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The dungeon flamed with light

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August 2003
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The dungeon flamed with light

When Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) recounted the story of God's remarkable work in his town of Northampton in 1734-1735, he noted that it was not an isolated occurrence. At the very time revival was bursting forth in Northampton, the glory of God was also being displayed in the salvation of sinners in other towns in…

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Historical

August 2003
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Richard Hobson

The people of Liverpool wept the day Canon Richard Hobson retired. In 'sixteen acres of the city's sin' a wonderful transformation had taken place. How was it, for example, that in a street once known as 'the little hell', an open-air service could be held as the residents united to hear God's Word and…

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John Wesley – Genius on horseback

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July 2003
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John Wesley – Genius on horseback

'You seem a very temperate people here, and in comfortable circumstance', observed Cardinal Newman to a miner, while on a walking holiday in Cornwall. 'How do you account for it?' The miner, slowly lifting his hat, respectfully answered, 'There came a man among us once. His name was John Wesley'. In that simple answer…

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Lady Jane Grey

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July 2003
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Lady Jane Grey

Sixteen years of age. A young wife. A teenage Queen. A tiny childlike figure at the scaffold, dwarfed by the executioner. She struggles to the execution block and the axe is swung. Beheaded at 16, Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days, is with her Saviour in his eternal kingdom. Jane had…

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The dungeon flamed with light

Historical

July 2003
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The dungeon flamed with light

It frequently happens that God, prior to doing a great work of revival and renewal among a community of his people, raises up forerunners and heralds of the work. The best biblical example of this was John the Baptist, whose heart-searching message of repentance prepared the way for the public appearance of Jesus the…

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On the wings of a Dove

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July 2003
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On the wings of a Dove

Roger Fay reviews Noel Gibbard's book on the 1904 RevivalDuring March 1944, General William Slim's forces in Burma wrested an 800ft rock called Mandalay Hill from the grip of Japanese soldiers. They defended it to the last man.Slim visited the scene of battle shortly afterwards. He wrote: 'Through all this noise and the clatter…

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John Wesley – called by God (Part I)

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June 2003
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John Wesley – called by God (Part I)

The rector had fallen out with his wife Susanna. She would not say 'Amen' at the end of family prayers when he prayed for William III. Her sympathies were Jacobite.Even though a large family needed his support, off went Rev. Samuel Wesley in a huff to London, vowing never again to have anything to…

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The dungeon flamed with light

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June 2003
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The dungeon flamed with light

The hymns of Charles Wesley (1707-1788) John Wesley's heir apparent, John Fletcher, one remarked that next to the Bible 'one of the greatest blessings that God has bestowed upon the Methodists ... is their hymns'. The central figure behind these hymns, of course, was Charles Wesley, the eighteenth child born to Samuel Wesley and…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

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May 2003
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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Evangelical revivals of the 18th Century by Michael A. G. Haykin 2.  George Whitefield and friends L ast month’s article on the Great Awakening (the first of this series) ended with the prayer for revival of two Congregationalist ministers — Isaac Watts (1674-1748) and John Guyse (1680-1761). Yet, amazingly, the revival for which they…

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The early Irish Baptists

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May 2003
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The early Irish Baptists

Waterford, a harbour town on the southern coast of Ireland, is not a regular destination for visiting tourists. Its name is rarely associated with the grand stream of Irish church history. But concealed in this obscurity is one of the most important churches in the history of the worldwide Baptist movement. In the early…

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Methodism – with and without the Holy Spirit

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May 2003
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Methodism – with and without the Holy Spirit

Iain Murray's new book, Wesley and Men who Followed, marked the tercentenary of the birth of John Wesley and is published by Banner of Truth. This article is an abridgement of the final chapter.   M ethodism at the height of its influence in the mid-nineteenth century was a startling phenomenon.   In 1861…

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The Open-Air Mission 1853-2003

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May 2003
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The Open-Air Mission 1853-2003

Recently it was my privilege to meet a man who, five years earlier, had been converted to Christ after fifteen years as a heroin addict. The Lord's means to deliver and save him was an open-air preacher who had faithfully preached Christ outside Whitechapel Tube Station in LondonIt was in Whitechapel, one Sunday afternoon…

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