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November 2001
Sudan

Missionary Spotlight – Sudan

I recognised him as soon as I answered the knock on the guest-house door. He had been one of the evangelists at the previous week’s conference. His two top front teeth were missing and the first tooth on either side of the gap was bright gold. But it wasn’t his dental work that had…

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November 2001
Articles > World Mission > Jordan

Understanding Jordan

To understand what it means to be an Evangelical Christian in Jordan requires an understanding of the country’s recent political history. This article provides such an outline. Jordan is unusual, being the only Arab nation whose royal dynasty is not indigenous — the Hashemites originated from the Arabian Peninsula. The Hashemites and Al-Sauds were…

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November 2001
Cults and other religions

Islam: a Reformed response

When the violence of Islam is criticised, the usual response by Muslims and others is: ‘What about the Crusades? Isn’t Christian history as bloody as Islamic history?’ However, such a comparison ignores a fundamental difference between the two religions and evades pertinent truth. While the crusades were a failure on the part of medieval…

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November 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord’s Prayer 7: The greatness of God

A conclusion, or doxology, to the Lord’s prayer is found in the account of the prayer in Matthew 6. In verse 13 we read: ‘For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory for ever. Amen’. This is disputed by modern textual critics, and most modern translations reduce that part of the…

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Review

November 2001
Reviews > Book

A book that changed me: The Sovereignty of God

Under God, I owe almost everything to rural Methodism. I was brought up in a home where godly parents talked to each other about Methodist ministers, local preachers and circuit plans! My father, an evangelical local preacher, took me to hear some of the great men of Methodism. I listened to many unsung preachers…

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November 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Speaking the truth

Imagine the great damage done to the cause of the gospel when an unbeliever finds out that a Christian is lying, whether in the office, to his spouse or friends, or in some other way. Sometimes we excuse ourselves and ease our consciences by claiming that we are telling half-truths rather than lies. But…

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Historical

November 2001
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses – Benjamin Francis (1734-1799)

Benjamin Francis was the youngest son of Enoch Francis (1688-1740), one of the most respected Welsh Baptist ministers of his day and an extremely gifted evangelist. But Francis hardly knew his father, for he was orphaned at the age of six. God may well have used his father’s death to draw him to Christ,…

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November 2001
Articles > Cults and other religions

Atheism

The terrorist attacks in USA were carried out by men claiming a religious justification for their actions. In East Timor and Nigeria, ‘Muslim’ and ‘Christian’ communities are in conflict. In the Indian sub-continent, there is warlike confrontation between Hindus and Muslims. Is religion, then, a source of evil in the world? Would life be…

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November 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Two letters in one

'Jude, a bond-servant of Jesus Christ and a brother of James, to those who are the called, beloved in God the Father and kept for Jesus Christ: May mercy, peace and love be multiplied to you. 'Beloved, while I was making every effort to write to you about our common salvation, I felt the…

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November 2001
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Opportunities in Kenya

The fellowship at Ulaani gave me a handsome wooden lion. The pastor’s wife welcomed me with a multi-coloured garland. Later I was presented with a wooden walking stick and a hand-made bag and skirt for my wife. Of course they had to try the skirt on me to show how it should be tied…

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November 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Can we know God? The saving revelation of God

Some people know a great deal about the Bible without really understanding it or knowing the God who inspired it. The God that the Bible reveals is a stranger to them, because they fail to use the right key to unlock its teaching. People often read the Bible for the wrong reasons or with…

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November 2001
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – A closer look (2)

Last month I began a closer evaluation of the theology of cults by using two criteria, namely, the reality of revelation and the relationality of revelation (God is revealed in relation to his creation). This month I want to introduce two further theological criteria. Redemption Our third criterion is what I will call the…

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Historical

November 2001
Articles > Historical

B. B. Warfield

‘Grasmere’ was a country estate located near Lexington, Kentucky, belonging to the Warfield family. It was here, on 5 November 1851, that Benjamin Breckinridge Warfield was born. His mother was Mary Cabell Breckinridge, a descendent of John B. Breckinridge (1760-1806), a United States Senator and Attorney General under President Thomas Jefferson. Her father was…

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November 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

What’s next?

After nearly twenty years of the church growth movement I had been wondering when it would wind down and what might replace it. A year or so ago I wrote a little piece on ‘spiritual mapping’. This refers to the effort to identify the so-called demonic powers that controlled cities, counties, even nations, and…

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Historical

November 2001
Articles > Historical

Selina – Countess of Huntingdon

As the horse-drawn carriage bumped along the uneven roads between London and the south coast, the Countess of Huntingdon must have wondered many times over whether her journey would prove worthwhile. Henry, Selina’s youngest son, not yet seventeen, was suffering from an uncommon condition that was not only robbing him of his eyesight but…

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November 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Hopeless days

We are living in increasingly hopeless days. The modern view of man is appallingly bleak. He is judged to be defective in the very structures of his personality. And since the finer elements of his nature are not going to be victorious in his ‘evolutionary development’, it is only a matter of time before…

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