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Everything in November 2003 issue

Heaven

Article

November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

The word ‘heaven’ is found some 244 times in the New Testament. Yet, many people are vague about what heaven is, and how we get there.For example, one often hears that heaven is ‘only a state of mind’. No doubt, heaven is a state of blessedness. But, in his prayer of dedication of the…

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Adventure of faith?

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November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Adventure of faith?

Michael Green is well known as a writer of a large number of evangelistic and apologetic books, as a preacher at university missions, as a theologian, and as an evangelical Anglican minister. In this book he reflects on fifty years in the Christian ministry.It is a strange book. It is not an autobiography, although…

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British Evangelical Council

News

November 2003
News

British Evangelical Council

Those who have striven for many years for the cause of true evangelical ecumenism can easily be overwhelmed with a sense of weariness, sometimes bordering on cynicism. There seems to be so little enthusiasm for the project. Few seem to feel the force of the New Testament imperatives — or are even aware of…

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Missionary Spotlight  – Cash, cows and Kwacha Fund-raising Malawian style

Article

November 2003
Malawi

Missionary Spotlight – Cash, cows and Kwacha Fund-raising Malawian style

  It was a lethal combination! A small church, a large congregation, and the hottest month of the year in Malawi — October — odiously referred to by a former British colonialist as ‘suicide month’.   I watched from my seat on the platform, sitting next to the well-dressed pastor (in a neatly pressed…

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Missionary Spotlight – Malawi’s heritage

Article

November 2003
Malawi

Missionary Spotlight – Malawi’s heritage

  Malawi has a rich Christian heritage, beginning with its famous pioneer missionary, David Livingstone.   During the twentieth century, the Church of Scotland, Free Church of Scotland and Dutch Reformed Church, co-operated to form the Church of Central Africa Presbyterian (CCAP). This new denomination became so influential in Malawi that by the late…

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Deo Volente

Article

November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Deo Volente

A godly Christian I once knew used to pepper her conversation with the expression 'DV'. We do not hear this expression very much today, but the initials stand for the Latin Deo Volente - which means 'God willing' or, more loosely, 'If the Lord wills'.‘DV’comes from James 4:15 — ‘If the Lord wills, we…

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The cutting edge – An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

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November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge – An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

Spiritual warfare has been a feature of the Christian faith since Pentecost. The term is used firstly to describe the battle between good and evil, and — more specifically — God’s overruling and conquest of the influence of evil in the world.Secondly, it is used of the proclamation of the gospel and the opposition…

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A sense of the presence of God

Article

November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

A sense of the presence of God

Whatever you may think about the ministry of John Piper, there can be no doubt that his publications have substantially raised the profile of Jonathan Edwards. With all his remarkable appeal to the experience-soaked world of contemporary Evangelicalism, Piper has made it almost fashionable for Evangelicals to know something about the life and opinions…

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‘The dungeon flamed with light’

Historical

November 2003
Articles > Historical

‘The dungeon flamed with light’

After two relatively brief stints pastoring in New York and Bolton, Connecticut, Jonathan Edwards served as a tutor at his alma mater in New Haven from 1724 to 1726. It was, however, a situation in which he was not entirely happy. He finally found his niche in August 1726, when he was invited to…

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Parables for profit

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November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Parables for profit

To look around us and find spiritual lessons in everyday objects and events can stimulate our minds to be constantly aware of our heavenly calling. It can also provide children’s talks or serve to raise spiritual subjects with our children or grandchildren!Alexander Cruden defined parables as ‘the illustration of spiritual things by familiar earthly…

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Called to preach

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November 2003
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Called to preach

Preaching at one of our Bible conferences several years ago, Pastor Scot Richardson made a profound statement about preaching. He said, 'Preaching is getting a message from God's heart to my heart and delivering it to your heart. Anything else is just filling in time'. What a profound, insightful and needful statement! The Lord…

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Entering the Holiest

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November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Entering the Holiest

'Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which he consecrated for us, through the veil, that is, his flesh, and having a high priest over the house of God, let us draw near...' (10:19-22)An edited extract fromA glorious high throne- a…

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Missionary Spotlight – Books for Malawi

Article

November 2003
Malawi

Missionary Spotlight – Books for Malawi

  AMalawian pastor recently remarked: ‘The problem here, as in much of Africa, is that the body often does not get the balanced, nourishing diet it needs to grow properly’. He was not referring to their physical needs but to the development of the church.   He continued: ‘Although the Evangelical church is growing…

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Guest column – Does truth matter any more?

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November 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest column – Does truth matter any more?

Eighteen-year-old Margaret Wilson could have saved her life by simply acknowledging allegiance to James II as the head of the church. She had already seen her older companion and friend Margaret Lachlison drown, tied to a stake, as the tide rose further out in the waters of the Solway Firth. The soldiers pulled her…

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Is Ireland Catholic?

Article

November 2003
Ireland

Is Ireland Catholic?

  To ask this question would once have been as redundant as asking ‘Is the pope Catholic?’ Yet this was the question investigated recently on prime Irish TV time, by the national broadcaster’s RTE One. The programme — subtitled ‘Ireland’s curious relationship with religion’ — presented the findings of a survey of religious views…

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Missionary Spotlight – Malawi today

Article

November 2003
Malawi

Missionary Spotlight – Malawi today

  It has been some years since we lived in Malawi working with the Zambesi Mission, so it was with a sense of uncertainty that I revisited recently.   Would Malawi have changed under its new president? Would my old friends still remember me? Would the church have made progress? The answers were all…

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Baha’i

Article

November 2003
Cults and other religions

Baha’i

The Baha’i faith — to which the British weapons expert Dr David Kelly converted some four years ago — could hold a clue to his frame of mind before he committed suicide, a friend believes. Lord Hutton’s inquiry into the circumstances of his tragic death was told about the teachings of the faith and…

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Concerning Cults – Mormon Fundamentalists (1)

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November 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Mormon Fundamentalists (1)

What does Osama bin Laden have in common with Jim Jones, David Koresh, Shoko Asahara and Dan Lafferty? To begin with, they are all deeply religious. They are also extremists of one kind or another who have devoted themselves to the zealous pursuit of their religious ideals.Furthermore, these people have in common the use…

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