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All Articles from August 2012

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission

The Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) made exciting progress during 2014

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic When John Blanchard preached in the Czech Republic recently, exactly 30 years had passed since he last did so. He first visited the country (then part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968, when he preached at the 70th anniversary services of Brno Baptist Church.    He recalls a packed church for…

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Full of sap in old age

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Full of sap in old age

Full of sap in old age There are all sorts of different views about growing old, and most of them are pessimistic. That is understandable, because old age generally brings physical and intellectual decline in many different forms, and limitations and losses that permeate the whole of life. In a fallen world this is…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – There was no Sunday like it!

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

THE GREAT EJECTION – There was no Sunday like it!

THE GREAT EJECTION There was no Sunday like it! Estimates vary but it seems that, including those ejected before 1662 and some who jumped rather than waiting to be pushed, nearly 2,000 ministers and others were silenced or ejected. There will always be some vagueness about the figure, as some changed their minds. A.…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4)

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4) From the 1790s onwards, the Clapham Sect networked both inside and outside Parliament to bring about the end of Britain’s involvement in the slave trade. The Clapham Sect was largely comprised of wealthy, evangelical Anglican laymen, of whom the most famous was William…

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Christ our great High Priest

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

Christ our great High Priest

Christ our great High Priest In 1941 Winston Churchill stood before an eager audience at an all-boys school in war-torn England and spoke these famous words: ‘Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in’. Churchill’s words echo the thrust…

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‘She’s still my wife’

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘She’s still my wife’

‘She’s still my wife’ Recently Pat Robertson made news when he declared that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s is justifiable, because it is ‘a kind of death’ (http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2011/09/pat_robertson_s.html). The simplest thing I can say is that he didn’t get that teaching from the Bible. The very concept of Christian marriage rests upon a vow…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

THE GREAT EJECTION – The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

THE GREAT EJECTION The Book of Common Prayer (1662) Last year we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. This year the history buffs and antiquarians are in joyful mood because it is the 350th anniversary of that famously Anglican date — 1662. In these days of spiritual ignorance…

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Is evangelistic preaching a lost art?

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August 2012
Articles > Guest column

Is evangelistic preaching a lost art?

Is evangelistic preaching a lost art? I am very concerned about the dearth of evangelistic preaching today. In many pulpits what is called evangelistic preaching is basically a gospel appeal to non-Christians tacked on at the end of sermons. But where are the sermons that from beginning to end are ‘reasoning and explaining and…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – The Great Ejection of 1662
Christian unity a fact

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christian unity a fact

Christian unity a fact John 17 records the prayer of our Lord Jesus before he went to the cross to die for our sins. This has sometimes been called ‘the high priestly prayer’ of the Saviour, because here he prays for all his followers. He prays for their security (v.11), joy (v.13), protection from…

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Letter to Paul the apostle

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August 2012
Articles > Comment

Letter to Paul the apostle

ET COMMENT Letter to Paul the apostle My dear Paul, The Consolidated Liberal Churches of Asia Minor (CLAMs) have recently had passed to them a copy of your letter to the Galatians, along with a number of other letters written by you to churches in our area.     The Committee on Missions (COM) has directed…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – Nonconformists and 1662

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

THE GREAT EJECTION – Nonconformists and 1662

THE GREAT EJECTION Nonconformists and 1662 I grew up on a housing estate in South Wales. When I was five years old, there was hardly a building on the estate very much older than I was. One hundred yards round the corner from my door, however, was a magnificent and much older nonconformist chapel…

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A new name

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A new name

A new name Emma Scrivener has written of her life-threatening experience of anorexia as a child and an adult. She says, ‘Although I sought and received professional medical help, it was my faith and a loving church community that finally changed my life’. Here is an extract from her book (with permission). I sat…

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Tough assignment in Niger

Tough assignment in Niger Alf Stephenson is the Gideons Regional Field Officer for West Africa. No stranger to East Africa, he had some surprises in store when he visited the west of the continent last November — not least a serious car crash. Having had the privilege of serving the Lord in 10 East…

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Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

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August 2012
Nigeria

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet Communal violence is not new to Nigeria. In spite of this, the church has continued to grow — to 51.3 per cent of the population, according to Operation World. But, for several years now, Nigeria has been facing a new and growing threat from an extreme Muslim…

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Satan’s tactics

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Satan’s tactics

Satan’s tactics One of the features of church growth theory over the last few decades has been its preoccupation with the size of the local church. In our increasingly urban world, the gurus of church growth have exhorted us to renounce ‘smallness’ in favour of ‘bigness’. One of them has trumpeted ‘bigness’ as the…

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‘Waft it on the rolling tide – Jesus saves’

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission

‘Waft it on the rolling tide – Jesus saves’

‘Waft it on the rolling tide — Jesus saves’ ‘Attempt something so big, that, unless God intervenes, it is bound to fail’. This was the challenge I faced 16 years ago. I had reached my 63rd birthday and was told I had to retire from the missionary society I was serving. Asking who would be…

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