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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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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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