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November 2016
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Thoughts on Remembrance

As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the military, and especially the army. Both my grandfathers fought in the Second World War (WW2). My nan watched the Battle of Britain from Wimbledon, and my father served in the Parachute Regiment. I was always fascinated by their stories and, even from a young age, knew the importance of remembrance for all those remotely connected with the military. I enlisted into the army in 1991, not just because I needed a job, but because it’s all I had ever wanted to do — to serve Queen and country and be part of an organisation I had always admired. For me, joining the army was like putting cream with strawberries — the perfect match — and I was...

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April 2013
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Missionalism

Have you noticed that the word ‘missional’ has recently entered the evangelical world? But what exactly does it mean? Put simply, ‘missionalism’ means adopting missionary thinking and practices, in order to bring the gospel to contemporary society. It especially requires new ways of ‘doing church’ to facilitate this outreach.

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Contextualisation
September 2011
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Contextualisation

Contextualisation What exactly is contextualisation? This article seeks to explain, in simple terms, to non-missionary readers what contextualisation involves and the aims of those missionaries who recommend contextualisation methods. As we do so, we will begin to understand why there is such acrimonious debate for and against contextualisation.     Although this article relates to mission to Muslims, the principles and conclusions involved are applicable for any use of contextualisation in a cross-cultural environment. We shall also seek to evaluate what is called the ‘C1–C6 contextualisation spectrum’.     John Travis writes: ‘The purpose of [this] spectrum is to assist church planters and Muslim-background believers in ascertaining...

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The global slave trade today
August 2011
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The global slave trade today

The global slave trade today 1. Slavery today is defined as forced labour without pay under threat of violence. 2. 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked internationally every year; about 80 per cent are women and children. 3. Slavery was officially abolished worldwide at the 1972 Slavery Convention, yet it continues to thrive because of the complicity of some governments and ignorance of much of the world. 4. In the 2000 Refugee Report, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright calls human trafficking ‘the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world’. 5. Slavery is an extremely profitable, international industry. Experts estimate trafficking in the US yields $9 billion...

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Grace Baptist Mission  – 150 years of God’s faithfulness
July 2011
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Grace Baptist Mission – 150 years of God’s faithfulness

Grace Baptist Mission    — 150 years of God’s faithfulness In the Sunday school room of the church then meeting in Keppel Street, London, the Strict Baptist Mission (SBM) began its life! It arose out of a young men’s auxiliary of the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) that became dissatisfied with the doctrine and practical organisation of the BMS. Few involved then could have expected the SBM would still be in existence 150 years later! For the first 34 years, it was a mission without missionaries, but the number of churches supporting it grew yearly!     In that period, it supported people already serving God in...

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World Mission – In Russia too, you are what you read
January 2011
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World Mission – In Russia too, you are what you read

In Russia too, you are what you read   Books are nearly as important for the spiritual development of a believer as listening to preaching. Being raised in an atheistic home, I was converted to the Christian faith in 1992 in a Baptist church in Minsk, Belarus.      In the first year of my Christian life I was influenced exclusively by what I heard in church from the pulpit, and also in less formal church settings. The existence of God, the truthfulness of Scripture, free will, repentance, forgiveness in Christ and the centrality of prayer were matters deeply impressed on my mind.      Later, in...

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Utah outreach
November 2010
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Utah outreach

Utah outreach I’m sure many of us think much the same when we hear the phrase ‘mission trip’. Understandably, we think of many places in this world where the poorest and most needy, both spiritually and materially, live.      In my case, about ten years ago at a Bible conference, God directed me to go to Utah. I knew this was a different call to that which many receive.      My name is Bobby. I am 27, live in Middlesbrough and am an area director for the Reachout Trust – a UK ministry that equips Christians to reach out to members of cults and those...

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World Mission – Reaching street children
October 2010
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World Mission – Reaching street children

Reaching street children   ACTION is making a special effort in its ministry of the gospel and of compassionate care, during 2010 and 2011, to street children. The following are seven points of emphasis for its ministry:   1. Make direct contacts with street children, using teams of three or more street missionaries (never working alone). Men are to work with street boys; women with street girls. Counselling is always to be done in twos; and teams on the street to work in teams of at least three.   2. Work with and train churches to put teams reaching street children on the street, and...

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