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January 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

What is ‘a call to the ministry’?

The word 'apostle' means 'one sent'. In the strict and official sense it denotes 'the twelve' (and Paul, of course), all of whom were immediately 'sent' by the Lord and who therefore may be described as the apostles of Jesus Christ'(Luke 6:13; 1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1; 2 Peter 3:2). In a more…

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January 1995
Articles > Comment

Comment

We are pleased to learn that Gul Masih will begin 1995 a free man in Pakistan with no death sentence for blasphemy hanging over his head. Four years is a long time to spend in prison on trumped-up charges without the comfort of family, and under constant threat of abuse. We thank God that…

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January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Guilt-free Christianity

In the recently published book 'What would Jesus say?', a minister speculates on what Jesus might say to some modern-day celebrities. What, for instance, would Jesus say if he walked into one of Madonna's concerts? He believes Jesus would treat her as he did the adulterous woman of John 4 and challenge those who…

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Historical

January 1995
Articles > Historical

Born to be honest

There is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance; not an exotic, but a hardy plant, braced by the keen wind; not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with strong step and erect frame; it is…

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January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Maker of Heaven and Earth

The fact that God is the Creator of all things is the indispensable foundation upon which all other beliefs of Christianity are based. One of the ways we know God is through what we see around us: God is he who made the universe. That is his status. On this affirmation hangs everything we…

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Historical

January 1995
Articles > Historical

A great reformer dies

With the death of Dr Jacob Preus, one of the great champions of the Christian faith has been taken from this world. Dr Preus received international recognition in the 1970s when he was the president of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, a denomination of 3,000,000 members. Jack Preus led and won the battle to…

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January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Paul – the man of God

A treasured piece of Scripture (Acts 20:17-38) provides us with a vivid portrait of history's greatest Christian, both as a man and also as a missionary and pastor. With a few deft strokes on the canvas, in the centre of which stands Christ for whom the apostle Paul lived and died (Philippians 1:21), the…

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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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