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Everything in March 2005 issue

Guest Column

Article

March 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Post-midnight meditations (2)It is another of those nights when sleep eludes me and I am restless both mentally and physically. The day did not work out as I had planned. One thing after another crowded in upon me, demanding attention and pushing further down the list the things that really mattered. To rub salt…

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Hudson Taylor

Historical

March 2005
Articles > Historical

Hudson Taylor

Part 2 – part 1 is here 2. Reaping in joy by Jonathan Bayes Hudson Taylor landed at Shanghai on 1 March 1854. He quickly discovered that the missionary society that had brought him to China was incompetent. No accommodation had been arranged, finances were inadequate and planning was a shambles. Worst of all,…

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True worship

Article

March 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

True worship

Requirements for worship ‘When you come to appear before me, who has required this from your hand, to trample my courts? Bring no more futile sacrifices. Incense is an abomination to me. The New Moons, the Sabbaths, and the calling of assemblies — I cannot endure iniquity and the sacred meeting’ (Isaiah 1:12-13). Looking…

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Article

March 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment

Tell it as it isIn this month’s Missionary Spotlight an experienced Australian missionary working in Papua New Guinea (PNG) says: ‘Large numbers of church-going Papua New Guineans remain in false belief and, therefore, unbelief. "Churches" are brimming with people, but many of them do not know what the gospel of Christ is about’. This…

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Missionary Spotlight – Bible translation

Article

March 2005
General

Missionary Spotlight – Bible translation

Ethnic minorities often make headlines in the secular press but not often enough in Christian circles. However, our concern for such people-groups is an indication of how seriously we take the last instructions of the one we call Lord. Jesus told his disciples to go to the ethnos and make disciples of them —…

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The call

Article

March 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The call

These days, there seem to be very few real preachers approaching Bible colleges for training. Friends of mine have spoken to leaders in several colleges who all lament the same lack. Why is this?'Ah' say some, 'it's a sing of God's judgement; there's a famine of the Word of God in the land'. Well,…

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News

March 2005
News

Titan – mission accomplished

When the Huygens space probe landed on Titan on Friday 14 January 2005 it was hailed as one of the most successful missions in the history of space exploration. This mission, to the largest of Saturn's thirty-one moons, sought to gather information about Titan's surface and atmosphere.The Huygens probe was in essence a robot…

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Missionary Spotlight – What kind of missionaries?

Article

March 2005
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – What kind of missionaries?

I was recently asked, ‘What kind of missionaries are needed in Papua New Guinea (PNG) today?’ PNG first had Anglican and London Missionary Society missionaries well over a century ago, and many argue they are no longer needed, but as I travel in both rural and urban areas I get a different perspective —…

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The Marian martyrs

Historical

March 2005
Articles > Historical

The Marian martyrs

1. John Rogers and the persecution Four hundred and fifty years ago on 4 February 1555 John Rogers was tied to a post in Smithfield, London, firewood was heaped around him and he was burned to death — because he was an evangelical Christian.   In the next three and a half years nearly…

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The Cutting Edge

Article

March 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cutting Edge

The gospel of healing: 1by Nigel T. FaithfullA young Christian asked me for advice concerning some friends. They believe the Bible teaches that Jesus died not only to provide forgiveness for our sins, but also to heal all our physical diseases - Isaiah 53:5 was quoted to support their viewpoint.It is a subject on…

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With boldness

Article

March 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

With boldness

Peter and John were ‘uneducated, common men’ — yet they were bold (Acts 4:13). They were brought before the great council of Israel, a distinguished body that included Annas the high priest and Caiaphas. The two young disciples of Jesus were going to have to answer for the incredible healing of a man who…

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Missionary Spotlight – Will the real Papua New Guinea please stand up!

Article

March 2005
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Will the real Papua New Guinea please stand up!

PNG is a land of contrasts – the lowland jungle, mountains five kilometres high, white-water rivers and huge meandering waterways snaking their way to the ocean. A nation of 10,000 tribes, more than 700 distinct languages and numerous dialects, its five million people are found in cities, towns and countless stone-age villages, scattered throughout…

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Where is God when things go wrong?

Article

March 2005
Evangelistic

Where is God when things go wrong?

The appalling devastation following the recent tsunamis in south-east Asia have had countless people asking the age-old question, ‘Where is God when things go wrong?’A reader’s letter published in the Daily Telegraph put into print the conclusion reached by many: ‘Those with religious beliefs are surely right to consider that a national disaster is…

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The death that gives us life

Article

March 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The death that gives us life

'Now it was about the sixth hour, and there was darkness over all the earth until the ninth hour. Then the sun was darkened, and the veil of the temple was torn in two. And when Jesus had cried out with a loud voice, he said, "Father, into your hands I commit my spirit".…

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Consider him!

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March 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Consider him!

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus … who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men’ (Hebrews -12:2-3).What stands out on the very surface of this great letter…

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