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February 2009
Reviews > Book

A handful of pebbles

Playing with a handful of pebbles on a beach may amuse a child but if swallowed they will choke him. In search of the truth many people are being fed with the pebbles of unbiblical teaching and have not been fed with the Word of life. The author of this book brilliantly exposes the shame and danger of this. Peter Barnes pastors a church in Sydney, and lectures in church history. In eight concise chapters he defines and traces the nature and history of theological liberalism and its disastrous effects. He replies convincingly to the challenge presented by this rejection of biblical Christian faith and...

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February 2009
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News – Teachers back creationism

Teachers back creationism The Guardian and Times Education Supplement (TES) both report increasing openness to discussing creationism in the classroom.      Following the resignation of Dr Michael Reiss from the Royal Society, the TV station 'Teachers TV' carried out a survey on creationism. One of the questions asked was about the government guideline stating: 'Creationism…

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February 2009
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News – Hundreds killed in Nigeria

Hundreds killed in Nigeria Hundreds of people were killed and an estimated 7,000-10,000 fled their homes in two days of rioting at the end of November between mainly Muslim Hausa people and mainly Christian Berom people in Jos, the capital of Plateau State.      Christian leaders in the state believe the riots were planned, and…

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Islam’s new enemy

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February 2009
Cults and other religions

Islam’s new enemy

Islam's new enemy Unknown to most English speakers, Islam is currently under attack (at least that's how many Muslims depict it) from Christian Arabic missionary satellite stations. Spearheading this phenomenon is Al-Hayat (Life TV). This station is dedicated to discussing religious issues - specifically, the shortcomings and problems that beset Islam but are absent from Christianity.     …

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February 2009
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News – Sharia divorce

Sharia divorce A senior judge and former head of the Family Division, Baroness Butler-Sloss, has called for UK judges to stop granting civil divorces to separating Muslim couples unless they had already been through a religious divorce. She claimed the move would end the 'injustice' of women being left unable to remarry if their husband…

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Review – Pocket Puritan Series – Banner of Truth

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February 2009
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Review – Pocket Puritan Series – Banner of Truth

Pocket Puritan SeriesVarious authors, Banner of Truth; £3.75 each These are four books in the new Pocket Puritan series published by the Banner of Truth Trust. Every Christian should profit by reading these small books and hopefully many will be encouraged to read more of the Puritans' writings. Anger management (Richard Baxter; 58 pages; ISBN 978-085151-9791) Positively,…

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February 2009
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News – ‘Gay rights’ madness

'Gay rights' madness Pilgrim Homes, a Christian charity that has been caring for older Christians for more than 200 years, has lost thousands of pounds of funding because of its religious beliefs on homosexuality.      Brighton & Hove City Council wanted the home in Brighton to ask its elderly Christian residents about their sexual orientation…

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Review – Living for God’s glory – Reformation Trust – Joel Beeke

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February 2009
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Review – Living for God’s glory – Reformation Trust – Joel Beeke

Living for God's glory: An introduction to Calvinism Joel BeekeReformation Trust Publishing; 416 pages; $24.00; ISBN 978-1567691054 If you think that Calvinism is boring, narrow or joyless, then this book is for you. In fact, even if you know quite a bit about Calvinism, this book is for you. It is the best book-length summary of…

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Missionary Spotlight – Fresh challenges in Kazakhstan

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February 2009
Kazakhstan

Missionary Spotlight – Fresh challenges in Kazakhstan

Fresh challenges in Kazakhstan   ‘The doors may not always be open!’ It was a sobering comment, made during a presentation by a Christian worker who knows the Central Asian context very well. It was also a considered comment, reflecting the changing scene in those spiritually needy republics, and specifically highlighting a critical development in the country of Kazakhstan.   Kazakhstan was part of the Soviet Union communist empire and subject to the imposed scientific atheism of that regime. With the collapse of Communism around 1989, Kazakhstan became an independent republic and freedom of religion was written into its constitution.      Evangelical believers, a tiny...

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February 2009
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News – Vatican casts adrift from Italian law

Vatican casts adrift from Italian law The Vatican has announced that it will no longer automatically adopt laws passed by the Italian Parliament. The move came into effect at the start of January and ends a treaty between the pope and Italian law makers which has endured for 80 years.     Concern has been growing in…

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Irish Biblical Reformation Conference

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February 2009
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Irish Biblical Reformation Conference

Irish Biblical Reformation Conference The 2008 annual Irish Biblical Reformation Conference met on 1 November at Edenmore Golf Club. The guest speaker was Dr Jim Renihan from the Institute of Reformed Baptist Studies, Westminster Seminary (West), Escondido, California. The topic was, 'The mandate for and method of biblical church leadership'. Dr Renihan began by emphasising four…

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February 2009
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News – Gambian missionary couple appeal for clemency

Gambian missionary couple appeal for clemency A missionary couple have offered a public apology to Gambia's president in hope of receiving a presidential pardon. David Fulton, 60, and his wife Fiona, 45, were recently convicted of undermining the authority of Gambia's government.      The Fultons were arrested on 29 November and charged on 4 December…

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February 2009
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News – Gaza’s Christians

Gaza's Christians  One little mentioned group of sufferers in the recent violent conflict between Hamas and the Israeli army is around 3000 Christians who live in Gaza. Together with many others, they are victims of the violence and deprivations endured by the whole community.     Barnabas Fund, working in partnership with the Palestinian Bible Society,…

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February 2009
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News – April ET evangelistic pull-out

April ET evangelistic pull-out April 2009's ET will bring a new evangelistic initiative. The centre four pages will be written specifically for the unconverted and designed as a pull-out to coincide with Easter.      Its articles will focus on the meaning and centrality of the cross and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and it…

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February 2009
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News – Pakistan

Pakistan A 40-year-old Christian, Gulshare Masih, and his 19-year-old daughter Sandal from the village of Gojra near Faisalabad, were taken into police custody recently after an enraged Muslim mob falsely accused them of desecrating the Koran. About 500 Muslims, including students from a local madrassa (Islamic school), gathered around Gulshare's house, throwing stones and bricks…

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Fire from heaven: William Bramwell and his ministry

Historical

February 2009
Articles > Historical

Fire from heaven: William Bramwell and his ministry

Fire from heaven: William Bramwell and his ministry Modern Methodism bears little resemblance to the Methodism that sprang from the Evangelical Revival of the 18th century, as those whose lives had been transformed by the Christian gospel were formed into societies. The revival had waned well before John Wesley's death in 1791 but from the early…

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February 2009
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News – UBM – a wide open ministry

UBM - a wide open ministry 'There is no one at our church young enough to go on a beach mission', is a common misapprehension voiced in churches today. But beach missions are not only for youngsters. God doesn't just use those in the prime of life to evangelise. People of all ages take holidays…

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Grace in hard times

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February 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Grace in hard times

Grace in hard times As the new year brings with it news of more financial woe, Simoney Girard asks what the Christian's attitude to these events really should be. In 1973, directors of a London merchant bank met to discuss the economic crisis that had brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy. There was no…

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Review – Joseph – the hidden hand of God – Christian Focus – Liam Goligher

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February 2009
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Review – Joseph – the hidden hand of God – Christian Focus – Liam Goligher

Joseph – the hidden hand of God Liam GoligherChristian Focus225 pages; £6.99ISBN 978-1845503680 Despite its cover of many colours, which I found a little off-putting, this book was well worth reading. Successfully and encouragingly, the author demonstrates the hand of God throughout the life of Joseph.     The book has thirteen chapters - twelve covering different aspects…

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February 2009
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News – Evangelical Alliance

Evangelical Alliance The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has appointed Steve Clifford as its new general director. Mr Clifford, 54, will take over as head of one of Britain's oldest evangelical organisations in early April.      He is a long-serving EA board member, and will take over from previous general director Joel Edwards. Mr Clifford is married…

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Review – The glory of the cross – The Lausanne Movement – James Philip

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February 2009
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Review – The glory of the cross – The Lausanne Movement – James Philip

The glory of the cross James PhilipThe Lausanne Movement (with Evangelicals Now)38 pages; £2.50; ISBN 978-1899464067 Here is a little gem! In the foreword Sinclair Ferguson speaks of his debt to the author for more than four decades. I too can identify with that, having enjoyed using his Bible reading notes over many years and occasionally…

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February 2009
Articles > Comment

Give him no rest

Give him no rest Wanted: watchmen; day and night shifts available. Also, support staff. Good communicators preferred, commitment essential. Our God has promised that he will not rest until every chosen, ransomed sinner has been saved by grace and brought into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. If the King will not rest, neither should his…

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February 2009
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News – Act of Settlement

Act of Settlement The UK Government is working on a detailed plan to change or even scrap the Act of Settlement, which bans Roman Catholics from becoming king or queen and prevents the monarch from marrying a Catholic, according to a report in the Scottish newspaper, The Herald.     In an exclusive interview with the paper,…

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Guest Column – Raising Christian children

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February 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Raising Christian children

Raising Christian children Guest Column She was a lovely Christian lady, and gave her time unstintingly to teach children in Sunday school. She seated all the children who professed faith in Christ on one side of her table. All those who had not yet professed Christ were seated on the other side. She conducted two lessons simultaneously.…

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Missionary Spotlight – Kazakhstan at the crossroads

Article

February 2009
Kazakhstan

Missionary Spotlight – Kazakhstan at the crossroads

Kazakhstan at the crossroads   Today Kazakhstan enjoys the most freedom of all among the former Soviet republics. So much so that it is due to take the chairmanship of the OBSE (The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) in 2010. However, there are attempts being made by political and religious leaders in Kazakhstan to restrict all religious activity apart from Islam and Russian Orthodox Christianity.   A repressive law has already been passed by parliament, but the president is yet to sign it. Kazakhstan is a presidential republic and so the president has the final word regarding which laws make it onto the...

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February 2009
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News – Tyneside pregnancy centre

Tyneside pregnancy centre      Tyneside Pregnancy Advice Centre, run by the Christian charity 'Foundation for Life', was officially opened on Saturday 25 October by Baroness Cox. The centre provides support for women with unplanned pregnancies. In addition, it offers women an ultrasound scan performed by trained nursing staff.     At the opening, Baroness Cox praised…

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News – Westminster conference

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February 2009
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News – Westminster conference

Westminster conference  'Old paths, new shoes' was the title to this December's Westminster conference. It was gratifying to see up to 300 people gather at the new venue of Whitefield Memorial Church (the American Church in London) in Tottenham Court Road. Interestingly, it was here that Augustus Toplady was buried and Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones…

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Christian conference on dementia

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February 2009
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Christian conference on dementia

Christian conference on dementia November 2008 By the time you have read this article, three more people will have been diagnosed with dementia in the UK - one every 3.2 minutes. The incidence of dementia is rising so rapidly that experts are referring to a tsunami in the making. It threatens to overwhelm Social Services and…

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News – Albert Street Chapel, Oxford

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February 2009
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News – Albert Street Chapel, Oxford

Albert Street Chapel, Oxford On 28 December, the congregation of Albert Street Chapel (ASC), Oxford, met for the last time. The pastor, David Cooke, had announced his resignation four months' earlier in anticipation of his call to a pastorate in Banbury, which was subsequently confirmed.      The church, therefore, concluded it was right to disband…

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To reach all nations

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February 2009
General

To reach all nations

To reach all nations   In this series of articles we are seeking to establish principles of mission from the Bible, to govern how we go about this work. So far we have seen, firstly, that any thinking about mission must begin with the fact that God is a missionary God and he is the author, definer and finisher of mission.   Secondly, we saw that conscious faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for salvation. The way that God has chosen to save sinners from the hell they deserve is by faith in the person and work of the Saviour of sinners. The normal way...

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February 2009
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News – Breakaway Anglican Church

Breakaway Anglican Church Conservative Anglicans in the US, upset by the liberal views of the Episcopal Church, have formed a new denomination. The Anglican Church in North America will include four Episcopal dioceses that recently split from the US church, and Canadian parishes who have also seceded from the Episcopalian church. It is reported that…

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February 2009
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News – Leviticus advert banned

Leviticus advert banned  The use of biblical language in a newspaper advert to describe homosexual practice broke rules on 'decency', the advertising regulator has ruled.      The full-page 540-word ad appeared on 1 August in the Belfast News Letter. It was published in anticipation of a gay rights march in the city.      The…

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Review – Lamentations – Christian Focus – John L. Mackay

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February 2009
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Review – Lamentations – Christian Focus – John L. Mackay

Lamentations John L. MackayChristian Focus; 235 pages; £19.99; ISBN 978-1845503635 This is a well-produced commentary on the book of Lamentations, which the author describes as 'Living in the ruins'. Is it aimed at the ordinary Christian or is it more for the Bible student? The answer is probably both.     It serves the ordinary Christian because it…

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February 2009
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News – Atheist adverts

Atheist adverts  A campaign sponsored by atheists advertising 'there's probably no God' has been reported to the Advertising Standards Authority. Posters with the slogan appeared on around 600 buses in England, Scotland and Wales, recently (see p.32).     There is also a poster campaign planned for the London Underground and two large LCD screens bearing…

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February 2009
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News – Relationship counsellor loses discrimination claim

Relationship counsellor loses discrimination claim A Christian relationship counsellor has lost his claim of religious discrimination against counselling service Relate. Gary McFarlane was first suspended then dismissed by his employer when he asked to be exempted from offering sex therapy to same sex couples, because of his religious beliefs.     The Employment Tribunal rejected Mr McFarlane's…

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February 2009
Asia

Missionary Spotlight – Ferocity in Central Asia

Ferocity in Central Asia   Lying at the crossroads between the Middle East, India, Russia and China, Central Asia has historically been a volatile region.   The great cities of Samarkand and Bukhara (now in Uzbekistan) on the ancient Silk Road were famed not only for trade but also as centres of Islamic culture. In 1991 the republics of Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union.      These countries are mainly Muslin and independence also led to an Islamic revival, reacting against decades of Soviet atheism. It also led to the opening up of Central Asia to Christian mission.  ...

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February 2009
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News – Atheists for God?

Atheists for God? A new organisation seems to have been launched unannounced. It is called 'Atheists for God' and while it appears to have few members at present it has a powerful message. OK, I'm joking, but only just. A remarkable article in The Times newspaper on Saturday 27 December, written by well-known journalist and sceptic…

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Review – Chains of grace – Day One Publications – Peter Jeffery

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February 2009
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Review – Chains of grace – Day One Publications – Peter Jeffery

Chains of grace   Peter Jeffery Day One Publications; 128 pages; £6.00; ISBN 978-1846251276   I believe Peter Jeffery's book will be a blessing not only to those who know him, but also to ministers beginning their training or ministry, and even to future ministers not yet born. Peter Jeffery's ministry was rounded and…

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The church on earth

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February 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The church on earth

The church on earth Last month we began to look at the biblical theology of the local church. We saw that there is a real correlation between the characteristics of the church in her glorified state and the local church in this age. In this article I want to examine some of these characteristics more…

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Evangelical atheists

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February 2009
Articles > Comment

Evangelical atheists

Evangelical atheists Recently, a group of what we can only call 'evangelical atheists' raised over £135,000 to launch an 'Atheist Bus Campaign'. They are putting adverts on the sides of eight hundred buses in towns and cities as far apart as Aberdeen and Exeter. The adverts inform us: 'There's probably no God. Now stop worrying and…

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Review – My life, my way – Headline – Cliff Richard

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February 2009
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Review – My life, my way – Headline – Cliff Richard

My life, my way Cliff RichardHeadline; 308 pages; £20.00; ISBN 978-0755315888 In the preface to this autobiography, released to celebrate 50 years in show business, Sir Cliff Richard says that if you want to know what he really feels about things, this is the book to read.     From humble beginnings - with his family living in…

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Sorting out priorities

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February 2009
General

Sorting out priorities

Sorting out priorities   When the risen Lord Jesus commissioned his followers to ‘go and make disciples of all nations’ (Matthew 28:19) he set in motion a great movement that continues to gather momentum today.   As we know from the book of Acts, it took time for the new church to appreciate the full implications of that commission. But it wasn’t long before congregations throughout the eastern Mediterranean were sending out men to preach the gospel and plant churches in regions where the Bible was previously unknown.      Today, the Holy Spirit continues to equip and lead missionaries to cross social, political and cultural...

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The importance  of holiness

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February 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The importance of holiness

The importance of holiness Christians are called 'saints' in the New Testament because they are expected to be 'sanctified ones', men and women set apart to God. In other words, they are to be holy people. Let me remind you of the ground we covered in the two previous articles on holiness (ET October and November…

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Review – Rahab – Day One – Chris Hughes

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February 2009
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Review – Rahab – Day One – Chris Hughes

Rahab Chris HughesDay One; 78 pages; £5.00; ISBN 978-1846251351 I've never come across a whole book on Rahab before. Often, when Rahab is included in a book about various Bible women, the focus is on whether or not she ought to have told the lie about the spies - and in fact, Chris Hughes does not…

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