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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…

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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…

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John Bunyan valiant for truth

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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…

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Fearless Pilgrim

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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

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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…

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Oliver Cromwell – ‘God’s Englishman’

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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,…

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William Grimshaw 1708-1763

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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…

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Review – Forsaking all for Christ: a biography of Henry Martyn – Chapter Two

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August 2008
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Review – Forsaking all for Christ: a biography of Henry Martyn – Chapter Two

Forsaking all for Christ: a biography of Henry Martyn   B. V. Henry Chapter Two; 168 pages; ¬£12.95; ISBN: 978-1-85307-229-1   Henry Martyn was born in Cornwall in 1781.¬†Soon after his conversion at Cambridge University, he became interested in the evangelisation of the Muslim world and it was to that work that he dedicated…

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Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of song

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July 2008
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Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of song

Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of song What 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…

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Introducing Jonathan Edwards

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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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