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Missionary Spotlight – Struggle for the church
October 2001

Missionary Spotlight – Struggle for the church

In August's ETNigel Westhead outlined the complicated history of the Reformed movement in the Netherlands. This article provides further details. The Reformation in the Netherlands was preceded by a growing emphasis on mystical lay piety outside the official church. This occurred during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and led to the formation of the Brethren…

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Missionary Spotlight – Study centre in Netherlands
October 2001

Missionary Spotlight – Study centre in Netherlands

In September 2000 it was decided to set up a centre at the Evangelical Theological High School (ETH) in Veenendaal for the study of Puritan theology. This is to serve both Independent and Reformed churches in the Netherlands. The aim of this new venture is to provide Puritan literature and study material for all interested…

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August 2001

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – The Netherlands

Fact File - The Netherlands Area:16,000 square miles.   Environment: Much of Netherlands is below sea level, reclaimed from the sea and protected by dams and dikes. The rivers Rhine, Maas and Schelde run into its coastline. The climate is temperate. Population: 16 million.   Life expectancy: male 75 years, female 81 years.  …

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Missionary Spotlight-Evangelicalism in the Netherlands
August 2001

Missionary Spotlight-Evangelicalism in the Netherlands

What do UK Christians think of when the Netherlands is mentioned? Maybe the Synod of Dordt and its five points of Calvinism? Or Abraham Kuyper and the Free University of Amsterdam? Or do they think of our moral decline and the passing of permissive laws, such the law legalising marriage between homosexuals?CrisisHolland is no…

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Missionary Spotlight-We love a fight
August 2001

Missionary Spotlight-We love a fight

A few years ago I was privileged to visit the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (Liberated). After hearing the history of the Reformed Churches in Holland, I said that it was a history of division. An elder agreed saying, 'in the Netherlands we love a fight'! There is truth and error in his reply.…

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Missionary Spotlight-The George Whitefield Foundation
August 2001

Missionary Spotlight-The George Whitefield Foundation

In 1994 six Evangelicals formed the George Whitefield Foundation. Their aim was to encourage study in the Netherlands of the Puritans and their theological successors. They also aimed to stimulate a biblical understanding of, and earnest prayer for, true reformation and revival in Holland. Many contemporary movements are widely presented as 'revival' but do…

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Missionary Spotlight-The Kingdom of God in the Netherlands
August 2001

Missionary Spotlight-The Kingdom of God in the Netherlands

As a Dutchman I have enjoyed living in England for more than six years and, in this article, I hope that British readers will be able to taste a bit of Dutch Christianity! Reformed churches in Holland and England have interacted with the rest of society in markedly different ways. Otherwise, the scene is…

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