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HEART subscriber David Rawlings has written a short story for Christmas:
‘The Visitor from Space’
The spacecraft touched gently down. A slim, white figure glided down a ramp onto the snow -covered ground. The last rays of the sun glinted on his helmet. He gazed briefly at the Parish Church silhouetted against the sky and moved towards the town centre.
Carol singers were in full voice in the shopping arcade. He paused to listen for clues, trying to understand the words……
THE FIRES OF ANTI-CHRISTIAN PERSECUTION rage on around the world. Through most of the Middle East, and in large parts of Africa and Asia, our brothers and sisters continue to suffer discrimination, ill-treatment and violence because of their love for Christ. Research has estimated that around 200 million Christians – about 10 per cent of the total number – are disadvantaged, harassed or actively oppressed for their faith.
If Jesus fulfilled the “sign of Jonah”, then Jonah must have drowned and been brought back to life, argues Philip Wren
The Islamic apologist Ahmed Deedat used to love to pick holes in what Christians believe. He was quick to spot inconsistencies between Christian belief and scripture and to highlight what he considered to be contradictions within the Bible.
In one of his booklets he records how he used to challenge Christians on their understanding of “the sign of the prophet Jonah”. He relates asking a series of questions about whether Jonah was dead or alive when he was thrown into the sea; when swallowed by the fish; when vomited out on the sea shore.
In the last two issues of HEART we have published extracts from a short but highly challenging booklet by Sister Joela Krüger of Germany’s Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, founded by Mother Basiliea Schlink in the ashes of her town, Darmstadt, after World War Two.
Previously Sister Joela has warned of a pleasure-seeking society where even Christians are programmed to avoid speaking of sin. Yet this society, in which the Church has tuned out uncomfortable topics from its message, will, she contends, be more willing to ban anything that reminds us of Jesus’s atoning sacrifice.
RACIST ORGANISATION COMBAT 18 is well underway with its preparations for the upcoming 125th birthday of Adolf Hitler. But they have certainly lost the support of one reformed Sussex man. Former neo-Nazi Mark Galpin will celebrate two years as a born-again Christian in September. The baptised father of three and ex-husband of two wives, who would never miss a National Front meeting, shared his former life of racist aggression and radical transformation with Sam Finniear
Philip Wren offers evidence that the crucifixion took place on a Wednesday, not Friday
If you’ve ever wondered why Jesus said he’d be in the grave for three days and three nights, when there is only a two-day gap from Friday to Sunday, here is the historical evidence to show that we’ve been mistiming Easter for centuries
TOUGH DECISIONS FOR CHRISTIANS: Will it be an offence to promote the cross?
This is our second extract from a short but challenging booklet by Sister Joela Krüger of Germany’s Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary, the order founded in the ruins of World War Two by Mother Basilea Schlink
By Sandy Medway
Sandy Medway works within the Christian voluntary and community sector as a freelance consultant and for the last 20 years has helped support a wide range of Christian charities and social action initiatives. She is a Street Pastor in Eastbourne, and an Associate Consultant with Aid for Trade, a Worthing based charity providing free online micro-enterprise resources for people in developing countries. Sandy is also part of a local group seeking premises to set up an Eastbourne-based wood recycling project.
Sandy says, “Instead of a new year’s resolution this year I thought it more beneficial to work out some reminders around my calling and ministry, which would help me stay focused on the important things during 2014.
Where can one find a good read, to inspire, encourage or to revive oneself if circumstances are tough and you are feeling low? Mark Weeden shares some of his bookshelf favourites
King Solomon wrote that the writing of books was endless (and the reading of many wearying to the soul) and this can even be so in Christendom! So here are some books that I have found especially helpful, and also worth rereading.