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The Spanish Inquisition

Historical

January 1970
Articles > Historical

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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Guest Column – What is Reformed Experimental Preaching?

Article

January 1970
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – What is Reformed Experimental Preaching?

You probably know that, historically, Reformed and Puritan preaching was 'experimental' preaching. But do you understand what is meant by the term experimental or experiental?The term comes from the Latin word experimentum, derived from a verb which means to ‘try, test, prove, or put to the test’. The same verb can also mean ‘to…

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Deconstructing evangelicalism (2)

Article

January 1970
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Deconstructing evangelicalism (2)

Massive cultural shifts within Western society have resulted in what might be called the deconstruction of 'evangelicalism'. This time-honoured and once comprehensible term for New Testament Christianity has been forced to bear new and often contradictory meanings, as we began to see last month.Then I considered 'traditional evangelicalism' and 'pragmatic evangelicalism'. This month I…

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Beware virtual history!

Article

January 1970
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Beware virtual history!

Christian faith stands or falls on history. Without the great events of revelation and salvation it loses substance. Its confessions contain vital historical references such as the facts that Christ was 'crucified under Pontius Pilate' and rose 'on the third day'.Theological liberalism, as exemplified by the 19th century Tübingen school, understood this perfectly, and…

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Youth Supplement – A man and a brother

News

January 1970
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – A man and a brother

A man and a brother William Wilberforce was born on 24 August 1759 to Robert and Elizabeth Wilberforce. His family were wealthy merchants and he was able to attend Hull Grammar School starting in 1767. There he received a good education and, having remarkable elocution, was often made to stand on a table and read…

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Dominionism and the rise of Christian imperialism

Article

January 1970
Articles > Biblical/theological

Dominionism and the rise of Christian imperialism

Dominionism and the rise of Christian imperialismThere has always been a vein of 'dominionism' embedded among the strata of Christian doctrine. Historically, this seam has sometimes been submerged, but when exposed it has given rise to serious abuses committed in the name of Christ. Dominionism is an aberration of true Christian theology and a…

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Forgiving Ourselves

Article

January 1970
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forgiving Ourselves

Forgiveness — the unmerited Gift of God's Free GraceA couple wrote to a Radio Bible Class counselling department: ‘My husband and I are born again, but we both sinned before our marriage. I even had an abortion. We want our lives to count for the Lord, but we cannot forget how terribly we sinned…

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Noah and the work of faith

Article

January 1970
Articles > Biblical/theological

Noah and the work of faith

Noah and the work of faithBy faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith(Hebrews 11:7).Having considered 'Abel and the nature of faith'…

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Concerning Cults

Article

January 1970
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Two-by-Twos: the Nameless CultEryl DaviesIf you want to understand the 'Two-by-Two' or nameless group, you need to be aware of the following four things. First, several divisions have taken place during their one hundred years history, which we reviewed in the previous article. One splinter-group can be identified as the 'Cooneyites' who followed Edward…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

January 1970
Articles > Historical

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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Fire on the earth

Article

January 1970
Articles > Biblical/theological

Fire on the earth

Christ came to redeem his people and give them peace with God and eternal life. He says this very clearly in John 10:10: ‘I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.’ This is very reassuring for those who are his ‘sheep’; those who have been given…

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Earth and the Christian

Article

January 1970
Scientific (including creation)

Earth and the Christian

The environment is at the centre of society’s agenda these days and most people go along with this. Christians, therefore, need to have a well thought-out response. What is a proper biblical view of the Earth and creation as a whole?The creation account in Genesis includes the refrain ‘and God saw that it was…

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