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All Articles from July 2012

Knowing God

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Knowing God

Knowing God It is almost four decades since J. I. Packer wrote his classic Knowing God. Today this theme is as important as ever, since knowing God is essential to having eternal life. Jeremiah knew God. In his day, the Assyrian empire had collapsed and the Babylonian empire was growing. Jeremiah was ordained and…

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Knowing God

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Knowing God

Knowing God It is almost four decades since J. I. Packer wrote his classic Knowing God. Today this theme is as important as ever, since knowing God is essential to having eternal life. Jeremiah knew God. In his day, the Assyrian empire had collapsed and the Babylonian empire was growing. Jeremiah was ordained and…

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India’s oppressed Dalits find hope

Article

July 2012
India

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope ‘Shining and incredible’ are the adjectives India’s authorities use to describe their nation’s newfound economic confidence. Whilst the country’s Gross Domestic Product is growing fast, the welfare of a nation’s citizens cannot be summarised by economic statistics. India’s 250 million Dalits still live in poverty and suffer from every…

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So many mysteries!

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

So many mysteries!

So many mysteries! To many of us a sneeze is a mystery! And falling in love; and the workings of a washing machine or a mobile phone; and the sowing of seed, the reaping of a harvest; and so on! What a mass of mysteries life really is. What is our life? What is…

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News

July 2012
News > Youth Features

The race is on !

Soon after trusting Christ in my early twenties, I worked the night shift at a plywood company mainly with Hispanics. We enjoyed each other whether we fought or not. I worked on an 8-man crew (four teams of two men on a team) that off-loaded huge crates of fifty 4ft x 8ft sheets of…

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Article

July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Starting blocks

Starting blocks The fanfare and flair of the opening Olympic ceremony will live on in many people’s minds. But, for one man, the Games is the start of something even more amazing, for people of all nations. In March, ET reported on the Grace2London mission and its preparations ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.…

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Moroccan church on the rebound

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July 2012
Morocco

Moroccan church on the rebound

Moroccan church on the rebound Since the expulsions of a large number of expatriate mission workers in 2010 and subsequent harassment of local believers, Moroccan churches have been temporarily weakened.     Some cities were hit harder than others by the government’s action, with many local believers coming under increased scrutiny. Some underwent daily questioning…

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Children in crisis

News

July 2012
News > Youth Features

Children in crisis

Children in crisis Millions of children are in crisis all over the world. It is a symptom that something is terribly wrong. Why are children suffering? It was God’s design from the beginning that every child should be in a loving home where they are safe, clean, trained, fed nutritiously and nurtured. Sadly, many…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3)

Historical

July 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3) The early English abolitionists faced fierce opposition from church and state. But they had set their course and, on 17 June 1783, the London Yearly Meeting of Quakers presented to Parliament the first ever petition against the slave trade. Following that, in 1787,…

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In the school of suffering

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of suffering

In the school of suffering I have on my fridge door the photograph of a beautiful baby girl. She was the long-awaited daughter of friends of ours. She lived for 7½ months — in intensive care — her parents constantly at her side. This is what they wrote when God chose to take her…

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Article

July 2012
Czech Republic

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic When John Blanchard preached in the Czech Republic recently, exactly 30 years had passed since he last did so. He first visited the country (then part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968, when he preached at the 70th anniversary services of Brno Baptist Church.    He recalls a packed church for…

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Putting unity first

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July 2012
Articles > Comment

Putting unity first

Putting unity first Unity is a common theme in the New Testament. Paul spoke of it in 1 Corinthians 1:10: ‘I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same…

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Olympic cheats – and others

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July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Olympic cheats – and others

Olympic cheats — and others Most athletes would say that the greatest prize in sport is an Olympic gold medal. Some are so anxious to win one that they resort to drugs to help them, and this has become a plague at recent Games. It is getting worse and the 2004 Olympic Games in…

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Work and leisure

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Work and leisure

Work and leisure How do we strike a right balance between work and leisure? Both are God’s gifts to us, but our attitudes to them are too often dominated by society’s secular and pragmatic outlook.     The gradual decline of moral and spiritual values in our culture is particularly reflected in how people spend…

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The Barnabas Company

Article

July 2012
Romania

The Barnabas Company

The Barnabas Company The Barnabas Company (not to be confused with the Barnabas Fund) is to finish its support for Hungarian Christians in Romania.     This ministry was founded by Stephen and Joan Clifford of Belper, in Derbyshire. Its purpose was to encourage believers who were poverty-stricken but rich in faith, and help them…

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Self-sufficiency – a new way of doing mission

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July 2012
Articles > World Mission

Self-sufficiency – a new way of doing mission

Self-sufficiency — a new way of doing mission ‘It is really difficult for us to manage the shortage of cash we are facing … we struggle to pay basic bills like electricity, gas…’ Sounds familiar? Just a few lines from a missionary’s e-mail in my inbox on Sunday morning. Mission projects are feeling the…

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Olympic cheats – and others

Article

July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Olympic cheats – and others

Olympic cheats — and others Most athletes would say that the greatest prize in sport is an Olympic gold medal. Some are so anxious to win one that they resort to drugs to help them, and this has become a plague at recent Games. It is getting worse and the 2004 Olympic Games in…

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Reaching theological liberals

Article

July 2012
Articles > Guest column

Reaching theological liberals

Reaching theological liberals – Guest Column How might we reach out to those with a liberal mindset infected with anti-supernaturalism? How might we reach liberal pastors even, of the old mainline denominations? If an ongoing opportunity should present itself, what methods might we use to reach these men and women? This is what I…

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A cross-shaped life

Article

July 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

A cross-shaped life

A cross-shaped life When he hung on the cross, Jesus was experiencing what the Old Testament considered to be the ultimate curse, the epitome of a repulsive, feared fate, the fate reserved for the worst criminals… ‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law,’ wrote Paul, ‘by becoming a curse for us, for…

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So many mysteries!

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

So many mysteries!

So many mysteries! To many of us a sneeze is a mystery! And falling in love; and the workings of a washing machine or a mobile phone; and the sowing of seed, the reaping of a harvest; and so on! What a mass of mysteries life really is. What is our life? What is…

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In the school of suffering

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of suffering

In the school of suffering I have on my fridge door the photograph of a beautiful baby girl. She was the long-awaited daughter of friends of ours. She lived for 7½ months — in intensive care — her parents constantly at her side. This is what they wrote when God chose to take her…

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Article

July 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cambridge Declaration

The Cambridge Declaration The directors and editors of Evangelical Times warmly commend to our readers The Cambridge Declaration, drawn up by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, in the USA. It has this year been formally adopted by ET as expressing its own doctrinal stance (along with what is common to the Westminster Confession, Savoy…

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