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December 2016
Evangelistic

How I became a Christian

I was not born a Christian just because I was brought up in this country with its Christian heritage, or because I was baptised and confirmed in the local Anglican church and became a choirboy. My parents had no interest in the Bible, and so there was not a copy to be found in…

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December 2016
Finland

From blasphemer to preacher

I was not brought up in a Christian home, although my mum and dad were in certain ways quite religious and members of the Russian Orthodox Church in Finland, where I was baptised as a baby. My mum and dad divorced when I was about seven years old, leaving me and my younger brother…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

More than words

For the Christian, carol singing should be about more than hitting the right notes, Simoney Kyriakou explains. Carols by candlelight, Michaelmas music, Christmas carol service, nine lessons and carols: whatever we call it, this is the one event nearly every Christian denomination spends a lot of time, money and dedication in preparing. Each year,…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

The angels’ message to the shepherds – and to us

Angels and shepherds. It’s hard to escape them at this time of year. You’ll find them on Christmas cards, in shop windows and at the school nativity play; not to mention the carols we hear as we turn on our radios and TVs, or make our way through shopping centres and major railway stations.…

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December 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

The wonder of Christ’s person

Is Jesus really God? In AD 319, Arius, a deacon in Alexandria, fired the first shots in a 60-year war that would come to engulf all of Christianity in the Roman empire. Arius argued, ‘If the Father begat the Son, then he who was begotten had a beginning in existence, and from this it…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

The light has dawned

Winter is here again with its dark evenings and mornings. We will often find ourselves walking in its darkness; it’s not surprising that Christmas lights are so popular. Every year more of us fight the darkness by brightening up our homes and gardens with hundreds of festive lights. Worldwide darkness Do you feel that…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

50 years on

I was born in Nottingham in 1949. My family was respectable, but with no serious interest in God. Church was only for family occasions like christenings and weddings. 50 years ago this month, I trusted in Jesus Christ to be my Saviour and Lord, and my life changed direction. Superficially, that change seemed to…

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‘For a while’

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December 2016
Evangelistic

‘For a while’

Bala in North Wales is a very Welsh town. The language spoken in the homes and shops is Welsh, and the names of the houses you pass are, with very few exceptions, Welsh. One of these exceptions is the nameplate on a house passed if you enter Bala from the Dogellau road. The name…

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December 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christmas wonder

At this time of year, our minds are drawn to the wonder of the birth — the incarnation — of Jesus Christ. Referring to Christ’s incarnation, the Bible says: ‘Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

Taking God seriously

Recently I read of an unnerving experience that happened to a pastor and his wife flying back from a Christian conference abroad. The conduct they witnessed teaches us a great deal about human behaviour and attitudes. They were flying from Portland back to Los Angeles and all seemed to be going well. All of…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

Two views from space

The year 2011 was remembered as the 50th anniversary of the Russian Uri Gagarin’s first flight into space. Though his exact words have been disputed, and communist propaganda was undoubtedly at work, Gagarin is famously said to have quipped, ‘I see no God up here’. In 2012 the American Neil Armstrong passed away. He…

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December 2016
Evangelistic

Christianity and Christmas

Paul Mackrell encourages both Christians and non-Christians not to confuse true Christianity with the trappings of Christmas. Annual national events seem to be getting bigger and bigger. More chocolate is now eaten at Easter than ever before. The mix of childish and sinister rituals that is Halloween grows with each succeeding year. And Remembrance…

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