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Historical

October 2009
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Arminius

Arminius In what must be one of the great ironies of church history, Jacob Arminius shares an anniversary year with John Calvin. The Genevan Reformer was born 500 years ago on 10 July 1509. Arminius, who did so much to question Calvin's theology of sovereign grace, died on 19 October 1609. Like Calvin, Arminius…

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1859 – the year of grace

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September 2009
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1859 – the year of grace

1859 - the year of grace In 1856 a lady called Mrs Colville returned home to Gateshead in a state of despondency. She had spent several months visiting homes in Ballymena, County Antrim, with the aim of winning souls for Christ and felt her work had been unfruitful. Little did she know how the Lord would…

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Memories of my father – Jock Purves

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September 2009
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Memories of my father – Jock Purves

Memories of my father - Jock Purves   My father Jock was the eldest of five, and it was always with him that the wider family discussed family, professional and spiritual matters. He was similarly recognised in the village where we grew up. Although there was a godly local Presbyterian minister it was often…

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God praised for the Reformation

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August 2009
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God praised for the Reformation

God praised for the Reformation  1.  Great God we bless Thee for Thy work      In Reformation days; We name the men whom Thou didst use,     But Thy great Name we praise!We love to hear of Calvin's toil,     Or Luther's fearless stand,But these were only tools employed     By Thine almighty hand. 2.  In England, Wycliffe's…

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What is evangelicalism?

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August 2009
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What is evangelicalism?

What is evangelicalism?  Robert Strivens, principal of London Theological Seminary, reviews a book that takes issue with the current historical consensus on evangelicalism. Most historians have been clear about this question, in their own minds at least, for the last 20 years. They define evangelicalism as a movement that has four distinctive features - a…

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Historical

August 2009
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Evacuee

Evacuee This month is the 70th anniversary of the start of civilian evacuations from British cities, during World War II. It was the greatest movement of people ever known in the United Kingdom. Operation Pied Piper swung into effect on 31 August 1939, with the command: 'Evacuate forthwith'. In the first days of September, an estimated…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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