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Everything in January 2001 issue

All or nothing

Article

January 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

All or nothing

Most mornings I have to wait in line at the 7-11 store to buy my newspaper while people place their bets with the California Lottery. A woman, anticipating my impatience as she took an inordinate amount of time, turned to me and defended her purchase of 20 lottery tickets. 'I have to have something…

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Katherine Henry (1629-1707)

Historical

January 2001
Articles > Historical

Katherine Henry (1629-1707)

A godly wife and mother in Puritan England On 25 May 1707, in Broad Oak, a godly woman died at the age of almost 78. Christened as Katherine Matthews, her influence on both her husband and her children left an enduring impression on the Christian church. Her husband was Philip Henry, a minister of…

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Christ and his church

Article

January 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christ and his church

BetrothalIn biblical times, betrothal was an initiative taken by the man. The Rabbis spoke of it as 'man seeking in woman that which he had lost', namely, the rib or 'side' taken from Adam to form the woman. Quaint though this may seem, it is a picture. For Christ also came to seek and…

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Guest column

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January 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest column

The great need of our hourThe new century gives us a wonderful opportunity as pastors and Christian people to look ahead and consider our vision and priorities. I am reminded that the apostle Paul spoke with clarity when he addressed the church at Colosse concerning Christ: 'that in all things he might have the…

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Missionary Spotlight-The gospel in Australia

Article

January 2001
Australia

Missionary Spotlight-The gospel in Australia

The gospel came to Australia with the ‘First Fleet’ in 1788. On board was Rev. Richard Johnson, an evangelical Anglican clergyman. He ministered under great difficulties until 1800, when he returned to England. It was only in the 1850s and the 1860s – following the gold rushes and the end of convict transportation –…

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Who says so?

Article

January 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Who says so?

Resistance and confrontation are the catchwords of our time. For example, in the home, authority is often unknown. Paul in 2 Timothy 3:2 says that one of the signs of the last days is that men will be 'disobedient to parents'.The same anti-authority stance is seen in schools today, where teachers have little power…

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Missionary Spotlight-Evangelical kaleidoscope

Article

January 2001
Australia

Missionary Spotlight-Evangelical kaleidoscope

The professedly evangelical scene within Australia presents a kaleidoscope – active groups within larger, compromised denominations; a small number of independent congregations; and a burgeoning multitude of neo-Pentecostal causes. Unlike the UK, there are no wider Evangelical associations, nor is there a substantial sprinkling of ‘Evangelical Free’ churches. Bible-believing, gospel-preaching churches are few in…

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Caring for students

News

January 2001
News

Caring for students

Come September each year, there are many adverts in Evangelical newspapers placed by churches keen to attract new college students to join them each Sunday. These churches are eager to provide a spiritual home during a student's time of study. This provision is particularly important for young people leaving home for the first time…

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The life of God in the soul of man

Historical

January 2001
Articles > Historical

The life of God in the soul of man

The excellence of faith In November's issue of Evangelical Times we considered part one of Henry Scougal's seminal treatise The life of God in the soul of man. In that part, poignantly and skilfully, he establishes on what sure foundations 'true religion' stands. In this greatly treasured, hugely influential and edifying work, he first…

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Life before Luther!

Article

January 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Life before Luther!

A true Evangelical will distance himself from the modernistic notion that the Reformation was a mistake. It was no mistake, but a glorious intervention of God to deliver us from the tyranny of a paganistic Romanism. We dare to believe that the average Evangelical has a reasonable knowledge of the Reformation, but it often…

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The throne of grace

Article

January 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The throne of grace

The verses that precede this passage are awesome with the prospect of a two-edged sword and an all-seeing God. But now, against this sombre backcloth, the writer to the Hebrews sets his recurrent and glorious theme of Christ the Saviour. The reversion is brilliant, as he sweeps our gaze from the trembling sinner to…

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Ten commandments for the Christian student

Article

January 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Ten commandments for the Christian student

Timothy 2:15 provides some relevant and practical pointers for students. Below I set out in modern terms ten such instructions that may, with God's help, assist Christian students during what can be difficult and formative years.1. Remember Thou shalt remember the Lord your God in prayer every morning before going to school or college.Get…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-The national religion

Article

January 2001
Australia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT-The national religion

When Juan Samaranch, President of the IOC, announced in September 1993, ‘And the winner is Sidn – eeee!’, the New South Wales government knew that preparing for the 2000 Olympics would entail an immense amount of work. Seven years and $3.5 billion later, Australia presented a sporting event that won the praise and admiration…

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Christ-centred preaching

Article

January 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ-centred preaching

In chapter five of John's Gospel we are confronted with testimonies concerning the Son of God (John 5:31-47). Certainly, the human testimonies which bore witness to Jesus Christ in John's day continue to be important in this present age.But perhaps we make too much of 'testimonies' today. You will find them in books, videos,…

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Missionary Spotlight-Gospel growth

Article

January 2001
Australia

Missionary Spotlight-Gospel growth

Just thirty years after the crucifixion of Christ, the apostle Paul made this remarkable claim: ‘all over the world the gospel is bearing fruit and growing’ (Colossians 1:6). Writing in the third century, Tertullian told the Roman world: ‘We are but of yesterday and yet we already fill your cities, islands, camps, your palaces,…

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News

January 2001
News

City of Angels

Los Angeles, the 'City of angels', was host to the 26th Annual Meeting of the North American Presbyterian and Reformed Council during 14-15 November 2000. NAPARC, as it is known, is a delegated gathering of conservative Calvinistic confessional churches. The meeting was hosted by the KAPC in that part of LA called Koreatown. This…

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Hindu worldview

Article

January 2001
General

Hindu worldview

Maurice.I am glad to meet you Raj. As you know, we in the West have become very interested in eastern religions in recent years and I would be glad if you could give me an insight into your system of beliefs. Raj. I also am glad to meet with a Christian to discuss spiritual…

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Leaving the track

Article

January 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Leaving the track

On the day that I wrote this, British Railtrack have admitted that the Hatfield train disaster was caused by a broken rail. What was meant to guide the train safely to its destination, failed - with tragic results.The rail broke because it was not maintained properly. This can be seen as a metaphor for…

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News

January 2001
News

Discrimination

Crawford Gribben interviews Dr Everett JulyanIn early October 2000, national newspapers gave substantial coverage to a rather unusual case of discrimination - or at least a type of discrimination we are rarely allowed to hear about. The case was featured on the front page of theScottish Daily Mail and gained further valuable exposure in…

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WILLOW CREEK

Article

January 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

WILLOW CREEK

PragmatismWillow Creek Community Church began in a rented theatre in 1975, when pastor Bill Hybels decided to take a radically new approach to church outreach. The heart of his idea was that the local church should cater for the needs and wishes of the un-churched community. Door-to-door research was carried out to find out…

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