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Islam and the Vatican 1.  A new partnership with Muslims

Article

March 2002
Cults and other religions

Islam and the Vatican 1. A new partnership with Muslims

Speaking to the predominately Muslim nation of Kazakhstan, twelve days after the horrors of 11 September 2001, the Pope declared: ‘"There is one God". The Apostle proclaims before all else the absolute oneness of God. ‘This is a truth which Christians inherited from the children of Israel and which they share with Muslims: it…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

March 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

Grace BennetAttractive and vivacious, Grace Norman was always in the centre of an admiring group of friends. Her poise and skill on the dance floor attracted many an approving glance. But such adulation came at a price. In later years she admitted: 'Dancing was my darling sin and I had thereby nearly lost my…

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Concerning Cults The new spiritualities (3)

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March 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults The new spiritualities (3)

It is a crucial and necessary question; ‘How do I know what is true or false?’ In my last two articles I proposed three criteria for answering the question with regard to new spiritualities.The criteria were ‘real revelation’, ‘relational revelation’ and ‘redemptive revelation’. A fourth criterion, namely, ‘restorative revelation’, is the theme of this…

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The heritage of Auguste Lecerf

Historical

March 2002
Articles > Historical

The heritage of Auguste Lecerf

Between the two World Wars, a theology professor in France was advised by a Parisian pastor to visit Auguste Lecerf who, the pastor's words, was 'the last of the Calvinists'.By 1872 higher criticism from the German universities had spread to the ecclesiastical descendants of Jean Calvin. But Auguste Lecerf (1872-1943) proved to be not…

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Missionary Spotlight – Reaching Britain’s prisoners

Article

March 2002
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – Reaching Britain’s prisoners

Over fifteen years ago, the chaplain at Dartmoor Prison asked for some complimentary DayOne Diaries to give to the prisoners.   The diaries carry a daily Bible verse and monthly topical Bible theme and are illustrated by colour photographs. They introduce people to gospel truths in a simple way. The idea caught on. Soon,…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

March 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

9.  Coxe Feary and the awakening in BluntishamCoxe Feary (1759-1822) sustained a long pastorate in the village of Bluntisham, about fifteen miles north of Cambridge, England. He was raised in the Church of England, but during his teens became dissatisfied with the irreligious conduct of worshippers at the parish church. He considered attending a…

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Early British Christianity

Historical

March 2002
Articles > Historical

Early British Christianity

3.  ARIANSIt is probably true to say that Christians were a very small minority in Britain until well into the fourth century. Few church buildings dating from the third and fourth centuries have been uncovered in the course of archaeological excavation, and those which have been found tend to be small. This might be…

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HEARERS OR DOERS?

Article

March 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

HEARERS OR DOERS?

I have been in my present church seventeen years. At a recent event, it was announced that I had probably preached for the equivalent of six weeks non-stop. My reaction was: ‘Is it so little? What have I been doing with my time?’ However, another was heard to say: ‘What difference has it made?’That…

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‘O sing unto the Lord’ (1)

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March 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘O sing unto the Lord’ (1)

the hymns of Philip Doddridge by Alan Clifford The observant worshipper will soon discover the hymns of Philip Doddridge. Indeed, for the vast majority of people, singing his hymns brings their first acquaintance with the author. Even now, 300 years after his birth, most Christians have sung ‘O God of Bethel’ or ‘Hark the…

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A global ministry

Article

March 2002
Book

A global ministry

This article reviews the second volume on the life of John Stott written by Timothy Dudley-Smith. The book traces his ministry beyond the confines of All Souls Church in London, where his ministry as Rector began in 1950, into far-flung countries to which his vision and boundles energy transported him. The result of much…

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Guest Column

Article

March 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

I believe in God’ — this is the first confession of almost all religions. But the next question leads to as many answers as there are religions. Which God? Some assert that there is no way we can answer questions about God. Known as ‘agnostics’ they forego any claim to certain knowledge of God.…

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Guidance

Article

March 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Guidance

We live in a world where many seek help and worldly counsel from consultants and ‘experts’ (including geomancers) concerning business, employment and financial planning. Ancient cultures had ‘spiritual consultants’ in bomohs, witch doctors, spiritists and mediums. Some cultures still have them and, ironically, we now have a new generation of professionals called ‘church consultants’.…

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Missionary Spotlight – Obeying God in Jordan

Article

March 2002
Jordan

Missionary Spotlight – Obeying God in Jordan

‘We must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29). This short but powerful quote kept coming to mind during a recent trip to Jordan. Much of our journey was spent visiting sites rich in biblical significance.   Jordan’s legal system is founded upon Islamic principles. Muslims are forbidden to convert to Christianity on pain…

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Psalm 110 in the New Testament

Article

March 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Psalm 110 in the New Testament

Blaise Pascal maintained that ‘The most weighty proofs of Jesus are the prophecies’. One of the most significant prophecies is in Psalm 110, which is quoted more often in the New Testament than any other psalm. Written by King David, this psalm presents the Messiah (Jesus) to us as King (vv. 1-3), Priest (v.…

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Missionary Spotlight – Advances in Thailand

Article

March 2002
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Advances in Thailand

It has been nearly two years since Maran-atha Bible Presbyterian Church in Singapore sent out its first missionary couple.   Robert and Dara Peh (with their two young children, Evangel and Evangeline), both graduates of the Far Eastern College, Singapore, are labouring diligently in Thailand. Thailand is a country of more than 60 million…

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Article

March 2002
Mozambique

Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Mozambique

Christian missionaries have freedom to work in Mozambique provided they do so responsibly. There are many opportunities. Here are some examples. Unreached First, northern Mozambique is an area where Islam is strong and many people have never heard the name of Christ. However, some missionaries are working in rural areas and larger towns like…

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The importance of true doctrine

Article

March 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

The importance of true doctrine

'And they continued steadfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers' (Acts 2:42).Those who gladly received the Word in the first century ‘continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine’. Their times of worship and fellowship were based on the truth that God was pleased to reveal to them,…

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