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Avoiding silly mistakes
June 2012
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Avoiding silly mistakes

Avoiding silly mistakes People who claim to believe the Bible can still manage to draw false deductions from it. Over the centuries there have been some strange efforts in this regard. Sometimes the result is almost amusing — except that it is God’s Word that is being mishandled. At times an argument which contains a fair measure of truth can lose much of its cogency because of the misapplication of Scripture.    Misapplication In telling us not to worry, Christ points out that we cannot add a cubit to our stature, which is usually taken as a proverbial saying meaning that we cannot add an hour...

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Unapologetic apologetics
June 2012
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Unapologetic apologetics

Unapologetic apologetics We don’t often use the word ‘apologetics’ in our churches, or in ordinary conversation. Its meaning though is very important. ‘Apologetics’ simply comes from the Greek verb ‘to make a defence’. It includes being able to give ‘a reason for the hope’ that we have as Christians, and ‘contending for the faith’ against all the alternatives to Christianity and answering the attacks made upon it. Down through the centuries there have been believers who have spoken and written with great effect, ‘destroying strongholds and every lofty opinion against the knowledge of God’, explaining and exhibiting the truth. Changed climate An older generation was...

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Shall we unite with Rome? (3)
May 2012
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Shall we unite with Rome? (3)

Shall we unite with Rome? (3) Rome has had her difficulties in the past with men within her bounds who were tainted with modernist unbelief. Liberal tendencies developed under Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903), but they were rigorously suppressed as ‘heretical’ by Pius X (1903-14). Rev. George Tyrrell, a convert from the Church of England to Rome, replied in 1907 to the Vatican decrees against modernism and was excommunicated.     Xavier Rynne in his Third session [of Vatican 2] derides the conservative [Catholic] minority for holding ‘traditional inerrancy’ (p. 36) and scoffs at ‘the various attempts to reconcile impossibly irreconcilable historic statements in the Gospels’ (p....

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Evangelical Drift
May 2012
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Evangelical Drift

In Summer 2011 Rev. David Phillips wrote his final article as the retiring editor of Cross†Way (issue 121), having completed over 10 years as General Secretary of the Church Society (he is now engaged in parish ministry). Below is an edited version of his article.

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An investment that pays – the importance of Christian camps and conferences for young people
May 2012
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An investment that pays – the importance of Christian camps and conferences for young people

An investment that pays – the importance of Christian camps and conferences for young people Are you thinking about the summer holidays? Have you considered sending your children, or young people connected with your church, to a Christian camp? Here are some benefits in doing this. Same message    If you send them to a camp where the gospel is faithfully explained, they will receive more helpful Bible teaching. The more faithful preaching they hear, the more opportunities they have to repent and believe the gospel (Romans 10:17). The camp chaplain will be preaching the same gospel message as the pastor at home, but hearing it...

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A lamb to the slaughter
May 2012
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A lamb to the slaughter

A lamb to the slaughter The expression ‘It will be like a lamb to the slaughter’ was quoted by a boxer recently. It would be fair to say he probably didn’t know he was quoting from the Bible! In order to ‘hype’ an impending match he was about to have for the British lightweight title, as well as boost ticket sales and rile his opponent, he announced at a press conference that he was sure to win easily. It would verge on a mismatch, he stated. His opponent would be ‘like a lamb led to the slaughter’.     The expression is commonly used to refer...

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Disasters and God’s sovereignty
May 2012
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Disasters and God’s sovereignty

Disasters and God’s sovereignty Recent years have brought wave upon wave of natural calamities. The Asian tsunami on 26 December 2004 killed 230,000, in more than ten countries. The floods in Vietnam (2005), China and Thailand (2011) killed many people. Then there was the category five Hurricane Katrina in the USA; the Chilean and Sichuan earthquakes; the earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand; and the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, with resulting nuclear meltdowns at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan — all bringing huge devastation and great loss of life. When the September 11 terrorist attacks happened and 3000 died, many asked the question, ‘Where...

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The resurrection of Christ
April 2012
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The resurrection of Christ

The resurrection of Christ Louis Berkhof writes, ‘For modern liberal theology the resurrection of Jesus, except in the sense of a spiritual survival, has no real importance for the Christian faith. Belief in the bodily resurrection is not essential [they say], but can very well be dropped without affecting the Christian religion’ (Systematic theology, p.349). Is that true? Or would Christ’s failure to rise from the dead be catastrophic for our Christian faith? Can we trust the New Testament? In answering these questions we must begin with the New Testament Scriptures. What is at stake here is their trustworthiness. The resurrection of Jesus permeates the...

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