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March 2016
News > Youth Features

Don’t read this…

Don’t read this… unless you are a Christian! Seriously, I invite those who are not believers in Jesus Christ to turn their eyes in another direction — and read something else, for this is for believers only. My Christian friend, I want to talk to you. I want to talk to you about how…

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A happy marriage

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March 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A happy marriage

Statistics show a total of 26,254 marriages registered in Singapore during 2013. But the total number of marital dissolutions rose four per cent — from 7,237 in 2012 to 7,525 in 2013. Here are some suggested helps for a healthy, God-centred marital life, in the midst of the mounting challenges facing many marriages. Nothing…

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March 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘It takes all sorts!’

‘It takes all sorts!’ This expression was sometimes heard in the railway office in which I once worked. We were an exceedingly diverse work force. I used to sit opposite a Muslim lady, and we got on quite well. One or two of the work force weren’t long out of college, yet there was…

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The historical Adam (3): does it matter?

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February 2016
Articles > Guest column

The historical Adam (3): does it matter?

In January’s guest column we considered the scientific data that leads some professing evangelicals to argue Adam cannot have been a real, historical individual; or, at least, not the ancestor of all humans. We pointed out problems with those arguments and highlighted data supporting the Bible’s claim that humans were separately created from the…

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February 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: Should there be a dress code for Christian meetings?

Does how we dress matter? Dress obviously mattered to the recently elected executive chairman of Barclays Bank. On assuming control, he banished flip-flops and T-shirts from their Canary Wharf head office because, ‘It’s important that we present the right image’. Apparently flip-flops and high powered banking just do not mix! Dress also mattered to…

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News

February 2016
News > Youth Features

Yorkshire camps new venue

After two weeks of torrential rain, it was yet another answer to prayer that the official opening of Yorkshire Camps’ new venue — on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 November — was on a dry weekend, even if the countryside was dusted with snow. About 400 people, including local farmers, councillors, dignitaries and neighbours,…

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Article

February 2016
Articles > World Mission

Women missionaries: superwomen or just like us?

As a child, I read biographies of female missionaries like Mary Slessor, Amy Carmichael, Isobel Kuhn, Gladys Aylward, Helen Roseveare and Elizabeth Elliot. I was inspired by these women, giants of faith, and their lives spoke to me of struggle and sacrifice leading to great blessing. God continues to use women in his worldwide…

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February 2016
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Vital warnings

As news broke about Volkswagen’s (VW) illegal practices and consequent disgrace over exhaust emissions, David’s lament for King Saul came strongly to mind — ‘How are the mighty fallen!’ (2 Samuel 1:19). Saul was a mighty man, head and shoulders above his brethren, but he too suffered a fatal fall. There are significant parallels…

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February 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘On this rock’ (2)

A fourth reason (continued from ET, January 2016) for not taking the Roman Catholic view that Peter was the first pope of Rome, is the rejection of this idea by a majority of the early Church Fathers. It is demonstrably not the case that everyone used to believe in the Roman view of Peter and…

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Historical

February 2016
Articles > Historical

Jonathan Edwards: missionary to the Indians

On a wintry Lord’s Day in January 1751, in the frontier village of Stockbridge, Massachusetts, Jonathan Edwards preached one of his first sermons as a prospective missionary to the Mohawk and Mohican Indians. Edwards made a connection between the biblical narrative and the situation unfolding before him, not only for his Native American Indian…

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February 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Remember the prisoners

The writer of the New Testament letter to the Hebrews exhorts Christians to ‘remember those in prison’ (13:3). But how easy is it for UK Christians to do this? How can we possibly understand the suffering that so many of our fellow-Christians are experiencing? I believe it means firstly understanding what the ‘church’ is.…

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‘You must be born again!’ (1)

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February 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘You must be born again!’ (1)

It may be a stretch to call Jesus’ encounter with Nicodemus (John 2:23–3:15) a conversation in any conventional sense; it was more of a master class between a professor and student. For me it recalls the early 1970s and weekly seminars in Professor Paul Woolley’s church history course at Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia. The prof’s…

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