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November 2017
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Conference – Reformation in Rhondda

During October 2017, we were increasingly aware of the darkness and superstition pervading our land. While the state church has been apologising for ‘perpetuating division’, Rhondda Evangelical Church, in Wales, has unashamedly celebrated the 500th anniversary of the commencement of the Protestant Reformation. Greatest legacy This Reformation promoted the English church’s greatest legacy — the Word of God in our own language. In the greatest spiritual movement since the apostolic age, centuries of misguided theological obfuscation were challenged by the Word of God itself and liberated from the obscurities of Latin. As part of our commemorations, headteachers of local primary, secondary and bilingual schools were...

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December 2017
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Conference – UK Creation Mega Conference 2017

Half-term week (26-28 October) saw 1,600 people from 16 nations, including 500 under-18-year olds, attending the UK Creation Mega Conference at West Bromwich, sponsored by Answers in Genesis. The programme, entitled ‘Inspiring a Genesis Reformation’, echoed the Reformation of 500 years ago, with its emphasis on the authority of Scripture — in this case, with relation to the early chapters of Genesis. Each generation, Ken Ham reminded us, needs to measure itself against the standard of Scripture that the Reformers set before the church in the sixteenth century. The widening chasm between secular and biblical worldviews reflects the ancient challenge, ‘Has God said?’, which is...

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December 2017
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Conference – Gateshead Reformation conference

St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Gateshead, was the location for a conference from 12-14 October, commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The conference proper was opened by Rev. Dr William Schweitzer, the minister of Gateshead Presbyterian Church, the hosting church. Dr Schweitzer gave a helpful address on the necessity of the Reformation, reminding us that the same issues from 500 years ago remain present today. This was a central conference theme. There were several types of addresses given: biographical sketches; practical lessons from the lives and ministries of the Reformers; and explanations concerning the doctrines of the Reformation. Throughout, one was reminded that the Reformation...

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December 2017
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Conference – Scottish Reformed Baptist Conference

In the beautiful, autumnal setting of Pitlochry, nearly 40 members of churches across Scotland met for a second Scottish Reformed Baptist Conference. Due to the blessing and encouragement of the previous, introductory conference last year, there was a clear desire to meet again; and so, from 9-11 October, we met together at the Atholl Centre. Saved to serve This year’s theme was ‘Saved to serve’. Jack Seaton spoke at the opening session, on Christian service, considering the words of Paul to Jesus in his Damascus road conversion experience, ‘What will you have me to do?’ We were reminded that to know Christ is to serve...

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October 2017
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Conference – Argyll Convention

‘The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed’. That was our experience at this year’s Argyll Convention. Several people came to the speakers afterwards and commented on how the messages had spoken into their lives. We also met a number of tourists who came to the event having seen local publicity. These included an Asian man who said he was ‘seeking the truth’. The overall theme was ‘Finding meaning in a meaningless world’. Dominic Smart led us through Ecclesiastes, showing the futility of a materialistic life (‘under the sun’) and the fulfilment of wise living that acknowledges our Maker. We...

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September 2017
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Conferences – Longhorsley Mission Bible Convention

In 1948, the Yorkshire evangelist Harold Watson was invited to speak during a weekend at Longhorsley Mission in rural Northumberland. When Mission members became aware of the interest being expressed by many people, it became obvious that the Mission hall in Longhorsley would not be able to accommodate everyone. The decision was made to hire a marquee. As time progressed, concern was expressed that the marquee ordered would not be big enough to hold everyone, so a second marquee was acquired. The marquees were erected in a field in the centre of the village, behind the village blacksmith. This event was repeated, each first weekend...

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September 2017
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Conferences – NI pastors’ conference

Earlier this year, the Association of Baptist Churches (ABC) in Northern Ireland held its pastors’ conference at the Four Seasons Hotel in Carlingford. Some 92 men involved in ministry across the Island attended the conference. The speaker was Ray Evans, senior pastor of Grace Church Bedford. The theme was ‘Ready, steady, grow: equipping today’s gospel churches’. The first session encouraged the men that ‘whatever happens’ (Philippians 1:27), whether that be circumstantial setbacks, Christian selfishness or the crisis of suffering, those involved in gospel ministry need to conduct themselves in a manner worthy of Christ. The second session highlighted from Acts 6 that the apostles organised...

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Conference – Marriage course
September 2017
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Conference – Marriage course

One of the greatest challenges in life is marriage. Two sinful people pledge their life-long commitment, love and faithfulness to each other, but do so knowing there will be hurt, sin, pain and failure at times in the future. How is a marriage to survive these inwards challenges, in addition to the constant undermining of marriage by the world around? It would be wonderful if Christian marriages were immune from these challenges. However, they are not. In fact, Christian marriage can sometimes be an even greater battlefield and one in which many couples feel alone. With all these factors in mind, and with the desire...

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