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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

Outreach to ‘broken’ Scotland

Another week of gospel outreach brought us into the large and broken housing estate of Lochside, located on the north side of the coast town of Ayr. On noticing that the local council’s motto was ‘sense and worth’, I couldn’t help but reflect on how detached these words were from the scenes we witnessed in this specific area, as we walked the streets and talked to those who lived there. If the motto’s words had been ‘senseless and worthless’, we would have clearly understood why. The people we reached out to with the good news had, in general, no sense about the worth and value...

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August 2018
Articles > Guest column

GUEST COLUMN: A wide open door

In the two previous Guest Columns, I extended C. H. Spurgeon’s famous caged-lion allegory by suggesting that freeing the lion (the Bible) to defend itself involves three steps. We must: (1) find the key to the cage door (adopt a biblical doctrine of Scripture); (2) lubricate the door hinges (employ biblical apologetics and argumentation, as did Christ and his apostles); and (3) open the door wide enough for the lion to get out. The problem with lions is that you can’t let them out of a cage paw-by-paw. It has to be the whole lion or nothing. Opening the door just a little won’t work....

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COMMENT: When disaster strikes
August 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: When disaster strikes

‘Behold, a great wind came across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young people, and they are dead’ (Job 1:19). Open places of the desert, with few or no trees, are conducive to very strong winds. A blast of wind just before a rainstorm can bring down a dozen or more electric pylons. Mountainous areas where some of the rocks are exposed to the sun’s searing heat and others are in the shade, are favourable areas for whirlwinds to form. A whirlwind can easily raise a heavy ladder, needing two men to lift, and let it...

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August 2018
Articles > Historical

Henry Moorhouse

138 years ago, Henry Moorhouse was buried in the Ardwick Cemetery in Manchester. In normal circumstances this would have been his final resting place, but the cemetery was redeveloped towards the end of the 20th century to make way for a bus station. Moorhouse’s gravestone was eventually located by Rev. David Earnshaw of Inskip Baptist Church. In June he arranged for it to be moved and set in the graveyard surrounding the Inskip church (PR4 OTT)*. The stone, which is well preserved, stands again as a permanent memorial to an important Victorian evangelist. His favourite text is etched on the stone and, all these years...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > Finland

Reformed Baptist church plant in Jyväskylä, Finland

It was November 2016 when I clicked a YouTube video, entitled ‘Paul Washer — shocking message’. I had just left from the youth night at the largest Pentecostal church in Finland where I served. When I got home, I fell on my knees and cried to God to save me and forgive me for all these years I had pretended to be a Christian. At that time, I didn’t know anything about the Bible or Calvinism or Reformed theology. To cut a long story short, I started to listen online to people like John MacArthur, R. C. Sproul, Sinclair Ferguson and Steve Lawson, and I...

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August 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

The lost art of biblical meditation

When you mention the word ‘meditation’, people react in different ways. This is because, sadly, the term has become rather plastic, capable of meaning different things. For most it speaks of Eastern religion, relaxation techniques and New Ageism. For Christians there is a puzzling divide between a christianised form of Eastern meditation and true, biblical meditation. While confusion reigns, most Christians feel safer having nothing to do with the subject, preferring to throw out the proverbial baby with the bath water. But the fact remains that ‘meditation’ is a biblical term and can’t be ignored. We are commanded to meditate: ‘This book of the law...

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August 2018
Articles > Youth Features

YOUTH FEATURE: Lost for words

My wife and I love Budapest. It’s a beautiful, romantic city and famous for its music, food and drink. Though Hungarian is a notoriously difficult language, the Hungarians have a way with words. Words for these creative, artistic people have meant the difference between life and death, freedom or imprisonment. Communism In an echo of Luke 11:23, Mátyás Rákosi — the hard-line Communist leader referred to as ‘Stalin’s best Hungarian disciple’ — once said, ‘Whoever is not for us is against us!’ He meant that, unless you were a committed Communist, you were an enemy of the people and should therefore be arrested, tortured, imprisoned...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Montenegro

Caring ministry in Montenegro

There is only one special school for the whole of Montenegro, located in the capital, Podgorica. Access to this school’s 110 places is a ‘right’ for all special needs kids. But if you live out of town, don’t have a car, or lack the time to escort your child there and back, the school and its facilities might as well be on the moon. OM (Operation Mobilisation) Montenegro’s autism ministry, based 50km away in Bar, knew several teens who would benefit from attending the school, so the transport challenge was on. Natja Sachse, from the OM team in Bar, has led the autism ministry for...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission

The life and legacy of William Cameron Townsend

‘The greatest missionary is the Bible in the mother tongue. It needs no furlough and is never considered a foreigner’ (William Cameron Townsend). Since the days of the early church, scholars and pastors have sought to provide updated translations of the Holy Scriptures for the common man. What began as the Hebrew Old Testament and the Greek New Testament epistles slowly became one book, encompassing the inspired and inerrant Word of God. In its early days the Bible remained in Greek, until Jerome translated it into Latin for the Western church. ‘Ignorance of the Scriptures’, he said, ‘is ignorance of Christ’. A few centuries later...

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August 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

The wonder of you

One of Elvis Presley’s many number 1 hit records has the lyrics: ‘When no-one else can understand me, When everything I do is wrong, You give me hope and consolation, You give me strength to carry on. And you’re always there to lend a hand, In everything I do. That’s the wonder, the wonder of you’. Although Elvis sang many gospel songs, this is not one of them. It is purely a love song between a man and woman. But the words quoted could be turned into the prayer of a Christian; indeed, into a cry from the heart to God. Idol Now, it may...

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August 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

The election of grace

‘Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace’ (Romans 11:5). Although many preachers are allergic to the matter of ‘election’, it was obviously deemed important by the prophets and apostles. The word ‘election’ appears five times in the New Testament, not to mention all the times the words ‘chosen’ and ‘elect’ occur. It greets us on the threshold of several books of the New Testament (Ephesians 1:4; 1 Thessalonians 1:4; 2 Timothy 1:9;1 Peter 1:22; 2 John 1). The fifth article of the Southern Baptist confession of faith says that election is the ‘gracious purpose of...

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August 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

The men who would not bow, budge or burn (1)

‘To be right with God has often meant to be in trouble’ (A. W. Tozer). Nebuchadnezzar was a mighty monarch, a successful general who never lost a battle, who reigned in Babylon for 40 years. God had spoken to him in the past, and he had even appointed God’s people to high positions in the land. But he over-stepped the mark when he sought to create a unified, universal religion, building a lavish god for all to worship. Nebuchadnezzar was seeking to cement his conquered, diverse people into a common kingdom, built on Babylonian values. However, in straying into worship he was crossing the Rubicon...

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