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July 2016
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Rowland Hill

This ‘second Whitefield’ of whom the Countess spoke was Rowland Hill, the brother of Richard Hill, author of Pietas Oxoniensis. He took up Whitefield’s mantle when that great man died in 1770, just as Elisha took up Elijah’s. Rowland Hill was born at Hawkstone in Shropshire on 23 August 1744. He was educated at…

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July 2016
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John Blackadder

A Presbyterian Covenanter who ministered with real blessing upon his ministry in the Dumfries area. He refused to accept the Scottish version of the Act of Conformity and was ruthlessly pursued and eventually confined to Bass Rock. On 3 December 1685 Black-adder was released at last from his cramped unhealthy cell and gnawing pain…

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July 2016
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John Flavel (1628-1691)

It was a privilege to be part of the Christian Union at Aberystwyth in the mid-1960s. A highlight, apart from the eminent preachers, was when books were put out for display on the book table.  Once a year the Banner of Truth took orders for ‘damaged’ books at only 40 per cent list price.…

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July 2016
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Christianity in Cornwall

County of ‘saints’, Celtic crosses, ‘holy wells’ and oratories. There is reason to believe that Cornwall received the gospel in the first century AD. The Cornish language became virtually extinct when Coverdale’s Bible and Cranmer’s Prayer Book in English replaced the Latin liturgy and mass. In 1661 and 1662, the Church of England in…

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June 2016
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Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (4)

Continued from Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (3) The first two articles in this series explored the erosion of evangelical theology during the nineteenth century. The first weakening influence came through literature. Romantic poets and novelists drip-fed their dislike of eternal punishment and substitutionary atonement into people’s sensibilities. Then came philosophy, with its dismissal…

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May 2016
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Foxe at 500

‘Foxe’ is not a name familiar to many Christians. It is the first word in the title of what is today a widely un-read book, Foxe’s book of Martyrs. In fact, John Foxe was a real person, and two good reasons for thinking about him are that he was a Christian and that he…

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May 2016
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Why were our Reformers burned?

May 2016 is 200 years since the birth of J. C. Ryle, a staunch Anglican evangelical, whose writings have been greatly used by God. This extract is taken from a much longer lecture given in 1867, on the courageous stand of the Protestant martyrs under Queen Mary I (1553-58). Why were our Reformers burned?…

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May 2016
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Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (3)

Continued from Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (2) The first two articles in this series surveyed the attack on evangelical faith during the first two-thirds or so of the nineteenth century, through novels, poetry, science and philosophy. ). These assaults arose largely from sentiment and an a priori presupposition that miracles and other divine…

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April 2016
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Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (2)

Last month’s article surveyed the variety of attacks on evangelical faith during the second half of the nineteenth century. This article focuses on how literature, science and philosophy combined to undermine people’s confidence in traditional Christian belief (authors cited are referenced below). The spirit of the age was, to a significant degree, strengthened and…

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March 2016
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A golden chain of providences

For 80 long years, Courtenay Harris has carried the secret burden of a family tragedy which has shaped his entire life. It is a story he has found hard to share and yet one that magnifies the wonder of God’s providences in his life. The story begins in late June 1934. A broken-hearted young…

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March 2016
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King Edward VI

Edward VI, Henry VIII’s only son, was crowned king at the age of 9, but died at the age of 15. He was a gifted young man and convinced evangelical, who, despite his short life, has impacted our national life down to modern times. On 27 January 1547, Henry VIII knew he was near…

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March 2016
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Victorian Christianity’s flight from faith (1)

Robust evangelical belief, whether Calvinist or Arminian, fell into rapid decay during the Victorian and Edwardian eras. It has been customary to fix the largest part of the blame for this on Charles Darwin (1809-1882) and his speculations. Although Darwin’s writings were a significant contributory factor, in reality, decline set in years before his…

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