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Notable Christians: Jerry Bridges

Mar 7, 2016

To millions of earnest Christians around the world, Jerry Bridges would be a household name. The author, speaker and champion of Christian discipleship has had a huge impact, and it is with great sadness that we learned of his death

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Notable Christians: Vance Havner

Feb 25, 2016

When we think of great men of God, terrific prophetic voices from the past century, names like Tozer and Ravenhill easily arise. But another preacher, evangelist and prophet can also be included in their ranks: Vance Havner. The American preacher

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Notable Christians: Leonard Ravenhill

Feb 22, 2016

Some of the great saints of recent times need to be spiritually bathed in more than merely written about. Reading their books and hearing their sermons is often far superior to just reading a written report about them. This is

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Notable Christians: Elisabeth Elliot

Jun 16, 2015

One of God’s choice saints has passed away today. Perhaps overshadowed by her late husband Jim at first, she became one of the great Christian statesmen and ambassadors. The 88-year-old was an inspiration to millions through her life story, her

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Time to Raise the Bar

Apr 15, 2015

In much of life, and certainly in the Christian life, we need to be inspired, challenged and given a vision of something better, grander and more worthwhile. This is obviously true in the sporting world where the phrase “raise the

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Notable Christians: George Whitefield

Mar 31, 2015

When we think of the Great Awakening of the 18th century, the name George Whitefield must always be associated with this. Along with John and Charles Wesley, no one else was so much a part of this remarkable revival

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A Bruised Reed

Mar 11, 2015

Anyone with a bit of biblical knowledge will know what I am referring to with my title. In Matthew 12:20 we read: “A bruised reed he will not break…” This is a quote from Isaiah which Matthew uses to describe

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Carl Henry on the Holiness of God

Feb 12, 2015

One can never write too much about the holiness of God. It may well be his overriding and overarching attribute. I have already penned articles about Ryle on holiness, and Lloyd-Jones on holiness, and I will likely pen many more.

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Great Grace in Great Suffering

Oct 10, 2014

I have said it before, and I might as well keep saying it: contemporary Western Christians are in desperate need of developing a theology of suffering. We have picked up this strange and unbiblical idea that Christians are never supposed

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Wanted: Men (and Women) for Christ

Aug 18, 2014

It is always wise to revisit great books written by great men. The words of the great saints always are of value, and one can never drink too often from these deep springs of biblical truth and spirituality. And some

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Britain and Christianity

May 15, 2014

Since I am now in Britain doing a whirlwind tour of the place, it might be appropriate to do a whirlwind tour of its Christian history and current state of play. Britain has been around for a long time of

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Calvin and Geneva

Apr 29, 2014

As part of my mad dash through Europe – or parts of it – let me focus briefly on the Swiss city of Geneva. It is of course a famous city of the Reformation period, and today noted as an

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L’Abri, Europe and Christian Hope

Apr 27, 2014

OK, perhaps we should now consider this to be an irregular series, with a title needed something like: “Bill’s European Travelogue and Worldview School”. It is hard not to write such articles when in Europe. And being in the Swiss

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Schaeffer, Art and the Christian

Apr 27, 2014

Having just left Italy, with a whirlwind tour of some of the greatest works of art and architecture of all time, it is worth reflecting a bit more on how believers should look at art. There are many ways I

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One Brave Christian Woman Contra Mundum

Feb 8, 2014

In my books, Heidi Mund is a Christian superstar, a champion, and a hero. We so desperately need more like her. Instead we have millions of gutless, spineless effeminate churchians who will never open their mouth about anything. Indeed, our

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Notable Christians: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Nov 25, 2013

Where does one begin with someone as important as Martyn Lloyd-Jones? The superlatives keep rolling off the tongue. He was such an important, needed and influential Christian leader, statesman, preacher, theologian, evangelist and expositor of Scripture. “The Doctor,” as he

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Notable Christians: Fanny Crosby

Sep 2, 2013

Although she may not be a household name to many people – even to many Christians – certainly in the world of hymnody she has few equals. Except for perhaps Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley, she may be our greatest

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