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Zachary Macaulay – unsung hero of Abolition

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February 2008
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Zachary Macaulay – unsung hero of Abolition

Zachary Macaulay - unsung hero of Abolition Four-year-old Tom Macaulay was on his best behaviour. It was 1804 and his father Zachary was taking him to Strawberry Hill, a pretentious eighteenth-century house designed on Gothic lines by Horace Walpole. They were visiting Walpole's great niece, Lady Waldegrave. Tom was a precocious child. During the…

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Charles Dickens’ favourite sister

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December 2007
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Charles Dickens’ favourite sister

Charles Dickens' favourite sisterWhen Charles Dickens described the cheerful and improvident Mr Micawber in David Copperfield, he had a vivid and personal model in mind - his own father, John Dickens. Charles and his older sister Fanny could never forget those dark months when their bankrupt father was locked up in a notorious debtors'…

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The Reformed recovery in Wales

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November 2007
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The Reformed recovery in Wales

The Reformed recovery in WalesJohn J. MurrayThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the first English Conference of the Evangelical Movement of Wales. It was held in Sandfields, Aberafan, and Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones was the main speaker. To mark this key event we reproduce here an edited extract from John J. Murray's forthcoming book…

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Brave as a lion

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November 2007
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Brave as a lion

Brave as a lionThe 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley's birthThere are two main reasons why the preaching of Charles Wesley is often overlooked. Firstly, most people focus on the ministry of his older brother John, a spiritual colossus in his own right who usually takes centre stage. Many books magnify John's role in the…

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The substance of all riches; the life of Hannah More

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October 2007
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The substance of all riches; the life of Hannah More

The substance of all riches; the life of Hannah More by Nigel T. Faithfull Hannah More (1745-1833) was a remarkable woman and the friend of both John Newton and William Wilberforce. In March 2007 the Royal Mail issued a 72p stamp to acknowledge her contribution to the abolition of slavery. More published eleven volumes…

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The 1857 national revival USA

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September 2007
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The 1857 national revival USA

The 1857 national revival USA by John Thornbury The Old Dutch North Church at Fulton and Williams streets in New York City had a decision to make. The church had fallen on hard times. Many families had moved out of the metropolis to safer and more pleasant communities. The neighbourhood was being taken over…

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Forty years at Pontefract

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September 2007
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Forty years at Pontefract

Forty years at Pontefract by Bill Dyer When I became minister of Pontefract Congregational Church in 1968 it was a typical mid-20th Century liberal denominational church, near to closure. Pontefract had a reputation for being spiritually 'hard' and was almost without gospel witness. All attempts by other churches in Yorkshire to plant a gospel work…

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Revival comes to Yorkshire! – The ministry of Benjamin Ingham

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August 2007
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Revival comes to Yorkshire! – The ministry of Benjamin Ingham

Revival comes to Yorkshire! The ministry of Benjamin Ingham by John Harris Some years ago a Benedictine priest was heard to say that he was praying for a Yorkshire revival. Alas, he was only concerned with the fortunes of the county cricket team, which needed assistance from somewhere at the time! Certainly, the spiritual…

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Remembering Selina

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August 2007
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Remembering Selina

Remembering Selina by Faith Cook The year 2007 celebrates an unusual number of anniversaries of Christian achievement. The abolition of the slave trade two hundred years ago has received full coverage, as has the life of John Newton who died that same year. The revivals on Mow Cop in Staffordshire, also in 1807, together…

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The Banner of Truth Trust – Part 2

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August 2007
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The Banner of Truth Trust – Part 2

The Banner of Truth Trust – Iain H. Murray – Part 1   The Banner of Truth Trust Iain Murray continues the story Last month’s article traced the story of the Banner of Truth Trust from its formation in 1957 until 1960, during which time the Trust was financed largely by businessman Jack Cullum.…

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The Banner of Truth Trust – Iain H. Murray – Part 1

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July 2007
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The Banner of Truth Trust – Iain H. Murray – Part 1

The Banner of Truth Trust – Part 2   The Banner of Truth Trust Iain H. Murray tells the story

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Baptists and the Reformation – Alun McNabb

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July 2007
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Baptists and the Reformation – Alun McNabb

Baptists and the Reformationby Alun McNabbThe church of Jesus Christ has taken many strange turns throughout its history. The time of the Reformation was no exception. It was a time of much rejoicing and of much sorrow. This article is written not to stir up controversy but as a humble plea that we should…

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