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June 2018
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June 2018
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Warning – dangerous weapons! – A globe and a wall map

William Carey loved maps! He sewed together a large globe made from coloured, left over scraps of shoe leather. He would use it when teaching children. It is said that the young people would sometimes be surprised at his geography lessons. When teaching about some far-off country he would burst out with an agonised, and often tearful, ‘but they are all pagans! All pagans!’ He had also drawn his own large wall map of the world. He would use this map to summarise his research about the different countries depicted. At a ministers’ meeting on one occasion there was some discussion about a small Indian...

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June 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

What is man (2): What’s it like to be a bat?

The second of three edited extracts from Edgar Andrews’ new book What is Man? Adam, alien or ape? How would you like to live in an ultra-modern high-tech house? It has a basement; ground-floor living accommodation; a mezzanine entertainment-suite; and a top-floor bedroom level. On the ground floor, windows look out on the world around you. The same is true of the mezzanine level — except that there the window glass is coloured, affecting the way you see the wider outside world. The bedrooms have video wall displays that can be changed at the touch of a button. The basement contains things you seldom use,...

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June 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Should we celebrate the sabbath on Saturday or Sunday?

Recently hearing a disturbing sermon from an elderly brother, I was constrained to respond to the things he was saying. This is how this article came to be written. He was a dear brother, a good-hearted man, who seems to have been shaken not by old Adventist arguments but by a new group, who are part of a modern Judaising movement. Their main argument is that, for the Saturday observance of the sabbath to be changed to Sunday, a new commandment is required. Fourth Commandment The day of ‘rest’ was established at the completion of the first creation, based upon the Lord’s cessation from his...

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June 2018
Articles > Guest column

GUEST COLUMN: Spurgeon and the caged lion

Asked how he would defend the Bible, C. H. Spurgeon famously likened it to a caged lion. He declared: ‘Open the door and let the lion out; he will take care of himself … He no sooner goes forth in his strength than his assailants flee. The way to meet infidelity is to spread the Bible. The answer to every objection against the Bible is the Bible’ (at British and Foreign Bible Society meeting, 5 May 1875). Let me say immediately that I agree totally with the great preacher, but his wisdom is misapplied if we respond with passive inaction when the Bible comes under...

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June 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

God is no man’s debtor

In the 1960s I was engaged to a young lady whose father was a self-employed mechanic. He purchased a plot of land and obtained permission from the local planning authority to construct a garage complete with car showroom, vehicle repair workshop, MOT testing facility and petrol sales forecourt. He entered into a financial agreement with the Mobil Oil Co., whereby, in return for exclusively selling that company’s petrol and oil products, Mobil would provide a loan that would cover the cost of building and equipping the garage. The loan was to be repaid through a sales incentive bonus, which required a minimum quantity of petrol...

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June 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: Millennials are failing the church

A recent press release landed in my inbox suggesting that churches were failing millennials. On the contrary, I believe millennials are failing churches. For those of you who don’t know, ‘millennials’ are young people reaching adulthood in the early 21st century. Research for the Church of England says this group is the ‘hardest to reach’. The picture may or may not be different in independent evangelical churches. Premier, a media company with various Christian radio stations, has announced that 52 per cent of its audience is made up of millennials. Justin Brierley, one of Premier’s presenters, says millennials tune in to his programme because they...

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June 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Too busy to rest?

Some time ago, I was talking to some colleagues from the organisation I worked for before I joined Mission Aviation Fellowship. One had come from Australia and said that, because of his work, he spent half his life with his family, and the rest travelling between various countries. After a detailed account of his physically exhausting itinerary, he concluded by saying, ‘And after that I return home’. ‘Well, try and get some rest,’ I replied. ‘Rest?’ he exclaimed somewhat disapprovingly, ‘What’s that?’ I was about to respond, when my other workmate chimed in, ‘It’s a four-letter word!’ They both laughed, though I didn’t. It may...

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