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Everything in July 2003 issue

Paganism today-Making sense of the alternative spiritual experience

Article

July 2003
Cults and other religions

Paganism today-Making sense of the alternative spiritual experience

If the shelves of the nation's bookshops are any reliable guide to its interests, we have problems, serious problems.My local bookshop has replaced the label over the section called 'Religion'. It is now called 'Mysticism' - and this is no mere window dressing. Instead of Bibles, commentaries and volumes on Christian living, or even…

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Racial riots and the gospel

News

July 2003
News

Racial riots and the gospel

Hardly a day passes without an incident of racial discrimination or riot being brought to our attention, whether in the UK or around the world. It worries me when people dealing with these issues make superficial claims that they will eradicate this problem from society. They display an unrealistic idealism and create a false…

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Missionary Spotlight-A trip to the Philippines

Article

July 2003
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-A trip to the Philippines

At the invitation of Brian Ellis, a veteran Reformed Baptist missionary pastor, I recently had the privilege of participating in the wonderful life of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church in Quezon City, a large city constituting part of greater Manila. In 1978, Pastor Ellis began a church in his home. Now 25 years later, it…

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John Wesley – Genius on horseback

Historical

July 2003
Articles > Historical

John Wesley – Genius on horseback

'You seem a very temperate people here, and in comfortable circumstance', observed Cardinal Newman to a miner, while on a walking holiday in Cornwall. 'How do you account for it?' The miner, slowly lifting his hat, respectfully answered, 'There came a man among us once. His name was John Wesley'. In that simple answer…

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Guest Column

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July 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

The sun was approaching its zenith in the Amazon forest of the River Japura basin. But for the endless shrill of crickets and the loud whistle of a bird, the silence of the forest was enchanting and complete. A party of four men make their way through trackless undergrowth. Two are rubber tappers, serving…

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Missionary Spotlight-Argentina from the interior

Article

July 2003
Argentina

Missionary Spotlight-Argentina from the interior

Iam a Reformed missionary living in Villa Carlos Paz. This is a city in Cordoba province, a nine-hour drive into the interior of Argentina. I am now seeing a different kind of Argentina – a nation whose landscape is as varied as its people and culture – from the one I studied (or envisioned)…

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Concerning Cults-Mormons   Part 1

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July 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Mormons Part 1

The facts are staggering and we need to be aware of them. I am referring to the Mormons or, officially, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.Did you know, for example, that there are now over eleven million Mormons worldwide? Each year they win more than 310,000 converts. What is disturbing is that…

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Lady Jane Grey

Historical

July 2003
Articles > Historical

Lady Jane Grey

Sixteen years of age. A young wife. A teenage Queen. A tiny childlike figure at the scaffold, dwarfed by the executioner. She struggles to the execution block and the axe is swung. Beheaded at 16, Lady Jane Grey, Queen of England for nine days, is with her Saviour in his eternal kingdom. Jane had…

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The dungeon flamed with light

Historical

July 2003
Articles > Historical

The dungeon flamed with light

It frequently happens that God, prior to doing a great work of revival and renewal among a community of his people, raises up forerunners and heralds of the work. The best biblical example of this was John the Baptist, whose heart-searching message of repentance prepared the way for the public appearance of Jesus the…

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On the wings of a Dove

Historical

July 2003
Articles > Historical

On the wings of a Dove

Roger Fay reviews Noel Gibbard's book on the 1904 RevivalDuring March 1944, General William Slim's forces in Burma wrested an 800ft rock called Mandalay Hill from the grip of Japanese soldiers. They defended it to the last man.Slim visited the scene of battle shortly afterwards. He wrote: 'Through all this noise and the clatter…

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The cutting edge-An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

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July 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge-An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

The 'Word-faith' movementby Chris HandPicture this church. Wouldn't you like to be part of it? Its meetings draw huge numbers, with reports of conversions and amazing testimonies. Compelling speakers deliver word-perfect addresses liberally sprinkled with Bible quotations. Its statements of faith seem orthodox and evangelical, and there are vigorous programmes to help poor and…

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Is revival a non-starter?

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July 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is revival a non-starter?

Said Spurgeon, 'If we do not honour the Holy Spirit, we cannot expect him to work with us, for he will be grieved, and leave us to find out our helplessness' (adapted from sermon No. 1151). We do well to take these words to heart.The longer we perpetuate a DIY principle in our Christian…

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Whose Word is it anyway?

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July 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Whose Word is it anyway?

'All Scripture is given by inspiration of God ...' (2 Timothy 3:16). There is no question as to what makes the Bible 'profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness'. It is the fact that God himself is its author. How can this be? The Holy Spirit inspired men of his…

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The challenge of Hebrews

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July 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The challenge of Hebrews

The Epistle to the Hebrews is full of Christ. Wonderfully rich 'portraits' set him forth as the Son of God and also as the great high priest. Moreover, this revelation of Christ is never theoretical, but comes with challenging applications to his people. Severe joltBut first, stand back and consider how the revelation of…

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