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Posted by Sophia Akouo, 1 Jul 2015

This year's St Antholin Lecture by Richard Turnbull looked at what we can learn today from the life and times of Selina, Countess of Huntingdon.

At the Church Society conference this year we were privileged to hear the annual St Antholin Lecture. Dr Richard Turnbull, former Principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, opened up the evangelical revival of the 18th century, with a particular look at the Countess of Huntingdon.

In particular, he considered the way in which her parallel system of evangelical chapels eventually moved away from the Church of England to become the Countess of Huntingdon’s Connexion, a small “continuing” church with Anglican roots. I found this especially fascinating in our current context and there was much which resonates with our contemporary experience.

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Posted by Andrea Ruddick, 29 Jun 2015

Dr Kirsty Birkett, from the Council of Church Society, interviewed about the ministry of theological education and the state of the church today.

At the recent Church Society conference “Transforming the Church”, I interviewed Kirsty Birkett about her ministry as a lecturer in a theological college. She has some fascinating insights into theological education today, the state of the church, and the future for those holding to a complementarian theology.

Well worth a listen (see above) when you have 17 minutes spare.

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Posted by Tom Watts, 25 Jun 2015

Ed. John Piper is well-knowing in evangelical circles for his preaching and writing. Here we review his latest compilation of biographical sketches.

If the content of a sermon is faithful and true, has the preacher done his job? Should any attention be paid to the manner in which a sermon is delivered? What about other forms of communication? Is the message what matters and the manner in which it is communicated irrelevant?

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