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Showtime Religion

Article

March 2003
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Showtime Religion

Can the church fight apathy and materialism by feeding people’s appetite for entertainment? Evidently many in the church think so, as church after church jumps on the show-business bandwagon. It is a troubling trend that is luring many otherwise orthodox churches away from biblical priorities.What they wantChurch buildings are being constructed like theatres. Instead…

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Missionary Spotlight – The gospel in Thailand

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March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – The gospel in Thailand

Missionary pioneers first entered Thailand in the nineteenth century, during the reign of King NangKlao (1824-1851), the third king of the Chakri Monarchy. They came from Germany and England (1828) and from North America (1834).   King MongKut (1851-1868) also welcomed missionaries and learned English from them. The earliest missionaries were able to teach…

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The offices of Christ

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March 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The offices of Christ

2. PriestWe are looking at the offices of Christ. Christ means anointed, and in the Old Testament, prophets, priests and kings were anointed. As the Shorter Catechism reminds us, Christ occupies the offices of a prophet, a priest and a king. Last month we looked at the prophetic office of Christ. As prophet he…

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Missionary Spotlight – Open doors in Thailand

Article

March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Open doors in Thailand

To be Thai is to be Buddhist. Most social activities, including building houses, celebrating annual festivals and attending funerals, are tied up with Brahministic/animistic ceremonies.   Buddhism receives ‘donations’ for its temples which are automatically docked from the wages of civil servants. Buddhist schoolchildren and students are expected to bow to Buddha as they…

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Guest Column

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March 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

There appears to be an increasing trend on both sides of the Atlantic for churches and individuals to take on the financial support of pastors in third world countries. We frequently hear of national pastors ‘doing the circuit’ of reformed churches to raise support to go back to their homeland. At the same time,…

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Given to prayer

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March 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Given to prayer

Part 2'But we will give ourselves continually to prayer and to the ministry of the word' (Acts 6:4)Last month we looked at the first half of this verse. We saw the vital importance for pastors and preachers to give themselves to prayer. We now turn our attention to the second half of the verse…

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Article

March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File

Kingdom of Thailand (formerly Siam)     Area : 198,115 square miles.   Neighbours : Myanmar (Burma), Laos, Cambodia and Malaysia.   Environment : Thailand has a moist, tropical climate. Mountain ranges run from north to south, while the barren Khorat Plateau lies to the east, bordered by the Mekong River.There is a central…

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Missionary Spotlight – Thailand’s tribal people

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March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Thailand’s tribal people

Tribal groups in Thailand have their own distinct language and culture, and many have their own unique religious system. Nearly all are said to have come from China and other areas north of Thailand in mass migrations over several thousand years.   Today, most are found in remote, mountainous areas in the north of…

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Concerning Cults

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March 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

New Apostolic Church (1) Part 2 is here by Eryl Davies It was another request for help, received almost a year ago from a missionary in Africa. I have been reminded of it at regular intervals. The request? Did I know anything about the teachings of the New Apostolic Church (NAC)?   His reason…

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Missionary Spotlight – Tribal evangelism in Thailand

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March 2003
Thailand

Missionary Spotlight – Tribal evangelism in Thailand

Thailand’s population is nearly 64 million — similar to UK but in an area twice its size.   The majority are Thai; but there are also over 30 ethnic tribal groups, varying in size from a few hundred (such as the Yellow Leaf) to almost half a million (the Pwo Karen). Some tribes have…

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The sinlessness of Christ

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March 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The sinlessness of Christ

The cutting edgeAn occasional series on doctrinal issues todayThe early biblical critics were often quite cavalier in their treatment of the book of Genesis or the teachings of Paul, but they hesitated to criticise the person of Christ. Sadly, this is no longer the case.To give one example, Friedrich Schleiermacher — not altogether consistently…

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Henry Martyn:Iraq – lessons in a time of war

Historical

March 2003
Articles > Historical

Henry Martyn:Iraq – lessons in a time of war

Henry Martyn (1771-1812) is one of the best-known nineteenth-century Christian missionaries. Yet, while Evangelicals have rightly treasured his letters and journals for their inspirational and devotional value, their political importance has been overlooked. Martyn lived during the Napoleonic Wars, a period of great international upheaval as the British empire clashed with its European rivals…

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John Kensit

Historical

March 2003
Articles > Historical

John Kensit

Contender or agitator? On 8 October 1902, John Kensit died in the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, having been struck down nearly a fortnight earlier by a heavy iron file. What led this former choirboy, Sunday school teacher and London bookseller to such a dramatic and violent end? To many, John Kensit was a Protestant hero…

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Seven sayings from the cross

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March 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seven sayings from the cross

6. It is finishedThe last three sayings from the cross must have occurred one after another in quick succession. ‘I thirst’, cried Jesus, ‘knowing that all things were now accomplished’ (John 19:28). Then immediately comes the sixth word from the cross: ‘It is finished!’ (John 19:30). In the Greek this is one word (tetelestai).…

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Darwin’s Black Box- the ultimate challenge to evolution

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March 2003
Scientific (including creation)

Darwin’s Black Box- the ultimate challenge to evolution

Earlier this year I wrote a column in support of the teaching of creationism and Darwinian Evolution side by side in science classes in the public schools in Kansas.That column ran in three newspapers in New Jersey. After presenting numerous scientific and philosophical reasons for questioning the theory of evolution, I concluded: ‘Belief in…

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The God of old age

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March 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The God of old age

'Even to your old age I am he, and to grey hairs I will carry you' (Isaiah 46:4)Irecently heard someone use the word ‘wrinkly’ to describe someone who is old, and it really grated on me. As a ‘thirty-something’, I am not myself ‘old’, but I still found the word mildly offensive. Why? Probably…

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Contemplate

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March 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Contemplate

Most of us live our lives in the hustle and bustle of a demanding economic and international environment. Singaporeans are going through difficult and trying times in varying ways. Our economy is in the doldrums, with 4.8% unemployment, economic retrenchment, and the looming prospect of war with Iraq. Families are also under siege, with…

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