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PC or BC? Political correctness strikes again

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January 2006
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

PC or BC? Political correctness strikes again

PC has been trying to stamp out BC. The infamously subversive 'Political Correctness' squad recently struck again. This time they were trying to confuse school children and undermine the foundations of our history. Like the Communists under Stalin, they were trying to rewrite history. With a pseudo-academic airbrush they were removing Christ from his…

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A culture of death?

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January 2006
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A culture of death?

The case against legalising euthanasia and assisted suicide 'For two millennia the Hippocratic tradition has stood for the "sanctity" of human life. We can alleviate the unbearable in life better than ever before. We can do that and not eliminate life itself … medicine cannot be both our healer and our killer' (C. Everett…

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Labour not in vain

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January 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Labour not in vain

When Paul and Barnabas preached the gospel at Antioch, Pisidia, the Jews 'were filled with envy' and spoke against the gospel, contradicting and blaspheming God. They wilfully and deliberately refused to believe the revelation of God concerning his Son. Despising Christ, despising the gospel of the grace of God, and despising the messengers of…

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Missionary Spotlight-New Age spirituality

Article

January 2006
Chile

Missionary Spotlight-New Age spirituality

Chile was just entering winter. I disembarked from the airplane at 3.00am but the morning would reveal the gorgeous, snow-covered Andean mountains surrounding Santiago, the capital city.   I was looking forward to helping translate at a conference on the New Age movement and a gospel response to it. The visiting speaker would be…

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Article

January 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Clothed with Christ

What would you give to a primitive stone-age tribe - nicknamed Aucas ('naked savages') by their Quechua neighbours - to win access to them for the gospel? On 6 October 1955, Nate Saint lowered from his plane a small aluminium kettle with coloured streamers attached, containing brightly-coloured buttons and a bag of rock salt.…

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A matter of the heart

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January 2006
Evangelistic

A matter of the heart

Just recently I had a heart attack. I had cut down my salt intake to an absolute minimum. I had used skimmed milk and the right kind of margarine ('proven to dramatically lower cholesterol to help maintain a healthy heart'). But I still had a heart attack.Being a non-conformist, my heart attack was obviously…

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Missionary Spotlight-Chile’s first Reformed Baptist church

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January 2006
Chile

Missionary Spotlight-Chile’s first Reformed Baptist church

As the congregation of twenty or so people sing of the cleansing of the blood of Christ, the fresh, glistening snow on the nearby Andes mountains provides a vivid illustration of that cleansing flood. After the singing, Pastor Omar Ramos moves to the makeshift pulpit. The congregation’s expectation of being challenged by the Word…

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January 2006
Articles > Comment

COMMENT-Not grudgingly

It is a hidden problem but a real one nonetheless. It is a ball-and-chain for many churches. It is a silent blight that spoils the fruit upon the vine. I refer to a grudging spirit.We are warned about it in the New Testament. Paul urges, 'let each one give as he purposes in his…

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Indulgences today

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January 2006
Cults and other religions

Indulgences today

In his Expository Thoughtson Matthew 12:38-50, J. C. Ryle highlights the danger of a partial reformation. Writing at the end of the 19th century, Ryle commented on the unclean spirit who went back to dwell in his old house taking seven worse spirits with him: 'Delivered as they were from heathen darkness by the…

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Article

January 2006
Chile

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Republic of Chile

Fact File – Republic of Chile Area: 292,135 square miles. Chile measures some 2,650 miles from north to south, but on average is less than 110 miles wide. It has archipelagoes in the south and owns Easter Island in the south Pacific.   Neighbours: Peru, Bolivia and Argentina.   Environment: Chile lies between the…

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Missionary Spotlight-The Reformed Faith in Chile

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January 2006
Chile

Missionary Spotlight-The Reformed Faith in Chile

The Reformed faith has been propagated in Chile for nearly two centuries. This is reflected by the Protestant work ethic present in everyday life in Chile – especially in the capital, Santiago. This doctrinal conviction was initially fed by 150 years of immigration from European countries including Germany. Over this time, the Presbyterian Church…

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Guest Column

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January 2006
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

The author of Hebrews tells us that Jesus was 'perfected' on three occasions. We have examined how Jesus was perfected in Gethsemane and on the cross. Now we come to see how he was perfected through his resurrection.The word 'perfected' does not, of course, mean that Jesus had some moral blemish or flaw. As…

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News

January 2006
News

Concerned about standards?

The telephone rang. It was ten to eight in the morning. 'Hello? Is that John?' Yes. 'This is BBC Three Counties Radio. Sorry to call you so early. Would you take part in our breakfast show?'Jean Alexander, who played Hilda Ogden in Coronation Street, had said that there is now too much sex in…

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Carnal Christians – do they exist?

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January 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Carnal Christians – do they exist?

Question - According to popular teaching there is a category of people who can be called 'carnal Christians'. Is this concept biblical? Let us see.Many teach that there are different kinds of Christians - carnal, spiritual and natural. A carnal Christian is one who has been saved but who remains 'carnal', that is, his…

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Here we stand!

News

January 2006
News

Here we stand!

Each summer United Beach Missions (UBM) teams can be seen in their red t-shirts on seaside promenades and beaches testifying with love and friendliness to young and old about the Lord Jesus Christ. 'Here we stand!' was the title of a reunion weekend recently held at John Cleveland College in Hinckley, Leicestershire. It was…

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Deconstructing evangelicalism

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January 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Deconstructing evangelicalism

Massive cultural shifts within Western society have resulted in what might be called the deconstruction of 'evangelicalism'. This much-loved, time-honoured and once comprehensible term for New Testament Christianity has been forced to bear new and often contradictory meanings.Efforts to categorise the current state of professing evangelical church life tend to go out of date…

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Questions sceptics ask

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January 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Questions sceptics ask

When Mt St Helens erupted in May 1980 it caused great devastation but also provided amazing evidence of the way geographical features can be generated over short time periods - in hours, days and months rather than the millennia usually invoked for their formation.Currently most people accept the notion that our planet has been…

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Pietism and subjective Christianity

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January 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Pietism and subjective Christianity

Balance. Is there anything more elusive? Most of us strive constantly for balance - whether with our time, money, diet or relationships. If few of us feel we have found the right balance, the same can be said for the historical church. God's people tend to swing from one extreme to another, causing considerable…

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Article

January 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Christians and bipolar affective disorder

Bipolar affective disorder, popularly known as manic depression, affects between one and two per cent of the population. This means that, statistically speaking, one to two per cent of Christians will suffer from this condition at some point in their lives. It affects the moods, the sufferer alternating between deep depression and the 'highs'…

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