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John Calvin on piety

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July 2009
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John Calvin on piety

John Calvin's Institutes have earned him the title of 'the pre-eminent systematician of the Protestant Reformation'. His reputation as an intellectual, however, is often seen apart from the vital spiritual and pastoral context in which he wrote his theology. For Calvin, theological understanding and practical piety, truth and usefulness, are inseparable. Theology first of…

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The life and ministry of John Calvin – A quincentennial appreciation

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July 2009
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The life and ministry of John Calvin – A quincentennial appreciation

The life and ministry of John Calvin - A quincentennial appreciation   John Calvin (1509-1564) was the most self-effacing of the Reformers. Only three times in his life, for instance, did he feel impelled to be autobiographical in works destined for public consumption - in his Reply to Sadoleto (1539), in the preface to…

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The 1857 Day of Humiliation – Spurgeon’s sermons

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June 2009
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The 1857 Day of Humiliation – Spurgeon’s sermons

  The 1857 Day of Humiliation   The 1857 Day of Humiliation — Spurgeon’s sermons   The Great Exhibition of 1851 saw Victorian Britain at the pinnacle of self-confidence. The brain-child of Albert, the Prince Consort, it proved a stunning success. Six million people flocked to see the accumulated wonders of British technology and inventive skill. Never had Britannia ruled the waves with such a triumphant air.   But in the autumn of 1857 a chill east wind from the Indian sub-continent had blown away much of our national sense of self-importance. The nation was genuinely shocked at the news of the Indian Mutiny —...

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Charles Darwin, the man

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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

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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?

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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)

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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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