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November 1998
Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

History of the Indonesian Church The Dutch East India Company Church received some thousands of ‘converts’ into its fold after its arrival in Indonesia in 1605, but these had largely converted for social purposes. The Bible was, however, translated into Malay, the trade language, by 1733. Earnest Protestant missionary efforts did not commence until the nineteenth century, when numbers of tribal people joined the church from many ethnic areas, such as Sumatra (the Bataks), the Moluccas, and Central Java. In nineteen ethnic areas, the whole people turned to Christianity. Many Christian hospitals and schools were also founded.   During the twentieth century, the theologically liberal...

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The Big Bang

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November 1998
Scientific (including creation)

The Big Bang

A generation that does not know the LordThe 5 November celebration in Lewes, East Sussex, has been a Big Bang for generations. Evidence points to it having begun shortly after the Gunpowder Plot in 1605.Over the years it grew into the biggest 5 November celebration on earth. This is not surprising for Lewes, aged…

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November 1998
Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Facts   Area   — 740,000 square miles. Description   — The world’s largest island chain, it stretches 3,200 miles east to west — from Iryan Jaya (west of New Guinea) to Sumatra (west of Malaysia) —and 1,200 miles north to south. Indonesia comprises 13,700 islands, of which about 6,000 are inhabited. The largest are Kalimantan, Iryan Jaya, Sumatra, Java and Sulawesi. Others include Madura, Bali, Flores and the Moluccas. Geography   — The islands are mountainous; the lowlands have a tropical climate and rain forests. There is a richly diverse, half-uncharted, exotic flora and fauna, with, for example, orang-utans, tigers and 5,000 species of...

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – REPUBLIC OF Indonesia

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November 1998
Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – REPUBLIC OF Indonesia

Salt and light in Indonesia The influence of Christian students   Students have been instrumental in shaping Indonesia’s history, ever since the first stirrings of the independence movement against the Dutch colonial regime. During the upheavals leading to Suharto’s downfall last May, students were in the forefront of the struggle. In the eyes of the public, they alone stand free from the taint of corruption, which has spread like canker throughout the entire structure of Indonesian society. Yet are students any different? With bribes being paid on their behalf to secure preferential treatment, cheating in exams a common practice and religion a condition of academic...

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More nature study

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November 1998
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

More nature study

Nature serves to illustrate many spiritual truths. Wanting to illustrate the value of hard work and planning, Solomon said, ‘Go to the ant you sluggard, consider its ways and be wise!’ (Proverbs 6:6). References to nature can be found throughout Solomon’s proverbs. Consider some verses in Proverbs chapter 27. Verse 7 states: ‘He who…

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News

November 1998
News

Sierra Club

John Muir founded the Sierra Club, a powerful force for ecological concern. While many see the beauty of nature as an accident of evolution, to John Muir it revealed the very hand of God. Once he was standing with a friend at a high point of the Yosemite Valley. Filled with wonder and emotion,…

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Defenders of the faith

Historical

November 1998
Articles > Historical

Defenders of the faith

Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1843-1892) and the Down-Grade Controversy In October 1889 a young man by the name of D. C. Davidson left his home in Michigan to go abroad to do post-graduate work in theology. His mother had wanted him to study at Yale, but he was determined to come into vital contact with…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

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November 1998
Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Look at the harvest-fields! Indonesia has experienced much church growth, but there is a corresponding lack of pastors, especially those with an evangelistic and missionary burden. In statistical terms this means there are about 900 church members for every pastor. In practice (to take the example of Pastor Lewi and his wife, who worked in Kalimantan as home missionaries) this might mean overseeing six struggling congregations within an area of fifty miles radius. Travel, as in many parts of Indonesia, was time-consuming and involved hiking or using small boats. I have heard from church leaders in West Kalimantan that the problem is not only obtaining...

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Jesus, my friend

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November 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus, my friend

John Stocker’s hymn, ‘Thy mercy, my God, is the theme of my song’, is a simple yet profound testimony to a believer’s experience of the grace of God in the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. The fourth verse includes the phrase, ‘Jesus, my friend’. If ever a few words contained deep truth, these…

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Concerning Cults

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November 1998
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults

Waco and the Branch DavidiansIt was 19 April 1993 and the first week of our college summer term. At the end of one class, a little before 11.00 a.m., I walked down the corridor towards my room only to be greeted with the news that there was an urgent telephone call waiting for me…

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Guest column

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November 1998
Articles > Guest column

Guest column

ImpressionsIn today’s world of haste and stress there seems very little opportunity to stay awhile and recall the past. Yet it is a good thing to do occasionally, and just bring to mind past acquaintances and events. For me, many folk that have been a help to me on life’s journey are like milestones…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

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November 1998
Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Indonesia —What kind of reformation? People are crying out for reformasi — reformation. It was the slogan of the students who brought about the downfall of President Suharto after more than thirty years in power. In their hearts, many people feel that there must be something better than what has been. They cry out against ‘corruption, collusion and nepotism’. They pin their yearnings and aspirations on one political leader or another: Habibie (the new president), Megawati (daughter of Indonesia’s first president, Sukarno), and so on.   But what is reformation? What will truly satisfy people’s hearts? Can one man achieve it? After the tragic end...

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Before the Lord

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November 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Before the Lord

Note in Scripture how many times the blood is said to be ‘before the Lord’. Whether any man saw it or not was of small account, for it was offered ‘before the Lord’. When the Passover lamb was slain in Egypt, where was the blood placed? It was on the outside of the door,…

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Disabled

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November 1998
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Disabled

There are an estimated 6.5 million disabled people in Britain, most of whom have acquired some form of impairment as adults and also happen to be elderly. They include people with various forms of arthritis, paralysis following disease or injury, and varying degrees of hearing or visual impairment. If the entire world’s population of…

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To Seek or Not

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November 1998
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

To Seek or Not

The ‘Seeker Church’ is state-of-the-art for Californian churches. Everything is calculated to get the unchurched into the pew. Television programming is the standard, the guiding principle being ‘what works for the networks will work for the church’. Getting on boardSeeker churches are successful; therefore, traditional churches are changing to get on board. A Baptist…

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MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

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November 1998
Indonesia

MISSIONARY SPOTLIGHT – Republic of Indonesia

Theological training and conferences There are a number of theological seminaries in Indonesia, but one recently started is the Amanat Agung Theological Seminary, located in Jakarta. It was established in 1997. In its first year it had sixty students, who were eager to serve the Lord Jesus Christ. One member of staff graduated from the Evangelical Theological College of Wales three years ago after achieving a Ph.D. degree — he is now the main tutor in the seminary. The seminary aims to give the students a solid biblical foundation, to equip them to labour in the field.   Unfortunately, we do not have many well-qualified...

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Temptations of Jesus

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November 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Temptations of Jesus

Part 2We cannot discuss the temptations of Jesus without dealing with those he experienced in the wilderness, as described in Matthew 4 and Luke 4. These temptations focused specially on matters that were fundamental to his whole mission on earth. If he had failed here, his whole work would have been undermined. What do…

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WWJD?

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November 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

WWJD?

In the United States many young Christians are wearing wristbands bearing the letters ‘WWJD’. The same bands have now become available in Christian bookshops in the United Kingdom. What do the letters WWJD mean, and what is the purpose of these wristbands? WWJD stands for ‘What Would Jesus Do?’ and the wrist-bands remind wearers…

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Indulgences for the Millennium

Historical

November 1998
Articles > Historical

Indulgences for the Millennium

On 29 November 1998, Pope John Paul II issued a papal bull entitled Incarnationis Mysterium, or The Mystery of the Incarnation, bearing the subtitle Bull of Indiction of the Great Jubilee of the Year 2000. A bull is an official edict, so called because it has affixed to it the pontiff’s official seal (Latin…

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Of this and other worlds?

Historical

November 1998
Articles > Historical

Of this and other worlds?

C. S. Lewis was born one hundred years ago Ask 100 Christians which writer has most influenced them, and one name will recur again and again: C.S. Lewis. Even those who disagree with him on some important points have been influenced for the good by his writings. Search for joy Clive Staples Lewis was…

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Fathers of the Early Church 4. Two issues for today

Historical

November 1998
Articles > Historical

Fathers of the Early Church 4. Two issues for today

So far in this series we have looked at specific works by three of the early fathers, namely, Ignatius, the unknown writer to Diognetus, and Eusebius. There are three issues, present in all three of these texts, that are still relevant to the church today. We shall look more closely at the first two…

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The body of Christ

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November 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

The body of Christ

For we, being many, are one bread and one body’ (1 Corinthians 10:17)No Christian is called to be a religious ‘lone ranger’. True communion with Christ carries with it a desire to commune with fellow believers in the church, which is the ‘body of Christ’. There is a transition from the bread as a…

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Trafalgar revisited

News

November 1998
News

Trafalgar revisited

The Gospel Ministries team was out in fullforce in Trafalgar Square on Saturday, 10 October, in a second opportunity this year to speak a word in season to needy souls. Once again, it was the seasoned open-air preachers who gained the ear of the public passing through or relaxing in this famous square on…

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