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Oliver Cromwell – Toleration in an Intolerant Age

Historical

September 1999
Articles > Historical

Oliver Cromwell – Toleration in an Intolerant Age

‘More often than not, in Puritan England, toleration was a dirty word. It stood not for an edifying principle but an impious policy’. So wrote Blair Worden, then of St Edmund's Hall, Oxford, in an essay on Cromwellian toleration written in 1984.1 To grant ‘a toleration’ was to make ‘an expedient concession to wickedness’.…

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Concerning Cults : Christian Science (4)

Article

September 1999
Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults : Christian Science (4)

It is official. In fact, the claim appears on the web-site of The First Church of Christ, Scientist, in Boston, Massachusetts. The claim? ‘During the past 112 years, more than 50,000 authenticated testimonies of healing have been published in the monthly and weekly Christian Science Journals’. And that is not all. They claim that…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight

The coastal strip of Kenya has been open to the world as long as men have used trade winds to speed their commerce. Portuguese Catholics made sporadic efforts to Christianise Kenya during the sixteenth century, but these came to nothing. Not until the 1840s did Protestants begin to evangelise coastal areas of Kenya and…

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Restoration must always be our aim – Forgiveness

Article

September 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Restoration must always be our aim – Forgiveness

Is there a difference between how a congregation deals with offences and how individuals should handle forgiveness? Yes, there is. When Ben left his wife to move in with the choir director, their church was thrown into turmoil. Repeated attempts to urge Ben to return to his wife were rebuffed. In a sombre business…

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The Sufficiency of Scripture

Article

September 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Sufficiency of Scripture

Last month, we began to look at the sufficiency of Scripture. We continue by first considering God's design in providing the written Word for his people. In doing so, it will be helpful to relate this provision to both the wisdom and the love of  God.The wisdom of GodIt is a basic element of…

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Article

September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Kenya

Fact File – Kenya   Area – 225,000 square miles. Borders’ Bounded by Tanzania, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia and Somalia; and the Indian Ocean to the east. Environment ‘ Most people live in the south and west; the north and east are largely desert. The climate is temperate in the central highlands (Mount Kenya 17,058…

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Tried in the Fire

Historical

September 1999
Articles > Historical

Tried in the Fire

Conceived within God’s secret thought, My way was known and planned of old That in affliction’s crucible He should refine my heart as gold. His searching flame would now destroy All trace of base ignoble dross To fashion for himself at length A vessel, purified by loss. And this I know: though fierce the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Politics and the Gospel in Kenya

Article

September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Politics and the Gospel in Kenya

Since the gospel came to Kenya it has flourished amidst diverse political factors. The British colonial system had both positive and negative effects on missionary work. Positively, missionaries were able to preach the gospel in the stable environment of a political structure with which they, at least, were familiar. Some even acted as administrators…

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Evangelical Spirituality:

Historical

September 1999
Articles > Historical

Evangelical Spirituality:

In 1994 the British Library paid well over two million dollars for a book which Dr Brian Lang, the chief executive of the library at the time, described as ‘certainly the most important acquisition in our 240-year history’. The book? A copy of the New Testament.Of course, it was not just any copy. In…

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Shine like Stars

Historical

September 1999
Articles > Historical

Shine like Stars

An ageing, white-haired saint, stooped and slightly trembling, listened as his accusers challenged him to worship Caesar and deny his God. The old man gave this reply, ‘Eighty-six years have I served him, and he has done me no wrong. How then can I blaspheme my king who saved me?’ He then prepared himself…

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Guest Column

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September 1999
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Children in ChurchSo often we seem to be at two extremes in our approach to children in church. On the one hand the church service is conducted as a kind of mini children’s circus. The whole event appears to be centred on them. The singings are suitably chosen and the preacher demonstrates that if…

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Missionary Spotlight Gospel Needs in Kenya

Article

September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight Gospel Needs in Kenya

European missionaries, like David Livingstone and Joseph Thompson, brought the gospel to Kenya during the nineteenth century. The Presbyterian Church began work in Nairobi and, based there, moved into the centre of Kenya. The Africa Inland Mission worked in the White Highlands, the Rift valley and Eastern Kenya. Kenya ceased to be a British…

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A Generation without Fear

Article

September 1999
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A Generation without Fear

When you kill others and then kill yourself it is plain you have no fear of God. The idea that all accountability can be avoided by suicide reveals there is no knowledge of a holy and just God who can cast both body and soul into hell (Matthew 10:28).The two teenagers in Colorado who,…

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Going to the King

Article

September 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Going to the King

‘Kill the Jews!’ declared the edict of Xeres, king of Persia. Yet his own beautiful wife, Queen Esther, belonged to the condemned people. So why pass a decree to exterminate his queen's own people?There was a simple reason: Xerxes (also known as Ahasuerus) did not know that his queen came from the Jewish race.…

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Missionary Spotlight

Article

September 1999
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight

This church was begun in an eastern suburb of Nairobi in 1978. At present, it has two pastors and forty-three resident and ten non-resident members. One of the pastors is a Kenyan and the other an English missionary.   There are few people in Nairobi who sincerely desire to know the Word of God…

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Fathers of the early church – Part 2 – The letter to Diognetus

Historical

September 1999
Articles > Historical

Fathers of the early church – Part 2 – The letter to Diognetus

Previous article in this series: Fathers of the Early Church - Part 1 - Why should we take notice? By the middle of the second century, persecutions against Christians were becoming more frequent. Many false rumours about Christian activity were abroad. In response, a group of Christians wrote ‘apologies’, and have become known as…

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Fire and Water

Historical

September 1999
Articles > Historical

Fire and Water

On 1 August 1937, five hundred people assembled for the opening of the newly-built Peking Christian Tabernacle. The threat of Japanese troops gathering outside the city could not stop the congregation attending the church’s dedication service. Peking, once known as ‘the market place of the world’s ideas’, was now a sleepy city. But within…

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Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

Article

September 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Divine Sovereignty and Human Responsibility

The errors of Arminianism have prevailed in western Christianity over the last hundred years or more. Inevitably these errors have been carried to the mission fields. The theological renewal since the 1960s has seen a recovery of the Reformed faith. However, in this recovery a small minority have fallen into hyper-Calvinism.A stable doctrineA most…

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The five points of Calvinism

Article

September 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

The five points of Calvinism

Some people will say that Calvinistic doctrine inhibits evangelism. They will say, ‘If everything is predestined and if the saved are fixed according to a decree of God, without reference to man's will, what is the point of evangelism?’In reply, the point has to be made that not only is the end predestined, but…

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Oliver Cromwell – Defender of the Faith

Historical

September 1999
Articles > Historical

Oliver Cromwell – Defender of the Faith

This year, the four hundredth anniversary of the birth of Oliver Cromwell, has occasioned many articles in the secular and the religious press. Britain’s only experience of republican government, under Oliver Cromwell, has inevitably attracted the attention of political writers. The experiment did not last long. Political uncertainty after the death of Cromwell led…

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