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August 1995
Articles > Cults and other religions

Who goes there?

Many church 'open airs' would love to be able to turn out such a fine gathering of smartly dressed, hymn-singing young people. Yet the gathering shown opposite, outside the National Maritime Museum in the Albert Dock complex in Liverpool, is not of young Christians but Mormons, recently arrived from the United States and undertaking…

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August 1995
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Marriage – commitment to companionship

Marriage today is plagued by divorce. Why? Because it demands something of this generation that it dose not want to give: commitment to someone else. A commitment to one person for life seems to require too much exertion and is incompatible with the 'personal freedom' of the late twentieth century. How much richer people…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Nicodemus – buying the truth

We know very little about Nicodemus. The information we do have about him is supplied by John, in three passages in the fourth Gospel: 3:1-21; 7:45-53; and 19:38-42. These passages demonstrate the development of grace in the life of this renowned Jew whom John never allows us to forget, and of whom John constantly…

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Review

August 1995
Reviews > Book

A book that changed us: The Forgotten Spurgeon

I first read this book over twenty years ago on the bus as I travelled to work at a solicitor’s office in Stockton-on-Tees. Its first benefit was to create within me a love for church history. It showed me that we have so much to learn from the past, and with a perceptive guide…

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August 1995
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Attitudes – gilt-edged investment in a happy future

He met me at the door brandishing an old musket and sporting a twinkle in his eye. A bit cantankerous - and quite unpredictable - he rode eighty like a bronco. I liked his spirit! Why is it that some age so beautifully, like antique furniture? Others crackle and snap with barely contained bitterness -…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Pictures of heaven – no more sea

I love the sea. It is beautiful and interesting. One of the things that I appreciate about my present home on the Isle of Sky is the view of the sea. I love boats: sailing, boats, fishing boats, the ferry which keeps between the mainland and the islands. I love seeing God's wonders in…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Theology in Proverbs

What is wisdom? The book of Proverbs tells us straight away that it was written that we might attain wisdom (1:2) and knowledge (1:4). But what is wisdom? How does it differ from knowledge? The answer to these questions will certainly motivate us to study the book. Wisdom in Proverbs Wisdom in this book…

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Historical

August 1995
Articles > Historical

Three men on an island

There were once three ministers on an island, a Baptist, a Calvinistic Methodist, and an Independent. The island was the island of Anglesey, just off the coast of North Wales. The three men were Christmas Evans, John Elias and William Griffith. They were the greatest preachers of their denominations in the whole country, and…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Peace, perfect peace

Before we can worship God in peace of conscience and liberty of heart, we must know, on the authority of God's Word and the power of the Holy Spirit, that the entire question of our sin has been answered for ever by the blood and sacrifice of the Lord Jesus Christ. We must know…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

God only knows

After some refusals and disappointments in inviting men and women to come to hear the gospel, we are prone to stop inviting people. Do not badger people into coming; simply invite others to come. Some are gospel hardened, some are totally uninterested, and some are quite satisfied in their false religion. Don't let this…

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August 1995
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Dignity and dying

There are really two concerns here. One is the awful spectre of dying out of control, of ending one's days voiceless, in a humiliating tableau of tubes and soiled sheets. No one wants to go through such embarrassment. If die we must, we want to die with dignity. The other fear is of dying…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

A girl born blind

Joan Waste was born blind sometime between 1532 and 1534 in Derby. She lived with her parents until their death, and later with her brother Roger during the reign of the Protestant teenage king Edward VI (1547-1553). Living in safety, Joan and Roger went daily to their church to hear the Bible read in…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

As many as

John said, 'He was in the world and the world knew him not. He came unto his own and they received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he the privilege to become sons of God.' As many as. Who are they? No names; no national distinction; no merit, morality,…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Apostles of Satan

The apostles of Satan are for the most part ordained ministers. Thousands of those who occupy our modern pulpits are no longer engaged in presenting the fundamentals of the Christian faith, but have turned aside from the truth and have given heed unto fables. Instead of magnifying the enormity of sin and setting forth…

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August 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

You call that worship?

What is new or unexpected in the order of worship is distracting. Good changes should be made, if necessary, and then stick with them. Of course, worship should include different hymns, different prayers, and a different sermon each week; but the sequence of elements should be relatively constant. When the order of worship changes…

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August 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

The dying words of Jesus (part 2)

The Lord Jesus Christ was crucified between two thieves. The religious leaders of the day probably got no small delight from this. To them it was the ultimate insult to the one they despised so much. The self-proclaimed Messiah dying with common criminals! What more proof could there be that he was an impostor?…

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