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Preachers and their hearers

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November 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Preachers and their hearers

As Peter preached the gospel to Cornelius and his friends, 'The Holy Ghost fell upon them which heard the word' (Acts 10:1-48). This should not surprise us. Such a marvellous manifestation of God's grace may be reasonably expected when men and women come to hear the Word of God with the attitude Cornelius had:…

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Missionary Spotlight – The mission field they never chose

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November 2005
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – The mission field they never chose

It can be difficult to get into prison — security clearance is always needed and a security clampdown may deny all access. Only the chaplain’s helpfulness in a high-profile prison one Sunday enabled us to preach the gospel there. Those inside are keen to get out; we are keen to get in! We want…

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Calvinism and open-air preaching

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November 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Calvinism and open-air preaching

A recent ET correspondent asked - 'What about a special piece by a Calvinist on starting up open-air preaching?'  So I make an effort to oblige.There is a general view abroad that Calvinism impedes evangelism. This, of course, is a myth. The thing that impedes evangelism is spiritual laziness, and there are as many…

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The little man of Mindoro

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November 2005
Philippines

The little man of Mindoro

Margaret and I began our ministry in the Philippines in 1970 on the small island of Mindoro. As new missionaries, we were discouraged. With no savings, and no income for three months, we struggled to learn a new language and a new culture. Early one morning during a typhoon, Margaret shook me awake, groaning…

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Theodore Beza (1519-1605)

Historical

November 2005
Articles > Historical

Theodore Beza (1519-1605)

Have you ever heard a conversation like this? Charles: Hey, Jim, did you know that Theodore Beza died 400 years ago this month? Jim: Theodore who? Charles: Theodore Beza. Jim: Oh, Beeeeeza. Wasn’t he that terrible monster who wrecked Calvin’s Calvinism? Some kind of hyper-Calvinist? Charles:Yeah, that’s right! Calvin was a really nice guy…

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Do hurricanes just happen?

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November 2005
Scientific (including creation)

Do hurricanes just happen?

The Psalmist wrote, ‘Whatever the Lord pleases he does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places. He causes the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth. He makes lightening for the rain; he brings the wind out of his treasuries’ (Psalm 135:6-7).And Jeremiah asked, ‘Is it…

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November 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment

Following JesusWhen Helen Roseveare first arrived on the Congo mission field in 1953 she was greeted by memorable words from senior missionary Jack Scholes. She recalls them in her autobiography Give me this mountain(IVP; pp.75-76).‘If you think you have come to the mission field because you are a little better than others, or as…

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What is the Bible?

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November 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

What is the Bible?

The Bible is differentJust as the Lord Jesus Christ is different from all other leaders, religious or otherwise, so the Bible is different from all other books. Those leaders and those books are of earthly origin. Such religious leaders are men or women with all the weaknesses and failures of sinful humanity. And all…

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Guest Column – Jesus perfected

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November 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Jesus perfected

The writer uses this word three times in connection with the Lord Jesus. He asserts that Jesus was perfected in Gethsemane (5:9), on the cross (2:9-10) and when he rose from the grave (7:28).The idea that Jesus was ‘perfected’ by these events cannot mean that they somehow removed defects in his character. Let us…

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Missionary Spotlight – A storm in Turkey

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November 2005
Turkey

Missionary Spotlight – A storm in Turkey

Beside one of the beautiful Bosphorus bays in Istanbul lies the Bebek Park, where one can sit and watch large ships passing to and from the Black Sea. In the spring, steep wooded hills are ablaze with the red blossom of ‘Judas’ trees — which symbolise to Armenians the blood of the traitor Judas.…

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Modern Christian Mysticism

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November 2005
Cults and other religions

Modern Christian Mysticism

VisualisationOur next subject is 'visualisation'. Some years ago, Karen Mains wrote a book, Lonely no more, in which she chronicled her journey into Jungian psychology, visualisation and the occult. By doing so she effectively torpedoed the ministry of 'Chapel of the Air' run by herself and her husband David.She denied any involvement with the…

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Getting started in church history

Historical

November 2005
Articles > Historical

Getting started in church history

I cannot think of a single Christian who would not benefit from acquiring a working knowledge of church history. This is, first and foremost, because God has been at work in this world ever since the events recorded in the final chapter of Acts 28. Our time is always well spent if we make…

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Norway – revival remembered

Historical

November 2005
Articles > Historical

Norway – revival remembered

‘Independence Day for Norway!’ So I imagine the newspaper headlines exulted throughout the land when, on 7 June 1905, the Norwegian Parliament declared the union with Sweden dissolved. This year celebrates the centenary of that event. Being a third-generation Norwegian I ask myself, ‘But how are things in the mother-country today?’ Like much of…

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The Marian Martyrs – Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley

Historical

November 2005
Articles > Historical

The Marian Martyrs – Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley

Two of the outstanding leaders of the English Reformation, High Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, were burned at the stake in Oxford on 16 October 1555. The site of their martyrdom in Broad Street is marked by a simple cross in the pavement. A more elaborate memorial stands round the corner in St Giles. Their…

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Historical

November 2005
Articles > Historical

The Gunpowder Plot

If 1066 is the year every Briton remembers, 5 November is the best-known date. Whoever invented the little rhyme, 'Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpowder, treason and plot', can rest easy. It seems highly unlikely that the day will ever be forgotten, even if few of us could give the year (it was…

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Missionary Spotlight – Spiritual warfare in PNG

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November 2005
Papua New Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Spiritual warfare in PNG

In 2004 some of the Hewa people of Papua New Guinea heard the gospel for the first time and came to know Christ as Saviour. New Tribes missionaries were already learning Hewa culture and language, but God used a young man named Dogofili to first bring the good news of Christ to these people.…

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