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July 2013
France

Praying for France

The population of France is around 65 million, 20 per cent living in the Paris area. Public life in France is ruled by the republican idea of liberty, equality and fraternity. This means neutrality with regard to religion, which is absent from politics or education.       Laws exist regulating religious practice, and minority groups…

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July 2013
Articles > World Mission

Communicating the gospel to the Islamic world

The recent World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) report on behalf of Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT), on translating the Bible for Muslim readers, should be seen in the context of some continuing controversies. The 33-page report, released in April 2013, can be accessed at http://worldea.org/news/4212/wea-independent-bible-translation-review-panel-concludes-its-work-issues-report-with-ten-recommendations-for-wycliffe-and-sil It begins: ‘In the spring of 2012, the World Evangelical Alliance…

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July 2013
Articles > World Mission

Bless this house!

The growth of the church in Israel, since the rebirth of the country in 1948, has been remarkable. When the modern state of Israel came into being, there were, significantly, just twelve Jewish believers in the land. Twenty years later, in 1968, the number of Israeli Jews who believed in Jesus was less than…

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July 2013
Cults and other religions

Aggressive atheism

Recently, I read again the story of the encounter between David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah, and how the champion of the Philistines taunted the people of God. Goliath was arrayed in impressive armour of bronze and heavily armed. But David, who declined to wear the armour of King Saul, approached his…

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Historical

July 2013
Articles > Historical

Can a Christian really be sure of his salvation? (2)

Last month (June ET), we answered this question with an emphatic ‘Yes!’, since this is the clear teaching of the Bible. The Puritans are particularly helpful in explaining and applying the doctrine of Christian assurance in a pastorally warm and helpful way. Typical of their teaching are the writings of Ezekiel Hopkins, bishop of…

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July 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

House of Lords backs gay marriage

Disregarding nationwide protests, the House of Lords voted for the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill on 4 June. The Lords’ majority decision (390 to 148) was preceded by a Commons majority in favour (366 to 161), on 21 May.       During the Lords’ two-day debate, the Bill came in for harsh cross-party criticism. Lord Dear,…

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July 2013
Costa Rica

Compassion in Costa Rica

He’s split up fights with street gangs in Costa Rica, but Keith Holder says his most terrifying experience came recently in England. The missionary was awarded an MBE in 2011 for the work he and his wife Joy have done in Costa Rica for the last 20 years.      Keith (63) says, ‘It was…

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July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The righteousness God gives

Some scriptural truths are of such fundamental importance that, if they do not form the core of your convictions, the question arises whether you can call yourself a Christian at all. Consequently, it is truly disconcerting when I meet good and loyal churchgoers, only to realise that many of them do not understand the…

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June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The church Jesus built

‘And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18). What is this ‘church’ to which our Lord refers in this famous verse? It is common for people to interpret ‘church’ here (ekklesia…

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June 2013
Articles > World Mission

Response to the WEA report on Bible translation

  Victor Attallah responds to the WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) report which was commissioned after deep unease over moves to replace divine familial terms (like ‘Son of God’) perceived to be offensive when translating the bible into languages which will be used by Muslims. Wycliffe Bible Translators have committed to implementing the recommendations of…

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June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

A triune blessing

2 Corinthians 13:14 is one of the most often quoted verses in all the Scriptures. It reads, ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all’.   Many a public worship service has been and is closed with this benediction.…

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News

June 2013
News > Youth Features

Addictions

The dictionary defines ‘addict’ as ‘to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively’. It gives as one example — addicted to gambling. Usually we think of an addiction as being dominated by a drug such as alcohol or heroin, but obviously addictions can be psychological as well as spiritual. A couple of…

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