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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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Meteoric Methodism (3)

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February 2010
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Meteoric Methodism (3)

Meteoric Methodism (3) Roger Fay Primitive Methodism was an astonishingly successful, nineteenth-century denomination that grew at phenomenal speed, especially through conversions among the unchurched (see October and November 2009 ETs). What were its distinctive features? Answering this is made more difficult by the movement's relative lack of written remains, compared to Wesleyan Methodism and other nonconformist bodies.…

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John Bradford –  the martyr who dared to die for doctrine

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January 2010
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John Bradford – the martyr who dared to die for doctrine

John Bradford -  the martyr who dared to die for doctrine 2010 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Bradford. The reading of Five English reformers by J. C. Ryle about 45 years ago created in me a saving conviction of sin and repentance. The fourth martyr described in that book was…

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John Laski (1499-1560)

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January 2010
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John Laski (1499-1560)

John Laski (1499-1560) 2010 marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Poland's greatest Reformer, John Laski. He was highly esteemed by Calvin and Melanchthon, a friend of Cranmer and Bucer, and looked to by numerous Reformers. As a Reformer, John Laski1 would play a key role in the Netherlands, England and Poland. And yet today…

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Children’s Champion

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December 2009
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Children’s Champion

Children's Champion With Barnardo's 330 charity shops, 400 social projects and care of thousands of children, most readers will be familiar with that name. But who was Tom Barnardo, founder of this remarkable charity begun in 1867?  A bit of all sorts' was Tom's own description of himself as he thought of the blend of…

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The Synod of Dort

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November 2009
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The Synod of Dort

The Synod of Dort   Last month, we looked at the life and teaching of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609). When he died the system of theology that bears his name did not perish with him.   In 1610, forty Dutch theologians who championed his ideas gathered at Gouda for a conference, under the leadership of…

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Meteoric Methodism (2)

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November 2009
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Meteoric Methodism (2)

Meteoric Methodism (2) Between 1790 and 1840, 1.5 million people were gathered into the churches of England and Wales - approximately one in every ten of the population. This means that by 1840 one third of the English nation attended Protestant churches on Sundays.  If this 50-year period is today called a 'forgotten revival', then Primitive Methodism…

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Was Hitler an occultist?

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November 2009
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Was Hitler an occultist?

Was Hitler an occultist? Just over seventy years ago, Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. It was in reality a war against Adolf Hitler and those who fought alongside him in his programme of nakedly aggressive territorial expansion. Hitler was a rabid anti-Semite. He had made his extreme beliefs clear 15 years earlier in his infamous…

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