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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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January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching the gospel properly

PART 2 Hyper-calvinism and the call of the gospel by David J. Engelsma (Reformed Free Publishing Association, 216 pages) is the greatly enlarged edition of a book which seeks to defend the teachings of a small American denomination, the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC), and its UK counterpart, the British Reformed Fellowship. However, 'defend' is…

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January 1995
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The State of the Nation

Where there is no vision, the people perish' (Proverbs 29: 18) might also be translated, 'Where there is ignorance of God, the people run wild.' Ignorance of God has characterized our generation. It can be seen today in many different ways: in the decline of the national church, in particular, but also in the…

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Do not trust your FEELINGS

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January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Do not trust your FEELINGS

The other day I was trying to explain the principle of sola Scriptura to someone. It was not going very well. She did not have a problem with Scriptura. Her problem was with sola. Her problem was not with the Bible itself. It was with the Bible's uniqueness. She readily agreed that the Bible…

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A confusion of demons

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January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

A confusion of demons

When, in the late 1980s, evangelical book reviewers commended Frank E. Peretti's novels it was because they felt. (a) they were a good read, and (b) they were leading sellers in Christian fiction, and readers needed to be aware of what was happening in that sphere. One could appreciate the sense of dark evil…

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Cotton Mather (1663-1728): Puritan Pietist

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January 1995
Articles > Historical

Cotton Mather (1663-1728): Puritan Pietist

Cotton Mather, grandson of the American Puritan pioneers John Cotton and Richard Mather, was born on 12 February 1663, in Boston, Massachusetts, the first child of Increase and Maria Mather. His life was remarkable from the beginning as he started to pray, read and write simultaneous with his acquirement of his mother tongue, so…

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