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September 2013
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Jesus Christ and the Jews

Ten principles continue to determine the relationship of Jesus Christ to the Jews. 1. The coming of Jesus was the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham This promise is not postponed. That Christ will bless the nations of the world has been fulfilled in the worldwide spread of the gospel and in the conversion of the Gentiles over the last 2000 years. 2. The gospel church is central to God’s purposes today We are not living in some parenthesis — heading for some extraordinary new time when God stops dealing with the gospel church, when he starts going back to Jerusalem, the Middle East and...

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September 2013
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Human trafficking today

Christian mission across the world often occurs in contexts of exploitation and abuse. In this article, Nola Leach, Chief Executive of CARE, exposes a growing problem of appalling abuse within the UK. Maria was born to an impoverished family in Eastern Europe. At 13 she was sold by her own sister to traffickers. Amazingly she was rescued, but then sold a second time by her own father. Ending up in London, Maria was subjected to the most brutal physical and mental intimidation and forced to see between 65-70 clients daily. Her story was highlighted by William Hague in his Newton Wilberforce lecture. He also told...

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August 2013
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Being a missionary mum

Three years ago my husband and I moved abroad. He had been called to serve as a missionary and pastor a small European church. The day before our boxes were sent off I was surprised to learn that our third child was on the way. Our daughters were just 2 1/2 and 8 months old! I was plunged into an unfamiliar medical system and the complexities of an international move. Over the following months, we moved house a second time, our baby was born and one of our daughters had an operation. I was anaemic and seemed to catch every new virus out there. At...

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August 2013
Romania

Romania – an unfinished mission

Romania? In Eastern Europe somewhere: Ceausescu and Communism; Securitate and informers; poverty, notably orphanages with tormented, sometimes deranged, children that the Romanian state wished to hide; and lorry-loads of aid, old clothes and used equipment, from good Christian people. These rather disparate fragments, I admit with shame, were once all I knew about Romania. They were gleanings from the media blitz of the early 1990s when Romania held the attention of the world, and from missionary meetings I attended. A change was on the horizon, however, in January 2007, when a square-jawed and even squarer-shouldered Romanian by the name of Cornel Pelea joined the church...

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August 2013
Indonesia

Prayer for the tensions in Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast country of 17 000 islands, only 6 000 of which are inhabited. It straddles the equator from Sumatra in the west to Irian Jaya in the east. It is mountanous with several active volcanoes. In northern Sumatra 168 000 people were killed by the tsunami in 2004. The population is around 238 million, the island of Java where 58% of the population live, being densely populated. The capital, Jakarta is an impressive and polluted city of over 12 million inhabitants. Natural resources Indonesia was previously a Dutch colony and gained independence in 1945. Today it has rapid economic growth and G20...

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July 2013
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Islamist militancy in North Africa

As violent Islamism poses a growing threat to post-Arab Spring Libya, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, reflects on its growing power and the menacing implications for Christians in North Africa and beyond. Earlier this year a church building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was attacked by Islamist gunmen. Two weeks later it was torched by unidentified assailants. The building was the place of worship attended by dozens of expatriate Egyptian Christians who had been detained and abused by Islamist militias for allegedly trying to convert Muslims. One of them, Ezzat Atallah, died in custody; his family claimed that he had...

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July 2013
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God’s longsuffering

My wife had an accident in our car. It was not a bad accident and thankfully no one was hurt, but the insurance company decided that our eight-year-old Ford was a write-off. It was scrapped. What if God was to say about mankind, ‘Enough is enough! I have had enough of their atheistic ideas and ungodly behaviour. Their religio-humanistic services are a stench in my nostrils. They are past redemption. Therefore, I will write them off and scrap them’? We don’t believe it could ever happen, because today we have created a ‘god’ totally unlike the God and Father of the Lord Jesus Christ. This...

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July 2013
France

Praying for France

The population of France is around 65 million, 20 per cent living in the Paris area. Public life in France is ruled by the republican idea of liberty, equality and fraternity. This means neutrality with regard to religion, which is absent from politics or education.       Laws exist regulating religious practice, and minority groups only tend to run into difficulties with the authorities when they act outside the law.    Mission field France is a mission field, even if the Roman Church tries to keep up appearances and can mobilise large numbers. France is a highly secularised country; religious practice is low, particularly in the cities....

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July 2013
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Communicating the gospel to the Islamic world

The recent World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) report on behalf of Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT), on translating the Bible for Muslim readers, should be seen in the context of some continuing controversies. The 33-page report, released in April 2013, can be accessed at http://worldea.org/news/4212/wea-independent-bible-translation-review-panel-concludes-its-work-issues-report-with-ten-recommendations-for-wycliffe-and-sil It begins: ‘In the spring of 2012, the World Evangelical Alliance leadership agreed to facilitate an independent external review of Wycliffe and SIL International’s practice of the translation of the words for “God the Father” and “Son of God”. ‘The review was intended to focus on SIL’s Statement of best practices for Bible translation of divine familial terms, to set boundaries for...

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July 2013
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Bless this house!

The growth of the church in Israel, since the rebirth of the country in 1948, has been remarkable. When the modern state of Israel came into being, there were, significantly, just twelve Jewish believers in the land. Twenty years later, in 1968, the number of Israeli Jews who believed in Jesus was less than fifty. In 1988, they numbered less than 500, but today no one knows how many Jewish Israeli followers of Jesus there are. The lowest estimate is 10,000, but, according to others, there could be twice that number. The fact is that the church in Israel has grown at a phenomenal rate...

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July 2013
Costa Rica

Compassion in Costa Rica

He’s split up fights with street gangs in Costa Rica, but Keith Holder says his most terrifying experience came recently in England. The missionary was awarded an MBE in 2011 for the work he and his wife Joy have done in Costa Rica for the last 20 years.      Keith (63) says, ‘It was a nerve-wracking experience, meeting HM The Queen, even more so than when we were breaking up a knife fight in the shanty towns of Costa Rica. There have been other scary experiences we’ve been through too.      ‘We went to Buckingham Palace to get the award and I was a bit...

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June 2013
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Response to the WEA report on Bible translation

  Victor Attallah responds to the WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) report which was commissioned after deep unease over moves to replace divine familial terms (like ‘Son of God’) perceived to be offensive when translating the bible into languages which will be used by Muslims. Wycliffe Bible Translators have committed to implementing the recommendations of this report in full.     The full WEA report is available here. Wycliffe Bible Translators response to the report is here. The response of SIL International is here. Victor Attallah is the director of MERF – The Middle East Reformed Fellowship The bells of alarm sounded by a number of...

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