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November 2017
News > International

International – How will they hear?

Serving in Mission (SIM) has spearheaded a campaign to take the gospel to migrants and refugees. Mission partners include Greater European Mission, European Christian Mission International, DMG, Evangelical Alliance Mission and SIM in Europe. The campaign, called #HowWillTheyHear, was launched on 14 October with 14 days of prayer to mark the start of an 18-month campaign. The campaign aims to mobilise prayer and people to share the good news of Jesus Christ with migrants and refugees in the UK, mainland Europe and the Middle East. According to the campaign leaders, the fact Islamic militants have caused the unrest, together with corruption in their own Muslim...

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November 2017
News > International

International – Back-pedalling on the Reformation

A global coalition of Reformed churches has signed up to an ecumenical statement with the Roman Catholic Church to ‘overcome divisions’ from the time of the Reformation. The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), representing 80 million Christians, signed a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification, at a church in Wittenberg, the town where Luther nailed his 95 Theses to a church door. A statement from the WCRC, said, ‘The declaration stated mutual condemnations pronounced by the two sides during the Reformation do not apply to their current teaching on justification’. According to the WCRC, although the joint statement does not ‘cover all that...

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November 2017
News > International

International – Myanmar appeal

UK aid agencies have launched a joint fundraising appeal to help the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes in Myanmar. According to the 13 Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) members, the people are in critical need of shelter, medical care, water and food. Over the summer, more than half a million people, mostly Rohingya women and children, have sought refuge in Bangladesh from violence in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. However, Bangladesh, which is one of the poorest nations on earth, cannot sustain the numbers of people fleeing Myanmar. According to a statement from the DEC, more than half of all new arrivals are children, and...

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November 2017
News > International

International – Penn State cross row

Atheists have won a case to remove a cross from an historic Pennsylvania county seal. According to a story in the Christian Post, a federal judge ruled in September that the seal was ‘unconstitutional for including a cross’. US District Judge Edward Smith released a decision against Lehigh County’s seal, arguing that having a cross included in the emblem ‘fails the endorsement test’. In his decision, Judge Smith wrote: ‘In this case, neither the longevity of the seal nor the secular symbols surrounding the cross detract from the religious message that a cross conveys to the reasonable observer. Honouring the settlers by retaining a cross...

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November 2017
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Double standards at Sheffield University

Sheffield University has been accused of ‘appalling double standards’ over LGBT, Islam and Christian beliefs. During a hearing at which Christian student Felix Ngole sought to appeal against the university’s decision to expel him after he expressed his belief in Christian marriage on Facebook, new evidence was submitted to the High Court showing there had been a conflict of interest. The evidence submitted at the judicial review highlighted how the Fitness to Practise committee, which booted Mr Ngole off his social work course, had been chaired by a prominent and long-standing LGBT campaigner, Professor Jacqueline Marsh. Both she and the university had failed to disclose...

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November 2017
News > Society

Society – The fight against abortion: ‘green shoots of life’ in Sheffield

Can you believe that there have been over one billion abortions worldwide? The latest UK figures, alone, demonstrate that more than one in five pregnancies end in abortion meaning that on average 523 abortions were carried out every day in England and Wales. It is truly shocking, but how do we even begin to respond to this? We must pray. We pray to a God who is omnipotent, who can turn situations round very quickly, if he so chooses. Many of us can take encouragement from events in the recent past. The ‘Iron Curtain’ fell almost overnight, after many people prayed for decades, with suddenly...

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November 2017
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Coping with hurricanes

Late on Friday 25 August 2017, Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in south Texas, after gathering force in the Gulf of Mexico. With wind gusts of 130 mph, it hit Rockport, Texas, and then moved back into the Gulf, only to make a second landfall in Corpus Christi as a category 3 hurricane. The storm soaked the Houston area with over 50 inches of rain. While many hurricanes break up after making landfall, Hurricane Harvey parked itself over southeast Texas, especially the Houston area, for five gruelling days with little signs of dissipating. The combined effect of record-breaking rainfall and...

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November 2017
Guest Column

GUEST COLUMN: Seeing Jesus in an unexpected place

Being a Christian means that we know the Lord. This is part of the New Covenant, set out in Jeremiah and quoted in Hebrews 8:10-12: ‘This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. ‘No longer will they teach their neighbours, or say to one another, Know the Lord, because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest. For I will forgive their wickedness and will...

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November 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Erroll Hulse —a beautifully proportioned life

The September 2017 edition of Evangelical Times reported on the homecall of Pastor Erroll Hulse (1931-2017). Dr Tom Nettles has written this tribute. Erroll Hulse was a major force in the rejuvenation of life among Reformed Baptists in England. He was indefatigable in his labours for the gospel, passionate in his love of truth, persistent in his love of friends, and unceasing in encouraging others in their labours and in the faith. Puritans I asked him one time, after he had bolstered my spirits in a peculiarly fitting way, ‘Who encourages you?’ He said, ‘The Puritans. They never change, they speak virtually with one voice....

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November 2017
News

The precious life of a baby boy, saved by the amazing providence of God

How true are William Cowper’s words about providence: ‘God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform’! Little did I think, when I wrote a letter to the local and national Scottish press, about the desperate need to repeal the Abortion Act, that it would save someone’s life far away in the Gambia. Amazing story But it did, in a wonderful and perfect way. It is a remarkable story of God’s timely and gracious intervention in the life of a couple, when the wife was pregnant, and it ought to be shared with as many people as possible. The devil and his emissaries would...

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November 2017
News > Ethics > Society

The Christian Institute comments on a shameful anniversary

On 27 October 1967, the Abortion Act was passed by Parliament. For 50 years, it has been legal in England, Wales and Scotland to kill an unborn child in the womb. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) was formed in 1966 to campaign against the Act, followed by LIFE in 1970. A few individual evangelicals joined these groups, but evangelicals, generally speaking, were silent. Why? In 1989, the respected Reformed leader, Geoff Thomas, then pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, said: ‘In 1973 I preached a sermon on abortion … six years after the Abortion Bill had become law. Why had...

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November 2017
News > Ethics > Society

Christian Concern comments on the grim realities of abortion

27 October 2017 marks 50 years since abortion in certain circumstances became legal according to British law. While the Abortion Act (1967) currently only allows abortions when the mother or child’s physical or mental health is at risk of permanent damage, the law is rarely honoured, even in its flawed current form, and reports of malpractice in this regard are common. It is important that church leaders and the Christians that make up the membership of local churches equip themselves with the facts surrounding abortion. Christian Concern (CC) desires to facilitate this process and is involved in providing resources and opportunities that aid Christians in...

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