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March 2017
Articles > World Mission

Carey Outreach Ministries

‘So, Ray, what does it mean to be born again?’ said the young man as he settled down on our settee in the living room. His question has remained a vivid memory to speaker and hearer alike for over 40 years. That conversation proved to be one of the final stages in Bob’s search for salvation. A few days later he met the Lord in a church prayer meeting. Born again Bob and his girlfriend, Dorothy, had passed our church on a bus a few weeks before. Dorothy liked the look of the building and expressed a desire to get married there. As a result,...

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March 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christianity stands or falls on the historical accuracy of Genesis

Thomas Huxley (1825–1895) was a prominent nineteenth century agnostic, and a friend and supporter of Charles Darwin. Regarding biblical authority, he wrote: ‘I am fairly at a loss to comprehend how anyone, for a moment, can doubt that Christian theology must stand or fall with the historical trustworthiness of the Jewish Scriptures…’ He continued: ‘If Abraham is more or less a mythical hero … the story of the Deluge a fiction; that of the Fall a legend; and that of the Creation the dream of a seer; if all these definite and detailed narratives of apparently real events have no more value as history than have...

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March 2017
United Kingdom

Gideons at Exeter University

We read in Judges 6-7 that God gave Gideon a vital task to fulfil with only a tiny number of men. So it was that, at the end of October 2016, an even tinier number of Gideons from local branches undertook the task of witnessing to the students of Exeter University and offering them a free copy of the Word of God. The outreach is organised each year with the help of the university chaplaincy and the Evangelical Christian Union. We are able to book a stand in the Forum, a large building at the university which houses a library, shop, restaurants and bar. There...

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March 2017
News > Youth Features

Pure love

Christian, your body is for the Lord! It is the temple of the Holy Spirit, whom you have from God; and you are not your own (1Corinthians 6:19). And that mind of yours is not for just anything; it is for loving the Lord your God (Mathew 22:37). Uncleanness is not for you. You are like my friend who had to go gluten-free, due to coeliac disease. He loved the smell of a bakery and knew that almost everyone else was enjoying gluten products without any problem. But the appetite in him and the prevailing behaviour around him, did not mean gluten was suddenly OK...

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Right with God?
March 2017
Evangelistic

Right with God?

In the run-up to Christmas, Marks and Spencer were selling a children’s jumper on which was the slogan, ‘Dear Santa, define good’. The children who wore it probably wouldn’t like God’s definition, or they would never receive any presents. God’s definition not only reveals what is right, but that we are wrong. Christ our righteousness It was awareness of his unrighteousness before God that so troubled Martin Luther 500 years ago. His eventual understanding of how he could be made righteous was to trigger a spiritual reformation across our continent. Without properly understanding ‘righteousness’, reading Matthew 25:31-46, for example, leads to a sense of condemnation....

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March 2017
Articles > Historical

Address at the thanksgiving service for 50 years of Evangelical Times.

Date: 04-02-2017 pm Speaker: Iain Murray Title: These Fifty Years Reference: Psalm 107:42-43 Please click here to download the mp3   This is a recording of the entire thanksgiving. Iain Murray’s address begins at 38:42

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March 2017
Articles > Historical

Britain’s decline and fall (4)

Continued from Britain’s decline and fall (3) The word ‘decadence’ (as with ‘decay’) implies decline from a previously held high moral standard. In the first three articles, we have seen how the high moral tone of nineteenth century Britain, set by evangelicalism, had sharply deteriorated by the middle of the twentieth century. This trend has continued, with marital unfaithfulness, selfishness, homosexuality — and its nasty by-product, gender fluidity — deeply impacting institutions and communities. Key factor We have also seen that a key, though by no means only, factor in this deterioration has been the influence of an elite circle called the Bloomsbury Sect, working hand-in-hand...

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March 2017
Articles > Historical

The life and legacy of William Bradford (1590-1657)

Puritanism has never been a popular ideology for most modern Westerners. Mention the word ‘Puritan’ or ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ to any American and the image comes to mind of a dour, black-garbed, Bible-thumping man. At best, someone might recall it was the Puritans that first made a substantial settlement in New England.  J. I. Packer describes this negative connotation best in his book Quest for godliness: ‘“Puritan” as a name was, in fact, mud from the start. Coined in the early 1560s, it was always a satirical smear word, implying peevishness, censoriousness, conceit and a measure of hypocrisy, over and above its basic implication of religiously...

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