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The Mediatory and Covenantal Offices of Christ (Part 1)

The Mediatory and Covenantal Offices of Christ: An Evaluation and Acceptance of the Doctrine as expressed by the Reformation in General and John Gill in Particular.   Part One: Christ’s Qualifications as Mediator   Christ’s Covenant Mediatorship The New Testament, especially the Epistle to the Hebrews, describes Christ as Mediator. This office is allied to […]

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The Seventeenth Century: No Time of Reformation

True heroes exchanged for lesser men     Nowadays, at least in Britain, our Reformed churches teach us to take our gaze off the 16th century Reformation and concentrate on the Revolutionary period of the 17th century where, they say, we shall find true Reformation theology. This, they say, was the age of Puritanism, though they […]

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An Overview of the Church Today

     Since my conversion fifty-three years ago, the churches have witnessed worldwide ups and downs, triumphs and defeats. However, the gospel has spread territorially, church planting has increased and there are far more Christians in the world today than ever before. I now receive letters from Continents and countries where spiritual blindness prevailed half a […]

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John Albert Bengel (1687-1752): The Father of Modern Biblical Scholarship

Bengel’s Life Bengel’s birth and upbringing      John Albert Bengel was born in Winnenden near Stuttgart on 24 July, 1687, the son of scholar-deacon Martin Albert Bengel. John’s father began to home-school John early but died of an epidemic fever when John was six. Then Louis XIV’s troops plundered and burnt down the Bengels’ home, […]

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Where Olyott Got It Wrong

     Stuart Olyott caused such a stir with his slangy persiflage of Luther in his Where Luther Got It Wrong – and Why We Need to Know About It [1. Issue 555, pp. 25-29.] that the BOT magazine had to spend part of the following two issues striving to repair the damage. Olyott claims, without […]

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Where Luther Puts Olyott Right

     In the December 2009 issue of the BOT magazine, Stuart Olyott argues in his article Where Luther Got it Wrong – and Why We Need to Know About It that Luther believed in a mere ‘Word ministry’ which Olyott identifies as relying wholly on the Word of God for the conversion of sinners and […]

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Mottos on the Walls

     My mother Gladys Ella, née Hume, started going to Sunday and elementary school a year before the outbreak of the First World War in England. When I left home to do my apprenticeship in Sweden in the mid 1950s, Mum sent me a chain of letters, mostly from Memory Lane. Here is a letter […]

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Cotton Mather Vindicated: A New Look at the Salem Witch Trials

     In 1692, New England was in a tumult. Within a matter of weeks no less than 150 suspects had been charged with witchcraft and in the Massachusetts colony frightened men women and children believed that the devil was on the loose. The epicentre of this wave of evil which was to alienate children from […]

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William Cowper and Home-Schooling

A lone campaigner for educational reform      Public School expert Edward C. Mack said the poet William Cowper was a lone voice in campaigning for reform in eighteenth century English schools[1. Public Schools and British Opinion 1780 – 1860, 1938.]. This may surprise poetry lovers who have not yet discovered Cowper’s writings on education. Cowper’s […]

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The Troubles at Frankfurt

Lecture given at the Protestant Reformation Society, Regent’s Park College, Oxford, 2007 The Troubles at Frankfurt A Vindication of our Martyrs’ Legacy   The tiny enclave that rescued the Reformation in England      Readers of Asterix will be familiar with a tiny fortress, a mere dot on the map of the Roman Empire, which was […]

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