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November 2017
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Conference – Reformation in Rhondda

During October 2017, we were increasingly aware of the darkness and superstition pervading our land. While the state church has been apologising for ‘perpetuating division’, Rhondda Evangelical Church, in Wales, has unashamedly celebrated the 500th anniversary of the commencement of the Protestant Reformation. Greatest legacy This Reformation promoted the English church’s greatest legacy — the Word of God in our own language. In the greatest spiritual movement since the apostolic age, centuries of misguided theological obfuscation were challenged by the Word of God itself and liberated from the obscurities of Latin. As part of our commemorations, headteachers of local primary, secondary and bilingual schools were...

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December 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – UK Creation Mega Conference 2017

Half-term week (26-28 October) saw 1,600 people from 16 nations, including 500 under-18-year olds, attending the UK Creation Mega Conference at West Bromwich, sponsored by Answers in Genesis. The programme, entitled ‘Inspiring a Genesis Reformation’, echoed the Reformation of 500 years ago, with its emphasis on the authority of Scripture — in this case, with relation to the early chapters of Genesis. Each generation, Ken Ham reminded us, needs to measure itself against the standard of Scripture that the Reformers set before the church in the sixteenth century. The widening chasm between secular and biblical worldviews reflects the ancient challenge, ‘Has God said?’, which is...

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December 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Gateshead Reformation conference

St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead, was the location for a conference from 12-14 October, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The conference proper was opened by Rev. Dr William Schweitzer, the minister of Gateshead Presbyterian Church, the hosting church. Dr Schweitzer gave a helpful address on the necessity of the Reformation, reminding us that the same issues from 500 years ago remain present today. This was a central conference theme. There were several types of addresses given: biographical sketches; practical lessons from the lives and ministries of the Reformers; and explanations concerning the doctrines of the Reformation. Throughout, one was reminded that the Reformation...

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December 2017
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Conference – Scottish Reformed Baptist Conference

In the beautiful, autumnal setting of Pitlochry, nearly 40 members of churches across Scotland met for a second Scottish Reformed Baptist Conference. Due to the blessing and encouragement of the previous, introductory conference last year, there was a clear desire to meet again; and so, from 9-11 October, we met together at the Atholl Centre. Saved to serve This year’s theme was ‘Saved to serve’. Jack Seaton spoke at the opening session, on Christian service, considering the words of Paul to Jesus in his Damascus road conversion experience, ‘What will you have me to do?’ We were reminded that to know Christ is to serve...

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December 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Rev. David Bugden (1926-2017)

On 18 September 2017, David Bugden, aged 91, was called home to glory. Although he came to know Christ at around 11 years of age, it was after he left school and was serving in the army that he sensed the call to full-time Christian service. He subsequently went on to train for the Baptist ministry at Spurgeon’s College, London, in 1948. During his first pastorate and through the influence of Dr D. M. Lloyd-Jones, who was minister of Westminster Chapel, London, he came to embrace the doctrines of grace. Over the next 40 years, he served in various pastorates (including two in Canada), during...

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December 2017
News > Ethics > Obituaries

Ethics – UK family life

Christian charity CARE has welcomed a debate held at the House of Lords, in which a manifesto to strengthen families has been discussed. The debate, secured by Lord Farmer, discussed the findings of the manifesto, not least the appalling cost of family breakdown and the need to help struggling families in the UK. During the discussion, Lord Farmer noted the incredible cost of family breakdown in the UK, which is almost £50bn a year. He noted, among other things, the need for the government to appoint a minister with responsibility for families and children. According to a statement from CARE: ‘Encouragingly, almost all speakers either...

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December 2017
News > Ethics > Obituaries

Ethics – Gender identity warning

It is extremely rare for children to have true gender identity concerns, a lead clinician at a gender identity clinic for children has stated. According to Professor Gary Butler, clinical lead at the UK Gender Identity Development service, only ‘one child born in every 20,000’ experiences transsexual feelings. He made the comments during a debate on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, in which concerns were raised over the disproportionate media coverage and government-led push of transsexual ideology, given the rarity of gender questioning among children. During the debate, Lord Robert Winston, emeritus professor of fertility studies at Imperial College London, warned that scientists don’t understand...

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December 2017
News > Society > Obituaries

Society – Faith in Later Life

A new initiative was launched by five leading Christian charities — Pilgrims’ Friend Society, the Salvation Army, London City Mission, Mission Care and Keychange — on 10 October 2017, in the House of Lords. Focusing on the profound societal consequences of an ageing UK population, Faith in Later Life (FiLL) draws attention to wide-ranging changes needed in our communities for older people to live fulfilled, productive and dignified lives. The initiative aims at informing, equipping and inspiring individual Christians and churches to lead in an area of need that is far too often portrayed as merely an ‘issue’ or ‘problem’. But the attitude towards older...

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