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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The language of faith … and a personal response.

This article is a response to The language of faith, a personal view Dear Stuart, That our preaching should be as lucid as possible is not the issue, nor that there are certain archaic expressions in a few verses of some hymns as well as in some verses of the Authorized Version. You quote…

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March 1995
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Israel

The church in Israel today

There is no doubt about it: the church of Christ in Israel has grown numerically over the last few years. Evangelism and the immigration of believing families, particularly from the former Soviet Union, have been the major sources of this growth. In addition, the number of Jewish-Christian families in Israel has also grown over the years, naturally leading to a growth in the number of children born to Jewish-Christian parents. New congregations have been formed in Jerusalem, Haifa and the centre of the country. The national Evangelistic Committee has continued to conduct co-operative evangelistic campaigns in various regions of Israel and on suitable occasions. Efforts...

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The language of faith a personal view …

Everything that is said in a local church must be in a language understood by all; this the Word of God teaches clearly (1 Corinthians 14:1-25). But how narrowly should we interpret the word 'language'? What if everyone in the church speaks the same national language, but the vast majority also speak a dialect…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching the gospel properly: 3

It is time to be more positive, but there is, of course, no single way of preaching the gospel properly. God uses preachers of many different styles and methods to call his elect. It would be very dull if we all used exactly the same approach. Certainly, I have neither the right nor the…

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March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Counterfeit religion

Spot the difference There are but two religions in this world. One is true; the other is false. The religion of the Bible is the religion of free grace. It traces salvation to God and ascribes the work of salvation to God alone. All false religion is the religion of free will. Freewillism, no…

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February 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

User-friendly churches

The experts are touting the concept of the 'user-friendly church'. Borrowing a term from the high-tech industries, church specialists are advocating a new approach to church ministry. Church growth can be accelerated, they say, if pastors and church leaders will concentrate their energies on making the church as non-threatening as possible for the unchurched.…

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February 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Are we proud ?

'Oh, you conservative evangelicals! You think you're so clever! You think you're right and everyone else is wrong!' Have you heard that complaint? I have heard it a few times, once or twice from unexpected sources. Is the complaint valid? Is the accusation just? It had better not be! Luther heard that accusation. 'Are…

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February 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ in all the Scriptures

Why did those two despondent disciples, foot-sore and weary from trudging on the Emmaus road, turn round and walk the eleven kilometers back to Jerusalem late that evening? Reason would have suggested a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, a new day for a new deed. But they returned that evening not the…

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February 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Do you believe in predestination?

A number of years ago when the Calvinist / Arminian controversy was being actively discussed in Scotland, one man stood up in a prayer meeting end preyed, 'I thank you, Lord, that there is no such word as predestination in the Bible'. It perhaps reflected, sadly, that in coming to conclusions upon matters of…

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Dancing Along. The Journey to the Orthodox Church

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February 1995
Cults and other religions

Dancing Along. The Journey to the Orthodox Church

Frank Schaeffer, the only son of the late Francis Schaeffer, has become the most famous and militant convert to the Eastern Orthodox Church. His new 300 page book, Dancing alone: the quest for Orthodox faith in the age of false religion, has just appeared (Holy Cross Press, Massachusetts, $20). In his foreword the Greek…

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February 1995
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

‘Enlightened ones’

‘I am the light of the world; he who follows me shall not walk in the darkness, but shall have the light of life’ (John 8:12). The desire to have some insight into the present and/ or past is one which drives all those who think and especially those who think in religious terms. It is clear, however, that restricted to the senses, we stand under a lonely street light in the midst of an encompassing darkness. The attempt to see beyond this personal cone of consciousness is one of the greatest witnesses to the fact that we are spiritual creatures. The night about us...

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January 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

From China to Toronto

In the early 1930s, in spite of a growing threat of invasion, there was in many parts of China a powerful surge of evangelistic activity. God had given to the churches several preachers and leaders of outstanding spiritual calibre, Dr John Sung, for instance, was described by Leslie Lyall in his biography as 'the…

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