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February 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Non-negotiables in gospel ministry

In an era with a torrent of books about ‘ministry’, we need to remind ourselves what a gospel minister’s core values should be. They are prayer, preparation, proclamation, pastoring and purpose. One of the phrases used in the New Testament to describe a minister is ‘man of God’ (1 Timothy 6:11; 2 Timothy 3:17).…

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February 2015
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Creation and educational policy

The doctrine of creation is well summarised in The Shorter Catechism: ‘The work of creation is, God’s making all things of nothing, by the word of his power, in the space of six days, and all very good’. ‘God’s making all things of nothing’ involves a great mystery. In Genesis 1:1, ‘God created’ is…

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February 2015
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Learning disability shock

The nation was shocked in 2011 when the BBC’s Panorama programme exposed the scandalous, everyday abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View. There was much hand-wringing from the authorities, and promises that people who were inappropriately housed in private care homes and NHS units away from their families would be found more…

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Historical

February 2015
Articles > Historical

William Bedell (1571–1642) (2)

In 1629 William Bedell was made Bishop of Kilmore and Ardagh (ET, January 2015). As a bishop, he grappled energetically with all the abuses that weighed down the Church of Ireland, abuses that made it hard to reach the people of Ireland with the gospel. In an article about his work as a Bible…

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Historical

February 2015
Articles > Historical

The forgotten John Wesley (1)

What sort of a person was John Wesley? He was about 5 feet 3 inches tall, slim, with piercing blue eyes, a fresh complexion and (when younger) auburn hair. He was careful about personal neatness and cleanliness. According to contemporary John Hampson, he wore ‘narrow plaited stock, a coat with a small upright collar’,…

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February 2015
Romania

Creation ministry in Romania

In December 2014 I was in Cluj in Transylvania with Traian Todut and Pal Borzasi. I spoke in Manastur Baptist Church to the youth and also at a number of Hungarian Baptist churches. Young people from both communities were keen for the creation literature I brought out and stayed asking questions for a long…

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January 2015
Articles > World Mission

UKRAINE AND RUSSIA IN CONFLICT: WHAT SHOULD CHRISTIANS DO?

On the weekend of 3-5 October 2014, 51 Christians gathered for the 6th annual conference of Central Eurasian Partners (CEP) in Malenovice, Czech Republic.   The conference, held in English, comprised around ten nationalities, including Russian, Ukrainian, American, Slovakian, Polish and from the UK. It was a great source of encouragement as we shared…

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January 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Through winding paths (2)

The Bishop of Southwark invited me to be vicar of St Peter’s, Battersea. This was the Clapham Junction area of south London, with slum clearance, a new high-rise flat area and a large influx of immigrants (continued from ET December 2014). The church building could hold 1000, but there were about a dozen worshippers…

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January 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Creeds and confessions

I once read a Christian magazine that had the statement, ‘No creed but Christ!’ While, at first glance, this seemed an impressive phrase, further examination confirmed it showed a lack of understanding of the vital place of creeds in churches today. Creeds are a confession or expression of the faith of believers. While they…

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January 2015
Articles > Comment

ET Comment ‘Code of Conduct’

In November 2014, the directors and editors of Evangelical Times adopted the ‘Code of conduct’ set out in this comment column. This voluntary code was agreed on after fruitful discussion involving a number of editors of Christian journals, under the helpful chairmanship of Peter Milsom of Affinity. It does not impinge on ET’s editorial…

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Historical

January 2015
Articles > Historical

Memories of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones

A lady who knew Dr Lloyd-Jones well has kindly supplied these personal memories of ‘the Doctor’ to Evangelical Times. Dr Lloyd-Jones did not use a ‘silver’ trumpet, but he sounded a very loud alarm in his ministry at Westminster Chapel, London. The Sunday morning service always began with a very earnest prayer, and normally followed…

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Historical

January 2015
Articles > Historical

‘She’s game, boys!’ – Mary Slessor of Nigeria

On 13 January 1915, after almost 40 years of faithful service, 66-year-old Mary Slessor died of malaria fever near Calabar, Nigeria. On the centenary of her death we do well to remember this dynamic and inspiring redhead from the slums of Dundee.  Mary was born in 1848 in Aberdeen. Her shoemaker father, Robert, was…

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