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All articles by Stephen Owen

Steve attended Exeter School as a pupil and has lived in the East Devon area most of his life.
He came to faith in Christ in his 30s, and joined Scott Drive Church in 2001, becoming a
deacon a short time later. Steve has worked for many years in business, and is a prominent member of the Gideons.
He has a preaching ministry of his own in some of the local churches in the area.

Article

March 2017
United Kingdom

Gideons at Exeter University

We read in Judges 6-7 that God gave Gideon a vital task to fulfil with only a tiny number of men. So it was that, at the end of October 2016, an even tinier number of Gideons from local branches undertook the task of witnessing to the students of Exeter University and offering them…

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Article

December 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Mary’s song

There seem to be two views of a 21st century Christmas. The first owes something to Charles Dickens and Bing Crosby: chestnuts roasting on an open fire; the Christmas of jollity and plenty; merry Christmas! It is a time centred around an excess of food, booze and presents; a time to forget the cold weather…

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Article

October 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘Break up your fallow ground’

‘For thus says the Lord to the men of Judah and Jerusalem: Break up your fallow ground, and do not sow among thorns’ (Jeremiah 4:3). Last summer I was walking along a path through two fields near my home. It was during the dry spell at the end of June. In the first field, the…

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Historical

October 2016
Articles > Historical

Whatever happened at Salters’ Hall? (3)

The ‘subscribers’ — those Nonconformist ministers who had voted in favour of a declaration of faith concerning the Trinity — did not take their defeat (57-53 votes) lying down. They returned to Salters’ Hall on 3 March 1719 and unanimously resolved to adopt the words of the 1st article of the 39 Articles and…

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Historical

September 2016
Articles > Historical

Whatever happened at Salters’ Hall (2)

In Evangelical Times, August 2016, we looked at the historical and theological ethos of the nation after the restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660. Our story proper begins in Exeter, Devon, in 1717. It involves two Presbyterian ministers, Joseph Hallett and James Peirce. Joseph Hallett was principal of a dissenting academy…

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Historical

August 2016
Articles > Historical

Whatever happened at Salters’ Hall (1)

‘History’, said Henry Ford, ‘is more or less bunk’. The Roman statesman Cicero had a very different view: ‘he who is ignorant of what happened before he was born’, he declared, ‘is destined to remain always a child’. But what benefit is there in a knowledge of history? To know that there was such…

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News

May 2016
News

Event – Golden anniversary at Scott Drive

On February 21-22, Scott Drive Church celebrated 50 years of Christian witness in the Devon seaside town of Exmouth. David Jackman, former pastor of Above Bar Church in Southampton and one of the founders of the Proclamation Trust was the guest speaker on both days. The founding of the church owes much to Rev.…

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