleaf. Köbner became Oncken’s right-hand man and his closest friend in the Baptist church in Hamburg. The story begins in Odense, Denmark. Köbner’s parents were immigrants from Poland and…

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October 2016
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Gideon Ouseley (1)

Who was Gideon Ouseley? He was an early nineteenth century evangelist in Ireland, given a roving commission by the Irish Methodist conference. He had a particular calling to preach the gospel in the Irish Gaelic language, to a predominantly Roman Catholic peasant population. As a Methodist, he was of course Arminian — sometimes belligerently…

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