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Historical

June 1998
Articles > Historical

The Significance of Savonarola

Five hundred years after his death, Savonarola remains an enigma. From his early years he felt intensely the sins of society. His ministry was marked by an extraordinary, almost fanatical, zeal. He preached fearlessly against the ungodliness of a church oiled by money and administered by grasping clerics. He was not afraid to identify…

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June 1998
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

A nameless group Who are they? That was the question put to me about five years ago by an anxious Christian. His concern? Well, in his rural area of England a tent-mission had just been held. His concern initially was that the organizers were unwilling to identify themselves. They appeared secretive. Clearly they did…

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June 1998
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

World-views in collision

Reaching Orthodox Jews in Great Britain with the gospel Traditionally, Orthodox Jews have been most hostile to the gospel. With their distinctive black garb, sidelocks and luxuriant facial hair, the Hasidim have become Jewish cultural icons. Tradition and a history of suffering at the hands of the professing church have hardened this conspicuous minority…

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June 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Loving God

One day a proud Pharisee, a lawyer by profession, who had seen Christ silence the Sadducees but still believed he could call the Lord's wisdom in question, asked, 'Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?' The Lord replied, 'You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your…

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June 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

The presence of Christ

The Christian thirsts for the nearness of Christ. This should not be difficult to understand. We know what it is to be close to our loved ones. That is why families gather at festive times of the year and for birthdays and anniversaries. A sense of closeness, and of connection, deepens and strengthens natural…

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June 1998
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Italy

Italy’s good crises

One of the first words a foreigner is taught on arrival in Italy is crisi, which recognisably corresponds to the English word crisis. Routinely, Italian governments are ‘in-and-out’, the currency is ‘up-or-down’, trains, planes and buses are ‘running-or-on-strike’, and the city traffic is always ‘stop-and-go’. Crises seem to occur everywhere and almost daily! However,…

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Historical

June 1998
Articles > Historical

The Hound of God – Girolamo Savonarola (1452-1498)

Domini Canes - the hounds of God - was a Tuscan pun on 'Dominicans', the order to which Girolamo Savonarola belonged. The idea is represented in a fresco painted for the Dominicans by Simone Memmi. Savonarola made it his life's aim to protect the church of Christ from the corruption in the world, as…

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June 1998
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Italy

Italy

Area: 116,332 square miles. Main towns: Rome (capital), Milan, Turin, Florence, Naples, Genoa and Palermo. The Vatican forms an enclave inside the city of Rome. Environment: Alps and Apennine mountains, with valleys and lakes; rivers include the Po, Tiber and Rubicon. Vesuvius and Etna are active volcanoes. Italy’s two largest islands are Sicily and…

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June 1998
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Italy

Missionary Spotlight – Italy

In the early nineteenth century Italy was made up of independent nations, such as Sicily and the Papal States. Unification (Risorgimento) was accomplished in 1870, and a monarchy established. The Fascist regime of Mussolini came to power in 1922 and sided with Nazi Germany, plunging Italy into military defeat towards the end of the…

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June 1998
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Italy

Two university students

Marta and Barbara are friends, law students at the University of Trent in northern Italy. At the end of 1995 they both started attending Bible studies, under the auspices of the Gruppi Biblici Universitari (International Fellowship of Evangelical Students). Although both have Catholic backgrounds and some familiarity with Bible stories, like most Italian students…

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Historical

June 1998
Articles > Historical

John Calvin and the ‘Delusive Pretentions’ of Rome

John Calvin (1509-1564) -or, to give him his French name, Jean Calvin - was the most self-effacing of the Reformers. Yet it was this constitutionally shy man who the Lord saw fit to use to rebut the 'delusive pretensions' of the Roman Church and establish the Reformed faith on a firm foundation in western…

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June 1998
Articles > Guest column

Seeing it for yourself

Countless Christians read their Bible every day without it doing them very much good. Why is this? It is because there is always some distance between the print in the Book and the experience of their souls. The Word on the page does not become the Word in them. This is tragic, because there…

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June 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

A Text for all Seasons

'All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.' (John 6:37) Some texts of Scripture have been much used by the Lord to bring comfort and assurance to his people. John 6:37 is one notable example. Many of God's people…

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June 1998
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Italy

A week in the life.

Just to the south-east of the city of Bologna, on the straight road that leads to the seaside resort of Rimini, lies the town of San Lazzaro. The first and only evangelical witness in San Lazzaro began in 1970, as an offshoot from the Bologna Brethren assembly. Progress has been hard and slow in…

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