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Everything in August 2006 issue

Building the church in dark days – Alun McNabb

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August 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Building the church in dark days – Alun McNabb

We report at length Alun McNabb's ministry at the Crumlin Fraternal Conference, Co. Antrim, on 3 June because we believe it makes some important statements.Alun McNabb's theme was 'Building the church in dark days' and he addressed it in two sessions. In the first session he took as his text Psalm 100:4: 'Enter into…

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Missionary Spotlight – Doing the impossible in PNG – Clifford Hellar

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August 2006
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Doing the impossible in PNG – Clifford Hellar

Soon after my wife and I arrived in Papua New Guinea in January 1962, the field director and I hiked to the location where we were planning to work among Keyagana-speaking people I quickly began to appreciate the problems we would face as we worked there as a family. My wife was pregnant with…

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Flash floods – the story of Thomas Langton – Roger Fay and William Horsburgh

Historical

August 2006
Articles > Historical

Flash floods – the story of Thomas Langton – Roger Fay and William Horsburgh

Just over a yearago, the hamlets of Kepwick, Thimbleby and Hawnby in the Hambleton hills near Thirsk were hit by flash floods. It was only ten months after a dramatic flash flood devastated the Cornish village of Boscastle. The Yorkshire floods made headline news, but were soon forgotten - there had been considerably less…

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Conquering the shy gene – Jim Elliff

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August 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Conquering the shy gene – Jim Elliff

Like it or not, much of church life and our impact on society depends on conversation. Do you do much of that? It is the responsibility of everybody in the church - including the shy people. There may be a 'shy gene' somewhere in your make-up, but if it becomes an excuse to ignore others…

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Running Christ’s errands – The life of John Berridge – Andy Banton

Historical

August 2006
Articles > Historical

Running Christ’s errands – The life of John Berridge – Andy Banton

'Here lie the earthly remains of John Berridge, late vicar of Everton and itinerant servant of Jesus Christ, who loved his Master and his Work, and after running on his errands many years, was called up to wait on him above. Reader, art thou born again? No salvation without new birth! I was born…

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Disney-world culture – Paul Wells

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August 2006
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Disney-world culture – Paul Wells

Paul Wells, of the Faculty of Reformed Theology, Aix-en-Provence, asks, What will become of Evangelicals? Does David Wells have the answer?In February I had the pleasure of taking part in a debate at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, with David Wells who, by the way, is no relation. The topic under discussion was the prospect…

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Missionary Spotlight – Maritime Christian Ministries – Stan Sherrington

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August 2006
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – Maritime Christian Ministries – Stan Sherrington

It was a cold wet evening on 17 February 1957. I stood waiting for my father to come to the Sunday evening service at Bankhall Mission Church, Liverpool. As I waited I felt a tug on my coat sleeve and a young American asked me, ‘What time does the service start, buddy?’   I…

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Comment – Throne-room worship – Robert L. Dickie

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August 2006
Articles > Comment

Comment – Throne-room worship – Robert L. Dickie

Jesus Christ our Lord said, 'true worshippers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth, for the Father is seeking such to worship him' (John 4:23). One of the most amazing facts about God is that he is seeking a people to worship his Son Jesus Christ. If you have become a Christian,…

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The bonds of Christ – Don Fortner

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August 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The bonds of Christ – Don Fortner

'There is no doubt', wrote A. A. Hodge, 'but that if there be but one God there is but one church; if there be but one Christ there is but one church; if there be but one cross there is but one church; if there be but one Holy Ghost there is but one…

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Tyndale House and Fellowship – Iain Murray

News

August 2006
News

Tyndale House and Fellowship – Iain Murray

This book helps to fill in an important segment of 20th century church history. The Inter-Varsity Fellowship (IVF, later UCCF) played a vital part in evangelical witness - establishing a younger generation in definite biblical faith and, by various agencies, seeking to recover historic Christianity in an era of widespread apostasy. The Tyndale Fellowship…

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The Water of Life – Edgar Andrews

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August 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Water of Life – Edgar Andrews

Many Reformed churches today are suffering a serious spiritual drought. Compared with fifty years ago, there are few conversions to Christ, little evidence of personal piety and a decided lack of enthusiasm for mission and evangelism. Commitment to Christ and his church is at a low ebb. We considered this briefly in July’s ‘Comment’ column,…

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Guest Column – The twofold nature of the church – Paul Negrut

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August 2006
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – The twofold nature of the church – Paul Negrut

One of the analogies used by the apostle Paul to explain the mystery of the church - for it is a divine-human mystery - is drawn from the Old Testament idea of the 'people of God'. Such a definition bridges the two fundamental realities of the church - on the one hand its historical…

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Begotten not made – Roy Mohon

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August 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Begotten not made – Roy Mohon

A recent article by Laura Nelson (ET May) pointed out that although the Bible refers to God overwhelmingly in male terms, God is not male in the sense of being physically male. But if there is no physical sexuality in God, why does the Bible describe him in male language? My purpose here is…

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LTS end-of-year service

News

August 2006
News

LTS end-of-year service

Another hot summer's day for the June end-of-year service at the London Theological Seminary! Fifteen men were finishing the two-year course at the seminary, and testified to the Lord's goodness and blessing on their time there. Six men were from Britain, and others came from Eastern Europe and the Far East. One came from…

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God’s grace in sorrow and danger

Historical

August 2006
Articles > Historical

God’s grace in sorrow and danger

 God's Grace in sorrow and dangerFourteen-year-old Catherine Willoughby was eagerly anticipating her marriage to eighteen-year-old Henry Brandon. Henry, only son of Sir Charles Brandon and Mary Rose (Henry VIII's favourite sister), was in direct line for the throne of England - second only to Henry VIII's daughter Mary.Catherine, herself a wealthy heiress, was also…

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Common sense and science – the argument from design – Stuart Burgess

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August 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Common sense and science – the argument from design – Stuart Burgess

A recent Royal Society lecture delivered by Steve Jones had an unusually blunt title - 'Why creationism is wrong and evolution is right'. The purpose of the uncompromising title was, no doubt, to try to convince a sceptical public that evolution should be accepted as scientific truth. A recent Mori poll for the BBC…

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How happy are you?  – Jonathan Skinner

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August 2006
Evangelistic

How happy are you? – Jonathan Skinner

British people are becoming miserable. Earlier this year the BBC published an opinion poll that shows that although we are three times richer than we were 50 years ago, we are also less happy.The opinion poll by GfK NOP for The happiness formula (a five-week series on BBC 2) indicated that extra wealth has…

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Missionary Spotlight – Philippines; the William Carey School of Theology – Janet Billson

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August 2006
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Philippines; the William Carey School of Theology – Janet Billson

The WCST has its first graduates! These are the first-fruits of a work begun in October 2001 when four men travelled to the Philippines to launch this project for the Lord. Born out of prayer, the school was created to train spiritual leaders – men who would shape churches and influence nations.   Responding…

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Missionary Spotlight – Eating scrolls in Mongolia – Dr Gerald Mitchum

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August 2006
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight – Eating scrolls in Mongolia – Dr Gerald Mitchum

I have never actually eaten a scroll, but I have eaten some meals in Mongolia that would make a scroll look like a gourmet feast. However, I know some of our western food in equally repulsive to our Mongolian friends. But God told Ezekiel in Chapter 3:1 of his book, ‘Eat this scroll’. Did…

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