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(This is an extract from the recently published book by Terry L. Johnson) 4: SOLA FIDE How may a man be made right before God? We are justified by faith alone (sola fide), in Christ alone (solo Christo), the Protestant Reformers answered. This conviction – sola fide – based upon solo Christo, was the principle […]

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Date April 25, 2005
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(This is an extract from the recently published book by Iain H. Murray) If we ask why God was moved to exercise his holiness and justice in such a manner, at such a cost, in the sacrifice of his own beloved Son for our sins, the answer is ‘God so loved the world’. And it […]

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Date April 22, 2005
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The flight to Lusaka, Zambia, was good; I enjoyed reading William Haslam’s “From Death to Life,” the Cornish preacher who famously came into assurance of salvation as he himself was preaching to his congregation: “The parson’s converted! The parson’s converted!” they cried. But the later years of his life were perplexing and the book finally […]

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Date April 13, 2005
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At the Livingstone airport in Zambia pastor Michael Bwembya met me and took me to his home, and on the next day we set off for the Victoria Falls 20 minutes away. We were hampered by a power cut which lasted 12 hours, the water supply was cut off too for 18 hours. On the […]

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Date April 13, 2005
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Of all the dreams that ever deluded men, and probably of all blasphemies that ever were uttered, there has never been one which is more absurd and which is more fruitful for all manner of mischief, than the idea that the Bishop of Rome can be the head of the church of Jesus Christ. No, […]

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Date April 13, 2005
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On Sunday 21 March 2004, the BBC aired Jeremy Bowen’s latest foray into biblical archaeology. Having previously examined the life of Christ and the exodus from Egypt, his subject on this occasion was the Genesis account of Noah and the Flood. Describing it as ‘one of the great myths of human history’, he set about […]

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Date March 22, 2005
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Edmund P. Clowney (b. August 30, 1917) met his Lord face to face on Sunday, March 20, 2005 at the age of 87. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Jean Wright Clowney; by his five children: David Clowney, Deborah Clowney, Paul Clowney, Rebecca Jones, and Anne Foreman; by his twenty-one grandchildren; and […]

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Date March 21, 2005
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A careful study of the history of the west reveals certain recurring types of anxiety. After centuries of suppression of the true Gospel, the early 1500s found Europe full of anxiety over guilt and condemnation. Following the collapse of both Rationalism and Romanticism, the present age is riddled with anxiety over the loss of identity […]

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Date March 21, 2005
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During the first week of December, one of the major French weekly magazines, “Courrier International,” dedicated its cover article to the “phenomenon” of evangelicalism. The evangelical church in France represents only about 0.8 percent of the population according to the most optimistic statistics. Many (if not most) French people have never heard of “evangelicals” or […]

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Date March 17, 2005
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The Church Order of the Christian Reformed Church says that only those persons who “meet the biblical requirements” are eligible for office. Passages like 1 Timothy 3 and Titus 1 teach that, among other things, an “overseer” must “be above reproach,” “manage his own family well,” “have a good reputation with outsiders,” and be “self-controlled, […]

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Date March 17, 2005
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP), The book’s title looks both promising and inspiring. Brian D. McLaren’s new book, “A Generous Orthodoxy,” is sure to get attention, and its title grabs both heart and mind. Who wouldn’t want to embrace an orthodoxy of generosity? On the other hand, the title raises an unavoidable question: Just how “generous” can […]

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Date March 15, 2005
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Gareth Davies a notable Welsh Calvinistic Methodist preacher died on March 4 in Cardiff. On his best days, and he enjoyed many of these, he preached with theological discernment, earnest longing for the salvation of men and women, unavoidable application and a Welsh warmth of spirit. Two memories come back to me. The first is […]

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Date March 15, 2005
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It was about October or November 1952 that a popular witch-doctor went to stay in the home of a local chief at Nkayi in the Shangani reserve. The woman claimed to have been sent by some great spirit in the Matopo hills to make rain, heal the sick and kill the witches and wizards in […]

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Date March 15, 2005
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All who came into contact with the late Aaron Ndebele as fellow-travellers on the highway that leads to Zion and who spent some time in his company will remember him as a Christian and a gospel minister of no ordinary stature. So well endowed was he intellectually that he would undoubtedly have become eminent in […]

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Date March 15, 2005
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There is so much in this book of Tom Wright, What Saint Paul Really Said. Was Paul of Tarsus the Real founder of Christianity? (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1997), that is good and should elicit a loud “Amen!” A balanced review of this book would focus on both its strengths and weaknesses. Here, unfortunately, I shall […]

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Date March 14, 2005
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Dr. Edmund Clowney, a former Westminster Theological Seminary professor and prolific author, is at the University of Virginia Hospital after fracturing his back in a fall on Saturday, 5 March. By Thursday night, complications of flu and pneumonia made his situation bleak, but pulmonary specialists have been able to clear up the pneumonia and bring […]

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Date March 11, 2005
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“But they rebelled and grieved His Holy Spirit; therefore He turned Himself to become their enemy, He fought against them.” Isaiah 63:10. Power Would you agree with me that the church of Jesus Christ in the west is in a sad and woeful state? We have our church programs, activities, seminars, master plans, publishing houses, […]

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Date March 11, 2005
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This article first appeared in The Free Church Witness in January 2005 but was subsequently posted on the Banner of Truth Trust website. The article seeks to identify me (and other Reformed commentators of repute) as ‘antinomian’. I have a number of objections to this article and am grateful to the Banner of Truth for […]

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Date March 11, 2005
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A Life Lived to the End for the Glory of God and the Spread of the Gospel John Rogers, of whom the world was not worthy, was burned at the stake in the year 1555 in Smithfield, England. He was 55 years old, only 4 years older than I am. What was he like? Why […]

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Date March 2, 2005
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God gives good press to doctrine. But surveys of evangelicals usually do not-until recently. In God’s book, knowing his Son and believing true things about him is liberty. “You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free” (John 8:32). God’s self-revelation in the Bible is not a wax nose. Paul calls it […]

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Date March 2, 2005
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It was not until I read the testimony of a Christian man battling against homosexual lust that I realised what the leadership of the American Episcopal Church is doing. This so-called ‘affirming church’ – and there are Baptists and Presbyterians who declare the same message – is saying that homosexuality is God’s plan for the […]

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Date March 2, 2005
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Some years ago during Ramadan, the Vali, who was a conscientious Mohammedan, invited persons of other faiths to an evening feast for the purpose of trying to convert them to Islam. After the guests had feasted on a 13 course dinner, the Vali asked a Bishop: “My Lord Bishop will you kindly tell me what […]

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Date February 25, 2005
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You may say to your children: – when an unwillingness to receive godly counsel, instruction, or rebuke, or when acting like a fool: The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction, Proverbs 1:7. My son, do not reject the discipline of the Lord, or loathe His reproof, for […]

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Date February 25, 2005
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[In the last month Roger Fellows has known a deliverance from serious illness by a remarkable providence. He has shared what happened to his circle of friends writing as follows:] I did not make any attempt to let people know generally that I have experienced heart problems recently (neither did I make any effort to […]

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Date February 25, 2005
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It is now more than seventeen years since my mother’s death. Every mother is special to her own family and her passing leaves a void which can never be filled. The self-denying love of a mother causes her children to be forever indebted to her. In this article I would like to draw attention to […]

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Date February 23, 2005
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