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It is not death to die

It is not death to die

In the year 1881, Jessie Murray, a missionary in China, wrote home describing the death of a Chinese schoolgirl: ‘It seemed as if she had been … to the very door of heaven.’ She had said [...]

Unity & Diversity: The Founders of the Free Church of Scotland

Unity & Diversity: The Founders of the Free Church of Scotland

Some readers may be acquainted with the Disruption that led to the founding of the Free Church of Scotland in 1843, and the men who were part of this history; others may wonder whether these events [...]

The angel of Llan-gan: David Jones 1736-1810

The angel of Llan-gan: David Jones 1736-1810

The name ‘angel’ is sometimes applied to a new-born child with its unblemished skin. ‘The angel of Llan-gan’ has a different meaning. It refers to one of God’s human messengers whose life and work were heavenly [...]

How Christians come to believe in revival

How Christians come to believe in revival

This article is about revival, so I ought to explain how I am using the word. By ‘revival’ I mean a sovereign act of God in which He pours out His Holy Spirit with the result [...]

William Carey, the father of modern missions?

William Carey, the father of modern missions?

On 2 October 1792 twelve Baptist pastors, meeting in Kettering, resolved to form ‘The Particular Baptist Society for the Propagation of the Gospel amongst the Heathen’, the first of many similar ventures. William Carey, the inspiration [...]

The Unquenchable Flame

The Unquenchable Flame

The Unquenchable Flame is a clear, easy read; lively and humorous in places, it’s ideal for kindling an interest in the Reformation and the events that have shaped Christianity in Europe. However, don’t be fooled into [...]

The great commission and the Moravian response

The great commission and the Moravian response

Most of us remember the words from the film Mission Impossible ‘Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is…’. This is the story of a group of believers within a small church in Germany who [...]

The Calvinistic Methodist Fathers of Wales (Volumes 1 and 2)

The Calvinistic Methodist Fathers of Wales (Volumes 1 and 2)

The two volume work by Jones and Morgan was originally published in 1890. It has been painstakingly translated from Welsh by John Aaron. To understand the importance of this work we need to realise that Wales, [...]

A little known quarryman in Wales

A little known quarryman in Wales

Watkin R. Roberts was born on 21 September 1886 at Brydenly, Dinorwic Street, Caernarfon to a middle-class family. Brought up by his devout Christian parents he learnt to read at an early age, a sign of [...]

Turning points in church history – 1739

Turning points in church history – 1739

How marvellous to have been a fly on the wall at the Town Hall in Cardiff on 7 March 1739. On that day the great, but still young, English preacher, George Whitefield, met the slightly older [...]