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March 1999
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The end of the journey

The sky was dark and threatening as John Bunyan mounted his horse that August morning in 1688. It had been an errand of compassion that had brought him to Reading — a long detour in his journey from Bedford to London. But now, grateful to God that he had managed to effect the reconciliation…

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March 1999
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The last enemy

How Augustus Toplady  confronted death from tuberculosis makes remarkable reading. As he faced ‘the last enemy’ he entered into deep communion with Christ and the Lord gave him the most ravishing experiences of God’s love for his soul. Common to man Each one of us will have to die. Whatever our circumstances, whether or…

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March 1999
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Puritan wisdom for today – hope for the future of the church

As we approach the third millennium the foremost issue facing the church is the completion of the great mandate to take the gospel to all nations. In China, Africa and Central and South America, as also elsewhere, there has been rapid growth during the twentieth century. But will the gospel continue to spread until…

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March 1999
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Within the veil

But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, (acts 7.55). Seated at his Father’s throne, Pleading ever for his own Christ, the Son of Man, appears, Constant through the changeful years.   Heedlessly I often stray…

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March 1999
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Defenders of the faith : Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Part 2

This is the second of two articles on Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and the nature of genuine evangelicalism. The first, which appeared in last month’s Evangelical Times, traced his life and ministry up to the fateful meeting organised by the Evangelical Alliance in 1966. It was at this meeting that the chairman, John Stott, took…

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February 1999
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Defenders of the faith – Martyn Lloyd-Jones and the nature of genuine evangelicalism

What is evangelicalism? What distinguishes those who call themselves evangelicals from other professing Christians? As we come to the end of this century and millennium, these questions of identity are among the most vital facing the evangelical movement, for it is increasingly unclear what is meant by the terms 'evangelical' and 'evangelicalism'. Scottish theologian…

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January 1999
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John Gresham Machen and the defence of Christian truth

In the early stages of the 'Fundamentalist-modernist controversy', John Gresham Machen (1881-1937), then Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary, set this struggle in the overall framework of church history. The struggle, he noted, 'is one of three great crises in the history of the Christian church. One came in…

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January 1999
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History is bunk… Is it?

The great motor man, Henry Ford, is believed to have once declared that 'history is bunk'. The remark was probably not intended to be taken seriously, but its significance lies in the fact that it is so often quoted. Perhaps it underlies a certain cynicism we have towards the subject. For many, the word…

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December 1998
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Dr Barnardo – the children’s champion

Two-year-old Tom Barnardo lay critically ill. Frail from birth, the child had battled constantly against ill health. But now, as his anxious parents watched over their sick boy, it seemed that this time they must lose him. With heavy hearts they recognised that the child's life was slipping away. And at last the doctor…

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December 1998
Articles > Historical > Ireland

Ireland and the Second Reformation

In earlier articles we visited Lutterworth, Prague and Leicester to learn more of the work of John Wycliffe and the Lollards. This time we recall a movement of the Spirit in the west of Ireland in the nineteenth century. The focal point was Achill Island in Co. Mayo, which many visit for the scenery…

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November 1998
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The Big Bang

A generation that does not know the Lord The 5 November celebration in Lewes, East Sussex, has been a Big Bang for generations. Evidence points to it having begun shortly after the Gunpowder Plot in 1605. Over the years it grew into the biggest 5 November celebration on earth. This is not surprising for…

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November 1998
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Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1843-1892) and the Down-Grade Controversy

In October 1889 a young man by the name of D. C. Davidson left his home in Michigan to go abroad to do post-graduate work in theology. His mother had wanted him to study at Yale, but he was determined to come into vital contact with what he called ‘the leading minds of Europe’.…

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