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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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February 2017
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The appearance of Evangelical Times over the years

The appearance of ET has changed considerably during the last 50 years:

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February 2017
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Evangelical Times original introduction pamphlet

Peter Masters, the first editor of Evangelical Times, produced a short pamphlet to introduce the aims of the new newspaper.

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February 2017
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The aims of the Evangelical Times newspaper

A pamphlet was sent to many evangelical churches throughout the UK explaining the purposes of the new newspaper: A PDF of this pamphlet is available here: ET_origin_pamphlet In various early copies of the newspaper its main aims were described:    

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February 2017
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50th Anniversary

A service celebrating the 50th anniversary of Evangelical Times was held at Hayes Town Chapel.

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February 2017
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Evangelical Press and Evangelical Times move to the new premises in Faverdale North

A new warehouse and office suite was built for Evangelical Press in Faverdale North. Evangelical Times shared these offices with Evangelical Press providing administrative services based on a contract.

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