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Historical

April 1998
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Defenders of the faith – Athanasius of Alexandria and the challenge of Arianism

Central to the proclamation of the gospel in the first century A. D. was the confession that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9). As one probes what the term 'Lord' means for the New Testament writers, it is soon clear that there is more here than initially meets the eye. To confess Jesus as Lord…

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March 1998
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Isaac Watts

Two hundred and fifty years ago, in November 1748, Isaac Watts was called to his eternal rest. He left behind some 600 hymns, many of them paraphrases of the Psalms and other portions of Scripture, but all written in the language of the new covenant and explicitly bringing the person and work of Christ…

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March 1998
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Defenders of the faith: Irenaeus of Lyons and the threat of Gnosticism

Although Irenaeus of Lyons is the most important Greek-speaking theologian of second-century Christianity, materials for his life story are meagre at best. But what we do know of him makes us eager to find out more about this winsome author and pastor. Irenaeus was born in the Roman province of Asia, now on the…

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March 1998
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Full circle

Last month we drove in imagination down the M1 passing junction 21. Noting the sign ‘River Swift’ on the motorway embankment, we reminisced as we looked back to the fourteenth century, to see a great man of God whose pioneering work was so influential that he was called the ‘Morning Star of the Reformation’.…

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February 1998
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Thomas Bilney – the forgotten Reformer

Just before his death in the flames, Hugh Latimer encouraged his fellow martyr Nicholas Ridley with these justly famous words: ‘Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England as I trust shall never be put out.’ Latimer was indeed…

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February 1998
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Billy Graham – on faith and the future of Christianity

​Following the publication of Billy Graham's autobiography, American 'televangelist' Robert Schuller interviewed Dr Graham on his 'Hour of Power' television show in May 1997. We reproduce below extracts from a verbatim transcript of that interview, in which Billy Graham answers questions on the subjects of faith and his message for today. We have made…

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January 1998
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The sermon of the plough

450 years ago, on 18 January 1548, Hugh Latimer preached a notable sermon. It was a clarion call for action from England's bishops and clergy. Standing in the shelter of 'the Shrouds' at St Paul's in London, he uttered an impassioned plea to the nation's prelates to devote themselves to the true work of…

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December 1997
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The conversion of John Cennick

John Cennick is one of the lesser-known figures of the eighteenth-century Awakening. He was born on 12 December 1718, at Reading. His parents were attached to the Anglican Church. His mother instructed him in the faith and ensured he was regular at church. He says she 'would not suffer me to play on the…

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November 1997
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Of whom the world was not worthy – Ezekiel Rogers – God’s poor exile

Rowley Manor in Yorkshire is an idyllic venue for a wedding reception. Approached along a tree-lined glade, its spacious rooms and sweeping lawns, surrounded by peaceful pastureland, convey an air of tranquility. But it was not always so. If we were to travel back in time some three hundred and fifty years, a picture…

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October 1997
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Of whom the world was not worthy …… Elizabeth Bunyan

When John Bunyan asked Elizabeth to marry him he was inviting her to share not only his life but also his sufferings. A heavy burden would rest on Elizabeth’s young shoulders. First there was the care of John’s four motherless children. Mary Bunyan had died the previous year leaving behind a frail blind child…

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October 1997
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Medieval mistakes

Although provoked by the indulgences peddled by Johannes Tetzel, the very first proposition which Luther offered for public debate in his Ninety-Five Theses put the axe to the root of the tree of medieval theology: ‘When our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ, said "Repent," he meant that the entire life of believers should be…

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September 1997
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Of whom the world was not worthy – Robert Thomas

Robert Thomas and his wife faced a hazardous future as they contemplated sailing to China as missionaries in 1863. Few had yet set foot in that vast and unknown land to bring the gospel of Christ to its teeming peoples. In 1807 Robert Morrison had made a noble endeavour, but could penetrate no further…

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