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Everything in May 2002 issue

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May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Area— 318,215 square miles.   Neighbours   — Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. Environment   — Hot desert. The Namib Desert runs along the western coast, the Kalahari Desert runs to the east. The Orange and Zambezi rivers form part of Namibia’s borders. Population   — 1.8 million. Urbanisation   : 39%. Ethnic…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

May 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

Joan Waste: for love of the truthWilliam Waste and his wife looked forward to the birth of their twins with both anticipation and anxiety. Childbirth in the sixteenth century was fraught with hazards and the birth of twins even more so.At last the babies were safely delivered and named Roger and Joan. But the…

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‘O sing unto the Lord’ (3)

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May 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘O sing unto the Lord’ (3)

the hymns of Philip Doddridge (3) by Alan Clifford When James Montgomery said, 'Blessed is the man that can take the words of this hymn and make them his own from similar experience', he was speaking of the ever-popular O happy day, that fixed my choice. The hymn takes its inspiration from the Old…

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The preacher in the pew – a fresh look at old things

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May 2002
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The preacher in the pew – a fresh look at old things

Pulpit-less Sabbaths are not easy for preachers, but the discipline of being confined to home or the pew can do them a power of good. Recovering from illness, I saw anew how vitally important is the public worship of God, and trembled, from the pew, to discover how much is determined by the man…

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Heaven

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May 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

2.  Our Father is in heaven (Matthew 6:9-13; Revelation 7:9-17) In his letter to the Colossians, the apostle Paul challenges us to set our minds ‘on things above, not things on the earth’ (Colossians 3:1-4). The great motive for being truly heavenly-minded is that the believer is ‘raised with Christ’. He has a new…

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Missionary Spotlight – Developments in Ovamboland

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May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Developments in Ovamboland

Radio preaching and open-air evangelistic campaigns among the Oshivambo people have resulted in much blessing. As a result, new village churches have started. The work has proved particularly fruitful in seven villages.   This fruitfulness is demonstrated by groups of people now gathering to listen to the preaching and teaching of God’s Word in…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

May 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Samuel Pearce (1766-1799) Part 2In Jane Austen’s novel Northanger Abbey, one of the characters, Catherine Morland, states that history ‘tells me nothing that does not either vex or weary me. The quarrels of popes and kings, with wars or pestilences, in every page; the men all so good for nothing, and hardly any women…

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Guest Column

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May 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Amazon - world of watersBrazil boasts the greatest river in the world. Though not quite the longest at 4,050 miles, the Amazon is without doubt the mightiest of waterways with a drainage area of 2,500 square miles and a water flow of 80,000 tons per second (enough to flood the whole of England six…

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Creation in the headlines

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May 2002
Scientific (including creation)

Creation in the headlines

The profile of creation in the UK media rose to a new high in March 2002. Many newspapers carried stories about the Christian ethos of Emmanuel College in Gateshead, which receives its day-to-day expenses from the State.Television channels covered the issue with interviews and comment, and the BBC website forum for audience feedback had…

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Big stones first

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May 2002
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Big stones first

One day an expert in time-management was speaking to a group of business students, and used the following illustration to drive home a point.He pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized stones and carefully placed them, one…

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The unjust judge

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May 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

The unjust judge

Discouragement is a major weapon in Satan's armoury. Depressed and discouraged Christians pose little threat to his dominion and bring no glory to God. The gospel languishes when we feel defeated and inadequate.It is just because we are subject to this danger that Jesus told the parable of the 'unjust judge'. Luke tells us…

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Missionary Spotlight – AIM and AEF

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May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – AIM and AEF

The gospel was first preached in Namibia in the first half of the nineteenth century, when a strong Evangelicalism emerged.   However, the influence of liberal theology gradually led to a weakening of the churches, and large numbers of professing Christians mixed their beliefs with ancestor worship. But the Dutch Reformed Church remained evangelical…

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Guest Column

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May 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

A large proportion of this world’s population is, by modern standards, impoverished. Not only do such people live on the edge of starvation; they are uneducated and have no meaningful contact with the world at large. They are on nobody’s list for anything. If they are in trouble, few are interested. If they are…

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragements in Namibia

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May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragements in Namibia

The South African Baptist Union began missionary work in Namibia in the 1950s. They were followed by Southern Baptists, who caused much harm by their emphasis on baptismal regeneration. As a result many in their churches today have not repented of sin and are not born again.   Blessing   A few of us in…

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Guest Column

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May 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

A large proportion of this world’s population is, by modern standards, impoverished. Not only do such people live on the edge of starvation; they are uneducated and have no meaningful contact with the world at large. They are on nobody’s list for anything. If they are in trouble, few are interested. If they are…

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Concerning Cults

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May 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Doreen Irvine (2)Only a few weeks ago there was uproar in Cardiff University, one of the top ten universities in the United Kingdom. It was all about an article in a recent issue of the university student newspaper.The article seemed fair and accurate in what it said. For example, it talked about the origins…

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Your church

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May 2002
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Your church

How do you think of your church? What is it you are committed to, in your heart and mind? It is surprising how many different answers there can be to such questions as these, even in one small Evangelical church!Here I want to consider just three of these answers — and show why only…

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Missionary Spotlight

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May 2002
Namibia

Missionary Spotlight

The gospel in Namibia   Namibia was a German colony between 1883 and 1915. Subsequently it was ruled by South Africa until 1990.   The first missionaries to arrive in Namibia were Abraham and Christian Albrecht of the London Missionary Society (LMS). They crossed the Orange River and established a mission station in the…

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May 2002
Cults and other religions

Harry Potter and the Bible

Parents of pre-teenage children will have been aware of the Harry Potter phenomena for some years now. The first book came out in 1997 and the second was eagerly awaited, being quickly followed by the next and then the next. Christmas 2001 saw the release of the first film: Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s…

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Early British Christianity

Historical

May 2002
Articles > Historical

Early British Christianity

5.  The Anglo-Saxons arriveFollowing the fall of Rome, the British high king Vortigern invited Saxon troops to occupy the country to defend it against attacks from the north. This probably took place at the end of the 440s.According to one theory, Vortigern’s invitation marked the beginning of Anglo-Saxon immigration to Britain. An alternative view…

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