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Historical

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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June 2013
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Can a Christian really be sure of his salvation?

The answer is an emphatic ‘Yes!’ Almighty God, in his Word, speaks clearly that Christians can be certain they are saved and be sure of their unchanging status in Christ.   Our actual experience seems so different though, since we easily follow fickle feelings and look away from the finished work of Christ as…

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (5)

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June 2013
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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (5)

In 1812, the Primitive Methodist Connection was formally established. It was John Crawfoot who had unintentionally invented this name, when he declared, ‘If you have deviated from the old usages, I have not. I still remain a primitive Methodist!’   Their first class ticket issued in 1812 bore the title, ‘The Society of the…

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June 2013
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Ignatius of Antioch

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (4)

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May 2013
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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (4)

One of the most outstanding features of the early Primitive Methodists was their sheer hard labour for the Lord.   Despite continuing in long hours of public employment, they preached in four counties, organised meetings, held ‘walking-services’ — in which they would sometimes walk a mile and a half, preaching as they went —…

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May 2013
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The grace of giving – Richard Cory; the Billups family

Nigel Faithfull celebrates the lives of some other forgotten benefactors of gospel work (see also the first part in April ET). Richard Cory was born at Bideford in February 1830. He was about two years younger than his brother John (April ET). His wife Emily was born in 1832 at Gwinear, near Hayle in…

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April 2013
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The grace of giving – John Cory (1)

The centenary of the death of William Booth, who founded the Salvation Army in 1878, was commemorated on 20 October 2012. Earlier, in 1861, William and his wife Catherine had set off on a gospel campaign in Cornwall. About 7000 souls were recorded as saved, but the local Methodists eventually banned them from their…

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April 2013
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Preaching and eternal judgement (2)

The doctrine of hell was once taken very seriously within Methodism. As already explained (March ET), ‘Eternal rewards and punishments’ appears in the Primitive Methodist minuted list of connexional doctrines. The traditional teaching of hell was strongly upheld by John and Charles Wesley during the eighteenth century. And later, in 1845, John Buckland was…

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April 2013
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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (3)

The first Camp meeting took place at Mow Cop on 31 May 1807. William Clowes describes the scene: ‘The first day’s praying on Mow Hill presented at this period a most magnificent and sublime spectacle’. ‘Four preachers [were] simultaneously crying to sinners to flee from the wrath to come; thousands listening, affected by “thoughts…

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