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Concerning Cults

Article

April 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

One of Britain's most influential witches, Doreen Valiente, died in 1999. Along with Aleister Crowley and Gerald Gardner, she was responsible for the resurgence and development of witchcraft in the twentieth century. During the 1970s, Valiente also helped to establish the 'Pagan Federation'. Her dislike of the sexual demands of some coven leaders, and…

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Heaven

Article

April 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

Do you think much about heaven? The Bible is full of eternity and constantly points us to the last judgement and the great divide between heaven and hell. God has 'put eternity' in our hearts (Ecclesiastes 3:11) and he calls us to think seriously about where we will spend it. He sent his only-begotten…

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Early British Christianity

Historical

April 2002
Articles > Historical

Early British Christianity

We saw last month that Celestius, the first disciple of Pelagius, was the real 'father' of what we now call 'Pelagianism'. Fleeing from Rome to North Africa, Celestius sought ordination at the hands of Aurelius, pastor of the church in Carthage.News of Celestius' application reached a deacon of the church in Milan, who sent…

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Missionary Spotlight – The persecution of Baptists

Article

April 2002
Russia

Missionary Spotlight – The persecution of Baptists

The Baptist movement in Russia gathered pace during the final thirty years of the nineteenth century. During this period some 160,000 evangelical believers were brought into God’s kingdom. This was despite persecution firstly by the Tsar and then, more especially, by the Communists. State oppression Baptists, with their notions of religious autonomy, were viewed…

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O sing unto the Lord (2)

Article

April 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

O sing unto the Lord (2)

Before turning to some examples of Doddridge's hymnography, we should pause to consider his technique. Unlike the endless variations of metre employed by Charles Wesley, Doddridge's compositions are, in the main, restricted to common (CM), short (SM) and long (LM) metres. This was not because Doddridge lacked imagination but because of the limited range…

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Beholding the risen Lord

Article

April 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Beholding the risen Lord

There are a number of things in this portion of Scripture that, with the Spirit's blessing, give true comfort, and peace of mind and heart, to the believer. The first is Christ's command to look on him - 'Behold'. The disciples had often looked on him during his three years of earthly ministry, yet…

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Guest Column

Article

April 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

For the past three years, my wife and I have been serving the Lord in Zambia. Every pastor has to deal with death. Sharing the grief of bereaved families is part of the privilege of the Christian ministry. Pastors in Africa, however, seem to have a much larger portion of this. We have found…

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Missionary Spotlight – Ukrainian churches

Article

April 2002
Ukraine

Missionary Spotlight – Ukrainian churches

One of the world’s largest missionary agencies classifies contemporary Ukraine as ‘evangelised’. Indeed, it is hard for a casual observer not to think of it as a Christian nation, with its numerous churches and ‘Christian’ sites. To Western eyes, the Roman Catholic and Orthodox churches in Ukraine are in a church building competition! In…

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Is death the end

Article

April 2002
Evangelistic

Is death the end

In a two-year study in ten Dutch hospitals, doctors interviewed 344 heart attack victims. They found that 12% of cardiac-arrest survivors reported having 'near-death experiences' (NDEs) before being resuscitated. They had experienced emotions, visions or lucid thoughts while unconscious with no signs of pulse, breathing or brain activity. Some reported having 'out-of-body' experiences. One…

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The Resurrection factor in Christian living

Article

April 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Resurrection factor in Christian living

We should never allow ourselves to forget the victorious resurrection of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. It has profound meaning and implication for every redeemed soul. The Christian message rests on the life, death, resurrection and ascension of Christ. Fact of historyJesus Christ lived a perfect, sinless life in order to qualify as…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

April 2002
Ukraine

Missionary Spotlight

Those familiar with the Ukraine know that it used to be called ‘the breadbasket of the USSR’ because of its rich, black soil and extensive wheat harvests. Today, with its many Evangelical churches, Ukraine is also regarded as the ‘Bible belt’ of eastern Europe. Ukraine won independence from the Soviet Union in 1991. This,…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

April 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

A nine-year-old boy had been taken by his mother to visit her dying aunt. Entering the house before her, the child stopped abruptly, rooted to the spot. He had caught snatches of a conversation between two women, coming from his aunt's room. 'Mary,' said a tremulous voice which he recognised as his aunt's; 'I…

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Islam and the Vatican

Article

April 2002
Cults and other religions

Islam and the Vatican

On a spiritual-emotional level, Rome and Mecca find common ground in the town of Fatima in Portugal. To quote a Catholic news organisation: 'Our Lady of Fatima is really Fatima, daughter of the Prophet Mohammed… On 23 October 1995, Iranian television began running stories that the apparitions in Fatima, Portugal, in 1917 were religious…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

April 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Though scarcely known today, Samuel Pearce was renowned for the depth of his spirituality and the anointing that attended his preaching. William Jay (1769-1853), a contemporary who exercised an influential ministry in Bath, remarked: 'When I have endeavoured to form an image of our Lord as a preacher, Pearce has oftener presented himself to…

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