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August 2007
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Comment – Answering the challenges of Islam

Answering the challenges of IslamSince the time of Mohammed (c. 570-632) Islam has been one of the major challenges to Christianity and society - politically, militarily and spiritually. By the time of the Battle of Tours-Poitiers in France in 732, the armies of the Islamic caliphate had already secured the 'imposition by force' of…

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The church at worship – Robert Letham

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July 2007
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The church at worship – Robert Letham

Guest ColumnThe church at worshipby Robert LethamLegem credendi lex statuit supplicandi ('the rule of faith establishes the rule of prayer'). This slogan was first coined by Prosper of Aquitaine in the fifth century and has reverberated down the centuries. It is still relevant today. In practice, it points to the fact that the way…

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Motorway madness – Edgar Andrews

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July 2007
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Motorway madness – Edgar Andrews

Motorway madnessby Edgar AndrewsA vigorous debate was in progress (I can't be sure but I believe it was at one of the early Puritan conferences). The chairman, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones, recognising the misconceptions of the antagonists, gave an illustration that I have never forgotten.Biblical truth, he said, is like a complete circle. It doesn't…

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June 2007
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Two limbos

Two limbos For 800 years the Roman Catholic Church has taught that the souls of babies who die unbaptised are consigned to limbo - an intermediate state pending final judgement. Now this 'unofficial' teaching has been declared erroneous by the Vatican's own Theological Commission. In January Pope Benedict XVI authorised a 41-page report from the…

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An educated ministry

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May 2007
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An educated ministry

Recently I returned to Britain after 17 years' ministry in the United States. In all, I have lived on the other side of the Atlantic for 28 years of my adult life. During that time the Christian church in the UK has taken a battering. Many Evangelicals are losing hold on central doctrines such…

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April 2007
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Comment : Four-dimensional preaching

'Our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance' (1 Thessalonians 1:5).Far too often our preaching is one-dimensional - 'in word only'. The preacher feels satisfied to 'deal with the passage' and instruct his hearers. Minds are informed but hearts…

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April 2007
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Comment – Four-dimensional preaching

'Our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance' (1 Thessalonians 1:5).Far too often our preaching is one-dimensional - 'in word only'. The preacher feels satisfied to 'deal with the passage' and instruct his hearers. Minds are informed but hearts…

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Comment Normal service is resumed

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March 2007
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Comment Normal service is resumed

It seems that, in a variety of situations, Christians throughout the UK are experiencing an increase in opposition to the Christian gospel. Of course, there has always been a price to pay for following Jesus Christ. But in the last few years, where once it was only the brave evangelist who would meet spiteful…

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Comment – Normal service is resumed

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March 2007
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Comment – Normal service is resumed

It seems that, in a variety of situations, Christians throughout the UK are experiencing an increase in opposition to the Christian gospel. Of course, there has always been a price to pay for following Jesus Christ. But in the last few years, where once it was only the brave evangelist who would meet spiteful…

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February 2007
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A fight on our hands

The year 2007 unfolds amid the noise of battle. Not the strife in Iraq and Afghanistan (though these countries certainly need our prayers) but the intense spiritual battle raging in the UK, in which far more is at stake than political ideals. The advocates of secular humanism and evolutionism are determined to eliminate the…

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January 2007
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Comment -Waiting eagerly

Preparing recently to preach on Philippians 3:20-21, the writer was pulled up sharply by the words 'eagerly wait'. Paul writes, 'Our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ'. Put simply, the followers of Christ are 'strangers and pilgrims' in this world, and the church…

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November 2006
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Comment – More blessed to give

One saying of the Lord Jesus Christ is easily overlooked: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'. The words are easily missed because they are found nowhere in the four Gospels! They actually occur in Acts 20:35 at the end of Paul's farewell to the elders of the church at Ephesus. He…

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