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Preaching Christ

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October 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

10. New Testament practice (cont.)'Then Philip opened his mouth and beginning at this Scripture preached Jesus to him' (Acts 8:35)Last month we considered New Testament practice in preaching Christ from the Old Testament. I identified three ways in which NT writers and preachers ‘found’ Christ in the OT — in direct Messianic references, in…

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Guest Column

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October 2004
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

The joy of Jesus ChristIn his book The four loves, C. S. Lewis analyses four different kinds of love. The Bible speaks of different kinds of joy too. I want to draw your attention to four of them.There is the joy of the wicked — ‘For like the crackling of the thorns under a…

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Christ’s new covenant

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October 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ’s new covenant

2. A better covenantIn the previous article we considered the 'main point' that Christ is our High Priest and intercessor, the one who comes between ourselves and a holy God - who comes from God to us and brings us to God. This present article will consider why a new covenant was needed.Speaking through…

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Missionary Spotlight – Zambia today

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October 2004
Zambia

Missionary Spotlight – Zambia today

We have wonderful opportunities to preach Christ in Zambia, and the people are so ready to listen! Lusaka Baptist Church’s (LBC) weekly TV programme has a wide audience, and there are many positive comments from viewers. We are also greatly encouraged by the progress of our sister Reformed Baptist churches in Zambia. This is…

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ET for Christmas?

News

October 2004
News

ET for Christmas?

‘It’s cheap but not nasty!’ someone said. ‘Sure, you would pay that for a good evangelistic tract!’ another commented. The arguments in favour flowed thick and fast. ‘It’s a good format, with a mixture of articles, some long enough to read in the train and some short enough to read over a cup of…

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False conversions – the sad reality

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October 2004
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

False conversions – the sad reality

In 1998 Evangelical Press published my book Are you really born again? which was essentially a study of true and false conversions. It was the product of several years of work on the nature of Christian conversion, promoted by my understanding of the contribution of Charles Finney to evangelical Christianity. For the first time…

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Article

October 2004
General

ETI – encouraging progress

The new (October to December) issue of Evangelical Times Internationalcompletes ETI’s first year. The slimmed-down airmail edition of Evangelical Timesnow has subscribers in 46 countries world-wide and a rising circulation.   We are grateful to God for this progress but are conscious that many opportunities remain untapped. Readers can join us in this ministry…

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The conversion of Arthur Pink – Part 1 – Early years

Historical

October 2004
Articles > Historical

The conversion of Arthur Pink – Part 1 – Early years

Arthur Walkington Pink was born on 1 April 1886 - in Nottingham beside the River Trent and in what was then accounted 'the richest country of the world'. Queen Victoria had reigned over a rising prosperity for half a century, and the government of Robert Cecil, third marquis of Salisbury, ruled a quarter of…

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News

October 2004
News

Should British Evangelicals be in prisons?

We cover here the launch a a new conservative evangelical mission to reach prisons across the UK. Gerard Chrispin shares the vision behind DAYLIGHT Christian Prison Trust.Only rarely do we seem to hear anything good about prisons in the UK. By God’s grace there is a notable and encouraging exception — for those who…

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Luther on faith

Historical

October 2004
Articles > Historical

Luther on faith

Faith is not what some people think it is. Their human dream is a delusion. ‘Faith is not enough,’ they say, ‘You must do good works, you must be pious to be saved.’ They think that, when you hear the gospel, you start working, creating by your own strength a thankful heart which says,…

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Article

October 2004
Articles > Comment

Comment

Evil - silent witness to the truthThe existence of evil is a potent apologetic argument for the truths of Christianity. Evil is an experiential reality that atheists and agnostics cannot hide from, however ingenious their philosophical arguments. The writer can recall an ex-RAF officer explaining that he could not believe in the existence of…

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Trembling at God’s Word

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October 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Trembling at God’s Word

'This is the one I esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, and trembles at my word' (Isaiah 66:2).The one who trembles at God’s Word need tremble at nothing else! But who is it that trembles at God’s Word?1. He who understands God’s Word. There may be those who hear God’s Word…

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Bird brain!

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October 2004
Scientific (including creation)

Bird brain!

Last month we reported briefly on recent findings regarding the fossil Archaeopteryx. In this longer article Paul Garner develops the matter further.Archaeopteryx— meaning ‘ancient wing’ — must be one of the most famous fossils in the world. The first skeleton belonging to this creature was discovered in the Solnhofen Limestone of Bavaria in 1861…

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Strangers on the earth – In the footsteps of Baxter and Bunyan

Historical

October 2004
Articles > Historical

Strangers on the earth – In the footsteps of Baxter and Bunyan

The late 17th century saw the last period of organized persecution of Christians in England and produced some of the finest pieces of Christian literature in the English language. The experiences of evangelical believers at that time have a number of things to teach us, as we may soon be facing similar challenges.Christians living…

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Does God perform miracles today? The story of Penicillin

Historical

October 2004
Articles > Historical

Does God perform miracles today? The story of Penicillin

This is part 1 of a 2 part series Part 2 is here I read recently a discussion between two well-known Evangelical ministers. One asked, ‘Is God still performing miracles today?’ The other answered, ‘God can certainly perform miracles today – in fact he can perform miracles at any time. But is he performing…

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Missionary Spotlight – Mongolia – ten years on

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October 2004
Mongolia

Missionary Spotlight – Mongolia – ten years on

  Not a few ‘wordsmiths’ have tried to capture a cloud on paper with a pen. Standing in the desert in Mongolia, I turn full circle and on all sides see the earth surrounded by floating balls of cotton-wool. Try to touch them and they are not there, but from where I stand they…

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JACOB HAVE I LOVED

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October 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

JACOB HAVE I LOVED

With just 21 verses, Obadiah is the Old Testament's shortest book. It can be read in minutes. And at first glance it appears to be nothing but a prophecy of doom against Edom - an ancient nation buried in the dust of antiquity.Yet this slender prophecy finds its place in the Book of God,…

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Is CARE careless?CARE’s approach to sex education

News

October 2004
News

Is CARE careless?CARE’s approach to sex education

Many parents are now deeply alarmed at the sex education that is being taught to schoolchildren. The Times headline, 'Free contraception boosts teen promiscuity and STDs', reflects this concern.The story of a 14-year-old schoolgirl given an abortion without her mother’s knowledge or consent — on the advice of a young sexual-health advisor — has…

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Jabez – a man of prayer

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October 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jabez – a man of prayer

Tucked away in a neglected book of the Bible are three references to a man named Jabez — who lived some time before the Israelites entered the Promised Land. Just two verses, in a chapter full of names, record all that is known about Jabez, but what we are told is both interesting and…

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