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Historical

April 1998
Articles > Historical

Defenders of the faith – Athanasius of Alexandria and the challenge of Arianism

Central to the proclamation of the gospel in the first century A. D. was the confession that Jesus is Lord (Romans 10:9). As one probes what the term 'Lord' means for the New Testament writers, it is soon clear that there is more here than initially meets the eye. To confess Jesus as Lord…

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Article

April 1998
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning cults – The International Church of Christ (ICC)

The story is a familiar one. And often it can be a distressing and even tragic story. In order to illustrate the point, here are two real situations which occurred recently and are known to the writer. A young lady from Wales recently studied in a Midlands college for three years and enjoyed her…

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News

April 1998
News > People > Obituaries

Theodore Bendor-Samuel

Theodore Harold Bendor-Samuel passed into the presence of the Lord on 26 February 1998, aged ninety-two. His physical condition had gradually deteriorated following a severe heart attack six months earlier. His public ministry had two main phases. For nearly thirty years he served as a pastor and then for a longer period he was…

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Article

April 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

What about fleeces?

In earlier articles we have seen that God guides his children primarily by his Word. There may be times when he leads us in mysterious ways, but we are always to seek guidance from Scripture. It is likely that some will point to situations in their own lives when they have sought guidance by…

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April 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

God’s last word

When Paul brought the gospel to Athens, he 'preached to them Jesus and the resurrection' (Acts 17:18). But when he moved on to Corinth, his sole message was 'Christ and him crucified' (1 Corinthians 2:2). Does this mean the apostle somehow changed his emphasis, from the resurrection to the cross? This seems doubtful. It…

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April 1998
Articles > Comment

Comment

The Easter story does not reflect well on the first followers of Christ. Always slow to understand his mission, the disciples variously betrayed him, denied him, went to sleep on him, or abandoned him, at the moment of his greatest need. Jesus himself, of course, was not taken by surprise by these things. He…

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Article

April 1998
Albania

Missionary Spotlight – Albanian update

Early last year, Albania erupted into violence and anarchy, and by July most of the major cities apart from Tirana were controlled by gangs. All major roads were plagued with robberies and murder, making travel very hazardous. Many lost their lives, many more their property, and many were seriously injured. By September the general…

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Article

April 1998
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Darwin’s challenge to biblical creation

During the weeks before last Christmas, BBC Radio 4 carried a series of programmes giving popular presentations on the lives of famous scientists with the general title 'On Giants' Shoulders'. On 17 December, it was the turn of Charles Darwin. The revolutionary nature of his work was discussed by four leading Darwinian professors (Stephen…

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April 1998
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Training for the ministry

Q. Evangelical Times is both pleased and grateful to have this opportunity of interviewing you, Mr Eveson the principal of London Theological Seminary (LTS). Thank you for your time. I wonder if we could begin by asking you for a very brief history of LTS and why it was founded? A. On 20 October…

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April 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Visible signs

For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the Lord's death till he comes' (1 Corinthians 11:26) If Paul had written his first Corinthian letter specifically to your church, you would by now be smarting under his rebukes. Problem after problem surfaces in this letter. In chapters 11-14,…

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April 1998
Articles > World Mission > Australia

Letter from Australia

As I sit writing this report I never cease to be amazed at the wonder of the ‘Land Down Under’. The landscape is glorious and the scene from my study window is of trees and mountains. The sun is shining brightly and the countryside is green from the plentiful rain which has fallen during…

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Article

April 1998
Articles > World Mission > Europe

Literature ministry in French-speaking Europe

Publishing the good news of God’s sovereign grace in Christ in French-speaking Europe at the end of the twentieth century is a vital missionary work. The evangelical constituency in Belgium, France and French Switzerland is slowly increasing in size, although turnover among its members is high. Yet sadly its message is still largely man-centred,…

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Article

April 1998
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Are we being used?

No, this is not a complaint or warning about subversive activities! We mean, are you, our friends and subscribers, using Evangelical Times as effectively as possible? A church known to us has increased its order for ET by 50% and now offers a free extra copy of the paper to anyone who has already…

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April 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > China

Missionary Spotlight-China – Churches still under pressure

We sat under the coconut palms, on an island off the coast of south China, as the young Chinese pastor shared with me the pressures upon his church. His church had been formed in 1992 and grew rapidly to over 200 people. The believers built a large church building with a palm-thatched roof. But…

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