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Everything in January 2005 issue

Zambia’s day of opportunity

Article

January 2005
Zambia

Zambia’s day of opportunity

Everything will be revealed at the judgement seat of Christ and we must judge nothing before the time. Nevertheless, we are right to look into the history of the great enterprise of Christ in the earth and seek to understand our present situation and how we reached it. I believe that this is especially…

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Missions – a perennial problem

Article

January 2005
Philippines

Missions – a perennial problem

When a young pastor named Rey married, he and his wife settled in a small village on the island of Panay in the Philippines. He had trained for the ministry and later embraced the doctrines of God’s sovereign grace. His mother-in-law donated a piece of ground for a church building and they were able…

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Missionary Spotlight-Christ in the Himalayas

Article

January 2005
Nepal

Missionary Spotlight-Christ in the Himalayas

Undoubtedly, the most significant story in the Nepali church of the last 20 years is the movement to Christ of a large number of Tamangs. The Tamang people live mostly in hill districts surrounding the Kathmandu valley. Speaking a pair of related languages, they are thought to have originated from Tibet and migrated into…

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Missionary Spotlight-Church growth

Article

January 2005
Nepal

Missionary Spotlight-Church growth

Just over 50 years ago a Nepali Brahman and his family walked across the border from India up into the hills – to return to the house and land they had abandoned a decade before because of a smallpox epidemic. While in India, Buddhi Sagar had met an evangelist by the name of David…

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News

January 2005
News

Why did Bush win?

George Bush's 2004 electoral victory, when he won both the electoral college and popular vote, may well be down to one unexpected but key reason - many who voted for him did so with moral issues uppermost in their minds. If this is indeed the case, then this election is historic - it consigns…

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Would Bernard of Clairvaux have gone to my church?

Historical

January 2005
Articles > Historical

Would Bernard of Clairvaux have gone to my church?

We who call ourselves 'evangelical' like to identify great men of the past and perhaps think, 'he would have gone to my church'. Charles Spurgeon, for example - if he hadn't been the 'prince of preachers' in a former age, I'm sure he would have gone to my church.If George Whitefield hadn't have been…

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The Da Vinci Code – fact or fiction?

Article

January 2005
Cults and other religions

The Da Vinci Code – fact or fiction?

Dan Brown's 'historical' novel The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003 and has topped the best-seller lists ever since. A year after its publication, it had sold almost six million hardback copies. The movie is on the way, directed by Ron Howard.The book is a gripping murder mystery, with an extraordinary number of…

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Article

January 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Victim or victor?

‘Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: looking carefully lest anyone fall short of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble, and by this many become defiled’ (Hebrews 12:14-15). Everyone knows that weeds grow more readily than flowers or fruit.…

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Article

January 2005
Book

Black and Reformed-Tim Mills reviews Anthony Carter’s book

Written by a black American, this fascinating book is all about how the children of the black slaves, once transported to America and exploited, now worship in separated black churches; how this came about; how it never should have happened; and how to take steps towards integration.The author was brought up in the spirituality…

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Led by the Spirit

Article

January 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Led by the Spirit

'But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law. Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these: Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I…

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Guest Column-Indispensable Intercession

Article

January 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column-Indispensable Intercession

My conviction that I should write on this subject has been confirmed by two things. First, I recently finished reading a book describing some of the sufferings and brutal imprisonment endured by believers belonging to the many house churches in China.Second, in my daily reading I have just read Psalm 74 where the writer…

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Preaching Christ

Article

January 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

In concluding this series, I want to outline two sermons from Old Testament passages that, at first sight, are 'obscure' as regards their Christological content. May they encourage us all to find 'Christ in all the Scriptures'.The reproach of EgyptOur first sermon is based on Joshua 5 and could be entitled, 'The reproach of…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

January 2005
Nepal

Missionary Spotlight

Scaling mountains in Nepal Until 1940 Christianity was prohibited in Nepal. But in 1950 Nepali Christians living in Darjeeling, north-east India, brought the gospel into the country and won a few people for Christ. A number of other Christian missions were active from that time, including the International Nepal Fellowship (formerly Nepal Evangelistic Band)…

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Article

January 2005
Nepal

Missionary Spotlight-The power of the Word

The narrator is one of three Tamang men whose ministries the Lord has blessed to their fellow people. As there is official opposition to Christians in Nepal this narrative preserves the anonymity of those concerned. In 1967 two women Bible translators arrived from Australia and travelled to my district. They asked the Chief District…

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Urban Mission-blessing at Hull fair

News

January 2005
News

Urban Mission-blessing at Hull fair

The city of Hull has a population of well over a quarter of a million people. Each year it plays host to a week-long fair, one of the largest in Europe. Thousands of people come from far and wide to enjoy the fun. During this time the Open-Air Mission witnesses to lost souls, both…

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Article

January 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment-Priorities and pluralism

This issue of ET focuses on mission - a fitting subject for the dawn of a New Year, half a decade into the new millennium. Evangelicals must not forget the Great Commission from the risen Lord: 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (Mark 16:15). While there remains one…

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Historical

January 2005
Articles > Historical

Surprising conversions

A correspondent writes:I enjoyed the story of penicillin in the article 'Does God perform miracles today?' by Prof. Rendle-Short in the October 2004 issues of ET. Given that the doctrine of God's sovereign election - diligently promoted by the editors of ET - implies that every conversion of a soul to Christ is a…

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Urban harvest revisited

Article

January 2005
Book

Urban harvest revisited

It has now been over twenty years since Roy Joslin's book Urban Harvest was first published. At the time it was acclaimed by some as ground-breaking and incisive in its analysis of the urban church situation.But others saw it as barking up the wrong tree - urban church life was poor but many had…

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