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Historical

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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May 2014
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John Calvin and his relevance for today (1)

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin (1509–1564). In three articles we will look at the relevance of Calvin’s teaching for our situation today. Admittedly there is always a danger in trying to make a figure in history ‘relevant’ to the present day. Calvin was born over half a…

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May 2014
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César Malan (1787-1864)

Henri Abraham César Malan, who died 150 years ago, was born in a bourgeois family in Geneva, in 1787, a couple of years before the earth-shaking French Revolution. His family was of French Huguenot stock from Mérindol in Provence. They had taken refuge in Geneva during the long years of religious persecution in France.…

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May 2014
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Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (2)

Havelock arrived back in India late in 1851 and in 1854 was appointed Quartermaster-General, promoted to full colonel. In 1855 he was promoted to Adjutant-General, responsible for the war-readiness of all the troops in India — a task he embraced with a vigour which was often resented but which proved vital and timely.  …

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April 2014
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Christ or Hitler?

It’s hard to imagine now what the influence of the Gestapo was like … This state police was a giant organisation, which monitored the whole of life in Germany. We often asked ourselves whether the Gestapo were omniscient or not? They liked to spread the aura of ‘We know all’. They knew a lot.…

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April 2014
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Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (1)

In the south-east corner of Trafalgar Square stands a guano-spattered statue, not long ago the object of the then Mayor of London’s ire, who threatened to remove this relic of empire and replace it with something more ‘relevant’. On its plinth is this stirring declaration: ‘Soldiers! Your labours, your privations, your sufferings and your…

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