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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly (2)

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September 2009
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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly (2)

Battling with technopoly (2) Guest Column However, we must realise that this is a common human pattern. As Derek Kidner notes: 'Cain's family is a microcosm: its pattern of technical prowess and moral failure is that of humanity'.1 We may fall prey to technopoly too. So how do we know if we are suffering from its…

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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly

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August 2009
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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly

Battling with technopoly Guest Column A couple of years ago I asked my wife for a portable Global Positioning System device, also known as a 'GPS'. A GPS device allows you to identify your exact location by means of satellite system. It prevents you getting lost when hiking, camping, hunting or fishing. It allows you to…

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Guest Column – Two resurrections

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July 2009
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Guest Column – Two resurrections

Two resurrections Guest Column Holy Scripture has its own rules for interpretation and only the Holy Spirit can open to anyone the true meaning of a passage or even of the whole Book. A passage may become a stumbling block if we ignore the main principle of biblical interpretation - namely, that the best interpreter of the…

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Guest Column – The forces of counter-reformation

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June 2009
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Guest Column – The forces of counter-reformation

The forces of counter-reformation  Guest Column Martin Luther concluded his famous book On the bondage of the will with these words, addressed to his antagonist, Erasmus: 'I give you great praise, and proclaim it - you alone in pre-eminent distinction from all others, have entered upon the thing itself; that is, the grand turning point…

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Guest Column – Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

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May 2009
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Guest Column – Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

Grace in the Sermon on the Mount Guest Column I faced a huge problem almost as soon as I became a Christian. I joined a church and was baptised. My thirst for the Word of God was great, and my enthusiasm for knowledge compelled me to read the Bible. So far so good. I began as most…

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Guest Column – Raising Christian children (3)

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April 2009
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Guest Column – Raising Christian children (3)

Raising Christian children (3) Guest Column One of the blessings of being an itinerant preacher is to live in other people's homes. It is always interesting to see how others live, and the best way to find out is to live with their families. It is also one of the best ways to see how people raise…

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Guest Column – Raising Christian children (2)

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March 2009
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Guest Column – Raising Christian children (2)

Raising Christian children (2) Guest Column 'Of the making of books there is no end', we read in Ecclesiastes. And nowhere does that seem truer than in the area of self-help books on raising children. Christians seem to be as affected by this fashion as the rest of society. Some years ago I received the advice not…

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Guest Column – Raising Christian children

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February 2009
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Raising Christian children Guest Column She was a lovely Christian lady, and gave her time unstintingly to teach children in Sunday school. She seated all the children who professed faith in Christ on one side of her table. All those who had not yet professed Christ were seated on the other side. She conducted two lessons simultaneously.…

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Guest Column – Our enemy & our armour

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January 2009
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Guest Column – Our enemy & our armour

Our enemy & our armour Guest Column The Christian life is spiritual warfare. To engage in the fight effectively, believers must equip themselves with supernatural protection - what Paul calls 'the whole armour of God' (Ephesians 6:11). We need divine armour because we face a formidable foe. Paul calls him 'the devil' which means, 'slanderer'. He constantly…

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Guest Column – Larry King live

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December 2008
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Guest Column – Larry King live

Larry King live Guest Column - Tom Ascol Several years ago Larry King, the well-known American talk show host, was asked who he would like to interview if he had his pick from all of history. His answer was Jesus Christ. The questioner paused and said, 'What is the one question you would like to ask him?'…

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Guest Column – Upgrade down South

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November 2008
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Guest Column – Upgrade down South

Upgrade down South Guest Column Much is being written about the spread of the so-called Emergent Church among young adults who grew up in Evangelical churches. While that movement is certainly growing and must be confronted, the attention it has generated has made caused many North American Evangelicals to overlook another, more significant, development in their…

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Guest Column – What’s the big idea?

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October 2008
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Guest Column – What’s the big idea?

What's the big idea? Poor John Lennon. He believed that if we could all imagine there was 'no hell below us' and 'above us only sky', the world would 'live as one'. It was easy if we would only try, Lennon assured us, and the song still has the power to turn eyes misty. But the…

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