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

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September 2003
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’-Evangelical revivals of the 18th Century

The writings of the New England divine Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) are of special importance when it comes to the subject of the Holy Spirit’s work in personal renewal and corporate revival.This is because — as Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said — Edwards is ‘pre-eminently the theologian of revival’. His writings on the subject possess ongoing…

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Spurgeon at Menton (2)

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September 2003
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Spurgeon at Menton (2)

Spurgeon’s friend and host, Dr Bennet, is buried at Menton in the higher of the two cemeteries above the old town, apparently in the same grave as his sister’s family.Some of the best sea views are from up here, and it is enjoyable finding one’s way up to this spot through the maze of…

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Bernard of Clairvaux – An 850th anniversary tribute

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September 2003
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Bernard of Clairvaux – An 850th anniversary tribute

The immediate background to Bernard's life was the 10th-century revival of monasticism. The centre of this revival was the monastery at Cluny in France (between Dijon and Lyons) founded in 910 by Duke William of Aquitaine. It was believed that the highest state of spirituality could only be attained by means of monastic seclusion.…

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Richard Hobson – Part (2)

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September 2003
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Richard Hobson – Part (2)

In November 1868, Richard Hobson took up his ministry in Windsor - the rudest, most deprived region of south-east Liverpool. Moved by faith, love and prayer, he lost no time.He was urgent to make a fresh beginning in the things of God for the people of Windsor. On the day of his arrival he…

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Spurgeon at Menton

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August 2003
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Spurgeon at Menton

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was, of course, the famous preacher who ministered for most of his life in London, and was used by God for the salvation of many thousands of souls.This was achieved not only through his preaching, but also by his many articles and books. By 1873, the Metropolitan Tabernacle had 4,417…

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