Sorry the website was down for almost three weeks recently. This was due again to the hosting provider (Arvixe) who are truly awful, and I wasn't even able to access the files during this period to move it elsewhere. Hopefully in the next month or two I will be able to move to a new web-host so these problems should go away!
Manuscript page updated to show transcripts that are still incomplete or non-existant.
Sorry the website has been down again the last two days. These problems are with the hosting company and not much I can do about it. Sadly just signed another 12 months, but I think next year will switch to someone else.
A new idea I am undertaking is to have a collection of the hymns in the 1978 Spiritual Songs, being sung. I have several hundred of these recordings, which hopefully should appear over the next few months. The few I have uploaded so far can be found here.
The registration/login functionality which had been stopping working bit by bit over the last year has now been upgraded with the latest ways of doing these things, so hopefully it should live on like this a few years now without me having to touch it again. If you are already registered it will probably ask you to reauthorize the application but it 'should' remember you with a bit of luck .. if not and you can no longer access stuff, then let drop me an email.
Possibly I might one day make most the website 'Members only' as with all the pdfs available etc there is a lot of bandwidth taken up by robots and other things auto-downloading stuff. Hopefully come autumn, I will find time for some big updates on here.
Have added 45 old volumes of The Northern Witness (later The Witness) periodical. All fully searchable from the Search page.
The website now has a Search page, found under the Site menu on the Homepage, or just by going direct to http://www.brethrenarchive.org/search .
It is google-like so can use quoted queries, ie. "plymouth brethren" to look for specific phrases, and also I think wildcards (*) should work too.
The good thing is that it will search inside PDFs and other content .. however it only works on PDFs that have been OCR'd and this was not a priority of mine so far in developing the website. So at the moment basically any PDF that has been downloaded from Google (e.g. the hymn books and some stuff on the archive page) is searchable, but hopefully I will be able to extend the range of this to most the other material shortly.
Please report any bugs or suggestions here!
A Seasonal Special for (registered) users of the website; just uploaded a three page copy of correspondence between R.C. Chapman, H.W. Soltau, and B.W. Newton from May 1847, with transcript.
The avid readers of this website will no doubt be aware that tomorrow will be 100 years exactly since the death of Walter Thomas Turpin, the much gifted Brethren writer and preacher. To mark this centenary, a short biography will be published in the December issue of Zeit & Schrift, a German Christian magazine. The article will be in German but I'm sure Google translate will do a good enough job of making it passable for English readers! I believe the release date will be around the 22nd, and it will be found here: http://www.zs-online.de/.
Just added three beautiful old Meetings Lists!
If your login has stopped working, it is because of an upgrade a few weeks ago ..; email me and i'll fix it.
The website has a new design which works on mobiles / tablets as well as larger displays!
One of the most annoying things on websites (I find) is when they want you to have your own username and password, as with all the others you have to remember, you are soon likely to forget it. Anyway, I have now linked up my site with the OpenId scheme, which means you can now login with your Google, Yahoo, Hotmail or Facebook login details, so you don't need a separate username and password anymore. The old ones still work, but the new system will make things easier. All details on the login page.
Have spent the last few days rewriting some of the code for the site to make things a bit cleaner and more stable. All the images and PDF's should work smoothly for the Archive Items now, so hopefully that is an improvement. I have recently discovered some excellent free software that processes the scans and levels things out etc; I notice some of the earlier scans are a bit poor and need this treatment, but that will have to wait for another day. Now have done this, can get back to the scanning! Please let me know if you see any errors / mistakes, etc.
"Do not let the most glorious hapiness which can be enjoyed on earth, a share in the joy of your Lord over rescued souls, be scarcely known to you. Pray, wrestle, believe; and in the might of an indwelling God, labour to thin the numbers of hell, and to fill up the ranks of the hosts of heaven."
Extracted form "A Light for The Line or, The Story of Thomas Ward" by Catherine Marsh
"I cannot but believe God raised up brethren to recall themselves and their fellows to these truths in all their necessary consequences practically. It is also my sad conviction that some lifted up with pride have brought these ver truths into all kinds of confusion" (Bible Treasury, New Series Vol 6, Page 87)