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Pulse Magazine – Issue 10

16 February 2012

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Pulse Magazine – Issue 7

10 February 2011

A couple of months ago, I travelled to South Africa where I had the privilege of speaking to an audience of more than 4,000 believers from all around the world at the Third Lausanne Conference on World Evangelisation. The topic given was “Bearing witness to the love of Christ,” and I spoke of the challenges of gospel living. It is all too easy to operate in our comfort zone, yet the early church would not have recognized evangelism that costs nothing. The gospel must be lived and it must change our lives. It is important to ask ourselves whether we are clinging onto things that are holding us back from sharing this powerful, life-transforming gospel. Although it may require suffering on our part, all of our words and actions should be said and done in the name of Christ, for Christ, to Christ, and because of Christ.

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Pulse Magazine – Issue 5

1 June 2010

If you are interested in the science – religion debate, it is likely that you know about the famous encounter between Bishop Samuel Wilberforce (“Soapy Sam”) and Thomas Huxley (“Darwin’s bulldog”) that occurred in Oxford’s Natural History Museum.It was during this exchange, according to the legend, that Wilberforce was supposed to have made the famous quip as to whether Huxley thought he was descended from a monkey on his grandfather’s or grandmother’s side. This apparently prompted the equally memorable riposte from Huxley, that he would rather have been descended from an ape than a bishop who obscured the truth – a response which apparently caused one lady in the audience to faint.This celebrated clash is often portrayed as a pivotal moment in history, when science registered a telling victory over religion in the ongoing power-struggle that has been raging ever since the Enlightenment.

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Pulse Magazine – Issue 4

1 January 2010

The fundamentalist atheists, who have become a publishing phenomenon, tout that God is a delusion destructive to human life and civilization. These authors herald the end of faith and see only positive results at the end of atheism. They contend that reason and rationality will conquer any zealous adherence or devotion to a transcendent God. It’s fairly easy to identify with the concerns that motivate these authors towards atheism. Like them, I grieve over the violence perpetrated in the world in the name of God and religion. I can understand why many poignantly wonder about God’s presence in the suffering wastelands of the world. And certainly, I, like many others, have had life experiences that raise questions concerning God’s involvement in my life and God’s love toward me. I can understand the despair-filled temptation towards agnosticism or even atheism.

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Pulse Magazine – Issue 3

30 September 2009

We are living in a time of well-publicised uncertainty – and fear. The challenges we are presented with are unlikely to go away quickly; indeed it may take more than a decade for us to economically recover. It is always the case that during times of national and global crisis, people re-examine both their lives and their livelihoods. The present crisis with all of its political, social, economic and moral consequences has opened the doors for the Gospel as I have not experienced before. People have come to Christ, or come back to him, as they have been driven to ask what the point of all this economic activity is in the first place. People in positions of power and responsibility have a freshly discovered interest in what we, as Christians, have to say.

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Pulse Magazine – Issue 2

1 January 2009

In 1860, William Wilberforce and Thomas Huxley met at the Natural History Museum in Oxford in what became one of the most celebrated debates of all time. Although they contested various issues relating to Darwin, one report, popularised after the event, ensured that it was best-remembered for Wilberforce’s famous quip as to whether Huxley thought he was descended from a monkey on his Grandfather’s or Grandmother’s side. The debate may have moved on since then, but the relationship between religion and science continues to be a topic that is keenly discussed today. Summer of 2008, John Lennox embarked upon a series of public debates with a number of the world’s atheists. The grand finale was undoubtedly the encounter with Richard Dawkins, which was made all the more poignant by the fact thatit was held at Oxford’s Natural History Museum, the venue of the famous exchange almost 150 years ago.

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Pulse Magazine – Issue 1

30 July 2008

There are many different reasons why people choose to reject the Christian message. Some have a negative perception of what Christianity is all about, disagreeing with certain parts of Christian teaching, for example. Others have intellectual concerns, such as questioning the Bible’s authority or seeing faith as being in incompatible with reason. For others still, Christianity is simply an irrelevance – something that provides comfort for those who need it, but ultimately with nothing to say to society today.We seek to reach all those who are sceptical about the gospel and to address heartfelt objections and concerns about Christianity in a manner that is relevant to contemporary society. We aim to present the truth of the gospel in three ways:

~ Evangelism – focusing on the sceptic and influencers of contemporary culture
~ Apologetics – addressing the questions and issues arising today
~ Training – equipping others to communicate the gospel

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