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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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Oliver Cromwell – ‘God’s Englishman’
September 2008
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Oliver Cromwell – ‘God’s Englishman’

Oliver Cromwell - 'God's Englishman' Few men have the honour of being buried in Westminster Abbey. Even fewer have the distinction of being dug up three years later and their body hung up for public derision. Such was Oliver Cromwell who died 350 years ago this year. In life as in death, he aroused hatred and…

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William Grimshaw 1708-1763
September 2008
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William Grimshaw 1708-1763

William Grimshaw 1708-1763 'The barren wilderness rejoiced and blossomed like the rose'. So wrote John Newton in a series of letters first published in 1799. He was not referring to the arid regions of the Sahara but rather to Yorkshire in the mid 18th century. Newton was not describing an agricultural phenomenon but a spiritual awakening…

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Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of song
July 2008
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Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of song

Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of songWhat has a woman living in Victorian England in the 19th century to offer to people in the 21st century? The answer has to be 'a great deal'.Frances Ridley Havergal was one of the significant figures of the Victorian age. She took little part in public affairs, yet…

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Introducing Jonathan Edwards
March 2008
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Introducing Jonathan Edwards

Introducing Jonathan EdwardsHow would you introduce Jonathan Edwards to a seventeen year old?', I was asked in 2003 on the tercentenary of the great man's birth. I am not sure if a particular seventeen year old was in mind, but as we remember Edwards again 350 years after his death, I would like to…

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