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May 2018
News > International

Heroism in France

Christians have been helping to minister to people in France in the wake of the terrorist shooting in Carcassonne and Trèbes, on 23 March —  a shooting that left four dead and many physically injured and mentally traumatised. Hicham, a pastor ministering in south-western France, who has written before for Evangelical Times, has written: ‘The terrorists want to put France on her knees. They will succeed only in putting Christians on their knees in prayer for France. Islamist extremism, whatever its roots, must be fought in prayer, love and the power of our Christian witness. Let us therefore not be paralysed by fear or animated...

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May 2018
News > Society

London — killer capital

Britain’s capital has been awash in recent months with reports of violent deaths. It has now outstripped New York as a place of violent homicide. Ten years ago, this writer’s first article for Evangelical Times (September 2008) was a reflection on the terrible knife crimes that rocked London in 2008. At the time, I reflected on the fears that teenagers in my church youth group had expressed to me every time they heard another teenager was stabbed, shot or beaten to death. Soaring crime figures That was in 2008. And now in 2018 it is reported that London has surpassed New York for the number...

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May 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Esk Valley church plant

In 2016 St Columba’s Free Church in Edinburgh officially launched the Esk Valley church plant. Nearly two years on, it has grown from the initial four-person group that established it. Under the leading of St Columba’s, Rev. Tom Muir and his family moved to the area to help initiate the plant. Now there is a congregation of up to 60 people meeting for worship on Sundays in the National Mining Museum, Newtongrange. Mr Muir said, ‘We are putting a lot of focus on discipleship, trying to make sure everyone in the church has access to a time during the week when they can meet in...

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May 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Our Daily Bread Conference

The spiritual journey of King David was the focus of the 2018 Our Daily Bread Conference in Westminster Chapel, London. About 1,000 people, from across London and the South East, gathered in March to worship Christ and hear the Scriptures explained by former pastor and author Bill Crowder. In the first of four addresses, Mr Crowder, vice-president of Our Daily Bread Ministries’ teaching, introduced us to David, who, as 1 Samuel 16:7-12 shows us, was a ‘man after God’s own heart’. Although Samuel focused on the ‘tall, dark, handsome’ oldest sons of Jesse, it was the youngest son, the ‘least’ of them, that God chose...

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May 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – John Wycliffe

On Monday 26 February, Dr Lesley Rowe gave a church history lecture at Little Hill Church in Wigston, Leicester. Dr Rowe is an Associate Fellow in History at the University of Warwick. She has lived in Leicestershire for about 30 years and has given many lectures on church history and published two books. This was the first in a series of three talks on events preceding, during and following the Reformation in England. All the lectures discuss events that took place in and around Leicestershire, as part of the wider Reformation picture. The first lecture was informative and well attended. Dr Rowe spoke on the...

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May 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Connected in Dewsbury

More than 100 Christian leaders from across the North of England attended the Connected Conference, a single-day event hosted by Dewsbury Evangelical Church in March. It was difficult to pick out the high points of this busy conference, as there were so many. In his first address John Benton, director of pastoral support for the Pastors’ Academy at London Seminary, reminded us of our absolute dependence upon the Holy Spirit for spiritual life and how this dependence finds expression in urgent prayer, as illustrated in the Book of Acts. In his second address, responding to the sceptic’s taunt ‘No-one has ever seen God’, he pointed...

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May 2018
News > Events

Event – Dutch launch of What is Man?

‘What is man?’ is the question David asked in Psalm 8. It is also the title of a sequel to Professor Edgar Andrews’ popular book, Who made God? The new book, entitled What is Man: Adam, Alien or Ape?, was published in a Dutch edition in February this year, even though the English version will not be available until June. The new book demonstrates how the Western world is seeking an answer to the question ‘What is man?’ in cosmology, biology and psychology, yet rejecting the plain answer provided by theology. Written in a layperson-friendly style, the book argues for the rationality and superiority of...

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May 2018
News > Events

Event – Gavin Beers bids farewell to Ayr

The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) congregation in Ayr took leave of their minister, Rev. Gavin Beers, at a gathering on 24 March. After a ministry of 12 years in Ayr, he has accepted a call to Cornerstone Presbyterian Church in Mebane, North Carolina, USA. This church was established as a mission congregation in 2012 by the FCC’s presbytery in America. Mr Beers accepted their call in October 2016, but problems in obtaining visas, among other things, delayed his departure. The meeting was chaired by Rev. John J. Murray, who has been associated with the Ayr congregation for 16 years. He conducted worship and preached...

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