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March 2002
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I believe in God’ — this is the first confession of almost all religions. But the next question leads to as many answers as there are religions. Which God? Some assert that there is no way we can answer questions about God. Known as ‘agnostics’ they forego any claim to certain knowledge of God.…

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February 2002
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A violent world11 September 2001 was a watershed. It is one of those dates concerning which one can speak of 'before' and 'after'. It was one kind of world before and another after. Never has an act of terror been so destructive, so well co-ordinated, and so widely covered by media in real time.…

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January 2002
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In November 1994, Newsweek did a cover story on 'The search for the sacred'. It highlighted the popularity of spiritual concerns among people from all walks of life. Rather than the expected demise of religion with the advance of science and technology, the opposite is happening. The 'spiritual' is 'in'. Is this due to…

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December 2001
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In an opinion poll taken in Britain a few months ago, 38% of those interviewed said they were 'not religious'. Other surveys show that about one-half of these would go further and say that they were atheists. To some people atheism seems like a breath of fresh air. After all, if God does not exist,…

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November 2001
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We are living in increasingly hope-less days. The modern view of man is appallingly bleak. He is judged to be defective in the very structures of his personality. And since the finer elements of his nature are not going to be victorious in his ‘evolutionary development’, it is only a matter of time before…

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October 2001
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Falsifying the Word of GodThe apostle Paul’s great claim was that he never falsified the Word of God. Yet many do. How?Firstly, by psychological manipulation or ‘brain washing’. You can change people’s attitudes to religion by taking them out of their familiar environment, by loosening their ties with their families, by hours of singing…

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September 2001
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Worship todayThe most important thing about worship is that it should be oriented to God and not to man, though the wonderful thing is that, as we glorify God, he blesses us and deeply satisfies our souls.Reformed churches subscribe to the ‘Regulative Principle’, which means that what we do in worship must be authorised…

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August 2001
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The scandal of preaching'Not preachy!' The words stuck in my head. A gentleman marketing a religious feature in a public newspaper was commending a certain style of writing.In his view, anything that sounded remotely like preaching was to be avoided. I knew what he meant. To write or speak in a 'preachy' way is…

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July 2001
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Family values or Christian values?Family values are big in the USA. Given the exploding divorce rate and the tremendous social problems caused by children born out of wedlock (about one third of all births), it is no wonder that ministers, educators and sociologists are trying to keep families together.Family values have even become a…

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June 2001
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Times Change!I have been a used-bookshop mole for as long as I can remember. Usually I have got nothing but dusty hands for my trouble in digging through old volumes, but occasionally I find a real gem.A few years ago I secured a book entitled Some Account of the Life of Spencer Houghton Cone,…

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May 2001
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I would like to raise a cheer for the great army of 'plodders'. There are preachers up and down the country, in towns and villages, who faithfully pastor their people year in year out, preaching in season and out of season. Yet, it would seem, they do so with frequent discouragement and little or…

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April 2001
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At present I am enjoying my third child-hood - through the eyes and hands of my two grandsons! 'Snakes and ladders', 'Lego', 'Tintin', 'Thunderbirds' and 'Monopoly' are all making a second appearance. But it is the re-emergence of the jigsaw puzzle that is giving me the greatest pleasure (at the moment we are only…

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