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Everything in June 2004 issue

The cutting edge-An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

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June 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge-An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

The new bishop of Durham, N. T. Wright, unlike the infamous Bishop Jenkins who once occupied that prestigious post, is no liberal Anglican. He is an internationally respected scholar who actually believes in the bodily resurrection of Jesus. Nevertheless, Tom Wright has become something of a controversial figure in conservative evangelical circles over the…

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Finding my feet

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June 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Finding my feet

In a recent interview reported in a national daily, Jason Robinson was asked about his sporting motto. His answer was: 'A biblical one, 'in everything, I do it unto the Lord'. It means I give my all to do well'.He was further asked: 'Who would you most like to invite to dinner - and…

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‘Go out quickly’ – Open-air evangelism

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June 2004
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Go out quickly’ – Open-air evangelism

In this age of high-tech media, is it necessary to take the gospel into the highways and byways? In our post-modern culture, is street preaching an appropriate means of evangelism? In the past the Lord has blessed such activities but doesn't it take something different to reach the sophisticated masses today? Well, as an…

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The dungeon flamed with light-Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

Historical

June 2004
Articles > Historical

The dungeon flamed with light-Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

Jonathan Edwards' treatise An Humble Attempt (to promote agreement and unity in prayer) was inspired by information he received during 1745. It concerned a prayer movement for revival which had been formed by a number of Scottish evangelical ministers, including his regular correspondents John McLaurin (1693-1754) of the Ramshorn Church, Glasgow; William McCulloch (1691-1771)…

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June 2004
Fiji

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Fiji

 Fiji Fact File An island group in the South Pacific Ocean, of about 7,000 square miles. Fiji comprises 2 larger mountainous islands (Viti Levu and Vanua Levu) of volcanic origin, as well as 104 smaller inhabited islands and over 200 uninhabited islands.     Climate:Tropical.   Population:About 900,000.   Ethnic groups:Fijians 51%; Indians 44%;…

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Guest Column-Broken hearts and numbered stars

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June 2004
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column-Broken hearts and numbered stars

Christians know what it is to have a passage of Scripture 'leap off the page'. This often happens with a portion that we have read many times before. When it occurs it is as if we were seeing the words for the first time. This was my experience some time ago with these words…

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June 2004
Articles > Comment

Comment

Is God calling you to the mission field?Both of our page three news items concern overseas mission. Have you ever wondered if the Lord is calling you to be a missionary? If so (or even if not so!), here is a checklist to focus your thinking and that of any church engaged in this…

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The gospel of grace in Australia

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June 2004
Australia

The gospel of grace in Australia

The centre of Australian evangelical life in Australia is the Anglican diocese of Sydney – centred on Moore College, the publications of Matthias Press, and the national leadership of Archbishop Peter Jensen. Its influence radiates outwards into the whole of Australian Christian life and work. While some aspects of this influence give me cause…

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Spiritual Warfare

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June 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Spiritual Warfare

Popular contemporary songwriter Graham Kendrick supports 'strategic level spiritual warfare; (SLSW). 'Satan', he writes, 'has the real-estate of villages, towns and cities over-shadowed by ruling spirits which work untiringly at his command to bring about his malevolent will - fostering fear, violence and deception'.1Last month we began to review Michael Reid's recent book on…

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Eastern Orthodoxy

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June 2004
Cults and other religions

Eastern Orthodoxy

Eastern Orthodoxy is self-consciously connected to the past. Its proponents pride themselves on their distinction from modern, rootless Evangelicals who neither have, nor seem to want, a doctrinal connection with the historic church.Williams and Anstall make a typical comment: 'Perhaps one of the most striking and unique things about Orthodox Christianity, especially in this…

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Missionary Spotlight

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June 2004
Laos

Missionary Spotlight

Christianity in Laos As we climbed the wooden ladder of the house on stilts, I thought of its owner; a 95-year-old lady, and her long journey of faith. She had been walking it since the day her husband, once the village spirit medium, had believed and then been stoned to death for his faith.…

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Missionary Spotlight-Recovering the gospel in Fiji

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June 2004
Fiji

Missionary Spotlight-Recovering the gospel in Fiji

Indigenous Fijians have professed Christianity for over 100 years, the gospel having first arrived through Methodist missionaries. But today the Methodist Church in Fiji has departed from its theological moorings and the biblical gospel. In the late 1970s a Baptist church was started in Lautoka, Fiji, with the aim of fresh evangelistic outreach to…

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Preaching Christ

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June 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

Heralding the Saviour'For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus' sake' (2 Corinthians 4:5).In previous articles we have considered two of the Greek words translated 'to preach' in our English Bibles - one meaning to 'tell good news (evangelise)' and another 'to tell thoroughly'. We…

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Is Scientific American unscientific?

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June 2004
Scientific (including creation)

Is Scientific American unscientific?

Last month we began to look at the attempts made by the popular science journal Scientific Americanto refute 15 creationist arguments (or more strictly, arguments attributed to creationists). We considered seven of these points and now complete our examination of the remainder. In each case, the heading summarises the argument in question. This is…

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Missionary Spotlight-Fiji’s gospel heritage

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June 2004
Fiji

Missionary Spotlight-Fiji’s gospel heritage

The Pacific¬†islanders are well known as seafarers. With their huge canoes they have criss-crossed the Pacific Ocean, travelling from one island kingdom to another. As far back as the sixteenth century, Tongans traded with the Lau group of islands to the east of the Fijian group. This trading led to inter-marriage and a dynastic…

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