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Everything in October 2001 issue

The old lady with the two umbrellas

Article

October 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The old lady with the two umbrellas

The story concerned gold coins that were mysteriously being smuggled out of France into Spain. The French authorities knew exactly the point where the smuggling was taking place, but, despite extensive searches over many weeks, they could discover nothing. Fair and foul The gold continued to leak out from France to Spain. Everyone was…

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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia: the Albanian part

Article

October 2001
Macedonia

Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia: the Albanian part

The Republic of Macedonia is about a third the size of Scotland, surrounded by Greece, Albania, Kosova, Serbia and Bulgaria. It gained independence when Yugoslavia broke up in 1991, and has a population of two million, of whom one third are Albanians living mainly in the western part.   Readers should not think that…

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Missionary Spotlight – Moving mountains in Mongolia

Article

October 2001
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight – Moving mountains in Mongolia

On the other side of the mountain lies a place of intense darkness. A place where for hundred of years Satan has owned ‘the real estate’, and the power of darkness penetrates the countryside.   Alcohol deadens the minds of the men and makes them easy captives of demonic forces. The most striking building…

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The Lord’s Prayer

Article

October 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord’s Prayer

6.   TemptationThe sixth petition of the Lord’s prayer (Matthew 6:13; Luke 11:4) concerns something very intrusive in our life’s experience — temptation to sin. The previous petition has to do with forgiveness of sin, and so in a sense we are going back a stage to the source of sinning. Temptation is the context…

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Facing death

Article

October 2001
Articles > Biblical/theological

Facing death

'You will be gathered to your people', God told his servant Moses, now over a hundred years old and still in good health (Numbers 27:13; Deuteronomy 34:7). How did moses react to this announcement of his imminent death?He prayed, not for himself, but for God’s people. All his thoughts were wrapped up in the…

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Can we know God?

Article

October 2001
Evangelistic

Can we know God?

Does God exist? Can we know him? Many different answers have been given to these questions. For the atheist, the answer is very simple: God does not exist. He is nothing but the product of a superstitious, popular imagination.The agnostic, on the other hand, isn’t sure. Maybe God exists … but then, as he…

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TRAINING WORKERS

Article

October 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

TRAINING WORKERS

There is a duty laid upon Christian leaders by the Lord to train others in gospel ministry. No amount of leadership training itself creates preachers (the indispensable prerequisite for that is a commission from the Lord of the harvest: 1 Corinthians 9:16; Matthew 9:37-38; Isaiah 6:9), but faithful attention to training greatly enhances the…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

October 2001
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

John Thomas (1757-1801) died two hundred years ago this year, and accompanied William Carey (1761-1834) as a missionary to India in 1793. The Baptist historian Ernest Payne once said of him: ‘no stranger figure can ever have played an influential role in missionary history’. His friends, like Carey and Andrew Fuller (1754-1815), noted that…

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Concerning Cults – A CLOSER LOOK (1)

Article

October 2001
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – A CLOSER LOOK (1)

A closer look. That is what I did recently in our local park. I was intrigued by a small object near a tree. I went nearer and looked closely at the object on the ground. It was only a twisted, rotten piece of wood.This month I take a closer look at cults in general.…

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UNION WITH CHRIST

Historical

October 2001
Articles > Historical

UNION WITH CHRIST

The term ‘practical holiness’ I do not understand. One half of the pompous phrases that now creep into pulpits will not bear the balance of common sense. Holiness can neither be fetched from the law of Moses, nor from a carnal heart; nor is it a thing to be put in practice by free…

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A book that changed me

Article

October 2001
Book

A book that changed me

When I interviewed Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on local television on 24 May 1973 I asked him which of his many books he considered to be the best. He felt that his series on Romans was his most important but said that he received very many letters about his two volumes on The Sermon on…

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Missionary Spotlight – Nigerian churches today

Article

October 2001
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Nigerian churches today

A century ago our nation was in deep darkness. Superstition ruled and Satan was worshipped. Sacrifices were offered to deities in rivers, trees and rocks. The creature was worshipped rather than the Creator.   The earliest attempts by missionaries to penetrate Nigeria soon resulted in two missionary societies withdrawing from the area, after the…

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The Jesus Film

Article

October 2001
DVD

The Jesus Film

As a former colleague of John Arkell I feel compelled to respond to his letter in the September issue of ET. While some object to the ‘Jesus Film’ on the grounds of idolatry, I appreciate that John has made a case against that objection. However, there are more subtle and dangerous problems with this…

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Philip Doddridge – hero or heretic?

Historical

October 2001
Articles > Historical

Philip Doddridge – hero or heretic?

Dr Philip Doddridge’s dates (1702-51) provide us with two contiguous anniversaries: the 250th anniversary of his death falls this year (26 October) and the tercentenary of his birth next year (26 June).   But why should we hold a celebration at all? With regard to worship, the first reason is obvious. The hymnbooks of…

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Selina – Countess of Huntingdon

Historical

October 2001
Articles > Historical

Selina – Countess of Huntingdon

Called the ‘Queen of the Methodists’ by so cynical a writer as Horace Walpole, the Countess played a strategic part in the great eighteenth-century revival of religion which so profoundly affected Great Britain, America and countries such as Holland, Germany and Bohemia. Her life spanned the greater part of the century, and her influence…

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Mary

Article

October 2001
Cults and other religions

Mary

In the papal encyclical Redemptoris Mater - on the Blessed Virgin Mary in the life of the pilgrim Church, issued in March 1987, Pope John Paul II reflected on the role of Mary in the church.Redemptoris Mater is a wide-ranging and authoritative statement on Mary from the Roman Catholic perspective. It reiterates Rome’s traditional…

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Missionary Spotlight – Struggle for the church

Article

October 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight – Struggle for the church

In August’s ETNigel Westhead outlined the complicated history of the Reformed movement in the Netherlands. This article provides further details.   The Reformation in the Netherlands was preceded by a growing emphasis on mystical lay piety outside the official church. This occurred during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and led to the formation of…

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Missionary Spotlight – Study centre in Netherlands

Article

October 2001
Netherlands

Missionary Spotlight – Study centre in Netherlands

In September 2000 it was decided to set up a centre at the Evangelical Theological High School (ETH) in Veenendaal for the study of Puritan theology. This is to serve both Independent and Reformed churches in the Netherlands.   The aim of this new venture is to provide Puritan literature and study material for…

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Guest Column

Article

October 2001
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Falsifying the Word of GodThe apostle Paul’s great claim was that he never falsified the Word of God. Yet many do. How?Firstly, by psychological manipulation or ‘brain washing’. You can change people’s attitudes to religion by taking them out of their familiar environment, by loosening their ties with their families, by hours of singing…

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The hero inside

Article

October 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The hero inside

The advertising industry is often regarded as the lowest form of life on the planet. ‘We may be manipulators, exploiters of your every weakness and cunning cultivators of your every fantasy, but at least you can rely on us to be truthful, decent, legal and honest’. Or so they say.Whether this common perception is…

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