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Everything in October 2005 issue

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October 2005
Scientific (including creation)

Are chimps our second cousins?

The mapping of the complete chimpanzee genome, announced recently, has raised again the question of man’s relationship to other primates. Man and chimp share 99% of their functional genes and 96% of their overall genome (total genetic material). This only confirms something that has been known for decades — that human and chimp DNA…

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Seven steps to a full life?

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October 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seven steps to a full life?

Joel Osteen, Pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, is the Norman Vincent Peale of our generation. While Osteen has won popularity with throngs of people in Houston — even opening his new church in the former basketball home of the NBA Houston Rockets — his appeal lies not in his biblical wisdom but…

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What God can do

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October 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

What God can do

One day, a young woman asked her mother for a Bible, because she was anxious to have her own just like the others in the Bible class. The story circulated around the village. The reaction was mixed - joy, sympathy, scepticism, cynicism and bewilderment. A Bible? Everyone knew she couldn't read! Yet apparently she…

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Holocaust Denial 2. The arguments

Historical

October 2005
Articles > Historical

Holocaust Denial 2. The arguments

I explained last month what I mean by 'Holocaust denial' - namely, rejection of the fact that, as a matter of deliberate policy, the Nazis killed some six million Jews, mostly during Word War II, employing gas chambers and other means to do so.I shall not attempt a systematic refutation of the deniers’ arguments,…

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The truth shall set you free

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October 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The truth shall set you free

An edited extract from an address given by Home Mission Worker Donald J. Morrison to the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) assembly.It is now just a little over eighteen months since I began my work as Home Mission Worker/Evangelist, operating from Inverness. During that time I’ve travelled throughout Scotland, sharing the Good News about…

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October 2005
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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October 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment

Believing the Bible‘Believing the Bible’ is something all Evangelicals claim to do. But what if I say, ‘I believe in using safety ladders to rescue people from fires’, and then refuse to use one when my own house goes up in flames? It means I never really trusted in ladders at all. My belief…

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Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka – a pastor reflects on blessings and failures

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October 2005
Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka – a pastor reflects on blessings and failures

26 December 2004 was another Lord’s Day morning and we were gathering for worship. I heard my daughter cry out ‘the sea is coming’. At first I didn’t believe her; until I heard the cries of others and witnessed the sea rushing up to the compound gate. Two or three times it came and…

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God’s gift to North Wales- Thomas Charles of Bala (1755-1814)

Historical

October 2005
Articles > Historical

God’s gift to North Wales- Thomas Charles of Bala (1755-1814)

The gravestone epitaph concludes with the words: 'North Wales (the more immediate field of his ministerial labours for thirty years) will probably retain traces of his various and strenuous exertions to promote the kingdom of Christ till time shall be no more'. The grave is that of Thomas Charles of Bala, best known for…

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Modern Christian Mysticism

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October 2005
Cults and other religions

Modern Christian Mysticism

4. LabyrinthsMost evangelical Christians probably would not recognise themselves in the previous discussion of mysticism (ET July to August), but there are subtle influences at work drawing believers in this direction even without their knowledge. While firmly denying any part in classical mysticism many are actually participating in time-honoured mystical practices.Many are doing this…

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Learning from the past

Historical

October 2005
Articles > Historical

Learning from the past

Benefit from history!Car-maker Henry Ford is famous for his off-the-cuff remark that 'history is bunk'. Sometimes I come across Evangelical Christians who share his dismissive attitude towards learning from the past.But I prefer the perspective of the historian, who called his record of the first colonists in New England The mighty acts of Christ…

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The Cutting Edge

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October 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cutting Edge

3. Rewriting theologyWe now turn to 'phase two' of the feminist movement - redefining theology. In the 1970s the rise of Women's Studies affected almost all academic disciplines. Books and courses were written on feminist approaches to law, history ('herstory'), literature and so on. Having redefined herself, the feminist wanted to use women's experience…

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News

October 2005
News

Ready with the gospel

Paying our debts is seldom easy, yet there is one debt we can settle with a sense of privilege and joy. Paul refers to it in Romans 1:14: ‘I am a debtor both to Greeks and to barbarians, both to wise and unwise. So as much as is in me I am ready to…

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God is faithful still : – George Müller and Thomas Barnardo

Historical

October 2005
Articles > Historical

God is faithful still : – George Müller and Thomas Barnardo

This year marks both the bi-centenary of the birth of George Müller (1805-1898) and the centenary of the death of Thomas Barnardo (1845-1905). Both were great and godly men who lived their lives fully for the Lord, consumed by love for Christ and their fellow human beings. With burning concern, they both devoted their…

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Guest Column : Reflections from a duffle-coat pocket

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October 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column : Reflections from a duffle-coat pocket

I have always liked aphorisms - those short, pithy sayings that express a nugget of truth in a striking way. That is one of several reasons why I have been drawn to Samuel Rutherford, an eminent servant of the gospel in seventeenth-century Scotland.His capacity for coining phrases that get under your skin and won’t…

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To Bala for a BIBLE- 2. For all the world

Historical

October 2005
Articles > Historical

To Bala for a BIBLE- 2. For all the world

Last month, celebrating the 250th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Charles of Bala, we rehearsed the well-known story of ‘Mary Jones and her Bible’. However, Mary’s story is not just that of a young girl walking to Bala — there is more to it than that. The plight of Mary Jones, and others…

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Missionary Spotlight – Bhutan – ‘the road less travelled’

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October 2005
Bhutan

Missionary Spotlight – Bhutan – ‘the road less travelled’

Gathering news in Thimpu – Bhutan’s capital city – is an education in itself. This is widely seen as a ‘closed country’ but, unusually, there is little poverty to speak of and no pent-up national anger. Nor is there any crime worth reporting. The economy barely gets a mention, and the King (the leader…

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