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Meteoric Methodism (4)

Historical

March 2010
Articles > Historical

Meteoric Methodism (4)

Meteoric Methodism (4) Roger Fay Meteors are quickly extinguished in the night sky. The history of Primitive Methodism is, likewise, one of dramatic growth followed by rapid extinction.  Such meteoric progress can be illustrated by the life of a leading, northern Primitive Methodist minister called John Watson.      Watson was born in 1832 at Ireshope Burn…

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Guest Column – The Trinity today

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March 2010
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – The Trinity today

The Trinity todayGuest ColumnGarry Williams, MA, MSt, PhD In last month's article I suggested that Christians face increasing questioning and even hostility in at least two areas, and I outlined the first - a challenge to the Bible's morality. The second concerns the doctrine of the Trinity. Unlike the challenge to the Bible, the challenge to…

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Sex education

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March 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Sex education

Sex education Norman Wells 'You can teach the promotion of marriage; you can teach that you shouldn't have sex outside of marriage; what you can't do is deny young people information about contraception outside of marriage. The same arises in homosexuality. Some faiths have a view about what in religious terms is right and wrong -…

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The third day he rose again from the dead’

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March 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

The third day he rose again from the dead’

'The third day he rose again from the dead'           Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The earliest ever written Christian creed, encapsulating truths of 'first importance', stated 'that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with…

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Spiritual Warfare

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March 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare John W. Keddie The apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesians by alerting believers to the malign spiritual forces they face.  Dr Lloyd Jones once wrote: 'I am certain that one of the main causes of the ill state of the church today is the fact that the devil is being forgotten. All…

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Youth Supplement – Five helps with Guidance

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March 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Five helps with Guidance

Five helps with GuidanceWhether it is 'What career should I aim for?' or 'Where shall I apply for uni-?' or 'Whom, if anybody, should I marry?' or something as seemingly insignificant as 'What should I wear today?', every one of us has countless choices to make.  Every decision has consequences which can shape your…

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Article

March 2010
Eritrea

Eritrea’s persecuting government

Eritrea’s persecuting government     When Eritrea won its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, it was widely hoped that the nation would become an example of good governance for the whole of Africa. Sadly, Eritrea is now regarded as one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.   Eritrea is located in…

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March 2010
Articles > Comment

Comment – Open-air preaching

Open-air preaching Open-air preaching in the UK has a long and noble history. Often it has met with vicious opposition from hearers, towards preachers and those willing to identify with them. But sometimes opposition has given way to striking and even numerous conversions.     Some claim that where such preaching is not happily received true evangelism…

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What every parent should know about the Internet (4)

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March 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What every parent should know about the Internet (4)

What every parent should know about the Internet (4) In the last 3 articles, we have considered both positive and negative aspects of the Internet. Sadly, there is no escaping the subject that we now need to consider – pornography There are no positive benefits with pornography, only sinful, dark and life-destroying ones. No one with…

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Article

March 2010
Eritrea

Petitioning for freedom in Eritrea

Petitioning for freedom in Eritrea Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the patron of Release International, recently presented a petition to the Eritrean Embassy and No.10 Downing Street calling for religious freedom for Eritrean Christians imprisoned and tortured for their faith.      Tens of thousands signed the petition, after a major campaign by Release which included publication…

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Youth Supplement – Waiting on God

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March 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Waiting on God

Waiting on God We all struggle at times to be sensitive to the still, small voice of God speaking to us through the Scriptures. So did Samuel in 1 Samuel 3, as he listened for the audible voice of God.  Samuel was a young lad probably about twelve years of age, dedicated to the…

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Youth Supplement – Helping the depressed

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March 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Helping the depressed

Helping the depressed Adriana Sofrac People who are depressed need help. Many will withdraw into silent isolation. Our assistance will be more valuable then, than at any other time. The Bible tells us that love is kind. If we really love a person, we will be considerate, not only when they are strong, but…

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A positive response at Carey Baptist Church in Reading

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March 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A positive response at Carey Baptist Church in Reading

A positive response at Carey Baptist Church in Reading In a society where it is estimated that 70 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women struggle with online pornography, it is not surprising that church leaders come across a number of Christians, mainly men, who want help in this matter. Some are…

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Is it worth dying for?

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March 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is it worth dying for?

Is it worth dying for?Paul SmithBelievers trembled, as well they might. In AD 303 the fires of Roman persecution were being stoked up with a new target - the New Testament scriptures.   The emperor's law demanded that all New Testament books be handed in to be destroyed. Faced with forfeiting God's word or their…

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The Geneva Bible

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March 2010
Articles > Historical

The Geneva Bible

The Geneva Bible   'To the moste vertuous and noble Quene Elizabet, Quene of England, France, and Ireland, etc. Your humble subjects of the English Church at Geneva, with grace and peace from God the Father through Christ Jesus our Lord'.   So begins the introduction to the Bible translation that was for 140…

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A faithful church

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March 2010
Eritrea

A faithful church

A faithful church The Evangelical and Reformed communities in Eritrea are under much oppression and persecution, but continue to seek to be faithful to the Lord in their walk, witness and worship.      Most are Tigrinya-speaking, originating from nominal Christian backgrounds. These live in the highlands. A smaller group are Arabic-speaking and based in…

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Truth in love

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March 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Truth in love

Truth in loveAndy Banton, director of the Open-Air Mission, discusses how to go about courageous, but responsible, open air preaching, in 21st century UKIt is not enough just to preach the truth. I mean, our responsibility as churches is not met by merely saying true things. We must also give careful attention to how…

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