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Pulse Magazine – Issue 10

16 February 2012

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Pulse Magazine – Issue 9

17 October 2011

Welcome to the ninth issue of Pulse, the apologetics magazine published by our ministry.
This includes all the latest information about RZIM Europe and the Oxford Centre for Christian Apologetics, as well as articles on evangelism and apologetics, details about training opportunities and much more.

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Pulse Magazine – Issue 8

18 July 2011

As we reach the summer there is a great deal of excitement about the many activities that we are involved with. Our team has taken part in a number of missions across the UK, including Sheffield, Canterbury and Leyland, and it has been a delight to see people both coming to the Lord and signing up to the follow-up courses. It has also been a real pleasure to see the work of the OCCA students in this, as they put their training to good effect.

It is also great to see that our Associates are continuing to quite literally change Europe. One of THE highlights of our recent time together was the opportunity to be able to listen to the reports of how our training has changed their lives and ministries and how they have used our materials to train hundreds of others. The biggest single impact has probably been in France and we are continuing to seek to grow and support our Associate network.

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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 6

18 November 2010

For a while now, at least in the Western world, the existence of any form of pain, suffering or evil has been regarded as evidence for the non-existence of God. If a good God existed, people say, these things wouldn’t. But they do and, therefore, He doesn’t. My job takes me around many different parts of the world in order to answer people’s questions about the Christian faith. I find it fascinating that I have never been asked this question in India, which I have visited on many occasions and which certainly knows a lot more about suffering than we do.

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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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