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1995 Issue 2

The preaching of Jesus in His hometown of Nazareth and His rejection by His "home-folks," "comprise one of the most arresting features of the entire Lukan portrayal of the public ministry" of Jesus. - Stonehouse. Luke begins his account of Jesus' ministry in Galilee by setting Jesus' preaching in Nazareth at the very beginning of his narrative, "as the first concrete report of the message of Jesus and of the impact which He made upon His hearers." - Stonehouse. He did this deliberately to set forth for his readers the leading motifs of His Gospel, and of the early preaching and teaching of Jesus.

Early in the morning we caught a little bi-plane from Newcastle back to Sydney. There we were to connect with a 9:40 a.m. flight to Canberra, the nation's capital. Unbeknownst to us, the connecting flight had been canceled by the airline and we landed too late to catch the only other morning flight to Canberra. Donna was scheduled to speak to a group of ministers' wives at 1:30 p.m., and I was scheduled for a radio program at the same time. By 10:30 a.m. a driver was recruited by Fred's office and, after retrieving our luggage, we set out on the three-hour car trip.

Canberra is situated inland from Sydney and the drive through the countryside was beautiful. Of course we arrived late. The ladies waited for Donna, but I missed the radio program. After Donna's meeting we were taken on a short tour of me capital and then on to a Christian radio station where we taped a couple of programs to be aired at a later date.

We should make it our practice to refer to the war with Britain as the War of (or for) Independence rather than the "Revolutionary War." Words sometimes change their meaning over the years and so it is with the word "revolution." The term "revolution" as it was used in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, merely meant a change of government. Today it implies an unlawful rebellion against legitimate authority. The "Revolutionary War" was not a "revolution" in the modern sense of the term (i.e., the forcible overthrow of traditional authority). The colonists sought to make it clear that they were not rebelling against law or the lawful exercise of authority -- they were defending themselves against an unlawful intrusion upon their constitutional liberties. It was therefore a war for freedom from tyranny and not a war aqainst law or lawfully ordained and exercised authority (as was the French Revolution, which was a true revolution in every sense).

Man is essentially a unity neither a duality nor triality, not consisting of different components which can be laid out like the parts of an automobile engine. Every act of a man is seen as an act of the whole man. Man is not to be viewed as a two fold subject. It is not the soul that sins, but the man. God doesn't love the sinner and hate the sin. It is not merely the body but man that dies. It is not merely the soul that is redeemed, but the man, body and soul that is redeemed. These terms, body, soul, mind, spirit are different ways of looking at one person. "Soul" commonly refers to the whole person, as in Acts 2:41, 27:37, Jos. 10:28, I Kings 19:14, Mat. 6:26, Ezek. 18:14. In Gen. 2:7, when God breathed into Adam, he became a living being, body and soul (See Job 33:4, 32:8). While there are two elements in man, there is a real unity.

It is surprising that many observers have dismissed the very real concerns of communist domination in South Africa as an "allegation" and a "rumour". When 16 of the 26 cabinet members appointed by the ANC are members, or "former members", of the South African Communist Party (SACP) then one has to reluctantly admit that Manrxism has far more than a foothold in the New South Africa. Even more incredible is the attempt to ridicule any who "claim that the election was rigged".

The hard and objective reality is that the SA elections may have been an example of the most fraudulent election ever held. Thousands were murdered during the 4 months of electioneering in the run-up to the elections. Millions of ballot papers went missing just before the elections. Thousands of voting stations reported irregularities; shortages of ballot papers, incorrect ballots, no ballot boxes, no ink with which to mark voters, no batteries for the ultra violet lamps to check if the voter had already voted, inadequate security, and no box for the Inkatha Freedom Party of Dr. Buthelezi on many millions of the ballot sheets. The leader of the Democratic Party claimed that there were literally millions of incidents of fraud and irregularities in the election.