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October 2001
Articles > Netherlands

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…

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August 2001
Netherlands

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

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August 2001
Netherlands

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? Crisis Holland…

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Missionary Spotlight-We love a fight

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August 2001
Netherlands

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

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August 2001
Netherlands

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

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August 2001
Netherlands

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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Missionary Spotlight

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April 2001
Belgium

Missionary Spotlight

If you blink, you’ll miss it!’ At least that may be the impression of many who pass through Belgium on their way to somewhere more exciting. However, this little country no bigger than Wales has one of the highest population densities in Europe, with over ten million inhabitants. Yet the divisions among these people…

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November 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Missionary Spotlight – Theological Education in France

Owing to the separation of church and state in France, there are no departments of theology in French universities, apart from the University of Strasbourg. This is a blessing, as it means that all the churches have had to maintain their own educational structures outside the state educational system. Yet it can be a…

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June 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Fact File: France

Area: 210,000 square miles. The largest nation in West Europe, Metropolitan France includes the island of Corsica. Neighbouring countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain. Climate: Generally cool winters and mild summers; but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean. An occasional strong, cold, northerly wind is known as the…

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June 2000
Articles > World Mission > France

Missionary Spotlight-A Call to Battle

Very soon, on 18 June, France will be remembering the 60th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s famous wartime broadcast from London: ‘France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war’. His call was to French people everywhere to take up arms for the defence of the patrie. History records the outcome…

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June 2000
France

Missionary Spotlight – France and the Gospel Message

Talk of France? It would be easier to pour the ocean into a teacup! France is well known in England as a place for holidays, good food and cheap wine. Few realise that it has been the cradle of modern philosophers, who have enjoyed the limelight here ever since their ideas helped to do…

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June 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Church-planting in South-West France

Southwest France, from the Poitou down to the Pyrenees, was well on its way to becoming a Protestant area at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Two hundred Protestant churches had survived the religious wars of the sixteenth century (wars that had been particularly brutal in the south-west). Academies for the training of Protestant…

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