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All Articles from January 2008

Understanding Hebrews

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January 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Understanding Hebrews

Understanding Hebrews The central doctrine of the epistle to the Hebrews is Christ's eternal priesthood and his finished sacrifice for the redemption and salvation of his people. The book of Hebrews stresses the infinite importance and efficacious power of Christ's sin-atoning blood in obtaining eternal redemption for us, in purging the conscience, and in opening…

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January 2008
Scientific (including creation)

Life in a cake mixer

Life in a cake mixer ‘The life-giving miracle of Dr Venter’, screamed the headline (The Times, 26 January, p.32). Along with other news reports, the article hailed the recent announcement that US scientist Craig Venter and co-workers had completed the laboratory synthesis of a bacterial DNA sequence containing over 580,000 base-pairs. So, what are…

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The fool says …

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January 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The fool says …

The fool says ‚ĶAtheism does not spring from superior rationality. It is the fool, says the psalmist, who says in his heart there is no God (Psalm 14:1). Indeed, the verse ends by tracing this atheistic conclusion not to a powerful intellect but to a corrupt heart.Today we are witnessing a new-found zeal on…

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How do you view your rivals?

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January 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

How do you view your rivals?

How do you view your rivals?The apostle Paul was generous when it came to people he might have considered rivals. He wrote, 'Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defence of the gospel.…

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Small things

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January 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Small things

Small things'For who hath despised the day of small things?' (Zechariah 4:10)Sometimes - while looking for great things to do, great crowds to impress, and great trials to endure for God's glory - we overlook the simple sling and stones God uses. We send our Davids out to tend sheep; we dismiss the loaves…

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Missionary Spotlight – Creationism in Nigeria

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January 2008
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Creationism in Nigeria

Creationism in Nigeria At the invitation of Rev. Adamu Maga, Director of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), Andy McIntosh recently visited five Nigerian cities – Abuja (Nigeria’s capital), Miango, Jos,Kaduna and Gindiri – to present the message of biblical creation. This is what Andy writes … In Abuja, I spoke in the…

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Loving children by example

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January 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Loving children by example

Loving children by example ‘Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour’ (Ephesians 5:1-2). If, as the apostle Paul admonished us, we ‘follow God as…

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Missionary Spotlight – Pioneer mission in Kenya

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January 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Pioneer mission in Kenya

  Pioneer mission in Kenya Here is a typical question from the people of Tarakit: ‘Is it true that we must pray before the cock crows, as this is the time when the angels return to heaven and the devils come down to earth?’ Tarakit is on a hill beyond Chepkinagh, with good views…

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January 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – Witness, false and true

Comment: Witness, false and trueThere have been several high profile cases recently of people being unjustly accused of serious crimes when there was no genuine evidence against them. Madeleine McCann's parents were accused of accidentally killing their daughter and fabricating her abduction. A bizarre example at the end of November was the accusation that…

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A visit to China Part 1

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January 2008
China

A visit to China Part 1

A visit to China     China is the most populous nation in the world and territorially the third largest. It has changed greatly since the drive for modernisation began under Deng Siow Ping in the 1970s. With a huge market of 1.3 billion people, it is well poised to host the 2008 Olympics…

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Handling Jewish issues

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January 2008
General

Handling Jewish issues

Handling Jewish issues Richard Gibson and James Mendelsohn make some suggestions for biblically-faithful and Jewish-sensitive preaching. In recent years many British Messianic Jews have been hurt by the negative attitudes towards the Jewish people they have encountered in churches, Christian Unions, books and the Christian press — including thoughtless comments about Jewishness and hostility…

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Who wants to be a millionaire?

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January 2008
Scientific (including creation)

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Who wants to be a millionaire?A one million dollar prize is being offered to anyone who can show scientifically how life began. If that strikes you as odd, it's because we are so used to scientists claiming wrongly that evolution explains everything about nature. This prize money is proof positive that no one has…

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Outdoor preaching – questions to gospel ministers

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January 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Outdoor preaching – questions to gospel ministers

Outdoor preaching - questions to gospel ministersBack in the 1920s Frank Cockrem, then Secretary of The Open-Air Mission, wrote a pamphlet - challenging and encouraging preachers of the gospel not to confine their invaluable ministry within the four walls of their churches. Such challenge and encouragement are needed even more urgently today. In fact,…

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By one man

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January 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

By one man

By one manAccording to a recent article, scientists believe that one person infected by HIV moved from Africa to Haiti around 1966. Some time later, in the early 1970s, another single infected person moved from Haiti to the USA. Yet over the ensuing three decades this one strain of the HIV virus ledto an…

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Guest Column – Ponder your privileges

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January 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Ponder your privileges

Ponder your privilegesThe beginning of a new year is a good time for Christians to remember who they are and whom they serve. Too easily we allow the sheer busyness of life, the weight of responsibilities and the 'day of small things', to dull our minds and hearts. We forget just how privileged, blessed…

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