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March 2018
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My top ten Puritan authors – Joel Beeke

Anthony Burgess (d. 1664) Recently, my favourite Puritan to read has been Anthony Burgess, vicar of Sutton Coldfield, Warwickshire, from 1635 to 1662. In my opinion, he is the most underrated Puritan of all time. I once asked Iain Murray why Burgess was not included in the nineteenth-century sets of the works of the…

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February 2018
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Reformation woman: Anna Reinhard

Katharina Luther looms large in any discussion about Protestant women during the Reformation. She earned her acclaim through her work — and her high-profile, high-maintenance husband. But there were other women who also laboured for the newly revived church. They, too, have much to teach us. The first woman to become a Reformer’s wife…

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February 2018
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Pierre Viret (1511-1571) — another forgotten Reformer (3)

With Calvin now back in Geneva, Viret sought to return to Lausanne, where he was greatly needed. However, Calvin badly needed him still in Geneva. Calvin wrote to Farel: ‘Should Viret be taken away from me, I shall be utterly ruined, and this church will be past recovery. On this account, it is only…

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February 2018
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Isaac Levinsohn — the story of a Russian/Polish Jew’s search for forgiveness

Isaac Levinsohn was born in the town of Kovno in Russia (now Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1855. His parents were devout Jews, regulars at the synagogue and fasting two days a week. At the age of five, Isaac’s father taught him Hebrew, and to pray three times each day. Soon he was studying the Talmud,…

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December 2017
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: President Kennedy’s assassination

On Friday 22 November 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson’s immediate succession and Kennedy’s sudden death spurred worldwide controversy and raised suspicions of conspiracy, that were increased by the nature of the…

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January 2018
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Pierre Viret (1511-1571) — another forgotten Reformer (2)

The failed attempts to murder Pierre Viret (ET, October 2017) backfired on the Catholics; they were regarded with suspicion and contempt. Geneva was won for the Reformation, yet Viret was not to remain there. He was now entreated to go to Lausanne. Geneva had preachers, but there were none in Lausanne. Viret could not…

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January 2018
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Anne Askew (1521 – 1546), Protestant martyr

In Henry’s court, there were several high-ranking women who loved the gospel, including Anne Boleyn and Katherine Parr. Among these influential women was a highly intelligent, beautiful and gifted noblewoman, Anne Askew.

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December 2017
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Anne Askew (1521 – 1546), Protestant martyr

This year marks 500 years since the Reformation began in 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg. In this article, Sheila Stephen, visiting lecturer at The Wales Campus, Union School of Theology, writes on a heroic, though largely overlooked, person from the Reformation. Church history isn’t tidy,…

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November 2017
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Why the mediaeval church needed reforming (2)

In mediaeval Europe, various ‘nonconformist’ groups emerged, such as the Bogomils, Cathars, Albigenses and Waldensians. There were also individuals who tried to make a difference from within the Catholic church. Marsilius of Padua (1270-1342) was one. He held almost pure Protestant teaching. Such teaching was spreading like wildfire among students in the universities, among…

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November 2017
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It was 50 years ago

The Beatles rose to the heights of fame and fortune with an image of youthful naivety and charm, but it came at a cost. When private remarks by John Lennon were taken as self-aggrandising blasphemy in the USA (Lennon denied this was his intention), church youth groups rallied at concert venues to burn Beatles…

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November 2017
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John Rogers, Reformation martyr

Over 460 years ago, on 4 February 1555, John Rogers was tied to a post in Smithfield, London, firewood was heaped around him, and he was burned to death — because he was an evangelical Christian. In the next three and a half years, nearly 300 more martyrs died in the same way. Our…

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November 2017
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The life and legacy of Amy Carmichael

People-trafficking is not new. But, born 150 years ago this December, one single, often sick, missionary woman from Northern Ireland dared to challenge it in India. Hinduism encouraged the temple slavery of children. It was prostitution perpetrated in the name of that ancient religion, where little girls and boys were sold to ‘marry’ the…

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