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Missionary Spotlight – Nigeria revisited

Article

October 2002
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Nigeria revisited

Nigeria is a country of contrasts. It is vibrant with life and activity, and yet shows enormous differences in lifestyle.   In the cities begging and corruption exist alongside splendid buildings (usually mosques). Many are being reached, but there are still whole tribes who have not heard the gospel of Christ. People flock to…

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William Perkins (1558-1602) -Soul-winning champion of orthodoxy

Historical

October 2002
Articles > Historical

William Perkins (1558-1602) -Soul-winning champion of orthodoxy

Picture the scene. On a tall, wooden scaffold stands a man dressed in rags and with his hands bound. His dark eyes are full of horror as he flinches before the jeering crowd, many of whom have brought rotten eggs and fruit to throw at him. The hangman’s noose is set round his neck…

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Rapture crazy

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October 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Rapture crazy

The cutting edgeAn occasional series on doctrinal issues todayThe USA is going ‘rapture crazy’. The evidence of a recent series of opinion polls suggests that American public opinion is increasingly fascinated by news of the end of the world. In 1992, a survey conducted by Time and CNN discovered that 20% of American adults…

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Missionary Spotlight : Nigeria: a satanic attack

Article

October 2002
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight : Nigeria: a satanic attack

The gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ recently stirred up an attack from the kingdom of darkness in Port Harcourt, Nigeria.   A ‘mystic’ woman, a Prophetess of the ‘Cherubim and Seraphim Eternal Sacred Order’, lives in front of our church (Christ’s Reformed Church), with a fence between us as the boundary. Her ‘church’…

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Rolfe Barnard – 1904-1969

Historical

October 2002
Articles > Historical

Rolfe Barnard – 1904-1969

God has often moved in a mysterious way, and especially in his choice of Rolfe Barnard to preach the gospel of grace in America during the mid-twentieth century. Barnard’s was an awakening ministry. He was ‘John the Baptist come to town’. He was, reputedly, the only reformed evangelist in America when Billy Graham was…

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Missionary Spotlight – The man in prison; the prison in man

Article

October 2002
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – The man in prison; the prison in man

John Wesley is said to have preached at a fashionable London church on the text: ‘You generation of vipers, hypocrites: how will you escape the damnation of hell?’   Two ladies remonstrated. How, they asked, would he speak to foul-mouthed porters in Billingsgate fish market, if he addressed respectable church-going congregations like that? He…

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Sport and the Bible

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October 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Sport and the Bible

What is sport for? Does it exist to keep participants fit and well? To provide spectators with excitement and escape from hum-drum lives? To provide points of contact with our culture? Or is there more to it than that? Certainly this last year has brought us many exciting sports events and moments: the football…

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Concerning Cults – Jehovah’s Witnesses (1)

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October 2002
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Jehovah’s Witnesses (1)

It is claimed there are ‘6,000,000 persons’ in ‘over 230 lands’ who are Jehovah’s Witnesses. I cannot verify these statistics but two observations are pertinent.Firstly, growth in the number of Jehovah’s Witnesses has fluctuated in recent years. For example, between 1993 and 2001 their growth in the UK has slowed down.Secondly, Watchtower yearbooks reveal…

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Four creations

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October 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Four creations

Last month, when we began to consider this prophecy by Isaiah, we saw that the final ‘new creation’ consummated at the second coming of Christ will be the last of four ‘new creations’. The first creation was that of the material heaven and earth, with all it implies for the purpose of mankind and…

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Heaven

Article

October 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

6.  Just men made perfect (Hebrews 12:22-24) W hat will we be like in heaven? The visions in the Book of Revelation characteristically portray the redeemed as a static audience of worshippers in white robes, assembled before God’s throne. These visions have generated the images so popular with cartoonists, of saints standing around on…

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Missionary Spotlight – Change in Mongolia

Article

October 2002
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight – Change in Mongolia

Mongolia experienced colossal political changes between 1990 and 1993.   The 1990 elections initiated two years of democratic reform. The Soviets left, the constitution was rewritten, and there was talk of Mongolia becoming another Asian economic tiger. Democracy and market reform had come to stay. From a missionary perspective, Mongolia was then a clean…

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EN-GEDI

Article

October 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

EN-GEDI

When David was fleeing from King Saul, ‘he went ... and dwelt in the strongholds of En-gedi’ (1 Samuel 23:29).The Song of Solomon 1:14 reads: ‘My beloved is to me a cluster of henna blossoms in the vineyards of En-gedi’. En-gedi is a beautiful oasis, half-way along the Israeli side of the Dead Sea.…

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Seven sayings from the cross

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October 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seven sayings from the cross

2.  The promise of paradiseThe Lord’s first word from the cross concerned forgiveness (Luke 23:34). The second saying is also found in Luke’s account of the passion of Christ, and it concerns one who became a forgiven sinner. In Luke 23:43 Jesus says to one of the thieves crucified alongside him: ‘Assuredly, I say…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

October 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

John Sutcliff (1752-1814) - Part 2Last month we introduced John Sutcliff, pastor of the Olney Baptist Church, Buckinghamshire. In the 1780s, Sutcliff became increasingly involved in the affairs of the Northamptonshire Association of Baptist Churches, to which his church belonged. He drew up the circular letter that the association sent annually to its member…

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Guest Column

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October 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Walking with GodThe New Testament likens the Christian life to a race, a boxing match, and warfare. But most commonly it describes it as a walk. Adam and Eve ‘heard the sound [voice] of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day’ (Genesis 3:8). They recognised that voice. Clearly…

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