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July 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Who was Adam?

Some people are especially remembered because they are the first to do something. Neil Armstrong’s name cannot be mentioned without thinking of the event for which he is most famous — the first moonwalk! Adam is to be remembered as Adam the first! He was the first in countless different ways, but he is…

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Historical

July 2014
Articles > Historical

Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (4)

Havelock’s hopes for army promotion were frequently dashed. But he was convinced that constantly badgering the powers-that-be for promotion was unbecoming. It was not only in his professional career that he had to wrestle. He struggled with personal disaster also. His son, Ettrick, died in infancy in 1834. In 1836 the home in which…

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‘Pour out your heart’

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July 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Pour out your heart’

While pastors should be known for their gift of speech in the pulpit on a Sunday, when they explain and apply the Word of God, careful listening skills are a requirement of their pastoral visitation during the week. Any Christian pastor worth his salt will know the meaning of the expression, ‘He poured out…

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July 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Why is Adam under pressure?

Western culture is being increasingly dominated by ideologies that are either godless or anti-God. The deletion of God leaves a huge problem with regards to origins. Materialists need a different explanation for the origin of matter, life and humanity. Evolution of some kind is the only option for atheists. Over the last 150 years…

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July 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Why we need reformation now

‘When Paul faced the issue of how the faith was to be continued after his death, he offered two basic proposals in the pastoral epistles: the church needed a form of sound words and it needed a structure’ (Carl Trueman, ‘The evangelical dilemma’; Place for truth website). It may be observed that these two…

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Historical

July 2014
Articles > Historical

Dobbie of Malta (1)

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill was addressing the House of Commons on the war situation in the Mediterranean. His speech turned to the Governor of Malta: ‘That remarkable man, General Dobbie — a Cromwellian figure at a key point, fighting with his Bible in one hand and his sword in the other’. October this…

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Historical

July 2014
Articles > Historical

A friendly exhortation

Two hundred and fifty years ago (11 July 1764), John Wesley wrote to a Christian in fellowship, but not membership (‘society’ or ‘class’), with the Methodists. His letter remains relevant to all Christians today not in church membership.   Dear Sir, There was one thing when I was with you that gave me pain:…

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July 2014
Cults and other religions

New atheism – new religion

Atheists tend to say their non-belief in God is something that does not need to be defended. Christopher Hitchens has said, ‘I don’t believe in God and I don’t need to justify this, just as I don’t need to give reasons for my non-belief in the tooth fairy’ (God is not great, Atlantic Books;…

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News

July 2014
News > Youth Features

Muslims and atheists hear the gospel at Speakers’ Corner

The world famous Speakers’ Corner, Hyde Park, London, attracts thousands of tourists from every country in the world. Once the place for freedom of speech at public executions, this space provides a great opportunity for a team of 80 Christians to preach and witness for the Lord Jesus. Where else can you give a…

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July 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Resurgent Calvinism – thoughts on the ‘Together for the Gospel’ conference

Supposing you were suddenly to find yourself among 7000 mainly young people, singing, without any band, Reginald Heber’s ‘Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty!’, and gathered to hear sermons for three days, you might well wonder where you were and what was happening. My own arrival in that situation was not entirely sudden, for…

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Historical

June 2014
Articles > Historical

John Calvin and his relevance for today (2)

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin (1509–1564). In this continued article, we look at the relevance of Calvin’s teaching for our situation today. In our times we, sadly, see the church proffering a rather confused vision of Jesus. Some say that he is a great example for us…

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June 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

God’s way with a dysfunctional family

In Genesis 27, we see a godly home, yet one where love and trust are missing. How can a family that began so well have come to this? How prayerful had Isaac been when childbirth had been delayed for 20 years! How earnestly Rebekah had prayed when the promised pregnancy proved so difficult! Seventy-seven…

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