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April 1999
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The Bible and the TV Guide

They lie on the table, side by side The Holy Bible and the TV Guide. One is well worn but cherished with pride (not the Bible but the TV Guide). One is used daily to help folks decide (No! Not the Bible: it is the TV Guide). As pages are turned, what shall they…

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April 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism

Any system of doctrine involving the necessity of salvation must begin with the question 'What is our condition by nature that necessitates salvation?' In line with the biblical assessment of man, Calvinism affirms man's state by nature as one of 'total depravity'. But what does this mean? It does not mean, as modern usage…

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Historical

April 1999
Articles > Historical

Oliver Cromwell

A military historian recently remarked to me, 'The problem with Cromwell was that he took the Bible too literally'. But I would question whether he took it literally enough. 'We wrestle not with flesh and blood', says the Bible - but in Ireland he did, and killed the king. Contrast this with the fact…

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April 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > Ireland

Fact File: Irish Republic

Eire became the Republic of Ireland, fully independent of Britain and the Commonwealth on Easter Monday, 18 April 1949. Territory: Over 27,000 square miles, four fifths of the island of Ireland. Environment: Mild and moist climate, due to the warm Atlantic Gulf Stream. The resulting green (‘Emerald Isle’) countryside has lakes, bogs, hills and…

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April 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > Ireland

Church planting in Ireland

Ireland has a population of just over 5.1 million people, and 3.8 million of these are Roman Catholics. Catholicism has for centuries played a major role in Irish life. It has had a strong influence on children’s education, with many priests, brothers and nuns becoming teachers. Nuns have been involved in caring professions like…

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April 1999
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column: Society and the Christian ethic

When I was a boy my father used to take me twice a year to Newport. The object of the exercise was hopefully to see Cardiff RFC tank our near neighbours and rivals which usually, but not as frequently as I would have liked, they did. (Little did he or I suspect that I…

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April 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > Ireland

Waterford

Waterford Baptist Church is one of the oldest Baptist churches in Ireland, established in 1650, with the first known pastor being a Mr Foster. The church has fluctuated in membership over the years. During the ministry of Pastor Peter Brown (1746-1757) 115 names appeared on the church roll, but by 1805 this had been…

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April 1999
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Seeds of disaster

In the previous article we considered the nature of the potential threat posed by genetically modified (GM) foods, both to health and to the environment. Since that article was written there has been an explosion of press and public comment on the subject, and not a little confusion. Government sources have been somewhat contradictory…

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April 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

A Real and Relevant Religion

What does the church have to say to the world in these closing years of the second millennium? Listening to most of the pronouncements from leading churchmen of our day, we can hardly blame the world for thinking, 'Not a lot'. We are living in what Francis Schaeffer very aptly described as the 'post-Christian…

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April 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Appropriate dress

We all love a wedding. There is the chance to see family and friends, a feast laid on, the joy of sharing the happiness of the bride and groom. When an invitation arrives, we seldom turn it down. And if the Queen herself were to invite us to the next royal wedding, we would…

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April 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Millennium

No one can have escaped the hype surrounding the imminent start of the third millennium. Her Majesty's Government is wasting millions on the Millennium Dome whilst the starving of the world cry for food; employers are expecting unprecedented absenteeism due to over-consumption of alcohol; hospitals are wondering how they will cope with the anticipated…

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Article

April 1999
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Exclusive Brethren – Taylorites

Aberdeen, July 1970. Does this date and location have any significance for you?Probably not. However, for those readers who were, or still are, members of the Exclusive Brethren then the date will probably be significant. And the reason? Well, Aberdeen, July 1970 was a milestone for many Exclusives; it was a crisis and a…

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Historical

April 1999
Articles > Historical

Oliver Cromwell – a race well run

The Christian race is set before all believers in Jesus Christ, and a great cloud of witnesses surrounds them (Hebrews 12:1-2). One comparatively recent witness, born 400 years ago this month, was Oliver Cromwell (1599-1658), who rose from obscurity to become Lord Protector of the Commonwealth of England, Scotland and Ireland. Maligned Cromwell has…

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April 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Faith and reason

'Faith and reason are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to the contemplation of truth; and God has placed in the human heart a desire to know the truth' (John Paul II, Fides et Ratio, p.1). 'For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of…

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April 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Why on Sunday

This question can be embarrassing, can't it? Why do you worship on Sunday? Doesn't the Bible say that the 'seventh' day is the time God consecrated for his people? Where does the Bible say that Christians should sanctify the first day of the week rather than the seventh day? It is a good question,…

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April 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > Ireland

Missionary spotlight – Ireland

Jesus summoned his disciples to reach every nation with the gospel. Yet, down the centuries, while some areas have been open to that gospel, others have remained closed. Thus Belgium, Quebec and Ireland have all remained firmly wedded to the traditions of Rome. This does not excuse us from reaching these places, but it…

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