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Developments Down Under

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March 2004
Australia

Developments Down Under

Having recently visited the UK, and been invited to write for ET about the situation facing Christians in Australia, I am most happy to contribute this short report on conditions in the Antipodes. Australia and Britain share many of the problems endemic in Western countries generally, and I am sure the reader will readily…

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: 104,534 square miles. New Zealand comprises the North and South Islands (separated by the Cook Strait), and numerous smaller islands. Environment: Mountainous, with stunning scenery (Mount Cook 3,764 metres) and large coastal plains. North Island has three active volcanoes. The climate is temperate, with strong local variations. There is a wide variety of…

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Missionary Spotlight-A powerful work of God

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-A powerful work of God

‘We did not mean to become Christians’, said Esmaeil as we sat in his lounge. ‘But we were slowly changed as we read the Holy Book and listened to your speaking at the church’. Fatemeh his wife nodded her agreement, while their 6-year-old daughter Salmah looked on. Asylum seekers Another elder and I from…

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Missionary Spotlight-Contending for the truth

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-Contending for the truth

I became an active Christian late in the 1960s, at a critical juncture in the history of Reformed Presbyterianism in New Zealand. The Principal of the Presbyterian Theological Hall, Knox College, had been charged with heresy for his unorthodox views on the Bible and the gospel. To the amazement of Evangelical Christians, he was…

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Missionary Spotlight-New Zealand today

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-New Zealand today

If you ever visit the Bay of Islands in New Zealand’s upper North Island, take the ferry to the particular bay where the gospel was first preached, by Samuel Marsden from Australia. That was on Christmas Day 1814. The general area is well worth visiting, having various historical sites that recall early missionary effort.…

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Missionary Spotlight-Religious patterns in New Zealand

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February 2003
New Zealand

Missionary Spotlight-Religious patterns in New Zealand

Christian life and witness in New Zealand is a very mixed bag. Most of the traditional Protestant churches – Anglican, Presbyterian and Methodist – are in a state of decline. The Baptist denomination is the most evangelical of the mainline churches. The declining churches reflect doctrinal indifference, a strong feminist influence, and differing attitudes…

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Letter from New Zealand

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June 2001
New Zealand

Letter from New Zealand

New Zealanders are very conscious of their smallness relative to the rest of the world, in population, economy and land mass. That condition is perhaps seen as having its attractions and advantages. But that has not always been the case. We’ve just been reminded through an agreement made recently between the New Zealand and…

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Missionary Spotlight-The gospel in Australia

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January 2001
Australia

Missionary Spotlight-The gospel in Australia

The gospel came to Australia with the ‘First Fleet’ in 1788. On board was Rev. Richard Johnson, an evangelical Anglican clergyman. He ministered under great difficulties until 1800, when he returned to England. It was only in the 1850s and the 1860s – following the gold rushes and the end of convict transportation –…

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Missionary Spotlight-Evangelical kaleidoscope

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January 2001
Australia

Missionary Spotlight-Evangelical kaleidoscope

The professedly evangelical scene within Australia presents a kaleidoscope – active groups within larger, compromised denominations; a small number of independent congregations; and a burgeoning multitude of neo-Pentecostal causes. Unlike the UK, there are no wider Evangelical associations, nor is there a substantial sprinkling of ‘Evangelical Free’ churches. Bible-believing, gospel-preaching churches are few in…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-The national religion

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January 2001
Australia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-The national religion

When Juan Samaranch, President of the IOC, announced in September 1993, ‘And the winner is Sidn – eeee!’, the New South Wales government knew that preparing for the 2000 Olympics would entail an immense amount of work. Seven years and $3.5 billion later, Australia presented a sporting event that won the praise and admiration…

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Missionary Spotlight-Gospel growth

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January 2001
Australia

Missionary Spotlight-Gospel growth

Just thirty years after the crucifixion of Christ, the apostle Paul made this remarkable claim: ‘all over the world the gospel is bearing fruit and growing’ (Colossians 1:6). Writing in the third century, Tertullian told the Roman world: ‘We are but of yesterday and yet we already fill your cities, islands, camps, your palaces,…

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Missionary Spotlight – Fiji update

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November 2000
Fiji

Missionary Spotlight – Fiji update

During the last two months the homes of ethnic Indians in Fiji have been stoned, looted and burned by thugs. Families have had to flee into the bush at night for their own safety. There is little law and order here.   All this could lead to a civil war if things are not…

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