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November 2013
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Two Bibles in Ireland

The failure of the Reformation in Ireland was arguably the single most important event in Irish history. The Bible in the vernacular was one of the tenets of the Reformation. However, by the end of the sixteenth century, no attempt had been made to translate the Bible into Irish. By contrast, there were at…

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November 2013
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John Newton’s dream

The free and easy relationship young John Newton enjoyed with his mother stands in marked contrast with the dreadful, distant relationship he endured with his father. As soon as Captain Newton landed in Wapping after a sea voyage, he would be seen striding through the streets and into the door of his house on…

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October 2013
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David Brainerd (1718-1747) (2)

Last month’s article on David Brainerd highlighted Jonathan Edwards’ esteem for his friend as an exemplar of authentic Christianity. Although dying when only 29, Brainerd was a classic role model for how the kingdom of God is extended. In 1729 Jonathan Edwards had become pastor at Northampton, Massachusetts, then a town of about 1000…

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October 2013
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Final curtain

Can Her Majesty the Queen refuse the Royal Assent for a parliamentary Bill? This became a live issue in relation to the recent Marriage Act. To answer this question, it is necessary to turn to the 1688 constitutional settlement. Those well versed in history will know that the seeds of the 1688 settlement were…

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October 2013
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Dangerous Compromises – Reflections on the Life of Renée of France

When Evangelical Press first suggested I write a book for their series of Bitesize Biographies, I immediately thought of Renée of France, and that for several reasons. Mostly, I had recently written a semi-fictionalized biography of Olympia Morata (Weight of a Flame, the Passion of Olympia Morta, P&R 2012) and my research had left…

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October 2013
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Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (1)

Daniel Rowland was born in 17131 at Pantybeudy in the parish of Llancwnlle, near Llangeitho, Cardiganshire. He had an elder brother, John, and both sons were intended for the ministry by their father, who was the vicar. On the death of his father in 1731, his elder brother John succeeded him, while Daniel completed…

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October 2013
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The Amish (2) Anabaptist origins

On the last day of October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany. The Reformation had been launched. By the beginning of 1522, Ulrich Zwingli was established as leader of the Reformation in Zurich, with a group of young men under his tuition. Among them…

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David Brainerd (1718-1747)  (1)

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September 2013
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David Brainerd (1718-1747) (1)

There are compelling reasons why Christians should study the life of David Brainerd. First, this eighteenth century missionary to indigenous Americans (‘Red Indians’) was one of the greatest cross-cultural missionaries the world has ever seen. Although dying of tuberculosis at only 29 years old, he blazed a trail across succeeding generations of Reformed missionary…

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September 2013
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Indulgences today (1)

31 October 1517 is a date long neglected by most Christian churches. But we need to commemorate and recollect the spiritual legacy of that life-changing event of 496 years ago. On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and lecturer in Wittenberg University, nailed his 95 theses to the castle door of Wittenberg…

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August 2013
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Lights in darkness

It was Germany’s darkest hour, not because there was no electricity, but because Germany was governed by lawlessness, injustice, persecution and murder. It was also the Jews’ darkest hour; 5.7–6.3 million were murdered during the Third Reich’s Holocaust. Yet there were a few lights of human kindness in the midst of darkness. A few…

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July 2013
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Jonathan Edwards on Revival

On 20 May 2013, Rev. Graham Harrison, formerly minister of Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Newport, in Wales, was called into the presence of his Saviour. An obituary follows in August’s ET, but readers will appreciate the reminder of Mr Harrison’s powers of intellect, discernment and communication, as well his deep desire for revival, afforded by…

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July 2013
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Can a Christian really be sure of his salvation? (2)

Last month (June ET), we answered this question with an emphatic ‘Yes!’, since this is the clear teaching of the Bible. The Puritans are particularly helpful in explaining and applying the doctrine of Christian assurance in a pastorally warm and helpful way. Typical of their teaching are the writings of Ezekiel Hopkins, bishop of…

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