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September 2018
News > Conferences

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

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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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Anniversary – Silver anniversary for Wooler Evangelical

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October 2018
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Anniversary – Silver anniversary for Wooler Evangelical

Wooler Evangelical Church in rural north Northumberland marked its 25th anniversary with a series of special services over the weekend of 1-2 September. The services provided an opportunity both to reflect upon the faithfulness of God in establishing and sustaining the fellowship over 25 years, and also to seek his honour and blessing for the years ahead. The preacher for the occasion was Rev. Iver Martin, principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary, who gave a series of powerful sermons on the life of King Solomon. Contributions were also made by former pastors Joe Simms and David Larmour (now of Welbeck Road Evangelical Church, Newcastle), who reflected...

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October 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Kosovo

A trip to a barber where he had been once before, gave OM evangelist ‘Peter’ (name changed to protect his identity), the opportunity for friendship and gospel conversation in Kosovo. There were several men in the shop, friends of the owner, just sitting around talking and having coffee. When his haircut was finished, the men invited him to sit with them for a bit. They were talking about politics and Peter asked them if they believed there is hope for Kosovo. They doubted that there is, unless the country could get younger, educated politicians who are not corrupt. Peter responded by explaining to them what...

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October 2018
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Mission – Sheffield Pregnancy Centre

The Sheffield Pregnancy Advice Centre (PAC) is preparing to apply for the government approval, which is given by the Care Quality Commission (CQC).  If CQC approval is granted, the centre can advertise free ultrasound scans, and the whole operation can then move up ‘several notches’ on every front. A reason to give thanks is that a lady called Paulina has made contact with the centre to help. Paulina is training as a diagnostic sonographer at a university and she is a committed Christian and committed to Reformed doctrine. She and another lady, Maria, are set to begin the application for the CQC. Another reason to...

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October 2018
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Mission – Edinburgh outreach

Grace West Edinburgh welcomed a team of more than 25 people, some from the USA and England, over the summer. They joined the members of Grace Edinburgh for a week of evangelism in the west and north of the city. Some 4,000 homes were reached with literature, and a further 2,000 gospels and tracts were distributed. Approximately 1,000 homes were visited, 100 extensive gospel conversations were had and 41 unique unsaved visitors attended evangelistic meetings, some a number of times. A further three follow-up courses were organised and some are still attending and considering the claims of the gospel. During the week, three people were...

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October 2018
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Evangelism – Skegness witness

For nearly 20 years Theo Fox has taken the fairground organ, which he designed and built himself, to the shopping area of Skegness, and while the organ has played, he has distributed hundreds of thousands of gospel tracts to holiday makers and locals. For six hours every Sunday, which is the busiest day of the week for holiday makers, he is there during the summer months seeking to share Christ. He is warmly welcomed by the nearby shopping centre where staff help him, keeping a watchful eye at all times.  Brought up in the area, and converted as a teenager, Theo was a local businessman...

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October 2018
News > Education

Education – Scottish schools in sex education row

The Scottish government has given its backing to draft lesson plans that could effectively lower the age of consent to 13. The draft Relationships, Sexual Health and Parenthood (RSHP) curriculum suggests teaching pupils aged 12 to 14 that although sex under the age of 16 is illegal, those aged 13 and over could engage in sexual activity without fear of reprimand. Chris McGovern, chairman of the Campaign for Real Education, commented, ‘The intention of this draft resource is, in effect, to lower the age of consent without a change in legislation. This bypasses parliament and is an affront to democracy’. Norman Wells, director of the...

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October 2018
News > Media

Media – Vue backs down over film row

National cinema chain Vue has finally admitted that it was wrong to block the screening of an ‘ex-gay’ film, and settled in full a legal claim brought against them. The film, called Voices of the Silenced, profiled individuals who questioned their gay identity and successfully moved away from same-sex attraction. It was due to be shown to an invited audience of 120 at the Vue Cinema in Piccadilly in February 2018. However, following media coverage of the film’s content, Vue abruptly cancelled the booking just the day before the proposed screening, claiming the film might be ‘unlawful’. In a letter to the organisers of the...

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