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Review

July 2002
Reviews > Book

The new Christian Hymns

According to the Lord Jesus Christ a well-informed Christian teacher ‘brings out of his treasure things new and old’ (Matthew 13:52). The difficulty comes in determining what should be retained that is old and what should be introduced that is new. When composing a hymnbook for the worship of Almighty God opinions will differ…

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Concerning Cults: William Branham (2)

Article

July 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults: William Branham (2)

William Branham (2) The ministry of William Branham spanned a thirty-two-year period from 1933 to 1965. Last month we illustrated the foolish claims made concerning Branham himself and his work. In this article we focus on Branham’s teaching. Claims People ‘watched with astonishment’, it is claimed, as Branham’s ‘prophetic ministry unfolded before them’. They…

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Slovakia revisited

Article

July 2002
Slovakia

Slovakia revisited

In May, Willis Metcalfe and I revisited Slovakia. The glorious countryside abounded with evidence of the Creator’s handiwork – spectacular mountains, rivers and vast prairie-like plains. The villages are engulfed in vineyards, though the Communists scarred the landscape by erecting towering tenements in the cities. Tourists from the west may not yet have put…

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Greater than Solomon

Article

July 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Greater than Solomon

Twenty years after Solomon completed his magnificent temple, the Queen of Sheba arrived in Israel. Sheba was then part of Arabia. The Queen came not just to test Solomon's knowledge - rather, her questions were prompted by what she had heard about 'his relation to the name of the Lord' (1 Kings 10:1).She sought…

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A time to pray together?

Article

July 2002
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A time to pray together?

Do you think that it would be good thing for non-ecumenical Evangelical churches to unite together for prayer in their localities? The Council of the Protestant Truth Society does.At a meeting earlier this year it agreed to make a public appeal for this to be implemented wherever possible. Moreover, it suggested that such united…

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The impact of A. W. Pink

Historical

July 2002
Articles > Historical

The impact of A. W. Pink

At the turn of the 20th century, the major Baptist organisations were Arminian, to the extent that most people had forgotten that most Baptists were originally Calvinists. It was against this background that the Lord raised up a mighty voice for the old Puritan truths of Scripture.Enter - Arthur Walkington Pink (1886–1952), who was…

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Early British Christianity

Historical

July 2002
Articles > Historical

Early British Christianity

When Augustine arrived in England, the land was not under unitary authority. It was a federation of small kingdoms. It will thus be helpful to begin with a brief outline of English political geography at that time. Seven kingdoms are worth noting.1. Kent consisted of the modern county plus the south-eastern part of Greater…

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Article

July 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Running the race

The Bible uses many illustrations of the Christian life. It is pictured as a warfare, an employment, and as membership of a family. There are also several athletic illustrations, and in Hebrews 12:1-3 the author speaks of it as a race. The readers may not have had TV then, but they were familiar with…

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Guest Column

Article

July 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

'O the difference, the inexpressible difference, between enjoying God's presence, and pining in its absence!' These are the words of Augustus Toplady, the famous hymn writer and preacher. On numerous occasions he was able to write in his journal after the Sunday services: 'the presence and power of God was among us'.Sadly, such expressions…

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Solid encouragement for small churches

News

July 2002
News

Solid encouragement for small churches

Over 90 attended the recent North of England Church Officers' Conference at Mirfield Evangelical Church, W. Yorkshire. John Benton, pastor of Chertsey Street Baptist Church, Guildford, led the robust attack on the problem of discouragement in small churches. He spoke on Isaiah's call. For us, like Isaiah, it is the vision of Christ that…

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Heaven

Article

July 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

What is heaven like? In cartoons and TV ads it is depicted as a cold and ethereal place. If it has any 'land', it is a bit like the North Pole -all white under a bright sky. More often there is just sky with puffy clouds supporting people in white robes playing harps and…

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Missionary Spotlight-Building in Mongolia

Article

July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Building in Mongolia

The words ‘Oh you of little faith’ aptly described us four years ago when we first saw the tiny village of Red Mouth, in Mongolia. We witnessed a meeting there to organise herders into a co-operative, so that they would have better buying and marketing leverage. A left-wing government was in power and, interestingly,…

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Why did God allow evil?

Article

July 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Why did God allow evil?

A young person recently asked me a thoughtful question deserving a careful answer.  How can a good God, who is in perfect control of the universe, allow evil to arise?We know God made everything good to begin with. We know there was no 'Satan' at the start. He was a good angel who later…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

July 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

John Vanderkemp: subdued by GodBorn in Rotterdam in 1747, John Vanderkemp1 was a disappointment to his parents. Outstandingly intelligent, the Dutch schoolboy had mastered sixteen European languages before graduating to Leyden University, where he began to study medicine. The problem lay not in any indolence on John's part, but in the boy's total rejection…

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Football fever

Article

July 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Football fever

An Evangelical Church in Bristol videod England's recent World Cup match against Sweden, which occurred during a Sunday service, and then invited the local community in to watch it later on a big screen. Other churches have even been cancelling services and inviting people in to watch the football live. John Smith, the UK…

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Perspectives in Christian music (1)

Article

July 2002
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Perspectives in Christian music (1)

Music is a powerful medium of communication. Today, the church is bombarded with all sorts of sights and sounds under the name of 'Christian contemporary music'. Advocates of 'pop-idiom' evangelism claim that their music and songs can help propagate the gospel.But are these claims true? The Christian church needs proper guidelines, standards or criteria…

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Article

July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Facts

Area: 604,250 square miles. Neighbouring countries: China and Russia. Environment: Landlocked, with a harsh, continental climate, desert plains (especially the Gobi Desert), grassy steppes and forests. The west is mountainous. There are frequent dust (or snow) storms, grassland fires and drought. Water for irrigation or drinking is scarce. Natural resources: Oil and coal; minerals,…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

July 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Samuel Pearce (1766-1799) Part 4We have been looking at the remark-able zeal of Samuel Pearce for the salvation of the lost. We have considered two incidents in his life that reveal this zeal, and now turn to a third.Invitation to IrelandIn July 1795, Pearce received an invitation from the General Evangelical Society in Dublin…

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Missionary Spotlight-A cautionary tale

Article

July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-A cautionary tale

My wife and I came to Mongolia three years ago, to work in rural areas. We knew that much had happened in the country since the end of communism more than ten years ago. A fast-growing church was emerging. Mongolians were reaching out to neighbours at home and to people beyond Mongolia. We heard…

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Missionary Spotlight-Mongolia – land of contradictions

Article

July 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight-Mongolia – land of contradictions

The Gobi desert paid me a visit today: icy wind, sand, rain and snow all arrived together, screaming off the steppe, lashing around me, boring sand into eyes, nose, ears and mouth. I am getting warm again in our apartment on the top floor of a building in the eastern sector of Ulaanbaatar. The…

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The secular world-view

Article

July 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The secular world-view

Most would agree that 'secularism' is a ubiquitous feature of our age. But what exactly is it? It is a world-view, I suggest, that says four things. First of all it claims to describe what exists. It is a study of being. It claims to tell us what reality is like - reality concerning…

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Missionary Spotlight-The church of Sainshand

Article

July 2002
General

Missionary Spotlight-The church of Sainshand

It was a hot late spring day in the small railway town of Sainshand in the Gobi desert. The sky was clear and blue as it is for much of the year. Inside the small church building, not much larger than a large garden shed, about 25 people were listening intently to a Mongolian…

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