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March 1999
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – What is the gospel?

And just what is the gospel? Now before you are tempted to move on to the next article rather than waste your time reading one that asks such a naïve question, let me urge you to pause a while and hear me out. Why ask the question at all? Surely we who are evangelicals…

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Historical

March 1999
Articles > Historical

The last days of Augustus Toplady

Augustus Montague Toplady, author of such well-known hymns as ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘A Sovereign Protector I have’, died in 1778 at the age of thirty-seven. Some of the most moving utterances ever made fell from Toplady’s lips in the closing weeks of his life, as his long illness drew to its close, and…

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March 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Malaysia

We worshipped idols

I left Malaysia to come to the UK some twenty-five years ago. It was on the picturesque, multicultural island of Penang that I was born. We were a hard-working family, never too well off, but generally happy and content. My father, who was a teacher, would offer tuition classes to his pupils to make…

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March 1999
Articles > World Mission > Oceania > Australasia > Australia

Letter from Australia

The true church here is alive and bearing fruit to the glory of God. 1999 is an important year for the ‘Land Down Under’ as we face a referendum, the result of which will affect our future in the long term. For some years the issue of Australia becoming a republic has been hotly…

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Historical

March 1999
Articles > Historical

The end of the journey

The sky was dark and threatening as John Bunyan mounted his horse that August morning in 1688. It had been an errand of compassion that had brought him to Reading — a long detour in his journey from Bedford to London. But now, grateful to God that he had managed to effect the reconciliation…

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Historical

March 1999
Articles > Historical

The last enemy

How Augustus Toplady  confronted death from tuberculosis makes remarkable reading. As he faced ‘the last enemy’ he entered into deep communion with Christ and the Lord gave him the most ravishing experiences of God’s love for his soul. Common to man Each one of us will have to die. Whatever our circumstances, whether or…

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Historical

March 1999
Articles > Historical

Puritan wisdom for today – hope for the future of the church

As we approach the third millennium the foremost issue facing the church is the completion of the great mandate to take the gospel to all nations. In China, Africa and Central and South America, as also elsewhere, there has been rapid growth during the twentieth century. But will the gospel continue to spread until…

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Historical

March 1999
Articles > Historical

Within the veil

But he, being full of the Holy Spirit, gazed into heaven and saw the glory of God, and Jesus standing at the right hand of God, (acts 7.55). Seated at his Father’s throne, Pleading ever for his own Christ, the Son of Man, appears, Constant through the changeful years.   Heedlessly I often stray…

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March 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Malaysia

Testimony of a Malaysian pastor

The best thing to have happened to Christianity in Malaysia in recent years is the emergence of Reformed churches and, in particular, the emergence of the Reformed Baptist movement. This began in about 1983. I speak as one who did not come from a ‘Reformed tradition’. I was converted in 1972 through a church…

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March 1999
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Seeds of Disaster

Are genetically modified foods safe? No, says the Prince of Wales, as he champions the case against genetically-engineered food. Last summer, two days after the biotechnology company Monsanto launched a one million pound campaign to persuade consumers that their genetically modified (GM) foods are safe and nutritious, the Prince of Wales threw down the…

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March 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Malaysia

Christianity in Malaysia

Malaysia is a young nation, still struggling to establish itself politically, economically and socially. Over half its population is Malay, while Chinese account for a quarter. Religion is divided along ethnic lines: Malays are Muslims; Chinese are followers of an amalgam of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism, and Indians are Hindu. The indigenous communities in…

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March 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Praise & Worship: their conduct

In the previous two articles I have considered the nature and the purpose of praise and worship. We now turn to the practical matter of the conduct of our meetings. Those leading the service must walk a middle ground between a dead formality on the one hand, and on the other, a casualness which…

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March 1999
Articles > Cults and other religions

Waco and religious liberty [4]

Two days after the Waco holocaust on 19 April 1993, a newspaper interviewed Graham Baldwin, a former London University chaplain, who had previously helped to bring approximately 200 people out of various cults. With an eye partly on Waco, Baldwin remarked, ‘It is no good people saying that everybody has a right to join…

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March 1999
Articles > World Mission > Asia > South Eastern Asia > Malaysia

Malaysia Factfile

Area: 127,300 miles Territories: Malaysia consists of eleven states and Kuala Lumpur, on the Malay Peninsula; and Sabah and Sarawak, in northern Borneo. It is governed by a constitutional monarchy. Environment: Four hundred miles of sea separate Malaysia into roughly two halves; its peninsula and the larger islands. With a hot, humid climate, much…

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Historical

March 1999
Articles > Historical

Defenders of the faith : Martyn Lloyd-Jones: Part 2

This is the second of two articles on Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones and the nature of genuine evangelicalism. The first, which appeared in last month’s Evangelical Times, traced his life and ministry up to the fateful meeting organised by the Evangelical Alliance in 1966. It was at this meeting that the chairman, John Stott, took…

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