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Historical

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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March 2014
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Elkanah Wales of Pudsey (2)

In the 1650s, the Puritan, Elkanah Wales, wrote a book on the atonement entitled Mount Ebal levell’d or redemption from the curse. In this treatise he draws three conclusions. The first conclusion is that all men are under the curse of the law (see ET, February 2014). The second is that Christ was made…

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March 2014
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Thomas Bilney – the forgotten Reformer

Just before his death in the flames, Hugh Latimer encouraged his fellow martyr Nicholas Ridley with these justly famous words: ‘Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England, as I trust shall never be put out’.  Latimer was indeed…

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March 2014
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William Gadsby – preaching with power

The humour of William Gadsby was unmistakable. When commenting on Acts 20:37: ‘they [the Ephesian church] fell upon Paul’s neck’, he remarked: ‘it did not mean a building of stone, for if it had been our old collegiate church, it would have broken his neck!’ On another occasion he noticed some boys misbehaving in…

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March 2014
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Robert Haldane (1764-1842) (2)

Last month we learned about the conversion of Robert Haldane and his transformation from Scottish country gentleman to Continental gospel preacher. His arrival in a spiritually lifeless Geneva was to have an enormous impact for God’s kingdom. And God was going to reward his faithful ministry with revival blessing. Let’s see how the story…

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February 2014
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Robert Haldane (1764-1842) (1)

In July 2005, the World G8 Summit was held at the prestigious Gleneagles Hotel between Stirling and Perth in Scotland. It is doubtful if any of the world leaders in attendance would have even known the name of Robert Haldane, and yet the estates of Gleneagles and Airthrey in Stirlingshire had been the ancestral…

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February 2014
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The war that changed the world

‘They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old; Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We will remember them’. The memorials in every city, town and village, engraved with lists of the names of local people who…

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February 2014
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Elkanah Wales of Pudsey (1)

In the late 1650s, the Puritan minister Elkanah Wales wrote a majestic book on the doctrine of God’s satisfaction in the atonement. He entitled it Mount Ebal levell’d or redemption from the curse. He did not write because of ‘any itching desire to be seen in print’, but so he ‘would leave something behind…

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