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July 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Search the Scriptures

The Greek word here rendered search signifies a strict, close, diligent, curious search, such as men make when they are seeking gold, or hunters when they are in earnest after game. We must not rest content with having given a superficial reading to a chapter or two, but with the candle of the Spirit…

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July 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Danger of independency

Judges 18 tells us of the unsettled tribe of Danites seeking a place in Palestine to occupy. For that purpose they sent warriors into the hill country of Ephraim to find a territory to raid, capture and make their own. The Danites selected the town of Laish as their victim, partly because this region…

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July 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

War

Conflicts have raged between nations down through the centuries. In spite of efforts to bring about world peace, men continue to fight old battles and new ones begin. Somewhere, conflict rages in the world every moment. People continue to die when nearly everyone wants to have peace. Why are there wars? Fighting starts when…

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July 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The celebration of the Christian mind

A biblical world-view is attained by means of a Christian mind. But few themes can produce such yawns as those two words. Back in 1963 the Anglo-Catholic clergyman Harry Blamires wrote a book of that title in which he said, 'There is no longer a Christian mind' (p.3). In the past thirty years it…

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Historical

July 1995
Articles > Historical

Spurgeon’s battle with hyper-Calvinism

On 19 May Iain Murray was asked to address the annual Grace baptist assembly on the subject of C.H.Spurgeon and his battle with hyper-Calvinism'. It is not that this group of 1689 Confessionalists are drifting in that direction, indeed a better grasp of experiential Calvinism would lift us all - pulpits and churches. But,…

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July 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ the prophet in Deuteronomy 18

The word of the witch doctor still rules in much of Africa. Along a dirt road a white flag waves at the top of a tall pole. Come inside this hut and the shaman will curse your enemies or tell you to sacrifice one of your children so you may be assured of good…

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Historical

July 1995
Articles > Historical

Hannah More

Covent Garden theatre was viewed by eighteenth-century evangelicals as the greatest corrupter of morals in the kingdom. Playwrights spent their lives dreaming of putting on plays there as the crown of their life's work. One popular dramatist Hannah More, though very young, succeeded in having her plays run for weeks on end at Covent…

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June 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus paid it all

King Herod enjoyed playing to an audience, though the part he played was brutal and murderous. He executed James, brother of the apostle John. This pleased the Jews, so Herod went after Peter too. But God had said, 'Touch not mine anointed' (Psalm 105:15). The Lord Jesus warned that whoever offended one of these…

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June 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Don’t hit back

Unmortified retaliation will put a person in hell. The Son of God said, 'Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say unto you, that ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him…

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June 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

All sorts, diversity and variety

'For who maketh thee to differ one from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why dost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it?' (1 Corinthians 4:7). The apostle Paul wrote these words because of divisions in the Corinthian church. It was a…

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June 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

When children die

The day before Good Friday six-year-old Dafydd Elwyn Davies was walking with his mother Rhiain on the banks of the river Towy near Carmarthen when he fell in and was drowned. He was partly named after his grandfather, the former secretary of the Evangelical Movement of Wales. Dafydd's family are members of the Welsh…

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Historical

June 1995
Articles > Historical

Henry Martyn: pioneer missionary

During the 1830s a great poet emerged in America who was speedily acclaimed as 'The Cowper of the West', because of his deeply experimental religious verse. His name was John Greenleaf Whittier and he, like Cowper, had the spread of the gospel at heart. Cowper's verses praised the work of the Moravians who had…

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