Letters

Queen Elizabeth II’s Role in the Church of England

Queen Elizabeth II’s Role in the Church of England Dear Sir,      Archbishop Rowan warns against self-deception regarding the supreme government of the Church of England, seemingly unaware himself that there are no ecclesiastical, political or constitutional grounds for assuming Elizabeth II to be that church’s Supreme Governor.      At the Elizabethan Settlement, Cox, Sandys, […]

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Defence of High-Calvinistic Evangelism

Exaggerated Claims concerning Andrew Fuller and False Information Regarding ‘High-Calvinists’ Dear Sir,      1795-1835 was a time of widespread revival with Anglican Robert Hawker preaching to thousands, Independent William Huntington equalled his efforts and Baptist William Gadsby founding 45-50 churches filled with new converts. The PBs were not inactive in this time but Mr Cook […]

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On ‘Youing’ God

Dear Sir:      Re Canon Pulford’s timely letter concerning ‘youing’ God . Having being brought up to pray Biblically and as one trained in linguistics, I look upon the modern arbitrary trend in English-speaking countries with great disdain. My past employment brought me into contact with some dozen languages other than English, none of which […]

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Contra Amyraldianism

Sir,      It is a swashbuckling challenge to turn my old frigate’s bows to Captain Clifford’s well-aimed broadside and I was as exhilarated by his action as I was frustrated by his strategy. Was this going to be my Sea of Trouble? I mused. I have pursued Captain Clifford for some years through Amyraldianism’s frothy […]

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Are We Reformed?

Dear Brethren,      From time to time, we read postings to the HBS which state dogmatically that Baptists are, or ought to be, neither Reformed or Protestant. Such subscribers see so much error in these two branches of the institutionalised establishments that they beg loudly to differ and proclaim a ‘better way’. Not all Baptists, […]

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What is a Baptist?

Dear Brethren,      Before I had the privilege of joining this symposium, I felt that I knew quite well what a Baptist church was. My simple definition was that a Baptist church consisted of a body of believers who had joined together in fellowship, chosen a pastor and deacons, preferably out of their own midst, […]

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Contra Knox

Sir,      It was refreshing and challenging to read Mr Wilson’s doughty Scot’s support of Knox though he has given both his countryman and myself the wrong-sized shoes. Furthermore, as Andrew Lang in his definitive work on Knox also says of his subject, Mr Wilson sails dangerously close to the wind in his historical analysis. […]

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Fuller and Evangelism

Dear Sir,      1795-1835 was a time of widespread revival with Anglican Robert Hawker preaching to thousands, Independent William Huntington equalled his efforts and Baptist William Gadsby founding 45-50 churches filled with new converts. The PBs were not inactive in this time but Mr Cook confuses Gill’s orthodoxy with Fuller’s. Gill had one of the […]

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The Lawful Use of the Law

Dear Editor,      As Christians, we realise that we know only in part until we see Christ face to face. This realisation ought not to deter us from practising another Scriptural truth which is to declare the whole counsel of God as it is revealed to us in Scripture. I fear that two articles in […]

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New Cowper Book

Sir,      It was good to read of Countryman’s appreciation of William Cowper who has also not been forgotten by others in this bicentenary year. After publishing, several essays and two rather lengthy works on Cowper in recent years, I forwarded a bicentenary appreciation this January to a Canadian publisher. It is entitled William Cowper: […]

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