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October 1998
Articles > World Mission > Turkey > Western Asia

Fact File – Turkey

Area: 301, 000 square miles. 3% in Europe, bounded by Bulgaria and Greece; 97% in Asia, bounded by Georgia, Armenia, Iran, Iraq and Syria. The Bosphorus and Dardenelles join the Black Sea to the Mediterranean. Istanbul controls these sea links, and is Turkey’s chief port and commercial city. Environment: The plateau of Anatolia is…

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October 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Turkey

Turkey in perspective

To the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia [Minor], and Bithynia … Grace to you and peace be multiplied’ (1 Peter l: l-2). Peter was speaking to first-century Christians inhabiting today’s Turkey. Similarly, the Lord of the Church sent John to minister in Ephesus (in western Turkey), and the Holy Spirit moved the…

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October 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Communion with Christ

The cup of blessing which we bless, is it not the communion of the body of Christ...? (1 Corinthians 10:16) It is very striking that whereas the feasts and festivals of the Old Testament period were meticulously described and grandly titled (‘Day of Atonement’, ‘Feast of Tabernacles,’ etc.), the one and only prescribed feast…

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October 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Turkey

The Republic of Turkey – where Europe and Asia meet

The gospel and Turkish people Turkish people are characteristically friendly, hospitable, outgoing and religious. The western media and secularism are eroding fundamental Islamic belief, and so most Turks, in an effort to be reconciled to modern thinking and still retain their ‘faith’, have liberalised Koranic teaching much as liberal Christians have done with the…

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October 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Temptations of Jesus

We received a little box-shaped package as a seasonal gift from friends before we went out to church. We could not tell exactly what was in the package. However, our dog, with her greater sense of smell, certainly could! As an inveterate opportunist, after we had left her alone to go to the service…

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October 1998
Articles > Historical

John Murray (1898 – 1975)

In October we reach the centenary of the birth of John Murray, and it is fitting to honour so choice a servant of God who has had pervasive influence over the Christian church this century and continues to do so. Though spending the first third of his life in Scotland, John Murray in America…

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October 1998
Articles > World Mission > Turkey > Western Asia

A summer holiday – with a difference

One summer’s morning, in the early hours, a small group of us arrived, bleary-eyed and a little bewildered, at the airport in Turkey. Our Bible studies during our stay in Turkey were to be in the book of Esther, when, morning by morning, we were reminded of God’s hand of providence in the lives…

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Historical

October 1998
Articles > Historical

George Whitefield and the nature of Christian perfection

An honest evaluation of the eighteenth-century evangelical revival cannot belittle the central rôle played in it by John Wesley (1703-1791). One thinks, for instance, of his fearless and indefatigable preaching of Christ crucified for sinners throughout the length and breadth of Great Britain after his conversion in 1738. Or of the genius he displayed…

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October 1998
Articles > Guest column

Is God sexist?

Since feminism has become a non-negotiable creed, ‘sexism’ is now seen as one of the major sins left in modern society. To call someone a sexist is to accuse him of being a boorish dinosaur who has yet to catch up with the progressive ethics of our day. We have come a long way…

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October 1998
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Nature study

Some people love nature instead of loving God. Disciples of Christ love nature because they love God. Loving the Creator ought to lead every Christian to become a naturalist! By this I mean that all Christians should study nature. Well-meaning Christians might react with dismay. To study nature might distract us from concern for…

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October 1998
Articles > Historical

Spurgeon on Calvinism

The 8th chapter of Romans and the 9th are the very pillars of that gospel which men now call ‘Calvinism’. No man, after having read these chapters attentively and having understood them, can deny that the doctrines of sovereign, distinguishing grace are the sum and substance of the teaching of the Bible. I do…

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October 1998
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Worldwide Church of God: 3

A return visit. That is how I describe this month’s article. And it is a return visit to the Worldwide Church of God. The reasons? Well, there has been an encouraging response from several readers concerning my articles on the WCG. Not all have agreed with me, but most comments have been constructive. Secondly,…

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