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Historical

August 1999
Articles > Historical

Cardinal Basil Hume (1923 – 1999)

The death of Cardinal Basil Hume in June marked another milestone in the seemingly inexorable advance of Roman Catholicism in Britain. Instead of entertaining the historic English antipathy towards Roman Catholicism, many people now view Catholic 'insights' as legitimate variations on the truth. This is a far cry from what obtained at the time…

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August 1999
Articles > Guest column

The Christian Sunday Afternoon

For our immediate fathers, Sunday afternoon was a time of Sunday school and Bible class, with a host of workers reaching a host of children. Times have evidently changed. The host of children is still there, but the host of workers appear to have given up the ghost. Christians, once active in the Lord's…

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August 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism

'Whom he predestined', says Paul to the Romans, 'these he also called; whom he called, these he also justified; and whom he justified, these he also glorified' (Romans 8:30). It is not possible, therefore, that any who are predestined (from eternity), and called and justified (in time), should be lost! It is not possible…

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August 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Sufficiency of Scripture

The phrase 'the sufficiency of Scripture' emphasises that the Holy Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments are the complete and sufficient revelation of God for all mankind. The term represents the truth behind the affirmation of Psalm 19:7: 'the law of the Lord is perfect'. It   is also implicit in the rejection…

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August 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Hungary

Republic of Hungary

Hungary’s ineffective church The nation of Hungary was touched for a while by the Reformation and later by Puritan influence. Centuries later, just after the Second World War, the Lord was pleased to revive his work there. That particular quickening may well have been God’s provision for churches about to face the trauma of…

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News

August 1999
News

Independent Theological Academy

Six years ago the idea of the Independent Theological Academy was born. Initially, the Academy took the form of evening classes in Bridgnorth, Shropshire. Then, in 1986, it moved to Wolverhampton and began full-time courses to train men for the Christian ministry. On 3 July the Academy held its first Graduation Service, when two…

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August 1999
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Hungary

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Hungary

Area: 35,920 square miles. Roughly oval-shaped area, longest dimensions being 328 miles east/west and 166 miles north/south. Bordering countries: Slovakia, Ukraine, Romania, Serbia, Croatia, Slovenia, Austria. Geography: Landlocked, yet in a strategic location between Western Europe and the Balkans, and between Ukraine and the Mediterranean. The River Danube runs from north to south and…

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August 1999
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Christian Science

In this article we are going to look in more detail at what Christian Science teaches and believes. At the outset I want to make five introductory points in order to approach the subject responsibly. First, Christian Science beliefs are expressed clearly in many books and pamphlets as well as on their own website.…

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Historical

August 1999
Articles > Historical

The Puritans and The Return of Christ – Part 2

In the previous article we saw how the Westminster Assembly came to be set up in 1641 and how the Puritan movement was based in no small part on eschatological foundations. The hope and expectation of Presbyterian and Independent leaders alike was that episcopacy would be banished from the church and the biblical millennium…

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Historical

August 1999
Articles > Historical

Fathers of the Early Church – Part 1 – Why should we take notice?

Why should we take notice? ‘The Early Church Fathers’ is the collective name given to the men who wrote the first few generations of Christian books after the New Testament. The period of the fathers stretches roughly from the 90s of the first century to the dawn of the Middle Ages some 700 years…

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August 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Onwards and Upwards

What matters about a journey is reaching the destination. To say that you went to Italy for your holidays, and then disclose that all your time was spent in the departure lounge at Heathrow airport would sound laughable. But it is equally laughable for anyone to set out on the Christian pilgrimage and then…

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Historical

August 1999
Articles > Historical

Biblical Spirituality: What is it?

During Easter 1985, Thomas Howard - a graduate of Wheaton College and a professor of English at Gordon College, both long-standing bastions of evangelicalism, and himself the product of a staunch evangelical family, whose sister is Elisabeth Eliot, author and widow of the evangelical martyr Jim Eliot - became a Roman Catholic. His conversion…

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News

August 1999
News > International > United States of America

Letter from America

I was in the Pentagon, in Washington DC, the day after the war in Kosovo came to an end. Relief was universal, not just because a resolution to the conflict had been reached, but because people would now be able to spend time with their families again! The Pentagon is a vast structure. Built…

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August 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

I met Spurgeon

I returned to Sri Lanka in February 1999 to revisit churches and lecture at a Bible college. Once more, the main teaching centred on the Bible college lectures covering the four prison epistles of Paul. Lecturing on Colossians made me realise how so many had been taken 'captive through hollow and deceptive philosophy which…

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August 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Eschatology – The Future of the Jews

Questions about eschatology eventually must deal with the matter of the future of the Jews. Obviously, in the time of the Old Testament, the Jews were identified as the chosen people of God. Of course, it must not be forgotten that they were not chosen simply to enjoy the blessings of God by themselves.…

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August 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forbearance

Janice lost the chance to get a great job when her husband Marvin failed to mail the application she had so laboriously prepared. When Marvin discovered the letter under a pile of second class mail on his desk, the deadline was past. He was devastated at his carelessness. He tried to apologise but it…

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Historical

August 1999
Articles > Historical

Fire and Water: The Middle Years of Wang Ming Dao

In 1919 China, a belated ally of Britain in the First World War, was present when the treaty of Versailles was drawn up. The treaty, however, failed to meet China's demands: the country had not succeeded in ridding itself of foreign presence on its soil. German concessions in China were not revoked but merely…

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August 1999
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Y2K – The Real Disaster

This subject was forced upon the writer by the many letters and phone calls received from frightened people here in the USA. Some are on the verge of panic because of the supposed disastrous consequences of the alleged world-wide computer crash predicted to occur 1 January 2000. It was obvious that something had to…

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