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Historical

March 2013
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Robert Murray M’Cheyne — a bright light and an enduring influence

Robert Murray M’Cheyne — a bright light and an enduring influence From time to time, the Lord has raised up preachers with remarkable gifts, to exercise an uncommon impact in their own generation and afterwards. One such was Robert Murray M’Cheyne. His case is all the more remarkable given the very short period of…

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (2)

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March 2013
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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (2)

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (2) Two of the first leaders of Primitive Methodism were Hugh Bourne (February ET) and William Clowes. It would be difficult to find two men more different. Despite the fact that Clowes could trace his kinship on his mother’s side back to Josiah Wedgwood of pottery fame, he was…

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Preaching eternal judgement (1)

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March 2013
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Preaching eternal judgement (1)

Preaching eternal judgement (1) ‘Ranters’ was the name given to Primitive Methodist preachers, partly because they preached divine judgement and eternal punishment. But their beliefs were derived from the parent Wesleyan body. The same truths are to be heard today in any pulpit of any church or denomination loyal to the evangelical faith. In…

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Gladys Aylward (1902-1970)  (2)

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March 2013
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Gladys Aylward (1902-1970) (2)

Gladys Aylward (1902-1970)  (2) Colin Nevin continues looking at the striking life of Gladys Aylward, whose village in China and grave in Taiwan he visited recently. It is now over 80 years since Gladys first made her intrepid missionary journey to Tienstin, in 1932. The Chinese language is difficult and broken into regional dialects.…

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Historical

March 2013
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William Grimshaw remembered

250 years after the death of William Grimshaw, his biographer Faith Cook commemorates an unsung hero of the Evangelical Revival.

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1)

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February 2013
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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1)

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (1) Just over 200 years ago, in 1812, the Primitive Methodist Connection was officially established. How did this powerful movement for revival come into being? The earlier, Methodist revival of the eighteenth century had powerfully impacted society at large. Its call to repentance, emphasis upon the necessity of the…

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William Carey, tongues and mission

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February 2013
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William Carey, tongues and mission

William Carey, tongues and mission On 28 October 1800, William Carey baptised his first Indian convert in the river at Serampore. This happy event took place seven years after Carey landed in India. Not surprisingly, Carey and his fellow missionaries were overjoyed. The convert was a high caste Brahmin Hindu, a 35-year-old man called…

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Anne Bronte

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February 2013
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Anne Bronte

Anne Bronte Every part of man’s mind should be made captive to the obedience of Christ. And that includes the imaginative faculty (2 Corinthians 10:5). Travel down the centuries and see John Bunyan in Bedford gaol. That crushing confinement fails to confine his mind. Escaping in spirit, he creates a world of wonder and…

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Historical

February 2013
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Athanasius and suffering

Athanasius and suffering Can we really understand the intense suffering our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ go through, if we have not felt it ourselves? Perhaps the best way we can try is to go back in church history and read about times of brutal persecution for the faith of Jesus Christ.   …

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The story of ‘Amazing Grace’

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January 2013
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The story of ‘Amazing Grace’

The story of ‘Amazing Grace’ 2013 marks the 240th anniversary of John Newton’s extraordinarily popular hymn ‘Amazing Grace’. This currently holds the world record for the most number of different recordings — more than 3000, in the Chasanoff/Elozua collection at the Library of Congress. This article is an insight, or rather hindsight, drawn from…

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The Synod of Dort

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January 2013
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The Synod of Dort

The Synod of Dort In recent years, Calvinism has acquired a new level of energy and interest. In 2009 Time magazine (12 March 2009) called Calvinism one of the top ten ideas changing the world. But what is Calvinism? Broadly speaking, Calvinism (named after the sixteenth-century Genevan reformer John Calvin) is a biblical world-and-life…

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David Livingstone  — famous missionary explorer

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December 2012
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David Livingstone — famous missionary explorer

David Livingstone  — famous missionary explorer David Livingstone, the fabled explorer, was born nearly 200 years ago at Blantyre, which is about seven miles from Glasgow, on 19 March 1813. His father, Neil, worked industriously as a tea-dealer around the local villages. He was a Sunday school teacher and total abstainer, who honoured the…

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