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March 2019
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Baptist figurehead Andrew Fuller’s shorthand notes cracked by student

The shorthand notes of leading Baptist theologian Andrew Fuller have finally been deciphered, after baffling academics for generations. Hundreds of pages of his sermon notes are held in archives, but until now they have been a mystery to researchers. Andrew Fuller, who was born in Cambridgeshire in 1754, became a Baptist minister, and is best known for founding the Baptist Missionary Society. Such was his international standing, he was offered honorary doctorates by both Yale and the College of New Jersey — now Princeton — although he turned them down. His early sermons and other documents have survived only as shorthand notes, although a number...

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February 2019
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Two churches in Coventry merge

Two Coventry churches have merged to further the gospel in a needy area. Described as an ‘enfolding process’, a small church with diminishing resources has been lovingly taken in by a neighbouring congregation to form one new fellowship across two locations. Lower Ford Street Baptist Church, founded in 1857, has been experiencing growth in recent years. Two Sunday morning services are needed to accommodate attendees during term time. More space was a pressing need. In contrast is Hillfields Evangelical Baptist Church. Ten minutes’ walk from Lower Ford Street, it recently celebrated its centenary. Recent years have seen a decline in attendance. This has followed a...

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February 2019
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New building in Ealing for the International Presbyterian Church

The International Presbyterian Church recently opened a new building in Ealing. The IPC was founded in 1969, having emerged from the work of L’Abri. In 1979, it acquired St Helena Chapel which provided a wonderful home for the next 25 years. In the course of time, plans for redevelopment were needed but were slow in coming. The plans were first mooted in 1990 but the building committee was not formed until 2005. Once appointed, the architect needed to factor in the listed status of the old chapel. The end result has been well received. The total cost of the project was about £3.2 million, but...

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February 2019
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Reformation and Revival Fellowship Conference

Every year, in mid-November, about 70 people make the journey to Swanwick in Derbyshire for the annual conference of the Reformation and Revival Fellowship. There were two speakers this year, Geoff Thomas and George Macaskill. Both men were faithful to Scripture and warm in the delivery of the messages that the Lord had laid on their hearts. Geoff expounded the first seven verses of Zechariah 3. The glory of forgiveness and salvation was seen as Joshua’s rags were removed and he is clothed. Geoff also looked at the commission given to Joshua, reminding us all of the calling to serve God in our day and...

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February 2019
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Westminster Conference 2018

December 4-5 witnessed two days of excellent ministry at Regent Hall, London. Six papers were read on a variety of subjects. Paul Wells opened with a treatment of Amyraldism. He analysed Amyraldism in conflict as well as the nature of the divine decree and election. It was a technical, balanced paper prompting helpful discussion. Geoffrey Thomas spoke warmly on A.W. Pink. He covered his life, conversion and pastorates. Pink’s magazine, Studies in the Scriptures, was discussed and reference made to the industrious support of his wife. Pink was a gifted expositor, exemplified in such works as The Sovereignty of God, The Life of David and...

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January 2019
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Derby Cathedral ‘bans’ evangelical preacher, Melvin Tinker

An evangelical Anglican minister says he was banned from preaching at a carol service in Derby Cathedral because he had criticised the Archbishop of York for liberalising the church’s approach on gay and transgender issues. The Rev. Melvin Tinker, 63, who had been lined up by the University of Derby Christian Union to give a sermon at the event, was told that permission had been refused because of his relationship with the diocese of York. Rev. Tinker said this could only refer to a dispute between his church, St John Newland in Hull, and the archbishop, John Sentamu. Derby Cathedral has attracted controversy in the...

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December 2018
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Church – Pioneers for London

The Bishop of London is backing the identifying and training of new pioneer leaders in order to birth ‘new churches, for new people in new places’, across London. In a joint venture between the Centre for Church Planting and Growth and Church Mission Society, the School of Pioneers will, for the first time, allow the diocese of London to offer formal training to lay pioneers. This move, the centre said, testifies to the growing importance of ‘pioneering’ in the Church’s strategy to reach a generation who have grown up in a post-Christian culture. The 2017 electoral roll figures for London showed a 13 per cent...

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December 2018
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Church – Church Society Council

Church Society’s Council met in October to discuss the ‘memorandum of agreement’ made between Church Society, Reform and the Fellowship of Word and Spirit, made prior to a recent merger between these groups. The items discussed by the council were: relationships with other Anglican bodies; Church Society’s commitment to contending for the true gospel; the appointment of additional staff; and a review of the new group’s name and branding. Dr Ros Clarke, associate director of Church Society, said in a newsletter: ‘Praise God for our partnership in the gospel, expressed in our prayers, and bearing fruit in our discussions. We are moving forward in all the...

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December 2018
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Church – Respected Bible teacher John L. Mackay dies

Professor John L. Mackay, lecturer and author of numerous Bible commentaries, has died aged 70. Prof. Mackay was formerly Principal and Professor of Old Testament Studies at the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh (now Edinburgh Theological Seminary). He passed away peacefully at home on 25 October and is survived by his wife Mary and their children John and Fiona. Prof. Mackay was a well-respected author of many Old Testament commentaries, including on Ezekiel, Jeremiah and Hosea. The Free Church described him as a man of ‘immense intellect’, who was a ‘much sought after lecturer’. Originally ordained and inducted as minister of Rosskeen Free...

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November 2018
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Church – Churches merge

Two Wigan churches, Jireh Baptist Church and Pemberton Evangelical Church (EC), joined together to become Pemberton Free Grace Church on 15 September 2018, following two years of discussions and planning. Former members of both churches, who are now members of the new church, were joined in the celebrations by friends and supporters, mostly from fellow churches of the West Lancashire Reformed Baptist Fellowship. Pastor Jon Davies of Cromer Baptist Church, a long-time friend of Jireh Baptist, brought the Word of God from 2 Peter 1.  Matthew Gray, formerly pastor of Jireh and now pastor of the new church, led the service, welcoming everyone.  Jim Mollitt,...

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November 2018
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Churches – Church votes to quit Scottish Episcopal Church

St Thomas, one of the largest churches in Edinburgh, has voted to quit the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) over its decision to be the UK’s first Anglican body to endorse same-sex marriage. Rev. David McCarthy, rector at St Thomas, said the decision had been a ‘very painful’ one. ‘We have not done it easily. We have had many tears and many sleepless nights. It is a tragic necessity’, he told the Sunday Telegraph. ‘But it is the Episcopal Church who are leaving us. They are leaving orthodoxy’. The decision among St Thomas evangelical congregation saw around one-fifth leave since a vote confirmed the decision in May. Other churches...

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August 2018
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Church – Christian Concern welcomes GAFCON letter

Delegates at the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem have agreed to a ‘Letter to the Churches’ that calls on the Anglican communion to hold fast to biblical teaching. The conference, which was attended by 1,950 representatives, agreed to call on the Archbishop of Canterbury, as leader of the Anglican communion, to reaffirm the clear teaching of the Bible in line with historical Anglican orthodoxy. The letter stated the uniqueness of Christ and the need for repentance from sins, and pointed out the attacks on the gospel from other religions and on secularism. It also criticised the softening approach by other denominations over matters...

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