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When service seems fruitless – the story of Hans Egede

Historical

May 2006
Articles > Historical

When service seems fruitless – the story of Hans Egede

Hans Egede was absorbed in a book. Scarcely could he raise his eyes from its pages. Meals and sleep were forgotten as he roamed in imagination through the wild wastes of a strange and beautiful land, following the steps of the Viking explorer, Eric the Red.He closed The saga of Eric the Red witha…

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Ruin, Redemption and Regeneration

Article

May 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Ruin, Redemption and Regeneration

It has been rightly said that every sermon should contain the three Rs - ruin by sin in Adam, redemption by the blood atonement of Christ, and regeneration by the quickening power of the Holy Spirit.We rejoice in the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ (Philippians 3:3). It is indeed the message of God…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Article

May 2006
Egypt

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

First things first in Egypt My wife and I were on a short holiday recently in Egypt — a cruise down the Nile (before you ask, it was a special offer price for January!) As soon as we discovered where we would be on Sunday, we asked our tour guide — a friendly, helpful…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – King Jesus and Iran

Article

May 2006
Iran

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – King Jesus and Iran

  In 1978, after forty years of exile, Ayatollah-Ruhollah Khomeini made his triumphal re-entry into Tehran, the capital of Iran. Hundreds of thousands of excited Iranians took to the streets to welcome him and celebrate the beginning of the new Islamic regime.   He had the blessing of Western nations hoping to keep Iran…

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Conviction and conversion

Article

May 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Conviction and conversion

Miller Avenue Church is small — forty congregants on Sunday morning is a good crowd. One of the many advantages I enjoy as pastor of a small church is that I can observe the spiritual birth and growth of people quite easily. Though I have been a pastor for over three decades, it has…

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Togetherness in the church

Article

May 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Togetherness in the church

'Paul and Timothy, bondservants of Jesus Christ, to all the saints in Christ Jesus who are in Philippi, with the bishops and deacons: grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ' (Philippians 1:1-2).Forgive the pun, but the coin in koinonia (fellowship) has two sides. Last month we saw…

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Have you met this man?

Article

May 2006
General

Have you met this man?

I’m often asked if I have met certain well-known criminals. Well, yes. You cannot visit so many prisons to preach Christ’s redeeming love without meeting a few headline names. But usually one prisoner looks very much like another; and we present to all alike Christ crucified and risen.   ‘Celebrity cults’ thrive on both…

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What is the ‘Emerging church’?

Article

May 2006
Cults and other religions

What is the ‘Emerging church’?

The Emerging, or Emergent, Church movement has already become a significant part of the evangelical landscape in the USA and is starting to make its presence felt this side of the pond too. In this book Don Carson argues that we, as evangelical Christians, need to become conversant with it.Getting to gripsThis is a…

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Missions – an alternative approach?

Article

May 2006
United Kingdom

Missions – an alternative approach?

  I read with interest the recent articles on missionary support by Eryl Davies and agree that Christians should prayerfully consider their level of giving to the Lord’s work. However, I also think that we should consider an alternative and (I would argue) more biblical approach to mission than that traditionally accepted in Britain…

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Guest Column

Article

May 2006
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Job - a reflection from the beginning of the storyJob's three friends could not have been more wrong. They looked at this profoundly afflicted man and concluded that he had brought all his suffering on himself by his sin. What other explanation could there be?But there was another explanation —the very opposite of that…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Article

May 2006
Iraq

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT

Christianity in Iraq Many Mesopotamian Jews turned to Christ when the gospel was first preached, and their synagogues became Christian meeting places. But these soon succumbed to Nestorianism (a heresy teaching that the incarnate Christ was two separate persons – human and divine). Along with internal power struggles among the clergy, this weakened the…

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Jesus Christ and the world’s universities

Article

May 2006
General

Jesus Christ and the world’s universities

Universities hold a unique position in any country — in its history, future, culture and politics. They reach into society with a long and inescapable arm. Universities are the seedbeds for ideas and networks. We see this in the legacies of influential people — the world’s tyrants as well as those converted to Christ…

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Only half the picture?

Article

May 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Only half the picture?

The Da Vinci Code, the church, and the 'Sacred Feminine' - are we missing out on the feminine face of the divine?Writing fiction has always been a powerful way to convey a message, and that is not necessarily a bad thing (C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia spring to mind, or even Jesus’ parables).The…

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Intelligent design is not creationism

Article

May 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Intelligent design is not creationism

We reprint this article with the author's kind permission in view of the continuing public interest in 'ID'. It provides some helpful clarification in what is often a confused debate.In 2004, the distinguished philosopher Antony Flew of the University of Reading made worldwide news when he repudiated a lifelong commitment to atheism and affirmed…

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Article

May 2006
Articles > Comment

Comment

Reaching for the bucketChristians are born to shine. In the resurrection, declares Daniel, ‘those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars for ever and ever’ (Daniel 12:3). The Lord Jesus Christ takes up the theme: ‘then the righteous will shine…

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The Cyprus connection (1)

Article

May 2006
Cyprus

The Cyprus connection (1)

Cyprus is an ideal location for a late season holiday, and the temperatures were still in the mid-twenties at the end of November when we visited Paphos last year. There is a relaxing feel to this area, and a crime rate only 6% of that in Britain. There are only about 750,000 inhabitants in…

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