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February 2018
Articles > Historical

Isaac Levinsohn — the story of a Russian/Polish Jew’s search for forgiveness

Isaac Levinsohn was born in the town of Kovno in Russia (now Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1855. His parents were devout Jews, regulars at the synagogue and fasting two days a week. At the age of five, Isaac’s father taught him Hebrew, and to pray three times each day. Soon he was studying the Talmud, Hebrew Scriptures and other Jewish writings and was being prepared to become a rabbi. He was bewildered, though, that he was being steered away from reading the Bible, which he loved and was reading. Burden At the age of 13, he was told that now he was considered a man and...

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February 2018
Articles > World Mission > Americas > Caribbean > Haiti

Haiti

The Republic of Haiti is a sovereign state located on the island of Hispaniola in the Greater Antilles archipelago of the Caribbean Sea. It occupies the western three-eighths of the island, which it shares with the Dominican Republic. Haiti is 27,750 square kilometres (10,714 sq mi) in size and has an estimated 10.8 million people, making it the most populous country in the Caribbean Community and the second-most populous country in the Caribbean as a whole.

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January 2018
Articles > Youth Features

UBM anniversary at New Quay

Does this photo make you miss summer, or at least the warmer weather? Perhaps this report will at least warm your hearts! ‘It’s very important the mission carries on for the next 50 years’. These were the encouraging words from Lynford Thomas, chairman of Ceredigion County Council in Mid Wales, at a special bilingual thanksgiving service, attended by more than 70 people, in Towyn Chapel, New Quay. The service last year was held to celebrate and give thanks for 50 years of work in the town by the United Beach Missions (UBM). UBM started missions in Llandudno in 1953, with the aim of sharing the...

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January 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Does the sheep know it’s lost?

We think of the little lamb wandering off and bleating helplessly. The Good Shepherd hears the cry and comes to the rescue. But does the sheep itself appreciate it’s lost? Does anyone know what’s going on inside the head of the little lamb? The Good Shepherd does, of course; and maybe a few experienced sheep farmers might like to think their insights are close to the mark, but the rest of us would be guessing. Even so we’d probably be right in thinking that a sheep’s head is a fairly uncluttered place, where thoughts of food and shelter reign supreme. Ewes with lambs have additional...

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January 2018
Articles > World Mission > Ukraine

From devastation to blessing

Ukraine — it’s now a forgotten war. No longer does it feature in Western news bulletins or confront us on the front pages of our newspapers. It hardly rates a mention in tabloids or broadsheets alike. The shock that many felt when Crimea was annexed by Russia, and the subsequent turmoil inflicted upon the eastern parts of Ukraine by the violence of war, has all but faded from our memories. Yet the shelling, shooting and killing continue, bringing pain, hurt and loss to many thousands of citizens on both sides of the war front. SGA’s general director, Derek Maxwell, recently had the opportunity to visit...

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January 2018
Europe > United Kingdom > World Mission

Daylight Prison Trust201

Christians gathered at the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich, on Saturday 4 November 2017, to hear about Daylight Christian Prison Trust’s work in prisons across the UK. The opening address was given by managing chaplain John Little, who spoke on ‘The essential need for prisoners to hear the gospel and the importance of volunteers in that endeavour’. His talk centred on John 3:16, reminding us that ‘salvation is a gift for the guilty, not a reward for the righteous’. Mr Little spoke of our prisons being a great harvest field, and of the need to pray to the Lord of the harvest to send...

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January 2018
Articles > World Mission

Grace Baptist Mission thanksgiving services2

‘The cannibals! The cannibals will eat you!’ That was how an elderly brother warned John G. Paton as he was about to set off as a missionary to the South Sea Islands in the nineteenth century. Undeterred, off he went, facing many difficulties and distresses, and laboured there for 40 years. Cannibals are no longer a worry, but dangers still abound: travel on precarious roads and rivers, diseases such as malaria and dengue fever, terrorism, kidnapping, authoritarian regimes opposed to the gospel, and civil wars, are all among the threats mission work faces today. Nonetheless, men and women persist in going forth to tell of...

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January 2018
Articles > Personal view

Personal View: Was Eden a Garden Temple? (1)

In ET August 2017, Paul Smith argued his personal view against this scriptural interpretation. Here, Nick Needham presents an alternative point of view. There’s good evidence in Scripture that the Garden of Eden was the first temple and Adam the first priest. The New Bible Dictionary defines a temple (using general theory derived from comparative religion) as a place where a human being meets with and worships his god. Bearing this in mind, the Garden of Eden is clearly a temple. It’s the place chosen and set apart by the Creator, where Adam and Eve meet with and worship him as their God. Sanctuary Consider...

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December 2017
Articles > Historical

LETTER FROM AMERICA: President Kennedy’s assassination

On Friday 22 November 1963, the 35th President of the United States, John F. Kennedy, was assassinated while riding in a presidential motorcade in Dallas, Texas. Then Vice President Lyndon B. Johnson’s immediate succession and Kennedy’s sudden death spurred worldwide controversy and raised suspicions of conspiracy, that were increased by the nature of the investigations that followed. This year, thousands of documents not previously released (many thousands were released in the 1990s) were published after a directive from President Trump. Motorcade President Kennedy’s purpose in coming to Dallas was primarily to reconcile divisions that had arisen within the Democratic Party in Texas before the 1964...

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December 2017
Articles > Guest column

Christians and slavery

Evangelicals rightly celebrate William Wilberforce. His Christian beliefs motivated his historic effort to secure the abolition of the slave trade, in the British empire, in 1807 (see ET, December 2017). What we don’t talk about so much is how a number of godly Christian leaders, particularly in the Southern USA in the nineteenth century, supported slavery either directly or indirectly. It is perhaps even more painful to admit that, for a time in the eighteenth century, George Whitefield owned slaves. Blind spots How could godly Christians accept slavery? Some people unfamiliar with Whitefield or American Christian leaders of the Southern states — men like Benjamin...

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January 2018
Articles > Comment

Something easily overlooked

Last year — 500 years on since the Reformation — was one of joyful commemoration, focusing on the exhilarating truths of the gospel. Scottish Reformer and martyr Patrick Hamilton, explained in his little treatise, Patrick’s Places, why the gospel is such a glad herald: ‘The [moral] law saith: “Pay thy debt. Thou art a sinner desperate. And thou shalt die”. The gospel saith: “Christ hath paid it. Thy sins are forgiven thee. Be of good comfort, thou shalt be saved”. ‘The law saith: “Make amends for thy sin. The Father of heaven is wroth with thee. Where is thy righteousness, goodness, and satisfaction? Thou art...

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January 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In whose name?

In ET August 2016, ‘Teach us how not to pray’ looked at some bad ways people pray, putting their desires above their legitimate needs and not considering God’s will for their lives. But why do Bible-believing Christians behave this way? It comes down, I think, to at least two issues. One is fear, the other overfamiliarity. The fear issue is probably the simplest to understand. Although we might ‘have the mind of Christ’ (1 Corinthians 2:16), we, like Peter in Mark 8:33, do not always ‘have in mind the concerns of God’. There are times when our concerns appear so overwhelming that, rather than seeking...

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