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George Scott (1804-1874)
April 2012
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George Scott (1804-1874)

George Scott (1804-1874) George Scott was a key figure in the nineteenth-century evangelical awakening in Sweden. Margaret Scott, wife of Tailor Robert, gave birth to George on 18 June 1804.The Scott family belonged to a Methodist church, but later joined the Church of Scotland. Scott’s Presbyterian upbringing left an indelible impression on him.    Leaving school at the age of twelve, he took up an apprenticeship in an accountancy firm in Edinburgh and spent some years plying this trade at a number of firms in the city. He was saved at the age of 23 at a Methodist meeting.    He later wrote: ‘I found power in...

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Shall we unite with Rome? (2)
April 2012
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Shall we unite with Rome? (2)

Shall we unite with Rome? (2) Fifty years after Vatican II, the late W. J. Grier’s analysis (see March ET also) remains as incisive as ever. Far from the Council being a triumph for Reformation principles, the pope affirmed that ‘nothing in traditional doctrine is really changed’. The Vatican Council ended, as it began, with the exaltation of Mary. The Church Times of 19 October 1962 stated, ‘The curtain-raiser for the Council was the pope’s visit to Assisi and [the house of Mary at] Loreto’.     In his speech at the opening of the Council, Pope John referred to the church’s joy that the longed-for...

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John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson
March 2012
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John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson

John Paterson and Ebenezer Henderson These two nineteenth century missionary trail-blazers lived almost nomadic existences for an extensive part of their lives, travelling thousands miles across the expanses of Scandinavia and Russia. They were driven on by holy compulsion to spread the gospel through the translation, publishing and distribution of Bibles and tracts, in the diverse languages of those countries. Their tireless labours spawned Bible societies and evangelical societies throughout these lands. Haldanes’ seminary John Paterson was born into a poor home in Old Kilpatrick, near Glasgow, on 26 February 1776 and was the third child in the family. He was raised by godly parents.  ...

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March 2012
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March 2012
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The hymns of Charles Wesley (2)
February 2012
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The hymns of Charles Wesley (2)

The hymns of Charles Wesley (2) We have noted that there is an enduring popularity to Charles Wesley’s hymns, especially when set to rousing tunes, and we have already looked at some of these (January ET). Now let’s consider two more great Wesley hymns. Of O love divine, how sweet thou art! one Methodist commentator said, ‘This is one of the hymns of Charles Wesley, which enabled Methodism to sing itself into the heart of the human race. It … has found an honoured placed in the hymn book of almost every other denomination’.    Another writer commented that it contains an extraordinary depth of feeling...

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Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
February 2012
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Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones There was concern once again over Lloyd-Jones’ health in the early summer of 1949. He felt exhausted and suffered from catarrh as well as other ailments, such as depression due to overwork. Wisely, he decided to seek the medical advice of his former hospital boss, Lord Horder. The latter had no doubt that Lloyd-Jones needed a prolonged period of rest. Lloyd-Jones had a trip planned for July and August in the United States, with a punishing speaking schedule in churches and conferences.     Lord Horder directed that the trip should be cancelled in order to secure a period of rest. His...

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January 2012
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Welsh Calvinistic Methodism – a denomination and a declaration

Statue of Daniel Rowland at Llangeitho, Ceredigion (Roger Kidd) / CC BY-SA 2.0   Welsh Calvinistic Methodism — a denomination and a declaration It was an occasion that passed largely unnoticed outside Wales, but 2011 marked the anniversary of an event of great significance for the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. Two hundred years ago, they took the decisive step of ordaining their own ministers for the very first time. In so doing, they established a separate denomination independent of the Church of England, and they created what was to become a remarkably powerful force in the religious, social and cultural life of Wales.    Welsh The story...

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