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December 2019
News > Church news

67th ‘School in Theology’ Conference

Carronvale House in Falkirk was once again the venue for the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing)’s four-day September conference. Each day began with prayer and morning devotions (led by Mark Fitzpatrick, Simon Green and Trevor Kirkland) and ended with worship. Rev. John Keddie gave a well-researched paper on Thomas Chalmers. He covered his early…

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News > Church news

Waterford House Evangelical Free Church inducts new pastor

On Saturday, 21st September, Waterford House Evangelical Free Church (near Strood, Kent) held a welcome thanksgiving service for their new pastor, Adrian Tribe and his wife, Andrea. Formerly from Borough Green Baptist Church, Adrian was called to Waterford House after the former pastor, Norman Hopkins, announced his intended retirement some five years before. Adrian…

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Ten Indictments Against the Modern Church

Ten Indictments against the Modern Church Paul Washer Reformation Heritage Books 88 pages; £5.99 ISBN: 978-1-60178-627-2 Star rating: 4 stars The ‘Author’s Prayer’ sets the tone: ‘Let the truth go forward. Let men be changed’ (p.viii). The directness in the prayer is replicated in the exposition. The author is a voice crying to recall…

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December 2019
Reviews > Book

Come and Behold Him: Christmas Through Different Eyes

I found this little book both refreshing and stimulating. In such a short compass, we see the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ through the eyes of fourteen characters in the Bible. These are helpfully grouped in time sequence, beginning with Old Testament prophecies in Micah, Isaiah, Job and Malachi, and continuing with the…

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December 2019
Reviews > Book

My Sunflower Girl

This is a heartfelt but reflective account of events leading to the death of Dyfan Williams’s 10-year-old daughter Megan, and the subsequent slow road to recovery. The reader is invited to walk with him and Caroline through their personal valley of death as he recounts Megan’s 10 days in hospital before she was taken…

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December 2019
News > Conferences

The Pastors’ Academy conference puts theology back into practice

The Pastors’ Academy at London Seminary held its annual two-day conference in September. It was good to catch up with old friends and make new ones as we considered the subject, ‘Putting theology back into practice: the sons of Jacob’. My initial fears that the focus was too narrow were soon dispelled. Garry Williams…

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December 2019
News > Conferences

‘Truth 4 Youth’ conference looks at creation research, Islam and discipleship

The Heatree Activity Centre in Dartmoor hosted the annual Truth 4 Youth conference in August. Attracting a host of young people, there was much opportunity for outdoor fellowship as well as teaching. Activities on offer included fencing, a water slide, high ropes and a bonfire (replete with marshmallows on sticks). John Mackay and Joseph…

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December 2019
News > Church news

From prison to pulpit: 20 years of ministry for pastor, Billy McCurrie

Forty years ago, Pastor Billy McCurrie was an angry young man locked up in the Maze prison, Northern Ireland. Thirty years ago, he was changed. The avowed atheist and communist had become a Christian, keen to find out what God had in store for him. Twenty years ago, he was appointed Pastor of Aughton…

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December 2019
News > Society

Parents slam government for steering children towards transgender surgery

More than 30 UK families with transgender children are lobbying the government and the National Health Service over what they have called ‘state-sponsored sterilisation’. The campaign group, which is provisionally being called Our Duty, told The Times that medical professionals are steering confused children and young teenagers towards treatments that can leave them infertile.…

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December 2019
News > Religious liberty

Equality agenda has eroded human rights

The equality agenda has gone far beyond ensuring fairness and has ended up eroding fundamental human rights, an author and religious liberty lawyer has claimed. In a blog post for Christian Concern, Roger Kiska said the ‘juggernaut’ of equality has been riding roughshod through basic human rights in both the US and the UK…

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December 2019
News > Education > Ethics

New guide to debunk schools equality myths

A new guide for parents and pupils aims to debunk the myths surrounding what schools in Great Britain are required to do because of the Equality Act. The guide is called Equipped for Equality and is published by The Christian Institute. It is written primarily for parents and pupils, although others may find it…

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December 2019
News > Ethics > Religious liberty

Man arrested for praying outside abortion clinic

A wheelchair-using Christian man has been arrested and charged for praying out loud within an exclusion zone outside an abortion clinic. Christian Hacking, 29, was audibly but peacefully praying outside the Marie Stopes clinic in Ealing, London. He was carried away by police after he refused to stop. According to a court order, people…

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December 2019
News > Politics

Christian groups prepare general election guidance

The United Kingdom will hold its first December general election since 1923 when voters go to the polls on Thursday 12 December. Various Christian groups have been busy preparing materials to help believers think through various issues before voting. The Christian Institute will be publishing its popular Election Briefing which will analyse the policies…

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December 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Truth, lies and Santa Claus: What shall we tell our children about Father Christmas?

It’s not a problem now. Our children are that bit older. But for years we had to threaten them with dire penalties as Christmas approached. They mustn’t say it. They mustn’t even hint at it. Whatever anyone said to them, they mustn’t let it slip. They don’t believe in Santa. I well remember the…

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December 2019
Articles > Comment

Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves

Vote for the least-worst candidate, and pray Depending on your point of view, the last few years have either seen parliamentary democracy at its best, or its worst. Whatever view you take on that, we are nevertheless privileged to live in a democracy. Let’s not give in to the cynicism and apathy which blights…

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December 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow’

Outside the snow has just fallen. It looks so lovely and white when it first falls to the ground. But I can also see that it is not pure on the street, for it mingles with the dirt and grime and becomes a mushy mess. Many years ago, a young lady saw in her…

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December 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The trashing of truth

‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear’, wrote George Orwell. Nearly 75 years ago Animal Farm was published. Famously, its author, George Orwell, believed that real liberty must involve the freedom to call out lies. We live now in an age…

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Historical

December 2019
Articles > Historical

Arthur Stace: ‘Mr Eternity’

As we approached the new millennium in December, 1999 there were concerns that computer systems would crash, causing mayhem around the globe. Some feared that it may usher in the end of the world. The first pictures from a new year generally come from Sydney, Australia. The new millennium in 2000 was no exception.…

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December 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christmas jumpers

What would Christmas be without Christmas trees, Christmas dinner, Christmas carols, Christmas cards or, more recently, the Christmas jumper? Christmas gives us the opportunity to wear clothes we would never normally be seen dead in. What other time of the year would we wear to work an elf’s outfit or a jumper which lights…

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Historical

December 2019
Articles > Historical

Children’s champion

With Barnardo’s 330 charity shops, 400 social projects and care of thousands of children, most readers will be familiar with that name. But who was Tom Barnardo, founder of this remarkable charity begun in 1867? ‘A bit of all sorts’ was Tom’s own description of himself as he thought of the blend of Spanish,…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

Light in the darkness

One of the saddest days of my life was the day of my father’s funeral. It was a dark, drizzly and murky winter’s day. The weather outside seemed to mirror our mood inside. We had a service in church, giving thanks for my dad’s life, and then went to the cemetery to bury him.…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

Star of wonder

The Gospel of Matthew records how wise men came from the east to the land of Israel to search after the King of the Jews. The wise men were led to Jerusalem and then Bethlehem by a bright star in the sky. We don’t know exactly how far east the men had come from,…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

Joy to the world

The birth of Jesus Christ is the greatest reason for joy in the history of the world. Today people all over the world are seeking true and lasting joy. It was the same in the first century. The night Jesus was born, an angel appeared to some hill shepherds and announced, ‘I bring you…

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December 2019
Articles > General

Prepared for Christmas? But how ready is your heart?

Some people are smug about being prepared early for the biggest public holiday in the year: Christmas time. There are people who, at the time of writing (early October), have already made their puddings, prepared their fruit for the cake, bought their presents, made their lists and started the wrapping. I know: I am…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

A lonely Christmas and a miserable New Year?

‘I hate Christmas’ John responded. I felt guilty. I had been making small talk with him before I departed to see my next patient (I see patients in their own homes). I should have remembered that he had no family, at least none in regular contact. I might have noticed that not only did…

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December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

‘A satisfaction and completeness I had never known before’

I was brought up to go to a Church of England church in North Yorkshire, but stopped going when I was about ten to play football. Although I do not remember the gospel being preached there, I did believe in God, and God was good to me. He allowed me to experience various things…

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Article

December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

What good is it to gain the world and lose your soul?

I was born into a Christian family and each week I went along to church. I was not interested in what was being said, although there were times when it would suddenly hit me that I was not living in a way that pleased God. This would trouble me for a while, but I…

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Article

December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

From nightclub bouncer to city gospel worker

My name is James Tredgett. I was born and raised in northeast Essex. Life was good at first: I was the biggest kid in primary school, my family lived in a big house and every day seemed fun. As a teenager, life started to fall apart. My parents divorced and my mum and I…

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Article

December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

They thought I was dying, but then I was reborn

I was born into a family of four, with two brothers and one sister. My mother was a Christian and my father an atheist. We were taken to church by my mother and her parents, who were both strong believers. Through my teenage years, I continued to attend church. When I went to university…

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Article

December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

I was angry and I hated God. Then the gospel transformed me

My name is Gary Currie. I was born in Chatham, Kent, in 1957. My upbringing wasn’t the best, with parents who did not care and were quick with hand, fist or stick to control us. There were four kids: three boys and one girl. We boys went through it with the beatings, so we…

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Article

December 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

Trust in Christ alone

Having grown up attending Sunday school and church, I never really doubted that God existed. I knew what was involved in becoming a Christian, but I also knew that I wasn’t one. I grew up living in a ‘Christian’ way, happy to go to church every week and even talk to my friends about…

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December 2019
News > Church news

2019 Argyll Convention

‘This is real unity, not fake’. This comment was made by Alasdair Paine, one of the speakers at the Argyll Convention which took place in Oban in August. Leaders of evangelical churches in Argyll had organised this Bible conference for the seventh year in succession. No doubt the ‘warmth’ that people mentioned is felt…

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November 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Obituary: Glyn MacAulay (founding member of Tearfund)

Tearfund’s first Chairman of the Board, Glyn MacAulay, passed away on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, aged 82. Tearfund CEO, Nigel Harris said: ‘We are saddened by the news of the passing of Glyn MacAulay. Glyn was one of Tearfund’s founding members and his accountancy skills and expertise were invaluable in establishing Tearfund as a…

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November 2019
News > Church news

Stornoway pulpit filled after 7-year gap

On Thursday, 29th August at 72 Keith Street, Stornoway (on the Isle of Lewis), a 7-year pulpit vacancy was filled when Rev Jonathan Baxter was ordained and inducted to the local congregation which includes a preaching station in the Isle of Harris. While studying for a degree in aeronautical engineering, Jonathan began to feel…

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Review

May 1999
Reviews > Book

Van Til’s Apologetic; Readings and Analysis

Cornelius Van Til (1895-1987) taught apologetics (the defence of the faith) at Westminster Theological Seminary, Philadelphia, from 1929 until his retirement in 1972. He was a major figure in the development of the seminary and its influence in promoting the Reformed faith. He pioneered a new way of doing apologetics, which has come to…

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Review

November 2019
Reviews > Book

CH Spurgeon Forgotten Public Lectures: Forgotten early articles, sermons and public lectures

Where do you start when reviewing C. H. Spurgeon? And is it permissible to rate the ‘Prince of Preachers’ at anything but five stars? Perhaps the key factor in assessing this collection is to decide on the intended readership. Everything Spurgeon-related has a ready market, but this volume is not a typical compilation of…

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Review

November 2019
Reviews > Book

From the Psychiatrist’s Chair: Selected Works of Dr Monty Barker

This is a collection of essays by a Christian psychiatrist who originally delivered them as lectures, sermons and papers in different contexts. There are twenty chapters, each of about ten pages, divided into different sections, reflecting its disparate genesis: the family, health, the workplace, the pastoral ministry and cross-cultural mission. Thus a wide range…

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Review

November 2019
Reviews > Book

Grace Defined and Defended: What a 400-Year-Old Confession Teaches Us about Sin, Salvation, and the Sovereignty of God

This year sees the anniversary of the Synod of Dort which concluded its deliberations in May 1619. Much has been written about this, mainly from a Reformed perspective which rightly views its findings as worthy of being set alongside other Confessional statements. Kevin DeYoung has produced a very accessible summary of Dort, helped along…

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Review

November 2019
Reviews > Book

Hidden Evil — A biblical and pastoral response to domestic abuse

If only this book wasn’t needed; sadly, it is. Domestic abuse is far more common in our churches than many realise. Hidden Evil is an apt title. Dr Davies has compiled stories from sufferers that help us understand how abuse starts, the fear and shame of finding oneself in an abusive relationship, and why…

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Review

November 2019
Reviews > Book

Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care

Dr Kathryn Butler is a Christ-centred trauma and critical care surgeon with years of experience caring for patients in the intensive care unit. She has observed relatives struggle to reconcile what is happening with their faith, asking questions such as ‘why is God allowing my loved one to suffer?’, and crucially, ‘when is it…

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November 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Vera Khorev (1935-2019)

Many ET readers may recall praying for Vera and her husband Mikhail, both from Moldova. They made a courageous Christian stand during Stalin’s cruel reign over the USSR, enduring much suffering for maintaining an underground church in the shadow of Communism. Following marriage to Mikhail in 1961, Vera’s time was often spent taking leave…

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November 2019
News > Mission

New manager appointed by the Open-Air Mission

In September, the Open-Air Mission welcomed Joe Bailey on to its staff as Administration Transition Manager and Evangelist. Initially, Joe will assist in updating administrative functions of the mission. David Fielding, OAM Chairman, said, ‘Joe’s experience, gained in a modern commercial business over recent years, will be vital to us as we move forward’.…

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November 2019
News > Conferences

Grace Baptist conference navigates the difficult problem of suffering

The eighth annual Grace Baptist Partnership conference was held in August at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. ‘I walked a mile with sorrow – lessons learned in the school of personal difficulty’ was the challenging title. All Christians are called to walk with sorrow and those who addressed the conference all had…

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November 2019
News > Conferences

When the Bible confronts the culture we find out what we really believe, says Begg

Over 1,000 people attended the first ever London conference of Ligonier Ministries, held at the end of September in Central Hall, Westminster. The speakers were Alistair Begg, Albert Mohler, Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Reeves, Mark Johnston, and Burk Parsons. Ligonier Ministries is the teaching fellowship of R.C. Sproul. It broadcasts, publishes, and teaches reformed truth…

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November 2019
News > Conferences

Students attend inaugural ‘Truth in Science Summer School’ in Solihull

Nearly 30 students gathered for the first Truth in Science Summer School in St. Swithin’s House, near Solihull on 6 and 7 September. They heard sessions on Medicine (particularly Medical Ethics), Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Education and Theology. Experts in all these fields then spoke to smaller groups of students in these same areas.…

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November 2019
News > International

Italy: Court rules euthanasia and assisted suicide is not always a crime

Italy’s highest Court has handed down a ruling in favour of a right-to-die activist which says euthanasia and assisted suicide is not always a crime. According to the judgment, those people who facilitate the suicidal intention of a patient kept alive by treatments and suffering from an ‘irreversible pathology’ should not be punished. The…

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November 2019
News > International

Nigeria: Fulani crisis worsens

Christians are being systematically wiped out in the north of Nigeria, while pastors and church leaders are being killed and kidnapped. The United Nations has claimed that religious violence in the African country is ‘spiralling out of control’, describing a ‘pressure cooker of injustice’ in Nigeria. Release International has warned that the Fulani militia…

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November 2019
News > International

Finland: MP investigated by police for quoting the Bible

Finnish politician Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Christian Democrats party and a former Minister of the Interior, has been investigated by the police for quoting the Bible on Facebook. She criticised her own Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for endorsing events linked to Helsinki Pride 2019. Räsänen is a pro-life advocate and doctor…

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November 2019
News > International

UN: President Trump calls for global religious freedom

Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to ever convene a meeting at the UN on the issue of religious freedom. ‘That’s very sad in many ways’, Trump said. The President called the issue one of his ‘highest priorities’. ‘Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the…

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November 2019
News > Society

Family wins the right to give their daughter chance of survival in Italy

The family of a seriously ill girl has won the right to take her to a hospital in Italy to receive treatment. Doctors in the UK wanted to end the life support of Tafida Raqeeb, aged five, but her family refused. The case ended up in court and the judge, Mr Justice MacDonald, sided…

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November 2019
News > Education

Parents in Wales could lose sex lessons opt out

Parents in Wales could lose their right to remove their children from sex and relationship classes under Welsh Government plans. The proposal is currently part of an eight-week consultation. A previous consultation found that 89 per cent of respondents backed the right of parents to take children out of the classes. But Education Minister…

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November 2019
News > Society

Controversial ‘named person’ scheme dropped

Plans to give every child in Scotland a state-mandated guardian – undermining the role of parents – have been dropped by the Scottish Government. Five years after the scheme was first proposed, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced in Holyrood that it would not be going ahead. The original proposal tasked state guardians with…

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November 2019
News > Society

Hundreds of adults seek gender change reversal

Hundreds of young adults who were assigned a new gender while teenagers, are seeking to get a medical reversal back to their birth sex. According to a report from Sky News, a new charity is being set up to help people make the change back after undergoing gruelling gender conversion therapy. Charlie Evans, founder…

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News

November 2019
News > Education

Christian couple hits national headlines following ET sex education interview

A Christian couple have hit the national headlines after they shared their story in September’s Evangelical Times of how they made a principled stand against their school’s sex education programme. Following ET’s publication of an interview with Matthew and Naomi Seymour in September a number of national media organisations picked up on the story.…

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November 2019
News > Society

No-fault divorce Bill dropped as Parliament is prorogued

A Bill to make divorce quicker and easier has fallen before it can become law following the proroguing of Parliament. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was dropped as it had failed to pass all its parliamentary stages before the parliamentary session was wrapped up. Pro-family groups have welcomed the news. However, the plans…

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November 2019
News > Society

Poll shows majority against new abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Most people are against the forced and undemocratic imposition of new liberal abortion laws on Northern Ireland, a recent survey shows. The poll, weighted to reflect Northern Irish society, revealed a majority of 52 per cent oppose new laws being brought in, with fewer than 40 per cent in favour. Westminster politicians voted in…

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November 2019
News > Society

MSPs vote to outlaw smacking

Scotland has become the first country in the UK to criminalise parents who smack their own children. The ban on all physical punishment was backed by 84 votes to 29 in the Scottish Parliament. The ban was opposed by the Scottish Conservatives, who said the bill was bad legislation that risks criminalising ‘good parents’…

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November 2019
News > Religious liberty

Extremism report is welcomed

A new report by the Extremism Commission has been cautiously welcomed by free speech campaigners. Under original proposals there were real fears that evangelicals – among others – could be labelled as extremists just because they hold certain unfashionable beliefs. But campaign group Defend Free Speech which includes Christian and secular organisations welcomed the…

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November 2019
News > Society

Court says Bible verse is ‘incompatible with human dignity’

In a shocking decision, an employment tribunal has ruled that a Christian doctor’s belief in Genesis 1:27 is ‘incompatible with human dignity’. Dr David Mackereth told his employer he would not use transgender pronouns as people’s chosen sex as it went against his Christian faith. He then claimed his employer – the Department for…

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Article

November 2019
Uncategorised

Waiting for the Lord’s Return

I grew up with some very mixed-up ideas about the Second Coming. I hope I have a clearer understanding of the subject than I had then. Of course, I still have lots of unanswered questions about the great event. But the question I ask myself more than any other is this: ‘how much do…

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Article

November 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks: Is it a sin to be anxious?

Jesus declared ‘Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on’ (Matthew 6:25) and Paul similarly stated ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known…

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News

November 2019
News > International

Joshua Harris, author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, divorces

In July 2019, Joshua Harris, a popular American author and pastor announced on social media that he and his wife Shannon would be divorcing. ‘We’re writing to share the news that we are separating and we’ll continue our life together as friends. In recent years, some significant changes have taken place in both of…

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Article

November 2019
Articles > Guest column

How can older Christians glorify God? Through their legacy

In the last two columns I’ve tried to show that old age doesn’t mean the end of your Christian usefulness. Older saints are particularly well positioned to glorify God, through your trials and through your prayers. In this final instalment we’ll think about how you can do so through your legacy — and I’m…

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Article

November 2019
Articles > Comment

Begging the question

At Ligonier Ministries’ London conference Alistair Begg said many people say they believe in the Bible, but it’s when the Bible confronts the culture of the day that you find out what people really believe. How right he is. And it begs the question – if you’ll pardon the pun – what do you…

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News

September 2019
News > Mission

Taking the gospel ‘behind the wire’

The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) is delighted to be placing two new Army Scripture Readers (ASRs) this autumn. Tracey Blackwell and Chika Onugha were recruited last year. They have undergone theological training at seminary and also in the field with established Scripture Readers. They will now deploy to their operational posts.…

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Article

November 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Dear church, abortion is child abuse

In the Sahara desert, dunes are constantly blown about and reshaped by the wind. This is also characteristic of 21st century British morals – ever changing and evolving. Sadly, the church has often failed to stand firm against shifting trends, despite following a God who does not change and whose Word stands forever. Not…

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Article

November 2019
Articles > General

An interview with Phil Johnson

GraceLife London hosted the Summer Institute in August. During the conference, Raj Sahota interviewed Phil Johnson, a speaker at the event and Executive Director of Grace To You ministries. Can you tell us about the ministry of Grace To You? For over fifty years, Grace To You has existed to use mass media to…

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Article

November 2019
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Darwinism may be a ‘brilliant and beautiful theory’, but it is also profoundly wrong

David Gelernter, a leading US academic and Professor of Computer Science at Yale University has changed his mind about Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. In an essay in the Claremont Review of Books, Gelernter wrote: ‘The origin of species is exactly what Darwin cannot explain’. He knows he is challenging the origins…

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News

October 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Proclaiming the Good News to thousands in Gloucester

  ‘Proclaiming the Bible Salvation Verses’ to over 30,000 people lining the streets of Gloucester on Saturday 13th July 2019, was a resounding success. The annual Christian outreach to the people watching the Gloucester Carnival procession has taken place every year for the past 36 years. This year, 33 Christians took part and worked…

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Review

October 2019
Reviews > Book

The majesty of God in the midst of innocent suffering — the message of Job

Walter Kaiser Jr is a distinguished Old Testament scholar with a high view of Scripture. The Majesty of God is a systematic and fairly detailed study of the book of Job, but Dr Kaiser whets our appetite at the very start by pointing out that Martin Luther considered Job as being ‘magnificent and sublime…

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Review

October 2019
Reviews > Book

When Harry Became Sally: Responding to the Transgender Moment

The aim of the book is to sombrely discuss the transgender phenomenon from a medical and psychological perspective and to delve into public policy issues. In those aims, it succeeds admirably. The greatest caveat for a UK readership would be the US focus of the book in its references to culture and law. That…

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News

October 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Douglas Higgins (1914-2019)

Douglas was born in the small village of Gleadles, South Yorkshire, a few days after the outbreak of World War I. He came to faith in Christ at the age of 22. His eyes were opened by the words of 1 John 5:12 – ‘He that hath the Son hath life; and he that…

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News

October 2019
News > Conferences

‘Exploring the Old Testament and its world’ at Tyndale House

Have you ever wondered how we know the Old Testament we read today is the same as that of Jesus’ day? Or how biblical events fit into the history of other nations in the Ancient Near East? Tyndale House, a research institute in Cambridge, exists to study questions like these. In June, it invited…

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News

October 2019
News > Mission

International team brings the gospel to London’s Jewish Community

Christian Witness to Israel (CWI) launched an outreach campaign to London’s Jewish communities in July and August. A 40-strong team from Britain, France, Holland, Hong Kong, Israel and beyond, all joined hands to reach out with the good news of the Messiah. CWI’s presence in London dates from the 19th century. It was formerly…

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October 2019
News > Conferences

Northumberland Bible convention attracts 200

In July, the small Northumbrian village of Longframlington swelled in size as some 200 people from across the northeast and Scotland gathered for the 72nd Bible Convention. Sponsored by Longhorsley Mission Free Church, the three-day annual gathering proved to be a time of sound teaching and warm fellowship. In several messages from John 13…

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News

October 2019
News > Church news

Hitchin outreach week centres on preaching rather than social events

A week of evangelism was held to celebrate 150 years since the construction of Grace Baptist Church in Hitchin. ‘Big Answers’ was the focus of the outreach. A team, including members of Grace Baptist Partnership, went into Hitchin town centre daily to engage passers-by with the gospel. Evangelistic evening meetings were held and issues…

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News

October 2019
News > Persecution

Cameroon: Bible translator murdered

Anti-Christian violence in Cameroon has intensified, with seven Christians killed in one village during an overnight attack. Among the seven murdered in the village of Wum, in the northwest, was a man called Angus Abraham Fung. Fung, a Cameroonian national, worked with Wycliffe Bible Translators. His wife, Eveline, had a hand cut off and…

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News

October 2019
News > Persecution

China: Cries for freedom met with tighter control

Release International has called on the Chinese government to grant freedom of religion to Christians who face increasing persecution on the mainland. According to Paul Robinson, chief executive of the international advocacy organisation, the scenes of protest and counter-measures unfolding on the streets of Hong Kong reflect the desperate cry for freedom in mainland…

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News

October 2019
News > Persecution

Australia: New religious freedom bill proposed

New legislation is being proposed in Australia to protect a person’s freedom of religious expression, after Christian rugby player Israel Folau was fired for posting comments about hell on social media. As reported in Evangelical Times, the former Wallabies star had his multi-million dollar contract terminated, after posting a message on his Instagram account.…

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News

October 2019
News > International

DRC: Christians abducted and churches looted

More than 200 people have been abducted and a church mission hospital and shops looted by Islamist extremists during a raid on Boga, Democratic Republic of Congo. The Bishop of Boga Diocese, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rt Rev. William Bahemuka, said the Muslim militant group ADF (Allied Democratic Forces) had attacked the…

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News

October 2019
News > Education

BBC show replicates same-sex relationship lesson

The BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire programme has featured a controversial children’s story book, And Tango Makes Three, which is about two gay penguins raising a chick together. The show invited a headteacher to read the book aloud and replicate a relationship lesson in front of an adult studio audience. The headteacher comes from a school…

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News

October 2019
News > Society

Pro-lifer loses Ealing abortion clinic appeal

Pro-life campaigner Alina Dulgheriu lost her challenge at the Court of Appeal of England and Wales, when it upheld a High Court decision to create a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) around an abortion facility in Ealing, London. As reported earlier this year in ET, Dulgheriu challenged the order, which criminalises activities including silent prayer…

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News

October 2019
News > Society

Fresh blow to named person scheme

Scotland’s proposed Named Person scheme has received a fresh blow that could derail the controversial proposals, experts have claimed. According to latest information from Holyrood’s education committee, a code of practice that the committee demanded before it would allow the Named Person data sharing Bill to progress has not been created. Deputy First Minister…

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News

October 2019
News > Society

Thousands sign petition to support Norwich bus driver

More than 25,000 people signed a petition in August to reinstate a Christian bus driver who was suspended for refusing to drive a bus decked in pro-Pride slogans. The unnamed bus driver, working for Konect buses in Norwich, was suspended from his job and is facing a disciplinary hearing after he refused to drive…

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News

October 2019
News > Society

Government urged to close ‘abuse of trust’ loophole

The government is being pressed to close a loophole that allows sports coaches and religious figures to have sexual relationships with young people aged 16 and 17. Currently, children under the age of 18 are protected in law from being abused by those in a position of trust, and the law is particularly relevant…

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News

October 2019
News > Media

Songs of Praise alienates viewers

BBC’s popular Sunday show Songs of Praise has alienated many of its viewers after it featured a same-sex wedding. In August, the programme, which promotes itself on Twitter as ‘Christianity in all its diversity’, filmed the same-sex marriage of Jamie Wallace and Ian McDowell. The pair got married at Rutherglen United Reformed Church near…

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News

October 2019
News > Society

Rampant secularism is fuelling the culture wars, says Melanie Phillips

Rejection of Christianity has served only to undermine western values of freedom and tolerance, according to journalist and author, Melanie Phillips. Writing in The Times she argues that virtually the entire education establishment has decided that Western values should no longer be transmitted. ‘The bedrock principles of the West had to be replaced by…

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News

September 2019
News > Society

Welsh council resists secularists’ attempt to ban Christian prayers

Secularists have renewed efforts to prevent local councils from conducting prayers before meetings, this time targeting Denbighshire Council in Wales. Councillor Paul Penlington called on Denbighshire Council to conduct prayers away from the council chamber, and has received the support of the National Secular Society (NSS). However, the councillors have defended their freedom to…

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News

October 2019
News > Persecution

Northern Ireland churches face rise in attacks

Northern Ireland has witnessed nearly 450 recorded attacks on places of worship over the past three years, according to a Freedom of Information Act request. The data revealed a significant spike upwards in acts of crime against churches and other religious buildings in recent years, prompting calls for immediate action to protect churches and…

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News

October 2019
News > Education

BBC film for school children says there are ‘over 100 genders’

The BBC has produced an education film for schools that claims there are ‘more than 100 gender identities’. It has been sharply criticised as nonsense and accused of confusing primary school children as young as nine. BBC Teach released the series of nine films to support the physical, social and health education (PSHE) curriculum…

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News

October 2019
News > Society

Ashers ‘gay cake’ case referred to European court: But substance of ruling not expected to be overturned

The gay rights activist who dragged a Christian bakery through the courts in Northern Ireland has now decided to take his case to Europe. Gareth Lee eventually lost his case at the UK Supreme Court last year, when judges ruled Ashers bakery had not discriminated against him. He had asked the Christian bakery to…

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Article

October 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Darkness and Light: Hallowe’en and Reformation Day

We dread the last week of October. Why? Because we have a nervous dog. The closer we get to the end of October, the more reluctant he is to leave the house, especially after dark. He’ll stiffen his legs and refuse to move. He’ll whine and shake. He’ll search for hiding-places: under the stairs,…

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Article

October 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The image of God in dementia: Part 2

Last time we thought about God’s image in us and on the importance of relationships to a proper expression of this. We observed that God himself is a God-in-relationships. We saw that people with dementia continue to live in God’s image and have value in relationships with other people and with God. In the…

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News

October 2019
News > International

The ‘Billy Graham Rule’ comes under fire

In recent political news, Robert Foster, a Republican runner-up for the Mississippi gubernatorial race, has been criticized for his Christian views when he refused to let a female reporter shadow him for the day for a news article. Larrison Campbell, writer for Mississippi Today was nominated to write an article on the GOP candidate…

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Article

October 2019
Articles > Guest column

How can older Christians glorify God? Through their prayers

When you can’t be involved in Christian service as actively as you once were, you can find yourself standing on the sidelines of church life, feeling like a spare part. But the church is a body, with no dispensable members (1 Corinthians 12:12-25). There are important roles which only older believers can fulfil. In…

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Article

October 2019
Articles > Comment

The biased mindset of the BBC

Even by modern BBC standards, news that the broadcaster has produced a film for school children telling them there are over 100 different genders to choose from is shocking. The corporation is funded by British licence fee payers, and yet it appears to see itself as the mouthpiece for a tiny group of activists…

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Article

October 2019
Articles > Biblical/theological

Archaeology backs up the Bible

Remember the time when ‘scholars’ claimed that the Bible is not reliable history? It was confidently asserted that biblical personalities and incidents were ‘mythological,’ created to set forth religious views of the ancient Hebrew people.  Well, folks, a new day has dawned.  We know now that the Bible is historically and scientifically accurate. There…

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Article

October 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Five tests to evaluate Christian resources on the internet

The availability of Christian resources on the internet can be both a blessing and a hindrance. On the one hand, there is excellent and extensive material available that is edifying and God-honouring. It can be of practical use and we would be foolish not to make use of it for study, teaching, sermon preparation…

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Historical

October 2019
Articles > Historical

200 years of Grove Chapel

This year marks the bicentenary of Grove Chapel in Camberwell, an historic independent and non-conformist congregation in which, by God’s grace, the gospel has been faithfully preached throughout its history. It all began with the conversion of a young man from Hertfordshire called Joseph Irons (1785-1852), who very soon experienced a desire to preach…

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Article

October 2019
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

What the ear reveals about the Creator

The human ear is an intricate example of miniature and sophisticated engineering. Scripture is clear about its origin: ‘The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both’ (Proverbs 20:12). Note the dual stress upon the hearing ear and the seeing eye, implying a marvellous system in operation. It invites readers…

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Article

October 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Feminism: Liberation or Betrayal?

Two themes run in parallel through Scripture with regard to men and women. Equal dignity and significant difference. Women are badly served when their essential dignity as human beings is disrespected. They are also badly served when equality is assumed to mean sameness. Radical feminism cheered for equality, but failed to take sufficient account…

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News

October 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Peter Parkinson (Caring for Life) retirement

In early June, members of the Caring For Life family came together to celebrate with the charity’s co-founder, Peter Parkinson, on the occasion of his retirement. Taking up his first pastorate when aged 17, Peter served as a Baptist pastor. 32 years ago, he followed God’s call to care for some of the most…

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Worship Conference at Greeley, Colorado – Saturday 18th May 2019

News

October 2019
News > Church news > Conferences > News in brief

Worship Conference at Greeley, Colorado – Saturday 18th May 2019

An all-day conference was held in America focusing on the presentation of the cross of Christ in the context of reverent worship. It was held at the Reformation Baptist Church, Greeley, Colorado (50 miles north of the city of Denver). Pastor Steve Ong, minister of Reformation Baptist Church, hosted and chaired the conference. The…

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News

October 2019
News > Church news > Conferences > News in brief

Wolverhampton Bible Convention 2019

Fifty years ago, a Bible Convention was inaugurated in the Shropshire village of Donington by a group of Christian men. The committee was formed under the leadership of Rev. Paul Houndsfield (Anglican vicar of Donington). Also involved were Dennis Moore (vicar of Wellington), Jack Stordy (a Wolverhampton business man) and others. A marquee was…

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News

October 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

2019 South Wales Revival Conference

This year was the 20th annual week-long conference (6-13 July). The fine weather was matched by excellent ministry. Stuart Olyott (Liverpool) opened the conference with a fine exposition of Ephesians 5:18: ‘Be filled with the Spirit’. Interestingly, the other sermons were all drawn from the Old Testament. Each evening from Monday to Friday, Mark…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

Reflections: Characters in Acts — A matter of the heart

‘Thorough’ and ‘thoughtful’ were words that came to mind as I was reading this book. This is a study of seven characters who feature in Luke’s account of the early church, showing how they responded to their encounter with the gospel message. There are four examples of those who were converted on hearing the…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the perils of Christian rock

What are we to make of Larry Norman, the controversial pioneer of Christian pop music in the late 1960s and ‘70s? Gregory Alan Thornbury (son of occasional ET contributor John) tells the fascinating story with riveting style and careful accuracy. Unlike other Christian artists, Norman’s extraordinary musical and poetic gifts were lauded by his…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

That Hideous Strength: How the West Was Lost

A book offering to tell us ‘how the West was lost’ has set itself a very ambitious target. Perhaps it needs a few more pages to quite hit that target. But it succeeds admirably in drawing our attention to a dangerous intellectual and spiritual current of our time: ‘cultural Marxism’. That Hideous Strength is…

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News

September 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Dr Norman Geisler (1932-2019)

Renowned apologist, author and philosopher, Dr Norman Geisler has died at the age of 86. Known as a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham, Geisler was a leading light in the defence of evangelical Christianity. In a career spanning seventy years, he founded Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina and Veritas International University…

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News

September 2019
News > Conferences

Family Education Trust conference tackles Marxist-feminist view of marriage

The ramifications of liberalising divorce law, plus growing state regulation of family life were the focus of this year’s Family Education Trust conference. Colin Hart (Christian Institute director and Coalition for Marriage chairman) averred that the development of overly sentimental or Marxist-feminist views of marriage have undermined its meaning. Referring to governmental plans to…

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September 2019
News > Church news

Christian law firm celebrates its first anniversary

In June, around forty people gathered at the Cathedral View conference centre in Westminster to mark one year since the formation of Edward Connor Solicitors. The firm provides evangelical organisations and churches with Christ-centred legal services. The anniversary celebrations included a presentation on the importance of legal compliance. Caroline Eade, the firm’s Head of…

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September 2019
News > Education > Society

Vicar resigns as school governor after raising concerns about sex education

In June, an Anglican vicar came under fire for expressing concerns about proposed changes to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Writing in his parish magazine, Rev. Peter Hughes commented on sex education in general, suggesting that it can encourage experimentation and have the unintended consequence of grooming children and making them vulnerable to abuse.…

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News

September 2019
News > Church news

Cancer strikes budding preacher twice, threatening his speech

Reconciling suffering with a God of love is a staple of philosophical debate, but it became a painful reality for Ole Kristian Hunt, an elder at Grace Baptist Church, Ulverston, in Cumbria. At just 26, he was diagnosed with cancer. In a moving testimony at Grace Evangelical Church, Carlisle, he traced the ups and…

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News

September 2019
News > International > Society

Netherlands: Protest against PedoPride gains traction

Paedophile activists attempted to hijack the LGBT Pride Week celebration in Amsterdam, under the banner #PedoPride, reports have claimed. The activists stated they want to achieve acceptance for ‘alternative forms’ such as this vile practice by joining the LGBT movement, despite strong protests from all sides against allowing the group to take part. During…

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News

September 2019
News > International

Israel: Archaeologists discover King David’s city of refuge

Archaeologists in Israel believe they have unearthed the 12th century BC biblical city of Ziklag. In the book of 1 Samuel, David flees from King Saul and settles in the Philistine town of Ziklag until Saul’s death. The site was found 43 miles from Jerusalem, near the modern city of Kiryat Gat. While other…

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News

September 2019
News > International

Indonesia: Churches face closure

Two new churches in Java are facing the threat of closure in a rising tide of persecution in Indonesia. The Family of God Church in West Jakarta received its official permit earlier this year, but has yet to meet because of local protests. Pastor Timotheus said the church has received threats from Islamic Defenders…

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News

September 2019
News > International

Nigeria: Imam given award for saving nearly 300 Christians

An elderly Imam who saved the lives of hundreds of Christians fleeing a murderous attack by Muslim Fulani militants in Nigeria, has received an award recognising his courage. The 83-year-old man, called Abubakar Abdullahi, was given the US International Religious Freedom Award for selflessly risking his own life. On 23 June 2018 militants attacked…

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September 2019
News > Society

Public rejects calls for abortion law changes

Britons do not want current legal safeguards around abortions to be removed, two separate polls have found. The polls, from ComRes, revealed that proposals from abortion lobby groups for extreme changes to the abortion law in England and Wales are out of line with public opinion. Some 72 percent of respondents think abortion should…

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News

September 2019
News > Education > Society

Humanists want Christian content out of schools

Humanists UK has given its backing to parents who are looking to challenge daily acts of Christian worship in state schools. Lee and Lizanne Harris exercised their legal right to withdraw their children from school assemblies but now want the primarily Christian content ended, and have been given permission by the High Court to…

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News

September 2019
News > Religious liberty

Police pay £2,500 damages to street preacher

Christian street preacher Olu has been offered £2,500 in damages from the Metropolitan Police in relation to his false arrest and unlawful detention in February this year. The 64-year-old man had been preaching outside Southgate Underground station. A member of the public, Mrs Ambrosine Shitrit, saw a tall, hooded man squaring up to Olu.…

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News

September 2019
News > Society

Gambling fine is ‘small change’, claims CARE

Ladbrokes Coral’s £5.9m fine for failing anti-money laundering measures is ‘small change’ to a major bookie, Christian advocacy group CARE has claimed. Last month, the betting company was hit with the fine over failures to adequately protect vulnerable gamblers and for failing anti-money laundering measures. However, James Mildred, communications manager for CARE, commented, ‘The…

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News

September 2019
News > Politics

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron warns of ‘creeping lack of liberalism’

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, says Christians are often misunderstood and marginalised, and there is growing illiberalism in the West today. In a wide-ranging interview with Premier Christianity, Farron was speaking two years after the media relentlessly quizzed him about whether he believed ‘gay sex is a sin’. He admits he…

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News

September 2019
News > Ethics

Welsh smacking ban will cost millions

Welsh Assembly plans to criminalise parents that smack their children will cost millions of pounds, senior politicians in Wales have admitted. In July, the official consultation on the proposed smacking legislation revealed not only were there high levels of public opposition but also the costs of implementing the bill could be between £2.3m and…

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News

September 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Christian Legal Centre wins Sunday service battle with NHS

The Christian Legal Centre has won a year-long battle with the National Health Service to have appropriate Sunday worship services offered at a medium security mental health unit. The John Howard Centre in East London is a facility for people with a mental health problem who have been arrested, who are on remand or…

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News

September 2019
News > Society

Nearly one-quarter of all babies were aborted in 2018

Nearly 25 percent of all babies were aborted in 2018, official statistics have revealed. The Office of National Statistics released data for 2018 in England and Wales. It showed that, of a total of 862,371 pregnancies (excluding stillbirths and natural miscarriages), there were 657,076 live births and 205,295 abortions. This represents 23.8 percent of…

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News

September 2019
News > Church news

Joshua Harris kisses his wife and his faith goodbye

Joshua Harris, the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye – a Christian guide to relationships – has left his wife and rejected his faith. Written when he was only 21, the book sold nearly one million copies around the world after it was published in 1997. According to the publisher, the book turned the…

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News

September 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Christians hit as government restrictions on religion rise

Christians are being harassed in 143 countries worldwide as governmental restrictions on religion increase, according to a major report released recently. A squeeze on religion is happening not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe’s democracies, according to the findings. The Pew Research Center, which released its 10th annual Report on…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Church prayer meetings

From time to time — usually when I’m on holiday — I have the opportunity to join another church at its prayer meeting. That’s always a very interesting experience. You can learn a lot by attending the prayer meeting in another church — often more than by attending its Lord’s Day services. You learn…

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Article

September 2019
Articles

The image of God in dementia: Part 1

A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of the image of God, much of it helpful and some not. What is not helpful is when image has been interpreted to mean ‘mind’. The idea here seems to be that humans have minds but animals don’t. The problem is this easily comes…

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News

September 2019
News > International

Presbyterian Church in America affirms Nashville Statement on sexuality

Throughout the years, the church has faced various trials and has had to make her stand, often due to theological or ecclesiastical issues. This year, the 47th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) met in Dallas, Texas and debated long and hard over how to deal with the cultural issues…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Guest column

How can older Christians glorify God? Through their trials

Pastoring a largely elderly congregation has shown me how old age can bring new challenges for the Christian. When your physical and mental strength are waning you can feel frustrated and even depressed about not being able to serve the Saviour as actively as you did before. Take heart! You remain a soldier of…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Comment

Joshua Harris, celebrity status, and the evangelical media machine

News of Joshua Harris separating from his wife and departing from the faith will sadden many. I was in my early 20s when his book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, was first published. Although targeted at the American scene where the culture of ‘dating’ is a little different from here in Britain, the book was…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Thinking the unthinkable: Parents withdraw children from a week of school

Withdrawing two primary-age children from a week of schooling is a step of last resort. But that is the point that two concerned parents reached just before the summer. Faced with a new Sex and Relationships Education curriculum, Matthew and Naomi Seymour felt they had no other choice. ET caught up with them to…

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Historical

September 2019
Articles > Historical

Theodore Beza (1519–1605)

Theodore Beza is probably unknown, or not well-known outside of scholarly circles. This is a great pity, given his gigantic stature in the history of the Reformed faith. Beza was John Calvin’s most illustrious personal disciple, and indeed Calvin’s successor as the spiritual leader of the Reformed ‘capital city’ of Geneva. Born five hundred…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Hidden in the heart

We are repeatedly warned that modern technology is changing the way we think, the way we remember. Tech gurus tell us that no longer do we remember information, we remember where to find it. So, for example, rather than remembering the kings and queens of England, we remember the webpage (or kind of webpage,…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical > Evangelistic

Is Christianity good news for women?

The three deadliest words in the world today are the words: ‘It’s a girl!’ Over 100 million females are missing in the world due to gender selective abortion, infanticide, or neglect. And that’s just one of many markers of female inequality. Feminists are rightly outraged by this. If we ask what lay behind the…

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News

August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

A taste of Zambia

Proclamation Institute Zambia, training men and women for ministries in Kitwe, Zambia, held an information day in Kegworth, Derbyshire in May. Visitors were treated to hymns and cuisine, Zambian style, before being updated on gospel work in Zambia. Joe Kapolyo and Andrew Muwowo spoke of the need for cultural sensitivity when engaging Zambians with…

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News

August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Newhouse Baptist Church anniversary

Situated in the Blackdown Hills on the Devon-Somerset border, this church recently celebrated its 367th anniversary. Rev Courtenay Harris led a thanksgiving service, using Paul’s experience of heaven (2 Corinthians 12) and the shepherdess’ desire for Solomon (Song of Solomon 4) to remind members to pursue a meaningful, felt relationship with Christ.

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News

August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief > Science

Andy McIntosh outreach event

At an evangelistic event held at a York hotel in May, thermodynamics professor Andy McIntosh spoke of atheism’s inadequacy to explain science, reason, ethics and meaning. He said, ‘This line of reasoning has resonated with unbelievers at these evangelistic events.’ Over 100 sceptics and believers attended with much discussion following.

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Review

October 1998
Reviews > Book

Speaking of Women: Interpreting Paul

Andrew Perriman’s book seeks to provide biblical justification for the ordination of women as ministers of the gospel. On the rear cover Dr R. T. France, formerly principal of Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, claims that the volume ‘offers the best hope I have seen for a fresh start to what is in danger of becoming…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Entering the sanctuary

Have you ever wondered about the unpredictability of God’s grace? In other words, have you wondered why so many different men and women, from all social classes, have been brought into the kingdom of God? Perplexity Acts 4:13 reads, ‘Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Biblical/theological

The death that ends death

Notes of an address given at the burial of Iain H. Murray’s son, Stephen R. Murray (1956-2019) at the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, March 7, 2019 God is revealed to us in Scripture as ‘the God of all comfort’ (2 Corinthians 1:3). The Bible is a book of comfort for believers and, for our comfort…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Controversial questions in the 2021 Census

Controversial questions on gender identity and sexual orientation are to be included in the 2021 Census in England and Wales. These questions will differ from most of the census questions, in that both will be voluntary and only asked of respondents aged 16 or over. The only other voluntary question in the census will…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

God is love

The love of God as understood from the Scriptures is a most precious doctrine. To be loved by God and to love him in return is the joy of salvation, ‘Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory’…

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Historical

August 2019
Articles > Historical

Karolina Sandell-Berg: Songs out of tragedy

Karolina Sandell was born on 3 October 1832. Her father was a Lutheran pastor and, being a frail child, she would spend hours in her father’s study rather than playing outside with other children. She grew up to become Sweden’s most celebrated author of gospel hymns, writing so many that she is often called…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Comment

Beware the pitfalls of community engagement

News that a Grace Baptist church has not only allowed, but actively promoted, a play celebrating the LGBT movement within its building is deeply disturbing. But Evangelical Times has decided not to name the church because we are more concerned about the wider principles than this individual incident. We are forced to ask why…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Guest column

Why ‘same-sex attraction’ may be a misleading term

Like a swift flowing river, progressive culture seems to surge forward, sweeping all with it. Like dead branches, liberal churches are caught up in the stream. Sometimes evangelicals feel battered by the torrent, barely clinging to the bank. We need renewed confidence in the Spirit’s power. GK Chesterton stated ‘a dead thing can go…

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News

August 2019
News > International

US pastor prays for President Trump, but some church members are ‘hurt’

On June 2, David Platt, the pastor of a megachurch in the metro DC area had a rare opportunity when President Trump decided to drop by his church unexpectedly during a worship service. Platt is a well-known face in the metro DC area and is one of the youngest pastors of any megachurch in…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Growing old

A junior researcher recently sent me an email with a small typo. She referred to me as an ‘old aged psychiatrist’. I replied that I may not be as young as I was but I’m not aged yet! I explained that I think the current UK term for my NHS job ‘Old Age Psychiatrist’…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Taking a gamble

How many times has it happened over the past few weeks? I’m accosted by a smiling lady as I leave the supermarket. ‘Hi, we’re raising funds for the local hospital. Would you like to buy a lottery ticket?’ One of the neighbours’ children is standing on the doorstep looking hopeful. ‘We’ve got a raffle…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Raising Kids in a ‘You can do it!’ World

The author sets out eight signposts for Christian parents to follow when bringing up their children in a world that promotes the attitude that all you have to do is have confidence and you can achieve anything you want. The book is very readable, but some of the examples given and the language are…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Rewriting Gender?: You, Your Family, Transgenderism and the Gospel

Over a very short space of time, gender identity has become a major issue in the worlds of politics, healthcare, education and the media. It is not going to go away and the often subtle influence of the transgender agenda is so pervasive that none of us can escape it—not even the youngest of…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Christ and the Law: Antinomianism and the Westminster Assembly

Drawing on newly available primary sources, this title contends that the initial concern of the Westminster Assembly (1643-53) was the growing influence of antinomianism: the belief that, in Christ, the people of God are not subject to the law of God. After tracing the development of this belief, Gamble recounts the Assembly’s interrogation of…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Still Protesting: Why the Reformation Matters

Dr Darryl Hart shows in this book that the biblical truths discovered during the Reformation still matter today. He also applies his broad knowledge of theology, church history, American history and politics to explaining why American Protestants are turning to Roman Catholicism. His arguments suggest that Americans from a Protestant background who previously held…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Perpetual Battle: The World, the Flesh and the Devil

As a teenager, I attended a church youth group called the ‘9:23 Club’. The name came from the words of Jesus in Luke 9:23, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’. The message was clear enough: being a Christian involves suffering. In…

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Review

April 2007
Reviews > Book

Bold as a lion

An early death at the age of thirty-six in 1755 deprived John Cennick of the renown enjoyed by the other great preachers of the Evangelical Revival. He is relatively little known apart from a few of his 750 hymns, such as ‘Children of the heavenly king’ and ‘Lo! He comes with clouds descending’ (subsequently…

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John Henry Newman: Becoming Rome’s first ecumenical saint

Review

September 2010
Reviews > Book

John Henry Newman: Becoming Rome’s first ecumenical saint

The German-born Pope Benedict XVI is due to carry out a state visit to the UK from 16-19 September. The climax of this visit is a Mass in Coventry at which the Pope will beatify John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Newman believed in baptismal regeneration and turned away from his Anglican ministry. He joined the…

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Review

May 2017
Reviews > Book

From strength to strength: a life of Marcus Loane

On 23 April 1954, a student at Moore College, Sydney, was listening to a history lecture by Marcus Loane, being part of a series on Paul and Acts. It was a day not to be forgotten by W. J. Lawton, who would later speak of the ‘breath-taking grandeur’ of the address and would add,…

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Review

April 2007
Reviews > Book

Jesus himself; the story of the resurrection

Always appreciating the writings of Marcus Loane, I anticipated this small volume with not a little relish. But, expecting vintage Loane, I was sorry to be disappointed. Perhaps I should have been more prepared, for the author himself says in his introduction to these short chapters, ‘They hardly break any new ground’. There are…

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Review

May 2010
Reviews > Book

Makers of Puritan history

This is an update of a book originally written in 1960, describing the great 17th century struggle for religious freedom. The author highlights the conflict as seen through the lives of four eminent Puritans – Alexander Henderson, Samuel Rutherford, John Bunyan and Richard Baxter. After a brief introduction, there follows a biographical sketch of…

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News

August 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Michael Wright (1927-2019)

Michael Wright, former elder of Hall Green Baptist Church in Haworth, West Yorkshire has died aged 91. Raised in Haworth, Michael studied civil engineering at Sheffield University prior to employment with British Steel McColls. Although attending Hall Green Baptist Church during childhood, Michael was not saved until 29 years old. He heard several sermons…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Conferences

Discovering an amazing God in Eastbourne

God identifies with his people and displays his redemptive power towards them: this was among the messages brought to Christians at Bible by the Beach in Eastbourne earlier this year. Under the umbrella title of Amazed: Sin, Grace and an Amazing God, record numbers of delegates heard from a variety of speakers, including Don…

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August 2019
News > Conferences

Grace Baptist Assembly an ‘oasis for the battle-wearied pilgrim’

A good Christian conference is an oasis for the battle-wearied pilgrim. Our journey to the celestial city is not without its discouragements and challenges. Therefore, any opportunity to have our perspective refocused on the Lord, and for fellowship with like-minded believers is most welcome. This was my first time at the Grace Baptist Assembly,…

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August 2019
News > Church news

New building for Ayr church

May 18 inaugurated a new chapter in the history of Ayr Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Many visitors and former associates of the church gathered to give thanks for the Lord’s provision of a building and to mark its official opening. The congregation had been renting the property (in Lindsay Street, Ayr) from the…

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August 2019
News > Conferences

‘Who am I?’, the 30th Scottish Reformed Conference

Over 400 delegates of all ages engaged with this key question at the Scottish Reformed Conference in May. The speakers were Dr Sinclair Ferguson (Reformed Theological Seminary) and Dr Robert Murdock (Faith Mission Bible College). Speaking from Genesis, Dr Ferguson emphasised that humans are made in the image of God. Concerning the Fall, he…

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August 2019
News > International > Persecution

China: Pastor’s wife freed from jail

A reformed presbyterian church in China celebrated the release of Jiang Rong, wife of Pastor Wang Yi, in June, although the church has claimed that state persecution of its members is still continuing. In a statement from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), Jiang Rong and another female church member, Li Xiaofeng, were finally freed…

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August 2019
News > International

Australia: Israel Folau case looks set for court

The case involving Christian Australian rugby superstar, Israel Folau, looks set to end up in federal court after all sides failed to reach a settlement. Folau had his professional rugby contracts terminated after he published social media postings urging people to repent from their sins, including homosexuality. His employer, Rugby Australia, said the postings…

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August 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Poland: Freedom of conscience ruling

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has confirmed that businesses have the right to offer services in line with their religious or other convictions. In a landmark decision, which exonerated a Polish printer who did not want to print material that promoted an event with which his religious beliefs were at odds, the Tribunal has set an…

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August 2019
News > International > Society

France: Court allows death of quadriplegic man

French officials have ruled that a paralysed man can have his life support turned off, allowing him to die. At the end of June, the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the land, gave a final ruling that doctors can stop feeding 43-year-old Vincent Lambert. The man, who is quadriplegic, has been in…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Student suspended for claiming scientific basis of gender

A teenage boy has sparked a debate about free speech after he was thrown out of class for saying there are only two genders. The 17-year-old from Aberdeenshire used his phone to secretly record a video of how he was reprimanded by his Personal and Social Education teacher. Although the teacher said the student…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Educational freedom being stifled by Stonewall

Britain’s leading gay rights activist group, Stonewall, is stifling educational freedom, according to more than 30 British academics. In an open letter to The Sunday Times, the academics claimed ‘tendentious and anti-scientific claims’ have been presented by Stonewall to staff as ‘objective fact, without the opportunity for scrutiny’. In their letter, the academics said…

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August 2019
News > Politics > Society

MPs vote to force gay marriage and abortion on to Northern Ireland

MPs in Westminster have voted to legalise gay marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland if devolution at Stormont is not restored by 21 October. Under the current law, gay marriage is not legal in the province and abortion is only legal in limited circumstances. The Democratic Unionist Party has said the votes at Westminster…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Christian doctor in court over his refusal to use transgender pronouns

An experienced doctor has appeared at Birmingham Employment Tribunal after he was sacked for refusing to use transgender pronouns. Dr David Mackereth, 56, had been an A&E doctor for 26 years in the NHS. But he lost his job doing assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because he refused to identify…

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August 2019
News > Society

Scottish government delays transgender laws

The Scottish government is unlikely to implement controversial reforms to gender recognition laws before 2021, according to The Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that several SNP figures are worried that changing the law to make it much easier for people to legally change sex will prove unpopular with the public. The Scottish government is…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Newcastle Cathedral challenged over ‘queering the church’ event

The Christian Institute has taken Newcastle Cathedral to task over a weekend-long LGBT festival that included a panel discussion on ‘Queering the Church’. The event, which coincided with the city’s pro-LGBT march as part of July’s Pride Month, the cathedral hosted four panellists, including a Church of England curate who identifies as ‘non-binary genderqueer…

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August 2019
News > Church news

Jonathan Fletcher banned from preaching over abuse allegations

Jonathan Fletcher, a leading evangelical figure within the Church of England, was banned from preaching following allegations of abuse, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The 76-year-old was stripped of his Church powers by the Bishop of Southwark in 2017 following complaints made to the church – Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon – where he used to…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Croydon primary school reported to local authority for excluding children who objected to LGBT lessons

Two primary school children in Croydon have been excluded by their headteacher for objecting to LGBT lessons. The incident occurred in the same school where, last year, children as young as four were forced to take part in a playground ‘gay pride parade’. This latest incident at Heavers Farmer Primary School, Croydon, South London…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Judges refuse to allow doctors to force an abortion on mentally ill woman

A pregnant woman with a mental age of between 6 and 9 years old has been allowed to keep her baby after the Court of Appeal overturned a Court of Protection decision to abort the child. The unnamed woman’s Catholic mother brought the legal challenge against doctors who attempted to force the termination in…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Grace Baptist church in South East hosts LGBT play

A Grace Baptist church in the south east of England has allowed a LGBT play to be staged in its building and has promoted the play through social media. The church is a member of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches South East, and the matter is being addressed within the association. The play…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty

Free speech victory for Christian social worker student

A Christian has won his appeal at court, after he was thrown off his university course for posting on Facebook that homosexuality is a sin. Felix Ngole, aged 39, was removed from a postgraduate social work course at the University of Sheffield in 2016 after posting the online comment. Judges overturned a previous court…

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August 2019
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: mission trip following Easter bombings

Despite the earlier Easter terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka, a team of five of us travelled to the country as planned. We were to speak at a church workers’ conference and provide women’s and children’s ministry to local churches connected with the Lanka Evangelical Fellowship of Churches (LEFC). The team comprised Mark and Sue…

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February 2012
Reviews > DVD

Faraday – Man of science and man of God

A sad trend in Britain is the declining awareness of our Christian heritage. The ambition to change the world is good, and past generations did just that. We often think of the noble army of pastors, teachers and missionaries who have worked tirelessly to build the kingdom of God in many parts of the…

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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Kingdom-building in Byker for 40 years… and more!

A church situated opposite the infamous ‘Byker Wall’ in east Newcastle Upon Tyne celebrated its 40thanniversary in mid-May – but its Gospel witness dates as far back as the 1920s. Welbeck Road Evangelical Church is based on the border of Walker and Byker, which featured in 90s children’s TV programme “Byker Grove”. The church…

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July 2019
Reviews > Book

The Message of Discipleship: Authentic Followers Of Jesus In Today’s World (Bible Speaks Today Themes)

Discipleship is a vast theme, including virtually the whole life of the believer. The author is surely right when he rejects the idea of there being two classes of Christian, the believer and the disciple. We are all called to full-orbed discipleship. He breaks down his material into three sections: the foundation, the resources…

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July 2019
Reviews > Book

Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Christian Ministry (Lausanne Library)

Whilst primarily aimed at those in full-time ministry, this book would be worth reading to help you understand the battles of those in ministry. It will fuel your prayers for them and show how you might be able to encourage them. Several books and blog articles have been written on this topic in recent…

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July 2019
Reviews > Book

Breaking the Silence on Child Abuse

As a boarder in a cathedral school, Robert Stevens was abused by several of the masters. In this book he gives a very brief account, without explicit detail, of what happened. It was then some decades before he began to address the damage done to his development and personality. He speaks of injury to…

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July 2019
Reviews > Book

The Preacher’s Catechism

Lewis Allen has evidently thought long and hard about the nature of the Christian ministry. The result is The Preacher’s Catechism, a collection of 43 questions and answers which bring essential truths to the preacher’s heart. Loosely following the structure of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, its subjects include the glory of God, sin, the…

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July 2019
Reviews > Book

Evolution and the Christian Faith. Theistic evolution in the light of scripture (Creation Points)

The creation / evolution debate still rages, and many Christians believe it is both scientifically untenable and scripturally naïve to accept a literal account of the beginning of Genesis. Some even charge creationists with pushing a teaching that is a hindrance to conversion. In this excellent and very readable book, Philip Bell investigates how…

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July 2019
Articles > Scientific (including creation) > Reviews > Book

Special Book Review: Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique

Edited by J. P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger and Wayne Grudem. Crossway, 1007 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5286-1. ISBN-10: 1-4335-5286-8. BUY We live in a day when strenuous efforts are being made to persuade evangelicals to rewrite their theology to accommodate the evolutionary theory of origins.  Books advocating the harmony of…

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July 2019
Articles > World Mission

What in the world is happening to missions? Cultural imperialism, tribalism, pragmatism and resources

This is the fourth and final article in a series written by experienced missionary, Will Niven, which asks some searching and important questions about the current evangelical approach to missions. In my previous three articles, I highlighted what I perceive to be some of the problems within the current evangelical approach to missions. I…

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July 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019)

Born in Chicago, Warren was the youngest of four. In 1945, aged fifteen, Warren was converted after hearing Billy Graham preach at a Youth for Christ rally. He then aspired to honour Christ by preaching the gospel, teaching God’s Word and building up the church. While studying at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduating in…

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July 2019
News > Events

Prof. Julian Evans speaks about the role of trees in the Bible

Professor Julian Evans, OBE is a forestry expert. He studied the subject at Bangor University and later became President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. He is also an evangelical Christian, lay preacher and author of Day One Publications’ God’s Trees. In April, Julian gave an accompanying talk at Gillingham Baptist Church, Dorset. He…

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July 2019
News > Church news

Exeter church marks three special anniversaries at once

On Saturday 27 April, Exeter Independent Evangelical Church marked a triple anniversary. Twenty years ago, the church was established in the St Thomas area of Exeter. Ten years later, a pastor was called. Five years after that, the church moved to its current premises in the Heavitree region of the city. From as far…

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July 2019
News > Conferences

‘How to be human’: Derby Bible Week

Derby Bible Week continues to grow. Following small beginnings thirty years ago, attendees have grown in number considerably over recent years. In Derby, a group of like-minded evangelical churches organise an annual series of meetings. These take place over four days each April. This year, an average daily gathering of around 400 people met…

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July 2019
News > Conferences

European Missionary Fellowship Spring Conference

It was delightful to welcome almost sixty people to the EMF spring conference, held in early April at Ballymoney Baptist Church, Northern Ireland. The theme for the day was ‘Building for the Future’. Two of our most experienced mission-partners – Dawid Koziol from Zywiec in Poland and Manuel Franco from Almunecar in Spain –…

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July 2019
News > International > Persecution

Global: religious persecution on the rise, reports claim

Global persecution of Christians and people from other minority religions is at its highest level for years, two major reports have found. The 234-page annual report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) cited appalling religious and human rights abuses in countries such as China, Pakistan, North Korea and Burma (Myanmar). It…

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July 2019
News > International

Eritrea: crack down on Christians

Eritrean authorities rounded up more than 140 Christians in raids ahead of its Independence Day, according to Release International. The Christian advocacy organisation claimed fourteen children were among the 141 people who were arrested at a private meeting in the Eritrean capital, Asmara. Release International partners said the streets were filled with police and…

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July 2019
News > International

Kurds: Bible app launched for Christians

OM International has worked with partners to create a simple Kurdish Bible app so that Kurdish people can easily download Scriptures in their own language on to their phones. Sorani Kurdish is the second most widely spoken Kurdish dialect. But for those who live in the Middle East, very few bookshops stock the Kurdish…

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July 2019
News > International

India: need for religious freedom

India’s recent elections, which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi return with a bigger majority, have been taken as an opportunity to highlight the plight of Christians in the country. Release International issued a call for the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to loosen the tightening nationalist grip on India, which has in recent years…

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July 2019
News > International

Pakistan: Christian couple on death row

The lawyer who supported Asia Bibi has taken up the case of another Pakistani couple who face the death penalty for alleged ‘blasphemy’. A report from international advocacy organisation, Barnabas Fund, said Saif-ul-Mulook (pictured) is to appeal against the conviction in April 2014 of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar. The couple, who have four…

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July 2019
News > Mission

SASRA remembers D-Day scripture readers

D-Day commemorations have also honoured the 10 Army Scripture Readers (ASRs) who were deployed alongside the Allied troops 75 years ago. According to the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA), notes found in the archives revealed the names of the 10 men who joined the 24,000 British, Canadian and American troops landing in…

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July 2019
News > Ethics

Better protection for teachers over same-sex education

Draft guidance that threatened to silence any Christian teachers in independent schools who disagreed with same-sex marriage has been amended. The original wording of the Department for Education’s guidance for independent schools had originally suggested any schools not recognising same-sex unions would be breaking the law. This would have caught up any school run…

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July 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Council taken to court for prayer-exclusion zone

Legal proceedings have been launched in the High Court against Richmond Council, challenging a controversial public space protection order (PSPO) around an abortion clinic. The PSPO makes it a criminal offence to, among other things, pray or have conversations about abortion. The legal challenge has been brought by pro-life campaigner Justyna Pasek. The broadly-worded…

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July 2019
News > Society

Rejection of ‘Islamophobia’ definition

Westminster has rejected a proposed definition of Islamophobia, with campaigners arguing this could have brought in blasphemy laws by the back door and posed serious legal complications. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire told the House of Commons on 16 May the definition was out of line with the Equality Act 2010 and had ‘potential consequences…

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July 2019
News > Society

Christian charity under fire for biblical marriage stance

Scripture Union Scotland has come under fire from within the Scottish Kirk because of the charity’s theological stance when hiring volunteers. Rev. David Young, minister at Helensburgh Parish Church, told the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, ‘A member of my staff was told she would not be welcome in helping to lead a Scripture…

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July 2019
News > Society

CofE must ‘intervene’ against trans lobby

The Church of England (CofE) must intervene in cases where transgender ideology is being enforced in schools with a Christian ethos, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has warned. Andrea Williams, chief executive of the CLC, said there was a ‘real threat posed to schools’ from organisations such as the trans lobby Mermaids. She stated,…

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July 2019
News > Society

Child slavery on the increase in Britain

British police are increasingly investigating a record number of modern slavery cases involving children, according to a government-commissioned report. The 151-page Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act: Final Report found that, under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, the number of live police investigations involving children has surged from 53 in 2017 to 475…

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July 2019
News > Ethics

Down’s syndrome abortions on the rise in Scotland

Scottish abortion statistics have revealed a 48 percent increase in abortion for Down’s syndrome since 2010, and campaign groups have claimed this will only get worse. People with Down’s syndrome, their families and advocacy groups expressed concern over the Scottish abortion statistics released by NHS Scotland’s information services division. The statistics revealed that there…

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July 2019
News > Persecution > Religious liberty

Former magistrate appeals against ban

Richard Page, a former magistrate who was removed from the judiciary for his beliefs about best interests of children has challenged the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor over his dismissal. Mr Page told an employment appeal tribunal in May that his dismissal amounted to discrimination against his Christian faith. He was supported by…

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July 2019
News > Ethics

Parents to be treated as ‘suspects’ if smacking ban goes ahead, top prosecutor admits

The top prosecutor in Wales has admitted that parents will be treated as ‘suspects’, if a proposed smacking ban goes ahead, adding that he can foresee ‘real difficulties’. The stark comments were made by Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wales, who was giving evidence to a Committee of the Welsh Assembly. He was…

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July 2019
News > Ethics

Abortions at record high in England and Wales

There were more than 200,000 abortions in England and Wales last year, the highest number ever recorded. Over the past ten years rates have been increasing among older women aged over 35, figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show. In total, there were 200,608 abortions in women living in England and…

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Article

July 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

THINKING IT THROUGH – Face to face in a faceless society

I filled my car up with diesel this morning. I pulled up alongside the pump, climbed out of the car, pushed my credit card into a slot, pressed my pin number into the keypad, started fuelling, collected my receipt from another slot, drove away. Quick, convenient — and I was in and out of…

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July 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks – Facebook Preaching

Many people believed that at last the old adage ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’ had been proven wrong. On the internet you could get lots of free things. Free emails with Google, free social media with Facebook, free online bookings and shopping. It was wonderful, it was all free. How…

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July 2019
News > International > Media

The pro-life movie causing abortion clinic workers to rethink

Ever since the days of Roe v Wade, the red tide of deaths of unborn children by abortion has grown astronomically. In the years 2010-2014 alone, over 56 million children were killed each year by abortions worldwide (Guttmacher Institute, March 2018). However, by God’s providence, there have been several key developments in the fight…

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July 2019
Articles > Guest column

Are unwanted desires sinful?

Last month we contrasted who we are (God’s image bearers) with how we are (scarred by original sin). Rather than defining ourselves and others by the (often sinful) strongest urges we experience, we must embrace the gospel hope of the master restorer. The Spirit of God patiently restores fallen image-bearers to the glorious original:…

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July 2019
Articles > Comment

The devastation of abortion

News that abortion numbers have hit a record high in England and Wales is devastating. It’s devastating to the lives that have been lost. It’s devastating to the women who have gone through those procedures. It’s devastating to society as a whole. But worst of all, its devastating in the sight of God –…

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July 2019
News > Conferences

Geoff Thomas to speak on the doctrine of the Trinity

Geoff Thomas is a big man with a voice and a heart to match. He exudes love for the Saviour and for the people of God. Both are illustrated by the fact that he pastored the same church, Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, for fifty years. His gift for preaching is matched by…

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July 2009
Reviews > Book

The noble martyrs of Kent

This is a reprint of a book first published in 1924. It makes the reader aware of the faithful and courageous stand for the truth that cost men and women their lives, particularly in the reign of Mary Tudor, queen of England between 1553 and 1558. The book goes through the towns and villages…

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Reformation heroes

Review

July 2009
Reviews > Book

Reformation heroes

This is a super book that fills a gap in the Christian book market. It is an updated, modernised and expanded version of an earlier work by Richard Newton called The Reformation and its heroes. The book has a threefold aim – first, to teach a general knowledge of the Reformation and the events…

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Gospel basics

Review

July 2009
Reviews > Book

Gospel basics

If you do not know much about Dr Andrew Bonar, then this book’s opening chapter by D. M. McIntyre gives a taste of the man as a preacher. It is clear that he was an understanding preacher of his day. His language was simple. He had a soaring imagination and was a master of…

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July 2009
Reviews > Book

‘Ever, only, ALL for Thee’: Glimpses of the life of Frances Ridley Havergal

I really like this little book and can easily understand how it came to be written and compiled. While proof-reading The complete works of Frances Ridley Havergal, Pamela Bugden realised the many blessings to be obtained through reading and studying Havergal’s hymns and other writings. Many will have sung her hymns over the years,…

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July 2009
Reviews > Book

Frances Ridley Havergal, the English hymn-writer and poet

To most readers of this review Frances Ridley Havergal is probably best known as the writer of such hymns as ‘Take my life’, and ‘Lord, speak to me, that I may speak’. This book, the latest of the Day One Travel Guides – and the first written about a woman – is both a potted…

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July 2009
Reviews > Book

Christmas Evans – no ordinary preacher

One thing is certain: this book is a conversation starter. Whenever I left my copy on the coffee table, visitors would pick it up and ask in bemused tones, ‘What sort of a name is Christmas Evans?’ I knew a little about Christmas Evans before reading this, but as I read I began to…

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July 2009
Reviews > Book

Cornelius Van Til: Reformed apologist and churchman

Cornelius Van Til was arguably the most significant and yet most under-appreciated Christian apologist of the 20th century. That is so in part because his writings are not always easy to understand and he has often been viewed as a controversialist. John Muether provides a major corrective to those misperceptions in this new biography.…

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Christianity is it true

Review

June 2019
Reviews > Book

Christianity: Is it True?—Answering questions through real lives

This is a really interesting small book consisting of twelve biographies of Christian heroes of faith. They begin with the earliest, St Columba of Iona, then work through history, including John Bunyan and William Wilberforce on the way, before finishing with Joni Eareckson Tada. Each biography covers eight to ten pages with the aim…

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June 2019
Reviews > Book

Five Half-Truths—Addressing the most common misconceptions of Christianity

This helpful little book aims to help navigate people though confusions that contemporary society generates, and which so often derail those who engage with Christian teaching. It also serves to clearly ground believers in the faith, especially as they seek to help others explore it. The ‘Five Half Truths’ are: 1) The Bible was…

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June 2019
Reviews > Book

Journal of the Seminary of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Volume 4.

This edition of the Journal contains seven articles, six by contemporary Free Church (Continuing) ministers who have lectured at the seminary, and one by a nineteenth-century Free Church of Scotland theologian, George Smeaton. The work could have done with better editing. There are too many spelling mistakes and examples of incorrect grammar, and occasionally…

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June 2019
News > Conferences

Male and female roles considered at Free Church (Continuing) conference

A good number of folk gathered in brilliant sunshine for the annual Spring Conference of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), which was held at Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness, earlier this year. The speaker was Mr Nigel Kenny, Scotland Officer for the Christian Institute. His topic was the role of male and female in…

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June 2019
News > Church news

Christian Prison Resourcing open day held

Christian Prison Resourcing (CPR) enjoyed an informative and inspirational Open Day at Elmstead Baptist Church, Chiselhurst, on Saturday 13 April. The day began with training for CPR chaplains and associates, led by senior men in the prison service: James Ridge, the chaplain general; Bob Wilson, the faith adviser to the Free Churches; and Phil…

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June 2019
News > Conferences

Translation update from Trinitarian Bible Society

An annual deputation meeting of the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) has been held at the Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees. Several evangelical denominations were represented and Dr David Allen spoke for the TBS. We began with a heart-warming exposition of Ephesians 3:20 (‘Now to him who is able…’). It was wonderful to be reminded of…

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June 2019
News > Conferences

‘Not man’s wisdom that saves’ says Mark Stocker at Birmingham Conference 2019

Ebenezer Chapel in Old Hill, Birmingham hosted this year’s Birmingham conference. Approximately 90 people gathered in March to hear Timothy Nelson (Ballynahinch), Mark Stocker (Southampton) and Tom Yates (Devizes). The conference is arranged by the committee behind the Christian Worship hymnbook. Pastor John Thackway provided us with a history of this hymnbook and its…

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June 2019
News > Conferences

Banner of Truth youth conference attended by 300

Held over the first weekend in April, this year’s Banner of Truth conference took place at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre in Staffordshire. It was heartening to see 300 people, aged 16 to 30, in attendance; the number has been increasing year on year. The conference is intended to encourage young Christians and…

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News

June 2019
News > Persecution

Global rugby stars under siege

Polynesian Christian rugby players have spoken out against the draconian manner in which Australian rugby star Israel Folau has been treated over an Instagram post. Mr Folau – an international player with 73 caps – looks set to be kicked out of the sport by Australia’s rugby authorities after posting an Instagram image which…

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June 2019
News > International

Kenya: Bible translation pledge

The Deputy President of Kenya, Dr William Ruto, has pledged that the government of Kenya will stand shoulder to shoulder with Bible translators ‘until every citizen of this country will read the Word of God in their mother tongue’. This promise came during a speech he gave in April, in Kilifi, to celebrate the…

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News

June 2019
News > Persecution

Canada: Asia Bibi reunited with family

Pakistani woman Asia Bibi who was imprisoned for nine years on baseless charges of insulting the prophet Mohammed, has finally been freed to join her family in Canada. Asia Bibi had first been arrested on the false charges of blasphemy in 2009 after sharing a cup of water with Muslim farmworkers, who called her…

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June 2019
News > International

India: Decisive victory for religious freedom

A pastor of a small Indian village in Madhya Pradesh was acquitted of the charges held against him under disputed anti-conversion laws, according to religious liberty group ADF International. In 2016, Pastor Balu, his wife, his son, and members of his congregation were violently attacked, later detained by the police and falsely accused of…

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News

June 2019
News > International

Sri Lanka: Churches rebuild after Easter bombings

Churches and Christian communities have begun to rebuild after the devastating Easter weekend attacks by Muslim extremists, which saw 253 killed and more than 500 hospitalised. The Islamic State terror group said it had carried out the attacks, with some social media posts claiming this was done in retaliation for the much-publicised Mosque shootings…

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June 2019
News > International

Yemen: Christians in desperate need

Yemen’s tiny Christian population is in desperate need as the humanitarian crisis worsens in the country. According to various news reports, the Saudi Arabian military intervention in Yemen, which has been ongoing since 2015, has created a ‘staggering’ scale of suffering engulfing Muslims and Christians alike. Data from Tearfund suggests there are 24 million…

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News

June 2019
News > International

US: Indiana ushers in pro-life laws

The governor of the US state of Indiana has signed two new pro-life bills into law, protecting the lives of the unborn and the conscience rights of medics. The first piece of legislation bans the use of ‘dilation and evacuation’ (D&E) abortions, which are the most common form of abortion between 13 and 24…

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News

June 2019
News > Persecution

Prince Charles speaks up for persecuted Christians

Prince Charles has spoken out on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, claiming he has been ‘moved and humbled’ after meeting some victims. Writing in The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales stated he had been overwhelmed by the knowledge that approximately 245 million Christians worldwide have faced persecution. He wrote, ‘The most vulnerable are the…

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News

June 2019
News > Religious liberty

Christian school worker sacked for Facebook posts questioning sex education

A Christian school worker is to challenge a Gloucestershire school academy’s decision to dismiss her for gross misconduct. Kristie Higgs was dismissed after she shared two Facebook posts that raised concerns about Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at another school in the same village, her own child’s Church of England Primary School. Kristie, mother…

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June 2019
News > Ethics

Abortion report undermines Northern Ireland devolution

A report on abortion law in Northern Ireland makes recommendations that will undermine devolution and bypass the Northern Ireland Assembly, public policy charity CARE has warned. At the end of April, the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) Report on abortion law in Northern Ireland recommended that devolution be by-passed, and abortion legalised in Northern…

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June 2019
News > Religious liberty

Street preacher arrest prompts petition

Christian Concern is petitioning the Home Secretary asking him to review the guidance to police officers regarding street preachers following yet another arrest in London earlier this year. So far, thousands have signed the petition, but Christian Concern has urged for more names to ‘add pressure’ on the Home Secretary and the police to…

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June 2019
News > Ethics

Pro-life speech shut down across Scotland

A pro-life student university group has launched a legal challenge against the University of Aberdeen after its attempts at affiliation were repeatedly rejected by the Students’ Union, based on their policy barring pro-life societies on campus. According to the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society (Ales), the case is…

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June 2019
News > Ethics

Beware of plans to regulate the internet, groups warn

Government proposals to police the internet by imposing fines on websites which fail to tackle ‘online harms’ have come under criticism from free speech groups. Five civil liberties organisations have written a joint letter to the press saying the plans, if enacted, would make China’s state censors proud. The five groups are English PEN,…

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June 2019
News > Society

Parents ‘undermined’ by sex education plans, say Lords

Peers in the House of Lords have expressed their deep misgivings about government plans to make Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in schools. During a debate, a number of Peers said that the plans undermine parents and must not ‘indoctrinate’ children. However, despite the concerns, the House of Lords approved the proposals. During the…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > World Mission

What in the world is happening to missions? Evaluation, accountability and priorities

This is the third in a series of four articles in which experienced missionary Will Niven asks some searching and important questions about the current evangelical approach to missions. In my previous two articles, I highlighted what I perceive to be some of the problems within the current evangelical approach to missions. I have…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Thinking it through… the wisdom of withholding judgement

Oh no. I dread phonecalls like this. It’s from a friend. Ian’s ringing to tell me that he and his wife have left the church they’ve been attending for the past twenty-odd years. It’s a sad story. They were pillars in that church, working faithfully, doing the jobs no one else wanted to do,…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks… Pastor vs psychiatrist?

Am I in conflict with myself? I am not referring to Romans 7 and wrestling with my sin, but rather to a potential role conflict. As both a serving elder with some pastoral responsibility and a practising consultant psychiatrist, do I experience a tension between these two roles? Do I find that my ‘psychiatrist…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Guest column

How I am is not who I am

Struggling for the right words, the prop forward tried to answer the question. Talking about his feelings obviously didn’t come easily. ‘I really loved my wife and children’ he said, ‘but then I started to have these urges – and I had to be true to my urges’. The BBC interviewer obviously approved –…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Comment

Online censorship in the name of regulation?

I wouldn’t blame you if it has slipped you by, but the government has released new proposals to regulate the entire internet. It wants to fine websites that fail to tackle ‘online harms’. It proposes to set up a new independent watchdog which will introduce a ‘code of practice’. What’s that got to do…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Saviour from sin, not just from hell

Jesus Christ offers himself as the Saviour for sinners. As Christians it is our privilege to proclaim this glorious message to mankind. But it is important that all pastors, evangelists, and Christian workers propose salvation on the terms which Christ himself intended. I have a particular point to make in this article relative to…

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Review

May 2019
Reviews > Book

Called? Pastoral Guidance for the Divine Call to Gospel Ministry

It is a momentous thing for a man to feel that the Lord is calling him to gospel ministry. Michael A. Milton sets out to guide his readers through the various stages of responding to the Lord’s call. His work is full of practical advice, often drawn from Milton’s own experience. A theology of…

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Review

May 2019
Reviews > Book

The Gospel Comes with a House Key: Practicing Radically Ordinary Hospitality in Our Post-Christian World (TGC (Women’s Initiatives))

I was looking forward to reading this book as I thought I was quite good at hospitality. However, it put me firmly in my place! Nevertheless I did really enjoy reading it, it’s compelling and full of encouraging testimonies of God’s grace. The book is an autobiographical peek behind the curtains into Rosaria Butterfield’s…

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Review

May 2019
Reviews > Book

A Child’s First Book About Marriage: God’s Way is Always Best

How well are Christian parents teaching their children what God’s word says about marriage? Are they equipped to counter the homosexual rights propaganda which their children will be exposed to at school or through television? This short, colourful book describes the tender closeness of the ‘one flesh’ relationship between man and wife. It emphasises…

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May 2019
Reviews > Book

#TBH: Basic Challenges to Millennials Who Can’t Even

This book provides a balanced and biblical remedy to the issues that characterise the millennial generation (loosely defined as those people who reached adulthood in the twenty-first century). As well as challenging any readers born into that category, the book would also benefit believers seeking to evangelise that young generation. It will help them…

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Review

May 2019
Reviews > Book

Being a Christian: The Basics of Christian living

Someone in your church has just become a Christian. Now, what do you do? If you are looking for a book to give to them, then I can recommend this one. In eight concise chapters which are written in a popular style, our writer lays down eight basic things that every new believer needs…

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Article

May 2019
Articles > World Mission

What in the world is happening to missions? Training and parachurch organisations

This is the second in a series of four articles in which experienced missionary Will Niven asks some searching and important questions about the current evangelical approach to missions. Last time, in my first article, I highlighted what I perceive to be some of the problems with volunteerism and finances within the current evangelical…

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News

May 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Geoff Cox (1946-2019)

‘If any reference is made to me then my faults and failings must be faithfully mentioned, and any qualities and achievements must be attributed to the grace of God.’ With these words, Geoff Cox instructed those who would conduct his funeral and thanksgiving service. It was truly characteristic of the man who over 200…

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May 2019
News > Church news

Dewsbury Connected conference focuses on the role of apologetics

The Connected conference is an annual gathering of church officers, workers and future leaders of independent fellowships in the North, taking place in Dewsbury Evangelical Church. Apologetics was the theme, specifically engaging with the secular beliefs of modern society. We were well served by Dan Strange, our speaker for the day. Dan is director…

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May 2019
News > Church news

History lectures on Joseph Herrick and the Primitive Methodists

The Christian Heritage Centre in Rowley Regis recently hosted two lectures on church history. The first, by Martin Wells, focused on Joseph Herrick: a 19th century dissenting minister in Colchester. Martin highlighted Herrick’s bravery in the face of opposition, even from his own congregation. Herrick ministered to his church for 51 years, despite ambitions…

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May 2019
News > Church news

Three lectures on men of the Reformation held near Leicester

Little Hill Church, near Leicester, recently held the first of a series of lectures on the Reformation. This follows the well-received series which took place in 2018. Three talks will focus on different men living between 1560 and 1660. Their responses to being within the ‘partially reformed’ Church of England will be explored. The…

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May 2019
News > Church news

Middlesbrough church may pull out of needy area unless funds are raised

An FIEC church serving four social housing estates in Middlesbrough may pull out of the area unless money can be raised to buy the building it currently rents. New Life Church, Middlesbrough, has been meeting in Ormesby Methodist Church Hall since 2014 but the owners no longer need the site and are putting it…

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May 2019
News > International

Australia: Rugby star ‘sacked’ for expressing biblical beliefs

Rugby authorities in Australia have terminated Israel Folau’s contract after a social media post in which he bluntly expressed the Bible’s teaching. The rugby star, regarded as one of the best players in the world, posted an image with a message on his Instagram account. The words in the image said, ‘Warning: Drunks, Homosexuals,…

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May 2019
News > International

Germany: Home-school family to appeal to Europe’s top court

A home-schooling family from Germany has asked the European Court of Human Rights to refer their case to the Grand Chamber – the top human rights court in Europe. In January, the Fifth Chamber ruled that the Wunderlich family’s rights had not been violated in 2013 when more than 30 police officers and social…

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May 2019
News > International

Netherlands: Amsterdam bans tours around red-light district

Amsterdam is to ban guided tours around its red-light district from January 2020. The city’s Deputy Mayor Udo Kock said it is no longer appropriate to see prostitution ‘as a tourist attraction’. Prostitution was legalised in the Netherlands in 2000, but for more than a decade Dutch policy makers, police and citizens have admitted…

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May 2019
News > International

Brunei: Draconian new laws affect Christians as much as gay people

Strict new Islamic laws in Brunei which make homosexual activity an offence punishable by stoning to death have received much condemnation in the media and by celebrities. But the laws also affect the Christian community, with conversion from Islam and insulting the Prophet Muhammad both carrying the death penalty. Some have questioned why the…

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May 2019
News > International

China: Cash rewards for turning in Christians

The Chinese government is offering cash rewards to people who inform on underground churches. One city, Guangzhou, is offering more than £1,000 to those who can identify ‘unofficial’ places of worship. The incentive is part of a nationwide effort to bring all religious groups under the control of the Communist Party. Officials within the…

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May 2019
News > Society

BBC presenters and journalists object to the questioning of LGBT lessons

BBC presenters and journalists have criticised the Question Time programme for allowing a debate on whether LGBT lessons should be taught to five-year-olds. Audience member Keith Broughton was picked to ask panellists on the programme: ‘Is it morally right that five-year-old children learn about LGBTQ+ issues in school?’ But some BBC staff thought the…

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May 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Royal College of Physicians drops opposition to assisted dying

The Royal College of Physicians has adopted a ‘neutral’ position on assisted dying, after a highly controversial ‘sham’ poll of its members. The college surveyed its 36,000 members about whether the law should be changed to permit doctor-assisted dying. It found 43.4 per cent of respondents were opposed to a change in the law,…

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May 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Home school registration plans unveiled

Plans to force home-schooling families in England to register with their local authority have been unveiled by the government, drawing great concern. The current law does not require parents to notify the authorities that they are educating their children at home, although some councils run a voluntary register. Many home-schoolers will be wary of…

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May 2019
News > Education > Religious liberty

Mum sues school for forcing her child to take part in ‘gay pride’ parade

A mother, Izzy Montague, is taking legal action against her child’s former school for how they handled her complaint after her child was forced to take part in a ‘gay pride’ parade. She is being supported by the Christian Legal Centre, which says Mrs Montague has filed a complaint with the County Court against…

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May 2019
News > Society

Journalist investigated by police for opposition to radical gender ideology

Writer and broadcaster Caroline Farrow has been investigated by police for criticising underage ‘sex change’ surgery on Twitter. The incident followed a 2018 debate between Farrow and Susie Green, head of trans charity Mermaids, on ITV’s Good Morning Britain. Green now says she has dropped the complaint against Mrs Farrow, and Surrey Police subsequently…

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May 2019
News > Science

Transgender ‘peer pressure’ study upheld

A study which found that heavy exposure to online content about gender transition is partially behind the phenomenon of ‘rapid-onset gender dysphoria’ (ROGD) has been backed following an extensive peer review. ROGD is a term given to teenagers who suddenly express feelings of being ‘born in the wrong body’, despite never having experienced such…

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May 2019
News > Society

Schoolchildren given transgender badges to wear

School pupils in Brighton are getting badges saying if they prefer to be called ‘she, he or they’ with the slogan ‘gender is a spectrum’ in a bid to help transgender children. Secondary school pupils across Brighton and Hove are being handed the badges as part of the council’s ‘My Pronouns are…’ scheme that…

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May 2019
News > Religious liberty

Home Office says Christianity isn’t a peaceful religion in asylum letter

An Iranian Christian asylum seeker was sent a rejection letter from the Home Office which said Christianity is not the peaceful religion he claimed it to be. The claimant said in his application that he had found ‘peace, forgiveness and kindness’ in Christianity in contrast to the ‘violence and revenge’ of his former Muslim…

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May 2019
News

Parents’ opposition to relationships lessons in schools is spreading

An increasing number of primary schools across England are experiencing opposition from parents to new ‘relationships’ lessons. In recent months, Parkfield Community School in Birmingham has been at the centre of controversy over its ‘No Outsiders’ programme of lessons which pushes an LGBT agenda. Now parents in Manchester, Oldham, Blackburn, Bradford and other areas…

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May 2019
News

Disastrous divorce plans get go-ahead

The Government has announced it will press ahead with disastrous plans to make divorce quicker and easier. The announcement was made following the results of a public consultation, even though 83 per cent of respondents were opposed to the central proposal. The Government attempted to hide the responses from the public, saying that a…

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Article

May 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

THINKING IT THROUGH: Christians facing exams

Over a twelve-month period, we have invited Stephen Rees — an experienced pastor — to share his thoughts on various topics. Whilst his column may be edited for reasons of length or style, his views are his own and may not necessarily reflect positions held by the Evangelical Times. It’s exam time. Over the…

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Article

May 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A SHRINK THINKS… God’s gift of time

Time is egalitarian. On each new day we are all allocated the same amount of this precious gift from God. We receive our 24 hours. And we are all responsible every day for how we use this gift in his service. Of course, from a lifetime perspective we are allotted different amounts in this…

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May 2019
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Southern Baptist Convention abuse scandal

In May 2018, the former president of Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Paige Patterson, came under the spotlight for mishandling cases of sexual assault at the seminary. The Southern Baptist Convention summarily terminated him from his position after investigating his role (Christianity Today, ‘Paige Patterson Fired by Southwestern’, June 2018). While this action won much…

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Article

May 2019
Articles > Guest column

Christian liberty

In different ways the Christian has been set free. Supremely, we are free in relation to sin. Sin made us debtors to divine justice, but Christ has paid the price. Sin made us incapable of godly behaviour, but Christ has renewed our hearts. This liberation from sin is the heart of the gospel. But…

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Article

May 2019
Comment

A sacking on the other side of the world that should trouble us all

Unless you follow international rugby, you may not have heard of Israel Folau. He’s a super-star Australian rugby player who is also a Christian. But it looks like his career as a rugby player may be over. Why? He committed the ‘crime’ of expressing his biblical beliefs on social media, and the politically-correct elite…

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Article

May 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Dr Lloyd-Jones was well equipped to write on spiritual depression: Part 2

Last month Geoff Thomas began looking at why Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones was so well equipped to preach, counsel and write on the subject of spiritual depression. He said that Dr Lloyd-Jones was such a well-rounded, intelligent, and tender personality; he was also utterly committed to the faith of the Scriptures; and he was…

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Review

April 2019
Reviews > Book

Pure Church: Recovering God’s Plan for Local Churches

In Pure Church, eleven pastors or workers in ‘Grace Baptist’ churches or organisations set out their position on church order. Its chapters display a strong unity and put forward a cohesive vision for the life and polity of the local congregation. Those familiar with publications from 9Marks Ministries will recognise a heavy reliance on…

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Review

April 2019
Reviews > Book

Adorned How to grow a Biblically beautiful church:An exegesis of Titus 2

Justin Huffman is an American pastor who trained at Reformed Theological Seminary. He has written this short and easy-to-read book to encourage churches to be healthy. The book draws out lessons from the second chapter of Titus and systematises them into a memorable and logical structure. It is not a commentary but rather is…

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Review

April 2019
Reviews > Book

Eighteenth Century Christian Leaders

This book is a collection of biographical sketches of evangelical preachers. The first two chapters explain the social and religious setting in which they lived and worked. We then read about J. C. Ryle’s Church of England heroes in the 18th century as if in descending order of greatness. George Whitefield and John Wesley…

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Review

April 2019
Reviews > Book

Heaven on Earth: What the Bible Teaches about Life to Come

Shouldn’t every Christian feel homesick for heaven? Derek Thomas’s inquiry into the Bible’s teaching on this subject stirs up in the believer a deep longing to be with the Lord. The early chapters cover death and the intermediate state. They show that the soul will remain alive and conscious, and suggest that it will…

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Review

April 2019
Reviews > Book

New Covenant Theology: Weighed and Found Wanting

To read this book was like a breath of fresh air. I could not put it down. Despite the traction that has been gained in the UK among evangelicals by the so-called ‘new covenant theology’ (NCT), it is surprising that so little has been written to critique this theological framework. It is perhaps because…

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Historical

April 2019
Articles > Historical

Dr Lloyd-Jones was well equipped to write on spiritual depression: Part 1

There was no one in the twentieth century more suited to preach, counsel and write on this subject of spiritual depression than Dr D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. This subject has always been addressed by pastors, but particularly so from the time of the Reformation when the wrappings of human traditions were removed from biblical Christianity.…

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Article

April 2019
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Navratilova is hoist by her own prohibitive ‘consequence free’ petard

Martina Navratilova has come under fire for claiming that it is ‘cheating’ for transgender women to enter female sports tournaments. Though she has now rolled back from the word ‘cheat’, she maintains her arguments bear consideration and should be heard without being vilified as ‘transphobic’. She first received criticism when she tweeted: ‘You can’t…

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Article

April 2019
Articles > Comment

Society only has itself to blame for sexualising our children

The government’s rationale for making ‘relationships’ education compulsory in all schools from September 2020 is that children are bombarded with sexual information and they need help to navigate these difficult issues. Well whose fault is that? Successive governments have continuously side-lined parents and dismantled the family. Divorce reform and the legalisation of abortion in…

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Article

April 2019
Uncategorised

Enduring the cross

Hebrews 12:2 tells us that Jesus ‘endured the cross’. Loch Ness is a narrow stretch of water, yet it reaches depths exceeding two hundred metres. The brevity of that biblical phrase is similarly deceiving. Often perhaps, we read it quickly, barely pausing to consider its fathomless content. Part of the problem is that words…

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News

April 2019
News > International

Letter from America: The life and faith of President George H.W. Bush

George Herbert Walker (H.W.) Bush, the 41st President of the United States, passed away in his Houston home on November 30, aged 94. During his presidency, Bush Sr. led the United States to prosperity after the fall of the Soviet Union but had been involved in diplomacy and politics long before that. At his…

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Article

April 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks: Unconscious sin

As you pray, you have finished your adoration of God, thanked him for his amazingly gracious love for us in Jesus Christ and praised him for all his blessings day after day. Then you come to your confession of sin….and grind to a halt. Of course you haven’t physically broken any of the commandments,…

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Article

April 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Thinking it through: Obeying God rather than men

Over a twelve-month period, we have invited Stephen Rees — an experienced pastor — to share his thoughts on various topics. Whilst his column may be edited for reasons of length or style, his views are his own and may not necessarily reflect positions held by the Evangelical Times. Some time ago I attended…

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News

April 2019
News > Education > Society

Compulsory relationship lessons for all schools

Schools with pupils of all ages must provide compulsory ‘relationships’ lessons from September 2020, the Education Secretary Damian Hinds has announced. In the past many schools have been allowed to decide for themselves, in consultation with parents, whether to cover the subject. But now all schools, including private schools, will be forced to deliver…

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April 2019
News > Society

Navratilova criticises transgender athletes, then apologises

Former Wimbledon champion Martina Navratilova has said it is ‘insane and cheating’ to allow transgender women to compete in women’s sporting tournaments. The tennis star, who is also a gay rights campaigner, said ‘You can’t just proclaim yourself a female and be able to compete against women. There must be some standards.’ Writing in…

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April 2019
News > International

India: More Christians targeted for their faith

Targeted violence and hate crimes against the Christian community in India continued unabated in 2018, according to the Evangelical Fellowship of India (EFI). The Religious Liberty Commission of the EFI has recorded 325 incidents where Christians have been targeted using violence, intimidation or harassment. According to a report published by the group, ‘More than…

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April 2019
News > International

UN: Eighty per cent of people live in a ‘religiously restricted atmosphere’

Most of the world’s population do not enjoy religious freedom even though most people are religious, the US religious freedom ambassador Sam Brownback told the UN. Brownback was addressing the UN for the first time since becoming ambassador, speaking at a panel discussion on global religious freedom strategies. He said, ‘Eighty per cent of…

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April 2019
News > International

Cuba: Evangelicals campaign against redefining marriage

Evangelicals and others have campaigned against plans to redefine marriage in Cuba’s proposed new constitution. The draft wording defined marriage as ‘between two people’ rather than between a man and woman — opening the way for gay marriage. But last October, the Methodist, Baptist and Pentecostal churches organised a petition against the draft constitution.…

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April 2019
News > International

Canada: court overrules father and allows child, 14, to change gender

The Supreme Court of British Columbia, in Canada, has allowed a 14-year-old girl to be injected with hormones to change her gender — against her father’s wishes. And the court has ruled, if the father does not refer to his daughter’s new chosen male name or her preferred pronouns, it ‘shall be considered to…

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Article

April 2019
Uncategorised

Comic book ‘Jesus’ dropped after outcry

DC Comics has announced the cancelation of a comic book series ‘Second Coming’ – featuring Jesus as a superhero sidekick – after nearly a quarter of a million Christians protested against it. Over 235,000 people signed a petition calling the plans ‘blasphemous’ and saying DC comics would never dare print a similar comic book…