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November 1999
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Child Protection and The Church

The issue of ‘child protection’ may seem too remote for Evangelical churches to worry about. After all, an ill-treated child comes to our attention so seldom that we would be overreacting to give the subject any priority. But is that really the case? What would you do? What would you do, for example, if…

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November 1999
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Directions for Church Life

In 1 Thessalonians 5: 15-23 we have a list of imperatives to apply to the church today. Follow that which is good. There is much temptation and moral evil around us, and believers are vulnerable to them. Do not be caught up in vengeance, hatred and cynicism, but do good to all men. Honour…

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August 1999
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I met Spurgeon

I returned to Sri Lanka in February 1999 to revisit churches and lecture at a Bible college. Once more, the main teaching centred on the Bible college lectures covering the four prison epistles of Paul. Lecturing on Colossians made me realise how so many had been taken 'captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which…

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July 1999
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Letter from Singapore – The danger of dabbling

The growing interest in the occult is a phenomenon of our time, although occultic practices have also been around since the time of the Old Testament (Leviticus 19:26). When I was ministering in a church in Western Australia last year, I visited Freemantle, and found a place rampant with occultic activities. Some of the…

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June 1999
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Forgiveness-who takes the first step?

What gift could we give our society that would make the greatest difference to the greatest number of lives? As I think back over my childhood; as I interact with business clients; as I read the newspaper; as I listen to church problems; and as I ponder the maturing of my marriage; I have…

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June 1999
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Baseball and the Toronto Blessing

If someone told me that in a particular game of baseball there were six bases and ten short-stops, the balls were as large as basketballs, the bats looked like tennis rackets and the game lasted four quarters, I would be quick to say that was not baseball. Though I am not an expert, I…

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March 1999
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Praise & Worship: their conduct

In the previous two articles I have considered the nature and the purpose of praise and worship. We now turn to the practical matter of the conduct of our meetings. Those leading the service must walk a middle ground between a dead formality on the one hand, and on the other, a casualness which…

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February 1999
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The beast from the black lagoon

Have you ever been attacked by the beast from the black lagoon? No? Well, that black beast from the depths surfaced the other day and knocked me senseless with one of its slimy tentacles. It sent me reeling. By the way, it's called depravity. Not 'depravity' in the sense of degrading behaviour, but in…

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February 1999
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Worship: its purpose

Last month we looked at the nature of worship and praise: what worship is. Now we come to the central issue, namely the purpose of praise and worship. If we are to worship God in a way that pleases him, we must know why we do it. It is my belief that the overarching…

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January 1999
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What worship means

In many churches today there is chaos in worship. The tragedy is that so few seem to be looking to the Scriptures for their principles. People say, 'That sounds worshipful' or 'That doesn't sound worshipful', or 'I can worship God in this kind of service'. But they are making a totally subjective judgement as…

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November 1998
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To Seek or Not

The ‘Seeker Church’ is state-of-the-art for Californian churches. Everything is calculated to get the unchurched into the pew. Television programming is the standard, the guiding principle being ‘what works for the networks will work for the church’. Getting on board Seeker churches are successful; therefore, traditional churches are changing to get on board. A…

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August 1998
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Closer together?

In December 1997 another phase of the Evangelicals and Catholics Together movement unfolded with the publication in the USA of a document entitled Evangelicals and Catholics Together: The Gift of Salvation. The 8 December 1997 issue of Christianity Today carried the two-page document in full along with what was somewhat imprecisely called 'An Evangelical…

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