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November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A labour of love

Why have I written this book? That’s a good question. There are a host of reasons, but two in particular merit mentioning at the outset. First, I’ve written this book out of concern for the church’s diminished appreciation of pastoral ministry. I realise this assessment might come as a surprise to some, but I’m…

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November 2013
Articles > World Mission

We have found water!

John Piper, in his book entitled Let the nations be glad, writes, ‘The pain of our shattered plans is for the purpose of scattered grace.’ This has been the experience of many Christians in war-torn Ivory Coast. Below is a first-hand account of God at work earlier this year, transforming lives by his grace.  …

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Is God watching?

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November 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Is God watching?

From time to time, I’m told that people’s behaviour is no worse than it was 50 years ago, but, according to the University of Essex, people are gradually becoming more dishonest. The results of a recent study, undertaken by researchers at the University of Essex (‘Study shows “decline in integrity”’, MSN news, 25 January…

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November 2013
Argentina

Argentina

A year ago we had talked with our home church pastor, Mostyn Roberts of Welwyn Evangelical Church, about the possibility of him visiting us in August 2013, to minister the Word of God to various Reformed Baptist churches, with which we have built contacts over the last few years. He gladly accepted the invitation…

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Historical

November 2013
Articles > Historical

John Newton’s dream

The free and easy relationship young John Newton enjoyed with his mother stands in marked contrast with the dreadful, distant relationship he endured with his father. As soon as Captain Newton landed in Wapping after a sea voyage, he would be seen striding through the streets and into the door of his house on…

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News

November 2013
News > Youth Features

‘True living’ conference

From 27-28 July, Dr Joel Beeke (Grand Rapids, USA) paid us a visit at the Evangelical Reformed Church, Lauriston Road, Hackney, for a two day conference entitled ‘True living’. 150-180 people attended over the course of the two days.     Day 1 started at 3.00pm with a topical sermon on Ephesians 5:25, entitled ‘True…

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November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Adoption: God’s greatest blessing

Do you pray for your children? If so, what do you ask God to do for them? My prayers for my children and grandchildren are directed primarily towards their spiritual welfare. Over my lifetime, my intercessions for them have included a wide variety of requests, often dictated by the need of the hour. But,…

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October 2013
Asia

Tibet’s well-sold lie

The sky burial site was a disturbing scene. The sweet smell of rotting flesh filled the man’s nostrils, stimulating his salivary glands so that he felt sick yet hungry at the same time. Around a group of flat stones, he could see bloodied hatchets lying on the ground amidst torn clothes and human bones…

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Historical

October 2013
Articles > Historical

David Brainerd (1718-1747) (2)

Last month’s article on David Brainerd highlighted Jonathan Edwards’ esteem for his friend as an exemplar of authentic Christianity. Although dying when only 29, Brainerd was a classic role model for how the kingdom of God is extended. In 1729 Jonathan Edwards had become pastor at Northampton, Massachusetts, then a town of about 1000…

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October 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Indulgences today (2)

In September’s ET we observed that the Vatican had recently proclaimed an ‘indulgence’ for ‘contrite’ Catholics for attending the Catholic World Youth Day, held in Rio de Janeiro; or for following the Youth Day on Twitter. We saw that the long established Catholic practice of indulgences is a denial of the true gospel. The…

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October 2013
Belarus

Belarus’s first Summer School of Reformed Theology

On 25-27 June, the first Summer School of Reformed Theology took place in Minsk. It was a small but new event for my country.     Our goal is to change the ethos of Christian conferences in Belarus. We are not obsessed with numbers, but focussing on a different kind of fellowship. The aim is…

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October 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Pseudoscience and the stifling of debate -What promoters of climate change and evolution have in common

Much effort is currently being expended to persuade the general public that lavish investment in ‘green energy’ (such as wind farms) is vital for our planet’s future and is also scientifically justified.       My purpose here is not to argue for or against the claims of pro-climate-change scientists and politicians, but to look at…

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