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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why does God ordain suffering? – A Puritan’s answer

The Christian church today has all but abandoned a robust and refreshingly biblical theology of suffering. This is why it behoves us to consider those in the past — in particular, the Puritans — who not only tasted some of the bitterest afflictions to befall humanity, but also skilfully applied the balm of gospel…

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August 2013
Articles > Guest column

August!

August: the month of school holidays (always), my holidays (sometimes) and sunshine (occasionally). It’s also the anniversary of my father’s death. He hadn’t been answering his phone all day, so I went across in the evening and found him. There had been no warning, no preparation; no prior illness, no indication that we were…

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August 2013
Articles > World Mission

Being a missionary mum

Three years ago my husband and I moved abroad. He had been called to serve as a missionary and pastor a small European church. The day before our boxes were sent off I was surprised to learn that our third child was on the way. Our daughters were just 2 1/2 and 8 months…

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August 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Believing and confessing: the true meaning of Romans 10:6-10

Romans 10:6-10 is one of the most important texts in the Bible regarding what a man must do to be saved. Paul puts it like this: ‘But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above)…

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Historical

August 2013
Articles > Historical

Lights in darkness

It was Germany’s darkest hour, not because there was no electricity, but because Germany was governed by lawlessness, injustice, persecution and murder. It was also the Jews’ darkest hour; 5.7–6.3 million were murdered during the Third Reich’s Holocaust. Yet there were a few lights of human kindness in the midst of darkness. A few…

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August 2013
Romania

Romania – an unfinished mission

Romania? In Eastern Europe somewhere: Ceausescu and Communism; Securitate and informers; poverty, notably orphanages with tormented, sometimes deranged, children that the Romanian state wished to hide; and lorry-loads of aid, old clothes and used equipment, from good Christian people. These rather disparate fragments, I admit with shame, were once all I knew about Romania.…

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News

August 2013
News > Youth Features

UCCF links up new students to Christian Unions

UCCF has launched its 2013 Student Link Up initiative by giving a special Uncover — Starting Uni Edition version of Luke’s Gospel to school leavers when they link up to their university Christian Union. Inspired by the Uncover Gospel Project, which has seen around 80,000 copies of Luke being personally used by students in…

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Staying healthy

The story goes that, during the years of the Great Depression in America, there was a foolish old farmer who tried to save money by feeding his mule on sawdust. He felt his mule was costing him far too much in oats, so he decided to mix a little sawdust in with its feed.…

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August 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Eden zoo

Adam was the world’s first ‘taxonomist’. A taxonomist is a person who seeks to organise all the living organisms into a logical system. As well as the task of serving and guarding the Garden of Eden, Adam had the great task of naming all the animals and birds. Eden became the first zoo. Taxonomy…

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Developing church leaders

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing church leaders

It is the responsibility of church leaders to try to develop the potential in every believer under their care. Women are usually the largest group in a church and the ‘workhorses’ behind the scenes! Often they are the cement which holds the church together and, usually, if the women of the church are happy,…

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Instruments of praise – an alternative view

I would like — in response to Phil Harmonia (June ET) — to offer a defence of those preferring musical accompaniment on more than one instrument in congregational worship. My own favourite musical style for worship is, in fact, strong congregational singing supported by minimal instrumentation! The New Testament doesn’t mention musical instruments accompanying…

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August 2013
Indonesia

Prayer for the tensions in Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast country of 17 000 islands, only 6 000 of which are inhabited. It straddles the equator from Sumatra in the west to Irian Jaya in the east. It is mountanous with several active volcanoes. In northern Sumatra 168 000 people were killed by the tsunami in 2004. The population is…

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