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March 2015
Articles > Guest column

Hosea – a servant of God

The book of Hosea relates the story of a man with a divine message that was out of sync with the outlook of his age - and yet very suitable for his age.

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Suffering for Christ

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March 2015
Articles > Comment

Suffering for Christ

What we lack in the Western church today — Australia and New Zealand included — is a practical theology of personal and corporate suffering for the cause of Christ. Putting it simply, we Western Christians are often averse to the thought of suffering for our faith! Many Western believers have only a hazy idea…

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March 2015
Kenya

Shooting in Mombasa

A church official called George Karidhimba Muriki was gunned down by unidentified assailants on a motorbike, just inside the church entrance gate, during January. The attack, in the Majengo neighbourhood of Mombasa city, was the latest in a string of anti-Christian activities that had happened in the nominally Christian country. According to reports from…

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March 2015
Bhutan

Arrests in Bhutan

A pastor arrested in Bhutan has been released from prison after paying an extortionate fine, Christian charity Open Doors has reported. Pastor Tandin Wangyal had been arrested in Dorokha village in the Samtse district of Bhutan as a result of his faith in March 2014, and was only released in January this year after…

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Can going to church reduce the risk of dementia?

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February 2015
Articles > Comment

Can going to church reduce the risk of dementia?

Simply going to church may be putting off your chance of developing Alzheimer’s. We already know that research shows that ‘people with a faith, who regularly attend a place of worship’ tend to live longer. Commenting on the research, a professor said the evidence was so clear that, although he wasn’t a believer, he…

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Assisted dying and Christian hope

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February 2015
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Assisted dying and Christian hope

Woody Allen, film director and eccentric, once quipped, ‘It’s not that I’m afraid of death. I just don’t want to be there when it happens’. Allen captures the fear of dying that seems to infuse many of the arguments in favour of legalising physician-assisted suicide. I have been a clinical nurse specialist in palliative…

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February 2015
India

Church growth in India

The tenth ABC (Annual Bible Convention) — previously called the ATTI (Annual Theological Training Initiative) — was held at Banga in Punjab, India, from 27-29 November 2014. Relationships One of the struggles for many believers in the Punjab concerns understanding teaching about the Trinity. Hence the theme of this year’s conference was ‘Relationships: in…

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February 2015
Articles > World Mission

Situation vacant in Dewsbury

Working to replace a pastor can be a very difficult time for an evangelical church. So often the church is unaware of their pastor’s intention to move on, and his decision comes as a painful shock. And even if there is a good team of elders to lead the church through the period of…

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February 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Pursuing holiness

I recently studied The pursuit of holiness by Jerry Bridges for two reasons. First, sanctification was the topic of a British Reformed Fellowship conference in Scotland and, second, because the book has an accompanying study guide which our men’s group will consider using for the next year or so. Jerry Bridges, now aged 84,…

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February 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

The opening verse of the book of books

The first sentence of any book is always crucial, as it sets the tone for all that is to follow. Perhaps this is why many writers say the opening sentence is the most difficult to write. The book, the Bible, opens with the well known words of Genesis 1:1, ‘In the beginning God created…

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February 2015
News > Youth Features

Truth to live by

On Saturday 29 November 2014, a number of 16-25-year-olds gathered for a day conference at Sanderstead Evangelical Church, South Croydon. The event ran from 10.00am-4.00pm and bore the theme ‘Truth to live by’. The main speaker was Brian Edwards, former pastor of Hook Evangelical Church, Surrey. Brian has authored many books and preaches regularly…

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A gospel invasion

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February 2015
Articles > Guest column

A gospel invasion

There will be important events during 2015 and, no doubt, significant changes in both state and church. We all know that a general election will take place, and perhaps we may see so-called minor parties receiving a greater influence than could have been imagined a few years ago. The situation in politics that we…

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