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Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)

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August 2010
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Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)

Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)   Born at Burnley on 16 September 1860 into a two-roomed terraced house, Samuel Chadwick was small and thin, always looking as if he had not long to live.   The area hummed with noise from the cotton mills, and from the age of eight the young Samuel would rise at…

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Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)

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August 2010
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Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)

Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)   Many today think of Philip Doddridge only as the writer of 'O happy day', 'Hark! The glad sound' and a few other lesser known hymns. The many other qualities and achievements of this godly man are almost unknown.   It is well over 300 years since Philip Doddridge was born…

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Christian Identity thinly disguised anti-Semitism (2)

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July 2010
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Christian Identity thinly disguised anti-Semitism (2)

Christian Identity thinly disguised anti-Semitism (2) Dr Richard V. Pierard, Scholar in Residence and Stephen Phillips Professor of History at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts (2000-2006), concludes his exposé of racist ideas that have been infiltrating right-wing evangelicalism. There are three strains of racial anti-Semitism building on British-Israel ideas, although the mixture of these varies among Identity…

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Christian Identity – thinly disguised anti-Semitism

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June 2010
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Christian Identity – thinly disguised anti-Semitism

Christian Identity - thinly disguised anti-Semitism   Dr Richard V. Pierard, Scholar in Residence and Stephen Phillips Professor of History at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts (2000-2006), describes a shadowy, heretical grouping infiltrating western, right-wing evangelicalism.   The materials of the Christian Identity movement are seldom found in public or research libraries, but they are…

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Paul Gerhardt: preacher and hymn-writer

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June 2010
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Paul Gerhardt: preacher and hymn-writer

Paul Gerhardt: preacher and hymn-writer                                          Derek J. LewisThe year 2007 marked the 400th anniversary of Paul Gerhardt's birth, on 12 March 1607, when a series of events celebrating this illustrious pastor and hymn-writer took place in Germany. A commemorative CD of recitations and singing of his hymns was also released.Most English language hymnbooks include…

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What evangelicals owe to Zinzendorf

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May 2010
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What evangelicals owe to Zinzendorf

What evangelicals owe to ZinzendorfNicholas Louis, Count and Lord of Zinzendorf and Pottendorf (to give him his full title), was born at Dresden on 26 May 1700. His father, Count George Louis, was one of the chief ministers in the court of Saxony. Sadly, he died of tuberculosis only six weeks after Nicholas' birth,…

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Andrew Bonar (1810-1892)

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May 2010
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Andrew Bonar (1810-1892)

Andrew Bonar (1810-1892)   John W. Keddie   It was typical of the man: when the Free Church congregation at Finnieston in Glasgow opened a new building at the end of 1878, its minister Andrew Bonar had inscribed above the main door in Hebrew the words of Proverbs 11:30 - 'He that winneth souls…

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Prayer brings revival

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April 2010
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Prayer brings revival

Prayer brings revival Dr A. T. Pierson once said, 'There has never been a spiritual awakening in any country or locality that did not begin in united prayer'. Not many people realise that in the wake of the American Revolution (1776-1781) there was a moral slump. Drunkenness became epidemic. Out of a population of five million,…

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John Bunyan on prayer

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April 2010
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John Bunyan on prayer

John Bunyan on prayer   Ian McNaughton   When it comes to prayer, three 'giants' stand out among the third generation English Puritans, namely John Owen, Richard Baxter and John Bunyan. They all wrote works on prayer.1 John Bunyan's, however, is the most accessible.2   John Bunyan (1628-1688)3 has become the most influential of…

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Meteoric Methodism (4)

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March 2010
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Meteoric Methodism (4)

Meteoric Methodism (4) Roger Fay Meteors are quickly extinguished in the night sky. The history of Primitive Methodism is, likewise, one of dramatic growth followed by rapid extinction.  Such meteoric progress can be illustrated by the life of a leading, northern Primitive Methodist minister called John Watson.      Watson was born in 1832 at Ireshope Burn…

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The Geneva Bible

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March 2010
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The Geneva Bible

The Geneva Bible   'To the moste vertuous and noble Quene Elizabet, Quene of England, France, and Ireland, etc. Your humble subjects of the English Church at Geneva, with grace and peace from God the Father through Christ Jesus our Lord'.   So begins the introduction to the Bible translation that was for 140…

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Francis Schaeffer

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February 2010
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Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Anthony Oughton The burden of this article is to offer a positive appraisal of Schaeffer's life and ministry, and their influence on those who came into contact with him. This is in the belief that some British evangelicals may not have properly understood Schaeffer's work. In a recent editorial from a well-known evangelical publication, Francis…

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