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March 2001
Singapore

Singapore – Far Eastern Bible College (FEBC)

Theological training is vital for church growth. In his book Forty Years on the Road to Church Growth, FEBC’s founding principal Dr Timothy Tow wrote: ‘Without proper Bible teaching the church that relies on self-taught evangelists or missionaries will be stifled in growth, inasmuch as the tether of their theological knowledge is short and…

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March 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A Christian approach to dementia and Alzheimer’s disease

It is commonplace to say that we have an ageing population. Life expectancy is increasing due to better health care, diet and sanitation. In general this is welcome, but it has just one downside. Living longer means getting older! And with old age come frailty and illness, loss and loneliness, increased dependence and, not…

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March 2001
Articles > Singapore

God’s bountiful mercies to Singapore

Founded by Sir Stamford Raffles in 1819, Singapore is today a tropical island city-state strategically located at the southern tip of the Malaysian Peninsular. With a population of 4.1 million people from diverse cultures, it has been greatly blessed and preserved as a nation by Almighty God over the past four decades. Singapore became…

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March 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Danger – deflection from gospel preaching

Christ has commanded us to ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel’. This is an absolute priority and more urgent than any other responsibility. The commission is repeated in slightly different forms in three Gospels, and Acts 1:8 calls every believer to be a witness. We need to pause in our Christian…

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March 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

We know… we know…

These are two words that constantly recur in the first epistle of John. And living as we do in an age marked by moral and spiritual malaise and double talk, it is heartening to see the assurance that characterised this early disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ. John sounds forth a note of certainty.…

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March 2001
Articles > Singapore

Singapore – Saved by Grace

1. Testimony of Allan Oh Ewe Yook I was born in Penang and received my primary education in a Roman Catholic Missionary School. I did not know God then. I was brought up by my parents in Taoism and Buddhism. Deep impression After completing my schooling in Penang in 1977, I joined the Singapore…

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Historical

March 2001
Articles > Historical

William Sawtry

Six hundred years ago, on 2 March 1401, William Sawtry was burned at the stake in London. As the first martyr to be burned under the notorious act, de haeretico comburendo, Sawtry was the first of the noble company who did for the gospel in Smithfield. Much more is known of some who later…

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March 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Focus in worship

I experience much disquiet at the way in which my mind can wander during worship services. My thoughts ought to be on what the preacher is saying in prayer or preaching, but they become so readily distracted. Unnecessary movement among other worshippers breaks my concentration; and I lapse into banal thoughts about trivial, everyday…

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March 2001
Articles > Singapore

Fact File – Singapore

Area: 247 square miles. Environment: Singapore has a tropical climate, with high humidity and frequent thunderstorms. It is mainly low-lying. Population: 4.1 million Life expectancy: Male 77, female 83. Ethnic groups: Chinese 77%, Malay 15%, Indian 4%, others (including Eurasian) 4%. Official languages: Mandarin (Chinese), English, Malay and Tamil. Literacy: 91%. Economy: ‘Singapore is…

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March 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Whose choice is it?

'The decision is yours ... Now it is all up to you ... God has done all he can to save you, the rest us up to you. You must choose Christ for yourself ... You must make the final decision!' How often we have heard statements like those from the pulpit or the…

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March 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Creator, blessed for ever

There are two ways in particular in which the Bible refers to God as Creator: (1) He is the originator of everything that there is, and this includes the truth that he is the permanent governor of everything that he has made; (2) He does the work of new creation in Christ as he…

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March 2001
Articles > Israel

Jewish Worldview

Maurice. I would like to thank you, Joseph, for sparing the time to explain the Jewish worldview to me. I have read the Old Testament and spent some time reading about the background of the Old Testament books. Again, of course, in my New Testament reading I have come across the Pharisees and Sadducees,…

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Historical

March 2001
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses – ‘The last of the Puritans’

Matthew Henry (1662-1714) Matthew Henry was born in 1662 in a Welsh farmhouse close to the border of England and Wales. A few weeks earlier, his father Philip Henry (1631-1696) had been ejected from his ministry in the Established Church. Along with nearly two thousand other ministers, Philip Henry had refused to submit to…

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March 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

God does not change

'Curse the Jews and I'll pay you well', said Balak, king of Moab, to Balaam, the prophet from Pethor. But every time Balaam opened his mouth to curse Israel he found himself speaking words of blessing, so he never got his fee for the job! God would not allow this mercenary prophet to harm…

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March 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

PARENTING 1. The family in the Bible

We are inclined to think that conditions in Britain today are some of the hardest Christians have ever had to face. At least, that is how it appears from the way we often talk. Clearly, this exaggerates the situation, but we all realise there is cause for concern as we look at our society.…

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March 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest column

The enclosed came into my possession recently and I thought it might be of interest and concern to readers of Evangelical Times. I cannot, of course, divulge the source of this correspondence, as it would endanger the life of one of our agents. ‘Dear Prof. Black, I was glad to receive the annual report…

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March 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Effective Evangelism

There is a general lethargy and slackness in many churches today. The ‘Great Commission’ is often our ‘Great Omission’. Yet we know that the Word of God is replete with many injunctions to evangelise a dying world. How can an average believer give attention to the vital task of propagating the gospel to the…

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