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Charles Darwin, the man
June 2009
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Charles Darwin, the man

Charles Darwin, the man Who was this man who, by his book, changed so much of the world's thinking - not just in biology but in allied sciences, sociology, politics, economics and even religion? His biographers describe him as sensitive and mild-mannered, but his ideas have caused heated battles between his supporters and his critics. Politicians…

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The 1857 Day of Humiliation
May 2009
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The 1857 Day of Humiliation

  The 1857 Day of Humiliation — Spurgeon’s sermons   The 1857 Day of Humiliation   When a crisis hits a nation there are a number of things its monarch or government can do. One is to call for a day of prayer to seek the Lord. Of course, any British politician making such a suggestion today would be ridiculed, labelled a fanatic and hounded from office.   But nobody laughed at Queen Victoria and her government when they called for just such a day of prayer and humiliation in 1857. It was their response to the news of atrocities being carried out against British...

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Forgotten Spurgeon?
April 2009
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Forgotten Spurgeon?

Forgotten Spurgeon?   For much of my Christian life, I believed that Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-92) had a postmillennial view of biblical prophecy. Postmillennialism is the belief that the gospel will have a Christianising effect on the entire world until it reaches a state of perfection (the millennium) – after which Messiah Jesus will return to earth.   To my surprise I discovered recently that Spurgeon was actually premillennial. He believed that Jesus would return to establish his reign on the earth for a significant period of time  before the final judgement and the establishment of the new heavens and the new earth (Revelation 21-22)....

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God’s faithfulness in Saxlingham
March 2009
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God’s faithfulness in Saxlingham

God's faithfulness in Saxlingham Saxlingham Nethergate Evangelical Church reached a significant milestone on Saturday 10 January, as a packed congregation witnessed the induction of Ian Masson as the church's first pastor.     It has been a long wait! Saxlingham Chapel is a church constructed from corrugated metal, originally intended as a temporary structure. Founded by Surrey…

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Charles Simeon – a light in a dark place
March 2009
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Charles Simeon – a light in a dark place

Charles Simeon - a light in a dark place Cambridge was a dark place, both spiritually and literally, in the latter half of the eighteenth century. There were no street lamps, the roads were potholed, and only the college buildings were of any note. John Wesley only mentions it once in his Journal, a reference to…

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Fire from heaven: William Bramwell and his ministry
February 2009
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Fire from heaven: William Bramwell and his ministry

Fire from heaven: William Bramwell and his ministry Modern Methodism bears little resemblance to the Methodism that sprang from the Evangelical Revival of the 18th century, as those whose lives had been transformed by the Christian gospel were formed into societies. The revival had waned well before John Wesley's death in 1791 but from the early…

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The valiant Vaudois
January 2009
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The valiant Vaudois

The valiant Vaudois Many people think that the only 'Christian' churches in existence before the sixteenth century Reformation were the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches - but they are mistaken. Actually, down through the centuries isolated groups have clung to the major doctrines and teachings of God's Word which were revived by such reformers as…

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January 2009
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John Newton

John Newton   Marylynn Rouse of the John Newton Project has compiled these thoughts from John Newton on following Christ in 2009   Preaching on Isaiah 40:4, John Newton said: ‘[Our Lord] came to preach the gospel to the poor, to fill the hungry with good things, to save the chief of sinners, to open a door of hope and salvation to persons of the vilest and most despicable characters in human estimation. ‘Such was the woman mentioned by the evangelist Luke (7:37-38). The Pharisee thought our Lord dishonoured himself by permitting such a one to touch him, nor had she a word to say...

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Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)
January 2009
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Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889) The bicentenary of Horatius Bonar's birth has slipped by with little notice being given to a great man of God. We might ask 'Why?' Probably because he made it clear that he did not want anyone to write about his life. It is not surprising, therefore, that relatively little information is available. The…

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John Bunyan valiant for truth
December 2008
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John Bunyan valiant for truth

John Bunyan valiant for truth Who would true valour see, let him come hither, one here will constant be,come wind, come weather. The words are familiar to many as a hymn once sung at school assemblies. We may also recall further lines about 'hobgoblins' and 'foul fiends' that sent a shiver of apprehension down our spines.…

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Fearless Pilgrim
December 2008
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Fearless Pilgrim

Fearless Pilgrim The September book launch of Faith Cook's latest Evangelical Press publication, Fearless Pilgrim, was attended by an encouraging number of people. The launch was at the Bunyan Meeting Free Church in Bedford, with the John Bunyan Museum on the same site being specially open for the evening occasion.      John Pestell, Bedford author…

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Refreshing Brooks
November 2008
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Refreshing Brooks

Refreshing Brooks In 1860 James Nichol published the six-volume works of the Puritan Thomas Brooks. Of all the Puritan divines Nichol reprinted, Brooks proved to be the most popular.  Thomas Brooks was probably born some time in 1608 - 400 years ago this year - and in spite of their age, these chunky volumes were…

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