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All articles in February 2018

February 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Salvator Mundi

On 16 November 2017, the world held its breath and then celebrated, as it always does, that so much money could be paid for a single painting. The painting was Salvator Mundi — ‘The Saviour of the World’ — attributed to the great renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci. I say attributed, because there is no definite proof that Leonardo painted this picture, and the experts are still divided. Wrong reasons But, all the same, it seemed the whole world held its breath that day and wondered how much it would be sold for; and, as usual, held its breath for the wrong reasons and celebrated...

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February 2018
Articles > World Mission

Door-to-door evangelism

I am an evangelist working with Outreach UK and also in an itinerant capacity. My passion and desire is to train and equip Christians in one-to-one evangelism, particularly door-to-door outreach. Many churches and Christians shy away from door-to-door. However, I believe this method is both biblical (Mark 16:15; Acts 5:42, and possibly Acts 20:20) and an effective means of sharing the gospel with unbelievers. In my opinion, the church has surrendered the doorsteps to the cults — the Mormons, Jehovah Witnesses and others — who are continuingly active on the doors, peddling a false gospel, leading people into error and false assurance. Christians have the...

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February 2018
Articles > Personal view

PERSONAL VIEW: Was Eden a Garden Temple? (2)

The fate of the earthly creation is bound up with the life of Adam. As long as Adam stands, the world stands; when Adam falls, the world falls. It’s therefore not incredible or fantastic to see Adam as the priestly mediator between God and his earthly creation. The world has its relationship with God in and through Adam. Consequently, when Adam disobeys, the whole world is defiled by human sin and human death. Sin ravages the earth (environmental exploitation, abuse of animals, wars, etc.) and the soil is desecrated by millions of dead human bodies. The world is transformed into one vast, stinking, planetary graveyard...

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February 2018
Articles > Guest column

Benjamin Morgan Palmer

In writing about Christians and slavery (Guest column, ET January 2018), I suggested that men and women from an earlier era were, like us, people of their time. Therefore, cultural and social factors affected their view of many things, including slavery. So, we should not judge them by 21st century standards. Some were eminently godly Christians, even though they defended slavery. We can understand why some today find that hard to accept, since slavery is wrong and the slave trade wicked in the extreme. In an attempt to explain this apparent contradiction, I offer this brief sketch of one such man, Benjamin Morgan Palmer. Pastor...

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February 2018
Articles > Comment

Intolerance in science

Well known evolutionist Professor Richard Dawkins once stated: ‘One thing all real scientists agree upon is the fact of evolution itself. It is a fact that we are cousins of gorillas, kangaroos, starfish and bacteria. Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun’ (Natural History, November 2005). Following the evidence He is quite mistaken. Thousands of real scientists around the world either reject evolution or have serious questions about it. However, those who dare to express this publicly often face ridicule or verbal abuse, and in some cases the loss of jobs and careers. There is a high degree of intolerance...

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February 2018
Articles > Historical > Uncategorised

Reformation woman: Anna Reinhard

Katharina Luther looms large in any discussion about Protestant women during the Reformation. She earned her acclaim through her work — and her high-profile, high-maintenance husband. But there were other women who also laboured for the newly revived church. They, too, have much to teach us. The first woman to become a Reformer’s wife was Anna Reinhard (c.1484–1538). Like Calvin’s wife, Idelette, Anna was a young widow when her future husband arrived in town as the new priest. We have no record of her birthdate, but many believe it was in 1484. We know little about her youth, except that she was beautiful and that...

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February 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘I shall not die, but live and tell’ — an author’s testimony

In May 2017, I sent the completed manuscript of my recent book, Prayers of the Bible, to my publisher. In June, I was rushed to the hospital, after coming down with an extreme case of altitude sickness at a Christian conference in Colorado. Relentlessly dizzy and nauseated, I threw up for 21 days in a row, defied all treatment, and showed no improvements. The doctors warned my wife that I might never recover. Food and fluid were pumped into me intravenously; my death was awaited with baited breath, and my life was prayed for by many of God’s people. One day, early in this ordeal, I...

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February 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

The ministry of angels

In one of his poems, John Milton said: ‘Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth, unseen both when they wake and when they sleep’. The teaching about angels is one of the intriguing things of biblical faith. It is mysterious. Yet it is clear from the Bible that there are a finite number of created spirits, evil (fallen) and elect (holy). It seems they are not so limited in movement as human beings. There is ‘behind-the-scenes’ activity of both unfallen angels and demons, including Satan their chief (Ephesians 6:12). References to them are found all over the Bible. Sometimes they take visible form; for example,...

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February 2018
Articles > Historical

Pierre Viret (1511-1571) — another forgotten Reformer (3)

With Calvin now back in Geneva, Viret sought to return to Lausanne, where he was greatly needed. However, Calvin badly needed him still in Geneva. Calvin wrote to Farel: ‘Should Viret be taken away from me, I shall be utterly ruined, and this church will be past recovery. On this account, it is only reasonable that you and others pardon me if I leave no stone unturned to prevent his being carried off from me. In the meantime, we must look for supply to the church of Lausanne, according as shall be appointed by the godly brethren, and by your own advice. Only let Viret...

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February 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Two debatable traditions

We all observe certain traditions, some good and others open to question. I wish to address two of these traditions, observed by some, but not by others. Pronouns used in relation to God I have been asked why it is that so many evangelicals no longer begin pronouns referring to God, the Lord Jesus Christ or the Holy Spirit with a capital (upper case) letter (e.g. ‘You’, ‘His’, ‘Thee’, ‘Thou’), especially as I am guilty of the same practice. My response is that the Hebrew and Greek Scriptures carry no such distinctions, neither does, for example, the Authorised Version of the Bible. The practice of...

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February 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Dragonflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most impressive fliers in the insect world and, with four wings individually controlled, fly rather like helicopters. Dragonflies are agile, fast fliers, and can reach speeds of 10-15 metres per second, or 25-35 mph. Damselflies, though also very agile, have a different mode of flying and will more often move from one hovering motion to another, somewhat like humming birds. Life cycle Dragonflies and damselflies (both from the insect order, Odonata) have a life span of more than a year. There are three stages in the life cycle. They begin their lives as eggs, which hatch in water...

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February 2018
Articles > Historical

Isaac Levinsohn — the story of a Russian/Polish Jew’s search for forgiveness

Isaac Levinsohn was born in the town of Kovno in Russia (now Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1855. His parents were devout Jews, regulars at the synagogue and fasting two days a week. At the age of five, Isaac’s father taught him Hebrew, and to pray three times each day. Soon he was studying the Talmud, Hebrew Scriptures and other Jewish writings and was being prepared to become a rabbi. He was bewildered, though, that he was being steered away from reading the Bible, which he loved and was reading. Burden At the age of 13, he was told that now he was considered a man and...

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