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October 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Deathly hallows: A Christian response to Halloween

Every Halloween, rubber skeletons, plastic skulls and various grisly, ghostly and ghoulish items appear in the windows of pubs, clubs, shops and shopping centres. But, strange as it may seem, they don’t — ironically — feature in the window displays of the local funeral director. I wonder why that is. Actually, I’m pretty sure why! Showing skeletons and ghosts rising from the grave is hardly a good advertisement for places where the dead are supposed to be prepared for burial or cremation. Doing so would, I think, be a little too close to the bone — no pun intended. In other words, it’s apparently okay...

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COMMENT: Boris, burkas and bans
October 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: Boris, burkas and bans

The discussion sparked by Boris Johnson’s burka comments raises some important points. I want to defend religious freedom, so I don’t like politicians telling people how to observe their religious practices. I want to defend free speech, so I don’t like the way people wanted Boris to be ‘investigated’ for his remarks. I am concerned about the rise of radical Islam, so I don’t like women being forced to hide their faces (yes, I know not every Muslim woman who wears a burka is forced to do so, but many are). All these things are swirling around in my head as I consider this latest...

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October 2018
Articles > Guest column

GUEST COLUMN: The means of grace (2): baptism and the Lord’s Supper

Have you met with God recently? Did you enjoy his presence and bask in his glory? Was your faith strengthened as Christ himself ministered to your needs? Would you even know where to go to find these things? Or perhaps you have given up looking for that elusive experience of God that evangelical Christianity so craves?  Maybe that sensational personal encounter with Christ, so prized in many church circles today, is something you despair of ever having? The reality is that God continues to speak to us, and Christ can easily be found and experienced. The problem is that we are looking for him in...

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October 2018
Articles > Historical

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Legacy of the Huguenot Church

On October 18 1685, Louis XIV revoked the Edict of Nantes. Consisting of 92 articles aimed at promoting civil and religious liberty, the Edict of Nantes had been issued by Henry IV in 1598 in an attempt to end civil war and grant some liberties to the Huguenots, which the French government and Roman Catholic Church saw as heretical. With the protections revoked, relentless state and church-sponsored persecution harried the French Protestant Church and nearly half a million French citizens left France for the safety of neighboring Protestant nations or further abroad. Although the Huguenot church is not widely heard of today, the legacy and...

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October 2018
Articles > World Mission

New Bible storybook for the Chukchi of Siberia

‘Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has gone through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess’ (Hebrews 4:14). The Chukchi people, a minority group with a population of around 15,000, are indigenous reindeer herders and fishermen living in Siberia, Russia. Partners of OM EAST seek to bring the truth about Jesus Christ to the Chukchi, whose beliefs are animistic. ‘The biggest challenges in reaching the Chukchi are isolation and fear’, explained Natalie [name changed], a field worker. ‘It is very expensive to travel to their remote villages, and official permissions are required to go...

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October 2018
Articles > World Mission > Americas > South America > Brazil

Ministering in Campina Grande, Brazil

Brazil has a strong Roman Catholic tradition, so during Lent people give up meat and other enjoyable things for 40 days before Easter. But for six days preceding Lent, the whole country has a holiday called ‘Carnaval’, in which many people party day and night. The major cities attract millions of Brazilians and foreigners and many millions of dollars are spent on parades and costumes. It has become an utterly wicked celebration in every way imaginable. Twenty years ago, a 30-year-old man named Euder Faber, a cab-driver turned pastor, began a Christian conference to be held during Carnaval, to give Brazilians a better way to...

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October 2018
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Israel

Three former addicts baptised in the Jordan

At the beginning of the year, Kyle, a homeless Jewish addict, approached Christian Witness to Israel missionary Igal Vender on the street, asking for money for food. When Igal told him he had good news to share and instead invited him for a meal at a local cafe, neither imagined where it would lead. Kyle wanted to know why I would bother trying to help a homeless man like him. I explained that it was because of the One who lives in me and who transformed my own life — Jesus. I shared my testimony with Kyle before we opened the Scriptures and ate together....

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October 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Reaching Carcassonne, France

‘Reaching Carcassonne’ 2018 took place from 21-28 August, in partnership with ‘La Voix des Prophètes’ and United Beach Missions (UBM), and with the support of ‘La Maison de la Bible’. The team of 29 was made up of 10 ladies and 19 men, aged between 17 and 67, including students, professionals, civil servants and retired people from such different places as France, England, Germany, Northern Ireland and Belgium. It was an encouragement to see several from our church, recently converted, participating in the outreach. The team was encouraged by the daily Bible times on the theme of ‘The mouth speaks what the heart is full...

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