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All articles in category Biblical/theological

Christ in all the Scriptures
February 1995
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Christ in all the Scriptures

Why did those two despondent disciples, foot-sore and weary from trudging on the Emmaus road, turn round and walk the eleven kilometers back to Jerusalem late that evening? Reason would have suggested a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, a new day for a new deed. But they returned that evening not the…

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Do you believe in predestination?
February 1995
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Do you believe in predestination?

A number of years ago when the Calvinist / Arminian controversy was being actively discussed in Scotland, one man stood up in a prayer meeting end preyed, 'I thank you, Lord, that there is no such word as predestination in the Bible'. It perhaps reflected, sadly, that in coming to conclusions upon matters of…

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Preaching the gospel
January 1995
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Preaching the gospel

PART 2 Hyper-calvinism and the call of the gospel by David J. Engelsma (Reformed Free Publishing Association, 216 pages) is the greatly enlarged edition of a book which seeks to defend the teachings of a small American denomination, the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC), and its UK counterpart, the British Reformed Fellowship. However, 'defend' is…

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Do not trust your FEELINGS
January 1995
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Do not trust your FEELINGS

The other day I was trying to explain the principle of sofa Scriptura to someone. It was not going very well. She did not have a problem with Scriptura. Her problem was with sola. Her problem was not with the Bible itself. It was with the Bible's uniqueness. She readily agreed that the Bible…

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A confusion of demons
January 1995
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A confusion of demons

When, in the late 1980s, evangelical book reviewers commended Frank E. Peretti's novels it was because they felt. (a) they were a good read, and (b) they were leading sellers in Christian fiction, and readers needed to be aware of what was happening in that sphere. One could appreciate the sense of dark evil…

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Guilt-free Christianity
January 1995
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Guilt-free Christianity

In the recently published book 'What would Jesus say?', a minister speculates on what Jesus might say to some modern-day celebrities. What, for instance, would Jesus say if he walked into one of Madonna's concerts? He believes Jesus would treat her as he did the adulterous woman of John 4 and challenge those who…

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Maker of Heaven and Earth
January 1995
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Maker of Heaven and Earth

The fact that God is the Creator of all things is the indispensable foundation upon which all other beliefs of Christianity are based. One of the ways we know God is through what we see around us: God is he who made the universe. That is his status. On this affirmation hangs everything we…

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Paul – the man of God
January 1995
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Paul – the man of God

A treasured piece of Scripture (Acts 20:17-38) provides us with a vivid portrait of history's greatest Christian, both as a man and also as a missionary and pastor. With a few deft strokes on the canvas, in the centre of which stands Christ for whom the apostle Paul lived and died (Philippians 1:21), the…

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