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Historical

July 1995
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Spurgeon’s battle with hyper-Calvinism

On 19 May Iain Murray was asked to address the annual Grace baptist assembly on the subject of C.H.Spurgeon and his battle with hyper-Calvinism'. It is not that this group of 1689 Confessionalists are drifting in that direction, indeed a better grasp of experiential Calvinism would lift us all - pulpits and churches. But,…

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July 1995
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Hannah More

Covent Garden theatre was viewed by eighteenth-century evangelicals as the greatest corrupter of morals in the kingdom. Playwrights spent their lives dreaming of putting on plays there as the crown of their life's work. One popular dramatist Hannah More, though very young, succeeded in having her plays run for weeks on end at Covent…

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June 1995
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Henry Martyn: pioneer missionary

During the 1830s a great poet emerged in America who was speedily acclaimed as 'The Cowper of the West', because of his deeply experimental religious verse. His name was John Greenleaf Whittier and he, like Cowper, had the spread of the gospel at heart. Cowper's verses praised the work of the Moravians who had…

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May 1995
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David Brainerd: God’s Hiawatha

During my youth, two things fought for pre-eminence in my imagination: the call of the wild and my flights of fancy on the wings of poetry. I loved to follow in my mind's eye the adventures of Pathfinder and the Last of the Mohicans. Even more enrapturing were the true American backwoodsman tales of…

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A spot of family history

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May 1995
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A spot of family history

My paternal grandfather David Honeysett (1840 1925) had a daughter who died in infancy, and two sons John and Joseph, there being two years' difference between their ages. My father was born on 14 April 1881 and his mother was buried the following Christmas Day. I have heard him relate how after the funeral…

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May 1995
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Cornelius Van Til

One hundred years ago on Friday 3 May 1895, to Ite and Klazina Van Til a sixth child, Cornelis (sic), was born. The birth took place on a forty-acre farm in Grootegast, Holland, in a solid old farmhouse with its red tile roof and attached barn. The end of the nineteenth century was a…

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April 1995
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The Ancient Church

We do not know who the first church member was. It may have been Adam, or perhaps Eve. Scripture does not say explicitly. But at the very least, God had called out a people for himself by the second generation of mankind. Abel is identified by Christ as 'righteous', and the author of Hebrews…

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January 1995
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Cotton Mather (1663-1728): Puritan Pietist

Cotton Mather, grandson of the American Puritan pioneers John Cotton and Richard Mather, was born on 12 February 1663, in Boston, Massachusetts, the first child of Increase and Maria Mather. His life was remarkable from the beginning as he started to pray, read and write simultaneous with his acquirement of his mother tongue, so…

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January 1995
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Born to be honest

There is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance; not an exotic, but a hardy plant, braced by the keen wind; not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with strong step and erect frame; it is…

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January 1995
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A great reformer dies

With the death of Dr Jacob Preus, one of the great champions of the Christian faith has been taken from this world. Dr Preus received international recognition in the 1970s when he was the president of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, a denomination of 3,000,000 members. Jack Preus led and won the battle to…

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The Spanish Inquisition

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January 1970
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The Spanish Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition In 1478 the Catholic monarchs of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, bolstered political and religious unity within their 'Christian' country by establishing the Holy Office, or Spanish Inquisition.  In the first instance this was directed against Jews and Muslims, but as the Reformation took hold of Europe, it was used against Protestants. One…

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A cloud of witnesses

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January 1970
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A cloud of witnesses

John Sutcliff (1752-1814) - Part 2 Last month we introduced John Sutcliff, pastor of the Olney Baptist Church, Buckinghamshire. In the 1780s, Sutcliff became increasingly involved in the affairs of the Northamptonshire Association of Baptist Churches, to which his church belonged. He drew up the circular letter that the association sent annually to its…

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