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September 2000
Articles > Cults and other religions

Concerning Cults – Universal Pentecostal Church (2)

In terms of biographies, it is far from being a classic. Nor is it particularly well written. With an unattractive cover and format, this paperback has been produced cheaply in the Third World to make it available to a wide readership in Asia, Africa and Europe. The biographer is anonymous but is, I suspect,…

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September 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Evangelical Spirituality: The heart of Jonathan Edwards’ spirituality (3)

In the last two articles in this series we have been considering the spirituality of Jonathan Edwards, particularly as it is found in his classic work The Religious Affections. We have looked at the background to this book as well as the first six ‘marks’ of what Edwards considers to be genuine spirituality. Rooted…

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Historical

September 2000
Articles > Historical

Nicholas Ridley – The Reformation years

Along with Cranmer and Latimer, Nicholas Ridley was one of the three principal figures of the English Reformation. It is thought that he was born 500 years ago, in 1500, which is why we are remembering him this year. Some consider him to be the leading thinker of the English Reformers. At his trial…

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September 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Beatitudes: blessed are the pure in heart

Sin and moral impurity are not new. Yet in recent times there has been a flood of permissiveness in our society, and especially since the 1960s. With some justification it has been said, ‘We put Sodom and Gomorrah to shame’. It is doubtful that Sodom and Gomorrah had the range of carnality and excess…

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September 2000
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Where does your money go?

When the last British Government introduced the National Lottery, they promised that this money would be used as extra funding for good causes and would not in any way replace their commitments. Very soon they broke this promise, and the Department for the Environment used Lottery funds for causes that had already been promised…

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September 2000
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Northern Africa > Egypt

Egyptian church History

Isaiah 19 predicts that one day the worship of the true God will be supreme in Egypt. In Acts 2, Egyptians were among the many converts on the Day of Pentecost. Tradition has it that the evangelist Mark, perhaps along with these Egyptian converts, spent much time preaching in Egypt. Whether or not this…

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September 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > Latvia

Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Latvia

Was the human voice designed for speech or song? This question helps us to focus on the central Baltic nation — Latvia, lying between Lithuania and Estonia, and recent winner of the Eurovision Song Contest. Latvia is well known for its song festivals. In many ways its fight for survival, and re-emergence into the…

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September 2000
Articles > Cults and other religions

Belief and morals among the Taylorites

If the Taylorite Exclusive Brethren (‘the Exclusives’) were just a harmless Evangelical sect, seeking to be faithful to the gospel, they would deserve our respect and might be left to work out their own salvation. But this description will not fit. First, they have no consistent evangelical mission but are resolutely private, admitting no…

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September 2000
Articles > Guest column

Guest column

I was recently reading the familiar story of Jesus’ birth in Luke 2:8-20. It is in this passage that we read how the birth of Christ was first announced to mankind. Normally, in ancient times, when a king’s son was born, there was a grand public announcement accompanied by great public rejoicing and celebration.…

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September 2000
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Slovakia

“Come to Presov”

A letter arrived from eastern Slovakia inviting me to go to the town of Presov to preach the gospel. Whilst an avid student of atlases, I had never heard of Presov, nor was I familiar with that part of the world! I felt drawn to accept the invitation, and Willis Metcalfe offered to come…

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September 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Believers need the gospel

Paul had never been to the city of Colosse. He had never preached to the church there, never prayed with those Christians, and never sat down with them and fellowshipped in the things of God. Yet when he heard of a difficulty that was causing problems in the church at Colosse, he was deeply…

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Historical

September 2000
Articles > Historical

Two Thousand Years of Christianity: The Reformation spreads

When Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of Wittenberg Church, John Calvin was only 8 years old. But he was destined to become the foremost theologian of the Reformation. Calvin was born in France in 1509 into a Catholic family. He was converted while a student at the University of Paris, but…

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September 2000
Articles > General

Reformation in Missions

Some years ago my wife and I attended a church which had convictions about the Reformed faith. Just before Christmas we heard its children singing a well-known song in Sunday school — Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer! Clearly, a church may be reformed in doctrine but not in practice. This is especially true in…

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September 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Philemon

Tucked away in your New Testament lies Paul's short letter to Philemon, a letter consisting of just twenty-five verses.  'Philemon' is the shortest of all Paul's epistles, and can be read right through in less time than it takes to boil an egg. The background The human circumstances which gave rise to this letter…

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Historical

September 2000
Articles > Historical

Havelock of Lucknow – ‘But God was with him’ (Acts 7:9)

Next to Nelson’s column in Trafalgar Square stands the statue of Major General Sir Henry Havelock, the nation’s tribute to a gallant Christian soldier. Yet few readers are likely to have heard of him. When news of his death reached England at the height of the Indian Mutiny, The Times said it fell ‘upon…

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