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October 2020
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The enigma of J. I. Packer

In 1958 at a boys’ grammar school I was awaiting my move in the autumn to a university in Cardiff. An Anglican friend at school told me I would meet two religious groups there, the SCM and the IVF. For me to understand the difference he gave me Gabriel Hebert’s Fundamentalism and the Church…

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October 2020
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Concerns raised over online Aber conference

Many Christians, whether from Wales, England, or further afield, have happy memories of the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW)’s Aber Conferences.  The move online this August – branded as ‘Aberlite’ – led some to enjoy the main sessions instead of their midweek meetings. The main speakers were Stephen Clark, Ian Parry, and Phil Swann. …

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July 2020
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Presbyterian theological college emerges in Newcastle

All around the world, there are seminaries teaching their students an English doctrinal standard: the monumental Westminster Confession of Faith. In Brazil alone, there are no less than nine such seminaries. For nearly a century, however, England lacked an educational institution to uphold her own Confession. The last Presbyterian theological college in England, Westminster…

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May 2020
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Five lessons from Spurgeon’s ministry in a cholera outbreak

As reports of the coronavirus spread around the world, pastors and church leaders are discussing how they should respond to the outbreak. Throughout church history, many pastors have worked through similar challenges. As a young village preacher, Charles Spurgeon admired the Puritan ministers who stayed behind to care for the sick and dying during…

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April 2020
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‘No guilt, no shame’: a new gospel for a therapeutic culture

When Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, takes over from John Sentamu as Archbishop of York in June, he will become the second-most senior leader in the Church of England. Cottrell believes that Scripture must be interpreted in the light of ‘what we know now about human development and human sexuality’. In other words, biblical…

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December 2019
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Prepared for Christmas? But how ready is your heart?

Some people are smug about being prepared early for the biggest public holiday in the year: Christmas time. There are people who, at the time of writing (early October), have already made their puddings, prepared their fruit for the cake, bought their presents, made their lists and started the wrapping. I know: I am…

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November 2019
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An interview with Phil Johnson

GraceLife London hosted the Summer Institute in August. During the conference, Raj Sahota interviewed Phil Johnson, a speaker at the event and Executive Director of Grace To You ministries. Can you tell us about the ministry of Grace To You? For over fifty years, Grace To You has existed to use mass media to…

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January 2019
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Introducing Compass Camps: Bible-centred summer camps

Compass Camp is a week-long activity for 11-17 year olds which is set in the heart of the Lake District. The camp combines sound Bible teaching with challenging activities, fun and appreciation of the wonder of God’s creation. It is borne out of the desire to see young people’s lives transformed through the teaching…

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November 2016
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Thoughts on Remembrance

As far back as I can remember, I have always been fascinated by the military, and especially the army. Both my grandfathers fought in the Second World War (WW2). My nan watched the Battle of Britain from Wimbledon, and my father served in the Parachute Regiment. I was always fascinated by their stories and, even from a young age, knew…

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April 2013
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Missionalism

Have you noticed that the word ‘missional’ has recently entered the evangelical world? But what exactly does it mean? Put simply, ‘missionalism’ means adopting missionary thinking and practices, in order to bring the gospel to contemporary society. It especially requires new ways of ‘doing church’ to facilitate this outreach.

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Contextualisation

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September 2011
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Contextualisation

Contextualisation What exactly is contextualisation? This article seeks to explain, in simple terms, to non-missionary readers what contextualisation involves and the aims of those missionaries who recommend contextualisation methods. As we do so, we will begin to understand why there is such acrimonious debate for and against contextualisation.     Although this article relates to…

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The global slave trade today

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August 2011
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The global slave trade today

The global slave trade today 1. Slavery today is defined as forced labour without pay under threat of violence. 2. 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked internationally every year; about 80 per cent are women and children. 3. Slavery was officially abolished worldwide at the 1972 Slavery Convention, yet it continues to thrive because of the…

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