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January 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Maintaining the foolish practice – preaching as evangelism in the 21st century

It was to a church, struggling with theological and ecclesiological tensions, that Paul first described the practice of preaching as ‘foolishness’ (1 Corinthians 1:20-2:16). He called preaching ‘foolish’, because Greek philosophy was at that time communicated through a self-conscious form of oratory and public discourse. Surely, if the mysteries of the divine and the…

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January 2015
Articles > Historical

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and his early relationship with Welsh evangelicals

Lloyd-Jones’s relationship with Welsh students and later with the Bala Conference pastors stands in sharp contrast to his relationship with evangelical pastors in Wales during the pre-war period. The former was a dynamic, warm and open relationship, while the latter was a more distant one. Lloyd-Jones explains why he had kept aloof from pre-war…

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January 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Keeping body and soul together

When the apostle Paul found himself in a Roman prison cell, approaching the end of his earthly life, he wrote the following request to my namesake Timothy: ‘When you come, bring the cloak that I left with Carpus at Troas, also the books, and above all the parchments’ (2 Timothy 4:13). The request divides…

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Sacrificing sacrifice

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January 2015
Articles > Guest column

Sacrificing sacrifice

There are some trends in evangelical thinking that delight me; others create concern. I am still shocked by how quickly fads come, cause immense fascination and euphoria, and then disappear like a vapour. How much evangelical energy is wasted on these is beyond calculation. But, since I have been a Christian, I have noticed…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Seeking & finding

Before coming to know the Lord Jesus, I used to think the Bible was changed every year. When I first heard about God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, I thought Christianity changes every time. And when I began to be a friend of Jonathan, now my husband, I said to him, ‘I don’t mean…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Learning from Zacharias and Elisabeth

400 years of silence! This was a long time to wait for God to reveal the Saviour, who had last been spoken of by the prophet Malachi, in the very last book of the Old Testament. Many of the Jews had forgotten all about it. In many Jewish families, husband-wife relationships were breaking down…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

God’s love to the rebellious

I was born in the railway town of Crewe, on 25 April 1962, the youngest of three boys. My father was pastor of a backstreet church there. My early days were good ones. The things I used to do were typical of what boys did. However, being a pastor’s son, expectations for good behaviour…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Life through Christ

I came to live in Flint when I was four years old. It was a Saturday; and on the Sunday I was taken to Sunday school. I continued to go to church, took part in all its activities and eventually became a Sunday school teacher. A few years ago an incident occurred which led…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Early impressions of Moldova

Maureen Wise, compassionate missionary to Moldova, shares impressions on serving the Lord in Eastern Europe. The initial buzz of conversation in the plane had quietened as passengers lapsed into reverie or sleep. I was returning from Moldova and, starved of news for the preceding months, I was devouring the contents of a Romanian newspaper…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Where is God when things go wrong?

Ten years ago, on 26 December 2004, the worst recorded tsunami, and one of the worst earthquakes for human casualties ever, took place. Its epicentre was off the coast of Sumatra, Indonesia. About 250,000 people from all over the world, including many holiday-makers, were killed, one third of them children. The appalling devastation following…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Be careful who you listen to!

Some decades ago in America, a train was travelling west in the depths of winter. It was freezing cold and snowing heavily, with blizzard conditions. On board was a young woman with her baby who wanted to leave the train at one of the remote stations along the route. Owing to the region’s remoteness,…

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December 2014
Evangelistic

Real goodness

Alcohol abuse and physical abuse were common in our household from as early as I can remember and, when I was six, my parents got divorced. I stayed with my mother, who instilled a moral compass and good values in me. At home life wasn’t easy for me. I was the eldest of two…

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