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August 2017
News > Events

Event – International Preaching Congress

The fourth International Congress on Preaching (ICOP) will be held from 8-10 August 2017, at St Andrews Street Baptist Church in Cambridge. The event, which unites pastors and church leaders from the UK, US and many other nations, is jointly sponsored by Preaching magazine, Anderson University, and Spurgeon’s College. The theme of the congress is ‘Preaching hope in an age of fear’, and the programme will feature several talks relating to that theme, plus a variety of sermons and more than a dozen practical workshops on preaching-related topics. Speakers will be drawn from outstanding church leaders in the UK, US and Canada, including Dave Stone, senior pastor of Southeast...

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Ethics – Pregnancy advice centre
August 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Pregnancy advice centre

Sheffield is getting a new Christian pregnancy advice centre (PAC) to help women with the difficult decisions they need to make about their pregnancies. The aims of the Sheffield PAC are to save the lives of babies, minimise regret among women and present a Christian worldview for life. Things have been busy behind the scenes with the refurbishment of the centre, a training course for advisers, the building of the PAC’s website and formal registration of the centre as a legal entity. The building already has an advising room, a consulting room, entrance, reception and kitchen area, as well as a car park and transport...

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August 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Church history afternoon

Leicestershire played host to the 2017 Church History Afternoon on Saturday 3 June. The ‘Puritan Earl’ (Henry Hastings, 3rd Earl of Huntingdon) and Hannah Marshman, first woman missionary to India, were two contrasting subjects for this year’s well-attended conference, at Barton-in-the-Beans Baptist Chapel. As the speakers demonstrated, both Henry Hastings and Hannah Marshman were great enablers of the gospel, facilitating its spread in very different circumstances and parts of the world. Dr Lesley Rowe emphasised the vital pioneering role played by Henry Hastings in sponsoring gospel preaching in 16th-century England, in the years following the Reformation. After tea, Mrs Christine Meller detailed the sacrificial service...

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August 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Ministry wives’ retreat

More than 30 ministry wives gathered in May at Holland House in Worcestershire for a special retreat organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC). Jane McNabb from The Slade Church in London was the main speaker and her three talks were based on Matthew 6: ‘Live for your Father,’ ‘Delight in your Father’ and ‘Ask your Father’. It was an opportunity for spiritual refreshment and relaxation for ministry wives as they took time away from their busy schedules. One of those present was Kay Kinnaird from Bankhall Mission Church in Bootle, Liverpool. She said: ‘Jane McNabb spoke with conviction, drawing from her many years of experience...

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August 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Church planting

Eight couples involved in planting churches joined the first ever church planters’ retreat, hosted by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in May. Andy Paterson, mission director for the FIEC, spoke on Psalm 91 at the retreat. He was keen to organise the gathering as part of the FIEC’s support for church plants. It was designed to give planters a break and to help them to recharge their batteries spiritually and physically. Sam and Melissa Buckley from Christ Church Hemel in Hemel Hempstead were among those who went along to the retreat at Torch Trust’s holiday and retreat centre in West Sussex. Mr Buckley...

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August 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Scottish Reformed Conference 2017

An Englishman, Irishman and Scotsman walked into a conference … no punchline given, just first-class Bible teaching at the 28th Scottish Reformed Conference! Held at Hamilton College in May, several hundred people gathered to worship and hear the Word of God preached in an uplifting and challenging way. The first speaker was Rupert Bentley-Taylor. Mr Bentley-Taylor was born into a missionary family and lived as a child in the Far East. He taught history for six years and then went on to serve as a pastor for 30 years, firstly in Bournemouth and then in Bath. He also served for three years as president of the...

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August 2017
News > Media

Media – Christian bookshop opens

A new Christian bookshop is thriving in Milton Keynes two years after the closure of the old one. Milton Keynes lost its long-standing bookshop after 25 years, when it closed early in 2015 — just one of many that have closed over the past decade. As Evangelical Times reported in its article, ‘The shop around the corner?’, in September 2012, many Christian bookstore owners have been facing financial pressure and high competition from online sellers. However, for Milton Keynes, the story was not over. In the providence of God, a local evangelical church offered a church hall. The bookshop that was closing offered their high-quality...

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August 2017
News > Events

Event – Free Church (Continuing) in London

On 14 May 2017, the first communion service was held in the new Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) outreach congregation in London. A preparatory service was held on Saturday afternoon, when Rev. William Macleod preached on ‘Adoption’. He spoke of what adoption is: a stranger being taken into the family and treated as a natural child. We are all by nature children of Adam and children of the devil. How wonderful that the God against whom we sinned adopts us into his family and puts his Spirit into our hearts, assuring us of our adoption! He further spoke of the privileges and responsibilities of those...

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August 2017
News > Mission

Mission – Baptisms at Sola Grazia

Italy’s Sola Grazia church in Mantua celebrated on a perfect summer’s day on 11 June with a host of believers’ baptisms. We had a full church, with more than 90 people squeezing into our small church. Everyone had come to share in the wonderful service of baptism we had been planning for some months. We had five baptisms in total. These people had expressed an interest in being baptised and so Andrea and Alan met with them to chat through the implications of baptism and to ascertain the spiritual maturity of each candidate. They were discipled individually and we were delighted to recommend that each...

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August 2017
News > Induction > Uncategorised

Induction – Pastoral ministry in Fetcham

Christ Church Fetcham (CCF) has been a Christian witness to the small village of Fetcham near Leatherhead in Surrey for over 20 years. Last September their second pastor, Ian Fry, moved on to Oxford to take up a new role in St Ebbe’s under Vaughan Roberts. CCF is looking for a pastor, but the Lord has provided for the moment in a wonderful way. Some members were visiting friends last spring in South Africa. During their visit, they learned that Pastor Harry Davies was intending to retire at the end of the year and would be happy to come to Britain for a while and...

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August 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Antony Simon (1967–2017)

On Monday 29 May, while on a mission trip to the northern part of Iraq, evangelist-pastor Antony Simon was killed in a car accident. Tony and two colleagues were crossing a busy road, after preaching at a small church and handing out audio-Bibles and humanitarian aid. There was no street lighting and by the time the driver noticed them it was too late. Tony was killed immediately. He was 52 and is survived by his wife Donna, three adult children, one daughter-in-law and a granddaughter, who was born during Tony’s funeral service. The funeral took place on Wednesday 14 June at the Alliance Church International...

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August 2017
News

Letter from America: Giving Keller back-word

When Tim Keller, senior pastor at Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York City, was selected earlier this year as the recipient of Princeton Seminary’s 2017 Kuyper Prize for ‘Excellence in Reformed Theology and Public Witness’ (a $10,000 prize), the Reformed world was ecstatic. Princeton had even celebrated Keller as ‘an innovative theologian and church leader’ and a ‘catalyst for urban mission’ (Christianity Today Gleanings, 22-3-17). The award is named after Abraham Kuyper, a prominent neo-Calvinist theologian from the Netherlands, and is awarded to academic persons ‘whose outstanding contribution to their chosen sphere reflects the ideas and values characteristic of the neo-Calvinist vision of religious engagement,...

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