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April 2007
Articles > Comment

Comment : Four-dimensional preaching

'Our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance' (1 Thessalonians 1:5).Far too often our preaching is one-dimensional - 'in word only'. The preacher feels satisfied to 'deal with the passage' and instruct his hearers. Minds are informed but hearts…

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Do you love me?

Article

April 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Do you love me?

A question can be more powerful than a statement. In John 21:15, Jesus asks Peter a searching question. He might have said, 'You know, you really ought to love me', and Peter would have nodded in agreement. But when he asked, 'Do you love me?' Peter must have felt uncomfortable. When the question came…

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Church planting in Kos

Article

April 2007
Greece

Church planting in Kos

Although Greece’s population is largely centred on Athens, many live on its islands, where numbers vary from a few hundred to many thousands. There are increasing numbers of northern European immigrants to the islands. Some marry Greeks and settle into their way of life. Many retire, expecting a comfortable life and good weather. Some…

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Do prisoners really have it so easy?

Article

April 2007
General

Do prisoners really have it so easy?

Recent media coverage on prison life suggests that it is all ‘a bit of a doddle’. Attention is focused on the cost of keeping in prison men and women who have many victims between them. Some victims are ‘primary’ sufferers because of the wrong done to them. Others are hurt because loved ones or…

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Missionary Spotlight – Gospel seed in southeast Turkey

Article

April 2007
Turkey

Missionary Spotlight – Gospel seed in southeast Turkey

We arrived in the early 1970s in Aintep (or Gaziantep) – Turkey’s eighth largest commercial city and a centre for the cotton industry. It was not long before we experienced its spiritual darkness. In Istanbul, the minority Christian population had substantially influenced the culture, so here it was a shock to see superstitious and…

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Church planting in Kos

Article

April 2007
Greece

Church planting in Kos

Although Greece’s population is largely centred on Athens, many live on its islands, where numbers vary from a few hundred to many thousands. There are increasing numbers of northern European immigrants to the islands. Some marry Greeks and settle into their way of life. Many retire, expecting a comfortable life and good weather. Some…

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Bold as a lion

Historical

April 2007
Articles > Historical

Bold as a lion

An early death at the age of thirty-six in 1755 deprived John Cennick of the renown enjoyed by the other great preachers of the Evangelical Revival. He is relatively little known apart from a few of his 750 hymns, such as 'Children of the heavenly king' and 'Lo! He comes with clouds descending' (subsequently…

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William Wilberforce at Hull

Historical

April 2007
Articles > Historical

William Wilberforce at Hull

On Saturday 3 February a packed Kingston Evangelical Church, Hull, heard Phil Arthur, pastor of Free Grace Baptist Church, Lancaster, give two excellent addresses on the life and work of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), 'Hull's most illustrious son'.This is the 200th anniversary year since the abolition of the slave trade. Wilberforce's evangelical Christian faith was…

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Article

April 2007
Articles > Comment

Comment – Four-dimensional preaching

'Our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance' (1 Thessalonians 1:5).Far too often our preaching is one-dimensional - 'in word only'. The preacher feels satisfied to 'deal with the passage' and instruct his hearers. Minds are informed but hearts…

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Providing for pastors

Article

April 2007
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Providing for pastors

A recent survey of pastoral support conducted by the Grace Baptist Trust Corporation (see p.13) clearly suggests that, while many churches provide adequately for their pastors, this happy situation is not universal.I am not criticising those who cheerfully give all they can to support their church and its pastor - and who are served…

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William Wilberforce Part 2

Historical

April 2007
Articles > Historical

William Wilberforce Part 2

Two hundred years ago, on 23 February 1807, the British Parliament passed a bill outlawing the slave trade. It was the culmination of a twenty year campaign by William Wilberforce and his friends. Last month we saw how the young parliamentarian was converted to Christ and began his crusade to abolish this evil trade.…

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Article

April 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

The unknown God

Religion, it seems, is back on the agenda. A recent column in the Daily Telegraph begins, 'Could it be that ... religion, which has taken a bit of a hammering over the last few decades in this country, is staging a comeback?' The writer was John Humphrys, no lightweight in the world of journalism.…

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Why crucify?

Article

April 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Why crucify?

They stoned Stephen. They twice tried to stone Jesus. They laid the charge of blasphemy repeatedly - and stoning was the prescribed punishment. They also had opportunity. Why would Jesus' enemies seek crucifixion? The at­tempted stonings were not premeditated but the demand to have Christ crucified was a careful decision by the leadership. They…

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The wondrous cross

Article

April 2007
Evangelistic

The wondrous cross

Last summer I took part in an outdoor team challenge. We were given a photograph of a mountain and had to work out the grid reference from which the photograph was taken. The task was based on the fact that mountains look different from different angles. This is also true of events. Sometimes several…

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Do you love me?

Article

April 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Do you love me?

A question can be more powerful than a statement. In John 21:15, Jesus asks Peter a searching question. He might have said, 'You know, you really ought to love me', and Peter would have nodded in agreement. But when he asked, 'Do you love me?' Peter must have felt uncomfortable. When the question came…

Read more
Missionary Spotlight – Gospel seed in southeast Turkey

Article

April 2007
Turkey

Missionary Spotlight – Gospel seed in southeast Turkey

We arrived in the early 1970s in Aintep (or Gaziantep) – Turkey’s eighth largest commercial city and a centre for the cotton industry. It was not long before we experienced its spiritual darkness. In Istanbul, the minority Christian population had substantially influenced the culture, so here it was a shock to see superstitious and…

Read more
The wondrous cross

Article

April 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

The wondrous cross

Last summer I took part in an outdoor team challenge. We were given a photograph of a mountain and had to work out the grid reference from which the photograph was taken. The task was based on the fact that mountains look different from different angles. This is also true of events. Sometimes several…

Read more
William Wilberforce Part 2

Historical

April 2007
Articles > Historical

William Wilberforce Part 2

Two hundred years ago, on 23 February 1807, the British Parliament passed a bill outlawing the slave trade. It was the culmination of a twenty year campaign by William Wilberforce and his friends. Last month we saw how the young parliamentarian was converted to Christ and began his crusade to abolish this evil trade.…

Read more
Providing for pastors

Article

April 2007
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Providing for pastors

A recent survey of pastoral support conducted by the Grace Baptist Trust Corporation (see p.13) clearly suggests that, while many churches provide adequately for their pastors, this happy situation is not universal.I am not criticising those who cheerfully give all they can to support their church and its pastor - and who are served…

Read more
Compassion in Northern Uganda

Article

April 2007
Uganda

Compassion in Northern Uganda

While in war-torn Northern Uganda, we visited a refugee camp to encourage several pastors serving in the area. The camps are filled with violence, poverty, hopelessness and fear. As we walked around one with the pastors, hundreds of children gathered round us. They were so filthy. Those who had clothes wore rags; and most…

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Article

April 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

The unknown God

Religion, it seems, is back on the agenda. A recent column in the Daily Telegraph begins, 'Could it be that ... religion, which has taken a bit of a hammering over the last few decades in this country, is staging a comeback?' The writer was John Humphrys, no lightweight in the world of journalism.…

Read more
William Wilberforce at Hull

Historical

April 2007
Articles > Historical

William Wilberforce at Hull

On Saturday 3 February a packed Kingston Evangelical Church, Hull, heard Phil Arthur, pastor of Free Grace Baptist Church, Lancaster, give two excellent addresses on the life and work of William Wilberforce (1759-1833), 'Hull's most illustrious son'.This is the 200th anniversary year since the abolition of the slave trade. Wilberforce's evangelical Christian faith was…

Read more
Africa-style conferences in South Africa

Article

April 2007
South Africa

Africa-style conferences in South Africa

The purpose of these conferences is to provide a high standard of expository preaching and supply books at affordable prices for pastors. Such books are like gold to the majority here, who have very few books. Our aim is for these Evangelical Press-sponsored conferences to become annual events and provide great inspiration, fellowship and…

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Do prisoners really have it so easy?

Article

April 2007
General

Do prisoners really have it so easy?

Recent media coverage on prison life suggests that it is all ‘a bit of a doddle’. Attention is focused on the cost of keeping in prison men and women who have many victims between them. Some victims are ‘primary’ sufferers because of the wrong done to them. Others are hurt because loved ones or…

Read more