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November 2014
News > Youth Features

Don’t waste your life – follow God fully! (2)

What does it mean for a true Christian to follow God fully? It means following the Lord: Consistently There are many who follow God in fits and starts. Their lives include periods of zeal and holiness, but also periods of laziness and sinfulness. They are not consistent in their walk with God. Their spiritual…

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Historical

November 2014
Articles > Historical

George Whitefield’s ministry in Scotland

Many might think of George Whitefield’s connections with Scotland in terms of his part in the Cambuslang Revival (1742) and sad dispute with Ralph and Ebenezer Erskine of the Associate Presbytery. It is not so well known that Whitefield visited Scotland on no less than 14 occasions between 1741 and 1768. He preached to…

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Historical

November 2014
Articles > Historical

Why remember George Whitefield?

When British Christians seem to be making little progress against the destructive tendencies of humanism, and false religions of various sorts appear to be capturing popular attention, why should we spend time considering a preacher born 300 years ago? Perhaps obsession with contemporary issues swamps our attention and we forget our need to study…

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November 2014
Scientific (including creation)

Cedar of Lebanon

In this article, we are looking not so much at trees themselves, as sourcing the wood for Solomon’s great temple, and also seeing what we can learn from a discovery 30 years ago. This discovery was the substantial remains of a first century fishing boat, in the mud of the Sea of Galilee. Boats…

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Historical

November 2014
Articles > Historical

Perceptions of war today

The Armistice between Germany and the Allies, at 11.00am on 11 November — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month — 1918, is remembered every year. The war began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, on 28 July 1914. Britain entered the conflict just over 100 years ago, on 4…

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Historical

November 2014
Articles > Historical

George Whitefield – the American connection

When George Whitefield stepped ashore in Savannah, Georgia, in May 1738, he had already preached to throngs in Bristol and London — preaching which ‘startled a nation’, as his biographer Dallimore put it. He came to Savannah in response to John Wesley’s plea for missionaries to Georgia, at which ‘my heart leaped within me’,…

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Historical

November 2014
Articles > Historical

‘The fields are white ready unto harvest’ – the preaching of George Whitefield

George Whitefield was always an avid reader. A few months after his conversion in spring 1735, he began to prayerfully peruse the biblical commentaries of William Burkitt and Matthew Henry. Both these Puritan authors had died at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Henry actually died the summer before Whitefield was born. Their commentaries…

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Lessons from the launch of the Persian Bible

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November 2014
Articles > Comment

Lessons from the launch of the Persian Bible

Recently I went to Elam Ministry’s service of dedication, to mark the translation of the whole of the Bible into modern Persian. Immediately I was captivated and lifted in my spirit. My first impression was the sheer beauty of the Iranian people, all dressed as befitted coming before a king — King Jesus! Oh…

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October 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Husband and wife co-pastors?

It was once a rising trend. It’s now a model for ministry for significant numbers of churches and pastors. It simultaneously offers itself as an example of deep partnership between husbands and wives, and yet dismisses biblical instruction. What am I talking about? The widespread approach to pastoral ministry, where a husband and a…

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Article

October 2014
Articles > World Mission

‘Innocent fun’? Think again!

Extensive research has discovered that the evils of pornography exist in every sector of society. How many people purchase the daily newspaper containing pictures of a less than scantily clad female and do not even hesitate, because over the years this behaviour has become normalised? Pornography is a largely invisible empire, catering to the…

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What God hears

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October 2014
Articles > Comment

What God hears

During my childhood, the natural reaction of most parents who heard their children using bad language was to say, ‘Wash your mouth out!’ These days, if an adult has the temerity to complain to a parent about a child’s bad language, the likely outcome is a mouthful of bad language from the parent as…

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Article

October 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: Can evangelism hinder conversion?

Over the past years I have re-read The diary of Kenneth MacRae (Banner of Truth), a Free Church of Scotland minister who ministered in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland, and for the last 35 years in Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. MacRae was a man of tremendous energy, who faithfully demonstrated the marks of…

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