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Historical

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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Historical

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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Event

February 2014
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Azusa Street Revival

Number 312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, entered the annals of church history 100 years ago on 23 April 1906. It was about to become what Vinson Synan calls ‘the most famous (street) address in Pentecostal-charismatic history’.

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January 2014
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Howel Harris (1714–73): ‘a thrill of fervour’

At a time when Wales was lying  In a dark and deadly sleep,  Presbyter and priest and bishop —  None of these his charge did keep;  In the dark and dismal twilight  From Trefeca came a man,  All ablaze in sparkling brightness,  A thrill of fervour through him ran.   William Williams Pantycelyn may…

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January 2014
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Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (3)

Daniel Rowland’s theology came from the 39 Articles and Westminster Larger Catechism, and, chiefly, the Bible. He championed the reforming principles of Hus, Jerome, Cranmer, Ridley and Calvin.   He was in his preaching an able and a balanced theologian, who contended earnestly for the faith once delivered to the saints. But he was…

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January 2014
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Dangerous compromises

Reflections on the life of Renée of France Simonetta Carr, author of Renée of France, published by EP Books (128 pages, £6.99, ISBN: 9780852349090) as part of their Bitesize Biographies, discusses some global lessons that Renée has for us today. When Evangelical Press first suggested I write a book for their series of Bitesize…

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December 2013
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The power of God’s grace

Christian Watt stirred the glowing embers of the fire. With her parents away, she was alone in the family’s ‘butt and ben’ cottage in Broadsea, near Fraserburgh, in the far north of Scotland. ‘No!’ she thought decidedly to herself. ‘I will not marry James Sim’. Born into a fisherman’s family, Christian had long ago…

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