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Is it worth dying for?
March 2010
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Is it worth dying for?

Is it worth dying for?Paul SmithBelievers trembled, as well they might. In AD 303 the fires of Roman persecution were being stoked up with a new target - the New Testament scriptures.   The emperor's law demanded that all New Testament books be handed in to be destroyed. Faced with forfeiting God's word or their…

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‘He descended into hell’
February 2010
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‘He descended into hell’

'He descended into hell' Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The exact meaning of Christ's 'descent into hell' has been much debated over the centuries. The Reformed consensus is that when Christ died at Calvary, he actually experienced the indescribable torments of hell, without in any way becoming sinful himself. And he did this…

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Discernment ministry (2)
February 2010
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Discernment ministry (2)

Discernment ministry (2) Gary Gilley Despite the clear mandate given in Scripture for biblical discernment and critique (see January ET), most people continue to be critical of the whole concept of this ministry.  Ironically, those who preach most tenaciously the need for tolerance are themselves intolerant of any who seek to faithfully follow God's directives in…

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‘He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried’
January 2010
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‘He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried’

'He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried'  Timothy Cross continues explaining the Apostles' Creed  It is striking that the creed goes straight from Christ's birth at Bethlehem to his death at Calvary thirty-three years later, giving no mention to the remarkable life he lived.      Here, the creed is squarely in line…

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Discernment ministry
January 2010
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Discernment ministry

Discernment ministry For example, I recently wrote what I thought was an innocuous article expressing a high view of Scripture, which included belief in its sufficiency. I was surprised to receive a quick e-mail rebuke from a pastor who also claimed to believe in the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Bible and ultimately accused me…

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What is a Christian?
January 2010
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What is a Christian?

What is a Christian? This question can be answered by examining the Bible's first use of the word 'Christian'. Acts 11:26 says, 'And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch'.  The Roman dictators of the first three centuries AD expected people to worship them as Caesar. There are many so-called 'saviours' in this world…

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Looking and walking
January 2010
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Looking and walking

Looking and walking  Discord was as intolerable to Abram as sand in the eye. He could not and would not live with it. Therefore, in Genesis 13:14-18 he proposed that Lot and he go their separate ways.  Generous and gracious man that he was, Abram allowed Lot to have the choice of which direction…

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‘I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary’
November 2009
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‘I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary’

'I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary' Timothy Cross continues explaining the Apostles' Creed This third line of the creed draws our attention to an epochal moment in the divine saga of redemption - the incarnation of the 'only begotten Son of God'. Specifically, it focuses on Christ's…

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