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Historical

September 2014
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John Knox Reformer and trumpeter for God

Over recent years, there has been a growing ignorance in Scotland of the facts about and significance of Reformation thought and practice, and their continuing implications. Notably, there has been a growing antipathy to John Knox, not least in his native land. This can be gauged by some subtle — and less subtle —…

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September 2014
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‘A narrative of a surprising conversion’

The worst of the blitz of Malta was over by the time we arrived in December 1942, but the evidence of it was to be seen everywhere. Twenty-third Squadron was to operate from Luqa, and we, the ground crew, found ourselves housed in a former Roman Catholic building with all its windows blown out.…

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September 2014
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William Romaine (1714–1795)

‘Old’ Hartlepool is a small port situated five miles north of the River Tees. Here, three hundred years ago, on 25 September 1714, William Romaine was born. He was to become a man of great intellectual and spiritual distinction. His grandfather, Robert, had fled France in 1681, taking advantage of the relaxation of immigration…

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September 2014
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An English-language revival movement in North Wales, 1822–1850 (2)

Primitive Methodist magazine entries from 1830–1850 reveal a powerful revival movement in the Welsh borders at that time. For example, writing about the events of December 1849, the 1850 magazine cites John Waplington’s report on Talwrn Green: ‘On 30 December 1849, I conducted a lovefeast here; and while the assembly — before commencing a…

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August 2014
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Dobbie of Malta (2)

In 1939 Major General Dobbie retired from the Army at the age of 60. War in Europe was declared the following month. With patriotic loyalty, he offered himself for any appointment the War Office might offer. Months of frustration followed, until, while lunching at the United Service Club (now occupied by the Institute of…

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August 2014
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Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (5)

Henry Havelock was devoted to his mother. He was also a faithful brother, maintaining close ties with his kin, taking responsibility for them even when their own foolishness exposed them — and, by extension, him — to financial ruin. Likewise, he was a loving husband and father, concerned for the well-being of his family…

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August 2014
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Spurgeon in Wales (1)

By 1858, preaching in Wales had assumed a mantle of cool respectability, where hearers were more concerned with oratorical style than warm, heart-searching, gospel messages. Some, however, were troubled at this low ebb, and realised a religious awakening was desperately needed. In various places, the importance of seeking the Lord in prayer was dawning.…

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August 2014
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1914 – 2014- the same but different

This year brings the first of a series of centenaries for the First World or Great War. The anniversary is causing controversy in its own way and we are being encouraged, in the words of Noel Coward, ‘Let’s not be beastly to the Germans!’ Those seeking ever greater integration into Europe want to consider…

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‘Please  talk to me about this!’

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August 2014
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‘Please talk to me about this!’

A typical ASR report from the Front ‘I gave a young soldier of the Welch Regiment a lavender bag. He was badly wounded in the right hand and was very ill as a result of a haemorrhage overnight. When he read the text “The gift of God is eternal life” which was attached to…

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August 2014
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Reaching soldiers with the gospel during World War I

When war was declared in August 1914, Soldiers’ Christian Association had 2000 serving members and 2000 associates. Many of these men were to have their faith in Christ tested in the early months of the war and like their comrades, the Army Scripture Readers, were to find Christ entirely faithful in keeping them professionally…

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August 2014
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War and peace

God works in mysterious yet wonderful ways, including in times of pain, tragedy and despair. This was found to be true by all those British soldiers who during the Great War found inner peace — through finding Christ. Those in the front line ministering to the spiritual needs of the British ‘tommies’ were the…

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August 2014
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An English-language revival movement in North Wales, 1822–1850 (1)

According to the Liverpool district synod handbook 1929, Primitive Methodism came from Burland to Chester, via Huxley, chiefly from 1819, and the movement soon extended to the borders of Wales. Here are some extracts from the Journal of John Ride, later known as ‘the apostle of Berkshire’: ‘Sunday 3 March, 1822, At 2 preached…

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