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Eleven commandments
June 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Eleven commandments

William Carey and his team set forth principles on missions that can still guide us today. The following are excerpts from the 'Form of Agreement' drafted by Carey and his colleagues in October 1805 (see Christian History XI, Issue 36, 1992, p. 34; note that in Carey's time words like 'heathen' and 'native' did…

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Missionary Spotlight-Greece
June 2001
Greece

Missionary Spotlight-Greece

Angela is a quietly spoken lady who lives in a town in Greece. She visits an old people’s home every week in order to love and care for the old people. One day as she visited the home she met two other visitors who were polite and asked her about her background. They said, ‘We must meet again and have coffee’. Hatred Angela continues her story: ‘I was walking down the street some weeks later and someone shouted, “Heretic! Take your hands off the Orthodox!” I turned around and saw a face contorted with hate. It was one of the two other visitors’. Angela thought...

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Guest Column
June 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Times Change!I have been a used-bookshop mole for as long as I can remember. Usually I have got nothing but dusty hands for my trouble in digging through old volumes, but occasionally I find a real gem.A few years ago I secured a book entitled Some Account of the Life of Spencer Houghton Cone,…

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The Lord’s Prayer
June 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord’s Prayer

We know what a kingdom is. In Britain we have been ruled by kings and queens for centuries. We are a kingdom in these Isles - the United Kingdom. In recent times the powers of the monarch have been strictly limited but in earlier periods of our history kings or queens had considerable authority…

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The weapons of our warfare
June 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The weapons of our warfare

The popular image of the Christian church is of an organisation that is pliant and accommodating to the spirit of the age and to every whim of man. The church itself has been responsible for creating this image by an almost total lack of conviction in its biblical message. But the picture of the…

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Letter from New Zealand
June 2001
New Zealand

Letter from New Zealand

New Zealanders are very conscious of their smallness relative to the rest of the world, in population, economy and land mass. That condition is perhaps seen as having its attractions and advantages. But that has not always been the case. We’ve just been reminded through an agreement made recently between the New Zealand and Australian governments, that it will henceforth be more difficult to just ‘up-anchor’ and go and live in Australia. In most things, New Zealand finds it hard to match its larger friend across the Tasman Sea. Last year, 31,000 New Zealanders evidently felt that the comparison went in Australia’s favour and left...

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Darwin’s doubts
June 2001
Scientific (including creation)

Darwin’s doubts

Professor Andy McIntosh recently gave the annual Darwin lecture on 'A designer world' at Darwin College, University of Kent, in Canterbury. He spoke on creation at further meetings at the University campus and in Margate. He and his wife Juliet write: 'It was a most interesting occasion. There were about 50-60 guests, including the…

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Missionary Spotlight
June 2001
Greece

Missionary Spotlight

Greece Heretic! Angela is a quietly spoken lady who lives in a town in Greece. She visits an old people’s home every week in order to love and care for the old people. One day as she visited the home she met two other visitors who were polite and asked her about her background. They said, ‘We must meet again and have coffee’.   Hatred   Angela continues her story: ‘I was walking down the street some weeks later and someone shouted, “Heretic! Take your hands off the Orthodox!” I turned around and saw a face contorted with hate. It was one of the two...

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A cloud of witnesses
June 2001
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Abraham Booth and the ethics of slaveryWhat does it means to be human? This question is central to several critical ethical issues of our day. The resolution of the ethical dilemmas surrounding, for example, abortion and genetic engineering cannot be found unless this question is answered.Although recent scientific advances have thrust such issues into…

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From Puritanism to Methodism
June 2001
Articles > Historical

From Puritanism to Methodism

Decay and Prosperity1662-1737It cannot be denied that there was a dreadful spiritual decline among the churches during the period between the Puritans and Methodists. Attention has been drawn to this by many historians. But it needs to be emphasised that this was not untilafter the death of Queen Anne in 1714 and occurred only…

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Charismatic Confusion
June 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Charismatic Confusion

The charismatic movement, which has swept through the Protestant churches in the last forty years, has presented a formidable challenge to Reformed, Evangelical Christianity. The problem has been how to evaluate it. Is it, or is it not, of God? The question still remains unanswered for many. They suspend judgement because they have no…

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Fighting giants
June 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Fighting giants

He became a national hero overnight. A young shepherd, going about his daily duties, was used by God to overcome a giant!  Who can tell when a life-changing day may occur?David, aged about twenty, had set out at the request of his father to take food to his brothers, who were in the army…

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Concerning Cults
June 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

'Do you belong to that cult?' That was the question thrown at me unexpectedly as I visited some houses in North West Wales. Before I could answer, the man continued: 'Do you belong to those who go around with a Bible, refusing blood transfusions for their children when they are dying?'He thought I was…

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Missionary Spotlight-Greece
June 2001
Greece

Missionary Spotlight-Greece

The gospel in Greece For eight years running, my wife and I and our two children took our summer holidays in Greece. Every year we tried to find a church where the gospel was preached, but without success. We knew that there were Evangelical churches somewhere in this land, a country where Paul once preached the gospel. It was only on our ninth annual visit that we met up with some believers – those who worship at the Free Evangelical Church in Kalamata, in the Peloponnese. Since then we have been introduced to many delightful groups of the Lord’s people, and I have had the...

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Missionary Spotlight-Greece
June 2001
Greece

Missionary Spotlight-Greece

The Greek Diaspora Apart from Greece and Cyprus, Greeks are found all over the world. There are still many Greeks living in countries like Turkey, Italy and Egypt, which have had large Greek communities from ancient times. Today Greeks form a significant ethnic minority numbering hundreds of thousands in many parts of Europe and in the former Soviet Union, USA, Canada and Australia. Some of them have become famous, such as the US tennis champion Pete Sampras and Australian tennis player Mark Philippoussis. Well-established and active Greek Evangelical churches are to be found in Germany, USA, Canada and Australia. In some places they have programmes...

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