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All articles in category United States of America

February 2017
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The rise and decline of evangelicalism in the United States (1967-2017)

There can be no question that something extraordinary was happening spiritually at the end of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, just as Evangelical Times was beginning its ministry. Thousands of young people came to Christ, campus ministries exploded with growth, and hundreds of young men flooded into the seminaries. The year 1976 was named ‘The year of the evangelical’ by Time Magazine,and Jimmy Carter, a professed evangelical, was elected president of the United States. Though there was at the same time much hand-wringing over the nation’s moral decline, with the benefit of hindsight we can see that a ‘revival’ of sorts burst on...

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Creation ministry in California
July 2015
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Creation ministry in California

Professor Andy McIntosh of ACM Creation ministries, recently spent several days in the USA. From 8-14 April, he was in California. He writes: This valuable time in California began with a four-day Alpha Omega conference, where creation themes were presented by Andrew Snelling (Answers in Genesis), myself and Randy Gulliuza of Institute of Creation Research. It was a privilege to hear these speakers present their material, as well as take part myself in a range of talks. Meetings were held at the Shashta Bible College and churches in a wide area, reaching down from Redding to Sacramento. Though not large, the seminaries I visited at Shashta...

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Missionary Spotlight – Chapel Library
November 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Chapel Library

Missionary Spotlight Chapel Library a grace-exalting ministry Mount Zion Bible Church (MZBC) in Pensacola, Florida, oversees six gospel ministries. The best known is Chapel Library which reprints and distributes tracts, booklets and paperbacks free of charge. Chapel publishes literature by great preachers and writers of the past, such as Charles Spurgeon, Arthur Pink, the Bonar brothers, J. C. Ryle and the Puritans. We publish a few living authors, such as A. N. Martin and Erroll Hulse. Magazines A second ministry is publishing two quarterly magazines: Free grace broadcaster (FGB) – our quarterly digest of reformed articles – and A. W. Pink’s Studies in the Scriptures....

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Missionary Spotlight-EP Conference, USA
February 2006
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Missionary Spotlight-EP Conference, USA

The first Evangelical Press Conference in the USA took place on 11-13 November 2005 at Berean Baptist Church, Grand Blanc, Michigan, under the title, ‘The gospel of Jesus Christ: defended and proclaimed’. Over the past five years the church has seen several hundred people brought to Christ and the conference had a corresponding evangelistic thrust. We were glad to welcome as speakers Dr John Blanchard and Pastor Roger Ellsworth, along with members of the EP board. We were also delighted that the Lord drew many visitors to each of the sessions, with congregations of up to 500 filling the auditorium to near capacity. John Blanchard...

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December 2004
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Missionary Spotlight-Church alive

We are often told by the media that the Christian Church is losing members and dying on its feet. This is not true either in the UK or internationally. Some churches may be declining, but in others God is working powerfully. We bring you the story of one, a once-small Baptist church in the USA where several hundreds have come to a living experience of Jesus Christ during the past three or four years. The story is told by their pastor, Robert L. Dickie. I have been the pastor of Berean Baptist Church for nearly 23 years. They have been wonderful years of teaching the...

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Letter from America
May 2001
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Letter from America

To make sense of the religious overtones in the recent American presidential inaugural ceremony, we need to understand four things that are distinctively American. They are (1) American civil religion; (2) American folk religion; (3) American transcendentalism; and (4) American rugged individualism.   American culture will remain incomprehensible to those who are unaware of these dynamics. Even Americans may see the effects of these influences without recognising them as causes. American civil religion   Civil religion is found in all societies. It is the ‘lowest common denominator’ in popular religion. American civil religion has a place for a Supreme Being but only in the context...

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Letter from America
August 1999
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Letter from America

I was in the Pentagon, in Washington DC, the day after the war in Kosovo came to an end. Relief was universal, not just because a resolution to the conflict had been reached, but because people would now be able to spend time with their families again! The Pentagon is a vast structure. Built in 1941 to house the US military headquarters, the building itself covers some 29 acres, with an additional 67 acres set aside to park up to 9,500 cars. Walking inside its 17 miles of corridors, spread over 5 floors, can be highly confusing to the uninitiated! But perhaps the most striking...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Pastoring in Mill Valley, California
May 1999
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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Pastoring in Mill Valley, California

Mill Valley is at the southern end of Marin, which is one of the counties in the San Francisco Bay area. On Easter Sunday somewhat less than 3% of the population there turns out for a church service. As far as I know there is not a Reformed congregation in Marin, apart from Miller Avenue Baptist Church, Mill Valley, of which I am the pastor.   During the 1970s I served as founding and senior pastor of an independent church in central Marin. This was at the height of the ‘Jesus People’ movement. We grew so large so quickly that we were forced to begin...

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