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All Articles from April 2006

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Committed to the truth

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April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Committed to the truth

I recently had the privilege of travelling to Ghana to witness first-hand the labours and endeavours of our good Christian brothers and sisters in that land. Ghana is a West African country that is facing the same poverty of true religion that we are in the USA. We are pitted against many of the…

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April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Area:92,100 square miles. Neighbours: Côte d’Ivoire, Burkina Faso and Togo. Environment: The terrain of Ghana consists mainly of low-lying plains with a central southern plateau. There are savannah grasslands in the north and farmland and forest in the south. It has the world’s largest man-made lake – Lake Volta. Population: 21.5 million. Infant mortality:…

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Evangelical superficiality

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April 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Evangelical superficiality

'God? He's my big mate in the sky', proclaimed a Christian taxi driver. A young Christian, asked why he always used the name 'Jesus' and never 'Lord', explained, 'Because "Jesus" is more acceptable to people outside the church. It's more "user friendly".' 'I don't pray to the Lord, I pray to Jesus', explained a…

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Togetherness in Christ

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April 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Togetherness in Christ

Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ' (Philippians 1:1-2).You won't find the word 'togetherness' in your English Bible. The term you will find is…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Ghana’s Christian legacy

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April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Ghana’s Christian legacy

Christianity has existed in Ghana for over 170 years and has contributed in no small way to the development of Ghanaian society and the well-being of its people.   The first Basel and Bremen Presbyterian missionaries believed that without education it was difficult to preach the gospel effectively. Nor could there be indigenous, self-supporting…

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New kinds of revelation

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April 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

New kinds of revelation

Last month we began to look at the subject of personal revelations - subjective experiences that many interpret as God speaking to them without employing Scripture. In this article we shall consider more closely two specific 'new kinds' of revelation that have become popular today.Imperfect prophecyOur first concern is what some claim to be…

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Guest Column

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April 2006
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Facing facts. That is what I have endeavoured to do in this column. There is, I repeat, a crisis in giving to the Lord's work by Christians - and giving to mission in particular. My concern is that we face up to this challenge.But I acknowledge that this monetary crisis is only one expression…

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Islam today

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April 2006
Cults and other religions

Islam today

This article was first published in The Spectator (12 November 2005) under the title 'Will London burn too?' Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, has warned recently of 'sleepwalking our way to segregation'. Although he was not speaking principally about Muslims, they have become perhaps the most dominant minority group in…

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Whatever happened to common grace

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April 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Whatever happened to common grace

We who are committed to 'the doctrines of grace' tend to confine that grace to our salvation in Christ - 'salvation by grace'. However, there are other works of God's grace, which he does equally for the unsaved. These have a large place in the teaching of our great theologians, but seem to have…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- Problems and challenges in Ghana

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April 2006
Ghana

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT- Problems and challenges in Ghana

There are many churches in Ghana, especially in the urban areas of the south. Here one can find a church nearly every two hundred metres. Over 60% of the population claim to be Christian, and yet the real church (of born-again believers) constitutes less than 2%.   This low figure is surprising against a…

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April 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Grace goes international (2 Kings 5:1-8)

Naaman was the man who had everything: position, esteem, adulation, success, bravado - and leprosy. Of course, many Bible handbooks or footnotes in Bible translations hasten to assure us that this was not necessarily Hansen's disease, i.e., modern leprosy, but may have been some form of psoriasis or scabies or other skin disease. This…

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Azusa Street 1906- the dawn of modern Pentecostalism

Historical

April 2006
Articles > Historical

Azusa Street 1906- the dawn of modern Pentecostalism

Number 312 Azusa Street, Los Angeles, entered the annals of church history 100 years ago on 23 April 1906. It was about to become what Vinson Synan calls 'the most famous (street) address in Pentecostal-charismatic history'.On that date a series of meetings began under the leadership of William Seymour. The chief feature of these…

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Small words

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April 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Small words

Isn't writing wonderfully ingenious? I'm thinking about man as being creative - in particular, using his God-given ability with words.Though fallen in Adam, man being made in God's image retains this awesome gift. He is able to employ sequences of visual symbols to share ideas and thoughts - to facilitate communication between minds. And…

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April 2006
Articles > Comment

Comment

Prime Minister Tony Blair has done the unthinkable - and in the eyes of some, the unforgivable. In a television -interview on 4 March he mentioned God and politics in the same breath.He would answer to God, said Mr Blair, for his decision to go to war against Saddam Hussein. He added that his…

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The Man in the middle

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April 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Man in the middle

Three men stagger up the hill under the weight of heavy beams of wood, escorted by Roman soldiers and followed by a crowd of people, some cursing, some crying. The walk has been a long one, for the hill is outside the city walls.It is known by the locals as Calvary - 'the place…

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The Marian Martyrs

Historical

April 2006
Articles > Historical

The Marian Martyrs

On 21 March 1556 Thomas Cranmer, lately Archbishop of Canterbury, was burned at the stake in Oxford. Queen Mary I hoped by this execution to deal a final blow to the Protestant cause in England. In fact she committed a major political blunder. Cranmer was the most prominent of Mary's victims, a scholar with…

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