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Work, Workers, and Missions

Food prices will undoubtedly rise in the United States in the next five years. Alongside the general climb in the cost of living, a major factor contributing to the rise will be the organization of migrant farm-workers into labor unions. Indeed, the most dynamic front in labor organizing today is among the under-paid, under-clothed, under-educated, […]

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Christian Missions in the Days of Dort

By November 13, 1968, three hundred fifty years will have passed since the first “ecumenical” Reformed synod was convened.1 Meeting in the venerable Dutch city of Dordrecht, it aimed at resolving the unhappy conflict between Arminians and Calvinists which rent the Reformed churches. No one should express surprise that the mention of “Dort” brings at […]

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The Board of Missions and TCNN

The Theological College of Northern Nigeria has been the center of much discussion at the Board of Foreign Missions, at Synod, and on the Mission field. The issue surrounding the TCNN is much more important than many realize. It concerns our mission policy on the Nigeria field and others. And it also is a test case […]

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It has been said that the example of the New Englanders in America and their success in converting the Indians to Christianity first aroused the energy of the Dutch for the conversion of the natives in Ceylon. A variety of motivations must have inspired Dutch ministers to sail to the East. Some came to gain experience and […]

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Vasco Da Gama reached Calicut in India on the 28th May, 1498. With this discovery of a sea route from Europe to the East, a new era of history for India and Ceylon was begun. For the next four centuries European trade, culture, and religion powerfully affected the age-old civilizations of Asia. The history of Asian countries […]

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Early Reformed Missions in Ceylon

Palm trees swayed gently against the delft-blue tropical sky as the Dutch admiral, Joris Van Spilbergen, on the 31st May 1602, stepped ashore on the island of Ceylon. He was not the first Christian to set foot on Ceylon soil. Tradition traces the beginning of Christianity in Ceylon back to Apostolic times. The existence of a Christian […]

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