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April 2008
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Comment – Voice in the wilderness

Sometimes the briefest conversations can be the most important. We find an example in Isaiah 40:6 - 'The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?”' The commentators argue over who said what, and in a sense it doesn't matter. But I shall assume that 'the voice' that says 'cry out'…

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Earthquakes

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April 2008
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Earthquakes

Earthquakes The largest earthquake to hit Britain for 25 years struck only a month ago, in the early hours of Wednesday 27 February 2008. Although its epicentre was in Lincolnshire, the ten-second long tremor was felt throughout England and Wales. The Association of British Insurers estimated it caused damage of more than £10 million. Mercifully, there…

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March 2008
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Comment – The anointing

Comment: The anointingWhat makes a true believer abide in the doctrine of the apostles and not fall away from following Christ? Having described some who had departed from the faith, John declares that those who persevere 'have an anointing from the Holy One' (1 John 2:18-27). They embraced the apostolic faith because they had…

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Comment – More than a dream

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February 2008
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Comment – More than a dream

CommentMore than a dreamThe words 'I have a dream' were made famous by American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King, in a speech in Washington DC in 1963. He ended the speech with the words: 'Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at last!' By any measure this was…

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January 2008
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Comment – Witness, false and true

Comment: Witness, false and trueThere have been several high profile cases recently of people being unjustly accused of serious crimes when there was no genuine evidence against them. Madeleine McCann's parents were accused of accidentally killing their daughter and fabricating her abduction. A bizarre example at the end of November was the accusation that…

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November 2007
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Comment – The joy of the Lord

CommentThe joy of the LordCan a believer ever be carefree and happy in the face of a malicious devil, a hostile world and a consciousness of remaining indwelling sin? One popular model of sanctification has it that the believer at his best will constantly be beating his breast - always parading before his conscience…

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October 2007
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Comment – Grace works

 Comment Grace works Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:27). Some reformed Christians have problems with verses such as this. They either ignore them or accuse of legalism anyone who dares to refer to them.…

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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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