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At two day conferences, one in north Wales and one in south Wales, on February 1 and 2 David Meredith of the Free Church of Scotland at Culloden, near Inverness addressed the ministers on the subject of the rise of the ‘Emerging Church.’ The following is a summary of what he said: We are living […]

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Date February 8, 2005
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God blessed me with loving parents who instructed me in good moral principles. My father was a well known businessman in the town where I grew up. I had everything a human being could possibly desire: love, a good family, friends, success at school, health, wealth, and yet as I grew up I was conscious […]

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Date February 4, 2005
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Arthur Stace was a loser, a no-hoper, an alcoholic and completely illiterate. He lived in the streets of Sydney, regarded by many who saw him as a lost cause. One Sunday night in 1932 he entered St Barnabas’ Anglican Church on Broadway, Sydney, and heard the Reverend T. C. Hammond preach the gospel of Jesus […]

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Date February 4, 2005
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Tsunami – the word took on new meaning when the world awoke to one of nature’s most terrifying acts of devastation. Experts tell us that, ‘The earth wobbled on its axis like a flickering top.’ Dr. Tapponier head of Teutonics at the Institute of Physique de Globe said the earthquake deep in the Indian Ocean […]

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Date February 4, 2005
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History is replete with stories of pastors visiting their flocks-none better than Richard Greenham of Dry Drayton in Cambridgeshire in the 16th Century. Henry Holland, his biographer, records that in the afternoons Greenham visited the sick, or walked into the fields “to confer with his neighbours as they were at plough.” In the same century, […]

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Date February 2, 2005
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Herman Bavinck (1854-1921) was the leading theologian of the nineteenth century Dutch Calvinist revival. Studies in English of Bavinck have been sparse, partly because Bavinck’s four-volume magnum opus Gereformeerde Dogmatiek, is only being translated now (volume 2 on “God and Creation” was published in early November), and partly because Bavinck has often been perceived more […]

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Date January 26, 2005
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Over the last number of months, a serious controversy has blown up in Evangelical circles in Britain over the doctrine of penal substitution. At the focus of the controversy is a book, The Lost Message of Jesus, whose principal author is Steve Chalke, a London minister and founder of the Oasis Trust, which, among other […]

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Date January 26, 2005
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When King Artaxerxes detected a sad face on Nehemiah, he asked his Hebrew cupbearer what was making him sad. The question struck fear into Nehemiah, for to appear unhappy before those ancient oriental kings was taken by them as a dishonor to them-a practical indication that they were not as capable of absolute rule, in […]

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Date January 26, 2005
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Two men started our new year with their very different achievements. The first was 35 year old New Yorker Tucker Shaw who photographed everything he ate in the year 2004 from breakfast on January 1, through all his meals, every glass of milk, each piece of candy, fruit or bag of crisps until his supper […]

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Date January 26, 2005
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‘For the Lord will not cast off for ever: But though he cause grief, yet he willhave compassion according to the multitude of his mercies.For he doth not afflict willingly nor grieve the children of men.’Lamentations 3:31-33. Once every year something unusual occurs in our national calendar: it is the day known as ‘Remembrance Sunday’. […]

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Date January 18, 2005
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“Then Peter took him, and began to rebuke him, saying, Be it far from thee, Lord: this shall not be unto thee. But he turned, and said unto Peter, Get thee behind me, Satan: thou art an offence unto me: for thou savourest not the things that be of God, but those that be of […]

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Date January 18, 2005
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I will outline Baxter’s life and then highlight his zeal, first by his exceptional pastoral work at Kidderminster, then as expressed in his classic work The Reformed Pastor. A sketch of his life Richard Baxter was born in 1615. Unlike almost all the better known English Puritan ministers he did not enjoy an education at […]

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Date January 18, 2005
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Soon after the Lord opened my eyes to see the truthfulness of what we call the “Doctrines of Grace”, I had an interesting encounter with a young lady. I was pastoring a small Southern Baptist Church in Wyoming and this lady was serving in our state that year as a summer missionary. Towards the end […]

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Date January 14, 2005
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Even while Jesus hangeth on the cross in death he is still keeping possession of the throne, and he shall reign for ever and ever. Let this be remembered for your encouragement in the cloudy and dark day. If you live in any place where the faithful fail from among men, do not wring your […]

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Date January 14, 2005
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There are two tendencies among Christians which are equally dangerous and equally wrong. On the one hand you have those who pursue a purely intellectual approach – the only thing that matters for them is knowledge, especially of an academic or theoretical nature. These people usually have big brains and the memory of an elephant, […]

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Date January 14, 2005
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The following is a report of the second half of the Conference. REPORTS FROM OVERSEAS. ANDREA FERRARI – ITALY. In July 2002 Andrea moved to Milan to 14 founder members of a new church with 20 averaging in their attendance. The Alfa & Omega Publishing house has an aggressive publishing programme, the latest being Spurgeon’s […]

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Date January 12, 2005
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About 100 people gathered in Derbyshire for the annual Carey Conference, somewhat fewer in numbers than last year. As in all the free grace conferences in Britain during these years the blessing of God shows itself in the presence of a humble united spirit. There is a good balance of older preachers and younger men. […]

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Date January 12, 2005
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“For the word of God is living and active and sharper than any two-edged sword, and piercing as far as the division of soul and spirit, of both joints and marrow, and able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Heb. 4:12). In conservative circles, there was a time when men had thoughtful […]

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Date January 12, 2005
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Amidst all the hollow fraternization of the ecumenical movement there may be seen one great gulf persisting. This runs along the fault-line of the 16th century Protestant Reformation. On one side of the line stands a host of romanticizing mediaevalists, crying out bitterly over the Reformation’s rending of the seamless robe of Christ: namely, the […]

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Date January 10, 2005
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The fascinating error of Sandemanianism was opened up again at the Westminster Conference in London in December. Sandeman defined saving faith as bare assent. In four issues of the Canadian paper ‘Christian Renewal’ during November and December Doug Barnes the pastor of the URC in Hills, Minnesota, examined the erroneous teaching of the late Gordon […]

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Date January 10, 2005
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The name ‘Alexander’ is virtually synonymous with the story of the first one hundred years of Princeton Theological Seminary in New Jersey, and is woven deeply into the tapestry of its origin, development, and justly-deserved international fame. Many Christians first encounter the name without recognizing it. At the end of Paul Gerhardt’s hymn (based on […]

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Date January 10, 2005
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A recent conference organized by Sola Scriptura Ministries tackled the subject of Church and State in an Age of Terror head-on. Speakers included Dr. George Grant of the King’s Meadow Study Centre in Franklin, Tennessee, Dr. Michael Haykin of Toronto Baptist Seminary, and Dr. Joseph Pipa of Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Carolina. The […]

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Date January 6, 2005
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Despite the appallingly low level of literacy in the land at present, we in the UK are still a nation of readers. Television, computers, videos and the like have not yet ousted the old-fashioned habit of reading. The charge “Give attendance to reading” (1 Timothy 4:13) is as relevant today as when Paul sent it […]

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Date January 6, 2005
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“Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses” (Matthew 8:17) Some Christians profess to believe that Christ bore the sicknesses of believers on the cross. This theory underlies certain teaching about divine healing. The Bible teaches that on the cross Christ bore the sins of believers: “Who his own self bare our sins in his […]

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Date January 6, 2005
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On American television there is a commercial advertisement that is representative of a growing number of such commercials. The camera pans several people doing different, ordinary things, such as walking, talking on the phone, or simply standing. Then the product being advertised is named and appears in writing on the television screen: Valtrex. The announcer […]

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Date January 6, 2005
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