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Everything in April 2005 issue

The Helper

Article

April 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Helper

Jesus is about to die. His troubled disciples would soon be left alone like orphans bereft of their parents. He is preparing them for his departure: 'Let not your heart be troubled', he said. But what grounds for comfort could he offer?The answer is clear. His heavenly Father would send them 'another Helper -…

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The Person of Christ

Article

April 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Person of Christ

In the Pentateuch we have figuresof Christ; in the historical books we have the foreshadowingof Christ; in the Psalms we have the feelingsof Christ; in the Gospels we have the factsof Christ; in the epistles we have the fulnessof Christ; and in the book of the Revelation we have the finalityof Christ. But especially,…

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The resurrection of Christ

Article

April 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The resurrection of Christ

Louis Berkhof writes, 'For modern liberal theology the resurrection of Jesus, except in the sense of a spiritual survival, has no real importance for the Christian faith. Belief in the bodily resurrection is not essential [they say] but can very well be dropped without affecting the Christian religion' (Systematic Theologyp.349).Is that true? Or would…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

April 2005
Uganda

Missionary Spotlight

Over the past 15 years the African Bible College (ABC) in Malawi has enrolled a steady stream of students from Uganda, who endure the five-day bus trip from Kampala to Lilongwe. They have encouraged the ABC administration to open a campus in their home country. Eight years ago the ABC founders, Dr J. W.…

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Religious freedom in Serbia

Article

April 2005
Serbia

Religious freedom in Serbia

Evangelical churches have existed in Serbia since the late nineteenth century. Baptists, for example, received legal recognition in 1905, in parts of the country; and, after the formation of the Kingdom of Serbs, Croats and Slovenians in 1918, enjoyed legal recognition. After the Second World War the Communist government treated all those belonging to…

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He endured the cross

Article

April 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

He endured the cross

Jesus endured the cross. The word really means 'patiently endured'. In the Garden of Gethsemane he had prayed, 'My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me' (Matthew 26:39). Jesus was asking if there was another way; if he could be spared his Father's wrath and the hiding of his…

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Missionary Spotlight – Snakes and boda-bodas

Article

April 2005
Uganda

Missionary Spotlight – Snakes and boda-bodas

Our move to Uganda was not supposed to be terribly complicated. Our family had already lived in Malawi for 15 years – three of our five children were born there – so we knew Africa, and how critical it was to allow for the unexpected. We checked in at the airport four hours early…

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The Marian Martyrs

Historical

April 2005
Articles > Historical

The Marian Martyrs

Bishop John Hooper, who died at the stake in Gloucester on 9 February 1555, was one of the early Marian martyrs. His close personal involvement in the Protestantism of the Continent made a distinctive contribution to English church life. His death in the city where he once ministered must have made a deep impression…

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Review

April 2005
Reviews > Book

Wild at Heart: Discovering the Secret of a Man’s Soul

Whenever a book written for men (notoriously known for their lack of interest in reading) sells over one million copies, you can be sure that it has made a clear connection. John Eldredge has called attention to some problems with which most men seem to intuitively resonate. Our culture (and even our churches) has…

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Guest Column

Article

April 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

My post-midnight meditations have become precious to me. I am even thankful for those circumstances that tend to drive away sleep and yet drive me to the Saviour. Yet I am profoundly aware that such meditations are far from being meticulous studies of God's Word. Perhaps they may be regarded as 'such a secret…

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Strange creatures

News

April 2005
News > Youth Features

Strange creatures

As a 16-year-old, and a part of a small team looking to establish a youth work at Wensleydale Evangelical Church, I have been considering how to present the gospel to young people in 2005.I'm sure you know, if you've had any experience of young people, that they are strange creatures. Not only do they…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

April 2005
Uganda

Missionary Spotlight

Uganda – named ‘the pearl of Africa’ by Sir Winston Churchill – has a population of 26 million, 50% of them under 14 years old. The north has experienced armed conflict since the 1980s; the south has had greater stability. My son Dan and I recently went on a medical mission to the north.…

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Foretaste of heaven

Article

April 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Foretaste of heaven

His name was John Jackson but to me he was always 'Jacko'. I remember him as a small, friendly man who welcomed people in the church foyer and gave them a hymn book. He was the devoted husband of Edna and the loving father of Pat. One of his chief interests was missionary work,…

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Polycarp

Historical

April 2005
Articles > Historical

Polycarp

A church meeting is taking place in Smyrna. A resolution is passed. For the annual church outing we shall go to the local cemetery. Last February the church had lost its beloved pastor - Polycarp had died a martyr at the hands of the persecuting Roman authority. Now the congregation decides to meet at…

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True worship

Article

April 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

True worship

And the twenty-four elders who sat before God on their thrones fell on their faces and worshipped God, saying, 'We give you thanks, O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come, because you have taken your great power and reigned' (Revelation 11:16-17). Most people think about…

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Comment

Article

April 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment

In the world of nature, the devastating tsunami in the Indian Ocean caused havoc to many nations and countless people. In our own land we have recently experienced a hurricane, and unprecedented rainfall. Someone told me the other day that in Skye we have not had a fully dry day for six months! The…

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The Cutting Edge

Article

April 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cutting Edge

Is physical healing part of the gospel, the birthright of every believer? Last month we began to examine this common but mistaken claim - and saw that the New Testament miracles were authenticating signs that demonstrated historically that Jesus was the promised Messiah. We continue now by considering the ministry and teaching of the…

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