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January 2018
News > Induction

Inductions – Broadstairs

On 23 September, Rehoboth Grace Baptist Church in Broadstairs, Kent, ordained Paul Smith as full-time elder and pastor of the church. Mr Smith is from Newton Aycliffe in County Durham and has taught in schools in north east England. Having felt called into full-time pastoral ministry, Paul and Heather, his wife, moved to the United States for two years to study at Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Michigan, before returning to the UK, where Mr Smith completed his final year of study. Rehoboth Grace Baptist Church’s previous pastor, Mike Swales, retired eight years ago after faithfully serving the church for more than 20 years, and...

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January 2018
News > Education

Education – A clarion call for Christians to impact education

According to Nelson Mandela, ‘Education is the most powerful weapon to change the world’. While I wouldn’t completely go along with Mr Mandela, I agree that education is powerful in shaping the way we think, behave and believe. It is because education is so influential that many Christians are anxious today about sending their children to state schools. They are worried what they will be taught flies in the face of biblical Christianity and frightened of the ungodly influences that will surround their children as society moves ever further away from God. The Bible makes it clear the main responsibility for educating children lies within...

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January 2018
News > Conferences

Conferences – Stockton-on-Tees conference

Over 70 attended Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees, on Saturday 28 October 2017, for an annual conference, this year recalling Reformation themes. At least six evangelical Protestant denominations were represented, demonstrating our unity in Christ. Three excellent papers were given. The first, ‘The Reformation cornerstone: justification by faith’, was by Pastor Roger Fay of Zion Evangelical Baptist Church, Ripon. His paper was based on Romans 3:9–4:9, with the following propositions: (1) Our great need is for righteousness before God; (2) God will freely account as righteous those who believe on Jesus Christ; (3) This righteousness is not infused in us, but imputed to us by faith;...

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January 2018
News > Conferences

Conferences – Free Church School remembers Luther

The 65th Free Church School in Theology, which receives support from the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC), met in Carronvale House, Larbert, from 4-7 September 2017. It was encouraging to see numbers up on the previous year and, as usual, there was plenty of warm and joyful fellowship with brethren from various churches throughout the UK, Ireland and Netherlands. We met for dinner at 6.00pm on the Monday, followed by the first paper. As 2017 is the year of commemoration of Martin Luther, it was fitting that this was on ‘Luther the Reformer’, by Rev. John W. Keddie. Mr Keddie reminded us Luther was...

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January 2018
News > Conferences

Conferences – Templepatrick Reformed Church

Templepatrick Reformed Church, holding to the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith, first gathered in 1989, using rented premises in the Templepatrick area of County Antrim, Northern Ireland. The congregation fluctuated in numbers between 12 and 36 over the years, but an amicable separation in 2013 left the congregation without a pastor and just nine members. By this stage the congregation had a building site, planning permission and most of the funds needed to erect a new building. It was decided that the congregation ought to make use of the resources God had given it and to step out in faith to erect the building. Work...

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January 2018
News > Society

Society – Feminist cries halt

Academic Dr Heather Brunskell-Evans, who has written books on the politics of the body, has come under investigation for allegedly slamming transgenderism. Dr Brunskell-Evans, a senior member of the Women’s Equality Party (WEP) was put under investigation by the party for acknowledging on BBC Radio 4’s Moral Maze programme the harms caused by the transsexual agenda. On the programme, Dr Brunskell-Evans told the Moral Maze she is supportive of boys and girls wearing opposite-sex clothes. However, she added: ‘The problem comes when we decide a child is genuinely, internally, and in some sense not a boy but a girl, and that is where we get...

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January 2018
News > Church news

Church – Theses-style protest

Some evangelical Anglicans have used the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation to post a 95-theses-style complaint on the doors of five British cathedrals. The complaint called on the Church of England (CofE) to follow the Bible on LGBT issues, accusing the established church in the UK of ‘becoming corrupt’, as the church in Luther’s time had been. The first document was found nailed to the doors of Southwark Cathedral, a known liberal Anglican establishment. One document read: ‘500 years ago Martin Luther nailed 95 theses to a church door in Germany. ‘He did it because the church had become corrupt. Today a...

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January 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Welby approves tutus and tiaras

Dr Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury, has stepped into a storm after issuing his anti-bullying policies for Church of England schools. While it is right to condemn any form of bullying, the fact the head of the Established Church has told teachers it is fine for boys to wear tutus and tiaras, without any scriptural mandate, has set a dangerous precedent for religious organisations. Robert Gagnon, former associate professor of New Testament at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, was quoted by Christian Concern as claiming Dr Welby is committing heresy. In his blog, Mr Gagnon wrote: ‘To claim that providing space for children to be socialised...

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