Hi - thought it hightime I added to my homepage. Pastoring a church and looking after a sick wife does have its demands and certainly does restrict the time for reading and research. 

    have had time to read Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and Evangelicals in Wales by D. Eryl Davies, which I found an engaging and stimulating read. As a former member of Westminster Chapel and having joined in the last years of DMLJ's ministry there it rekindled the memories of those days. DMLJ was an extraordinarily powerful preacher who had his own style and kept to it, honing it in his ministries in Wales and in London. To hold such a sizeable congregation, especially in his day showed something of the drawing power of DMLJ's expository and evangelistic ministry. This book should be read in conjunction with Iain H Murray's biographical study of DMLJ, but in Eryl Davies' book the is an emphasis on what was the burden of DMLJ's concern for his homeland of Wales - basically 1. seeking to know Christ better and be taken up with the pursuit of appreciating him more and more; 2. the subject of revival which was often an expectation and a burden that he shared in his ministry at the Chapel. The fascination of Eryl Davies book is that it contains notes taken during the addresses given by DMLJ at the Bala Conferences. I recall DMLJ's dislike of note-taking during his preaching - I like many other would have to admit to turning a deaf ear to his wishes, but the fruits of the note books that are contained in this book are rare treats indeed.

    April 6th 2015 


    Hi - I note the times I purpose to write sooner than last time - things happen and it just isn't done. I have found groups in Braintree who have been studying 1) Christian Ethics; 2) a men's study group in Daniel; my own Bible Study group doing New Testament Discipleship - the teaching of Jesus and 4) regular preaching through the Letter of Philippians.

    It all keeps me busy and a bout of shingles does really help, though I have to judge from the anecdotes of other sufferers to have had a rather mild dose.

    I have enjoyed several  biographies of Anthony Trollope, Doris Day and Kenneth Williams! More serious reading has been V.H.H. Green's 'Religion at Oxford and Cambridge' and Iain Murray's 'Evangelical Holiness'. My own writing seems to happen in fits and starts, but I have come to feel that my Scottish studies need a visit to either Edinburgh or Aberdeen, to use the excellent facilities that are there. Well that is the hope!

    Cheers for now. 20:02:2014



    Hi - yes it has been some time, but there are 'things' that have to be attended to. First off is that I have been asked and have accepted to become the pastor of Braintree Evangelical Church. It is within walking distance and I think is the Lord's answer to my desire to want to 'finish strong'. It is a small but warm fellowship of the Lord's people who love the Word and want to live according to the plan of the Scriptures. I would value your prayers for wisdom and guidance in leading the Lord's people. The great thing is that my wife, Val has fully identified with the work and we are able to plan and work together.

    I continue to read and write a little - I will have to govern my time more carefully in the future. Commentaries, historical studies - especially the reformation period - with William Perkins and Richard Hooker coming into my studies. Cinema, railways, aircraft and musicians have also had their part - to be honest I usually enjoy a good biography. Have just acquired a complete set of the Cambridge Modern History - I cut my teeth on these as an A level 6th Former - perhaps that shows me to be going backwards - still I think there are good first stage reference material.

    I'll sign off for now: 19:11:13


    Hi, I have just come back from a holiday in Tenerife and read Brian Stanley's 'The Global Diffusion of Evangelicalism' - just published by IVP and volume 5 in 'A History of Evangeicalism' series. It is a very fascinating study and the author has sought to write globally and groups his material around two significant personalities of the 1945-2000 period - Billy Graham and John Stott. Given the limitations of the size of the book the author has managed to get much in as narrative and still have some space for comment - no mean achievement. The author keeps to the main denominational movements and when he ventures elsewhere there can be a feeling of 'tokenism'. What is missing from those of us who have lived through the same years? Possible some account of other initiatives not associated with the author's main focus - Evangelicals and Northern Ireland? Proclamation Trust? The development of Bible Colleges during these years? So what were the free churches doing? BEC/Affinity?

    Yes it was a provoking read and a brave attempt - some of the issues and developments are still in play and it is a very brave individual who turns to prophecy and speculates - the history will suffice for the present.

    I'll be back sooner than before.




    Hi, in the last few days there has been a promise of spring - but then we're just starting February!

    Have been reading A.A. Hodge's biography of his father and realised that, although there was much interesting material, there I needed to get a more recent study, in order to appreciate better Charles Hodge's context and achievement.

    Yes I had a Kindle for Christmas and found there is much that can be down-loaded for a faction of the cost. The main problem is that it is difficult to research with a Kindle - it is great for a good forward read, but anything that requires going back over the text - is not impossible  - it just  takes time!!


    Have been finding David Cannadine's G.M. Trevelyan a good read and very informative. I would commend it to those who love to get into the period and background of the writer. Another good read has been Jeffrey Burton Russell's Exposing Myths about Christianity - again this series of questions are looked at historically and the book is well done and well worth a read and a good research aid.


    Cheers for now

    January 31 2013



    Happy New Year to our readers - having spent most of last year moving to BRAINTREE, Essex and quite a large part of that time customising our new house to our requirements, I now hope to be able to get down to some serious writing. Reading over the holidays has been mixed with biographies of Roald Dahl and Eric Sykes - neither conspicuous for their spirituality, but both most interesting reads as social documents and comments on attitudes to modern life.


    I wqs only able to manage one day at the Westminster Conference this year (Dec), due to other commitments, but I did find that day stimulating. Now I looking forward to the complete text - due out in June - this is a valuable resource and there are back copies, containing all the lectures that have been given over many years [Westminster Conference Papers].


    I am hoping to develop this site with other studies but also a section of articles from the British Weekly during the years 1887-1923. There are some informative articles and many have not seen the light of day since they were first published.



    Good reading to you all


    January 15 2013




    Hi there - this is KEITH IVES and I hail from Norfolk, even still tried to maintain the lingo. Educated at Hillside Avenue School, Thorpe St Andrews and Thetford Grammar School before training for the teaching profession at Borough Road College, Isleworth, Middlesex. Since then I have taught History/Religious Studies/Sociology in secondary schools in Cheshire,London and Essex. I took early retirement in 1997, then studied for a Masters degree at the London School of Theology. In 2000 I became a pastor in Hornchurch, Essex. At present I am helping Upney Baptist Church, Barking as an Elder and I continue as an itinerant preacher amongst the churches of east London, Essex and even occasionally get abroad.


    I have a passion for understanding and sharing the history of the Christian Church and love to engage with any who have a concern to see the Kingdom of God being displayed in our contemporary society.



    Having written and published a book on Sir William Robertson Nicoll (1851-1923) and because of the constraints of publishing, I had to leave out the whole of the Appendix and some other valuable materials. This site was started with a view to making available the extra materials. I have and am writing other historical/biographical materials that I trust will be of interest to readers. I am interested if folk have comments or contributions to make - I can be contacted through my email - ka2508ives@gmail.com


    On the next page 'The book and reviews' is the publisher's flier to my book, followed by an idex of some of the material that formed an 'Appendix' in my study of the life of Williiam Robertson Nicoll, but it was found there was insufficient space in the chosen format of the book to include these items. This material is made available on this web-site and I shall hope to add various articles and studies subsequently.


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