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Christ in all the Scriptures
March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ in all the Scriptures

Why did those two despondent disciples, foot-sore and weary from trudging on the Emmaus road, turn round and walk the eleven kilometers back to Jerusalem late that evening? Reason would have suggested a good night's sleep and a hearty breakfast, a new day for a new deed. But they returned that evening not the…

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The cutting edge of a hard saying
March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge of a hard saying

Some people believe that the gospel of sovereign grace is a hard message. By this they do not mean that it is hard to understand. Often they have understood it perfectly and that is the problem. When the biblical gospel is faithfully preached, many people do not like what they hear. This is true…

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Letter from America
March 1995
United States of America

Letter from America

As the aircraft gently lifts off from Chicago, it leaves behind one of the busiest airports in the world. At first, it heads out over Lake Michigan before turning sharply around and flying back over Chicago. It is already dark outside, as I sit with my head pressed against the small window. Below, the city unfolds its pattern of lights, cars and skyscrapers. We pass over the downtown area, barely missing (so it seems) the tallest buildings, including the Sears tower, a monument to one of the largest retail companies in the USA. At night, it is easy to see the streets laid out below...

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The Cross of Christ
March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cross of Christ

In the New Testament, the word 'cross' invariably refers to the instrument on which Jesus Christ suffered death. The Greek word properly signifies a stake, or upright pole; but the Romans modified this form of punishment and scholars have therefore found it difficult to determine the precise form of our Lord's cross. It is…

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The language of faith … and a personal response.
March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The language of faith … and a personal response.

Dear Stuart, That our preaching should be as lucid as possible is not the issue, nor that there are certain archaic expressions in a few verses of some hymns as well as in some vases of the Authorized Version. You quote some of them and everyone acknowledges those embarrassing realities. Where then do we…

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The church in Israel today
March 1995
Israel

The church in Israel today

There is no doubt about it: the church of Christ in Israel has grown numerically over the last few years. Evangelism and the immigration of believing families, particularly from the former Soviet Union, have been the major sources of this growth. In addition, the number of Jewish-Christian families in Israel has also grown over the years, naturally leading to a growth in the number of children born to Jewish-Christian parents. New congregations have been formed in Jerusalem, Haifa and the centre of the country. The national Evangelistic Committee has continued to conduct co-operative evangelistic campaigns in various regions of Israel and on suitable occasions. Efforts...

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The language of faith a personal view …
March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The language of faith a personal view …

Everything that is said in a local church must be in a language understood by all; this the Word of God teaches clearly (1 Corinthians 14:1-25). But how narrowly should we interpret the word 'language'? What if everyone in the church speaks the same national language, but the vast majority also speak a dialect…

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Preaching the gospel properly: 3
March 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching the gospel properly: 3

It is time to be more positive, but there is, of course, no single way of preaching the gospel properly. God uses preachers of many different styles and methods to call his elect. It would be very dull if we all used exactly the same approach. Certainly, I have neither the right nor the…

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