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The charismatic movement – a short history

Historical

March 2004
Articles > Historical

The charismatic movement – a short history

1. Renewalby Jonathan BayesDate: Sunday 2 April 1960. Place: an Anglican Church in California. The congregation is gathered for the morning service. Suddenly they are greeted with a surprise announcement.Some of them are rather taken aback. Their rector, Dennis Bennett, informs them that he has been baptised with the Holy Spirit. He tells them…

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Missionary Spotlight – Ugandan children in crisis

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March 2004
Uganda

Missionary Spotlight – Ugandan children in crisis

  Ongoing violence by rebels in the north of Uganda is having a devastating effect on the population, especially on the children. The rebel organisation known cynically as ‘the Lord’s Resistance Army’ (LRA) operates in the area around the city of Gulu. In 17 years of violence, 25,000 children have been abducted, and thousands…

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Developments Down Under

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March 2004
Australia

Developments Down Under

Having recently visited the UK, and been invited to write for ET about the situation facing Christians in Australia, I am most happy to contribute this short report on conditions in the Antipodes. Australia and Britain share many of the problems endemic in Western countries generally, and I am sure the reader will readily…

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No room for gloom

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March 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

No room for gloom

Few would dispute that we are living in difficult times for the church of Jesus Christ. We can almost feel the intensity of the evil and the antagonism towards the Christian faith. Outwardly there is not much to be optimistic about. The Christian, however, is taught to look at the things which are not…

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Guest Column

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March 2004
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

The challenge of old ageArecent birthday has spurred me to think about growing old! Not only are policemen getting younger, but people are living longer — ten years more on average than a generation ago.The number of over-80s in the United Kingdom is growing by ten thousand a year. Old age — with its…

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Missionary Spotlight – Romanian Encounter

Article

March 2004
Romania

Missionary Spotlight – Romanian Encounter

I want to share the single most significant event I experienced during a recent trip to Romania. It occurred on a Sunday. I was sent to preach in a village 90 minutes drive west of Iasi, where there has been recent severe persecution of Romanian Baptists by the Orthodox Church. After preaching in the…

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Sacrificial giving

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March 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Sacrificial giving

'When they arrived at the house of the LORD in Jerusalem, some of the heads of the families gave freewill offerings towards the rebuilding of the house of God in its site. According to their ability they gave to the treasury for this work 61,000 drachmas of gold, 5,000 minas of silver and 100…

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March 2004
Articles > Comment

Comment

Taking sin seriouslyWhen Ezra tore his clothes, plucked his beard and ‘sat down appalled’, he was experiencing conviction of sin (Ezra 9:3). He did not mourn his personal sin, of course, but that of his fellow repatriates — who had been freed from captivity only to inter-marry with idolatrous Canaanites (9:1-2).Nevertheless, Ezra identified with…

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Preaching Christ

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March 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

3. Telling the good news thoroughly'God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles - which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in…

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Essential things

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March 2004
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Essential things

Last month I suggested that the church had two essential functions to perform, one external and the other internal. Last time I focused on the external, namely, obedience to the Great Commission - because the church that does not evangelise must ultimately fossilise.Now I want to identify the internal essentials. I suggest that God…

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The glories of Christ

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March 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The glories of Christ

. His lifeLast month we considered the glory of Christ’s deity. Let us look next at the sinless life of the blessed Son of God.At his birth, the Lord Jesus Christ was the object of the wise men’s worship, as they presented their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh (Matthew 2:11). Gold speaks of…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’ Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

Historical

March 2004
Articles > Historical

‘The dungeon flamed with light’ Evangelical revivals of the 18th century

Jonathan Edwards (5)by Michael HaykinThe New Testament was written in the context of the greatest spiritual revival that the world has ever seen - and it plainly indicates that there are problems even in times of revival. The revivals of the eighteenth century were no exception.In New England, Jonathan Edwards soon realised that there…

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The cutting edge

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March 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge

An occasional series on doctrinal issues todayThe kingdom of God (1)by James M. Renihan'Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand'. With these words, John the Baptist preached to the nation of Israel, preparing the way for Messiah.Matthew tells us in the next chapter of his Gospel that Jesus went forth proclaiming the…

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Article

March 2004
Ukraine

Missionary Spotlight – Ukraine testimony

My name is Aleksandr. I was born in western Ukraine and my childhood was typical of many who were educated by communist (Komsomol) pioneers. We were taught the non-existence of God and the essential greatness of man. After I had been to a Komsomol republican camp (‘Young Guards’) I became leader of the youth…

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Missionary Spotlight – Women of Turkey

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March 2004
Turkey

Missionary Spotlight – Women of Turkey

  Millions of Turkey’s city-dwellers live in apartments. The doorman or kapiciis the caretaker of an apartment block, and every block employs one. He and his family usually live rent-free in a dark basement apartment, close to the central-heating boiler room.   His wife is responsible for cleaning the staircases and getting up early…

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Concerning Cults

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March 2004
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Conversations with Godby Eryl DaviesThe title sounds good. You may even think it is a reference to prayer. However, you should not be deceived. In subtle and blatant ways these 'conversations' contradict the divine teaching of the Bible.But why refer to them here? There are two reasons for doing so. First, these ‘conversations’ are…

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Phenomena in revival

Historical

March 2004
Articles > Historical

Phenomena in revival

Almost all whom God has used in revival are quick to point out that unusual phenomena are merely incidental to the great work of God. One writer in The Life of Faith for January 1905 concluded: ‘It is possible to be occupied too exclusively with the mere incidents of the movement — deeply impressive,…

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