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Everything in September 2005 issue

Work, leisure and the Christian

Article

September 2005
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Work, leisure and the Christian

Work and leisure are God’s gifts to the human race, yet within Christian churches they are neglected topics and young people receive no clear direction in these areas. Society’s attitude towards them is dominated by a secular and pragmatic outlook. The way people spend their leisure time often reflects the decline of moral and…

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What’s the point of education?

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September 2005
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What’s the point of education?

I was reading and meditating on the book of Hebrews recently, when it hit me forcefully that a basic and compelling reason for education — the rigorous training of the mind — is so that a person can read the Bible with understanding.This sounds too obvious to be compelling! But that’s just because we…

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Missionary Spotlight – House churches in Vietnam

Article

September 2005
Vietnam

Missionary Spotlight – House churches in Vietnam

The evangelical house churches of Vietnam operate independently of the officially recognised Evangelical Church of Vietnam. The latter church represents 20% of Vietnam’s Protestants. Under the communist government, churches must register and comply with strict regulations governing their activities and teachings, the training and appointment of ministers, and contact with Christians from other countries.…

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Church growth – New Testament style

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September 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Church growth – New Testament style

Peter's sermon at Pentecost (Acts 2:14-47) was exceedingly simple. There were no illustrations, no stirring stories, no marvellous points of logic, no soaring heights of oratory, The Apostle simple declared that truth of God, boldly exposing the sin of his hearers and explaining the meaning of Christ's death and resurrection.But every word he spoke…

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Holocaust Denial-What it is and why evangelical scholars must categorically reject it

Historical

September 2005
Articles > Historical

Holocaust Denial-What it is and why evangelical scholars must categorically reject it

The Holocaust - the attempt by the German Nazis to wipe out the entire Jewish population of Europe - is the greatest tragedy the Jewish people have ever faced. It is also a Christian problem because most of the perpetrators of the Holocaust were baptised church members. The bystanders who did nothing to halt…

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To Bala for a Bible

Historical

September 2005
Articles > Historical

To Bala for a Bible

To Bala for a BIBLE- 2. For all the world   God’s gift to North Wales- Thomas Charles of Bala (1755-1814)   This month and next we celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth on 15 October 1755 of Thomas Charles of Bala In a narrow and lovely valley at the foot of Cadair…

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Modern Christian Mysticism

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September 2005
Cults and other religions

Modern Christian Mysticism

3.   Contemplative prayerThe heart and soul of mysticism, Christian or otherwise, is the art of meditation or contemplation. Contemplative prayer (also known as ‘centring prayer’ and ‘breath prayer’) is rapidly gaining popularity and acceptance in evangelical circles, so it is vital that we understand exactly what is being promoted and why we are concerned.First…

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Learning from the past

Historical

September 2005
Articles > Historical

Learning from the past

History has always been one of the great loves of my life. It is something I learned from my father while I was still very small. His passion to understand his own roots, and his conviction that the people of the past were worth getting to know, communicated itself to me.Tramping with him through…

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Missionary Spotlight – Rejoicing in tribulation

Article

September 2005
Vietnam

Missionary Spotlight – Rejoicing in tribulation

The evangelical church in Vietnam, numbering some 1.2 million Christians, has experienced a six-fold growth in the last ten years. Many churches have weekly days of corporate prayer and fasting, and run programmes of reading and memorising Scripture. They also have a commitment to preaching the gospel – and not just in their own…

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Guest Column – How to spoil a prayer meeting

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September 2005
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – How to spoil a prayer meeting

Here are ten sure-fire tips guaranteed to make the corporate prayer life of any local church ineffective. Yes, your church can become weak and succumb to spiritual paralysis! Just follow these ten steps and the pulpit will lose its power, lives will cease to make an impact, and the church will become barely distinguishable…

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Article

September 2005
Vietnam

Missionary Spotlight

Christianity in Vietnam Missionaries of the Christian and Missionary Alliance began work in Vietnam in 1911. By 1929 their work resulted in the establishment of an independent Evangelical Church of Vietnam. Over the years other missionary societies joined in the work of church-planting and by the end of the Vietnam War in 1975 there…

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Article

September 2005
Articles > Comment

Comment – Just a Bible

‘Just teaching the Bible to a few children doesn’t seem like great progress’. This might be our reaction to the pictures of Iraqi Sunday school children on page 15. But if you are tempted to think like that, you would surely be wrong.In this and next month’s ETwe recall the famous adventure of young…

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Preaching Christ

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September 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

Preaching Christ — what a novel idea! Or is it? Not at all! To preach Christ is to preach ‘all the counsel of God’. That fact is presented with great clarity by Edgar Andrews in his latest book, Preaching Christ,published by Evangelical Times.The Word of God is not a book about science, morality, history,…

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Encouraging believers in Vietnam

Article

September 2005
Vietnam

Encouraging believers in Vietnam

  Over the past two years I have taken six trips into countries near Cambodia that do not have religious freedom and whose governments actively persecute the church of Christ. On a few occasions I have been able to join groups of people smuggling Bibles into Vietnam.   What a joy to be able…

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The Cutting Edge- Feminism

Article

September 2005
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cutting Edge- Feminism

2. Feminism's false gospelWe saw last month that men and women, both made in the image of God, are ‘equal but different’ because of who God is. Thus the model for human relationships is not interchangeable egalitarianism, as feminism supposes, but God’s Trinitarian inter-relationship — involving a complex pattern of initiation and response, of…

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A place for prayer

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September 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A place for prayer

Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find'. And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the…

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Article

September 2005
Vietnam

Missionary Spotlight – Socialist Republic of Vietnam

Area:128,000 square miles   Neighbours: Cambodia, Laos and China.   Environment: Vietnam has a tropical climate. There are northern mountains, central highlands, and flat river delta areas in the north and south (Mekong river).   Population: 83.5 million (plus 2 million diaspora).   Infant mortality: 26 deaths per 1,000 births.   Life expectancy: Males…

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Who has Peter’s keys?

Article

September 2005
Cults and other religions

Who has Peter’s keys?

In his very first message on 20 April 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke of himself as 'Peter's current successor'. For most Catholics, the belief that the pope derives his authority from Peter is the main cornerstone of their faith.I never questioned this presupposition until the very end of my 22 years as a Catholic…

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