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Everything in January 2004 issue

Baptised by the Spirit

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January 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Baptised by the Spirit

There are different views concerning baptism in the Spirit, even among Reformed Christians. Some see this baptism as synonymous with conversion, while others interpret the baptism in the Spirit as a subsequent experience, giving assurance of salvation and power for service.The key text in this debate is 1 Corinthians 12:13: 'For by one Spirit…

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January 2004
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight-Haiti’s forgotten nightmare

Haiti has the dubious distinction of being the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. According to a UN report, it is the third hungriest nation, after Afghanistan and Somalia. Three out of five Haitians are illiterate and 2.5 million of its 8 million people are jammed into the capital city of Port-au-Prince – where…

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Preaching Christ

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January 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

Idoubt whether anyone called to preach would quarrel with the apostle Paul's sentiments. In theory at least, we all agree that Christ is to be preached. But experience shows that good intentions are not always carried out. Preaching some months ago at a church whose pastor had recently retired, I later received a note…

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Guest Column-Creation is no side issue

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January 2004
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column-Creation is no side issue

It is my heartfelt prayer for this nation that the church would at last begin to see that creation is no side issue. Its rejection lies at the heart of the desperate malaise of Western society, which has lost its way in a maze of man-centred relativistic thinking. The church has ceased to ask…

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Parables for profit 2-Travelling by balloon

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January 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Parables for profit 2-Travelling by balloon

As a child I was fascinated by an adventure of Rupert Bear in which he took a ride in the basket of the professor's balloon. I cherished a desire to take a balloon ride myself. However, leisure ballooning was unavailable for a further 30 years, and only with the celebration of a special birthday…

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Anne Steele

Historical

January 2004
Articles > Historical

Anne Steele

Trusting God 'in trouble and in joy'Since childhood, I have often sung hymns composed by Anne Steele - hymns such as 'Father of mercies, In thy Word' and 'Father what'er of earthly bliss'. I knew only that she was an eighteenth-century Baptist hymn-writer, who suffered a good deal of ill health. When I came…

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Thomas Cartwright – the father of Puritanism

Historical

January 2004
Articles > Historical

Thomas Cartwright – the father of Puritanism

The year 2003 has supplied us with a feast of anniversaries, including John Wesley (b. June 1703), Bernard of Clairvaux (d. 1153) and Jonathan Edwards (b. October 1703). If they deserve our attention, so also does Thomas Cartwright - who died in December 1603 and was, according to Daniel Neal, the 'father of the…

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January 2004
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: Covering the western third of the Caribbean island of Hispaniola, Haiti measures 10,695 square miles.   Environment: The climate varies from tropical to semiarid, where mountains give shelter from the trade winds. Haiti can experience severe tropical storms between June and October. Its terrain is rough and mountainous (Chaine de la Selle 2,680…

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How to hold a day of prayer

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January 2004
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

How to hold a day of prayer

Has 'We're praying for you' become a cliché? The dictionary defines cliché as an idea that has become trite. Roget's Thesaurusequates cliché with commonplace, banal, trivial or stereotypical. Is prayer, then, so commonplace that it has become passéamong fashionable Evangelicals? Being labelled 'old-fashioned' is the ultimate insult. We want to be cool - 'with…

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Forgotten metaphors

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January 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forgotten metaphors

Scripture speaks of God's people in the language of saints. We do not. Scripture speaks of Christians as a family. We do notWhy is there such a difference between the way the biblical writers describe us, and the way we describe ourselves? Business people who attend 'assertiveness' classes are taught about the 'power of…

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OUR TRIUNE GOD

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January 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

OUR TRIUNE GOD

It is often assumed that the God of biblical revelation - the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ - is the same God that both contemporary Jews and Muslims worship. After all, these three great religions are all monotheistic, believing in one deity and one alone.But is this really true? Do Jews,…

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January 2004
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight-Preaching in Haiti

Previously a missionary in Ivory Coast, Ken Wimer ministers in Shreveport, Louisiana (www. shreveg race.org). He trains Haitian preachers using Europresse (French EP) study courses; and annually runs a sovereign grace preachers’ conference in Haiti. This is his account of the 2003 visit.   Ten days, three countries, and four languages (English, Spanish, French…

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The joy of searching the Scriptures

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January 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The joy of searching the Scriptures

The Holy Bible is the Word of the living God - providentially preserved, inspired, indestructible, incorruptible, indispensable, infallible and inexhaustible. Jesus our Lord instructed us to search the Scriptures (John 5:39). What does this mean, and how can we do it practically? We can use the phrase 'Search the Scriptures' as an acrostic (S-E-A-R…etc)…

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The Lord’s list

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January 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord’s list

Ezra chapter two is a very specific and detailed record of the names, numbers and (in some cases) occupations of those who returned from Babylon in the first repatriation to Jerusalem under Zerubbabel.It is precisely the kind of passage that we are inclined to skip over in our quiet times and avoid reading in…

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Concerning Cults-Mormon Fundamentalists

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January 2004
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Mormon Fundamentalists

A story of two parts - polygamy and violence. That is, in a nutshell, the story of Mormon Fundamentalism (MF). After considering polygamy in the last article, we now attempt to understand MF violence in its contemporary expression.I continue outlining the story of Dan Lafferty and his brothers in order to identify some of…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Historical

January 2004
Articles > Historical

‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Jonathan Edwards (4) The impact of the revival that came to Northampton in the winter and spring of 1734-1735, which we looked at in November's ET, was nothing less than profound. Jonathan Edwards put it thus. 'This work of God, as it was carried on and the number of true saints multiplied, soon made…

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January 2004
Articles > Comment

Comment-Fighting gently

We do not normally associate 'fighting' with 'gentleness' but surprisingly Scripture does just this. The association can be found in 1 Timothy 6:11-12: 'pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith…' The conjunction of gentleness with fighting is even more arresting when we remember that Paul's original manuscript would…

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