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All articles by Gary Benfold

Gary has been minister at Moordown Baptist Church since 1997 after spending seventeen years pastoring a church in Buckinghamshire.
He has a passion for explaining the Bible and its relevance to believers and unbelievers alike and tries to do so in a clear and jargon-free manner.

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December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

The gift of God

Often, three questions come to mind when we open a present: Who is it from? What does it do? And finally (perhaps a little guiltily!), how much did it cost? The Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that was ever given, and I want to use those three questions and a verse of…

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News

October 2015
News

Aber conference 2015

The weather isn’t always kind in Aberystwyth in August, but it has been the time and venue for the Evangelical Movement of Wales’ English Conference every year for 50 years. There are still some people — a declining number obviously — who have been present at every one. Around 1500 people descend on the…

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October 2013
Articles > Guest column

The ‘yes-man’

Sometimes it’s good to be a ‘yes-man’. Let me tell you about one; his name was Arch. That’s his real name, and a few readers may have known him. He was a deacon and church secretary of the first church I pastored and one of the best men I have ever known. He was…

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News

October 2013
News

Aberystwyth Conference

Car packed? Rooms booked? Satnav charged and set? Off we go! It’s August and time for ‘Aber’.     The Aberystwyth Conference, arranged by the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) and run now for 50 years or so, has a distinctive ethos of its own. A shade more traditional than other conferences perhaps, and certainly…

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September 2013
Articles > Guest column

How to avoid falling away

I was converted just a few weeks before going up to university 40 years ago this month. In my first week there, two Christian girls living in the same halls discovered I was a new Christian and made it their job to encourage me, integrate me into the Christian Union and a church, and…

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Article

August 2013
Articles > Guest column

August!

August: the month of school holidays (always), my holidays (sometimes) and sunshine (occasionally). It’s also the anniversary of my father’s death. He hadn’t been answering his phone all day, so I went across in the evening and found him. There had been no warning, no preparation; no prior illness, no indication that we were…

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The call

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March 2005
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The call

These days, there seem to be very few real preachers approaching Bible colleges for training. Friends of mine have spoken to leaders in several colleges who all lament the same lack. Why is this?'Ah' say some, 'it's a sing of God's judgement; there's a famine of the Word of God in the land'. Well,…

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