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Everything in November 2006 issue

Counting heads in Jamaica

Article

November 2006
Jamaica

Counting heads in Jamaica

The Christian church in Jamaica has strong colonial roots. The Spanish colonisers of the sixteenth century were followed by Roman Catholic priests; their English successors by Anglican clergymen. During the eighteenth century, Moravians, Baptists and Methodists became established; ministering mainly to the slave population. The population census of 2001 collected data on denominational affiliation…

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Article

November 2006
Scientific (including creation)

From Darwin to Christ

Public schools in USA are off limits to religion, but that didn't stop Tom DeRosa. As a science instructor during the 1970s in a large Florida public school system, DeRosa used his classroom to present his devoutly held views about God and creation. No one objected.He was free to push evolution and oppose divine…

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The path to paradise – Christ or Muhammad?

Article

November 2006
Cults and other religions

The path to paradise – Christ or Muhammad?

The BBC2 two-part screening of The Path to 9/11 (10-11 September 2006) was compulsive viewing. It was impossible to miss the purely religious motivation of the Muslim terrorists. Despite the depressing 'PC' discussion that followed on Newsnight, when we again heard that the majority of Muslims reject the violent activities of their more fanatical…

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News

November 2006
News

A call for Christian risk

By removing eternal risk, Christ calls his people to continual temporal risk. For the followers of Jesus the final risk is gone. 'There is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus' (Romans 8:1). 'Neither death nor life ... will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus…

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Loving the imperfect church

Article

November 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Loving the imperfect church

Attending the local Evangelical church had been a revelation to Sal. Brought up in a one-parent home with an agnostic mother, and brothers who were self-confessed atheists, it had been a new world to her. What struck her first - before anything the preacher said - was the people's warmth. Unlike others she had…

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Article

November 2006
Jamaica

Jamaica’s religions

Jamaica has a number of mainly home-grown religions — some are syncretistic between Christianity and animism. The most important cult is Pocomania. Its meetings are frenzied — with prayers, dances and rhythmic drumming. Adherents go into a trance, aided by rum and ganja (marijuana/cannabis). The most African of the cults is Kumina. It is…

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Article

November 2006
Jamaica

Jamaica fact file

Location: The third largest island in the Caribbean Sea, lying south of Cuba. Area: 4244 square miles.Environment: Jamaica is mountainous (Blue Mountain Peak, 2256m) and prone to earthquakes and hurricanes. It has a tropical climate.Population: 2.8 million. Another 1.3 million have emigrated to North America and UK.Infant mortality rate: 16/1000 live births. Life expectancy:…

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Reaching into Jamaica

Article

November 2006
Jamaica

Reaching into Jamaica

From a historical perspective, Jamaica is an island that has been reached with the gospel. We have freedom of religion; the population has access to thousands of churches; and Jamaica claims to be a Christian nation. However, there are still opportunities for missionaries to labour here, especially in the areas of theological education and…

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Evolution at school

Article

November 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Evolution at school

‘Turn to page 104; we are going to study how the atmosphere formed 2000 million years ago!’ This is a typical opening for lessons in Religious Studies, Geography and the Sciences. Most of us have to listen to teachers promoting Evolution or the Big Bang. But how should Christians react when being taught these…

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Got any gunpowder?

News

November 2006
News > Youth Features

Got any gunpowder?

Remember, remember The fifth of November Gunpowder, treason and plot. I see no reason Why gunpowder, treason Should ever be forgot ... Why ever does the nursery rhyme tell us to remember this particular day? Today 5 November is all about bonfires, firework displays and toffee apples - and very enjoyable it is. But…

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TV and the Christian

Article

November 2006
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

TV and the Christian

Without question, television is the icon of our age. Along with the internet, it is a major driving force in our culture and a major influence in our lives. Some years ago an industrial dispute threatened to black out the TV Christmas schedules. The dispute was rapidly settled - the idea that the nation's…

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Beach Mission what it felt like

News

November 2006
News > Youth Features

Beach Mission what it felt like

Believe me, I had my doubts. Would there actually be people willing to talk about 'religious stuff'? Don't most people go abroad on holiday now? I'm only a teenager; would I really be any use? And would I have the guts to go up and talk to people? These were some of the questions…

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Article

November 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Truth in Science

Truth in Science (TiS) - an organisation promoting good science teaching - was launched on 20 September. TiS' stated aim is to campaign for honesty and fairness in UK science classrooms in the teaching of origins. For a very long time most teaching on this subject has been dogmatic and biased. Darwinian evolution has…

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The water of life 4. Born of the Spirit

Article

November 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The water of life 4. Born of the Spirit

'The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it but you cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit' (John 3:8). The Holy Spirit's dealings with the soul begin with the new birth - a gracious, mysterious and sovereign work…

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Guest Column – The importance of Christian arithmetic

Article

November 2006
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – The importance of Christian arithmetic

I think it was Dr Jim Packer who taught me the importance of Christian arithmetic. It is quite simple - to add is to subtract. When something is perfect for its purpose, to add to it is to subtract from it and even to destroy its usefulness. It is, of course, the same point…

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Summer sharing

News

November 2006
News > Youth Features

Summer sharing

Throughout the summer there are various organisations that enable Christians of all ages to go out in UK and even other lands to share the good news of the gospel of Jesus Christ.This summer I took part in the United Beach Mission at Benllech on Anglesey, working with other like-minded Christians to take the…

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Evangelicalism in Jamaica

Article

November 2006
Jamaica

Evangelicalism in Jamaica

Roman Catholicism came to Jamaica in 1494 during Christopher Columbus’ second expedition from Spain. In 1655 the Spaniards were driven out of the island by the British, who introduced Anglicanism. Evangelical Christianity arrived in the eighteenth century with the Moravians. They were opposed to slavery, which had been introduced by the Spaniards and continued…

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Emergent and the rule of life

Article

November 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Emergent and the rule of life

Last month I began to explore how the 'emergent church' promotes Roman Catholic mysticism among its 'evangelical' adherents - citing particularly Tony Jones' recent book, Soul shaper: Exploring spirituality and contemplative practices in youth ministry. Jones is the US National Coordinator of 'Emergent-US' and minister to youth at Colonial Church of Edina, Minnesota. He…

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Sex in society

News

November 2006
News > Youth Features

Sex in society

Sex! Excellent, we're awake. Good morning at the back there. Real sensitive issue here but one I wanted to raise in the youth supplement but no one else wanted to write about. However, I would like to point out I am no expert and I'm not going to go dishing out advice - because…

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Article

November 2006
Articles > Comment

Comment – More blessed to give

One saying of the Lord Jesus Christ is easily overlooked: 'It is more blessed to give than to receive'. The words are easily missed because they are found nowhere in the four Gospels! They actually occur in Acts 20:35 at the end of Paul's farewell to the elders of the church at Ephesus. He…

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Spending time with God

News

November 2006
News > Youth Features

Spending time with God

When I first heard that Christians do 'quiet times' - time set aside every day to spend time reading and praying with God - I thought I would never be able to keep it up. But hard as it may be to fit God into our busy lives it's absolutely essential. When we love…

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Cliff top conversion

News

November 2006
News > Youth Features

Cliff top conversion

My name's Bethany but a lot of my friends call me Beth. I was born into a Christian home and have always been to church. Doesn't sound exciting does it? Nothing too radical, dangerous or adventurous in my life, is there? But don't judge a book by its cover. I've had the most radical…

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