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Everything in January 2003 issue

EMW camps 2002

News

January 2003
News

EMW camps 2002

It is with a great sense of gratitude to God that we offer this report on the EMW outdoor camp held 24-31 August 2002. It has been my privilege to be involved with this camp since its inception nine years ago at Tywyn. Since then we have had two moves, first to Talybont and…

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Missionary Spotlight-Evangelicalism in Austria today

Article

January 2003
Austria

Missionary Spotlight-Evangelicalism in Austria today

Churches in Austria that hold to the great historic Reformed confessions are almost non-existent. The Lutheran (Evangel-isch) Church has a number of born-again pastors, but is mainly liberal in theology and ecumenically involved with the Roman Catholic Church. Missionary churches Independent Evangelical churches are more numerous than 20 years ago, but most are first-generation.…

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Christ the Mediator

Article

January 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ the Mediator

The pinnacle and crowning glory of Mount Zion - the church - is that we have come 'to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel' (Hebrews 12:24).Though clear and simple, this statement is also profound. In a few short phrases…

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September 11 revisited

Article

January 2003
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

September 11 revisited

 September 11 revisitedSixteen months ago, the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Cente and the Pentagon sent us reeling. This was not only an attack upon the USA, but an evil attempt to destroy the Western way of life - freedom, democracy, trust and aspiration. It was, indeed, an attack on the world. Not only…

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Missionary Spotlight-Church-planting in Austria

Article

January 2003
Austria

Missionary Spotlight-Church-planting in Austria

During the 20th century, Protestant state churches in Austria became increasingly liberal in theology. Today, the Reformed Evangelische Kirche, while professing to adhere to The Helvetic Confession, has departed completely from the historic Reformed faith and biblical ethics. A similar story can be told for the Lutheran Church, although it still has some faithful…

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Guest Column

Article

January 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

The Second Coming of Christ is largely a neglected subject in many churches. But it received great prominence in the preaching of the Apostles. It is clear, for example, that the Thessalonian Christians had thought much about Christ's return, and the letters Paul wrote to them reveal a lively interest in this great theme.…

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Teaching controversy -the creation vs. evolution debate

Article

January 2003
Scientific (including creation)

Teaching controversy -the creation vs. evolution debate

In Britain we are used to living in a post-Christian culture. So it continues to surprise us how many US citizens believe in creation and the God of the Bible. We also tend to underestimate the importance of their strong tradition of Christian involvement in eductaion - where Christianity actually influences the curriculum. Recent…

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Broken cisterns

Article

January 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Broken cisterns

Having been raised in a Christian home, I was used to the Bible, praying and hearing about God. For many years, however, these were only words to me, and I paid no heed to them. Just four weeks before I started attending church again, I was sitting with my sister at our home in…

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Shopping for God

Article

January 2003
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Shopping for God

It's amazing what supermarkets have on offer these days. At ASDA we will soon be able to choose not only from a full range of soap powders but also gain some spiritual advice.ASDA stores are introducing a new sort of 'helper' to stroll up and down the aisles. They will be 'chaplains' who will…

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First impressions of an ASDA chaplain

News

January 2003
News

First impressions of an ASDA chaplain

Since taking up my present pastorate in Welwyn Garden City, Hertfordshire, I have tried all sorts of ways to get people under the sound of the gospel of grace, with a measure of success.But imagine my surprise when, out of the blue, I was approached about becoming 'chaplain' to a large commercial enterprise! A…

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E-books

News

January 2003
News

E-books

Like printing years ago, computer technology has changed the world we live in. Then, an explosion of printed books brought a wealth of information into people's homes. But the latest technology not only expands our horizons but also enhances our ability to use that heritage of words. The printed book may well survive the…

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Ongoing revelation?

Article

January 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Ongoing revelation?

An occasional series on doctrinal issues todayPart 1by Peter BloomfieldMy aim is to provide you with safe, sound responses. My object is not primarily polemical but to arm you with answers. Two factors make this matter especially urgent.Firstly, there are many people confused and bewildered by this teaching - it is pan-denominational, pan-continental, and…

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Our changeless God

Article

January 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Our changeless God

As we enter a new year a fitting verse for us to remember is Malachi 3:6: 'For I the LORD do not change; therefore you, O sons of Jacob, are not consumed'.The brightness of the stars is appreciated most of all during the darkness of the night. Malachi's time was exceedingly dark in a…

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Two houses

Article

January 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Two houses

It is said that archaeologists lay out the corpse of history. The remains may be recognisable as those of once-living entities, but by definition a corpse is lifeless. The passage of time brings decay and increasing difficulty with interpretation.However, archaeology is not just concerned with dead people, ancient monuments and buried objects. It also…

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John Wyclif’s legacy

Historical

January 2003
Articles > Historical

John Wyclif’s legacy

When Pope John XXIII condemned the Bohemian Reformer John Hus to the flames as a heretic, at the Council of Constance in 1415, he also anathematised the Englishman John Wyclif.Wyclif, a former Rector of Lutterworth, had died 30 years earlier. Nevertheless, in 1428, the local bishop exhumed his bones, then burnt and scattered them…

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Lichfield church-planting

News

January 2003
News

Lichfield church-planting

Combine a small group of Christians, working together, with an open Bible and a blank piece of paper, and what do you have? 'TEAMwork'.Early last year, Dr Gareth Crossley, minister of West Park Church, Wolverhampton, began turning the cogs of a new project with the aim of 'Training, Evangelism And Ministry' - otherwise known…

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Article

January 2003
Austria

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File Austria

Fact File – Austria Area: 32,378 square miles.   Neighbouring countries: Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.   Environment: A landlocked country, the west and south being mountainous (Alps), with the River Danube running through flat eastern plains. The highest mountain is the Grossglockner (3,798 metres). 40% of Austria is…

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Historical

January 2003
Articles > Historical

EMW – The first fifty years

Graham Hind reviews Noel Gibbard's recent book on the history of the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW).I must start with a declaration of vested interest, for I serve on an EMW committee and do so because I love Wales and value highly the Movement's role. There is no real English equivalent to the Movement.…

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Seven sayings from the cross

Article

January 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seven sayings from the cross

Forsaken!Some people try to explain this with reference to some natural phenomenon, such as a solar eclipse. But such an eclipse could never have lasted for three hours. There was something deeply supernatural about this darkness - an impression confirmed by the detail recorded in Luke about the veil of the temple being rent…

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Missionary Spotlight-Gospel perspectives in Austria

Article

January 2003
Austria

Missionary Spotlight-Gospel perspectives in Austria

Austria is made up of nine provinces. Tyrol covers one of these provinces and is divided into three parts – east, north and south (the latter falling within Italy). The Lord called us to work in north Tyrol in 1986, and it is of this area that I write. Anabaptists Well before Luther nailed…

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