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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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July 2014
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Matthew Henry

June 2014 is the 300th anniversary of Matthew Henry’s death. In this extract from Philip Eveson’s Bitesize Biography, we are reminded that this Puritan, whose Bible commentary has had a profound and lasting impact on many Christians, faced the normal ‘ups’ and ‘downs’ of pastoral ministry. Matthew Henry lived at a time when there…

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July 2014
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Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (4)

Havelock’s hopes for army promotion were frequently dashed. But he was convinced that constantly badgering the powers-that-be for promotion was unbecoming. It was not only in his professional career that he had to wrestle. He struggled with personal disaster also. His son, Ettrick, died in infancy in 1834. In 1836 the home in which…

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July 2014
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Dobbie of Malta (1)

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was addressing the House of Commons on the war situation in the Mediterranean. His speech turned to the Governor of Malta: ‘That remarkable man, General Dobbie — a Cromwellian figure at a key point, fighting with his Bible in one hand and his sword in the other’. October this…

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July 2014
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A friendly exhortation

Two hundred and fifty years ago (11 July 1764), John Wesley wrote to a Christian in fellowship, but not membership (‘society’ or ‘class’), with the Methodists. His letter remains relevant to all Christians today not in church membership.   Dear Sir, There was one thing when I was with you that gave me pain:…

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June 2014
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John Calvin and his relevance for today (2)

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin (1509–1564). In this continued article, we look at the relevance of Calvin’s teaching for our situation today. In our times we, sadly, see the church proffering a rather confused vision of Jesus. Some say that he is a great example for us…

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June 2014
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The Great War and 1904

The Great War of 1914-1918 emptied villages, towns and cities of their young men as they went to France to fight against the aggression of the German Kaiser. But what effect, if any, did this have on the nonconformist revivals that began a decade earlier? The great revival of 1904 to 1905 in Wales,…

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June 2014
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Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (3)

Over the last two months, we have sketched Havelock’s military career. But what was it that marked him out as a model for public Christianity? The first noteworthy feature of Havelock’s life was his commitment to the highest standards in his chosen profession. Always an assiduous scholar, from his earliest days in the 95th…

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