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Everything in May 2001 issue

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May 2001
News

Vision for the Nation

The Church Society has sponsored the publication of a new Christian ‘manifesto’ entitled A Vision for the Nation. Signed by Evangelical leaders and ministers from a variety of churches, the manifesto is set out in an introduction and 22 ‘principles’.The introduction states that the signatories ‘hold the truth of the Ten Commandments and teach…

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Guest Column

Article

May 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

I would like to raise a cheer for the great army of 'plodders'. There are preachers up and down the country, in towns and villages, who faithfully pastor their people year in year out, preaching in season and out of season. Yet, it would seem, they do so with frequent discouragement and little or…

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Concerning Cults

Article

May 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

ReflectionsIt is time to pause and reflect. But let me first explain why. Over the past months, some readers have responded positively to my articles on cults. That has been encouraging and enlightening. Quite often, readers have confirmed from their own experiences what has been written about a specific organization and also provided me…

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Article

May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Prison ministry A few years ago, it seemed that the Lord had started a remarkable gospel work in the Mukobeko Maximum Security Prison and that a Reformed Baptist Church had been established there, with its members and elders drawn from the community of prisoners, including some who faced the death penalty.   This work…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

May 2001
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

4.  The ministry of William MitchelAccording to some, the Calvinistic Baptists of the eighteenth century were in serious stagnation, even decline, for much of the century. This was the standard historical line on their condition before revival came to them from the late 1780s on into the nineteenth century. Increasingly, however, it is being…

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Article

May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

The gospel in Zambia Following David Livingstone, groups like the London Missionary Society and Dutch Reformed Church continued to bring the gospel to Northern Rhodesia. Plymouth Brethren missionaries like Frederic Stanley Arnot, Walter Fisher and Dan Crawford also came.   The Baptists arrived in the 1920s. The Central African Baptist Union from Southern Rhodesia…

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Letter from America

Article

May 2001
United States of America

Letter from America

To make sense of the religious overtones in the recent American presidential inaugural ceremony, we need to understand four things that are distinctively American. They are (1) American civil religion; (2) American folk religion; (3) American transcendentalism; and (4) American rugged individualism.   American culture will remain incomprehensible to those who are unaware of…

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The Christian worldview

Article

May 2001
General

The Christian worldview

Maurice: I am glad to meet you, Paul. I would like to know if your Christian worldview provides a satisfying ‘system’, one which enables you to bring all your experiences and knowledge into one consistent whole? In short, does the world make sense to you? Paul : Yes, I think the Christian worldview ‘covers…

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The human genome

Article

May 2001
Scientific (including creation)

The human genome

Most readers will have heard of the 'Human Genome Project'. But what exactly is it? In what ways might it benefit humanity? And what should Christians think of it?First of all, what is a ‘genome’? Think of a company owning millions of factories. Each factory has a central office where it keeps a copy…

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Parenting

Article

May 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Parenting

3.  Disciplineby Paul BrownIn today’s social climate, discipline does not come naturally. Christian parents need to be challenged and stimulated to discipline their children. The reason why this is necessary is that many fail to recognise the authority of the Bible in this realm.The latest books on child guidance and child psychology are unlikely…

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Surprising Grace

Historical

May 2001
Articles > Historical

Surprising Grace

My God, how shall I tell the graceOr how the tender mercy traceThat looked upon an erring raceAnd then laid hold on me? The mighty angels stood amazed,The seraphim in wonder gazed,Then loud their gladdest anthems raisedWhen Christ laid hold on me. Who, who can plumb such mystery?No tongue can tell — then let me beSurprised…

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Resurrection

Article

May 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Resurrection

The uniqueness of Christianity lies in the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead. Scoffers and sceptics have sought to explain it away. However, the sweet influence of new life in the literal bodily resurrection of Christ has endured over the two millennia and still speaks to new generations of believers today.…

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From Puritanism to Methodism

Historical

May 2001
Articles > Historical

From Puritanism to Methodism

1.  The neglected years 1662-1737It is fifty years since the first Puritan Conference was held at Westminster Chapel. Since that time Christians throughout the world have had the benefit of many Puritan reprints. We have been able to enter into the great inheritance left by the Puritans.Special attention has also been paid to the…

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The Lord’s Prayer

Article

May 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord’s Prayer

How could we fit that into our busy lives? To most Christians today this is alien territory. People generally know little of prayer. Of course, we have biblical examples to encourage us in prayer. Take Daniel. We are told that three times a day he ‘knelt down on his knees — and prayed and…

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Jesus and the JWs

Article

May 2001
Cults and other religions

Jesus and the JWs

Does the Bible teach in Proverbs 8 that the Father created Jesus? According to the Jehovah's Witnesses, the answer is 'yes'.In their encyclopaedia Aid to Bible Understanding, under the section, ‘Wisdom Personified’ (1971 edition, p.918) we find the following:‘Many professed Christian writers of the early centuries of the Common Era understood this section [Proverbs…

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Article

May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

The churches in Zambia today People seem to have forgotten the work of missionaries very quickly. Of course, there are still missionaries in Zambia and room for more, but the major denominations across the country have abandoned the Evangelical and often Reformed teaching brought to them by generations of faithful missionaries.   They have…

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Article

May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia

Livingstone planted the seed When Zambia gained independence in 1964, all towns with foreign names were given local names — all, that is, except Livingstone. Zambia’s tourist capital is still named after the great missionary explorer, Dr David Livingstone (1813-1873).   Clearly, Livingstone endeared himself to the people of this part of Africa. In…

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Article

May 2001
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia Fact File

Fact File Zambia Area : 290,586 square miles. Population: 10 million. Neighbouring countries: Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Angola and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.(Zambia is landlocked).   Environment : Its tropical location and high altitude yield a subtropical climate. The rainy season lasts from October to April. Over one third of…

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