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All Articles from June 2012

Was it worth it?

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June 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Was it worth it?

Was it worth it? The southern edge of the Sahara Desert is a mysterious land with a striking landscape. Black volcanic mountains tower over emerald green oases. Cascading waterfalls and lush private gardens contrast starkly with the dramatic beauty of the desert, where sand waves roll toward the horizon. Intermittent adobe cities dot the…

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Avoiding silly mistakes

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June 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Avoiding silly mistakes

Avoiding silly mistakes People who claim to believe the Bible can still manage to draw false deductions from it. Over the centuries there have been some strange efforts in this regard. Sometimes the result is almost amusing — except that it is God’s Word that is being mishandled. At times an argument which contains…

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The Olympic flame

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Olympic flame

The Olympic flame The tradition of lighting an Olympic flame comes from the ancient Greeks. During the ancient Olympic Games, a sacred flame was lit from the sun’s rays at Olympia, and stayed lit until the games were completed. This flame represented the ‘endeavour for protection and struggle for victory’. It was first introduced…

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Why is prayer so difficult?

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why is prayer so difficult?

Why is prayer so difficult? The Lord Jesus was an example to the disciples of a praying man. He also taught them how to pray and exhorted them to keep on praying. So you’d think that believers in God wouldn’t need any encouragement to address the living Creator. We have known the forgiveness of…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2)

Historical

June 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2) John Wesley encouraged William Wilberforce that his fight against slavery was a ‘glorious enterprise’, but warned him that ‘unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils’ (May ET). This…

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Militant secularism (2)

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June 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Militant secularism (2)

Militant secularism (2) What are the aims of secularism? Rightly understood, secularism works for the separation of political and religious institutions, so that government is free from the dominant (or domineering) influence of any particular religion. In other words, secularism asserts that religion should not be privileged by the state when the state enacts…

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News

June 2012
News > Youth Features

Cycling

I recently took up cycling. At first I was enthusiastic for every ride. Come rain or shine, I wanted to get out on that bike and nothing would stop me. I told everyone I met how great cycling is and how they should take it up too — ‘It’s improved my fitness levels and…

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From drug addict to missionary

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June 2012
Evangelistic

From drug addict to missionary

From drug addict to missionary Jenya, a skinny boy 10 years old, looked at his parents who were slumped across the sofa and bed, unconscious in their little wooden house. Sighing, he picked up a pen and drew a cross over the last day of the month on his calendar. His parents had been…

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Ministering to those dying without Christ

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Ministering to those dying without Christ

Ministering to those dying without Christ ‘It is sad beyond words to watch mom’s health failing and see her fear and anxiety or detached numbness as she faces each day. She wavers back and forth. It is all sad and full of despair.’ ‘There is no longing for glory, no hope of future joy,…

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A Protestant monarchy?

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June 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A Protestant monarchy?

A Protestant monarchy? The British monarchy has had much to celebrate over the last year — a royal wedding in 2011, swiftly followed by a diamond jubilee in 2012. There has been a surge of popular support for the royal family, riding high again after the crises of the 1990s.     The gift of…

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Science and faith

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June 2012
Articles > Guest column

Science and faith

Guest Column Science and faith I will celebrate my 22nd year as pastor of Grace Reformed Church later this year. And all these years have been spent in an intense study of the Bible. This has only amplified my convictions regarding the sufficiency and authority of God’s Word. Here are just a few of…

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The Sahara Desert Mission

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June 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

The Sahara Desert Mission

The Sahara Desert Mission The Republic of Niger extends over the central/western area of the Sahara Desert. It is the largest country in West Africa and lies north of Nigeria, and south of Algeria and Libya. The population of 15 million is mostly clustered in the south and west of the country, and, with…

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Article

June 2012
Articles > Comment

Why read church history?

ET COMMENT Why read church history? Why should we be interested in history? The humanist studies it to celebrate human accomplishment. His is a revisionist mindset, writing God out of the frame and so manipulating the evidence to suit his agenda. But the honest student of history focuses on the facts wherever they lead…

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Unapologetic apologetics

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June 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Unapologetic apologetics

Unapologetic apologetics We don’t often use the word ‘apologetics’ in our churches, or in ordinary conversation. Its meaning though is very important. ‘Apologetics’ simply comes from the Greek verb ‘to make a defence’. It includes being able to give ‘a reason for the hope’ that we have as Christians, and ‘contending for the faith’…

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