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Everything in June 2005 issue

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June 2005
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Africa revisited

A report on John Blanchard’s latest visits John Blanchard recently returned from his fifth preaching tour in South Africa, and the fourth sponsored by Alpha and Omega Foundation in conjunction with Christian Book Discounters. CBD was established in 1995 with the aim of providing quality Christian books at the best possible prices to countries…

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June 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment-Paw-prints

After many years of careful observation, I am no longer in any doubt. Cats are irresistibly attracted to wet concrete! Lay a fresh concrete surface and the following morning it will be decorated by a set of beautifully preserved paw-prints, impossible to erase. It is quite literally 'set in concrete'. The cat-and-concrete illustration came…

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Guest Column-How can young people be pure?

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June 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column-How can young people be pure?

[Philip Grist has served with Grace Baptist Mission (GBM) in India and as a co-ordinator of GBM's literature ministry]Psalm 119:9 gives a straightforward answer (although carrying out the instructions will be a battle!): 'How can a young man cleanse his way? By taking heed according to your word'. The New Testament equivalent is 2…

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The purpose-driven life

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June 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The purpose-driven life

By now every Christian and most unbelievers have heard of Rick Warren and his runaway bestseller, The purpose-driven life. This promises to be 'a guide to a 40-day spiritual journey that will enable you to discover the answers to life's most important question: What on earth am I here for?''By the end of this…

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Seven reasons why Christ died

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June 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seven reasons why Christ died

'God's purposes for the world in the death of Jesus are unfathomable'. Thus writes John Piper in his latest book, The Passion of Jesus Christ: fifty reasons why he came to die. He adds, 'Infinitely more important than who killed Jesus is the question, "What did God achieve for sinners like us in sending…

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Intelligent Design-Science education and design in the natural world

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June 2005
Scientific (including creation)

Intelligent Design-Science education and design in the natural world

Judging by media interest, the concept of Intelligent Design (ID) is having a major impact in the USA. Several popular science journals (including National Geographic and Discover) have carried lengthy articles defending Darwinian evolution. Many peer-reviewed journals (including Nature and Science) have carried reactions to ID. According to surveys, the overwhelming majority of US…

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Who is the Vicar of Christ?

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June 2005
Cults and other religions

Who is the Vicar of Christ?

The election of Joseph Ratzinger as the new pope makes more relevant than ever the question, 'Who is the Vicar of Christ?' This article not only answers this question but also shows how serious it is to claim that a man can occupy an office that belongs distinctively to the Holy Spirit.The Shorter Oxford…

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June 2005
Obituaries

John E. Marshall – preacher and pastor

An extract from the book by John J. Murray.John Marshall considered that his first responsibility was to care for the flock that God had committed to this trust. Although he had a comparatively small congregation he felt deeply responsible for them. His faithfulness to his own people over forty-five years can have few parallels…

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June 2005
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight-Pentecostals in the Philippines

ETwould not normally get involved in the work of Pentecostal churches, but this contribution from Reformed Baptist pastor Kent Philpotthighlights the fact that among such churches are some who genuinely seek the truth and serve the Lord.   A few years ago I spoke at a two-day conference for church leaders in Iloilo City,…

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Missionary Spotlight

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June 2005
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight

Opportunities in the Philippines It was a fine morning — warm and sunny — as 41 men and 4 women gathered at the William Carey School of Theology in Iloilo City in the Philippines. It was my privilege to teach the first part of their systematic theology course, lasting five days. The previous week…

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Our fierce accuser

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June 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Our fierce accuser

'Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong' (1 Corinthians 16:13). 'I saw Diabolus in his possession and Mansoul also under his oppression' (John Bunyan, The Holy War).I cannot recall ever hearing a sermon on the person and works of Satan. He certainly gets a mention in dealing with the Fall and…

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Switzerland – awakening interest in Apologetics and Reformed Theology

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June 2005
Switzerland

Switzerland – awakening interest in Apologetics and Reformed Theology

As pastor of the Action Biblique church in Basel, Switzerland, I was recently able to organise two seminars led by Dr Martin Erdmann – whose apologetics approach is founded on Reformed theology. I was grateful for this opportunity for several reasons.   Firstly, Christian apologetics is not talked about much in Evangelical churches these…

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Exams and the Christian

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June 2005
News > Youth Features

Exams and the Christian

If you ask my parents they will say, 'Jason doesn't do enough work for his exams'. This is of course a blatant attempt by adults to get a reluctant teenager moving!Nevertheless, I amfacing exams - so let's talk about being a Christian in the exam situation.Are exams important?Yes! After telling you how little work…

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Missionary Spotlight-Bangladesh

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June 2005
Bangladesh

Missionary Spotlight-Bangladesh

The People’s Republic of Bangladesh has a population of 142 million – 98% Bengali, 83% Muslim and 16% Hindu. During the fifteenth and sexteenth centuries, Bengal was the wealthiest part of the Indian subcontinent. It was also the place where missionary William Carey laboured for many years, the first Bangla grammar book being authored…

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Missionary Spotlight-Phenomenal growth in Romania

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June 2005
Romania

Missionary Spotlight-Phenomenal growth in Romania

God has done something extraordinary in Romania. Consider Emmanuel Baptist Church in Oradea near the Hungarian border (Oradea has a population of 230,000; Romania, 23 million). With sacrificial giving from inside and generous help from outside, it has played a crucial role in training pastors and church planting, and has experienced phenomenal growth. Behind…

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The Evangelical Library revisited

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June 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Evangelical Library revisited

Surprisingly, my last visit found its way into the pages of ETso it seemed appropriate to comment on this visit as well - to attend the dedication and opening of 'The Robert Sheehan Puritan Room and Research Centre'.As reported on page 3, there was a dedication ceremony, with contributions from Mrs Wendy Sheehan, Professor…

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