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Sorting out your soul – psychology unleashed

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August 2005
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Sorting out your soul – psychology unleashed

Barely disguised pagan beliefs and practices have been worming their way into churches through a variety of counselling techniques, masquerading under the label 'Christian'. We need to be wary of those who claim they can sort out our souls using such methods.'Christian counselling' has grown dramatically over the last half-century and although many have…

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August 2005
Cameroon

Missionary Spotlight – Cameroon

A bird’s-eye view of Cameroon’s church history The first Christian mission to Cameroon was the London Baptist Mission (LBM) in 1845. The LBM was constituted at the request of former African slaves in the Americas. It consisted of black pastors Fuller and Merrick along with English missionaries Dr Prince and Alfred Saker. Based in…

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The Mudite controversy

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August 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Mudite controversy

The bitter Mudite controversy arose in the year 2010 (forgive the time-warp). The heated debate between certain evangelical theologians arose over a simple question. Were spittle and clay necessary when Christ healed a blind person?he Mudites took the position that John 9:6 is definitive of Christ's healing method: 'he spat on the ground, and…

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August 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Where are the children

Cindy Gingerich, a Christian worker in the Philippines, recently spent 15 days in Banda Aceh, Sumatra, with a medical relief team made up of Filipino and Indonesian Christians.Sumatra is the largest unevangelised island on earth; there are fewer than 50 Aceh believers in this people group of three million. On 26 December the most…

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August 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The contract

Being a pastor for nearly four decades, I have not owned a home. For the last 20 years, it has been my pleasure to live rent free in a parsonage. But prior to that I always paid rent.Renting is a collateral contract; that is, both parties have to perform. I have to pay and…

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August 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment-Underestimating God

We are often warned not to underestimate our enemies, but what about our friends? Are we in danger of under-estimating God?Underestimating God not only burdens us with needless cares but can cause much harm. This is exemplified by no less than Abraham, the archetype of faith! If even he could fail in this respect…

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August 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Missionary Spotlight

Now I want to summarise the reasons I had to leave the Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) scene. Firstly, I could no longer accept the premises undergirding the CCM philosophy. In other words, the piles holding up the pier turned out to be rotten and crumbling. Our key premises were that music is amoral; God…

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Guest Column

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August 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

In the winter of 1850-51, two young men walked out of Cambridge on the Newmarket road, heading for a village named Teversham. One of them was deep in silence, having received one of the biggest surprises of his young life.A keen member of St Andrew's Street Baptist Church and an active teacher in the…

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Preaching – the Spirit and the Word

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August 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching – the Spirit and the Word

Adapted from Spirit empowered preaching - Involving the Holy Spirit in your ministry by Arturo G. Arzudia III (Christian Focus). 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…

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Aerial combat

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August 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Aerial combat

I don't often watch films, but when I do I find that God sometimes gives me unexpected analogies. This was the case when I watched the 1970s film Zeppelin, starring Michael York.I have always been fascinated by airships. In this film the hero, a British secret agent, reluctantly finds himself on board a First…

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The Cutting Edge

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August 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cutting Edge

I remember vividly the first time I read some feminist theology at university. I sat in my room absolutely addicted - a rare experience. It was so polemical and radical that I was hooked.However, after an hour or so I could not read any more. I was so emotionally churned up - angry at…

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Convert or disciple

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August 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Convert or disciple

One afternoon in 1983, the doctor having just left the ward, I lay upon my bed thinking: 'I have multiple sclerosis!' I kept repeating the phrase, like a bride rolling her new name around her tongue.A 'crippling disease' lay dormant within me. Yet at that precise moment I could have leapt from my bed…

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Shared truth

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August 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Shared truth

One evening I was engaged in vigorous debate outside Ladbroke Grove tube station with a member of the 'Nation of Islam' who was selling copies of The final call. We were soon surrounded by a group of Rastafarians who left their table of joss-sticks to join in the discussion.One Rasta rounded on the Nation…

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August 2005
General

Prisons around the world

Imprisonment rates are higher in England and Wales than any major country in Western Europe, according to recent figures from the International Centre for Prison Studies at King’s College, London. A league table of the world’s prison population shows that 142 out of every 100,000 people are in jail in England and Wales –…

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Make poverty history? – understanding Deuteronomy 15

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August 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Make poverty history? – understanding Deuteronomy 15

One of the striking features of the many passages in Deuteronomy that describe what life should have been like once the people of Israel had entered the Promised Land is the tension between what is held out as the ideal and what would prove to be the reality.Thus, on the one hand, the people…

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Modern Christian mysticism

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August 2005
Cults and other religions

Modern Christian mysticism

Last month we looked at the dramatic rise in popularity of mysticism among Christians - the 'rediscovery' of mediaeval 'disciplines' that allegedly bring us closer to God. But just what are these spiritual disciplines which are (we are told) essential to our spiritual development?According to Richard J. Foster, author of Celebration of discipline, the…

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