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Yearly Archives: 2004

Ian Hamilton (Cambridge) Peter Marshall was a Scotsman who became the Chaplain to the United States Senate in the late 1940’s. He wrote some words that speak powerfully to our morally decaying society and to an evangelical Christianity that has its focus in all the wrong places. "The modern challenge to motherhood is the eternal […]

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Date June 17, 2004
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Much about this year’s Word Alive was the same as usual – happy reunions with old friends, challenging teaching, the strange, permanent half-rain that characterises Skegness in April. But in the book shop in the Skyline Pavilion, troubled voices could be heard: ‘Have you seen it?’, ‘I can’t believe he’s written that.’ OK, Christians can […]

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Date May 27, 2004
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What is the purpose driven life? In his popular book "The Purpose Driven Life: What on Earth Am I Here For?" Rick Warren claims simply to have taken the Westminster Shorter Catechism’s first question and answer, and extended it into a devotional book. There are positive aspects to his book, such as his emphasis on […]

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Date May 27, 2004
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(Note: What follows is not a sermon manuscript or transcript, but notes made in preparation for preaching.) Gospel Reading: Luke 10: 38-42 We live in an age of busyness: Families: Work, school, housekeeping, shopping, and cooking, soccer, baseball, music lessons, youth group, church committees, and, of course, a little time has to be found for […]

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Date May 14, 2004
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Many Christians are haunted by their past. It can tyrannize them, paralyze them, and all but crush the life out of them. It is undeniably true that one of Satan’s many anti-Christian devices is his bringing our pasts to our remembrance, to humble us, distract us, turn us in upon ourselves, and leave us with […]

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Date May 14, 2004
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(Note: What follows below is not a sermon manuscript but sermon notes and worked out thoughts for preaching. Gospel Reading: Matthew 28: 16-20 On the first Easter morning two women, both bearing the name Mary, but neither the mother of our Lord, went to the tomb where Jesus had been buried. To their surprise they […]

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Date May 5, 2004
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Historic evangelicalism has taken its cue on the needs of humans from the Philippian jailer whose question it assumed to be universal: “What must I do to be saved?” It has followed the lead of the Apostle Paul in proclaiming “how to be saved”: “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved, you […]

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Date May 5, 2004
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Recently a Presbyterian Church in America ruling elder posted a blog stating his stance on an earlier discussion regarding the Pope’s comments on Sunday sports. He made these points: (1) Though he is an elder who has subscribed to the Westminster Confession and Catechisms as “the system of doctrine” taught in Holy Scripture, He has […]

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Date May 5, 2004
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I returned to Israel from studies at the WEC College in Glasgow with clear and well laid out plans. I joined hands with the local Brethren Assembly in Tel Aviv, began a work among the Assembly’s younger people and was employed in Dolphin Press, then the only Christian publishing house in the country. Our means […]

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Date April 22, 2004
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Dr Ben Short was Geoff Thomas’ room-mate at Westminster Theological Seminary in 1961. Ben is now the pastor emeritus of the Orthodox Christian Reformed Church of Cambridge Ontario. His wife, Elizabeth, has recently passed away and this is one of the tributes that has been paid to her: Elizabeth was born in North Vancouver to […]

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Date April 22, 2004
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Ian Hamilton, the pastor of the Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England, and William Harrell, the pastor of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, Virginia are old friends. Both adopt the Scottish tradition of writing a monthly letter to their congregations, and independently of one another the following were the letters they wrote in the past weeks […]

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Date April 22, 2004
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Ian Hamilton, the pastor of the Cambridge Presbyterian Church in England, and William Harrell, the pastor of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Norfolk, Virginia are old friends. Both adopt the Scottish tradition of writing a monthly letter to their congregations, and independently of one another the following were the letters they wrote in the past weeks […]

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Date April 22, 2004
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N. T. Wright, in his book, “What Saint Paul Really Said: Was Paul of Tars us the Real Founder of Christianity” (Grand Rapids, MI: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1997.192 pages), has written one of the most compelling and frightening books I have read in a long time. Compelling, because N. T. Wright winsomely presents […]

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Date April 6, 2004
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It has been 486 years since Martin Luther posted his ninety-five theses on his church door in Wittenberg in 1517. That act was itself not extraordinary. It was an ordinary way of making public notices in those days. Had Luther done it in 2004, he would have created Ninety-five Theses.com! Back in those days, nails […]

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Date April 6, 2004
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I finished the 1000 page book in January; I took three years reading Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ Trilogy. I have watched the three films avidly each December since 2001. I claim no expertise on Tolkien or the famous Trilogy which has sold 50 million copies, but I admit being fascinated and hooked by the […]

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Date April 6, 2004
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