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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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Francis Schaeffer’s apologetic

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February 2004
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Francis Schaeffer’s apologetic

Dr Francis Schaeffer's defence of the gospel ('apologetic') is simple and consistent. His approach is perhaps best summarised in the opening words of his book The God who is there: 'Christian apologetics do not start somewhere beyond the stars. They begin with man and what he knows about himself'. Schaeffer, who has been called…

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Anne Steele

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January 2004
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Anne Steele

Trusting God 'in trouble and in joy'Since childhood, I have often sung hymns composed by Anne Steele - hymns such as 'Father of mercies, In thy Word' and 'Father what'er of earthly bliss'. I knew only that she was an eighteenth-century Baptist hymn-writer, who suffered a good deal of ill health. When I came…

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Thomas Cartwright – the father of Puritanism

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January 2004
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Thomas Cartwright – the father of Puritanism

The year 2003 has supplied us with a feast of anniversaries, including John Wesley (b. June 1703), Bernard of Clairvaux (d. 1153) and Jonathan Edwards (b. October 1703). If they deserve our attention, so also does Thomas Cartwright - who died in December 1603 and was, according to Daniel Neal, the 'father of the…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

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January 2004
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Jonathan Edwards (4) The impact of the revival that came to Northampton in the winter and spring of 1734-1735, which we looked at in November's ET, was nothing less than profound. Jonathan Edwards put it thus. 'This work of God, as it was carried on and the number of true saints multiplied, soon made…

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Michael Faraday – scientist and Christian

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December 2003
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Michael Faraday – scientist and Christian

'Very few men', said Sir William Bragg, 'have changed the face of the world as Faraday has done. He was one of the greatest experimental philosophers that ever appeared ... and of his discoveries none has had more consequences than that which he made in 1831 ... on this has been founded all those…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

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November 2003
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

After two relatively brief stints pastoring in New York and Bolton, Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards served as a tutor at his alma mater in New Haven from 1724 to 1726. It was, however, a situation in which he was not entirely happy. He finally found his niche in August 1726, when he was invited to…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’ – Evangelical revival of the 18th Century

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October 2003
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’ – Evangelical revival of the 18th Century

Jonathan Edwards (2) J onathan Edwards was born exactly 300 years ago on 5 October 1703 at East Windsor, Connecticut, a town then far from the centres of power and influence in the transatlantic Anglophone world. His father, Timothy Edwards (d.1758), was pastor of the town’s Congregational Church for more than 63 years. His…

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