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September 2018
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Conference – Singapore seminar on suicide

On 9 August, 71 participants from 26 churches and different backgrounds gathered for the Sovereign Hope Bible Presbyterian Ministry’s (SHBPM’s) seminar on depression and suicide. The seminar provided an edifying time of meditating on the medical and biblical perspective of suicide and depression.  This subject has been a matter of grave concern both locally and globally as we witnessed the deaths of some famous names, such as Matthew Warren, Kate Spade and Robin Williams, as well as local people who took their lives due to depression. The suicide rates among the elderly have also increased in Singapore in 2017 and we need to address it...

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Conferences – Inskip Bible Convention
October 2018
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Conferences – Inskip Bible Convention

The Fylde Coast has a rich spiritual history. From the small village of Elswick came William Bramwell, the Methodist evangelist who so impressed William and Catherine Booth they named their first son after him. In the next village along from Elswick lies Inskip Baptist Chapel, a spiritual community that has worshipped here for the past 201 years. For 101 years the fellowship has put on a Bible Convention that has sought to encourage God’s people within the area by giving clear Bible teaching and dealing with relevant issues. This year was no exception. Over a four-day period approximately 300 people came to the convention and...

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October 2018
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Conferences – Presbyterian conference

Great fellowship and excellent talks marked this year’s Positively Presbyterian conference, held at Lendrick Muir between 20 and 22 August. Our devotional sessions were led by this year’s Moderator, Rev Angus Macrae, who led us through the experiences of Elijah and pointed us to greater trust in God. Our first speaker, David Meredith, explained Missio Dei, reminding us of the ‘sentness’ of God, but he also managed to fit in a tale of a sheep in a church. Ivor Macdonald provoked lively discussion with his paper on Scottish identity, leading us to reflect on issues of Free Church identity/identities, and whether ‘we don’t do England...

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October 2018
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Conferences – Junior Anglican conference

The Junior Anglican Evangelical Conference (JAEC) was held during August, welcoming approximately 35 delegates, including ministry trainees, ordinands, curates, early incumbents and others. The conference considered the theme of ‘The gospel in the parish’ and asked what gospel ministry looked like in 21st century parishes across the UK. This year’s JAEC looked at the nature of pastoral ministry in the context where most of it happens: the parish church. Bishop Wallace Benn opened the conference by asking, ‘What is a parish church?’ Speakers Johnny Juckes and Lee Gatiss both considered the task of pastoring in a parish church, drawing on their own experience of putting...

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October 2018
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Conferences – Creation conference in Pittsburgh

From 29 July to 1 August, Dr Bill Worraker and Matthew Pickhaver represented Biblical Creation Trust (BCT) at the 8th International Conference on Creationism in Pittsburgh, USA. Nearly 300 people were in attendance although numbers grew to as many as 800 for the open evening sessions.  Besides afternoon discussion panels on biology, geology and cosmology, 46 academic papers were presented in various disciplines while 22 different creationist organisations had exhibition stands at the conference. Dr Worraker, who has been researching the Flood heat problem, presented his paper on modelling Flood and post-Flood ocean floor cooling.  Around 50 delegates attended this session and catastrophic plate tectonics...

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September 2018
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Conference – Creation update

Biblical Creation Trust (BCT) held its first regional supporters’ evening at Thurlaston village hall near Leicester on 30 June. After a meal kindly provided by friends from Thurlaston Chapel, trustee Stephen Bazlinton opened proceedings with a devotion from Psalm 95. Stephen Lloyd then summarised highlights from our past ministry, as well as outlining some of our future plans in the context of current trends. Matthew Pickhaver also spoke about ways in which we might be able to attract new supporters, particularly from among the next generation. Approximately 30 supporters attended, and some useful discussion took place. Meanwhile, the Creation Conference 2018, held in Kent from...

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Conference – South Wales Revival Conference
September 2018
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Conference – South Wales Revival Conference

The days of 7 to 14 July saw the 19th annual conference take place. Ian Parry opened the conference with a searching message from Elijah’s confrontation with the Baal prophets at Mount Carmel. Paul Mallard’s two pastoral sermons took us to the letters to the churches in Revelation, while Stuart Olyott’s theme was ‘Spirit-inspired preaching’, as evidenced on three occasions in the book of Acts. All three of the evening preachers were excellent. Evan Richards ably gave the morning Bible readings and led the times of communal prayer. His theme was ‘The glory and the sufficiency of Christ in Hebrews’. The lectures looked at revival...

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August 2018
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Conference – Family Education Trust

Speaking at this year’s Family Education Trust conference, Dr Patrick Fagan, from the Marriage and Religion Research Institute in Washington DC, argued that it is a massive strategic mistake for the government to try to operate behaviour-changing programmes. Real change comes about through the relational spheres of family, church and school, he said. During his time as deputy assistant secretary for the family and social policy at the US Department of Health and Human Services, he had access to the largest depository of evaluation data on government social problems. Here, Dr Fagan had observed first-hand that there is not a single government social behaviour-changing programme...

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August 2018
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Conference – Liverpool Bible Convention

The annual Liverpool Bible Convention was hosted this year by Bethany Baptist Chapel in Fazakerley, from 8-11 May. It brought together five churches, and other visitors, in the Liverpool area. There were four nights of preaching, as different preachers took what the Lord had laid on their hearts. Each night we heard the Word of God with much profit, though styles and content varied. Mick Lockwood (Haworth) helped warn us of the danger of riches (and most of us in the developed world fall into this category) and necessity of repentance (Mark 10:17-31). Our spiritual eyes were directed by David Campbell (Preston) to gaze at what...

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July 2018
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Conference – Grace Baptist Assembly 2018

There are plenty of practical steps that pastors and churches can take to help people suffering mental health issues, Professor Alan Thomas told the Grace Baptist Assembly. Meeting at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, the Assembly heard Professor Thomas deliver two outstanding sessions. The first session, entitled ‘Mad, Bad or Sad?’, took a general look at mental health issues and the ways pastors and churches can help sufferers. The second session looked more specifically at the issue of depression, and again made helpful suggestions about pastoral support for those experiencing this painful illness. There was also a question session, which was extremely helpful. All...

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July 2018
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Sunday School – National Day and Parade

On 12 May, Beeches Road Baptist Chapel in Blackheath, hosted Crown Christian Heritage Trust’s fifth National Sunday School Day and Parade. This year’s was the largest yet with over 20 Sunday schools represented. Hundreds of children and workers gathered from across England for this day to celebrate the work of the Sunday school. Many Black Country Sunday schools were present along with churches from London, Birmingham, Oxford, Brighton, Liverpool, Manchester, Cheltenham, Peterborough, Nuneaton and more. Two of the children’s works that joined the parade were started since last year’s Sunday School Day — a reminder that ‘God’s work is always advancing.’ Forecasts for the day...

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July 2018
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Conference – Scottish Reformed Conference 2018

Saturday 12 May marked the 29th Anniversary of the Scottish Reformed Conference held in Hamilton.  This year the keynote speakers were Dr Steven Lawson and Rev. Kenneth Stewart.  Around 400 people of all ages gathered to sit under the ministry of God’s Word and were greatly encouraged and blessed by thoughtful worship and uplifting preaching. Dr Lawson is president and founder of One Passion Ministries, a ministry designed to equip biblical expositors to bring about a new reformation in the church, and hosts The Institute for Expository Preaching in cities around the world. He is also a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries.  Dr. Lawson served...

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