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August 2002
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Perspectives in Christian music (2)

Last month we looked at the biblical principles and theology that ought to govern our use of music in worship. Now we consider some of the practical guidelines we should follow in selecting good Christian music. Lyrics and Bible truth The foremost consideration in choosing a song is the content and message of its…

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August 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

A false sense of security

Recently I picked up a little booklet entitled What about other Religions? by Nicky Gumbel. Advertising itself as an 'Alpha Resource', the booklet seeks to tackle issues arising from the interaction of Christians with those of other faiths. Two questions are raised in the booklet. (1) Is Jesus the only way to God? (2)…

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August 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven (4): The geography of glory 2 – Revelation 21:1-21

Last month we began to consider what I called 'the geography of glory'. Continuing this theme we now come to verses 9-21 of Revelation 21, which picture heaven as a glorious city. These verses recapitulate and expand upon 21:2 in order to show us something of the glorious construction of the new Jerusalem. Bear…

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August 2002
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Too Reformed for tears?

Is the entire world one big joke? If some of the things we see and hear are real, we might to tempted to believe it. So much careless and flippant conversation; so much giggling and raucous laughter; so much loud music; so much entertainment; and, of course, sport by the gallon. Yet take a…

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August 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Godliness in working clothes

'Godliness' sounds very old-fashioned, and modern translators find great difficulty in providing a suitable alternative. 'Religion', 'reverence' and 'piety' are often substituted but none of these synonyms adequately reflects the meaning. Among the pagans of New Testament times 'godliness' meant what people think of today when they speak of 'religion'. But when Peter and…

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August 2002
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Parallel Universes: Has God anything to say?

Science fiction writers have always enjoyed exploring the idea of 'parallel universes'. More recently, however, serious scientists have played around with the thought that there actually are many universes existing in parallel (the 'Multiverse' or 'Many Worlds' concept). A comment on the popularity of these ideas appeared in the prestigious science journal Nature, soon…

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News

August 2002
News

Life expectancy halved by Aids

Overall life expectancy in Botswana will be reduced to 27 years within eight years, according to a large-scale study by the US Census Bureau. By 2010, the inhabitants of eleven Southern African countries are unlikely to live to see their 30th birthday and populations will begin to shrink in some nations. In Botswana, the…

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August 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

A place at the top table

At a wedding reception some months ago I was seated beside a lady who had contracted polio in childhood and was lame in both feet. She used two walking canes and hobbled to her seat. Yet she was as radiant as the bride, for she had recently come to faith in Christ. My thoughts…

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August 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What faith is this? David Hunt’s misrepresentation of God and Calvin and Spurgeon

If Dave Hunt is not already familiar to you - after all, he is an internationally best-selling Christian author - he may soon be, if you are Reformed and believe the doctrines of grace. For Hunt's latest book What love is this? Calvinism's misrepresentation of God is likely to be brandished in your face…

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August 2002
Articles > Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe Factfile

Area: 150,873 square miles. Neighbouring countries: Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique and South Africa. Environment: Zimbabwe is landlocked, with a tropical climate moderated by higher altitude, and a rainy season lasting from November to March. The River Zambezi forms the nation’s north-eastern boundary and is famous for its Victoria Falls. Capital: Harare (2.3 million). Other city:…

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August 2002
Articles > Zimbabwe

Missionary Spotlight – Meeting the needs

Edited from a personal letter (with permission) Greetings in the victorious name of Christ our risen Lord! I have been pastoring a small independent reformed church in Zimbabwe called the Reason of Hope Ministries for the past seven years. Our church holds to the Helvitic, Heidelberg, Belgic and Westminster confessions. A major part of…

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News

August 2002
News

Creation Weekend

National newspapers were recently peppered with references to Emmanuel College, Gateshead, and its policy of teaching creationism alongside the evolutionary hypothesis on the origin of the universe. This created some free publicity for the long-planned Creation Weekend conceived by Langley Park Baptist Church and supported by Evangelical Association in the North East (EANE). Casting…

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Historical

August 2002
Articles > Historical

Early British Christianity (8): Whitby

The fifth English kingdom to receive the faith was Wessex in 635. It was evangelised b a Roman missionary, Birinus. The kingdom of Mercia followed in 653. It seems that the 'conversion' of its king was a matter of convenience. He wanted to marry the daughter of the Christian king of Northumbria. By now…

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Historical

August 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace: William Hunter – Unafraid to die

When sixteen-year-old William Hunter left his quiet home in Brentwood, Essex, to begin an apprenticeship to a City of London silk merchant, he could have no idea of the train of events that would develop - events that would test his earnest faith in God to the utmost. William, born in 1535, and his…

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August 2002
Articles > Zimbabwe

The challenge of Zimbabwe

True Christianity was first introduced to Zimbabwe in the nineteenth century through the ministry of Robert Moffat of the London Missionary Society. Moffat first visited the Matabele people in 1829 and 1835, before they moved from South Africa into Zimbabwe. He visited them again in 1854 and 1857, after they had settled in Zimbabwe.…

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August 2002
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Christadelphians

This is a small, active, but relatively unknown group. The membership is falling and now stands under 17,000 in the UK. There are only about 300 'ecclesias' in Britain, with a further 100 or so smaller fellowships. I am referring to Christadelphians. You may not have heard about them. One reason for this is…

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News

August 2002
News

Caring for the destitute in India

Imagine this. You are reaching the end of your life. Your health is beginning to decline and your children are no longer willing to look after you. There is no Welfare State to offer any meaningful help. So? Your children take you along to the Central Railway Station and leave you there on the…

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August 2002
Articles > Zimbabwe

Church Planting in Harare

In the providence of God, we are presently planting a new church in Harare. As far as we know, it is the only Reformed Baptist church in Zimbabwe. I have been preaching here since 1999, having studied at the London Reformed Baptist Seminary from 1998 to 1999. I am married to Plaxedes; we have seven…

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