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Receiving a deputation
September 2007
General

Receiving a deputation

Receiving a deputation by Daniel Grimwade   At the end of Paul’s first missionary journey, he and Barnabas returned to Antioch – the church that had commended them to the grace of God and sent them out to preach the gospel. Luke describes this first missionary deputation meeting: ‘And when they arrived and gathered the church together, they declared all that God had done with them, and how he had opened a door of faith to the Gentiles. And they remained no little time with the disciples’ (Acts 14:27-28).What excitement and joy must have filled the people’s hearts as they gathered to hear all that...

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Do prisoners really have it so easy?
April 2007
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Do prisoners really have it so easy?

Recent media coverage on prison life suggests that it is all ‘a bit of a doddle’. Attention is focused on the cost of keeping in prison men and women who have many victims between them. Some victims are ‘primary’ sufferers because of the wrong done to them. Others are hurt because loved ones or key persons in their lives have been killed or seriously harmed. Family, friends, work colleagues and many more are included in this larger category. Television and press coverage have highlighted that some offenders leave prison better qualified and with a higher potential earning capacity than when they went in. Others are...

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Do prisoners really have it so easy?
April 2007
General

Do prisoners really have it so easy?

Recent media coverage on prison life suggests that it is all ‘a bit of a doddle’. Attention is focused on the cost of keeping in prison men and women who have many victims between them. Some victims are ‘primary’ sufferers because of the wrong done to them. Others are hurt because loved ones or key persons in their lives have been killed or seriously harmed. Family, friends, work colleagues and many more are included in this larger category. Television and press coverage have highlighted that some offenders leave prison better qualified and with a higher potential earning capacity than when they went in. Others are...

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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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Missionary Spotlight – The vice trade today
March 2007
General

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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