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‘Who hath believed our report?’

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January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘Who hath believed our report?’

Both Isaiah and Paul refer to the gospel as a 'report'. Isaiah says in chapter 53 and verse 1: 'Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?' Paul follows in Romans 10:16: 'But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed…

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All things work together for good

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January 1970
Articles > Biblical/theological

All things work together for good

Nothing is isolated. If we look at isolated events and try to judge the goodness of God's providence by them, we will always fail to see it. Providence uses all things together, like gears and wheels in a great piece of machinery. Be sure you mark that word 'work'. Paul does not say all…

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The Spanish Inquisition

Historical

January 1970
Articles > Historical

The Spanish Inquisition

The Spanish Inquisition In 1478 the Catholic monarchs of Spain, Ferdinand and Isabella, bolstered political and religious unity within their 'Christian' country by establishing the Holy Office, or Spanish Inquisition.  In the first instance this was directed against Jews and Muslims, but as the Reformation took hold of Europe, it was used against Protestants. One…

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Guest Column – What is Reformed Experimental Preaching?

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January 1970
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – What is Reformed Experimental Preaching?

You probably know that, historically, Reformed and Puritan preaching was 'experimental' preaching. But do you understand what is meant by the term experimental or experiental?The term comes from the Latin word experimentum, derived from a verb which means to ‘try, test, prove, or put to the test’. The same verb can also mean ‘to…

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Deconstructing evangelicalism (2)

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January 1970
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Deconstructing evangelicalism (2)

Massive cultural shifts within Western society have resulted in what might be called the deconstruction of 'evangelicalism'. This time-honoured and once comprehensible term for New Testament Christianity has been forced to bear new and often contradictory meanings, as we began to see last month.Then I considered 'traditional evangelicalism' and 'pragmatic evangelicalism'. This month I…

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Beware virtual history!

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January 1970
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Beware virtual history!

Christian faith stands or falls on history. Without the great events of revelation and salvation it loses substance. Its confessions contain vital historical references such as the facts that Christ was 'crucified under Pontius Pilate' and rose 'on the third day'.Theological liberalism, as exemplified by the 19th century Tübingen school, understood this perfectly, and…

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Youth Supplement – A man and a brother

News

January 1970
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – A man and a brother

A man and a brother William Wilberforce was born on 24 August 1759 to Robert and Elizabeth Wilberforce. His family were wealthy merchants and he was able to attend Hull Grammar School starting in 1767. There he received a good education and, having remarkable elocution, was often made to stand on a table and read…

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Dominionism and the rise of Christian imperialism

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January 1970
Articles > Biblical/theological

Dominionism and the rise of Christian imperialism

Dominionism and the rise of Christian imperialismThere has always been a vein of 'dominionism' embedded among the strata of Christian doctrine. Historically, this seam has sometimes been submerged, but when exposed it has given rise to serious abuses committed in the name of Christ. Dominionism is an aberration of true Christian theology and a…

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Forgiving Ourselves

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January 1970
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forgiving Ourselves

Forgiveness — the unmerited Gift of God's Free GraceA couple wrote to a Radio Bible Class counselling department: ‘My husband and I are born again, but we both sinned before our marriage. I even had an abortion. We want our lives to count for the Lord, but we cannot forget how terribly we sinned…

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Noah and the work of faith

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January 1970
Articles > Biblical/theological

Noah and the work of faith

Noah and the work of faithBy faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith(Hebrews 11:7).Having considered 'Abel and the nature of faith'…

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Concerning Cults

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January 1970
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Two-by-Twos: the Nameless CultEryl DaviesIf you want to understand the 'Two-by-Two' or nameless group, you need to be aware of the following four things. First, several divisions have taken place during their one hundred years history, which we reviewed in the previous article. One splinter-group can be identified as the 'Cooneyites' who followed Edward…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

January 1970
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

John Sutcliff (1752-1814) - Part 2Last month we introduced John Sutcliff, pastor of the Olney Baptist Church, Buckinghamshire. In the 1780s, Sutcliff became increasingly involved in the affairs of the Northamptonshire Association of Baptist Churches, to which his church belonged. He drew up the circular letter that the association sent annually to its member…

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