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March 2017
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Britain’s decline and fall (4)

Continued from Britain’s decline and fall (3) The word ‘decadence’ (as with ‘decay’) implies decline from a previously held high moral standard. In the first three articles, we have seen how the high moral tone of nineteenth century Britain, set by evangelicalism, had sharply deteriorated by the middle of the twentieth century. This trend has…

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March 2017
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The life and legacy of William Bradford (1590-1657)

Puritanism has never been a popular ideology for most modern Westerners. Mention the word ‘Puritan’ or ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ to any American and the image comes to mind of a dour, black-garbed, Bible-thumping man. At best, someone might recall it was the Puritans that first made a substantial settlement in New England.  J. I. Packer…

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February 2017
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Benjamin Beddome and the Bible

John Newton (1725–1807), the well-known eighteenth-century evangelical leader, had the opportunity to meet and hear many leading evangelicals of his day. It is intriguing, therefore, to read some remarks that he penned in his diary on 7 August 1776, after he had heard Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795) preach at the ordination of John Sutcliff (1752–1814),…

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February 2017
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Pantycelyn

William Williams (1717-1791) was one of the most remarkable hymn writers who ever lived. What may seem strange to those outside Wales, however, is that he is generally known not by his personal name, but simply by that of the farm where he lived: ‘Pantycelyn’. The farm lies just beyond the hamlet of Pentre-tŷ-gwyn,…

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February 2017
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‘Here I stand!’

2,700 At Westminster Chapel “Here I stand, I can do no other …  so help me God!” These words of Martin Luther, repeated by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at the final meeting of the British Evangelical Council Conference, echoed the stand for Truth which had been the mood of the Conference throughout the two days…

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February 2017
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The Church of England (1967-2017)

It is difficult in only one page to sum up five decades in the life of an institution as large and diverse as the Church of England. But here goes! Irreversible decline? One of the most obvious facts we must note to begin with is that the Church of England (CofE) has in many…

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February 2017
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Then and now

‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed’ (Genesis 3:15); ‘These things I have spoken to you that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). Over the past 50 years…

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Global Reformed evangelicalism – today and over the past 50 years

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February 2017
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Global Reformed evangelicalism – today and over the past 50 years

It is fitting that in 2017 Evangelical Times celebrates and give thanks to God, for it is not only the 50th anniversary of this periodical, but also the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation which gave birth to ‘evangelicalism’ — so called because of its emphasis on the gospel (Grk. euangelion) of…

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February 2017
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Free the slaves

John Newton was the only son of a sea captain who owned a small fleet of trading vessels. Captain Newton planned a rugged upbringing for John. He left boarding school, as soon as he was old enough, for his first taste of life at sea in a vessel trading round Mediterranean ports. At 17,…

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January 2017
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Julius Köbner (3)

Continued from Julius Köbner (2) A group of believers met together in the German town of Barmen. These Christians had become Baptists after a visit from Johann Oncken a few years earlier. When Oncken paid them a visit once more in 1852, he promised he would send Köbner to assist them. The believers there were…

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January 2017
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Britain’s decline and fall (2)

Continued from Britain’s decline and fall (1) In summer 2015, BBC TV fictionalised part of the Bloomsbury Group’s history in a drama series entitled ‘Life in squares’. The title was an echo of an early witticism about the group being a ‘circle composed of [sexual] triangles who lived in squares’. There were certainly other…

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January 2017
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Pearl Harbour

Just over 75 years ago, on 7 December 1941, 353 Japanese fighter planes, torpedo planes and bombers attacked the United States at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. In a matter of 110 minutes, the Japanese had destroyed 188 aircraft and damaged eight battleships (sinking four), and sank three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and…

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