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March 2001
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The enclosed came into my possession recently and I thought it might be of interest and concern to readers of Evangelical Times. I cannot, of course, divulge the source of this correspondence, as it would endanger the life of one of our agents.Comeback‘Dear Prof. Black: I was glad to receive the annual report of…

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Guest column-The Sovereignty of God is a blessing

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February 2001
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Guest column-The Sovereignty of God is a blessing

During the recent presidential election in America, I noticed among believers an unusual amount of frustration, anxiety and even despair. Many people thought the process of the election was being corrupted by dishonesty and fraud. There were many who believed the election was going to be stolen, and that someone might become president of…

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January 2001
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The great need of our hourThe new century gives us a wonderful opportunity as pastors and Christian people to look ahead and consider our vision and priorities. I am reminded that the apostle Paul spoke with clarity when he addressed the church at Colosse concerning Christ: 'that in all things he might have the…

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December 2000
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The meaning of Christmas

As Western culture becomes more secular and anti-Christian, it is increasingly difficult to uncover the true meaning of Christ's birth into the world. When I became a Christian nearly thirty five years ago, I found for the first time the wonder, joy and true meaning of Christmas. I discovered that the birth of Christ…

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November 2000
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Self-service or God’s service?

I have recently been studying the Book of Haggai for a course I teach on prophecy. The message of Haggai begins by stating a problem: the Hebrews have returned from exile in Babylon in order to build the temple in Jerusalem. But the people are saying that ‘the time has not yet come’ (1:2).…

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October 2000
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In Tombstone, Arizona, there is a cemetery dating from cowboy days called Boot Hill. On one of the grave-markers is scrawled the following inscription: Here lies Les More. He took three slugs From a fourty-four. No less, no more. Have you ever thought about what you would like carved or inscribed on your tombstone?…

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September 2000
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I was recently reading the familiar story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:8-20. It is in this passage that we read how the birth of Christ was first announced to mankind. Normally, in ancient times, when a king’s son was born, there was a grand public announcement accompanied by great public rejoicing and celebration.…

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July 2000
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Can we reclaim the Lord’s Day?

From the very time of creation, the idea of one day in seven being different has been taught us by our Creator's example and precept. Later this was embodied in the Ten Commandments and stressed by the prophets as an indicator of love and obedience to God. Finally, it was transformed by the Lord…

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June 2000
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Guest column – Sacrifice in the family

'Nothing tests a man's religious sincerity more perfectly than the call to the entire renunciation of self and the world for the truth's sake'. These words were written about the Scottish Covenanters, who joyfully accepted hardships, confiscation of property, insults, imprisonment, and even death, for the sake of Christ. Many of these people spent…

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May 2000
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What is Reformed Experimental Preaching?

You probably know that, historically, Reformed and Puritan preaching was 'experimental' preaching. But do you understand what is meant by the term experimental or experiental? The term comes from the Latin word experimentum, derived from a verb which means to 'try, test, prove, or put to the test'. The same verb can also mean…

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April 2000
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Guest Column: The Church is Catholic and Apostolic

This month we turn to the church's 'catholicity' and 'apostolicity'. The term catholic derives from the Greek word katholikos, which is a combination of the pronoun kata (meaning 'throughout') and the adjective holos (meaning 'whole'). Thus, 'catholic' means 'throughout the whole', or 'common to the whole'. Hippocrates, the father of medical science, used the…

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March 2000
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Guest Column: The Church’s Holiness

The Belgic Confession of Faith describes the church as a ‘holy congregation of true Christian believers, all expecting their salvation in Jesus Christ, being washed in his blood and sanctified and sealed by the Holy Spirit’. This is based on the New Testament’s three-part description of the church’s holiness. Principle and practice 1. The…

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