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September 2017
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Evangelicalism in Wales, 1967–2017

The last 50 years have been years of change, both for Wales as a nation and for its evangelical witness. Its geography, culture, languages and politics have always been distinctive. Almost three million people live in this beautiful part of the United Kingdom and they speak two official languages, Welsh and English. However, Wales has changed and is still changing. Its coal mines and much of its heavy industry have disappeared. Its devolved government meets in a new parliament building in Cardiff. And its religious life has changed. Wales is a country of chapels, hundreds of them across the length and breadth of the land,...

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September 2017
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Evangelicalism in Scotland, 1967-2017

The state of evangelicalism in Scotland in 2017 reveals a much more complicated picture than 1967. At that time there were several main denominations of considerable strength. On the Presbyterian side there were the Church of Scotland, along with the United Free Church of Scotland, Free Church of Scotland, and Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland, with a small Reformed Presbyterian Church. On the independent scene there were the Baptist Union, Congregational Union, Methodists and Brethren Assemblies. Some were solidly evangelical, others had a percentage of such in their midst. But in the last 30 years in particular there has been a marked change in the...

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September 2017
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50 challenging years

Over 1967-2017, confessional evangelical Christianity in Britain has faced some significant challenges. Here are six of them: 1) The so-called ‘New Perspective’ on the teaching of the apostle Paul. In a book entitled Paul and Palestinian Judaism by Ed Sanders, which appeared 40 years ago, the thesis was promoted that the Jews of Pauline times were not a legalistic, works-oriented community; they were men who considered themselves saved by being God’s chosen, covenant community, the children of Abraham; and their remaining in the covenant depended on their keeping the law. Law-keeping was the badge of covenant membership. James Dunn and N. T. Wright were among...

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August 2017
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‘Things that go bump in the night’

From 2 December 1716 onwards for several weeks, Rev. Samuel and Susanna Wesley, their seven daughters and household servants — their three sons were in London — experienced a series of unusual phenomena at the rectory home in Epworth, Lincolnshire. Today such happenings would readily be associated with ‘poltergeist’ activity. They included inexplicable groans, knockings, door-bangings, latch-liftings, turkey-gobbling noises, bed-levitations, and much more besides. ‘Old Jeffery’ Samuel was initially reluctant to accept a supernatural explanation. It was put down to pranks by the servants, or the children (Hetty was suspected), or ill-disposed parishioners. But eventually the whole family was convinced that it was a haunting....

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August 2017
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The surprising story of David Michell (3)

Continued from The surprising story of David Michel (2) ‘One wintry day in February, I was with our little group … when we saw Eric [Liddell] walking under the trees … As usual he was smiling.’ ‘As he talked with us, we knew nothing of the pain he was hiding, and he knew nothing of the brain tumour that was to take his life that evening, 21 February 1945, when he, one of the world’s greatest athletes, would reach the tape in his final race. ‘He was 43-years-old … In his last hour, he was writing the words of his favourite hymn, and those words...

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July 2017
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Robert Haldane (1764–1842)

Life is full of surprises, it is often said. That is certainly true of the life story of Robert Haldane. Very few, one imagines, would have been able to claim that the path to their conversion to Christ began with the French Revolution! Yet Robert Haldane made precisely that claim. This momentous event ‘aroused [him] from the sleep of spiritual death’, according to his nephew-biographer. How? Not, perhaps, as we might have expected. For to begin with, he viewed the political convulsion on the continent favourably, believing that it opened the door to the betterment of mankind. His vision for social justice, which took little...

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July 2017
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Jane Austen (1775-1817)

The highly talented novelist Jane Austen died 200 years ago, on 18 July 1817. Was she a Christian? Only God knows for sure, but believers reading her novels will ask this question. Jane Austen wrote brilliantly within her own sphere of life, although there were many matters she did not cover. Carol Shields, in her biography Jane Austen: a life, says: ‘One of the widest areas of absence is the religious life, and this has led some to think that Jane Austen was an unbeliever … She says not a word about the consolation of spiritual life’ (p.67). But Michael Haykin includes Jane Austen in...

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July 2017
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150 years of Brixton Tabernacle

Due to the work of the Holy Spirit in an expanding London, the 1860s saw a number of new churches start in South London, including what was to become Brixton Tabernacle. Although a comparatively unusual designation for a church these days, the term ‘Tabernacle’ was once common, perhaps taking its cue from Whitfield’s Tabernacle. The word has, of course, a dual significance. The original tabernacle dedicated to the worship of God, had literally to be a tent, as the Israelites were travelling through the wilderness. Later tabernacles were so named to remind the worshippers that Christians are ‘strangers and pilgrims’, looking ‘for a city which...

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July 2017
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The surprising story of David Michell (2)

In September 1943, the children and staff of the China Inland Mission school at Chefoo were forcibly moved by the Japanese to Weihsien Internment Camp on the north-east coast of China. David Michell, a 9-year-old at the school, was caught up in all this. He recalled: ‘One of the first arrivals had described Weihsien as follows: “Bare walls, bare floors, dim electric lights, no running water, primitive latrines, open cesspools, a crude bakery, two houses with showers, three huge public kitchens, a desecrated church and a dismantled hospital, a few sheds for shops, rows of cell-like rooms, and three high dormitories for persons who are...

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July 2017
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Lazarus come forth!

Many of us have heard the story of the Sunday School lesson where the teacher asked the class why Jesus said ‘Lazarus come forth!’ The clever child answered after a few moments silence: ‘In case they all came forth!’ Perhaps what we did not realise was that Martyn was that boy!

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July 2017
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Birth of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

MLJ was born on 20th December 1899 in Cardiff the second of 3 academically bright lads. His older brother was Harold and his younger brother was Vincent.

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History of Evangelical Times
February 2017
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History of Evangelical Times

Articles which are related to the history of the newspaper are linked below: The Evangelical Times timeline is here. The aims of the newspaper at the beginning are described here and here. Some of the changes in the appearance of the newspaper are shown here. A gallery of pictures from the 50th anniversary service. Evangelical Times 50th anniversary. 50 years of Evangelical Times is summarised here.

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