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Spurgeon at Menton

Historical

August 2003
Articles > Historical

Spurgeon at Menton

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892) was, of course, the famous preacher who ministered for most of his life in London, and was used by God for the salvation of many thousands of souls.This was achieved not only through his preaching, but also by his many articles and books. By 1873, the Metropolitan Tabernacle had 4,417…

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Diploma disease

Article

August 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Diploma disease

Weare all familiar with the economic concept of inflation, where the prices of commodities increase with time. In recent decades there has also been a distinct trend toward educational inflation. In other words, the qualifications required of potential employees are being continuously revised upwards. This tendency can also affect the church.QuagmireIt ought to be…

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Article

August 2003
Czech Republic

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – The Czech Republic

Fact File – The Czech Republic   Area: 30,450 square miles comprising Bohemia, Moravia and part of Silesia.   Neighbours: Germany, Poland, Slovakia, Hungary and Austria.   Environment: The Czech Republic is landlocked. Its terrain consists of rolling plains, hills and plateaux, surrounded by low mountains. It has temperate, cool summers and cold, humid…

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The dungeon flamed with light

Historical

August 2003
Articles > Historical

The dungeon flamed with light

When Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) recounted the story of God's remarkable work in his town of Northampton in 1734-1735, he noted that it was not an isolated occurrence. At the very time revival was bursting forth in Northampton, the glory of God was also being displayed in the salvation of sinners in other towns in…

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Article

August 2003
Czech Republic

Missionary Spotlight

Reserved, polite, careful, searching — all these words could be used to describe the character of the Czech people. But as the products of a harsh, ideological, atheistic Communism that dominated the land for 40 years, they are also a misled people — deceived, lost and hardened. Real people I used to teach English…

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Preaching – the Spirit and the Word

Article

August 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching – the Spirit and the Word

The Scriptures repeatedly display a tight connection between the coming of the Holy Spirit and the subsequent proclamation of the Word of God. This connection is seen frequently in the Old Testament.In Numbers 11, as a fulfilment of God's promise to Moses, the Holy Spirit is given to the seventy elders of Israel, with…

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The challenge of Hebrews

Article

August 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The challenge of Hebrews

It is unthinkable for the people of Christ to go back into Judaism (or any other religious system for that matter). Going back is a journey to darkness, a stumbling into that which is 'obsolete - ageing, soon to disappear' (Hebrews 8:13).It is like one who awakes to the sunrise, blinks at the brightness…

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Paganism today

Article

August 2003
Cults and other religions

Paganism today

Last month we explored the current phenomenal rise in paganism in our society, along with the reasons for it and explanation of the 'big ideas' that hold the movement together. We will now look at a biblical response.In essence our response can be considered under five headings - creation, miracles, revelation, Jesus and prayer.CreationWhen…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

August 2003
General

Missionary Spotlight

Recently it was a privilege to spend a few days with Zdenìk and Nicola Karásek in Liberec, teaching God’s Word in relation to creation. Liberec is close to the old East German and Polish borders in the Bohemian Mountains. It was here that the Nazis walked into Sudetenland, after the 1938 Munich agreement with…

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Article

August 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

New Testament Church Practice

In our June issue William Horsburgh reviewed the teaching of Jon Zens (and his magazine Searching together) on the subject of church practice. Following publication of that article, we received a most gracious and courteous reply from Jon, which runs as follows:Reply'Dear Friends at ET: Several UK readers of ET pointed out to me…

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The cutting edge

Article

August 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge

Two hundred years ago it was legal to own a slave but illegal to have an abortion. Today it is legal to have an abortion but illegal to own a slave. It raises a very real question - is there an absolute law to which Christians can appeal to counter the relativism of our…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

August 2003
Czech Republic

Missionary Spotlight

The Czech Republic is one of the most atheistic lands in the world. Its atheism is somewhat different from the new atheism of post-Christian western democracies. Ours is not a pluralist multi-faith society with the Christian faith under sustained attack from secular humanists. Ironically, the Czech Republic, with its slightly old-fashioned post-Communist atmosphere, is…

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Historical

August 2003
Articles > Historical

Richard Hobson

The people of Liverpool wept the day Canon Richard Hobson retired. In 'sixteen acres of the city's sin' a wonderful transformation had taken place. How was it, for example, that in a street once known as 'the little hell', an open-air service could be held as the residents united to hear God's Word and…

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Guest Column

Article

August 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Left to ourselves, our views on the nature and condition of man lean towards one of two extremes. Either we are more optimistic than experience actually warrants, or else we are more pessimistic than a proper exposure to the whole truth demands. On the former assessment, man is virtually a god; he 'determines for…

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