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PARENTING

Article

August 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

PARENTING

6.   The priority of worshipLast month we began to consider our responsibility to 'teach the faith' to our children and, in this concluding article of the series, we look further at this matter. It must be recognised that parents cannot give their children faith. We have already referred to Eli's sons and the way…

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A book that changed me

Article

August 2001
Book

A book that changed me

Many Christians could write about one particular book that, under God, converted them to Christ. Many Christian ministers could write about one particular book that, under God, called them into the pastoral ministry. However, it was chiefly good preaching during my childhood years that, under God, both converted me to Christ and called me…

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Concerning Cults

Article

August 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Having defined the key terms, and pointed to possible classifications of cults, I want to reflect this month on ourselves and our churches with regard to cults. There are challenges facing us, particularly as churches but also as individual Christians.First of all, however, let me reflect on my first meeting with cult members before…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

August 2001
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Benjamin Beddome Part 1  Part 3 Benjamin Beddome    Part 2 The early years of Benjamin Beddome’s ministry at Bourton-on-the-Water saw great numerical growth of the church. Between 1740 and 1750 the church membership more than doubled. By 1751 it stood at 180. Describing the state of the church members in 1750, Beddome could…

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Guest Column

Article

August 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

The scandal of preaching'Not preachy!' The words stuck in my head. A gentleman marketing a religious feature in a public newspaper was commending a certain style of writing.In his view, anything that sounded remotely like preaching was to be avoided. I knew what he meant. To write or speak in a 'preachy' way is…

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Article

August 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – The Netherlands

Fact File – The Netherlands Area:16,000 square miles.   Environment: Much of Netherlands is below sea level, reclaimed from the sea and protected by dams and dikes. The rivers Rhine, Maas and Schelde run into its coastline. The climate is temperate. Population: 16 million.   Life expectancy: male 75 years, female 81 years.  …

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Saving knowledge

Article

August 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Saving knowledge

You must know the gospel. Otherwise you cannot believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Our Lord said: 'Ye shall know the truth; and the truth shall make you free'. Sinners are saved by the knowledge of the truth, and Christ is the Truth. Faith You cannot be saved if you believe the devil's lie.…

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A child was bored!

Article

August 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A child was bored!

An elder preceded the minister into the pulpit and then came to the front and addressed the congregation in solemn tones. 'Last week ... a child was bored in the service'.A gasp went through the congregation. Men looked at their feet, women cried quietly, and children went white. 'The church officers are meeting with…

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The Radical Evangelical

Article

August 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Radical Evangelical

Last month I introduced a book entitled The Radical Evangelical by Nigel Wright. This claims to set out a modern-day Evangelical theology, a middle way between liberalism and fundamentalism. But as we considered Wright's teaching about Christ and Scripture we began to see that there is nothing evangelical about his views. We complete our…

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Arequipa earthquake

News

August 2001
News

Arequipa earthquake

ET's 'Missionary Spotlight' for October 2000 featured the work of the Grace Baptist Mission in Arequipa, Peru. This region has recently experienced a severe earthquake, and we here report eyewitness accounts from GBM staff.Moving groundLynn Shepherd writes [edited]: 'I was speaking to a friend when the earth tremor began. We remained seated but were…

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Missionary Spotlight-Evangelicalism in the Netherlands

Article

August 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight-Evangelicalism in the Netherlands

What do UK Christians think of when the Netherlands is mentioned? Maybe the Synod of Dordt and its five points of Calvinism? Or Abraham Kuyper and the Free University of Amsterdam? Or do they think of our moral decline and the passing of permissive laws, such the law legalising marriage between homosexuals? Crisis Holland…

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Missionary Spotlight-We love a fight

Article

August 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight-We love a fight

A few years ago I was privileged to visit the Reformed Churches of the Netherlands (Liberated). After hearing the history of the Reformed Churches in Holland, I said that it was a history of division. An elder agreed saying, ‘in the Netherlands we love a fight’! There is truth and error in his reply.…

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Missionary Spotlight-The George Whitefield Foundation

Article

August 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight-The George Whitefield Foundation

In 1994 six Evangelicals formed the George Whitefield Foundation. Their aim was to encourage study in the Netherlands of the Puritans and their theological successors. They also aimed to stimulate a biblical understanding of, and earnest prayer for, true reformation and revival in Holland. Many contemporary movements are widely presented as ‘revival’ but do…

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Whither the Charismatic movement?

Article

August 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Whither the Charismatic movement?

Evangelicalism is being rent asunder by a new liberalism in the academic world and, in the churches, by the Pentecostal-Charismatic movement. The latter, obsessed with theological novelty, has fallen into heresey, most notably in the form of the Toronto Blessing and 'Word Faith' teaching.BeginningsModern Pentecostalism is only about a century old. Outbreaks of Pentecostal…

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Point of no return

Article

August 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Point of no return

British scientists have claimed to have found the first scientific evidence of an afterlife. It was recently reported that doctors have discovered evidence that consciousness and the mind may persist after the brain has ceased to function and the body is clinically dead.The research team at the University of Southampton spent a year studying…

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The Lord’s Prayer

Article

August 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord’s Prayer

  Our daily breadThere are some parts of the world where there is great poverty; people are barely on the breadline and often below it. We are very privileged in this country. There is abundance of food. The supermarket shelves are laden with foods for every culinary taste.Restaurants abound, offering the most exotic menus.…

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Missionary Spotlight-The Kingdom of God in the Netherlands

Article

August 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight-The Kingdom of God in the Netherlands

As a Dutchman I have enjoyed living in England for more than six years and, in this article, I hope that British readers will be able to taste a bit of Dutch Christianity! Reformed churches in Holland and England have interacted with the rest of society in markedly different ways. Otherwise, the scene is…

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