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Everything in February 2002 issue

Guest Column

Article

February 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

A violent world11 September 2001 was a watershed. It is one of those dates concerning which one can speak of 'before' and 'after'. It was one kind of world before and another after. Never has an act of terror been so destructive, so well co-ordinated, and so widely covered by media in real time.…

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Missionary Spotlight-Poland: devil’s playground

Article

February 2002
Poland

Missionary Spotlight-Poland: devil’s playground

The history of Evangelicalism in Poland since the decline of Communism has been one of dramatic change and widespread satanic influence. Under Communism, until the 1980s, most Bible-believing Christians belonged to the United Evangelical Church (UEC). Only a small number of Christian books in Polish were available; Western visitors were few. The biggest outside…

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Loving our neighbour after 11 September

Article

February 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Loving our neighbour after 11 September

One of the most respected - and beloved - doctors in our small town is from a Muslim background. Then there are the owner of the gas station, a shopkeeper, the lady wearing the hejab who runs the dry-cleaning establishment - and many more. Should we view them differently since 11 September? Are they…

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Missionary Spotlight-Poland

Article

February 2002
Poland

Missionary Spotlight-Poland

In 1966, while England was winning the World Cup football tournament, Poland was marking its millennium as a Christian nation. Poland has a historical pedigree that pre-dates many contemporary European countries. It has had its great moments but these have been more than matched by dark phases, sometimes as victim, sometimes as oppressor. Today…

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Missionary Spotlight-Overcoming obstacles in Poland

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February 2002
Poland

Missionary Spotlight-Overcoming obstacles in Poland

In 966, under Prince Mieszko I, the Polish people were baptised into the Roman Catholic Church. In the sixteenth century, the Reformation made rapid progress in Poland (hence the Lutheran and Reformed Churches of today). But Poland’s ethos is strongly Roman Catholic. There is tremendous confusion in people’s minds about what true Christianity is.…

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Concerning Cults

Article

February 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

The New Spiritualities (2)On a flight recently from Asia to London Heathrow, I found myself sitting by two strangers. One was an information technology expert.The other man, much more talkative, was the managing director of a successful local business near Glasgow. Married with young children, he enjoyed soccer, worked hard but was sceptical about…

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Islam – the world’s largest cult?

Article

February 2002
Cults and other religions

Islam – the world’s largest cult?

The fruit of IslamOne sign of a cult is the way it keeps its adherents in the dark about other faiths. I doubt whether Muslims today know much about the message of Jesus and his gospel. They know only what they have been told by their religious teachers. How accurate would we expect this…

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Article

February 2002
Poland

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: 120,725 square miles. Environment: A temperate climate and flat terrain. The southern part is mountainous. Population: 39 million. Life expectancy: Men 69, women 78 years. Ethnic groups: Polish 97%, German 1%, Ukrainian 1%, Byelorussian 1%. Language: Polish. Literacy: 99%. Capital: Warsaw. Ports: Gdansk (formerly Danzig), Wroclaw. Economy: Poland has changed successfully from a…

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Threat to Christian broadcasting

News

February 2002
News

Threat to Christian broadcasting

An important article by Dr Colin R. Nicholl has recently been published in The Spectator (24 November 2001). Dr Nicholl lectures in the Divinity Faculty of Cambridge University. The article was entitled 'For Christ's Sake' and concerned pressures brought to bear against Premier Radio, London's Christian Radio Station. Premier Radio reflects an Evangelical Alliance…

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The Papacy

Historical

February 2002
Articles > Historical

The Papacy

Garry Wills is a Roman Catholic of liberal theological persuasion, who in some areas reasons like a humanist. His recent book entitled Papal Sin is informative and readableHe divides his subject into two categories: 'Historical dishonesties', (pp. 11 to 70), and 'Doctrinal dishonesties' (pp. 71 to 230). The rest of the book is devoted…

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Early British Christianity

Historical

February 2002
Articles > Historical

Early British Christianity

Persecution and its problems Alban is the most famous of Britain's earliest Christian martyrs, and Bede gives us some details about his conversion and death. When the Roman persecution began, Alban was still a pagan but a kind-hearted one. He sheltered a Christian who was fleeing from his persecutors. As he observed the godliness…

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Human Cloning

Article

February 2002
Scientific (including creation)

Human Cloning

In November 2001 the American company Advanced Cell Technology announced that it had been successful in cloning a human being. This was 'the first such announcement from a research group with an established track record in the use of cloning'1. This dramatic event (coupled with the fact that cloning techniques are now legal in…

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A book that changed me

Article

February 2002
Book

A book that changed me

This is a difficult subject! Many books have moved me, but I am not sure that many have truly changed me. Though I love reading, it is preaching that has made the greatest impact on my life. One book, however, that did make a huge impression on me is one of the volumes of…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

February 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

William Clowes - 'Turned upside down'Directly descended from Josiah Wedgwood (of pottery fame), William showed an early aptitude for the family business. As he divided and tossed the clay to achieve the correct blend, and learnt the intricacies of moulding delicate figurines, the boy's inherent skill became obvious.Master craftsmanBorn in Burslem, Staffordshire, in March…

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Joy of the Lord

Article

February 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Joy of the Lord

The Christian life is a serious business but it is also a joyful one. One of the shortest chapters in the Bible - Isaiah 12 - helps us to see this. This wonderful book has often been referred to as 'the Gospel of Isaiah' because it says so much about Christ and the gospel…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

February 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

(Part 3) Benjamin Francis and prayerIn the archives of Bristol Baptist College there is an unpublished manuscript that records a precious friendship. It was between Benjamin Francis, whose ministry we have been exploring in Parts 1 and 2, and fellow Welshman Joshua Thomas (1719-1797), who was pastor of the Baptist cause in Leominster for…

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