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“. . . since we are all tempted to some form of idolatry, it is helpful to know where we need to erect some defenses. If the rock myth does involve the tacit endorsement of pantheistic, primitivistic [this is, per the author, the noble savage idea of Jean-Jacques Rousseau] celebration of the self and the […]

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Date June 22, 2005
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I am concerned. I am very concerned about the absence of evangelistic preaching today. In many pulpits what is called evangelistic preaching is basically an appeal to non-Christians tacked on at the end of most sermons. But where are the sermons that from beginning to end are “reasoning and explaining and proving from the Scriptures […]

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Date June 22, 2005
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On June15 Miss Ruth Kelly, the British Secretary of State of Education, said that by 2010 state schools would open for breakfast at 8 a.m. and let children stay until 6 p.m. This is the editorial in the Spectator concerning this scheme. “When Ruth Kelly became Education Secretary last December, one of her female colleagues, […]

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Date June 21, 2005
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On March 3, four Royal Canadian Mounted Police were shot dead in a raid on a marijuana farm. The killer, James Roszko, turned the gun on himself. All of Canada was shocked, and at the funeral service in Edmonton on March 9 thousands of Mounties in their traditional broad-brimmed hats and scarlet tunics marched in […]

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Date June 21, 2005
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There seemed to me to be more men this year in the Evangelical Movement of Wales Ministers’ Conference than for some years – about 70 men. As always the spirit amongst us preachers in all our gatherings in the UK is loving and supportive. The main speaker was Arturo Azurdia, a pastor from north of […]

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Date June 17, 2005
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A conference on justification was arranged by the Orthodox Presbyterian Church’s Christian Education Committee of the Presbytery of the Midwest on March 17 in Des Moines, Indiana, USA. The handout of the Committee stated that some voices were calling for a “new perspective on Paul” because the Reformed Church had misunderstood what Paul said about […]

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Date June 16, 2005
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The Back to God Hour is our favourite Christian Radio broadcast. For half an hour each week a message in agreement with the standards of the Heidelberg Catechism is broadcast across America and in many other parts of the world. For many years its brilliant speaker was Peter Eldersveld, followed by Joel Nederhood who once […]

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Date June 16, 2005
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On 21 May, President Bush gave a speech to the 900 graduating seniors at Calvin College’s 85th Commencement ceremony in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The day before, between faculty, alumni, and friends, 823 people took a full page ad in “The Grand Rapids Press” with a signed petition protesting the presidents visit. Another one third of […]

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Date June 16, 2005
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Paul was a man who could stand without any fear and without any apology in Athens on Mars’ Hill. There he is confronted by a congregation of Stoics and Epicureans, and he can speak to them with authority. Ah, but when the same man visits Galatia, where they belonged to a rather primitive type of […]

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Date June 14, 2005
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On June 3, 1905, at Changsha, the capital of Hunan province in China, James Hudson Taylor, the founder of the China Inland Mission (now the Overseas Missionary Fellowship) died. Hunan was the last province of China to be opened to the gospel. He was taken and buried at Chinkiang beside his wife Maria and four […]

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Date June 14, 2005
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“Make sure you’re not missing the point of your life – read this book! The Purpose Drive Life will drive you to greatness – through living the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.” Thus enthused Billy Graham and his son Franklin. It is an example of the many glowing recommendations for the book The Purpose […]

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Date June 10, 2005
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Struggling to achieve salvation through his own efforts, the Gloucester-born student, George Whitefield, at the age of twenty, read The Life of God in the Soul of Man, written by a 17th century Puritan divine, Henry Scougal. Near death for seven weeks because of his constant fasting, Whitefield learnt from this book that it is […]

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Date June 7, 2005
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According to a recent article in “The Los Angeles Times,” the mention of hell from pulpits is at “an all-time low.” The article quotes Dr. Harvey Cox Jr., professor of Religion at Harvard Divinity School as saying that, “There has been a shift in religion from focusing on what happens in the next life to […]

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Date June 7, 2005
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Gentleman, it is time to get a grip for the sake of the church and the glory of our Lord and Master, Jesus Christ. As pastors we are under increasing pressure to conform to congregational and societal expectations. I recently read somewhere that pastors have been leaving the ministry in unprecedented numbers. The primary reason […]

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Date June 2, 2005
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It is only too easy for Christians to become daunted and deeply pessimistic. The world we live in is a dark, and presently an ever-darkening, place. The gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is increasingly and publicly mocked and marginalized throughout society, particularly in the media. Our Government passes legislation that defies the living God. […]

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Date June 2, 2005
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These are the notes of a Question Meeting held at a Communion Season in Stratherrick in the Scottish Highlands in 1961. The verse, Isaiah 45:22, ‘Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else,‘ was put to the men present and one […]

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Date June 2, 2005
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Sir, By building a straw man of creationists (supposedly) misquoting Darwin and Lewontin, Professor Dawkins labels the lot as “ignorant” and skirts the big issue – there is no hard evidence for molecules-to-man evolution. Dawkins has long touted stories on how the eye and other organs came into being by supposed slow evolutionary processes, but […]

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Date May 26, 2005
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On Monday morning May 9 my wife and I were driven to the Speke airport in Liverpool (now sadly renamed the John Lennon Airport after that pretentious Beatle, the hypocritical author of ‘Imagine.’). We were there two hours before our departure to London City Airport. The only significant aspects of that flight were the sight […]

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Date May 25, 2005
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Forgiveness is no minor aspect of the Christian life. It is an incalculable blessing that we receive from the Lord when we exercise saving faith and repentance. By divine forgiveness, the Lord imputes no iniquity to us, but rather counts us to be as righteous as His beloved Son (Psa. 32:2). The forgiveness of our […]

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Date May 24, 2005
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In the ‘Acts & Facts’ of the Institute for Creation Research (www.icr.org) Vol. 34 No. 5 May 2005 Henry M. Morris announces the retirement of his colleague Dr. Duane Gish at the age of 84. He has taken part in over 300 scientific debates with evolutionary scientists. In addition to his debates Dr. Gish has […]

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Date May 24, 2005
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Immediately after the hymn before the sermon, the church’s pastor slowly stood up and walked over to the pulpit, but before commencing his sermon, he briefly introduced a guest minister who was with them in the church that evening. In the introduction, the pastor told the congregation that the guest minister was one of his […]

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Date May 6, 2005
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Now I saw in my dream that the highway up which Christian was to go was fenced on either side with a wall, and that wall was called Salvation (Isa. 26. 1). Up this way therefore did burdened Christian run, but not without great difficulty, because of the load on his back. He ran thus […]

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Date May 6, 2005
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Sermon preached by Ben Ramsbottom at Bethel Chapel, Luton, on Lord’s day morning, April 10th, 2005. Text:“But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed” (Galatians 1:8). This last week has witnessed some of the most amazing things […]

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Date May 6, 2005
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Gomer also needs the grace of redemption. See how God goes about this, “Come, let us return to the LORD. He has torn us to pieces but he will heal us; he has injured us but he will bind up our wounds. After two days he will revive us; on the third day he will […]

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Date May 6, 2005
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I cannot recollect commenting on, far less criticising, a Prime Minister in our congregational monthly letters – but I am going to do so now, with sadness, and yet with resolve. Last month, our PM, Tony Blair, stated that abortion should not be an issue in the forthcoming election! Just who is this PM who […]

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Date May 4, 2005
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