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Missionary Spotlight

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April 2001
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Missionary Spotlight

No one can be quite sure which books Paul wanted when he was in prison, but from his cell he requested not only clothing to keep his body warm but also food for his mind (2 Timothy 4:13). Centuries later, in similar circumstances, William Tyndale asked for clothing and, above all, his Hebrew Bible,…

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PARENTING

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April 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

PARENTING

Last month we considered 'the family in the Bible'. In this second article we look more closely at the responsibility of Christian parents. How do we regard the children graciously given to us by God? Psalm 127:3 says: 'Behold, children are an heritage from the Lord, the fruit of the womb is his reward'.…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

April 2001
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

While there were a number of first-class poetesses in the 18th century, female theological writers from that era are a distinct rarity. This makes the literary legacy of the Calvinistic Baptist, Anne Dutton (1692-1765), extremely significant.Anne Dutton, née Williams, was born in Northampton to godly Congregationalist parents. In her late teens she began attending…

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Theonomy

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April 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Theonomy

The founder of Christian reconstructionism was Dr Rousas J. Rushdoony, an American Presbyterian minister and scholar, whose obituary we carry on page 11 of this issue. In 1965 he formed an organisation called the Chalcedon Foundation and in 1973 he published The Institutes of Biblical Law. Another well-known reconstructionist is Dr Greg Bahnsen who…

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Missionary Spotlight Malta

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April 2001
Malta

Missionary Spotlight Malta

When Paul’s ship ran aground on Malta in A.D. 60, the island was filled with temples and statues, and prehistoric temples remain today. The Maltese people are still incurably religious; 88% of them attend church every Sunday. The most prominent building in any village is the Roman Catholic Church. At most street corners you…

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What God has joined together

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April 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

What God has joined together

Why then should Christian young men want to go to a night club? This is a worrying question, because we suspect their chosen entertainment is not altogether unusual for some Christians today, particularly on holiday.A subtle change has come over many of our Evangelical churches in the last thirty years. The present emphasis is…

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Lay hands on me

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April 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Lay hands on me

Having spent two hours at San Quentin Prison, I walked into the Protestant Garden Chapel to say goodbye to the inmate clerk and return the briefcase I had used to carry the Bibles and tracts I had distributed. A youngish inmate was there too, one I had seen around the chapel for at least…

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The centrality of the cross

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April 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The centrality of the cross

We are all born into this world as sinners under the judgement of God. This being so, we desperately need to be saved. It is here that the Christian gospel really is good news. Jesus saves! This is the glory and distinguishing mark of true Evangelicalism.Whereas Roman Catholicism preaches a works-based 'salvation', that we…

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Clever devils

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April 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Clever devils

According to the Bible, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So keen is God that we grasp this, that it is stated no less than five times (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Psalm 111:10; Job 28:28). It is not that Christian truth is the icing on the cake; it is the…

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The ‘morning-after’pill

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April 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The ‘morning-after’pill

There are several types of 'post-coital', or morning-after pill (MAP), but the one currently in the news is Levonelle-2, manufactured by Schering. The active ingredient in each of the two-pill treatment packs is a high dose (750mg) of progestogen. This hormone can prevent ovulation and fertilisation, but it also has an 'abortifacient' activity; that…

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Missionary Spotlight Iran

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April 2001
Iran

Missionary Spotlight Iran

For more than 20 years a militant Islam has tried to annihilate Christianity in Iran. After gaining control of the nation’s institutions, it declared that there was only one valid religion – Islam! All other faiths and ideologies were proscribed. It ruthlessly consolidated its hold and began spreading Ayatollah Khomeini’s ideology to other countries.…

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The Communist worldview

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April 2001
General

The Communist worldview

Maurice.Thank you, Karl, for agreeing to discuss communism with me, although you must realise that as a Christian I would not agree with you on many points. Karl.Most of the early communists were brought up as Christians. Karl Marx was of Jewish descent but was brought up as an Evangelical Christian, and Stalin and…

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Missionary Spotlight

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April 2001
Belgium

Missionary Spotlight

If you blink, you’ll miss it!’ At least that may be the impression of many who pass through Belgium on their way to somewhere more exciting. However, this little country no bigger than Wales has one of the highest population densities in Europe, with over ten million inhabitants. Yet the divisions among these people…

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Alzheimer’s

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April 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Alzheimer’s

One explanation used to be that the person's brain was simply sorting through unresolved issues, mentally 'packing their bags'. The theory was that, given the right sort of psychological support, the process would complete and the person become calm again. Not much is heard of this theory now, probably because of its lack of…

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Guest Column

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April 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

At present I am enjoying my third child-hood - through the eyes and hands of my two grandsons! 'Snakes and ladders', 'Lego', 'Tintin', 'Thunderbirds' and 'Monopoly' are all making a second appearance. But it is the re-emergence of the jigsaw puzzle that is giving me the greatest pleasure (at the moment we are only…

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Christ our Passover

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April 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ our Passover

The term 'Easter' is used in the Authorised Version of the Bible to describe the time of year when Jesus was crucified (Acts 12:4). Many Christians are unhappy with the word because of its pagan connection, but we should not let this obscure the enormous importance of the death and resurrection of Christ.'Passover' is…

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