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November 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Children in worship

There is a certain difference of opinion concerning whether small children should stay in worship services or should have a separate class during sermon time. Children should stay There are those like Walter Chantry who is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He believes that children belong in church. It is his…

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November 1996
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Hidden agendas

There is no such thing as completely unbiased reporting. Whether they want to or not, the news media are always giving us a perspective on issues that indicate how they think we should interpret them. Take, for example, two recent front-page stories: on selective termination, the ending of one or more lives within a…

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November 1996
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Should we care

If this question had been asked thirty years ago and had in mind the subject of ‘social responsibility’, evangelicals would answer very largely that our task was simply to ‘preach the gospel’. But the situation has changed radically and large sections of the evangelical world are devoting enormous energy to addressing the evils of…

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November 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Learning to preach at a distance

The colleges are into their new academic year: never so many students undergoing higher education; never so many universities in debt. More than half will be running at a loss by the end of the decade. Increasing numbers of students are taking part-time jobs, as always has been the case in the USA. Others,…

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November 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

Nothing to do

The longer I live, the more I feel that if there were one thing left undone, if the devil were not conquered, sin not expiated, justice not satisfied, the law not honoured and magnified, death not overcome, and every burden carried, I should not have a ray of hope. I see and feel that…

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November 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A pilgrim’s progress – Mark G. Johnston

1. When did you become a Christian? It was at the age of ten in February 1970 that I consciously professed faith in Christ, but I have often wondered if that was simply the tip of the iceberg of something much greater. I had been born into a Christian home and had received a…

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November 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

What is a Reformed church?

The term ‘Reformed’ has received considerable prominence in recent years. It has become quite common to speak and hear of Reformed doctrine, Reformed practice, Reformed worship etc., but it is to be feared that many Christians are still unsure about the precise meaning of the term. What exactly does it mean? And what kind…

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November 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

Saving and losing

‘For whosoever shall save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake, and the gospel’s, the same shall save it’ (Mark 8:35) ... The Lord tells us plainly that if we save our lives in this world, we will lose them in the world to come. And if…

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November 1996
Book

The book that changed me

When I was a teenager and asked questions about some points of Christian teaching my pastor behaved as though I was attacking him personally. I got no answers. Then I met a friend in school who told me that he had become a Christian that summer, and he invited me to Crusaders and to…

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Historical

November 1996
Articles > Historical

Thomas Goodwin (1600-1680) – a child of light

Picture a six-year-old boy with tears running down his cheeks, not because of the usual upsets of childhood, but because he is recalling his sins. If you could read his mind, you would see flashes of joy shoot into it, not because of the passing delights of a child, but because he has been…

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November 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

What are you waiting for?

Our Lord has told us that we must ‘go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’, but that is no easy task. The apostle Paul dedicated his life after his conversion to preaching the gospel and he tells us what happened to him: ‘From the Jews five times I received…

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November 1996
Articles > Biblical/theological

What does God say?

At the close of a service during which I preached on the doctrine of ‘election’ I was invited to a home for some refreshments. As we talked together a gentleman said, ‘That election you preached tonight is a Hyper-Calvinist doctrine, and I do not agree with Hyper-Calvinists.’ The fact that election is a precious…

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