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February 2017
United States of America

The rise and decline of evangelicalism in the United States (1967-2017)

There can be no question that something extraordinary was happening spiritually at the end of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, just as Evangelical Times was beginning its ministry. Thousands of young people came to Christ, campus ministries exploded with growth, and hundreds of young men flooded into the seminaries. The year 1976…

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February 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Countless things women can do’

‘I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am I. Send me!’ (Isaiah 6:8).When the prophet Isaiah encounters the glorious holiness of the Lord, he is humbled, aware of his complete sinfulness. But God cleanses Isaiah and calls him to…

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February 2017
Articles > Guest column

Maciek Stolarski

In an unbelieving world, people still desire miracles to take place. They want an outcome of a given situation to be positive, even when all the indications are negative. Often such emotional expressions come to the fore when someone in the family is gravely ill, especially a child. What they would like is the…

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Historical

February 2017
Articles > Historical

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
France

Evangelicalism in France

Protestantism is a very marginal minority in France, numerically less than 2 per cent of the total population. France Mission estimates there are 1,700,000 Protestants in France and 600,000 evangelicals. The first figure seems generous. People can say they are Protestants just because they are not Catholics. They sympathise with the Protestant minority because…

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Historical

February 2017
Articles > Historical

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
Articles > Comment

Essential truth

In four addresses on ‘What is an evangelical?’ given in 1971, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminded his hearers of the vital distinction between what he called ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ biblical truths. Safeguard His was no plea for doctrinal indifferentism and laxity, as the addresses made abundantly clear, but an impassioned call to define the heart…

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Historical

February 2017
Articles > Historical

‘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
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Britain’s decline and fall (3)

Continued from Britain’s decline and fall (2) Paul Johnson, a perceptive though rather waspish Catholic author and journalist, has pointed out there was something supine and indolent about the Bloomsbury set. He draws attention to their relatively low work rate and their tendency to be critics rather than creators.Certainly, unlike the Clapham Sect, Bloomsbury…

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Historical

February 2017
Articles > Historical

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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Historical

February 2017
Articles > Historical

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
Articles > Historical

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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