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From CHINA to TORONTO
January 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

From CHINA to TORONTO

In the early 1930s, in spite of a growing threat of invasion, there was in many parts of China a powerful surge of evangelistic activity. God had given to the churches several preachers and leaders of outstanding spiritual calibre, Dr John Sung, for instance, was described by Leslie Lyall in his biography as 'the…

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Preaching the gospel
January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching the gospel

PART 2 Hyper-calvinism and the call of the gospel by David J. Engelsma (Reformed Free Publishing Association, 216 pages) is the greatly enlarged edition of a book which seeks to defend the teachings of a small American denomination, the Protestant Reformed Churches (PRC), and its UK counterpart, the British Reformed Fellowship. However, 'defend' is…

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The State of the Nation
January 1995
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The State of the Nation

Where there is no vision, the people perish' (Proverbs 29: 18) might also be translated, 'Where there is ignorance of God, the people run wild.' Ignorance of God has characterized our generation. It can be seen today in many different ways: in the decline of the national church, in particular, but also in the…

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Do not trust your FEELINGS
January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Do not trust your FEELINGS

The other day I was trying to explain the principle of sofa Scriptura to someone. It was not going very well. She did not have a problem with Scriptura. Her problem was with sola. Her problem was not with the Bible itself. It was with the Bible's uniqueness. She readily agreed that the Bible…

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A confusion of demons
January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

A confusion of demons

When, in the late 1980s, evangelical book reviewers commended Frank E. Peretti's novels it was because they felt. (a) they were a good read, and (b) they were leading sellers in Christian fiction, and readers needed to be aware of what was happening in that sphere. One could appreciate the sense of dark evil…

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Cotton Mather (1663-1728): Puritan Pietist
January 1995
Articles > Historical

Cotton Mather (1663-1728): Puritan Pietist

Cotton Mather, grandson of the American Puritan pioneers John Cotton and Richard Mather, was born on 12 February 1663, in Boston, Massachusetts, the first child of Increase and Maria Mather. His life was remarkable from the beginning as he started to pray, read and write simultaneous with his acquirement of his mother tongue, so…

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What is ‘a call to the ministry’?
January 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

What is ‘a call to the ministry’?

The word 'apostle' means 'one sent'. In the strict and official sense it denotes 'the twelve' (and Paul, of course), all of whom were immediately 'sent' by the Lord and who therefore may tee described as the apostles of Jesus Christ'(Luke 6:13; 1 Corinthians 1:1; 1 Peter 1:1; 2 Peter 3:2). In a more…

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January 1995
Articles > Comment

Comment

We are pleased to learn that Gul Masih will begin 1995 a free man in Pakistan with no death sentence for blasphemy hanging over his head. Four years is a long time to spend in prison on trumped-up charges without the comfort of family, and under constant threat of abuse. We thank God that…

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Guilt-free Christianity
January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Guilt-free Christianity

In the recently published book 'What would Jesus say?', a minister speculates on what Jesus might say to some modern-day celebrities. What, for instance, would Jesus say if he walked into one of Madonna's concerts? He believes Jesus would treat her as he did the adulterous woman of John 4 and challenge those who…

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A National Scandal
January 1995
News

A National Scandal

The National Lottery is a national scandal. It is State-sponsored selfishness; Government-led worship at the shrine of godless gain. Speaking ethically, gambling is immoral. It is an attempt to get something for nothing, a means of gaining a living not by honest labour but at the expense of others. It is a moral disease,…

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Born to be honest
January 1995
Articles > Historical

Born to be honest

There is some danger of falling into a soft and effeminate Christianity, under the plea of a lofty and ethereal theology. Christianity was born for endurance; not an exotic, but a hardy plant, braced by the keen wind; not languid, nor childish, nor cowardly. It walks with strong step and erect frame; it is…

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Maker of Heaven and Earth
January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Maker of Heaven and Earth

The fact that God is the Creator of all things is the indispensable foundation upon which all other beliefs of Christianity are based. One of the ways we know God is through what we see around us: God is he who made the universe. That is his status. On this affirmation hangs everything we…

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January 1995
Articles > Historical

A great reformer dies

With the death of Dr Jacob Preus, one of the great champions of the Christian faith has been taken from this world. Dr Preus received international recognition in the 1970s when he was the president of the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod, a denomination of 3,000,000 members. Jack Preus led and won the battle to…

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Paul – the man of God
January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

Paul – the man of God

A treasured piece of Scripture (Acts 20:17-38) provides us with a vivid portrait of history's greatest Christian, both as a man and also as a missionary and pastor. With a few deft strokes on the canvas, in the centre of which stands Christ for whom the apostle Paul lived and died (Philippians 1:21), the…

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‘Who hath believed our report?’
January 1995
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘Who hath believed our report?’

Both Isaiah and Paul refer to the gospel as a 'report'. Isaiah says in chapter 53 and verse 1: 'Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the Lord revealed?' Paul follows in Romans 10:16: 'But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed…

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