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All Articles from May 2014

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May 2014
Madagascar

Can we really establish mission hospitals today?

In today’s world, many Christians and non-Christians would raise their eyebrows at the thought of opening a mission hospital in our generation. Surely the day of mission hospitals is past? Perhaps they served a purpose in the days of David Livingstone. But today? When we were involved in planning a mission hospital in Madagascar,…

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News

May 2014
News > Youth Features

The mystery of the mummy – not all science is equally ‘scientific’!

Scientists have argued a great deal about the cause of death of the famous Egyptian pharaoh, Tutankhamun (see, for example, Jo Marchant, ‘Death on the Nile’, New Scientist, 15 January 2011). Multiplying theories For many years, people believed that the boy-king had died from a haemorrhage, following a blow to the head. Some even…

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Church membership – the importance of belonging

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May 2014
Cults and other religions

Church membership – the importance of belonging

One of the greatest privileges of my life is to have been a member of a church and to be in fellowship with the same people over a period of time. We have seen one another’s children grow up with all the difficulties and joys that brings. We have seen one another in good…

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Article

May 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Thoughts on the Lord’s Supper (1)

Today there seems to be a growing crisis over the celebration of the Lord’s Supper. A couple of years ago the author was visiting Britain and was surprised by the casual way it was celebrated in a church he attended. He knows of one family with young children who were obliged to attend another…

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Article

May 2014
Madagascar

A new mission hospital in our generation

The Good News Hospital in Mandritsara, Madagascar, began in 1993 when a small group of missionaries and Malagasy Christians moved to this remote town, in a largely unevangelised area of northern Madagascar. The location was suggested by the Malagasy government health department, because of the large rural population and minimal government facilities. But, in…

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Article

May 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

What did the Reformers believe about the age of the earth? (2)

One great effect of the 16th century Reformation was to return the church to the literal sense of the Bible. Though God worked through many Reformers alongside and after Luther, none is so well known as John Calvin (AD 1509–64). Like Luther, he read Genesis as ‘the history of creation’. He believed that ‘the…

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May 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Does God suffer with us? (and why it’s great news that he doesn’t) (2)

In April’s ET, we saw that the doctrine of God’s impassibility — his immunity to suffering and human-like emotions — has had a rough ride in recent years, particularly following the great anguish of two world wars and much more suffering besides, during the last century.   It has often been thought that the…

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May 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The anointing ! (2)

During my days in the Jesus People movement, when we really did see miracles, I never heard or experienced anything like the ‘miracles’ described by Rodney Howard-Browne or Paul Cain. These ‘miracles’ they attribute to their ‘anointing’ (see ET, April 2014). However, I have had conversations with those involved in eastern spiritual practices that…

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May 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Zeal for God

Complacency is an enemy that can attack any one of us in our Christian faith and hamper a fulfilling relationship with God. Merriam-Webster defines complacency as ‘a feeling of being satisfied with how things are and not wanting to make them better’. Though many of us may acknowledge God on a daily basis, this…

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Article

May 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Spiritual check-ups

Every six months or so, I need to go to the dentist to have a check-up, to see if my teeth are fine or any remedial work needs to be carried out. Some people need to go regularly to the doctor’s surgery for a medical check-up. Believers should be carrying out spiritual self-checks regularly.…

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Article

May 2014
Articles > Guest column

What is man?

‘It has been said by someone that “the proper study of mankind is man”. I will not oppose the idea, but I believe it is equally true that the proper study of God’s elect is God’, said C. H. Spurgeon. I would like to propose that God’s elect might also usefully give a little…

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Article

May 2014
Madagascar

Gospel tracts

Patients all over the world spend a lot of time waiting. Waiting time is an opportunity for Christians to talk to them about the Lord — and for them to read the Scriptures and gospel tracts. With this in mind, several tracts have been written and translated into Malagasy. Here are some of them:…

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Historical

May 2014
Articles > Historical

John Calvin and his relevance for today (1)

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin (1509–1564). In three articles we will look at the relevance of Calvin’s teaching for our situation today. Admittedly there is always a danger in trying to make a figure in history ‘relevant’ to the present day. Calvin was born over half a…

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Article

May 2014
Scientific (including creation)

Was Noah’s Ark big enough?

One of the annoying aspects of so many accounts of Noah and the great flood is the ridiculous pictures that are used to represent the ark. One aspect of the current film that is more biblical is the fact that the ark is very big. A recent investigation by four physics students at Leicester…

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Article

May 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Back to the gospel

‘I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other…

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Article

May 2014
Madagascar

An unusual patient

‘What seems to be the trouble?’ is the question doctors all over the world ask the patients in their consulting rooms. It is no different in Mandritsara, and I asked the Malagasy equivalent question of a 44-year-old lady in my consulting room. ‘I’m breathless’, came the reply (I could see that!), ‘and my abdomen…

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Historical

May 2014
Articles > Historical

César Malan (1787-1864)

Henri Abraham César Malan, who died 150 years ago, was born in a bourgeois family in Geneva, in 1787, a couple of years before the earth-shaking French Revolution. His family was of French Huguenot stock from Mérindol in Provence. They had taken refuge in Geneva during the long years of religious persecution in France.…

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Historical

May 2014
Articles > Historical

Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (2)

Havelock arrived back in India late in 1851 and in 1854 was appointed Quartermaster-General, promoted to full colonel. In 1855 he was promoted to Adjutant-General, responsible for the war-readiness of all the troops in India — a task he embraced with a vigour which was often resented but which proved vital and timely.  …

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