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The stranger within our gates

News

July 2004
News

The stranger within our gates

We have all been strangers in a new place - disturbed when no one seems to care about us. Even in our own country we can have difficulty understanding the locals, and are reassured when we meet someone we can talk to . We learn something of what it means to be a stranger…

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Evangelical-Roman Catholic relationships

Article

July 2004
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Evangelical-Roman Catholic relationships

The subject is a crucial one. It is also extremely relevant and pressing. As one might expect, it is a controversial subject too. I am referring to Evangelical-Roman Catholic relationships.No, I am not reporting on the latest Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) developments or questionable appointments to evangelical agencies. My intention this month is…

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Eastern Orthodoxy

Article

July 2004
Cults and other religions

Eastern Orthodoxy

.  Understanding the Incarnationby William J. BaldwinThe Orthodox misunderstand the purpose and nature of the Incarnation. The Incarnation does not repeal the second commandment - it establishes it. When Hebrews calls Christ 'the exact representation of [God's] nature' it does so in the context of the uniqueness of Christ. God has spoken to us…

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Article

July 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Cultivating Christian character (1)

‘But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control’ (Galatians 5:22-23). These verses offer us a beautiful portrait of the fruit of the Holy Spirit. This ‘fruit’ is a cluster of nine interdependent (rather than independent) attributes that bear evidence of the work of the Spirit…

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Regeneration

Article

July 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Regeneration

Some years ago I spent many hours with a Nepalese friend explaining the message of Christ as best I could. We studied the Bible together and I tried to answer his many questions about God, Jesus, sin and salvation. I believed the Holy Spirit was working in his life and I longed to see…

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Are there any Christian leaders?

Article

July 2004
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Are there any Christian leaders?

I have noticed a subtle shift in Christian vocabulary over the years. When I began my ministry in Hull in 1985 I received an invitation to the local 'Evangelical ministers' fraternal'. On arriving in Thirsk seventeen years later, I was invited to the local 'Church leaders' meeting'.These days, it seems, leaders is a more…

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Article

July 2004
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

Persecution in Laos Laos, the world’s third-largest illicit opium producer, is a country with primitive infrastructure. It has a rudimentary road system, limited telecommunications, and no railroads. Electricity is available in only a few urban areas. Subsistence agriculture accounts for half the gross domestic product. It is also a country where Christians face severe…

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The dungeon flamed with light

Historical

July 2004
Articles > Historical

The dungeon flamed with light

Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758), described by Martyn Lloyd-Jones as 'pre-eminently the theologian of Revival', once said: 'The Holy Spirit, in his indwelling, his influences and fruits, is the sum of all grace, holiness, comfort and joy or, in one word, of all the spiritual good Christ purchased for men in this world: and is also…

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Ministering to asylum seekers

News

July 2004
News

Ministering to asylum seekers

The term 'asylum seeker' was not common until four years ago, but now it is used with disdain or even hatred - often incited by misrepresentation from politicians and the Press.Whatever your reaction, I want to tell you about some we have met during the last four years, and how our church is trying…

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Guest Column

Article

July 2004
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Praying for revivalby Roger EllsworthRevival is a time when God's people are moved to a higher level of prayer. Prayer is one of the indispensable means God uses to revive his people. There is no revival without it.Jonathan Edwards offered this observation about God's dealings with his people: 'When he is about to bestow…

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Reaping the results

Article

July 2004
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Reaping the results

A school in Bath is facing conflict over the proposal of the governing body to introduce a policy of enabling the 'morning-after' abortion pill to be given to children without parental consent. The reaction of some parents was so strong that the final decision was stalled.The prescribing of such a drug to children under…

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Antidote for anxiety

Article

July 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Antidote for anxiety

'For thus saith the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel; In returning and rest shall ye be saved; in quietness and in confidence shall be your strength: and ye would not' (Isaiah 30:15)We are living in a hectic world of stress and strain. More and more people are seeing psychiatrists and counsellors for…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

July 2004
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

Christianity in Laos As we climbed the wooden ladder of the house on stilts, I thought of its owner; a 95-year-old lady, and her long journey of faith. She had been walking it since the day her husband, once the village spirit medium, had believed and then been stoned to death for his faith.…

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Reeth Bookshop

News

July 2004
News

Reeth Bookshop

Faith Cook opened the Old Temperance Bookshop at Reeth over a year ago - and we're still here! Thanks to our willing volunteer staff we continue to open four afternoons and one morning a week.We have had customers from the USA, New Zealand and Australia. The latter was carrying an Evangelical Times advert for…

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Article

July 2004
Articles > Comment

Comment

The power of exampleHowever you view the possible marriage of Prince Charles to Camilla Parker-Bowles, most would agree that they have set a deplorable example in their marital and extra-marital relationships.Whether the Church of England has set a better example in dealing with these matters is doubtful. Nor can our generation look to the…

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Article

July 2004
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

  Taking the good news into Laos In this age of instant information and the Internet, few places in the world remain as remote and unexplored as Laos. It is surrounded by high, rugged mountains to the north, east and south; and by the mighty Mekong River along its western borders.      …

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Preaching Christ

Article

July 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

1.  Preaching Christ to Christians'Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus' (Colossians 1:28).We now turn to a subject that is in some ways contentious - do we need to preach Christ to those who are already believers? Some…

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