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Review

June 1999
Book

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson

Here is a book that I really enjoyed! The life of Adoniram Judson is both fascinating and challenging. As a pioneering missionary to Burma, his story is unique. The book is written in an easy, imaginative style which makes good reading. Indeed it is not easily put down! The biographer gives a detailed background…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Eschatology: The Rapture

In considering matters of the future it must be plainly understood that human beings can know only what God chooses to reveal to them. You might think you know which team will win a football match. But you will be proven wrong many times. You might say who will win the next political election.…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Northern Africa > Sudan

Republic of Sudan

Size: The largest country in Africa, with an area of nearly one million square miles and a maximum north-south length of 1,400 miles. Bordering countries: Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Congo, Central African Republic, Chad, Libya and Egypt. Geography: Tropical in the south, with swamps and rain forest; arid desert in the north; vast semi-arid…

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Historical

June 1999
Articles > Historical

The Cambuslang awakening of 1742: The preparation

Revival is a movement of God that, like the wind and its patterns, is a divine mystery. It was the error of Charles G. Finney to explain revival as a psychological phenomenon that could be 'got up' by human activity. Finney's methodology focused on these preparations for revival. A biblical understanding of revivals must…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism – Limited Atonement (4)

Extent and efficacy Some will contend that you should be able to say to the sinner: 'See what love God has for you. He sent his Son to die for you on the cross'. The problem here, however, is that it creates a tension between the extent of the atonement and the efficacy of…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Christian Science

Christian Science, or to use the official title, the Church of Christ, Scientist. Their world headquarters is in Boston, Massachusetts, USA. Here, too, is their 'Original Mother Church', built in 1894. The group operates in 70 countries and has over 2,200 branch churches. Most of the 'churches' are found in English-speaking countries: the USA,…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

I am the Rose of Sharon and the Lily of the Valleys

Christ, the Lily of the valleys, Son of God, in meekness clad, Flow'ring in the soil of sorrows Consolation of the sad; Shyly hidden by the wayside Veiled from unbelieving eyes, Blooms in unassuming beauty - Fairest flower of paradise.   Dark this valley of my weeping Stretched along the pilgrim way, Broken hopes…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Count it all joy

'My brethren,' writes James as he begins his epistle, 'count it all joy when you fall into various trials'. The King James Version says 'temptations'. The word can be translated 'temptation' or 'trial' or 'test'. James is not speaking here about temptation as we normally understand it, but rather about trials and tests. He…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Guest column

Guest column: What is Truth?

When Pilate said, 'What is truth?' (John 18:38) he expressed a scepticism that has become commonplace in our own time. Post-modernity, to use the now-popular term, is roughly equated with a denial that there is any such thing as universal verifiable truth. According to the spirit of our times, there is only my truth…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Forgiveness-who takes the first step?

What gift could we give our society that would make the greatest difference to the greatest number of lives? As I think back over my childhood; as I interact with business clients; as I read the newspaper; as I listen to church problems; and as I ponder the maturing of my marriage; I have…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > World Mission > Americas > Central America > Mexico

A visit to the Yucatan

Walter and Betty Groover came to Merida, Mexico, in October 1964, with three small children. After thirty-five years of faithful service, travelling almost every night of the week to one of the many pueblos (villages) in the state of Yucatan, this veteran missionary and his wife are just as excited about the Lord’s work…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Northern Africa > Sudan

Republic of Sudan – The joy of loving enemies

How about meeting people whom you then discover were involved in ransacking your own home village and killing your relatives? Christians of differing backgrounds have experienced that kind of thing for the past two thousand years, but here is an up-to-date account concerning two Sudanese Christians, ‘S’ and ‘K’, both from southern Sudan. They…

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Article

June 1995
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Northern Africa > Sudan

The church in Sudan

The church in the Sudan has not only survived persecution but continues to grow. Unofficial reports indicate that the number of those associated with Reformed churches (Evangelical and Presbyterian) is close to 1.8 million. Through the conversion of the Nuer people in south Sudan, the door has been opened wider for the conversion of…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Northern Africa > Sudan

Northern Sudanese also belong to Christ!

‘N’ and ‘A’ grew up in a well-to-do Muslim family in the Khartoum area. They are the only son and daughter of their parents. ‘N’ is twenty-four years old. Her brother ‘A’ is twenty-one. They have always been close. One day, about six years ago, ‘N’ heard a gospel message over the airwaves. She…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Northern Africa > Sudan

Sudan, Islam, and the gospel

Sudan is an Arabic word meaning ‘the place of black people’. To the Ancient Egyptians it was ‘Cush’ and to the Romans ‘Nubia’. Sudan has a richly diverse terrain, climate and ethnic community. Endowed with copious natural resources, it has been called the ‘bread basket of Africa’. It is probably the African nation with…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Baseball and the Toronto Blessing

If someone told me that in a particular game of baseball there were six bases and ten short-stops, the balls were as large as basketballs, the bats looked like tennis rackets and the game lasted four quarters, I would be quick to say that was not baseball. Though I am not an expert, I…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Knowing the Love of God

Knowing about something is not the same as knowing it. You can know about Scotland with its majestic mountains and shimmering lakes, its delightful glens and running streams, and yet not really know it, unless you have been there to witness the beauty and feel within your very being the fascination and wonder of…

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