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November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Central Asia

Central Asia clampdown on Christians

Christians in Central Asia are facing worship bans, arrest and torture, as Islamic nationalism gains ground in their countries. Pastors in the underground church have been describing their ordeal to Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. Release has launched an appeal to help the church in Central Asia. Security police in…

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November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Russia

To the ends of the earth!

For almost 70 years, SGA(UK) has been ministering in the former communist-dominated countries of Central and Eastern Europe, often in areas formerly unreached by the gospel. Some 20 years ago a link was forged with believers in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Ministry engagement there led to involvement in other central Asian republics. The mission’s activities…

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November 2018
Articles > Guest column

The means of grace (3)

When you are weak in your faith, where do you go for strength? When you are discouraged, what are your sources of encouragement? When you doubt, struggle and need God’s help, when and where and how do you find it? Our world, and even the church, offers many and varied solutions to our problems:…

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Historical

November 2018
Articles > Historical

Robert Roberts Clynnog — the hunchback preacher (1762-1802)

Once on a preaching tour of Anglesey, Robert Roberts was in the town of Amlwch. His preaching was in full flow, gripping the congregation. The presence of God was very real. A pale-faced youth turned to his friend in awe and whispered, ‘Is he a man or an angel?’ His friend replied, ‘An angel,…

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November 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Discerning and obeying God’s will

Many today seek guidance over such things as work, education, employment and financial planning. But Christians have an omniscient and omnipresent Consultant, ever ready to help us when we call on him. Paul warns us in Ephesians 5:15–17: ‘See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because…

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November 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

On His Majesty’s service

The Bible contains startling stories of slave girls and slave drivers, but what does it say about being a servant? My children are great, and generally do what they’re told. But there are times when, if I ask them to help, they sometimes say, ‘Not now, Dad. I’ve been working all day, I’m too…

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November 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological > Scientific (including creation)

Paul’s use of Genesis 1-3 in Romans 1

What the apostle Paul teaches in Romans 1:18-32 is central to an apologetic argument for the existence of God; and central to understanding why people reject God’s existence, and the consequences that flow from that rejection. We can see Paul working out Genesis 1-3 in Romans 1 in three specific areas — creation, spirituality…

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Historical

November 2018
Articles > Historical

The Synod of Dort

The date is Monday 6 May 1619. The place is the ‘Great Church’ in the influential city of Dordrecht (or Dort) in the central Netherlands. Since November 1618 (300 years ago, this month) the Great Synod of Dort has been meeting daily; a total of 154 sessions have been held. It is thought that…

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November 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Bible superlatives

One of the late Muhammad Ali’s catchphrases was ‘I am the greatest’. In his prime, of course, Ali was an outstanding boxer and, as a man, transcended the sport, becoming one of the most well-known men on the planet. Yet the best of men are men at best. Ali was only human, with all…

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World mission

November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Bahrain

Bahrain

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World mission

November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan

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November 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

A soldier’s story (1)

At the age of 16 I probably could have joined any regiment, but I chose the Scots Guards, which is an infantry unit. However, I was very small for my age and had been bullied for it at school. I was only eight stone with a small frame. When I had my army daysack…

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