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April 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Are We Wrong to have Rights

Christian Ministries evangelist John Blanchard has written a major treatment of the subjects of atheism and agnosticism. His intention is to help Christians cope with the rising tide of scepticism in today's society. The result is a 656-page hardback, Does God Believe in Atheists? which Evangelical Press has already called its 'Book of the…

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April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight – A Visit to Egypt

Elizabeth and I first met Pastor Thabet Isaac Megaly in 1998. In January 2000 I visited his church in Kodia, where services are held every evening at 6.00 p.m. and twice on Sunday. On this occasion the church building was packed to the doors with all ages attending. No doubt a retired English-speaking pastor…

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April 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Scandal of Easter

Easter will soon be upon us again, but what will people make of it? An excuse to indulge in a few extra calories with an egg or two, or a welcome break from school or work, and maybe a chance to show off your latest Spring outfit - regardless of the weather! Or perhaps,…

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Historical

April 2000
Articles > Historical

Arminianism

'Thank you: I see that hand. Is there another who will decide for Jesus now? [Pause] God bless you! I see that hand. Is there another ...?' In the end, I suppose, five or six hands must have gone up while 'all heads were bowed and all eyes closed'. This was a private moment…

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April 2000
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Northern Africa > Egypt

Missionary Spotlight

MSY wrote from Liman Wadi Natroun Prison, in the western desert of Egypt, in response to MERF’s gospel broadcasts. He is serving a seven-year jail term on a drugs charge, and had been listening to these broadcasts for several months. God’s grace had touched his life. The prison officer noticed his changed life and…

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April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight-Egypt Today

During the second half of the nineteenth century the Lord used the efforts of Bible-believing, Reformed missionaries to disciple tens of thousands of Coptic people and scores of Muslims. This led to the establishment of vibrant Reformed congregations throughout the country. The missionaries realised that they must train pastors, evangelists, elders, deacons and others.…

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April 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cross-The true cause of Christ’s death

It is not uncommon for Christians to believe something passionately and then discover later that they have been wrong. Convinced that they have grasped the true teaching of the Bible, they are amazed that others can't see it. But eventually their eyes are opened and they realise that they have been mistaken. The apostle…

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April 2000
Egypt

Missionary Spotlight – Egypt – Fact File

Area: 385, 229 square miles. Political: Neighbouring countries are Gaza Strip, Israel, Libya and Sudan. Egypt is strategically placed, controlling the only land bridge from Africa, the Sinai desert, and the Suez Canal. It plays a central role in Arab-Israeli politics. Capital: Cairo (12 million). Ports: Alexandria (3 million), Aswan, Port Said and Suez.…

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April 2000
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A Deathblow to Christianity

On 3 December 1999, NASA's Mars Polar Landing spacecraft blasted off in hope of finding life on Mars. It appears now that the effort failed, as the craft cannot be contacted. The costly vehicle appears to be lost. The Mars Polar Landing project is just one of many attempts to discover life somewhere in…

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Historical

April 2000
Articles > Historical

William Cowper’s Pastor

William Cowper, poet and hymn writer, was constitutionally incapable of facing the rigours of life. He had an 'inherited mental imbalance, a physical deformity and a natural melancholic disposition' wrote a contemporary. The loss of five siblings, and of his mother just before he turned six, made an early impression on his sensitive mind.…

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Historical

April 2000
Articles > Historical

Evangelical Spirituality

Down to the eighteenth century, theologians regularly considered the concept of beauty to be central to any discussion of the divine nature. Evangelical theologians were no exception to this. As they read the Bible, especially the Hebrew Scriptures, they were struck by various places where God is described as beautiful. Old Testament evidence For…

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April 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Wanting Wisdom

Last month we saw that wisdom from God is to be found in the Scriptures. We now move on to the further conclusion that wisdom is found, specifically, in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. Just as the Scriptures represent themselves as the source of wisdom, so they describe the gospel as the…

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April 2000
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Mean Parents

'The rod and reproof give wisdom: but a child left to himself brings his mother to shame' (Proverbs 29:15) Were your parents mean? Ours were. We had the meanest parents in the world! While other kids ate candy for breakfast, we had to have cereal, eggs and toast. When others had a coke and…

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April 2000
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column: The Church is Catholic and Apostolic

This month we turn to the church's 'catholicity' and 'apostolicity'. The term catholic derives from the Greek word katholikos, which is a combination of the pronoun kata (meaning 'throughout') and the adjective holos (meaning 'whole'). Thus, 'catholic' means 'throughout the whole', or 'common to the whole'. Hippocrates, the father of medical science, used the…

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April 2000
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

I am not complaining but I am intrigued. The reason? I really would like to know the names of all the cults investigated last year by MI5. And I am interested in discovering the identity of those cults deemed to be a 'threat' to society and national security. However, the full text of the…

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April 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Reformation: Today and Tomorrow

Last month we considered the lessons of the Protestant Reformation - reformation yesterday. In this article we see how these lessons can be applied - reformation today and tomorrow. Reforming mind If we are to apply the lessons of the Reformation to our present situation, and use them to shape our future, there are…

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April 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes

There is a sublime paradox in the first two Beatitudes. We do not readily associate blessedness with poverty or mourning. That seems a contradiction in terms. Last month we saw that the Beatitudes describe the marks of the disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ - the 'hallmarks' of true Christian experience. We now turn…

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