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The dungeon flamed with light

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July 2004
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The dungeon flamed with light

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), described by Martyn Lloyd-Jones as 'pre-eminently the theologian of Revival', once said: 'The Holy Spirit, in his indwelling, his influences and fruits, is the sum of all grace, holiness, comfort and joy or, in one word, of all the spiritual good Christ purchased for men in this world: and is also…

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The dungeon flamed with light-Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

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June 2004
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The dungeon flamed with light-Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

Jonathan Edwards' treatise An Humble Attempt (to promote agreement and unity in prayer) was inspired by information he received during 1745. It concerned a prayer movement for revival which had been formed by a number of Scottish evangelical ministers, including his regular correspondents John McLaurin (1693-1754) of the Ramshorn Church, Glasgow; William McCulloch (1691-1771)…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

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May 2004
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Evangelical revivals of the 18th centuryJonathan Edwards and praying for revival (1)by Michael HaykinIn an essay published in the mid-1960s, before the resurgence of interest in Jonathan Edwards, Peter Gay, an historian with little sympathy for Edwards’ theological vision, contrasted him with Charles Chauncy (1705-1787). Chauncy was Edwards’ main theological opponent during the Great…

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The charismatic movement – a short history

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May 2004
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The charismatic movement – a short history

3.   The Vineyardby Jonathan BayesOne result of the rapid progress made by 'Restorationism' in the years immediately after 1975 was that the renewal movement within the denominations (see Part 1 of this series) began to decline.Many people who had been involved in the renewal moved into the Restorationist movement, having become disillusioned with attempts…

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James Montgomery

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May 2004
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James Montgomery

James Montgomery was almost six when he travelled with his father from the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, Co. Antrim, to the Moravian school at Fulneck  - which would be his home for the next ten years. During the voyage a violent storm struck fear into the boy, but he was comforted as his father…

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The dungeon flamed with light

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April 2004
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The dungeon flamed with light

The book seeks to answer both the misguided zeal of James Davenport and the cold intellectualism of Charles Chauncy - aberrant positions that we looked at last month. But it is noteworthy that the longest section of the book is an answer to Davenport's position.Edwards regarded the misguided zeal of those like Davenport as…

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The charismatic movement – a short history

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April 2004
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The charismatic movement – a short history

Needless to say, this did not go down well with other churches in the city! The three uniting congregations were an Independent Holiness Church, a charismatic House Church, and a Brethren Assembly. The new church was led by Bryn Jones.This event marked the emergence of 'Restorationism' as a separate strand within the charismatic movement,…

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The charismatic movement – a short history

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March 2004
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The charismatic movement – a short history

1. Renewalby Jonathan BayesDate: Sunday 2 April 1960. Place: an Anglican Church in California. The congregation is gathered for the morning service. Suddenly they are greeted with a surprise announcement.Some of them are rather taken aback. Their rector, Dennis Bennett, informs them that he has been baptised with the Holy Spirit. He tells them…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’ Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

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March 2004
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’ Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

Jonathan Edwards (5)by Michael HaykinThe New Testament was written in the context of the greatest spiritual revival that the world has ever seen - and it plainly indicates that there are problems even in times of revival. The revivals of the eighteenth century were no exception.In New England, Jonathan Edwards soon realised that there…

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Phenomena in revival

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March 2004
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Phenomena in revival

Almost all whom God has used in revival are quick to point out that unusual phenomena are merely incidental to the great work of God. One writer in The Life of Faith for January 1905 concluded: ‘It is possible to be occupied too exclusively with the mere incidents of the movement — deeply impressive,…

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A-level – and the fall of Byzantium

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February 2004
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A-level – and the fall of Byzantium

It is often said that our education system is being 'dumbed down'. Achievements are becoming meaningless because standards are being lowered. A-level results are improving year on year, but is it because the exams are getting easier and marking less rigorous? If there is anything in these allegations, should that be a matter of…

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Thomas Cartwright – the father of Puritanism

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February 2004
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Thomas Cartwright – the father of Puritanism

Last month we left Thomas Cartwright in Geneva, where Theodore Beza had assumed the mantle of John Calvin. But friends in England regretted his absence, and Cartwright was encouraged to return in 1572.His advice was sought concerning negotiations with Catherine de Medici over Queen Elizabeth's possible marriage to the Duke of Anjou. Cartwright's opinion…

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