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September 2015
Belarus

Summer School of Theology, Belarus

So it has happened again! The Summer School of Reformed Theology took place in Minsk for a third year in a row! An event of micro-significance for many Western countries is a big achievement for us in Belarus. The audience grew to the upper limit which we set for this project three years ago…

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Historical

September 2015
Articles > Historical

Thomas Cranmer (1489-1556)

Thomas Cranmer, one of the Reformation’s most famous martyrs, can accurately be described as the architect of the Church of England, and consequently of the worldwide Anglican communion. Despite this, considerably less has been written about him than other key figures of the Reformation. Born in humble circumstances in 1489 in Aslockton, Nottinghamshire, he…

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News

September 2015
News > Youth Features

Christian Answer on the streets of Oxford and Cambridge

The busy pedestrian streets in the heart of the cities of Oxford and Cambridge are filled with thousands of tourists from all over the world, as well as students, buskers and local people. It is here that Christian Answer teams came again in June, to preach and testify to the saving power of Jesus…

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September 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

A visit to Israel (1)

We were off to Israel (from 11–23 May 2015) with our whole family and 44 friends — 51 in all! I was more excited this time than I was 23 years ago. Our 9-month-old son had grown up and had someone else to take care of him; and I could focus on absorbing the…

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September 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Following the culture? (2)

Continued from Following the culture? (1) The apostles established a ministry common to the churches, a common worship, in which all the churches were expected to participate. Nicholas Wolterstorff, writing in defence of diversity in worship, points out that, ‘The Corinthian church did things differently from the Jerusalem church’ (Themes from the Reformed tradition, p.277).…

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September 2015
Articles > World Mission

OMF’s 150th anniversary

150 years ago, Hudson Taylor, a Yorkshire lad from Barnsley, gave a challenging call to the Christians of his day. He wrote: ‘Can the Christians of England sit still with folded arms while these multitudes [of China] are perishing for lack of that knowledge which England possesses so richly, which has made England what…

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September 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Lions in the Bible

Lions are mentioned 100 times in Scripture. They are portrayed positively and negatively; sometimes in a literal sense, at other times metaphorically in a variety of contexts. The Barbary or Atlas lion and the Asiatic lion were the lions of the Bible lands. Their domains originally overlapped. With an impressive dark mane, and weighing…

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August 2015
Germany

Berlin church plant

It is apparent that Western Europe is still a mission field in 2015. Nations that would have once boasted full churches and many believers have drifted far from the truth of the gospel. Aware of this need, the church planting committee of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW) was in much…

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August 2015
Articles > Guest column

Once upon a time!

I have a confession to make. There was a time in my Christian life when I did not read Evangelical Times!  I know this is a shocking admission. But please don’t turn the page in horror, or send a strongly worded letter to the editor. As you can see, things have changed. My ‘pre-enlightenment’…

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August 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A light in the dark

Darkness and light, or night and day, are themes that accompany us throughout our earthly existence. Every day, we experience the contrast between a dark night and a hopefully sunny day. During the day, we might voluntarily enter a dark place. The caver enjoys the challenges of exploring underground, but he is always glad to…

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News

August 2015
News > Youth Features

Greenfield Camps: the gospel down on the farm

At the start of each year, one question echoes round Harrogate, Ripon and York, ‘When is Greenfield?’ For many young people, aged 7-14, Greenfield Bible Camps are the highlight of their year, returning again and again each May. This spring bank holiday, despite the mud washout of last year, 106 children and 50 leaders…

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Historical

August 2015
Articles > Historical

Anne Boleyn

The public fascination with the Tudor period continues unabated, and Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s ill-fated second wife, features in many books and television programmes today. However, much of what is portrayed and written there only loosely touches base with the facts. Many appraisals perpetuate the myth that Anne Boleyn was an immoral woman who…

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