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April 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Romania

Romania

Romania is a sovereign state located in Southeastern Europe It borders the Black Sea, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Hungary, Serbia, and Moldova. It has an area of 238,391 square kilometres (92,043 sq mi) and a temperate-continental climate. With over 19 million inhabitants, the country is the seventh-most-populous member state of the European Union. Its capital and largest city, Bucharest, is the sixth-largest city in the EU, with 1,883,425 inhabitants as of 2011. The River Danube, Europe’s second-longest river, rises in Germany and flows in a general southeast direction for 2,857 km (1775 mi), coursing through ten countries before emptying into Romania’s Danube Delta. The Carpathian Mountains, which cross Romania from the north...

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April 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

A pocket guide to visiting God.

Hebrews 10:19-22 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus,  by a new and living way which He consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, His flesh, and having a High Priest over the house of God,  let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.* Even when the Obama’s visited Buckingham Palace they still needed to be aware of the correct protocol for entering the presence of the Queen. There is a correct way to behave. There is a...

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April 2017
Uncategorised > Historical

The surprising story of David Michell (part2)

Part 1 is here. After the Japanese attack on Pearl harbour and the entry of the United States into the war the situation became rapidly more difficult for all the children and teachers at the Chefoo School.   Chefoo School The fighting in the local area between the Japanese and the Chinese had intensified. A letter had been sent to all the parents of the children at the school saying that the school would remain open for the time being. This was mainly because any other option seemed even more dangerous than staying where they were. The weeks that followed in 1942 can be summed...

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April 2017
Articles > Historical

The surprising story of David Michell (Part 3)

Part 1 is here Part 2 is here Six months after the death of Eric Liddell the prisoners in Weihsien concentration camp were liberated. On August 15th 1945, following the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the Japanese surrendered, though this was not known at Weihsien. Two days later an American B24 plane flew over the camp and seven GIs floated down by parachute and the war was over for those within its walls. Hard as the experience had been for the parentless children in Weihsien, it was even worse for the parents, especially the mothers. Alice Taylor had four children at Chefoo. ‘One...

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Children, fathers, youths (3)
April 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

Children, fathers, youths (3)

Continued from Children, fathers, youths (2) In previous articles we considered the passage in 1 John 2:12-14, where the apostle addresses his readers as ‘children, fathers, and young men. I suggested that John was not writing to three different groups within the church, but to the whole church as having the characteristics of children (new life and innocence through the forgiveness of sins), parents (spiritual wisdom), and youths (spiritual vigour and strength). Finally, then, in what way do believers resemble ‘young men’? What are the characteristics of spiritual youth? John gives the answer in the closing words of this passage: ‘I have written to you young...

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April 2017
Evangelistic

The breaking dawn

At sunset and sunrise, a soldier in the field will be told to ‘Stand to’. These periods — just before sunset, when the light is dimming and it’s harder to see the enemy approach; or just before dawn, when the night is at its darkest, until the sun has broken over the horizon and the day’s routine begins — are the two times when a unit in the field is at its most vulnerable. Night vision equipment doesn’t function well and the human eye struggles to adjust to the changes in the light. They are also the most nerve-wracking periods for an infantry soldier. The...

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April 2017
Articles > Guest column

Don’t forget that Jesus is alive!

The words of the angel to the two Marys, ‘He is not here; for he is risen’ (Matthew 28:6), changed everything. Despair was vanquished by hope, faith triumphed over doubt, and weakness gave birth to strength. As then, so now. We rightly emphasise the centrality of the cross to our Christian faith. At Calvary, the Lord Jesus Christ took our place, paid the penalty for our sins, and reconciled us to God. Having lived our life, he died our death. The empty tomb, however, is perhaps neglected. We believe in the resurrection of Jesus as both historical fact and doctrinal necessity, but subconsciously at least,...

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April 2017
Articles > World Mission

Beauty for ashes

No doubt you saw pictures on the news when it happened: Yezidi and Christian refugees fleeing from the savage onslaught of ISIS; concrete shells hastily tarped up as makeshift accommodation; huge refugee camps set up to care for those who have sought refuge in the much more welcoming, self-autonomous Kurdistan region. But there is another tragedy which goes largely unreported: the economic catastrophe that is still unfolding in Kurdistan (located in the north of Iraq). Teachers and other public sector employees are six months behind on wages, and some have had their salaries slashed by up to 75 per cent. Shops are closing left, right...

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April 2017
Articles > World Mission

The gospel challenges the Islamic worldview

Islam is not a unified or homogeneous religious system. Rather it is a varied and colourful array of sometimes contradictory ideas. Some Muslims say that it is basically peace-loving. These liberals are happy to espouse Western ideas, like democracy, freedom of belief, pluralism, humanism, and the like. Some go as far as adopting New Testament terms and concepts, such as love, chastity, and new life. In contrast, Jihadists and hardliners openly advocate their right to hate, persecute and even murder infidels (non-Muslims) and Muslims who disagree with their beliefs and ways of life. In between these extremes there are numerous other forms of Islam. Islamic...

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April 2017
Evangelistic

A matter of life and death

The celebrated Liverpool manager Bill Shankly famously said, ‘Some people believe football is a matter of life and death … it is much, much more important than that’. Such sentiments have been echoed by many an ardent football fan, while they remain a complete mystery to those for whom ‘the beautiful game’ holds no appeal. For some of us it’s football; for others it’s rugby or some other sport; or music, art, politics, or something else. We all have something that we are passionate about, something that at times seems more important than either life or death. And yet, deep down, we know that there...

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April 2017
Scientific (including creation)

The age of the earth and why it matters

The Bible teaches that God created the earth approximately 6,000 years ago. From time to time, we meet people who reject evolution and would call themselves ‘creationists’, but who, nevertheless, accept that the earth and its rocks are millions of years old. In some cases, they feel that identifying as ‘young earth creationists’ would cause them to appear foolish and that this would undermine the credibility of their Christian witness. In responding to this, I believe that it is a mistake to begin with science. Instead, I find a better approach is to talk about God, his nature and glory, his original, perfect creation and how...

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April 2017
Articles > Historical

Plague summer

There are some dates in British history that everyone remembers: 1966, when England won the football world cup; 1066, the Battle of Hastings; and 1666, the Great Fire of London. Many people probably know what happened in 1665 also, the year before the Great Fire. That was when the Great Plague occurred in London and other parts of the land, resulting in an estimated 100,000 deaths. Fewer people realise that outbreaks of plague were, in fact, endemic in early modern England and throughout Europe. The second most serious epidemic of the killer disease in England broke out in early summer 1625, and ultimately around 40,000...

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