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Missionary Spotlight – The vice trade today
March 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – The vice trade today

If any need convincing that man is sinful, let them look no further than the various vice trades that destroy the lives of others for monetary profit. Drugs, slavery and prostitution are primary, worldwide vice trades that interact with each other. Can anything be done to help those whose lives are being destroyed by evildoers? International Justice Mission, a Christian human rights agency, may have some answers. Drugs Partaking of forbidden substances is as old as humanity itself. In the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3) Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit and obtained an ‘enlightenment’ that we are still reckoning with. Today, man turns...

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Ships that serve the world
January 2007
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Ships that serve the world

The digital age has arrived – for those with the technology. But for countless millions, access to computers, broadband internet and fax machines remains out of reach. To many in the developing world the printed word is still the main method of communicating information. Realising this, OM Ships International operates floating book-fairs that bring educational literature to port communities around the world. To date, the vessels Logos, Logos II and Doulos have called at 150 countries and distributed close to 30 million books. Each ship is operated by an all-volunteer international crew of Christians. Through generous agreements with book publishers, the literature on board is...

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Are street children trash?
October 2006
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Are street children trash?

Many consider street children to be trash. Local businessmen in Brazil call them ‘vermin’ and ‘garbage’. They say, ‘If we let them grow up they will become criminals — a blight on our society’. From time to time some have even hired assassins to kill them. A staggering 160 million extremely underprivileged street children struggle to survive in the world’s largest urban centres. In Manila alone there are an estimated 100,000; and one million throughout the Philippines.Some are young and cute and can still smile. Most are older, with rotten teeth and scarred faces. They are disease-ridden, flea- and lice-infested, shifty-eyed, suspicious and fearful. They...

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Emergent and the mystics
October 2006
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Emergent and the mystics

The Vatican and the Emerging Church have something surprising in common — the promotion of mysticism. A well-known papal document reveals the heart of Roman Catholic policy in this area. ‘It [Vatican Council II] longs to set forth the way it understands the presence and function of the [Roman Catholic] Church in the world of today. Therefore, the world which the Council has in mind is the whole human family seen in the context of everything which envelops it … This is the reason why this sacred Synod, in proclaiming the noble destiny of man and affirming an element of the divine in him, offers...

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The church – divine and human
September 2006
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The church – divine and human

When it comes to ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) it is ­important to make one thing clear from the very start – according to the Bible the church is both a divine and human organism. This is why Holy Scripture presents the church as a body, having a head and members. The divine dimension of the church is provided by Christ who is the Head of the body and by the Holy Spirit who is the life of the body. As the apostle Paul says, ‘[Christ] is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the first born from the dead,...

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Have you met this man?
May 2006
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Have you met this man?

I’m often asked if I have met certain well-known criminals. Well, yes. You cannot visit so many prisons to preach Christ’s redeeming love without meeting a few headline names. But usually one prisoner looks very much like another; and we present to all alike Christ crucified and risen.   ‘Celebrity cults’ thrive on both sides of the bars. People are ready to worship anyone or anything except Almighty God. Pop stars, film stars and sporting heroes receive adulation — until they are cast off. When TV news bulletins show celebrities at an Oscar ceremony, I generally have to ask, ‘Who is that?’ Recently a young...

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Jesus Christ and the world’s universities
May 2006
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Jesus Christ and the world’s universities

Universities hold a unique position in any country — in its history, future, culture and politics. They reach into society with a long and inescapable arm. Universities are the seedbeds for ideas and networks. We see this in the legacies of influential people — the world’s tyrants as well as those converted to Christ in their student years. We must pray, therefore, for Christians in universities, whether students or those who teach and research. They work at the tough interface of learning and ideas. Charles Habib Malik, Lebanese Christian President of the UN General Assembly, raised a critical question 25 years ago when he asked,...

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Priorities
February 2006
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Priorities

 How people view their spending is all relative to what money they have. This morning, I brewed a cup of Ethiopian Harrar coffee. It is one of the most sought-after coffees in the world and is considered very expensive to purchase by the pound. But if you brew it at home it only costs about 5¢ per cup. Cheap, you say. Yes, but 5¢ will provide a whole meal for one hungry child in Uganda, Zambia or Malawi. Recently, at London airport on the way to Uganda, I noticed a small container (200 grams) of Beluga Caviar in a shop window for the astounding price...

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Strategic ministry
February 2006
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Strategic ministry

One of the most strategic and seminal approaches to missionary work is through preachers’ conferences. In these the doctrines of grace can be taught to faithful men, who in turn will teach others (2 Timothy 2:2). Conferences also strengthen bonds of fellowship and give ready access to sound Christian literature to potentiate the spoken ministry. This Missionary Spotlight focuses on the growing number of overseas conferences supported by Evangelical Press and others. Missionary Spotlight Reformation in the Portuguese-speaking world On 7-11October Editora FIEL welcomed 1,350 guests to its 21st annual FIEL Leadership Conference in Brazil (see January ET). They heard challenging messages, enjoyed fellowship and...

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Missionary Spotlight-The forgotten conflict
December 2005
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Missionary Spotlight-The forgotten conflict

For 18 years, the self-styled ‘Lord’s Resistance Army’ (LRA) has waged war against the Ugandan government, carrying out horrific attacks and acts of violence in towns and villages. The conflict has claimed up to 100,000 lives. Countless survivors have been scarred physically and psychologically. Sexual violence, mutilation and kidnappings are common. Up to 30,000 children have been abducted by the LRA and forced to work as child soldiers or to serve as ‘wives’ to rebel commanders. Children as young as eight have been snatched from their villages and made to carry out horrendous acts of violence on their friends and families. Living in a state...

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October 2005
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ETI – encouraging progress

The new (October to December) issue of Evangelical Times Internationalcompletes ETI’s first year. The slimmed-down airmail edition of Evangelical Timesnow has subscribers in 46 countries world-wide and a rising circulation.   We are grateful to God for this progress but are conscious that many opportunities remain untapped. Readers can join us in this ministry — either by sending us names and addresses of contacts overseas to whom we can send sample copies, or by sponsoring copies to lands where exchange rates make even the modest cost hard to meet.   If you can help, please contact [email protected] For your encouragement we append some extracts from...

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August 2005
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Prisons around the world

Imprisonment rates are higher in England and Wales than any major country in Western Europe, according to recent figures from the International Centre for Prison Studies at King’s College, London. A league table of the world’s prison population shows that 142 out of every 100,000 people are in jail in England and Wales – far higher than in France (91), Germany (96) and Italy (98). Only Spain, with 140, comes close among similarly-sized countries. But in the European Union as a whole, the newly-admitted countries of Eastern Europe have some of the highest prison rates in the world, with Latvia and Estonia both jailing almost...

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