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The paranormal

Last Friday we held our usual monthly services at the nursing-homes.  During the morning, I phoned the nursing-homes to make sure they were expecting us.  Since last month a new matron had been appointed.  She came to the phone; I explained who we are; she assured me that everything would be ready for us when we arrived.  Then she hesitated.  “There is something else you might be able to help us with,” she said.  “There have been some very strange incidents at the home recently. Could you spare a few minutes to …

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Charlesworth Particular Baptist Chapel

You must be aware by now of our concern about the future of Charlesworth Particular Baptist Chapel. In recent issues of the bulletin we’ve sketched out the past history of the chapel.  At times the work there has flourished.  According to the National Church Census held in 1851, the morning congregation was around 100, the afternoon around 200.  Two hundred children regularly attended the Sunday-school.  But in the present day, the work has sunk very low.  Apart from …

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Holding the Ropes

William Carey was perhaps the greatest pioneer missionary since the days of the apostles. Every Christian should be familiar with his story.  Born in 1761, he lived at a time when few Christians understood that they had any duty to evangelise ‘the heathen’ overseas.  Many evangelical leaders took the view that the world had been evangelised by the apostles, and that the Church had no further missionary responsibility.  Yet from the time that he was converted, Carey had a …

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Wary of Christmas?

Many Christians are wary of Christmas.  Some simply ignore it completely. They want nothing to do with Christmas trees, decorations, cards or pudding.  They hate the commercialism of Christmas, the way in which the birth of the Lord Jesus is turned into an excuse for gluttony, drunkenness, extravagance and blasphemy.  I understand where they’re coming from, and share their feelings to a great extent.

Yet I do keep Christmas (I explained my reasons in “Letter from the Manse”  December 2001).  And indeed …

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Why missionaries?

Why is it important that we maintain an interest in the cause of the gospel overseas? Do we need to spend time listening to reports from our missionary friends? Don’t we have enough to do here at home? Millions of people in our own country have never heard the true gospel. Can we afford to put time, energy, resources, prayer into supporting Christians and churches across the world?

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