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October 2017
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2017 Christmas Issue

If I were a wise man —Jeremy Brooks; Why Jesus came — David Campbell Royal speech — Roger Carswell;The danger of the manger —Gary Clayton Celebrating a celebration—Timothy Cross; Motherhood and Christmas — Simoney Kyriakou Passchendale — Paul Mackrell; Let’s go to Bethlehem — Peter Milsom Jesus Christ is wonderful — Geoff Thomas; The flip side of Christmas — John Thornbury; When science and faith meet— David Tyler; War and peace — Martin Wells; Destiny certain — Norman Wells Ideal for use in church and personal evangelism Attractive presentation Clear presentation of the gospel of Christ in suitably chosen articles Extensive personal testimonies Proven track...

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October 2017
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Reformation 500

It is exactly 500 years since 31 October 1517, the day when Martin Luther placarded 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. This seemingly obscure event was arguably the flame that lit the touchpaper and the beginning of the sixteenth century Reformation.   The Reformation This timeline uses text and images from the excellent Reformation Timeline Poster produced by Martha Mohon for the Trinitarian Bible Society available for purchase here. Martha has written a description of the timeline here. VIEW THIS TIMELINE    

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September 2017
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Event – FCC holiday

Just under 30 people attended the 2017 Free Church (Continuing) All-Age Holiday, held in Windmill Christian Centre, Arbroath, in July. Due to the popularity of the centre, we were not able to book our usual week-long slot; so, instead of not holding the holiday, the organisers opted to stage it over an extended weekend. The aim is for young and old to gather together for a time of relaxation and fellowship in a safe Christian environment. Each day began with a prayer meeting for the early birds, then a leisurely breakfast, followed by morning worship. All were then free either to stay around the centre...

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September 2017
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Evangelicalism in Wales, 1967–2017

The last 50 years have been years of change, both for Wales as a nation and for its evangelical witness. Its geography, culture, languages and politics have always been distinctive. Almost three million people live in this beautiful part of the United Kingdom and they speak two official languages, Welsh and English. However, Wales has changed and is still changing. Its coal mines and much of its heavy industry have disappeared. Its devolved government meets in a new parliament building in Cardiff. And its religious life has changed. Wales is a country of chapels, hundreds of them across the length and breadth of the land,...

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September 2017
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50 challenging years

Over 1967-2017, confessional evangelical Christianity in Britain has faced some significant challenges. Here are six of them: 1) The so-called ‘New Perspective’ on the teaching of the apostle Paul. In a book entitled Paul and Palestinian Judaism by Ed Sanders, which appeared 40 years ago, the thesis was promoted that the Jews of Pauline times were not a legalistic, works-oriented community; they were men who considered themselves saved by being God’s chosen, covenant community, the children of Abraham; and their remaining in the covenant depended on their keeping the law. Law-keeping was the badge of covenant membership. James Dunn and N. T. Wright were among...

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August 2017
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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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July 2017
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The quiet revival in the Faroes

The Faroe Islands lie about 180 nautical miles north west of the Shetlands. Recent archaeological digs suggest long-term settlements were established there in the 4th century AD. These were probably from Celtic people — suggested by today’s place names and hand-sized, stone crosses. Around 860AD the Vikings arrived, which brought the Faroes under Norway. In 999AD the Catholic Church from Norway was introduced, but, around 1536, the Faroes along with other Nordic countries became Lutheran. In 1814 the Treaty of Kiel made the Faroes part of Denmark. Changes During the early- to mid-1800s its 1,400-year-old, agriculturally based society was giving way to a culture based...

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July 2017
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Jane Austen (1775-1817)

The highly talented novelist Jane Austen died 200 years ago, on 18 July 1817. Was she a Christian? Only God knows for sure, but believers reading her novels will ask this question. Jane Austen wrote brilliantly within her own sphere of life, although there were many matters she did not cover. Carol Shields, in her biography Jane Austen: a life, says: ‘One of the widest areas of absence is the religious life, and this has led some to think that Jane Austen was an unbeliever … She says not a word about the consolation of spiritual life’ (p.67). But Michael Haykin includes Jane Austen in...

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