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December 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

The perils of scientific illiteracy

When Pope Francis addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, he argued that ideas like the ‘big bang’ and evolution are perfectly compatible with the Christian faith (Address on occasion of inauguration of bust in honour of Pope Benedict XV1, Plenary session of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, 27 October 2014). Astonishingly, he declared: ‘When we read about creation in Genesis, we run the risk of imagining God was a magician, with a magic wand able to do everything. But that is not so’. That someone claiming to teach the Christian faith could have made such a statement beggars belief. Job said to God ‘I know that you...

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December 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

Angels and shepherds

Tea towel-turbaned children and cosy Christmas card scenes often spring to mind when we think about the shepherds. But what were these first eyewitnesses of the manger really like? Our research takes us to the account by Luke, the historian amongst Jesus’ four biblical biographers. But what would it have been like for Luke to do his research. We imagine a conversation with a shepherd, as Luke interviewed him when writing his Gospel. Luke: I’m glad to find you, because in my research I keep coming across stories about shepherds seeing Jesus in the manger. Shepherd: I’m not surprised. We were so excited that we...

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December 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

A soldier’s story (2)

Gavin Dickson continues sharing his life story (begun in November’s ET ): When the Scots Guards returned to Iraq in 2007 for Telic 7, an insurgency was raging throughout the country. So we had to exchange our berets for helmets and full body armour. In fact, you didn’t travel unless you were in an armoured vehicle. In 2005 we had moved around by driving in snatch wagons or cut-down Land Rovers, which were very exposed to the elements, especially the wind. Yet in 2007 we moved around in the Warrior, a 26-ton armoured fighting vehicle. The full force of the insurgents was felt by their...

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December 2018
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Eastern Africa > Comoros

Comoros

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December 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

From pavement to palace

Mark was a 27-year-old from Clwyd, working for a firm that fitted ten-pin bowling alleys. It was a job that many lads of his age would have been happy to have had, but Mark had bigger dreams. Like other young boys in North Wales he had grown up with the idea that London was a million miles away. It might as well have been! London was the place of excitement and endless opportunities. It was where young people wanted to be and where they could thrive. After all, there were only so many ten-pin bowling alleys that the people of Clwyd wanted. And what then?...

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December 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

Happy Christmas?

Gary Clayton reminds everyone, including Christians, what the Christmas season is all about. To millions around the world Christmas is the most eagerly anticipated time of the year. For some, it’s a time of joy, celebration, family and worship. For others, it can be a profoundly lonely, materialistic or depressing experience. Christmas, however one celebrates it, presents a number of problems, whether past, present or future. Some years ago, a parent taking on the role of Santa at a school fair departed from the traditional script when one of his young visitors went blank, having forgotten the presents he wanted. ‘Surely you’d like something for...

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December 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

The perfect man

Has there ever been a perfect human being? In spite of the praise and adoration we lavish on our heroes, saints and pop-idols, the answer has to be ‘no’. The Bible, however, claims a single exception to this rule. Jesus Christ, the Bible maintains, was the perfect man who shows us what humanity should look like. But who was Jesus Christ? Did he even exist historically? And if he did exist, who was he and what claims did he make? Historical evidence No serious historian doubts that Jesus of Nazareth existed — the son of a working-class family in first-century Roman-occupied Israel who became an...

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