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Everything in February 2005 issue

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February 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment-ET International

Readers may have noticed that our first-ever international edition - Evangelical Times International (ETI) - has now been launched. ETI is a quarterly, 16-page newspaper designed for low-cost air-mailing overseas. It contains news items, book reviews and accessible articles on theological, historical, devotional and biblical themes relevant to all Evangelicals. The articles are mainly,…

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Cracking the code

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February 2005
Cults and other religions

Cracking the code

A review of Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code (London: Corgi Books, 2003)Some time ago I was attending a conference in Boston when I overheard a minister complain about the divisions in her congregation. In one corner were the Left Behind readers, she lamented - narrow-minded fundamentalists and rabid supporters of George Bush's foreign…

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February 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Who wrote the Bible?

Channel 4's offering for the night when many were celebrating the Saviour's birth was in keeping with its policy of broadcasting controversial material. It was a programme designed to 'free' viewers from the shackles of blind faith by showing the 'historic truth' about the Bible's origins.This truth, according to the programme, has been known…

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Guest Column-Post-midnight meditations 1

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February 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column-Post-midnight meditations 1

It has been another crowded day and very late night and my mind is in turmoil. So much has been pressing in upon me, so many things demanding my attention, that now, in the early hours of the morning, I cannot sleep. What am I to do? Count sheep? Of course not! I recall…

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Missionary Spotlight-Reformed literature in Mexico

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February 2005
Mexico

Missionary Spotlight-Reformed literature in Mexico

I was converted around the age of 12, having grown up in a pastor’s home and known the Scriptures from a young age. When I was 15 the Lord began to deal directly with me regarding a call to preach his Word. On the recommendation of my father and pastor, I enrolled in Bible…

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Religious hatred laws

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February 2005
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Religious hatred laws

When a character in ITV's Coronation Streetthreatened to hit another over the head with a statue of the elephant-headed god, Lord Ganesh, the soap opera precipitated a religious row. The Hindu Forum of Britain complained that the revered statue was wielded as a weapon.Even soap operas are in the eye of the current storm…

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Missionary Spotlight-Argentine

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February 2005
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight-Argentine

 God has been faithful to our small mission work in Argentine. We have come to realise more clearly than ever that God saves people ‘where they are’. Their sins and ignorance, and the consequences of previous bad teaching, must be handled with a gospel spirit. If you think it should be easy to maintain…

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News

February 2005
News

Christian Hymns

Daniel Webber reviews the revised edition of a well-loved hymn book.It is probably a sign of the times in which we live that the most predictable outcome of the appearance of a new hymn book is that it would court controversy. Moreover, the fact that the volume is actually a revision of an older,…

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True Worship

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February 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

True Worship

'Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our maker' (Psalm 95:2). In spite of the many styles and forms of worship available today, there is great confusion on this subject. We do well, therefore, to consider what the Bible teaches about worship, for it is our only…

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Hudson Taylor (1832-1905)

Historical

February 2005
Articles > Historical

Hudson Taylor (1832-1905)

Part 1 of 2 parts Part 2 is here God so loved the world ‘There will be a story at the commencement, and a sermon or moral at the close. I will take the former and leave the latter for those who like it’. So said Hudson Taylor to himself one June afternoon in…

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My testimony – God’s grace

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February 2005
Evangelistic

My testimony – God’s grace

My early years were lived on a council estate in Leeds, with my mother and two brothers. None of us really knew or had anything to do with our father. My sister was born some years later. My mother did the best she could to provide for us but it was extremely difficult for…

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The Free Church of England

News

February 2005
News

The Free Church of England

The Free Church of England (FCE) has 24 congregations in two dioceses, North and South. Its Declaration of Principles and 39 Articles (slightly amended from those of the national church) mark it out as thoroughly Protestant and Evangelical.In most services a prayer book almost identical with the 1662 Book of Common Prayeris used, but…

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Missionary Spotlight-Brazil – growth and challenge

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February 2005
Brazil

Missionary Spotlight-Brazil – growth and challenge

God has graciously blessed the FIEL ministry (reformed literature translated into Portuguese). Today there are many pastors in the Reformed constituency in Brazil who a few years ago were ignorant of the doctrines of grace. The real growth began 20 years ago, with the first FIEL Conference held in Atibaia, when Prof. Edgar Andrews…

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The Da Vinci Code

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February 2005
Cults and other religions

The Da Vinci Code

Last month I reviewed Dan Brown's best-selling 'historical' novel, The Da Vinci Code, and showed that it is fiction with very little basis of fact. We now turn to Brown's alleged historical sources.Brown relies on the so-called Gnostic Gospels, none of which can be dated in the first century and none of which can…

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Chalkegate

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February 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Chalkegate

This is not a review of Steve Chalke's much-debated book, The lost message of Jesus. Several helpful critiques have appeared (for example in the June and October editions of Evangelicals Now).The bottom line is that the 'lost message' which the author has rediscovered turns out to be none other than a classic, liberal, social…

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