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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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July 2018
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Conference – Christians engaging with others

Why are we so poor at telling the gospel? What makes objections so hard to combat? These were the thoughts that led the organisers of the Argyll Convention to set up a day conference in May of this year. The speaker was Andy Bannister of SOLAS Centre for Public Christianity. By the way, their website contains short video clips that are designed to help us in these areas: they are excellent! Practical things first. Andy took us on a tour of our conversations with non-christians and showed how we can do things much better. The people present were delighted with the relevance of his comments...

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June 2018
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Conference – Birmingham conference

The Birmingham Conference, organised by the Christian Worship Trust and hosted by Ebenezer Chapel in Old Hill, Birmingham, has become a regular fixture in the diary, with this year (23-24 March) seeing record numbers in attendance. In two addresses, Robert Dickie from Michigan, USA, tackled aspects of the downgrade in public worship that have tragically come into the evangelical world. He demonstrated how embracing a worldly culture leads to a casual approach to worship and devastating effect on the life of the church. From 1 Timothy 3:15, he showed that ministers bear great responsibility for upholding godly and reverent conduct, by personal example as well...

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May 2018
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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
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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
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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
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Grace Conference for West Africa

Once again, we held the Grace Conference in a nice and functional hotel just outside the market town of Glazoué in central Benin. This year, we topped the 100 participants mark, coming from 4 countries in West Africa. Numbers may not be the whole story, but it is encouraging to see so many come to hear about the Gospel of Free Grace. This year again, I had been given 3 sessions (“The Gospel in 3 words”), plus the sermon on Sunday morning with the Grace church in Glazoué, Paul NGoran (Ivory Coast) and Julien Naka (Benin) each gave one message, and Vincent Dua (Ivory Coast)...

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February 2018
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Conference – FIEC leaders’ conference

More than 800 people gathered for the annual leaders’ conference, organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in November 2017. For the first time, the conference was held at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay and included teaching ministry in the main plenary sessions from Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor at Anacostia River Church in Washington DC. Adrian Reynolds, FIEC training director, and Paul Rees, pastor of Charlotte Chapel in Edinburgh, preached in the evening meetings. An historical lecture from Michael Reeves, president at Union School of Theology, and a series of seminars for church leaders completed the programme. The main theme was ‘Transforming...

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February 2018
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Conference – Reformation and revival

I always seem to leave conferences sensing my own need for revival and a renewed desire for God to come in power upon the whole church. No conference has produced such a sense of this as the 2017 Reformation and Revival Conference, in Swanwick, Derbyshire. The speakers were Andrew Davies and Jeremy Walker, whose ministries were as excellent as they were relevant, leading us to earnest prayer for revival. With 2017 being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, the main theme of the conference decided itself! However, our attention was soon turned to the need for Reformation today. Mr Davies called us to sober assessment...

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Conference – Westminster Conference 2017
February 2018
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Conference – Westminster Conference 2017

Around 100 people from various churches and backgrounds attended the Westminster Conference in 2017. The theme was ‘God with us and for us’, and we were treated to six excellent papers, with historical richness and theological depth. The first paper of the two-day conference (5-6 December) began with Stephen Clark speaking on ‘The Holy Spirit and the human heart’. He stressed that we should not separate the Holy Spirit from the Word of God; the Spirit works with the Word. These themes were considered for the regeneration of the sinner, sanctification of the saint, assurance and praise, prayer and guidance. The session on ‘The felt...

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