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All Articles from June 2013

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June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The church Jesus built

‘And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18). What is this ‘church’ to which our Lord refers in this famous verse? It is common for people to interpret ‘church’ here (ekklesia…

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June 2013
Articles > World Mission

Response to the WEA report on Bible translation

  Victor Attallah responds to the WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) report which was commissioned after deep unease over moves to replace divine familial terms (like ‘Son of God’) perceived to be offensive when translating the bible into languages which will be used by Muslims. Wycliffe Bible Translators have committed to implementing the recommendations of…

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June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

A triune blessing

2 Corinthians 13:14 is one of the most often quoted verses in all the Scriptures. It reads, ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all’.   Many a public worship service has been and is closed with this benediction.…

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News

June 2013
News > Youth Features

Addictions

The dictionary defines ‘addict’ as ‘to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively’. It gives as one example — addicted to gambling. Usually we think of an addiction as being dominated by a drug such as alcohol or heroin, but obviously addictions can be psychological as well as spiritual. A couple of…

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June 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Immortality… but is it real?

Our life in this world is so tied up with death that our mortality has become a secret shadow that stalks us all our lives. It is the subject that no one discusses in polite conversation, but we all have a funeral at the back of our minds…our funeral. The resurrection of Jesus of…

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News

June 2013
News > Youth Features

Yorkshire Camps

April saw the start of a new initiative to reach children and young people in Yorkshire. This county (population 5.5 million), with a rich Christian heritage, now has fewer Christians per head of population than Japan, and very few children have any contact with the Christian message.      Andy and Hannah Peace have been…

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June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: Instruments of praise?

Over recent decades, some kind of musical experience has become a major component of evangelical worship — in the form of either a small classical ensemble or, more usually, a worship group or ‘band’.   Many welcome this change as a means of revitalising worship and attracting outsiders. As Iain Murray reminds us, however,…

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Historical

June 2013
Articles > Historical

Can a Christian really be sure of his salvation?

The answer is an emphatic ‘Yes!’ Almighty God, in his Word, speaks clearly that Christians can be certain they are saved and be sure of their unchanging status in Christ.   Our actual experience seems so different though, since we easily follow fickle feelings and look away from the finished work of Christ as…

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June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

God’s abounding mercy

Samson’s story (Judges 13 – 16) is one of tremendous physical strength, but also of tragic moral weakness. Yet the major tragedy that overtook this outstanding man was crowned by the tremendous mercy of God.   His physical feats, recorded in sacred history, were unique. His tremendous strength was dazzlingly displayed when he killed…

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June 2013
Articles > Guest column

Christian community – seeking contentment without complacency

Christian reflection on community is often an exercise in romanticism. By viewing the early Christian community of Acts 2 through rose-coloured glasses, we imagine a homogenous cloister of haloed saints meeting all of each other’s expectations, living as one big happy family.   Buzzword   By projecting this inaccurate, abstract ideal on our own…

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June 2013
China

China’s tears

The early church history course came to a memorable end. The final session concerned the rise of Islam and its effects on the churches of North Africa and the Middle East in the seventh to eleventh centuries.      We looked at the terrible legacy of the Crusades in terms of the lasting bitterness which…

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June 2013
France

A week of outreach organised by ‘La Voix des Prophètes’ (Voice of the Prophets) in Paris.

About 110 young people between the ages of  15 and 25 were on the team. During the week there were more than 500 significant conversations! Over 900 Bibles were distributed. More than 500 copies of the booklet ‘Cher Abdullah’ and the CD ‘Chemin vers le ciel’ (testimonies of Christians from Muslim backgrounds) distributed. We…

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June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Reaching your 70th birthday

‘The length of our days is seventy years … and we fly away’ (Psalm 90:10).   The Facebook entries of young Christian people often reveal angst at leaving their teenage years, or twenties and thirties, behind. The formative periods of their lives are passed, never to be relived again. I found the passing of…

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June 2013
France

Serving the Lord in Brittany

As a French and European history undergraduate student at Cardiff University, I spent the academic year 2011-2012 in Guingamp, Brittany.       This was my year abroad in France. From an academic point of view, its purpose was to improve my language skills and immerse myself in French culture. I was able to fulfil these…

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June 2013
France

Praying for France

France today The population of France is around 65 million, 20% living in the Paris area.       Public life in France is ruled by the republican idea of liberty, equality and fraternity. This means neutrality with regard to religion, which is absent from politics or education. Laws exist regulating religious practice and minority groups…

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (5)

Historical

June 2013
Articles > Historical

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (5)

In 1812, the Primitive Methodist Connection was formally established. It was John Crawfoot who had unintentionally invented this name, when he declared, ‘If you have deviated from the old usages, I have not. I still remain a primitive Methodist!’   Their first class ticket issued in 1812 bore the title, ‘The Society of the…

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A word to pastors

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June 2013
Articles > Comment

A word to pastors

Self-burial is one of the most effective methods of spreading the gospel. It is said that 19th century missionaries departing from Britain for distant shores would sometimes hold a funeral service before they left. They were going to serve for life and they didn’t expect to return.      Their 21st century equivalents don’t generally…

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June 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Global conflict over marriage

Global conflict Britain and the US are just two of many battlegrounds in today’s silent world war that surrounds the institution of marriage. It is a conflict that has engulfed the developed world since 2001.      A few weeks ago, New Zealand became the latest country to vote in favour of amending its definition of…

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June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

A nation in crisis

Arguments from silence can be risky, but Scripture uses such an argument with devastating effect in Judges 17 – 21.   The narratives in these five chapters show the covenant community of Israel in complete moral collapse. But the intriguing thing is that the historian allows the events to speak largely for themselves. There…

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June 2013
United Kingdom

Testimonies at Sidmouth

Testimonies at Sidmouth   From 8-14 April, a series of Parkinson-style interviews took place at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sidmouth. Coming from the same county as the real Michael Parkinson, Yorkshireman and evangelist Roger Carswell interviewed a variety of inspirational Christians.       The first was Professor Stuart Burgess, head of engineering design at Bristol University,…

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Progress in Belarus

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June 2013
Belarus

Progress in Belarus

The Resurrection Evangelical Church in Ruba, Belarus, was established in 1995. Looking back, we recognise with gratitude that we have experienced God’s mercy and guidance since then. When my wife, Albina, and I first came to Ruba, after completing our course at the EMF Bible School in Welwyn, there was not a single evangelical…

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News

June 2013
News > Youth Features

Back to basics

There has never been a time when God’s Word has been so far from the minds of our nation’s youth as it is today. We live in a generation where society scoffs at the Bible and neglects the inspired Word of God.       There are all manner of assaults on the Scriptures and much…

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June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Marriage and divorce (1)

Marriage was instituted by God to be monogamous (one man and one woman), heterosexual (one man and one woman), public (leaving and cleaving) and unitary (one flesh).   Such is the teaching of Genesis 2:24 — ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall…

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