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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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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
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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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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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October 2014
Articles > World Mission

‘More people, more active, more often’

This is the slogan of the Trafford sports centres. I have been visiting my local gym now for a number of years. One thing is certain, the gym is not working to anywhere near full capacity. This reminds me of many churches, and I think this would also make a great slogan for any…

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October 2014
Madagascar

Training in Madagascar

Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world. Situated off the east coast of South Africa, it is shaped like a large left foot, roughly 900 miles long and 350 miles at its widest. Carey Outreach Ministries has been assisting with the work of training ministers on the island of Madagascar for the…

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October 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

United to Christ

The apostle Paul often labours to explain and apply the consequences of a Christian’s identification with Christ in his death and resurrection. In 2 Corinthians 5, Paul makes clear that he no longer thinks of Christ as the world does, but as he is in truth: glorified, exalted, triumphant, reigning, saving with power. It…

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October 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The ABC of prayer

Do you pray? Do you realize that prayer is important? I’m sure some will respond, ‘Of course we do! We’ve heard that numerous times’. Yes and doubtless you will hear the same thing time and again. The fact is there are many things we need to hear repeatedly. The proof of that is the…

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Historical

October 2014
Articles > Historical

Spurgeon in Wales (2)

Death is no respecter of persons. Many of the miners at the neighbouring Black Vein colliery in Risca, known as the ‘death pit’, would have attended the preaching of C. H. Spurgeon at Abercarn (see ET, August 2014). They were, however, just six months away from a major disaster. Ebenezer Rogers also soon died…

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October 2014
Articles > World Mission > Africa

‘Great is thy faithfulness!’

24 March 2013 — this will always be one of the most memorable dates of my life, for reasons not usually associated with memorable dates. It was Palm Sunday and I was living in Gamboula, a village on the western side of the Central African Republic (CAR). During the previous three months, the peace…

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