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May 2018
Articles > Historical

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Billy Graham and the American presidents

Often regarded as ‘America’s pastor’, Rev. Billy Graham was vastly influential in the United States and around the world as a minister and evangelist. Ever a simple and humble man, he was close friends with nearly every US president since Truman. Born in 1918, he was alive from the presidency of Woodrow Wilson to that of Donald Trump. Graham treated each president with transparency and grace. His goal was ‘to bring out the best in people, even presidents, because that tended to be all that he saw in them. Whatever faults they had, he would not be the one sitting in judgment’ (Time, 21 Feb....

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May 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France > News > Events > Persecution

Carcassonne terrorist attack: a Christian response

Terrorism has hit again! Since Friday 23rd March, France has been in shock. The attack in Carcassonne and Trèbes left four people dead and many injured physically and psychologically. The French are sad, angry and indignant. As Christians, how should we react? What thoughts should guide us?  Today we want to weep with those who weep (Rom 12.15). We want to pray for those who suffer the loss of a loved one. We want to pray for them to find their consolation in God.  “Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all”(Romans 12:17). While...

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April 2018
Articles > Youth Features

YOUTH FEATURE: Star Wars, Episode VIII, The Last Jedi : a personal reflection

I grew up on TV, and as a child had a particular interest in science fiction. What interested me was not who the actors or actresses were, but what the film was about, how it related to real life, what it meant. I often analysed the films I watched and discussed the characters with my friends. By the time I went to college in my teens, I was well-versed in films, going to the cinema pretty much every Saturday night. I embarked on communication studies at A level, which meant I immersed myself in sociology, psychology and the media. I got an A-grade in exams...

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April 2018
Articles > Youth Features

The RAF at 100; SASRA at 180

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed on the 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service merged to form the world’s first independent air force. This took place during some of the most bitter fighting of the Great War (First World War). Soviet Russian forces had signed a peace treaty with the central powers at Brest-Litovsk, on 3 March 1918, ending Russia’s participation in the war. This allowed the German army to transfer large numbers of men and their equipment from the eastern to the western front. On 21 March 1918, with 50 extra divisions at his disposal,...

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April 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ’s resurrection and our justification

How is the resurrection of Christ linked to the idea of justification in the New Testament? To answer this question, we must first explore the use and meaning of the term ‘justification’ in the New Testament. Confusion about this has provoked some of the fiercest controversies in the history of the church. The Protestant Reformation itself was fought over the issue of justification. In all its complications, the unreconciled and unreconcilable difference in the debate came down to the question of whether our justification before God is grounded in the infusion of Christ’s righteousness into us, by which we become inherently righteous; or in the...

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April 2018
Articles > Historical

The Reformed tradition on Israel is diverse

Is the Reformed tradition historically supersessionist? That is, have theologians following the Calvinist trajectory always taught that the church supersedes Israel without remainder, such that the non-Jesus-accepting people of Israel and that little territory on the Mediterranean are no longer theologically significant? One might think so. After all, John Calvin wrote that because the Jews did not ‘reciprocate’ as willing partners in God’s covenant, ‘they deserve to be repudiated’ (Institutes, 4.2.3). There is only one covenant for Calvin, so the new covenant did not replace the old; yet the church is the new recipient of the Old Testament promises made to Jewish Israel. There is...

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April 2018
Articles > Historical

David Brainerd

David Brainerd was born 300 years ago, on 20 April 1718, and died on 20 October 1747. His father was Hezekiah Brainerd and his mother Dorothy (née Mason). On his mother’s side, an impeccable pedigree of Puritan preachers both in England and New England, and a great uncle who had been Oliver Cromwell’s chief justice, brought prestige and distinction to the family. But it is the sixth of their nine children, David, who we remember. From his birthplace Haddam, in the Connecticut River Valley, David Brainerd’s life has shot a meteoric flame, the likes of which has seldom been known. In David Brainerd, servant of...

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April 2018
Articles

‘He is a Luther’: a sestercentennial (250 years) appreciation of the life and ministry of Joshua Marshman

Stephen Neill, the well-known historian of missions, has observed that the partnership known to history as the Serampore Trio — that between William Carey (1761–1834), William Ward (1769–1823), and Joshua Marshman (1768–1837) — is one that has ‘few parallels in Christian history’. Reading through the letters and journals of these three men, there is no hint of jealousy or attempt by any of them to lord it over the others. The quality of the friendship between them takes on added lustre when it is recognised that it flourished amidst various setbacks and challenges. In the history of this community, however, it is chiefly Carey that...

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