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June 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Fact File: France

Area: 210,000 square miles. The largest nation in West Europe, Metropolitan France includes the island of Corsica. Neighbouring countries: Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, Monaco, Andorra and Spain. Climate: Generally cool winters and mild summers; but mild winters and hot summers along the Mediterranean. An occasional strong, cold, northerly wind is known as the…

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June 2000
Articles > World Mission > France

Missionary Spotlight-A Call to Battle

Very soon, on 18 June, France will be remembering the 60th anniversary of General de Gaulle’s famous wartime broadcast from London: ‘France has lost a battle, but France has not lost the war’. His call was to French people everywhere to take up arms for the defence of the patrie. History records the outcome…

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Historical

June 2000
Articles > Historical

Two thousand years of Christianity – Theology and politics

Everything changed for the church in AD 313, when the Edict of Milan allowed complete freedom for Christian worship. The previous year the Emperor Constantine had decided to make Christianity the official religion of the Empire. Some would say that Constantine was converted. However, it is unlikely that he was truly born again. He…

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June 2000
Articles > Guest column

Guest column – Sacrifice in the family

'Nothing tests a man's religious sincerity more perfectly than the call to the entire renunciation of self and the world for the truth's sake'. These words were written about the Scottish Covenanters, who joyfully accepted hardships, confiscation of property, insults, imprisonment, and even death, for the sake of Christ. Many of these people spent…

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Sarah Edwards

Historical

June 2000
Articles > Historical

Evangelical Spirituality – Sarah Edwards and the vision of God

In recent articles we have looked at the spirituality of Jonathan Edwards, considered by many to be a classical mentor in this area of the Christian life. But his wife, Sarah Pierrepont Edwards (1710-1758), appears to have had as rich a walk with Christ as her famous husband. Unfortunately, Sarah was not a writer…

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Historical

June 2000
Articles > Historical

The Priest of Baldu

One would have thought that a man commended by Spurgeon (Sermons 1,538) would be better known among us than he is. Certainly his preaching sometimes produced extraordinary scenes, but he did not encourage excitement any more than Whitefield or Wesley. His own words are revealing: 'We rejoice and work, not [only] as persons who…

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June 2000
France

Missionary Spotlight – France and the Gospel Message

Talk of France? It would be easier to pour the ocean into a teacup! France is well known in England as a place for holidays, good food and cheap wine. Few realise that it has been the cradle of modern philosophers, who have enjoyed the limelight here ever since their ideas helped to do…

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June 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Church-planting in South-West France

Southwest France, from the Poitou down to the Pyrenees, was well on its way to becoming a Protestant area at the beginning of the seventeenth century. Two hundred Protestant churches had survived the religious wars of the sixteenth century (wars that had been particularly brutal in the south-west). Academies for the training of Protestant…

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Historical

June 2000
Articles > Historical

John Charles Ryle

From his earliest years John Charles Ryle seemed destined for great things. Born in Macclesfield in 1816, the son of a wealthy banker, he later excelled at Eton College and at Oxford University, where he gained a first class degree. His mind was set on a career in politics, but God had greater plans…

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June 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Discipline – A father’s hand – A meditation on Hebrews 12:5-11

In his autobiography, the British soldier and novelist John Masters recalls a church service held during the Burma campaign in World War II. The chaplain recounted the weeks of fierce fighting they had endured behind the Japanese lines. He declared that the hand of God had been with them, notwithstanding the privations and losses…

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June 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes – Heirs to the earth

The Beatitudes speak of spiritual characteristics, particularly in man's relation to God. The order in which they are given is not arbitrary. The first characteristic, poverty in spirit, is fundamental to the exercise of the other qualities described. Next, whoever is not truly humbled before the Lord will scarcely be a mourner over sin.…

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June 2000
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Family of Love [1]

This cult has been described by the Daily Telegraph (24 March), as 'a British-based sex cult', but at present it could be causing problems in East Africa. In late March, Kenyan government officials placed all government-run schools and children's homes on alert. The reason? Members of the 'Family of Love' were believed to be…

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June 2000
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Letting things slip

I hear it from many ministers. It seems to be a general concern that there is a lack of commitment in the churches. These days many Christians, particularly young Christians, seem reluctant to make any real sacrifice for the cause of Christ. This raises serious questions about their profession. After all, faith in Christ…

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June 2000
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Ape-man – Looking for an evolutionary account of human origins

Ape-man, the BBC2 television series, has brought the topic of man's origin to prominence once again. Viewers were presented with a mixture of fossil data, scientific analysis and interpretation, together with dramatic reconstructions of various hominid species. Some viewers found the level of speculation excessive, detracting from their enjoyment of the series. Others felt…

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June 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cross – Its perfect triumph

How did Calvary look to the disciples of Jesus in the hours after his death? The question can be easily answered. In the disciples' eyes, Calvary was a tragedy. It was a place where good was defeated, hopes crushed, and evil won the day. Two of them expressed their feelings plaintively: 'We had hoped…

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