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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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May 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The brevity of life

When I was a child, I thought there were three types people in the world - the aged, the young adults and the children. Or to put it in my childish thought-pattern then - our grandparents, our parents and us. To my young mind, things were meant to remain that way for ever. But,…

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May 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The loss of a poor soul

What shall it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul ? No one can adequately describe the loss of the soul. No one can paint this dreadful picture in its true colours. You and I will never fully understand what it means to lose one's soul until…

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Historical

May 1995
Articles > Historical

David Brainerd: God’s Hiawatha

During my youth, two things fought for pre-eminence in my imagination: the call of the wild and my flights of fancy on the wings of poetry. I loved to follow in my mind's eye the adventures of Pathfinder and the Last of the Mohicans. Even more enrapturing were the true American backwoodsman tales of…

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A spot of family history

Historical

May 1995
Articles > Historical

A spot of family history

My paternal grandfather David Honeysett (1840 1925) had a daughter who died in infancy, and two sons John and Joseph, there being two years' difference between their ages. My father was born on 14 April 1881 and his mother was buried the following Christmas Day. I have heard him relate how after the funeral…

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Historical

May 1995
Articles > Historical

Cornelius Van Til

One hundred years ago on Friday 3 May 1895, to Ite and Klazina Van Til a sixth child, Cornelis (sic), was born. The birth took place on a forty-acre farm in Grootegast, Holland, in a solid old farmhouse with its red tile roof and attached barn. The end of the nineteenth century was a…

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