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‘The dungeon flamed with light’-Evangelical revivals of the 18th Century

Historical

September 2003
Articles > Historical

‘The dungeon flamed with light’-Evangelical revivals of the 18th Century

The writings of the New England divine Jonathan Edwards (1703-1758) are of special importance when it comes to the subject of the Holy Spirit’s work in personal renewal and corporate revival.This is because — as Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said — Edwards is ‘pre-eminently the theologian of revival’. His writings on the subject possess ongoing…

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The cutting edge- An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

Article

September 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cutting edge- An occasional series on doctrinal issues today

Once, you had to be a world traveller to see other cultures first-hand. Today, these cultures exist almost anywhere in Britain. In most town centres you will find Chinese, Indian, Thai, Italian and other restaurants. The turbans and veils, temples and mosques, music and dance, shops and hospitals, indicate a racially mixed and multi-cultural…

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Spurgeon at Menton (2)

Historical

September 2003
Articles > Historical

Spurgeon at Menton (2)

Spurgeon’s friend and host, Dr Bennet, is buried at Menton in the higher of the two cemeteries above the old town, apparently in the same grave as his sister’s family.Some of the best sea views are from up here, and it is enjoyable finding one’s way up to this spot through the maze of…

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New Testament Church Practice – Part (2)

Article

September 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

New Testament Church Practice – Part (2)

How did the local church worship in New Testament times? Last month we began to look at the issues raised by Jon Zens in his response to William Horsburgh's review of his teaching (ET June 2003).Our first article questioned the assumption that 1 Corinthians 14 was typical and normative of worship in apostolic times.…

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Article

September 2003
Madagascar

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File – Madagascar

Fact File – Madagascar Area: 226,657 square miles; the fourth largest island in the world; lying east of Mozambique.   Environment : The climate is tropical on the coast, temperate inland, and arid in the south and south west. Madagascar has a narrow coastal plain and central mountainous plateau (Maromokotro 2,876 metres). It experiences…

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Bernard of Clairvaux – An 850th anniversary tribute

Historical

September 2003
Articles > Historical

Bernard of Clairvaux – An 850th anniversary tribute

The immediate background to Bernard's life was the 10th-century revival of monasticism. The centre of this revival was the monastery at Cluny in France (between Dijon and Lyons) founded in 910 by Duke William of Aquitaine. It was believed that the highest state of spirituality could only be attained by means of monastic seclusion.…

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Missionary Spotlight – Madagascar’s religions

Article

September 2003
Madagascar

Missionary Spotlight – Madagascar’s religions

  The Malagasy people are a unique mix of Indonesian and African. Their religion is based on ancestor worship. Madagascar is famous for its cults of the dead.   The capital is full of boutiques, internet cafes and cars — yet most Malagasy live far from ‘civilisation’ and cook home-grown rice on wood fires,…

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Richard Hobson – Part (2)

Historical

September 2003
Articles > Historical

Richard Hobson – Part (2)

In November 1868, Richard Hobson took up his ministry in Windsor - the rudest, most deprived region of south-east Liverpool. Moved by faith, love and prayer, he lost no time.He was urgent to make a fresh beginning in the things of God for the people of Windsor. On the day of his arrival he…

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Speeding the Day

Article

September 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Speeding the Day

Eschatology is the doctrine of ‘Last Things’. If we want to know what sort of things are included under that heading, 2 Peter 3 is a good chapter to read.In this passage the apostle Peter speaks about the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ (v. 4), the destruction of this present world (vv. 10,…

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Guest Column

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September 2003
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column

Created in God's image (2)Man, as originally made, was a truly remarkable creature. Not for him the status of a mere cog in a meaningless universe. On the contrary, here is one who was uniquely made.The Triune God had created him ‘in our image, in our likeness’ (Genesis 1:26). As such, he could stand…

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Christian contentment

Article

September 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christian contentment

One of the great problems for a 21st-century Christian in a highly materialistic society is the issue of contentment. We are bombarded daily with seductive offers and attractions — better jobs, flashy cars, new kitchens, health club memberships, fashionable clothes and so on.How can the believer overcome the temptation to seek more and more…

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Missionary Spotlight : Madagascar – seizing the opportunities

Article

September 2003
Madagascar

Missionary Spotlight : Madagascar – seizing the opportunities

  Madagascar is a large island (1,000 miles long and 300 miles across) 250 miles off the east coast of Africa. It is one of the poorest countries in the world.   No one knows the origins of the indigenous people, although it seems fairly certain that Malagasy culture has Malayo-Polynesian roots. Many of…

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Pilgrim’s Progress

Article

September 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Pilgrim’s Progress

Barry Horner is an American pastor who has spent many years studying the life and writings of John Bunyan. He writes from an American perspective, not always applicable to the scene in Britain.The author’s purpose is to stimulate interest in Bunyan’s famous allegory Pilgrim’s Progress, and to turn our attention from the book’s literary…

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Article

September 2003
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Evangelistic opportunities

Roger Thomas is a full-time evangelistic worker for the Welsh-speaking Evangelical Church in Aberystwyth. ETasked Roger to outline his work — to stimulate all of us to consider the evangelistic opportunities open to our own churches, and to help us pray for those engaged in such ministries. He writes:     I became a…

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Missionary Spotlight – Medicine in Mandritsara

Article

September 2003
Madagascar

Missionary Spotlight – Medicine in Mandritsara

  In 1996 a small mission hospital called the Good News Hospital was opened in Mandritsara, a market town in the northern interior of Madagascar.   This is a remote but populous area, where almost everyone lives by subsistence farming — mainly of rice and cattle. The hospital was begun by a team from…

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A cry for help?

News

September 2003
News

A cry for help?

What is happening to our culture? Recent figures for sexually transmitted diseases (STD) among our young people have surely shocked us. Increases of 500% and clinics overwhelmed with patients are not just disturbing — they are devastating.Questions come thick and fast: What is going wrong? Why is the message of safe sex not heeded?…

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Concerning cults – Mormonism (2)

Article

September 2003
Cults and other religions

Concerning cults – Mormonism (2)

Iam continuing my review of The new Mormon challenge (Francis J. Beckwith, Carl Mosser, Paul Owen: general editors, Zondervan, 2002), a new book by evangelical Christians which responds to the latest apologetic writings of Mormonism.The book is valuable in explaining and describing how the movement is now promoting and defending its message worldwide.While the…

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