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All Articles from October 2006

FIEL’s fourth Brazilian youth conference

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October 2006
Brazil

FIEL’s fourth Brazilian youth conference

The vision to have a reformed conference for Brazilian youth arose out of two issues. First, we were concerned about the increasing apathy and superficiality in the Brazilian evangelical church and in Christian youth in general. Secondly, we knew that some young people went to great lengths to attend Editora Fiel’s (a reformed publisher in the…

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Missionary Spotlight- Creation ministry in India

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October 2006
India

Missionary Spotlight- Creation ministry in India

Earlier this year I visited India and was deeply impressed with that vast nation of a billion people. It is a country of immense contrasts – poverty and yet industriousness; good communications and yet chaos in the cities; the tranquillity of the Ganges and yet the incessant noise of traffic. We asked one of…

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On site- witness in the workplace

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October 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

On site- witness in the workplace

Witness for Christ in the workplace is one of the hardest things we face as Christians. We know we are called to be witnesses for our Lord wherever we are, yet we struggle with 'on site' witnessing.Somehow, whipping out a gospel tract at the office business meeting - or in the shed with the…

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Cush for Christ

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October 2006
Kenya

Cush for Christ

Psalm 68:31 says, ‘Ethiopia shall soon stretch out her hands to God’. However, ‘Ethiopia’ here is a translation of the Hebrew word ‘Cush’. Among the several pastoral Cushite peoples in the deserts of Northern Kenya are the Rendille, with their fascinating cultural background. It is probable that the Rendille were influenced by black Ethiopian Jews…

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Article

October 2006
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Salt and Light

One wonderful aspect of the Bible is the sheer diversity of people and personalities within its pages. It does not matter what kind of person you are, you will find someone like you within the Scriptures. The full range of human-ness can be discovered in the pages of God's book.This ought to encourage Christians…

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Guest Column – What is evangelism?

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October 2006
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – What is evangelism?

The Bible uses many different terms to describe evangelism - such as, ­proclaiming the gospel, making disciples, preaching Christ, fishing for men, bearing fruit, the aroma of Christ, the ministry of reconciliation and declaring the wonderful deeds of God. However, so complex is the subject and so varied are the means, that Christianity has…

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Are street children trash?

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October 2006
General

Are street children trash?

Many consider street children to be trash. Local businessmen in Brazil call them ‘vermin’ and ‘garbage’. They say, ‘If we let them grow up they will become criminals — a blight on our society’. From time to time some have even hired assassins to kill them. A staggering 160 million extremely underprivileged street children…

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God loves music

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October 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

God loves music

An extract from 'Can we rock the gospel?' by John Blanchard and Dan Lucarini - a new book from Evangelical Press on music in worship and evangelism God loves music. We say this not because either of us has a vested interest in securing God's backing for our ministries nor because we want to…

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Encouraging news from Africa

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October 2006
Zambia

Encouraging news from Africa

This year’s Zambian Reformed Family Conference and School of Theology were held in Lusaka from 21-25 August. The keynote address was given by Choolwe Mwetwa, pastor of Central Baptist Church in Chingola, Zambia. He showed from Romans 8 how true spiritual assurance comes from reflecting upon the eternal dimensions of our salvation. Guest preachers…

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The water of life3. The Spirit and pastoral preaching

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October 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The water of life3. The Spirit and pastoral preaching

We began this short series by considering the Holy Spirit in evangelism (ET, August) and continued last month with the Spirit and the church at worship. But I have so far made little reference to a central feature of evangelical worship, namely, pastoral preaching.Of course, as we saw in August, gospel preaching lies at…

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Historical

October 2006
Articles > Historical

Arthur Pink’s paper flock

In July 1952 a somewhat strange and reclusive man was buried in Scotland, at Stornoway in the Isle of Lewis. Probably few of his neighbours knew that Arthur W. Pink was the spiritual leader of a 'paper flock' scattered around the English-speaking world - devoted readers to whom he ministered through his journal Studies…

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Gideon- faith in crisis

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October 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Gideon- faith in crisis

Gideon was a man of faith. Make no mistake about that. But he was also a man whose faith was in crisis. He makes this clear when the Angel of the Lord appears to him (Judges 6:11-13). What was the reason for this crisis? There were two sides to it.One cause was the Midianites.…

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Creation ministry in India

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October 2006
Scientific (including creation)

Creation ministry in India

Earlier this year I visited India and was deeply impressed with that vast nation of a billion people. It is a country of immense contrasts - poverty and yet industriousness; good communications and yet chaos in the cities; the tranquillity of the Ganges and yet the incessant noise of traffic. We asked one of…

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Emergent and the mystics

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October 2006
General

Emergent and the mystics

The Vatican and the Emerging Church have something surprising in common — the promotion of mysticism. A well-known papal document reveals the heart of Roman Catholic policy in this area. ‘It [Vatican Council II] longs to set forth the way it understands the presence and function of the [Roman Catholic] Church in the world…

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Plexiglas preaching

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October 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Plexiglas preaching

I am committed to expository preaching. It is my unshakable conviction that the proclamation of God's Word should always be the heart and the focus of the church's ministry (2 ­Timothy 4:2). And proper biblical preaching should be systematic, expositional, theological and God-centred.Such preaching is in short supply these days. There are plenty of…

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To God be the glory

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October 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

To God be the glory

'All the nations you have made will come and worship before you, O Lord; they will bring glory to your name' (Psalm 86:9).Why do we do what we do? Most of the time we probably don't analyse it. But if we pressed the question on ourselves, what would we say? For example, why do…

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October 2006
Articles > Comment

Comment

Evangelicals face a dilemma. The more they distance themselves from the values and lifestyles of this 'present evil age' (Galatians 1:4), the more marginalised they become and the less they are listened to.  How can we be faithful to the Lord and yet still win a lost world for Jesus Christ? How can we…

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