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John G. McVicker and the 1859 revival

Historical

April 2003
Articles > Historical

John G. McVicker and the 1859 revival

It was midsummer 1859 and revival was sweeping across Ireland's northern counties. For months, a handful of young Christians, concerned about the spiritual state of the churches, had been praying that God would visit his people in an unusual way.The first fruits of the movement were witnessed in the village of Connor. Congregations increased…

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Missionary Spotlight-New Bible, Romania

Article

April 2003
Romania

Missionary Spotlight-New Bible, Romania

The Romanians have possessed at least part of the Scriptures in their own language since 1561. In the area of Transylvania now famous for Bram Stoker’s Dracula, deacon Coresi first translated the four Gospels for the spiritual benefit of his countrymen. It was another 80 years before the first New Testament was complete, and…

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Guest Column

Article

April 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

 In 1950, newly married and fresh out of graduate school, we accepted the pastorate of a struggling Baptist church that had turned for help to the Conservative Baptist movement.During the two-year pastorate in the little farming community we learned valuable lessons which helped prepare us for fifty years of missionary service. Pearl taught piano lessons…

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Missionary Spotlight-Italian Switzerland

Article

April 2003
Switzerland

Missionary Spotlight-Italian Switzerland

Italian Switzerland includes the canton of Ticino. The Protestant Reformed Church was established here in the nineteenth century and today has churches in towns like Muralto, Ascona, Locarno-Monti, Bellin-zona and Mesolcina. This denomination is like Reformed Churches in other parts of Switzerland. It enjoys media slots and teaching opportunities on radio and television, as…

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Feast of the first fruits

Article

April 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Feast of the first fruits

In 1 Corinthians 15:20, Paul makes the triumphant declaration: 'But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep'. But what did Paul actually mean when he referred to Christ's resurrection as 'the first fruits'?Feast of the LordThe 'Feast of the first fruits' dates from…

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Article

April 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-New Apostolic Church (2)

We began to consider this movement last month. The New Apostolic Church (NAC) operates worldwide with about 60,000 congregations and more than 9 million members. There is extensive NAC activity in the United Kingdom. NAC work in England was launched in 1947 by two German detainees in a prisoner of war camp, at Langdon…

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Missionary Spotlight-Don’t forget the jailer

Article

April 2003
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight-Don’t forget the jailer

Imagine you are in prison. You have done nothing ‘wrong’ apart from preaching the good news of Jesus Christ. You feel tense and fearful, and ask for God’s grace and strength. You want to stand strongly for the Saviour. You believe that he is the only answer to everyone’s sin and guilt. Only Christ…

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Miracle of faith

Article

April 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Miracle of faith

Those who like to think themselves scientific often make the claim that the Bible was written before the days of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, and so people were more prone to ascribe supernatural explanations to events which can now be explained by science.For example, such people might delight in pointing to Christopher Columbus'…

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The offices of Christ

Article

April 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The offices of Christ

We have been considering the offices that Christ occupies as our Redeemer. As Prophet he brings the Word of God to us. As Priest he offered himself as a sacrifice for our sins and now intercedes for us. This month we will consider him as King.The reason for selecting these three offices is that…

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Census 2001

News

April 2003
News

Census 2001

In spite of secularism, the 'multi-faith' society, and the decline of biblical standards of morality and decency, more than 37 million people in England and Wales still claim Christianity as their religion. The figures come from the 2001 Census, the results of which were published on 13 February.This was the first time since 1851…

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Missionary Spotlight-God’s plan in a TB sanatorium

Article

April 2003
India

Missionary Spotlight-God’s plan in a TB sanatorium

In 1967, while serving as a young man with a missionary society in India, tuberculosis forced me into a sanatorium for several months. I did not yet speak the indigenous language, but tried to give Christian literature written in their own language to patients, doctors and nurses. Everyone refused – some politely, some rudely.…

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Hostage in Iraq

News

April 2003
News

Hostage in Iraq

Sitting across a restaurant table from me was a man who had once been the prisoner of Saddam Hussein. Our surroundings were pleasant enough now - but we talked about war and hostages.Almost thirteen years ago Alan Barnett had been in the wrong place at the wrong time. His parents had been Christian missionaries,…

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Perpetua

Historical

April 2003
Articles > Historical

Perpetua

1800 years ago, in the North African city of Carthage, two young Christian women, Perpetua and Felicitas, were put to death for their faith in Christ. At that time it was a crime to be a Christian. Perpetua was a well-educated noble-woman. Converted at the age of 22, she was married, with a son…

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The dungeon flamed with light

Historical

April 2003
Articles > Historical

The dungeon flamed with light

In 1678 the Puritan preacher John Howe (1630-1705) delivered a series of sermons based on Ezekiel 39:29 in which he dealt with the subject of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In one of these sermons he said: 'When the Spirit shall be poured forth plentifully, I believe you will hear much other kind…

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Storm over the Ivory Coast

Article

April 2003
Ivory Coast

Storm over the Ivory Coast

Who would have thought it? The September uprising in the Ivory Coast took many by surprise. The Ivory Coast has for a long time been something of a role model in terms of its stability and development. Even in Africa, where political stability is not necessarily regarded as a virtue, the country was heading…

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The cutting edge

Article

April 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge

An occasional series on doctrinal issues todayEvangelical Inclusivism. A growing threat to the traditional view of the destiny of the unevangelised by Alan HoweThose who have observed the wider evangelical scene over the past two decades will hardly need to be told that a massive defection from Christian orthodoxy has been taking place.Around twenty years…

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Seven sayings from the cross

Article

April 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seven sayings from the cross

The last word from the cross is found in Luke 23:46: 'Father, "into your hands I commend my spirit".' There is often a fascination with the last words of dying people. No doubt they reveal hope or despair. It is of more than passing interest, then, just how the Lord Jesus Christ encountered death…

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