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January 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Goats among the sheep

We are all very much aware of the troubles that beset the churches on every hand. Has there ever been a time like it for difficulties within the local gospel church? Are there Scriptures we can look to that help us here? Two of Paul's letters are devoted to a church that was full…

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January 1999
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Moth-eaten evolution?

One of the most important evidences used to support Darwinian evolution in the textbooks is now recognised to be seriously flawed. Instead of the research providing a convincing study of natural selection in action, it is now regarded as a case of unnatural selection. Every student of evolutionary theory is aware of Kettlewell's 1950s…

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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > France

Missionary extraordinary – An appreciation of Bill Clark

Samuel William Clark, whose death at the age of sixty-six was announced in the December issue of Evangelical Times, knew from the age of sixteen that he was going to be a missionary. This interest blossomed when, at the age of nineteen and already engaged to his future wife Evelyn, he heard and met…

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January 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

What worship means

In many churches today there is chaos in worship. The tragedy is that so few seem to be looking to the Scriptures for their principles. People say, 'That sounds worshipful' or 'That doesn't sound worshipful', or 'I can worship God in this kind of service'. But they are making a totally subjective judgement as…

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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > South Africa

Letter from South Africa: A cloud, the size of a man’s hand

Moral and ethical standards in South Africa could scarcely be worse. The Government tries to deny that conditions are as bad as the secular press makes them out to be. But corruption is so widespread that the only surprise is that the economy of the country is not worse than it is. Sodomy, which…

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January 1999
Articles > Guest column

Guest column – The way ahead

A few years ago my wife and I spent a delightful holiday in Ireland and we found it was as beautiful as it is reputed to be. One very interesting thing that I noted there was the signposts. I had often seen picture postcards of the heavily over-loaded posts with signs pointing in every…

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Historical

January 1999
Articles > Historical

John Gresham Machen and the defence of Christian truth

In the early stages of the 'Fundamentalist-modernist controversy', John Gresham Machen (1881-1937), then Professor of New Testament Literature and Exegesis at Princeton Theological Seminary, set this struggle in the overall framework of church history. The struggle, he noted, 'is one of three great crises in the history of the Christian church. One came in…

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January 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Take what he gives: give what he asks

There was an occasion in the life of the apostle Paul when God took away something very precious to him, an event that seemed to threaten his whole future. Where would happiness be without this? How could he survive and accomplish anything for God without this? So the apostle asked God earnestly to return…

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January 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Hard questions: predestination and the gospel

From time to time the Editors receive letters which pose difficult questions. The correspondents often disagree sincerely with the position taken by Evangelical Times on important issues of doctrine or concern. In this occasional series, we intend to air these matters and seek to provide some biblical answers to 'hard questions'. The problem of…

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January 1999
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

I am grateful to readers who write to me in response to my Evangelical Times articles. The letters are always interesting and useful. Some provide me with valuable additional information and insights into a cult, while others are extremely critical of what I write. But each letter is considered carefully and often referred to…

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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > United States of America

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-California

In season and out of season Paul’s admonition to Timothy needs to be remembered by gospel preachers today: ‘Preach the word, be urgent in season and out of season’ (2 Timothy 4:2). These words are reminders that even the clear, strong and consistent preaching of the gospel does not always bring ‘results’. The preacher…

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January 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Behind a frowning providence

To the Israelite villagers the Philistine raid was an unmitigated disaster. No one recorded the toll in lives lost and crops pillaged when 'the Philistines invaded [spread themselves upon] the land'. Yet the losses inflicted on livelihoods, homes and families are not hard to imagine. The Philistines frequently violated territorial boundaries and robbed threshing-floors.…

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Historical

January 1999
Articles > Historical

History is bunk… Is it?

The great motor man, Henry Ford, is believed to have once declared that 'history is bunk'. The remark was probably not intended to be taken seriously, but its significance lies in the fact that it is so often quoted. Perhaps it underlies a certain cynicism we have towards the subject. For many, the word…

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January 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ Disowned

Peter's denial of his Lord is recorded in all four Gospels, and to have the full picture we need to take into account the details given in each account. It is remarkable that all four evangelists record this denial, because when the Gospels were written Peter was a leading apostle, one of the chief…

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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > South Korea

A letter from Korea

This comes from a Korean pastor, partly in response to September Evangelical Times‘ coverage of Korea. We are pleased to place it before our readers. Are there any other overseas Christians who want to respond to Missionary Spotlight? It is a great joy to ‘meet’ readers of ET for the first time, through this…

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News

January 1999
News

Students away from home

For many students who have recently left home to go away to college or university, this can be a difficult and dangerous time in their Christian lives. To come from a secure, even sheltered, Christian home and be plunged into the quicksands of modern student culture, can prove to be too much for some.…

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January 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Apostles’ Creed: Who is Jesus Christ?

In this issue Mark Johnston concludes his survey of the Apostles' Creed. In the last issue we sought an answer to this greatest of questions. Only the Bible, God's own word to mankind, can provide that answer, but we discovered that the ancient Apostles' Creed is a most helpful guide to what Scripture teaches…

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January 1999
News

Reformation and Revival Conference 1998

Monday 16-18 November saw almost 80 Christians gathered at The Hayes in Swanwick, Derbyshire, for the annual conference of the Reformation and Revival Fellowship - formerly known as the Fellowship for Revival. The first of the two speakers to address the conference was Rev. John Marshall a congregational minister from Hemel Hempstead. His three…

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January 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Turkey

Missionary spotlight: Istanbul

The ancient capital of the eastern Roman Empire, Constantinople, occupied a comparatively small area of land, protected on three sides by water. In this area, on the European side of the Bosphorus, are Istanbul’s covered market and university. In 1966, when we first lived in Istanbul (no longer a capital city), the population was…

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