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Everything in January 2002 issue

A great work

Article

January 2002
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A great work

Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had built the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates); that Sanballat and Geshem sent unto…

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Missionary Spotlight-Canada and the Gospel

Article

January 2002
Canada

Missionary Spotlight-Canada and the Gospel

When I was a boy of eleven, my parents informed me that our family was emigrating from the English Midlands to Canada. My mind could only conjure up scenes of endless winter and, to my distress, a land without history! Well, I have discovered that my childish thoughts were not entirely correct. The winters…

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Concerning Cults

Article

January 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

The New SpiritualitiesToday there is an unlimited choice of 'spiritualities' on offer. Some are traditional while others are new and attractively packaged. Nor is it necessary for individuals to confine themselves to one particular brand of spirituality. In fact, the mixing of spiritualities is encouraged; individuals are totally free to choose the mix and…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

January 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

Amanda Smith - Set free to serveIt was one-o'clock in the morning. A solitary figure remained toiling in the darkened cotton field, still patiently harvesting the crop. Sam was a slave, but a slave with a difference. His master, a kindly man, had offered him the opportunity to buy his freedom.So now, by working…

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William Carey

Historical

January 2002
Articles > Historical

William Carey

School of TheologyThe second theological training institution founded by Carey Outreach Ministries has recently been established in Iloilo City, Philippines. As reported in ET, the first college, Constanta Bible Institute, was set up in Romania in 1997. There, the first students are expected to graduate from this part-time programme in 2002, having completed the…

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A Bible for modern Turkey

Article

January 2002
Turkey

A Bible for modern Turkey

The date is 6 October 2001 and there is great rejoicing in a church in Istanbul. One lady puts it like this: ‘I have cried a lot today. Today the Bible is in my hands’. She expresses the feeling of the other Turkish believers when she says, ‘We are very happy … more than…

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Missionary Spotlight-Reformation in Canada – a personal perspective

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January 2002
Canada

Missionary Spotlight-Reformation in Canada – a personal perspective

My wife and I emigrated to Canada in 1963. We settled in Toronto, where I did pharmaceutical work with Glaxo. I had a number of opportunities to preach the gospel, and after two years was asked to become interim pastor of a small church 40 miles from Toronto. In 1966, I left Glaxo and…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

January 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Benjamin Francis (1734-1799)Part II: Loving ChristAs mentioned in the first part of this three-part article on Benjamin Francis, it is disappointing that none of his sermons have survived. Describing his preaching, his son-in-law Thomas Flint (d.1819) emphasised two things: Francis was always firm in expressing his doctrinal convictions but was also a compassionate preacher,…

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Missionary Spotlight-Toronto Baptist Seminary

Article

January 2002
Canada

Missionary Spotlight-Toronto Baptist Seminary

‘So tell me about the “Toronto Blessing”!’ That was the question that floored me a few years ago on a trip back to England. Although I live in Toronto, I had never heard of the Toronto Airport church (at that time part of the Vineyard fellowship). On returning to Toronto, I made enquiries and…

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The new birth

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January 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

The new birth

Its necessityJohn F. ThornburyIt should not be hard for us to comprehend the fact that spiritual life, just like physical life, must come from the Creator himself. I ask you today, who is the source of our physical life? Who gives us the power to live and breath and go about our daily routine…

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Guest Column

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January 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

In November 1994, Newsweek did a cover story on 'The search for the sacred'. It highlighted the popularity of spiritual concerns among people from all walks of life. Rather than the expected demise of religion with the advance of science and technology, the opposite is happening. The 'spiritual' is 'in'. Is this due to…

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Missionary Spotlight-Delighting to serve God

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January 2002
Canada

Missionary Spotlight-Delighting to serve God

I was born on 24 December 1958 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. My folks were believers and regular church attenders who raised their children to know the Bible and took us to church. As a child I did not really understand that being a Christian should produce a changed life. I only knew that I…

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The legacy of C. S. Lewis

Historical

January 2002
Articles > Historical

The legacy of C. S. Lewis

Many remember the day in November 1963 when President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in America. Few noticed that it was also the day when C. S. Lewis died. Lewis’ death had come after a long illness and just before his 65th birthday. I had turned 15 years old then and was at boarding…

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Islam – the world’s largest cult?

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January 2002
Cults and other religions

Islam – the world’s largest cult?

Islam is rarely critiqued by journalists because it can be dangerous to do so. This has been less true since 11 September 2001 because people are interested in Islam and are searching for answers.However, it is still risky to write anything that may impugn Islam and especially the founder, Mohammed. This is one reason…

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Early British Christianity

Historical

January 2002
Articles > Historical

Early British Christianity

Joseph of ArimatheaDid Joseph of Arimathea ever visit Britain? An ancient tradition suggests that he might have done. It says that Joseph of Arimathea was the first evangelist to the British Isles. The story goes like this.Joseph was a merchant by trade, specialising in metal. In the first century tin and lead mining were…

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Article

January 2002
China

Chinese puzzle

It can be difficult to grasp the true state of a church from a distance. This is particularly true when we live many thousands of miles away and speak a different language! In recent years there have been reports of great movements of God in China. We hear of large numbers of converts to…

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Free Salvation

Article

January 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Free Salvation

Everyone wants something for nothing. But equally, we are sceptical when anyone claims to give it! We have all learned that 'there is no such thing as a free lunch'. But that which is more valuable than anything else in this world, and which alone will last when time shall be no more, is…

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