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Timothy Cross has written many Christian books and articles and has an honorary doctorate from Christian Bible College, Rocky Mount, NC

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March 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

John Knox on prayer

When John Knox, the Scottish Reformer, was laid to rest in his grave, the Regent of Scotland said of him ‘There lies he who never feared the face of man’. This reminds us of the paraphrase of Psalm 34:9, which reads: Fear Him (that is, God) ye saints and you will then Have nothing else to fear; Make you His service your delight, Your wants shall be His care. I came across the following gem of a quote from John Knox. It concerns John Knox’s view of prayer. John Knox defined true prayer as: ‘An earnest and familiar talking with God, to whom we declare...

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December 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

Joseph — unsung hero of Christmas?

Joseph — the legal guardian and earthly father of the Lord Jesus — is often overlooked in the Christmas story. Matthew’s Gospel however relates the account of the birth of Christ more from Joseph’s perspective than Mary’s. Matthew tells us: ‘Now the birth of Jesus Christ took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child of the Holy Spirit; and her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly’ (Matthew 1:18-19). From the above, if we could picture an...

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November 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Bible superlatives

One of the late Muhammad Ali’s catchphrases was ‘I am the greatest’. In his prime, of course, Ali was an outstanding boxer and, as a man, transcended the sport, becoming one of the most well-known men on the planet. Yet the best of men are men at best. Ali was only human, with all our human weaknesses and foibles, as his three ex-wives would no doubt testify. In the English language, an ‘-est’ on the end of an adjective is referred to as a ‘superlative’, so we have ‘great’, ‘greater’ and ‘greatest’. Superlatives in the Bible though are a little different. These use the word...

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October 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The ‘problem’ of unanswered prayer

‘Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies’. So states the Shorter Catechism, Q. 98. Its answer to the question ‘What is prayer?’ here is hard to better. Prayer is one of the Christian’s great privileges. Through Christ, we actually have the ear of God the Father, and may talk to him in prayer and spread out our needs before him. No subject or circumstance is out of bounds when it comes to prayer. The apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians...

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July 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Obituary: Dr Theodore C. Danson

Dr Theodore C. Danson Smith of Edinburgh went to be with Christ on May 8th 2018, having been in hospital for some months. Theodore trusted the Saviour at five years of age, and went on to have a lifetime of Christian service until his health declined. He was manager of B. McCall Barbour Christian Books, Edinburgh for the whole of his working life. This took him to all four corners of the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland for colporteurage. During his yearly travels, he also preached in local churches. Theo — as he was known — authored five Christian books, all of which were widely...

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December 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

Real celebration

The story is told of a fellow who decided he’d throw a retirement party for his colleagues, friends and family, having worked in the same company for over 40 years. He hired a hall, booked a jazz band, contacted some outside caterers and sent out the invitations. Then, in due course, a great crowd descended on the hall and, as the evening wore on, began to really whoop it up. Strangely though, the host himself didn’t turn up! He couldn’t face it. Sadly, the nearer he got to retirement, the more depressed he got. It was something to do with thoughts of growing old, and...

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September 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Humility: a neglected Christian virtue?

‘I bid every one among you not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think’, wrote the apostle Paul (Romans 12:3). An apocryphal story relates how, at the funeral of a successful businessman, tribute was paid to him, saying, ‘Bob was a self-made man, and he worshipped his maker’. Humour apart, such pride is antithetical to the faith of the Bible. When the Israelites were about to enter and inherit the promised land of Canaan — a land which, in contrast to the desert-wilderness, was characterised by great abundance — God warned them, ‘Beware lest you say in your heart, my power...

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