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Everything in June 2003 issue

The cutting edge-An occasional series on doctrincal issues today

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June 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge-An occasional series on doctrincal issues today

Is the small but growing movement of 'Zensism' - named by some after its principal advocate Jon Zens - just another strand of Brethrenism, or is it something different and misleading? This article explores this question.Jon ZensJon Zens became editor of Baptist Reformation Review in 1978. The magazine's name was changed to Searching Together…

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John Wesley – called by God (Part I)

Historical

June 2003
Articles > Historical

John Wesley – called by God (Part I)

The rector had fallen out with his wife Susanna. She would not say 'Amen' at the end of family prayers when he prayed for William III. Her sympathies were Jacobite.Even though a large family needed his support, off went Rev. Samuel Wesley in a huff to London, vowing never again to have anything to…

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Article

June 2003
Mexico

Missionary Spotlight-Fact File

Area: 756,066 square miles. Neighbouring countries: USA, Guatemala and Belize. Environment: Mexico has high central mountains (highest peak 5,700m) and plateaus, and low coastal plains especially in the Yucatan peninsula. Its climate is hot desert in the north and tropical in the south. However, most of Mexico lacks adequate rainfall. The coasts are exposed to severe storms and the interior to volcanic and earthquake activity. Population: 104 million. Infant mortality: 24.5 per thousand live births. Life expectancy: 72 years. Capital: Mexico City (22.5 million). Major cities: Guadalajara – a mining centre (4 million), Monterrey – a heavy industry centre (3.5 million), Puebla (2 million) and...

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Missionary Spotlight-Within a bullet’s breadth of hell

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June 2003
Mexico

Missionary Spotlight-Within a bullet’s breadth of hell

Tall and gangly, Ernesto had a quick smile – especially for the ladies. His light skin was the envy of every Pima girl. Isidra, Ernesto’s wife, was the first female believer of the indigenous Pima people, and mother of his four children. She loved him dearly, but Ernesto felt he needed several women to fill his cup. More than once, Isidra found him in the company of yet another mistress. Late one night, a Mexican dance band drowning out the noise of drunken laughter and shuffling shoes, Isidra searched for her man. She had walked six miles from her ranch, suspecting the worst. She sensed...

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Come

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June 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Come

'Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost ... Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live' (Isaiah 55:1-3).Five times in three verses God says, 'Come'. We…

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Guest Column

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June 2003
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Guest Column

It was 4.00am and a small launch containing two men plied its way down the Amazon, keeping to the  middle of the river to take advantage of the current. The helmsman, wanting some coffee, signalled to Sandoval who was in charge of the engine. On his way to the galley, Sandoval slipped overboard, his…

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The dungeon flamed with light

Historical

June 2003
Articles > Historical

The dungeon flamed with light

The hymns of Charles Wesley (1707-1788) John Wesley's heir apparent, John Fletcher, one remarked that next to the Bible 'one of the greatest blessings that God has bestowed upon the Methodists ... is their hymns'. The central figure behind these hymns, of course, was Charles Wesley, the eighteenth child born to Samuel Wesley and…

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Leaning on Christ

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June 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Leaning on Christ

Faith towards Christ has nothing whatsoever to do with physical acts, physical posture, or physical movement. But, in the Word of God, faith is often described symbolically by bodily actions. Looking, coming, fleeing Saving faith is looking to Christ, as the perishing Israelites looked to the brazen serpent and were healed. The Lord Jesus…

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Finding the right word-Principles of Textual Criticism

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June 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Finding the right word-Principles of Textual Criticism

Muslims have an advantage over Christians. Their scriptures - which they believe were given by their god to Mohammed - have been preserved during the last 1,400 years in such a way that there is little variation between manuscripts. The true God, however, did not see fit to preserve his Word in that way,…

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Concerning Cults-Light in the Worldwide Church of God

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June 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults-Light in the Worldwide Church of God

'Never before in the history of Christianity', writes Ruth Tucker of Calvin Theological Seminary, 'has there been such a complete move to orthodox Christianity by an unorthodox fringe church'.Eddie Gibbs, professor in Fuller Theological Seminary, claims, 'The transformation of WCG represents a unique phenomenon in church history'. An exaggeration? Possibly, but the change is…

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News

June 2003
News

Old Temperance-A new Christian Bookshop in North Yorkshire

The building known as the 'Old Temperance' in Reeth has had a very varied history since it was first built in 1730. Situated beside the village green in Reeth, in beautiful Swaledale, it has been a public house, a hotel, a baker's shop, a band room, a licensed restaurant, a grocer's shop and a…

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The Vatican and the New Age movement

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June 2003
Cults and other religions

The Vatican and the New Age movement

The spreading phenomenon of New Age is causing disquiet in Vatican circles. Two influential Pontifical Councils (for Culture and for Inter-religious Dialogue) have recently published a long document addressed to Catholic catechists - providing guidelines on how to interpret and respond to the New Age movement. Religious motivationsThe document Jesus Christ the bearer of…

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Missionary Spotlight-The Protestant Church in Mexico

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June 2003
Mexico

Missionary Spotlight-The Protestant Church in Mexico

The birth pains of the Protestant church in Roman Catholic Mexico came shortly after a time of great political upheaval the 25 years of turmoil and bloodshed that followed Mexico’s independence from Spain in 1821. By 1848, Mexico had lost half her territory to the USA. Riots Little is recorded of Protestant missionary work in Mexico prior to the 1850s, when John Butler of the British and Foreign Bible Society came to the Mexico City area to sell and distribute Bibles from door to door and teach his converts to do the same. These efforts sparked mob riots incited by local Roman Catholic priests, resulting...

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Is revival a non-starter?

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June 2003
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Is revival a non-starter?

Part 2In the first article of this short series we linked Spurgeon's fruitfulness in the gospel with his preaching of that gospel. If we wonder why Spurgeon was so successful, the answer lies in a phrase he once used: 'That which God does by our instrumentality' (adapted from sermon No. 1981). These words contain…

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The Longest Day

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June 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Longest Day

June 21st is the longest day of the year - the day when the sun rises the earliest and sets the latest. Before 21 June, the days get longer. Afterwards they grow shorter, until the dark days of winter are on us once again. If we believe the Bible, we look beyond these regular…

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