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All Articles from October 2008

Guest Column – What’s the big idea?

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October 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – What’s the big idea?

What's the big idea? Poor John Lennon. He believed that if we could all imagine there was 'no hell below us' and 'above us only sky', the world would 'live as one'. It was easy if we would only try, Lennon assured us, and the song still has the power to turn eyes misty. But the…

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Battling over the Bible

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October 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Battling over the Bible

Battling over the Bible   It is more than thirty years since Harold Lindsell coined the phrase 'Battle for the Bible' in the title of a book about the inerrancy of Scripture. Leaving aside what he said for the moment, his choice of title captured the real sense of conflict within the evangelical community…

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Dignity in growing old

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October 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Dignity in growing old

Dignity in growing old Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 is a magnificent statement and a poetic masterpiece. It begins: 'Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”...' But we are so familiar with this passage that we often…

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The Downgrade Controversy of the 21st century

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October 2008
Scientific (including creation)

The Downgrade Controversy of the 21st century

The Downgrade Controversy of the 21st century I have just finished reading Denis Alexander's new book Creation or Evolution; do we have to choose? and have realised just how sophisticated we Evangelicals have become in justifying our disbelief. I have no doubt that Denis is sincere in his view that Genesis 1-3 is some sort…

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Missionary Spotlight – The greatest need of Latin America

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October 2008
Americas

Missionary Spotlight – The greatest need of Latin America

The greatest need of Latin America   I have become increasingly concerned about unhealthy trends in Costa Rican and Guatemalan Protestantism. True, solid, faithful Bible study and Bible teaching are needed here, more urgently than ever.   Perhaps partly due to powerful media influences, we’re bombarded with rare doctrinal novelties and heresies. Among the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Costa Rica at a glance

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October 2008
Costa Rica

Missionary Spotlight – Costa Rica at a glance

Costa Rica at a glance   Costa Rica is a mountainous Central American nation. Nine per cent of its four million inhabitants profess to be evangelical; 85% are Roman Catholics.      Most Costa Ricans are Spanish or mestizo (mixed European-Amerindian); 3% are of black African origin (largely, English-speaking descendants of 19th-century Jamaican immigrants). Spanish…

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Missionary Spotlight – Learning Spanish

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October 2008
General

Missionary Spotlight – Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish   Sometimes the most routine job has eternal consequences. Just ask Julie Chamberlain. She is the director of the Spanish Language Institute in San José, a school that has taught Spanish to between 13,000 and 14,000 evangelical missionaries since it was founded in 1942.   ‘People who have graduated from here have…

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His Lordship first

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October 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

His Lordship first

His Lordship first The book of Acts reveals how the gospel was first made known to people who were, initially at least, not Christians, be they Jews or Gentiles. The epistles, however, were written to churches or people who at least professed faith in Christ. It should be clear, therefore, that to learn how to present…

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Holiness

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October 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Holiness

Holiness There is a book of Scripture entirely devoted to holiness. Can you think which it is? No, it's not 1 John or Romans but Leviticus - hear chapter 11, verse 4: 'I am the Lord your God ... You shall be holy for I am holy'. I suppose the idea of holiness is odd to…

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Pastoring with both eyes open (2)

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October 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pastoring with both eyes open (2)

Pastoring with both eyes open (2)   Most conservative pastors spend hours every week studying the Word for sermons and Bible studies. They sincerely believe that the Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and necessary for salvation and godly living. But when it comes to the real problems of life and conflict resolution, they often leave…

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Christians & Muslims together

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October 2008
Cults and other religions

Christians & Muslims together

Christians & Muslims together  Reflections by Barnabas Fund on the Final Declaration of the Yale Common Word Conference, July 2008.  The 'Common Word' process is an interfaith dialogue initiated in October 2007 by a letter from 138 Islamic scholars to the Pope (see ET, February 2008, p.1). As a continuation of this process, and following…

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Missionary Spotlight – Coping with upheavals in Costa Rica

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October 2008
Costa Rica

Missionary Spotlight – Coping with upheavals in Costa Rica

Coping with upheavals in Costa Rica   The twentieth century witnessed two upheavals, the first being the growth of urban communities. Early in the century 14% of the world’s population lived in cities; today 50% are urbanites.1      If we bear in mind that over the same century world population has more than tripled,…

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October 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – The challenge from within

The challenge from within This month's comment is adapted from an article by Singapore missionary Mok Chee Cheong, who has been pastoring a Reformed church in London and has recently returned to missionary work in Kenya.  The history of the Christian church in nineteenth-century Britain, with its unflagging missionary endeavour, was a glorious one. But…

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October 2008
General

How shall they hear?

How shall they hear?   Good question. The apostle Paul asked it in Romans 10:14 and we should still be asking. Exactly how will they hear — those folk in the shopping mall; those teenagers hanging round the town square; those tower-block residents round the corner; those mums at the school gate waiting for…

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The heart of China

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October 2008
China

The heart of China

The heart of China   Colin Nevinconcludes his China travelogue   It was the last day of my journeying before heading back to Beijing and I visited Kaifeng, the ancient capital during the Northern Song Dynasty, to investigate the history of an enigmatic Jewish Community who had settled there some 1,000 years ago.  …

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Missionary Spotlight – Dispelling the image

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October 2008
Costa Rica

Missionary Spotlight – Dispelling the image

Dispelling the image   As one of very few Reformed churches in Costa Rica, our small denomination (comprised of four congregations) swims against a current set by the Roman Catholic Church and the many ‘evangelical’ churches that have sold out to ‘health and wealth’ neo-Pentecostalism.      This makes for slow going, but God is good…

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