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Preaching Christ

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May 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

5.   Preaching the atonementby Edgar Andrews'And I, brethren, when I came to you did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified' (1 Corinthians 2:1-2).Last month we explored what it means…

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Spiritual Warfare

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May 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Spiritual Warfare

Are you familiar with the initials SLSW? For a significant number of Christians, especially in the West, the initials are not only familiar - they are important. The initials stand for Strategic Level Spiritual Warfare.For over twenty years now, there has been a massive amount of writing and preaching on this subject. Its famous…

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Missionary Spotlight – Open door in Cambodia

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Open door in Cambodia

My wife and I are Korean missionaries who have served in Cambodia since September 1997. We are supported by the Life Bible Presbyterian Church, Singapore. We trained in a Singapore Bible college before taking up our present assignment, which is our first full-time ministry for the Lord.   Six years   In 1997 there…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Historical

May 2004
Articles > Historical

‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Evangelical revivals of the 18th centuryJonathan Edwards and praying for revival (1)by Michael HaykinIn an essay published in the mid-1960s, before the resurgence of interest in Jonathan Edwards, Peter Gay, an historian with little sympathy for Edwards’ theological vision, contrasted him with Charles Chauncy (1705-1787). Chauncy was Edwards’ main theological opponent during the Great…

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May 2004
Articles > Comment

Comment

Engaging the enemySometimes we are faced with evil situations we cannot change. Most depressing are those that militate against gospel progress. They may continue for years. An influential person in the workplace ‘rubbishes’ the witness of an evangelical Christian. An unconverted person ‘has it in’ for a converted member of their family. Or maybe…

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The charismatic movement – a short history

Historical

May 2004
Articles > Historical

The charismatic movement – a short history

3.   The Vineyardby Jonathan BayesOne result of the rapid progress made by 'Restorationism' in the years immediately after 1975 was that the renewal movement within the denominations (see Part 1 of this series) began to decline.Many people who had been involved in the renewal moved into the Restorationist movement, having become disillusioned with attempts…

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Should children be taught atheism?

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May 2004
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Should children be taught atheism?

A new think-tank report has proposed that children should learn about atheism as part of their religious education in schools.The think-tank, which has close ties with New Labour, has had its radical views published by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). The document suggests that the title ‘religious education’ should be ditched and…

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Missionary Spotlight

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight

Mali, an OMF worker from Thailand, has been in Cambodia for eight years. She is a naturally warm and friendly person and gets into conversation with anyone, anywhere. Mali and I found Pu Song (with the help of his wife) in one of the poorest government hospitals in Phnom Penh. His emaciated body lay…

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Missionary Spotlight

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight

‘You will rule in the midst of your enemies’ (Psalm 110:2) Saren, a burly, genial medical colleague and I were talking last week. Just 13 years old when the Khmer Rouge took power, he had been separated from his family and placed in a mobile brigade, building dams. He and I had been together…

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The cutting edge

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May 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge

An occasional series on doctrinal issues todayThe Kingdom of God (2)by James M. RenihanIn the first article (March ET) we set about the task of defining the kingdom of God. We continue by considering who are its citizens and what are its characteristics.Who are its proper citizens and heirs? When the disciples asked who…

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Is Scientific American unscientific?

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May 2004
Scientific (including creation)

Is Scientific American unscientific?

The editor-in-chief of the leading popular science journal Scientific Americanhas charged creationists with being unscientific. In the July 2002 issue, John Rennie wrote an article entitled 'Fifteen answers to creationist nonsense', claiming that creationist arguments do not hold up. Although the article is nearly two years old, the issues have not gone away.If creationists…

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God accepts you!

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May 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

God accepts you!

'God accepts you as you are.' You often here this statement bandied about in Christian circles - but what does it actually mean?Is it just a cheap psychological phrase used by modern evangelists to elicit hasty, shallow decisions for Christ? Or a licence to sin, hiding behind a theology of ‘cheap grace’? In truth,…

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Cambodia Facts

  Area:69,898 square miles.   Neighbours : Thailand, Laos and Vietnam.   Environment : A tropical monsoon climate, with heavy rain in the few mountainous areas (Phnum Aoral 1,801 metres). Most of Cambodia consists of a low, flat, alluvial plain, dominated by the Mekong River. The large Tonle Sap (Great Lake) communicates with the…

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James Montgomery

Historical

May 2004
Articles > Historical

James Montgomery

James Montgomery was almost six when he travelled with his father from the Moravian Settlement at Gracehill, Co. Antrim, to the Moravian school at Fulneck  - which would be his home for the next ten years. During the voyage a violent storm struck fear into the boy, but he was comforted as his father…

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The eye and hand of God

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May 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The eye and hand of God

'But the eye of their God was watching over the elders of the Jews' (Ezra 5:5)With our eyes we apprehend reality by visual means. But our optical abilities, however good, are limited. We compensate, of course. We have surgical procedures and spectacles to correct impaired vision. We have created telescopes and microscopes to view…

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Guest Column

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May 2004
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

The darkness of CalvaryHave you ever tried to imagine yourself watching the crucifixion of Jesus? What would you have found most unforgettable? With no shortage of details from which to choose, I would select the darkness that shrouded the land. This darkness fell at noon and lasted until three o’clock.There has never been such…

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Missionary Spotlight – Revenge and reconciliation

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May 2004
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Revenge and reconciliation

Three years ago I went with a colleague to the Preah Key Mialia military hospital in Phnom Penh, notorious for its appalling conditions. The huge colonial building was filthy. Avoiding dead rats on the stairs, we walked through noisy corridors filled with mutilated men and women, on crutches and in old broken-down wheelchairs, who…

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