Subscribe now

All articles in category Articles

A word to pastors

Article

June 2013
Articles > Comment

A word to pastors

Self-burial is one of the most effective methods of spreading the gospel. It is said that 19th century missionaries departing from Britain for distant shores would sometimes hold a funeral service before they left. They were going to serve for life and they didn’t expect to return.      Their 21st century equivalents don’t generally…

Read more

Article

June 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Global conflict over marriage

Global conflict Britain and the US are just two of many battlegrounds in today’s silent world war that surrounds the institution of marriage. It is a conflict that has engulfed the developed world since 2001.      A few weeks ago, New Zealand became the latest country to vote in favour of amending its definition of…

Read more

Article

June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

A nation in crisis

Arguments from silence can be risky, but Scripture uses such an argument with devastating effect in Judges 17 – 21.   The narratives in these five chapters show the covenant community of Israel in complete moral collapse. But the intriguing thing is that the historian allows the events to speak largely for themselves. There…

Read more

Article

June 2013
United Kingdom

Testimonies at Sidmouth

Testimonies at Sidmouth   From 8-14 April, a series of Parkinson-style interviews took place at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sidmouth. Coming from the same county as the real Michael Parkinson, Yorkshireman and evangelist Roger Carswell interviewed a variety of inspirational Christians.       The first was Professor Stuart Burgess, head of engineering design at Bristol University,…

Read more
Progress in Belarus

Article

June 2013
Belarus

Progress in Belarus

The Resurrection Evangelical Church in Ruba, Belarus, was established in 1995. Looking back, we recognise with gratitude that we have experienced God’s mercy and guidance since then. When my wife, Albina, and I first came to Ruba, after completing our course at the EMF Bible School in Welwyn, there was not a single evangelical…

Read more

News

June 2013
News > Youth Features

Back to basics

There has never been a time when God’s Word has been so far from the minds of our nation’s youth as it is today. We live in a generation where society scoffs at the Bible and neglects the inspired Word of God.       There are all manner of assaults on the Scriptures and much…

Read more

Article

June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Marriage and divorce (1)

Marriage was instituted by God to be monogamous (one man and one woman), heterosexual (one man and one woman), public (leaving and cleaving) and unitary (one flesh).   Such is the teaching of Genesis 2:24 — ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall…

Read more

Event

June 2013
Articles > Historical

Ignatius of Antioch

The excerpt is blank or was until I put this in it

Read more

Article

May 2013
Articles > Guest column

Scoping Apollos – nine marks of a healthy Christian

Most great pirate stories have one thing in common. At some point someone slides out their spyglass and focuses on an unsuspecting person, whose every movement is then seen in the black-bordered circular frame. The Scriptures are the Christian’s spyglass. Paul says, ‘Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who…

Read more

Article

May 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Personal view: What are the church’s priorities?

Tim Montgomerie’s piece in The Times (1 April 2013),‘Christians must put families first, not politics’ got me thinking (you need to be a subscriber to view the article). He takes issue with Lord Carey’s recently expressed concerns about Christians being persecuted by Tories. Montgomerie makes a valid point that church leaders are much more…

Read more

Article

May 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

All of grace

What is grace? Grace is the free, unmerited, undeserved favour of God to sinners. It is needed because of the character of God and the character of man.   Though man was created in the image of God, able to know and enjoy him, he sinned and was separated from God.    Sin has…

Read more
Revival and the Primitive Methodists (4)

Historical

May 2013
Articles > Historical

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (4)

One of the most outstanding features of the early Primitive Methodists was their sheer hard labour for the Lord.   Despite continuing in long hours of public employment, they preached in four counties, organised meetings, held ‘walking-services’ — in which they would sometimes walk a mile and a half, preaching as they went —…

Read more