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The Offence of the Gospel

The UK is a post-Christian country. However, it still draws from deep Christian roots. Many institutions, such as schools, scout clubs and charities have strong links to the state church. Surprisingly, many people who otherwise have no faith or church connection, still want to marry in church and have their children baptized. It is difficult to fathom why people would

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FAMILY TRIP TO IRAQ WITH BTJ

My family and I are home from our short adventure into northern Iraq, and I just wanted to take a moment and write very briefly about the journey. There is no way that I can write everything that took place, and I have no intention to. This will be bullet point thoughts. We will enjoy sharing though as we get

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An Update on North Korea – Part 2

The question of how to bring about change in the aggressive course chosen by the North Korean leadership has become more complicated by recent events. First, there is the relatively minor but telling incident of the recent assassination of Kim Jong-Nam, the older half-brother of Kim Jong-Un, in a Malaysian airport. Although the investigation is on-going, it seems reasonable to

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An Update on North Korea – Part 1

A few months ago, an article was published on this website titled ‘Who can stop North Korea?’ Since there have been several important developments, it is time for an update. It was stated that, humanly speaking, three things could change the course of North Korea. Firstly, its leadership could relent and decide to pursue peace and cooperate with the international

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BTJ Marriage Seminar in Shanghai

This week BTJ hosted a marriage seminar in Shanghai for couples serving in the underground house church. The persecution against the underground churches in China has been coming from more than one direction. Even though we often read reports about government persecution against the church, there is another attack that has been launched that is even deadlier – the attack

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Sow in Tears, Reap in Joy

It has been said by someone (though I can’t remember whom) that the blood of the martyrs is the seed of revival. This principle can be seen in Psalm 126:6, which says, “He who goes out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, bringing his sheaves with him” (ESV). It’s a clear Biblical principle

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