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December 2001
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Missionary Spotlight: Baseball

Sometimes I ask myself ‘What are you doing here, Philpott?’ Playing baseball at San Quentin Prison consumes about fifteen hour of my time each week. Some days are dusty and hot, surrounded by ugly yellow brick. Other days a cold, stinging wind blows in from the Pacific Ocean. That wind picks up the dirt…

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May 2001
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Letter from America

To make sense of the religious overtones in the recent American presidential inaugural ceremony, we need to understand four things that are distinctively American. They are (1) American civil religion; (2) American folk religion; (3) American transcendentalism; and (4) American rugged individualism. American culture will remain incomprehensible to those who are unaware of these…

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August 1999
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Letter from America

I was in the Pentagon, in Washington DC, the day after the war in Kosovo came to an end. Relief was universal, not just because a resolution to the conflict had been reached, but because people would now be able to spend time with their families again! The Pentagon is a vast structure. Built…

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May 1999
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Pastoring in Mill Valley, California

Mill Valley is at the southern end of Marin, which is one of the counties in the San Francisco Bay area. On Easter Sunday somewhat less than 3% of the population there turns out for a church service. As far as I know there is not a Reformed congregation in Marin, apart from Miller…

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February 1999
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Letter from America

It is very cold outside, as I slowly drive to my office in the Northeast of the United States. So cold, that the windscreen washer fluid has long since frozen, with no regard for the anti-freeze that was added to it. On the radio, the presenter announces that today’s ‘high’ temperature will be around…

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January 1999
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-California

In season and out of season Paul’s admonition to Timothy needs to be remembered by gospel preachers today: ‘Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season’ (2 Timothy 4:2). These words are reminders that even the clear, strong and consistent preaching of the gospel does not always bring ‘results’. The preacher…

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September 1998
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A Letter from America

Written on this side of the Atlantic! For the more widely-read amongst us, the word ‘Greendale’ will conjure up images of Postman Pat, Mrs Goggins, Ted Glen, Peter Fogg and a black and white cat called Jess. For me, it now has a new association — Heritage Baptist Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. The notice outside…

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January 1998
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Letter from America: Religion as a consumer product

In a recent Sunday edition of the Atlanta Journal (religion section) my interest was drawn to an entire article titled ‘A Growing Movement: Full-service churches offer programs and activities geared to America’s consumer culture’. The article went on to give an example, namely the First Baptist Church, Woodstock, Georgia. It described the church as…

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August 1997
United States of America

Letter from America

The dust has finally settled over Oklahoma City. The trial of Timothy McVeigh is over and sentence has been passed — the man will die in the electric chair. His co-conspirator Terry Nichols will soon also be tried and then, as far as the law is concerned, the matter will be over. Feelings ran…

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March 1995
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Letter from America: What of these people?

As the aircraft gently lifts off from Chicago, it leaves behind one of the busiest airports in the world. At first, it heads out over Lake Michigan before turning sharply around and flying back over Chicago. It is already dark outside, as I sit with my head pressed against the small window. Below, the…

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