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January 2016
News > Youth Features

Ten ways to smash an idol

John Calvin famously said, ‘Man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols. Man’s mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity’ (Institutes, 1.11.8). At this year’s Contagious youth conferences, young people from all over the UK, and beyond, met together…

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News

January 2016
News > Youth Features

Salt Youth Conference

Praise God for his presence with us at SALT (‘Serious about loving truth’)this summer! This was our tenth conference in five years. As older ones move on, we were thrilled to have a number of first-timers. Jeremy Walker, Conrad Pomeroy and Ali McLachlan spoke on the Bible’s inspiration, infallibility, authority and sufficiency. It was…

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Article

January 2016
Evangelistic

The great question, and the equally great answer

Today’s society seems filled with a vast number of unhappy and unfulfilled men, women and young people. There seems to be such gloom and doom on the faces of so many. This is not just some passing judgement, but, I believe, a startling fact. As someone who works on the front end of a…

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January 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

A visit to Israel (11–23 May 2015) (4)

Continued from A visit to Israel (11–23 May 2015) (3) Wednesday 20 May: We saw more of Jerusalem today. The bus took us to the top of the Mount of Olives, or Olivet, which is an elevated ridge to the east of Jerusalem, known for its groves of olive trees. We had a group picture…

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January 2016
Articles > World Mission

Diaspora – where migration and mission meet

Do we believe that God is sovereign over migration patterns? And are we ready to respond? Steve Bell introduces the phenomenon of diaspora ministry. There are a variety of reasons people find themselves in diaspora, or living outside of their original homeland. For some, it’s because of a ‘pull’ dynamic — people who voluntarily…

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January 2016
Articles > Guest column

The historical Adam (2): Facing all the arguments

In November’s issue of Evangelical Times we introduced the debate now taking place among professedly evangelical theologians about the historicity of Adam. Debate This debate has been fuelled by scientific advances in the fields of genetics, population studies and palaeontology. But how compelling are the arguments? Genetic data Our knowledge of genomes has expanded rapidly in…

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January 2016
Evangelistic

The gift of ‘now’

I recently attended a service in a local church which had, in times past, been a regular preaching house for the famous Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It was attended by only a handful of people and I could not help wondering what the mighty Spurgeon would have felt, considering that in his day it would…

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Historical

January 2016
Articles > Historical

Richard Baxter of Kidderminster (2)

Although Richard Baxter was a chaplain in Cromwell’s Model Army (Continued from ET, November 2015), he was at heart a Royalist. At Coventry he declared his allegiance to the parliamentary cause, but later said that he was sorry he had done so and wrote a 32 point apology for it! He gave as a reason…

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January 2016
Articles > World Mission

Understanding the Muslim’s struggle for identity

Throughout Western Europe, Muslim communities are facing their greatest challenge for decades. It is relevant to Europe as a whole. The issue causing turmoil within Muslim communities is, ‘What is our true identity within the European social, political, religious and cultural context?’ It has, for many, become a ‘jihad’ (struggle) experience and a personal…

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January 2016
Articles > World Mission

‘All things work together for good’

God never holds an emergency committee meeting because something’s happened that took him by surprise. He knows what he’s doing! While Christians may be more afraid of radical Islam, most of our Muslim friends are more open than ever to the gospel. Most are embarrassed by the brutality and the recent beheading of Christians…

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The privileges of belonging

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January 2016
Evangelistic

The privileges of belonging

When a forgiven sinner enters God’s house, he is welcomed through the front door — and he doesn’t stay at the entrance! He’s invited inside to enjoy all the privileges of family membership. Here are a few of the great things in store for a believer. His life in the world from now on…

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January 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Sad departures

The Banner of Truth Trust has just published A sad departure — why we could not stay in the Church of Scotland, by David J. Randall (216 pages, £7.50; ISBN: 9781848716612), on recent upheavals in the Church of Scotland. Its foreword, by Sinclair B. Ferguson, is edited and used here with permission. If you…

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