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Everything in September 2002 issue

A false sense of security

Article

September 2002
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A false sense of security

Last month we began to look at the booklet What about other Religions? by Nicky Gumbel. In this booklet he advocates the ‘wider hope theory’, that is, the idea that many who have never heard of Christ may, if they are sincere, still be saved through him.We continue our analysis by asking what motive…

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University Challenge: A challenge to Christian young people beginning at university

News

September 2002
News

University Challenge: A challenge to Christian young people beginning at university

Welcome to your new life as a student! Welcome to a thousand new challenges! Here are six more. Will you take them on? Away from home and away from school... Think GodEven before you think ‘degree’ or ‘romance’ or ‘independence’ or ‘fun’ — think Christ. Your Maker, Judge and Saviour demands the first place…

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Four creations

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September 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Four creations

'For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind. But be glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy. And I will rejoice in Jerusalem, and joy in…

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Triumphs of grace

Historical

September 2002
Articles > Historical

Triumphs of grace

William Tennent - caught up into ParadiseSorrowing friends and relatives had gathered to attend the funeral of young William Tennent. It was 1727 and William, a theological student of unusual ability, had been studying under the oversight of his brother Gilbert in New Brunswick, New Jersey. But the intense study had damaged William’s health.…

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Missionary Spotlight

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September 2002
Latvia

Missionary Spotlight

Christianity in Latvia   Wasthe 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,…

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Zulu Warrior orphans

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September 2002
South Africa

Zulu Warrior orphans

A massive 2½ million children have been orphaned by the HIV epidemic in South Africa. As a response to the desperate needs, young Zulu Warrior orphans gave a spectacular Commonwealth Games-style art and culture performance at 30 venues throughout England this summer, to raise funds for their AIDS orphanage.   Dressed in traditional Zulu…

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Article

September 2002
Latvia

Missionary Spotlight – Facts

Area: 24,938 square miles. Neighbouring countries : Estonia, Russia, Belarus and Lithuania. Environment : Latvia consists of fertile low-lying plains,with numerous lakes and marshes. The climate in the west is moderated by the Baltic Sea, but the eastern climate is harsher. The main river, the Daugava, runs into the Gulf of Riga. This provides…

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Replacement Theology

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September 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Replacement Theology

On the BBC Sunday programme on 12 May there was a feature concerning so-called ‘replacement theology’. Some in Israel and elsewhere are blaming it for an ‘anti-Israeli’ stance in the West. So what is ‘replacement theology’? None other than the biblical doctrine that the great promises of God in the Old Testament concerning Israel…

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Be good

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September 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Be good

The ‘Charge to the congregation’ given at the ordination and installation of Anthony Selvaggio as pastor of the College Hill Reformed Presbyterian Church, Pennsylvania, on 26 June 2002The presbytery has almost finished its work here tonight. They have ordained and installed a pastor for you. They have given him some parting words of advice…

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Guest Column – Gripped by the gospel

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September 2002
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Gripped by the gospel

Many things grip us in life. It may be a football match, a tennis tournament or a tragic incident displayed on the television. We might be gripped by a song or a stunning building.A proud mum and dad bring their newborn baby to church for the first time. It naturally grabs our attention. Most…

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Missionary Spotlight – Russian churches in Latvia

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September 2002
Latvia

Missionary Spotlight – Russian churches in Latvia

Latvia lies between Western Europe, with its mix of Roman Catholic and Protestant beliefs, and Russia with its Eastern Orthodox tradition. This intermediate position is reflected in its religious makeup.   Latvia’s two largest denominations are the Evangelical Lutheran (central and western districts of Latvia) and Roman Catholic (eastern). Amongst Russians, who make up…

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A cloud of witnesses

Historical

September 2002
Articles > Historical

A cloud of witnesses

Among the Calvinistic Baptists of the late eighteenth century, one of the most important figures is also one of the least known — John Sutcliff (1752-1814), the pastor of the Baptist church in Olney, Buckinghamshire, for thirty-nine years. Sutcliff was an extremely close friend of Andrew Fuller (1754-1815) and William Carey (1761-1834) and was…

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Seven sayings from the cross

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September 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seven sayings from the cross

1. ForgivenessThe first saying of Jesus on the cross is found in Luke 23:34. In effect, it is a prayer of intercession. ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do’. The concern of the prayer is the forgiveness of the perpetrators of his crucifixion. While it stresses the importance of prayer,…

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Heaven

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September 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

5. The experience of heaven (Revelation 21:22 - 22:5) What will heaven be like? We have already seen, in Revelation 21: 1-21, something of what we called 'the geography of glory' - what heaven will look like when this world us wound up at 'the end of the age' (Matthew 13:49; 24:3; 28:20). But…

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