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September 2018
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October 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The ‘problem’ of unanswered prayer

‘Prayer is an offering up of our desires unto God, for things agreeable to his will, in the name of Christ, with confession of our sins, and thankful acknowledgement of his mercies’. So states the Shorter Catechism, Q. 98. Its answer to the question ‘What is prayer?’ here is hard to better. Prayer is one of the Christian’s great privileges. Through Christ, we actually have the ear of God the Father, and may talk to him in prayer and spread out our needs before him. No subject or circumstance is out of bounds when it comes to prayer. The apostle Paul wrote to the Philippians...

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Historical

October 2018
Articles > Historical

SASRA and the World War 1 centenary (3)

In this third article, the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) continues to highlight the work of its forerunners in the last months of World War One. It’s striking to note the deep concern for gospel mission in 1918 within the military and elsewhere. With the Army and RAF in mind, please pray that former service personnel who love Jesus Christ would be called back to the harvest field, ‘behind the wire’. One hundred years ago, the First World War was drawing to a close.  Germany’s allies were agreeing to armistices (Turkey on 30 October and Austria on 4 November), their army had suffered...

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October 2018
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Christian reality in a world of unreality

The sovereign, triune God is utterly unknowable unless he reveals himself. He dwells in deep darkness and can be known only as he reveals himself through his Word. ‘In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God’ (John 1:1). God is the supreme and ultimate reality; his speech not only defines reality, but in a very real sense made reality. He created the earth as a theatre on which to display his glory. He made man as the crown of creation in his own image, ‘in knowledge, righteousness and holiness’, to articulate the praise due to the...

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October 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The number one reason youth leave the church

When churches find a dearth of young people in the congregation, it is never long before questions start being asked. The questions become even more pointed when children, who otherwise seemed engaged, drift off when they become teenagers. Were there not enough programmes available for them? Were they isolated from their peers? Did we just not pay them enough attention? The hand-wringing begins and the cries of ‘won’t somebody please think of the children?’ go up. The fact is however, the lure of the world is as great among adults as it is teenagers. Nor do teenagers leave the church because there are not enough...

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October 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Treasures at Geanies House

A few years before the last battle on British soil fought at Culloden, a fine country manor was being completed. The owners may have heard the gunfire on that April day in 1746. Today the Jacobite cause is forgotten, but the old manor still stands and contains more treasures than it ever did in past centuries. Not only did I recently see them but I carried a number away, as any visitor to that beautiful corner of Scotland may do. Or, if that is impractical, the same result may be obtained by contacting the present owners at Geanies House, Fearn, Tain, Ross-shire, IV20 1TW. As...

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October 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Deathly hallows: A Christian response to Halloween

Every Halloween, rubber skeletons, plastic skulls and various grisly, ghostly and ghoulish items appear in the windows of pubs, clubs, shops and shopping centres. But, strange as it may seem, they don’t — ironically — feature in the window displays of the local funeral director. I wonder why that is. Actually, I’m pretty sure why! Showing skeletons and ghosts rising from the grave is hardly a good advertisement for places where the dead are supposed to be prepared for burial or cremation. Doing so would, I think, be a little too close to the bone — no pun intended. In other words, it’s apparently okay...

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COMMENT: Boris, burkas and bans

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October 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: Boris, burkas and bans

The discussion sparked by Boris Johnson’s burka comments raises some important points. I want to defend religious freedom, so I don’t like politicians telling people how to observe their religious practices. I want to defend free speech, so I don’t like the way people wanted Boris to be ‘investigated’ for his remarks. I am concerned about the rise of radical Islam, so I don’t like women being forced to hide their faces (yes, I know not every Muslim woman who wears a burka is forced to do so, but many are). All these things are swirling around in my head as I consider this latest...

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October 2018
Articles > Guest column

GUEST COLUMN: The means of grace (2): baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Have you met with God recently? Did you enjoy his presence and bask in his glory? Was your faith strengthened as Christ himself ministered to your needs? Would you even know where to go to find these things? Or perhaps you have given up looking for that elusive experience of God that evangelical Christianity so craves?  Maybe that sensational personal encounter with Christ, so prized in many church circles today, is something you despair of ever having? The reality is that God continues to speak to us, and Christ can easily be found and experienced. The problem is that we are looking for him in...

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Historical

October 2018
Articles > Historical

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Legacy of the Huguenot Church

On October 18 1685, Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes. Consisting of 92 articles aimed at promoting civil and religious liberty, the Edict of Nantes had been issued by Henry IV in 1598 in an attempt to end civil war and grant some liberties to the Huguenots, which the French government and Roman Catholic Church saw as heretical. With the protections revoked, relentless state and church-sponsored persecution harried the French Protestant Church and nearly half a million French citizens left France for the safety of neighboring Protestant nations or further abroad. Although the Huguenot church is not widely heard of today, the legacy and...

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October 2018
Articles > World Mission

New Bible storybook for the Chukchi of Siberia

‘Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess’ (Hebrews 4:14). The Chukchi people, a minority group with a population of around 15,000, are indigenous reindeer herders and fishermen living in Siberia, Russia. Partners of OM EAST seek to bring the truth about Jesus Christ to the Chukchi, whose beliefs are animistic. ‘The biggest challenges in reaching the Chukchi are isolation and fear’, explained Natalie [name changed], a field worker. ‘It is very expensive to travel to their remote villages, and official permissions are required to go...

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