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September 1998
South Korea

South Korea (Republic of Korea)

The church in South Korea today The church in South Korea today presents a very mixed picture. Her past history of faithful pioneering by American Presbyterian missionaries; her former, intense sufferings for the faith; and her present, large early-morning prayer meetings: are all well known. The church’s piety, with nights of prayer, fasting and…

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September 1998
North Korea

History of the church in North and South Korea

The first known Protestant martyr in Korea was the Welsh missionary, Robert Thomas, who was killed in 1866 while preaching and distributing Scriptures in the north of the country. Protestantism first took root in 1882, when Suh Sang-yun, a Korean convert of Scottish missionaries in Chinese Manchuria, brought Korean Scripture portions into forbidden Korea.…

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September 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > South Korea

Missionary spotlight – South Korea

Area: 38,200 square miles. North Korea forms the northern boundary. Environment: Mainly mountainous, with a steep eastern coastline. The western coast has many islands and natural harbours. Most people live in the southern and western coastal areas. The climate is continental. Population: 45 million (99% Korean); 11 million in Seoul (capital), 4.3 million in…

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September 1998
Articles > Evangelistic

Becoming a Christian (2): Seeking God

In last month’s article (Part I) we looked at the common but mistaken idea that becoming a Christian is an easy process which anyone can accomplish if he is so minded. This month we shall turn to some biblical illustrations in order to be positive and give better guidance in this matter. These illustrations…

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News

September 1998
News

Town and Country: the potential mission field at your local agricultural show

Regular readers of this newspaper will agree on one thing: that in this age, as in any other, the only answer to the moral, social and economic ills of a nation and its people lies in the Word of God and the Saviour of whom we read in its pages. However, anyone who thinks…

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News

September 1998
News > International > United States of America

A Letter from America

Written on this side of the Atlantic! For the more widely-read amongst us, the word ‘Greendale’ will conjure up images of Postman Pat, Mrs Goggins, Ted Glen, Peter Fogg and a black and white cat called Jess. For me, it now has a new association — Heritage Baptist Church, Worcester, Massachusetts. The notice outside…

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Historical

September 1998
Articles > Historical

Don Jorge

Who was George Borrow? You would not have asked that question a hundred and fifty years ago, for then the author of The Bible in Spain, Lavengro (Word-Master), The Romany Rye (Gipsy Gentleman), not to mention Romano Lavo-Lil (Gipsy Dictionary), was as famous as Charles Dickens. For generations George Borrow, also known as ‘Don…

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Historical

September 1998
Articles > Historical

The Edict of Nantes

World Cup fever is just about over. Like most of the nation I followed the fortunes of Glen Hoddle’s men with great enthusiasm, but I was also intrigued to know that their base camp for the competition was at Nantes. Perhaps this ancient city had only a passing concern for most fans, but, for…

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September 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > North Korea

Missionary spotlight – North Korea

Area: 46,500 square miles. China forms the northern boundary, and South Korea the southern. Environment: Rugged mountains with narrow valleys, and a western coastal plain. The mountains are covered with coniferous and deciduous forests. The climate tends to be harsh, with long and severe winters. The coastal plain, with its five alluvial rivers, is…

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September 1998
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Dying of niceness

We have received the following correspondence from Mr Peter Wick of Cambridge which, while too long for our ‘letters’ columns, we felt was worthy of printing in full. It is not often that I am provoked to write ‘a letter to the editor’. I have only done so on one previous occasion. My usual…

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September 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Discerning the Lord’s body

'For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgement to himself, not discerning the Lord's body' (1 Corinthians 11: 29) God’s Word shows us the consequences of sin, not to depress us but that, by doing things the right way, we might avoid shipwreck. There are things to learn…

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September 1998
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – The Worldwide Church of God (2)

In this second article we evaluate the changes which have occurred within the WCG. The changes have been extensive and startling, but are they adequate? Have the doctrinal changes filtered through to affect members and leaders at local levels? These important questions will be considered below. Further background For the United Kingdom, Ireland and…

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September 1998
Articles > Guest column

How not to raise children

There are a multitude of ways of going wrong in the Christian life, but Eli’s way is particularly sad. Eli was an Old Testament priest who seems to have known God and bowed to his will. When Samuel informed him of God’s judgement upon his household, Eli responded with both grace and realism: ‘It…

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Historical

September 1998
Articles > Historical

Andrew Fuller and the Sandemanians

In December 1967, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones gave an address to what was then known as the Puritan Conference on the topic of ‘Sandemanianism’. Our initial reaction might be that the topic is esoteric, of little interest or value to modern men and women. But we would not feel this way if we were well-versed…

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September 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord our Light – A meditation on Psalm 27

The declarations and prayers of Psalm 27 are made against the dark background of a host of enemies: evildoers who slander, do violence and seek the destruction of King David, the author of this psalm. David likens them to ‘wild beasts’ (v. 2) and to a surrounding army (v. 3). Against such odds, the…

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Historical

September 1998
Articles > Historical

Cyril Lucaris (1572-1638)

June 1998 was the 360th anniversary of the death of Cyril Lucaris (Greek: Kyrillos Loukaris), Patriarch of Constantinople. However, there was no celebration regarding his life and contribution to the faith among the three hundred million Orthodox people in the world today. He was, after all, a heretic. Lucaris was born on 13 November…

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September 1998
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Eastern Asia > North Korea

The church in North Korea today

The present state of the church in North Korea is not easily gauged. There were about 400,000 professing Christians in the North in 1945, with many living in the capital, Pyongyang. By the end of the Korean War there were 100,000. Many emigrated to the South as a result of the fierce communist persecution.…

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September 1998
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Gay rights?

The subject of homosexuality and ‘gay rights’ will continue to fill the headlines over the next few months. We might wish it were otherwise, but there are a number of issues that will be brought forward which will make further public debate inevitable. These issues include lowering the age of consent, repealing Section 28…

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September 1998
Articles > Biblical/theological

Puritan wisdom for today

Puritan congregations (1558-1662) were led by ministers of theological understanding and missionary vision. Their knowledge of other countries was small, yet they prayed for the earth to be filled with the knowledge of the glory of God as the waters cover the sea. Today the gospel has spread through the world, but the biblical…

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