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The Reformation Story

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Martin Luther’s courageous act of nailing ninety-five theses on the church door at Wittenburg in 1517 marked the beginning of an unprecedented Reformation movement within the Christendom. Right from the beginning the movement was diverse in nature. For instance, the reformation that occurred in Germany was different in many ways to the Swiss Reformation. The […]

Anabaptists: A Historical Study

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Anabaptists is a descriptive term given to some radical groups that emerged within the context of the 16th century Reformation.1 One of the religious aspects that was common to many of these groups was the denial of infant baptism and promotion of adult baptism. Hence, the term Anabaptists (rebaptisers) became popular and through repeated historical use it […]

Reasons for the Delayed Reformation…

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The Western church of the late middle ages (1200-1500) to a great extent was characterized by worldliness and vice. Hence, the medieval period is often portrayed in the history of the Christendom as an era of darkness. In the 16th century, starting with Martin Luther in Germany, there occurred a series of renewal efforts in […]

Apostle of Africa: David Livingstone

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Perhaps the best known missionary of the last 500 years–undoubtedly is a man who has been known as the “apostle of Africa,” David Livingstone. What was the secret of his strength and perseverance amidst unbearable trials? Let’s look at his life. He had just returned to Great Britain for the first time after sixteen years […]

IEM Annachi

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Few people have impacted the history of Indian Missions and beyond as Rev. Dr. Theodore Williams.  His investment in the lives of people for the cause of missions will outlive him. As a leading mission statesman during the period of the emergence of many new mission movements within India, he was affectionately known as Annachi (elder brother […]

I have decided to follow Jesus…

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About 150 years ago, many missionaries came from England and Germany to North-East India to spread the Gospel. At the time, north-east India was not divided into many states as it is today. The region was known as Assam and comprised hundreds of tribes. The tribal communities were quite primitive and aggressive by nature. The […]

John Calvin: Theologian Par Excellence

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In Christian history, a study of the reformation period is always fascinating and intriguing. One of the towering personalities of the Reformation is John Calvin. If Martin Luther was the one who initiated the movement, it was Calvin who consolidated and organised Reformation. Not very many are loved and hated, admired and abhorred, praised and […]

Reformation in England: A Historical Study

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The 16th century religious landscape of Europe was marked by reformation movements. England was no exception. Although reform undercurrents in England could be identified right from the days of John Wycliff (1329-84), a great majority of historians believe that the English Reformation began with Henry VIII, the second of the Tudor monarchs. The English Reformation had […]

George Whitefield

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The dawn of the 18th century saw the arrival of many preachers. Undisputedly, the best among them was George Whitefield. Nicknamed as the ‘Grand Itinerant’, he was the most popular figure of his time. This sketch intends to portray briefly the life and ministry of George Whitefield with special emphasis on his contribution to the […]

Sheik Ali: History – Its Theory and Method

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History is one of the oldest and fascinating disciplines in the field of academics. And yet, it is often underestimated by scholars of other disciplines for varying reasons. History is often seen as boring, merely descriptive, and far from producing truth. Sometimes, it is even assumed that history could be written by anyone, and the […]