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March 2020
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EMF conference addresses ‘spiritual climate change’

Around 100 people gathered for the European Mission Fellowship’s conference last November, themed around current shifts in belief among Europeans. Last year marked the 60th anniversary of the EMF. Mission Director Steven Bowers began the day by quoting from Five Minutes to Midnight, Omri Jenkins’s history of the charity. He reminded delegates of the…

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March 2020
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Westminster Conference explores ‘The Puritan Experiment’

The recent Westminster Conference — mainly devoted to the study of historical theology, with special reference to the Puritan era and lessons for today — met, as usual, in the convenient and comfortable Salvation Army’s Regent Hall in Oxford Street, London. About 100 men and women were present for each of the six sessions.…

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February 2020
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‘By the Bible alone!’: the Essex Puritan Conference

The third Essex Puritan Conference was held at Stranger’s Rest Evangelical Church, London, in late October. Around forty delegates came from far afield, including South Korea and Singapore.The theme was ‘By the Bible alone!’, emphasising the Reformed doctrine of sola scriptura. Over three days, lectures were given by Dr Robert Oliver (‘The Geneva Bible’),…

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February 2020
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Christian perspectives on mental health at education conference

In recent years mental health has become a high-profile issue, especially among young people. Thanks to the pervasive presence of social media, the youth of today are under unrelenting pressure to conform and to be ‘liked’. Additionally, the absence of moral absolutes and the prominence of the LGBT+ agenda have compounded confusion in the…

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January 2020
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Gaulby Festival of Grace: ‘A closer walk with God’

The twentieth Gaulby Festival of Grace was held in September at Countesthorpe Baptist Church in Leicestershire. Around sixty people attended the day conference under the theme: ‘A closer walk with God’. Kevin Bidwell outlined the work of Sheffield Presbyterian Church. Their vision is to promote confessional Presbyterianism in Sheffield. They have planted churches in…

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January 2020
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Wilberforce Academy aims to equip a generation of leaders in public life

Christian Concern recently hosted its 10th Wilberforce Academy. Sixty students and young professionals attended the five-day training course in Oxford. It aimed to equip them to become the next generation of leaders in public life – culture-makers who remain faithful to the gospel. It is clear that Western culture repeatedly rejects biblical truth, said…

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January 2020
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From confusion to clarity in the modern evangelical scene

October is the time when russet-coloured leaves detach themselves and waft gently to the ground. Yes, but for me (and a fair few others), it is the time of year when we journey to Warrington for the annual ‘God’s Glory, Our Joy’ conference. Themed ‘From Confusion to Clarity’, the speakers were Stephen Rees (Pastor…

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January 2020
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The ‘resurrection’ of All Saints Church and the Reformation conference

The focus of this year’s ReformationUK Conference was the Holy Trinity. It was organised by Gateshead Presbyterian Church but took place in All Saints Church in Newcastle during October. The venue has had quite a history. It has been a site of Christian worship since the 12th century. The current edifice was built between…

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December 2019
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The Pastors’ Academy conference puts theology back into practice

The Pastors’ Academy at London Seminary held its annual two-day conference in September. It was good to catch up with old friends and make new ones as we considered the subject, ‘Putting theology back into practice: the sons of Jacob’. My initial fears that the focus was too narrow were soon dispelled. Garry Williams…

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December 2019
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‘Truth 4 Youth’ conference looks at creation research, Islam and discipleship

The Heatree Activity Centre in Dartmoor hosted the annual Truth 4 Youth conference in August. Attracting a host of young people, there was much opportunity for outdoor fellowship as well as teaching. Activities on offer included fencing, a water slide, high ropes and a bonfire (replete with marshmallows on sticks). John Mackay and Joseph…

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November 2019
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Grace Baptist conference navigates the difficult problem of suffering

The eighth annual Grace Baptist Partnership conference was held in August at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. ‘I walked a mile with sorrow – lessons learned in the school of personal difficulty’ was the challenging title. All Christians are called to walk with sorrow and those who addressed the conference all had…

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November 2019
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When the Bible confronts the culture we find out what we really believe, says Begg

Over 1,000 people attended the first ever London conference of Ligonier Ministries, held at the end of September in Central Hall, Westminster. The speakers were Alistair Begg, Albert Mohler, Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Reeves, Mark Johnston, and Burk Parsons. Ligonier Ministries is the teaching fellowship of R.C. Sproul. It broadcasts, publishes, and teaches reformed truth…

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