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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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August 1997
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Revival snapshots – John Elias in North Wales

'Brethren, when I am in the dust this young lad will be a great man.' These were the words of an old minister in Wales, speaking of John Elias (1774-1841). Another testimony concerning him asserts, 'He was, without a doubt, the most popular preacher that ever rose in Wales.' When he was born, North…

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August 1997
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Of whom the world was not worthy – John Blackadder

A frightened child was lying face down in the loft of his home. With one eye glued to a chink in the floorboards, he was watching with horror the scene being enacted in the room below. With bared swords soldiers were slashing through furnishings and thrusting their weapons into every conceivable hiding-place. Together with…

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July 1997
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Revival Snapshots – 1859 in Ulster

The year 1859 stands out as a most memorable year in the history of revivals, not least in Ulster. It has been called 'The year of grace', when God rent the heavens and came down. Some 100,000 souls were brought to repentance and faith and added to Christ's church in Ulster in the course…

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July 1997
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Of whom the world was not worthy – Mrs Bartlett

Mingling among the vast throng of worshippers converging on the Surrey Gardens Music Hall to hear the youthful Spurgeon was a middle-aged woman, petite and neatly dressed in black. Lines of suffering marked her face but the high cheekbones and resolute mouth added a look of courage and determination. Lavinia Bartlett was a regular…

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June 1997
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Jane – Of whom the world was not worthy

Twelve-year-old Jane was one of a group of young people who came each Sunday afternoon to Legh Richmond's home shortly after he began his ministry in Brading on the Isle of Wight in 1797. Some of the children seemed bright and responsive as he taught them from the Scriptures, but Jane, a quiet child,…

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