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July 2009
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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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Christianity is true

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December 2009
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Christianity is true

Christianity is true True Christianity is Christ. It stands or falls by the historical person of Jesus Christ. Alone among the great religions Christianity claims that its founder was divine - God in human form. Jesus made astounding claims for himself. Here are three: 'I am the light of the world'; 'I am the resurrection and…

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‘A satisfaction and completeness I had never known before’

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December 2009
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‘A satisfaction and completeness I had never known before’

'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.…

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News – Taking action for women

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December 2009
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News – Taking action for women

Taking action for women Release:women, the women's ministry of Release International, held its third London Sharing Spiritual Treasures Conference for women on 24 October at St Michael's Church, Chester Square.      Seventy-six women from different churches took part. Speakers shared stories of women from Iran, Pakistan, Eritrea and others around the world, who are persecuted…

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A Gurkha soldier stands for Christ

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December 2009
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A Gurkha soldier stands for Christ

The Christian testimony of WO2 (Retd) Lalit Bahadur Gurung While I was on intensive and hard training in the Training Depot Brigade of Gurkhas, Hong Kong, one day I received a letter from my parent saying, ‘My son, we have found the true and loving God who is known as Jesus Christ. If you…

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‘I was so full of joy’

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December 2009
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‘I was so full of joy’

'I was so full of joy' The only connection with church I had when growing up was the occasional service as part of my school days.  I didn't really think about God and assumed there was nothing after death. I guess I believed in evolution like most people, but the subject really didn't interest me.    …

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Star of  wonder

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December 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Star of wonder

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…

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Christmas cheer?

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December 2009
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Christmas cheer?

Christmas cheer?   Let’s face it, there are not that many reasons to be cheerful nowadays!      We are in what is politely called a ‘recession’. Unemployment figures are higher than for a long time; people are losing their homes; and banks that helped get us into this mess are once more dishing out…

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‘What God did for me’

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December 2009
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‘What God did for me’

'What God did for me' I spent my early childhood surrounded by teaching about God and Christianity. My parents took me to church every Sunday, and I was quite comfortable believing what I was being taught. I had no reason or desire to doubt it, and as far as I was concerned I had everything…

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News

December 2009
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News – Faith without fear

Faith without fear Dr John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York, is backing a campaign, called FaithwithoutFear.org, to help the persecuted Christians in Orissa, India.     Since 2008, violence has escalated across the province, with many professing Christians being caught up in the storm. Premier Christian Media's chief executive, Peter Kerridge, said that more than 120 people…

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December 2009
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News – Scientology? Mais, non!

Scientology? Mais, non! Two French courts have convicted the Scientology group of mass manipulation and fraud, although they have not banned it from operating in the country.     The judgement comes after two women complained, one stating that she was defrauded into paying thousands of pounds during the 1990s for life-improvement courses and 'vitamins'.     The sect's…

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Joy to the world

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December 2009
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Joy to the world

Joy to the world Guest Column - Peter Milsom 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…

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Found by Christ!

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December 2009
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Found by Christ!

Found by Christ! I was born in Halifax 60 years ago and lived at Siddal in a loving and respectable home with a high standard of moral behaviour. I attended the local Methodist church.      At the age of 16 I became a cadet, and at 18 started my training as a registered nurse at…

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Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!

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December 2009
Zimbabwe

Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!

Thousands of miles, to receive Jesus!   I was born in Zimbabwe of devout Roman Catholic parents and attended Catholic schools. I was baptised and confirmed at an early age and started serving mass while at primary school.   Church attendance was compulsory during my primary and secondary school years. However, it was just…

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News

December 2009
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News – Christ in Christmas

Christ in Christmas People in Britain want to keep Christ in Christmas, according to a poll by theology think-tank Theos.     The survey, of more than 1000 adults in the UK, revealed that 85 per cent of the population believed that Christmas should be a Christian affair.      In response to the question by pollsters ComRes, who…

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Happy Christmas?

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December 2009
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Happy Christmas?

Happy Christmas? Jim sat on the bench in the park. He often did that. It was the secluded part of the park out of sight of most people and well away from the paths everyone took. He had his sandwiches and a flask of tea and wanted to be alone for the day. Christmas day meant…

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December 2009
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News – Church gets gagging order

Church gets gagging order A church in London has been slapped with a noise abatement notice, after complaints by a Muslim neighbour.      The Immanuel House of Worship Church, in Walthamstow, has been meeting in the Victorian church hall since 2006. The property next door, which had been the manse, was bought by the current…

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Cradled in a manger

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December 2009
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Cradled in a manger

Cradled in a manger A family came from South Africa so that the father could study librarianship in Aberystwyth. There was a long flight, followed by the airport hassle of hiring a car for themselves and their children.  Then there was the drive through England and onto the winding country roads of Wales, westward, ever…

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News

December 2009
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News – Word 4 Weapons

Word 4 Weapons A Christian initiative to place special bins outside churches in Islington for knives expects to have collected more than 100 weapons.     What makes the knife amnesty different to the ones held by the police is that every young person who hands a knife in is given an 'All I need' pack, which…

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December 2009
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News – No Christian decorations

No Christian decorations  An American legal firm is challenging the US Forest Service in Arizona for trying to ban children from submitting tree decorations bearing the name of Jesus.     The 85-foot tall blue spruce, which will become the Capitol Christmas tree and adorned with 4000 decorations, has been decorated instead with red-tape that has…

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Ready for eternity

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December 2009
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Ready for eternity

Ready for eternity I was brought up in a Christian home by Christian parents who regularly went to church - and I went along to Sunday school. Here I learnt such Bible stories as Noah and the Flood, Samson and Delilah, Moses and crossing the Red Sea. These gave me a general knowledge of the Bible,…

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Tremendous peace

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December 2009
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Tremendous peace

Tremendous peace On a cold and wet Tuesday afternoon, on 11 February 2003, I slowly opened my eyes to the scene of paramedics, doctors and fireman busily moving around me. My vision was hazy and my back and right leg in agony.      In my disjointed memory, I recalled being at a great height, yet…

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News

December 2009
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News – Holywell Free Church, Loughborough

Holywell Free Church, Loughborough Holywell has called Joseph Pettitt to be its pastor, following the retirement of Rev. Bruce Powell in October 2006. Joseph studied at London Theological Seminary and has been assistant minister at Hayes Town Chapel, Middlesex.      He and his wife Louise will move to Loughborough for 1 December and commence ministry…

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Scents and sensibility

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December 2009
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Scents and sensibility

Scents and sensibility One of the things I love best about the Christmas holiday is the smell of it. In the weeks running up to December 25, my flat is enveloped by tantalising aromas: the pine tree and the pine-scented candles and air fresheners. As days go by, the flat is variegated with the sweet odours…

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The wonder of Christmas

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December 2009
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The wonder of Christmas

The wonder of Christmas It is not uncommon to talk of the wonder of Christmas. Often we have in mind the excited faces of young children opening their presents on Christmas Day, or the transformation of our cities by their bright lights and decorations. But what is the real wonder of Christmas? And how can it…

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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!

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December 2009
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I’m dreaming of a white Christmas!

I'm dreaming of a white Christmas! Irving Berlin stayed up all night writing the lyrics for 'White Christmas'; then in the morning went to his office and told his musical secretary, 'Grab your pen and take down this song. I just wrote the best song I've ever written!'  Bing Crosby introduced the song in 1942,…

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News – Assistant pastor for Surrey churches

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December 2009
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News – Assistant pastor for Surrey churches

Assistant pastor for Surrey churches  Lower Kingswood Evangelical and Tollgate Evangelical Churches have appointed an assistant pastor, James Murkett.     Mr Murkett, a recent Oak Hill Theological College graduate, and his wife Eve, were called to serve Tollgate and its partner church, Lower Kingswood, in Surrey. This followed a partnership between the two churches in…

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Children’s Champion

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December 2009
Articles > Historical

Children’s Champion

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…

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December 2009
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News – Prime time at Beccles

Prime time at Beccles  The weekend of 19-20 September brought to a close 23 years of faithful ministry at Beccles Baptist Church of Rev. Roger Prime.     Under God's guidance he was appointed to the pastorate in March 1986, at a time when the church was still suffering from divisions regarding the departure of the…

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December 2009
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News – New pastor for Thatcham

New pastor for Thatcham  Rev. David Crowther has accepted the Lord's leading to become pastor of Thatcham Free Church, just months after Thatcham started to ask the Lord for an under-shepherd.     Thatcham had been seeking a new pastor for several months, when, one Friday in October 2008, David Crowther and his wife Sally began…

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This is Dave Smart…

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December 2009
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This is Dave Smart…

This is Dave Smart…  Hard working, polite, and smart. He got good grades at school, with an 'A-star' in information technology. Everyone's pleased, because he gets on well with everyone. Now he writes games for next-generation mobile phones. He works freelance, and sells on to the big companies.      One of his games has proved a…

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God’s awesome holiness and amazing love

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December 2009
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God’s awesome holiness and amazing love

I have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer and that got me thinking about the workings of God’s grace in my life. I can detect his hand in gently pushing me where he wants me to go throughout my life, even at the times when I was very distant from him. Just a few…

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‘HD God’

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December 2009
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‘HD God’

'HD God' Many now have High Definition (HD) television and enjoy its quality images. Christmas reminds us that God went 'HD' 2000 years ago. The human race was privileged to see him in high definition - as Jesus, the quality image of God. When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, HD God was inaugurated: 'The Son is…

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Silent night- the darkness of Christmas

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December 2009
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Silent night- the darkness of Christmas

Silent night- the darkness of Christmas Was Jesus born on December 25? It is just possible of course, but overall highly doubtful. Actually it doesn't matter. What matters is that the Son of God did come to earth and did come as a human baby. The precise date of his birth is not important, although the…

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An anchor for the soul

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December 2009
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An anchor for the soul

An anchor for the soul My life has had two distinct phases. Before my mid-thirties - single and professional; then, in complete contrast - marriage and stay-at-home motherhood. It's the pattern of many women's lives today and creates a transition that can bring mixed feelings - loss of independence on one hand, in contrast with the joys of…

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News

December 2009
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News – Faith school in court

Faith school in court Another UK faith school is in the news - this time, Jewish. JFS (the former Jews' Free School) is accused of racial discrimination because it refused entry to a boy whose mother was not Jewish by birth and whose religion was not Jewish Orthodox.      Quoted in the Daily Telegraph, David…

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The reality of it all

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December 2009
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The reality of it all

The reality of it all Since I was small, my parents and my gran have taken me to church, but for many years it was never something I did anything more about, or realised it was important to me.      As a teenager, I continued to go to church and its youth group for completely…

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Christmas is coming!

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December 2009
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Christmas is coming!

Christmas is coming! I don't know about you, but I think the countdown to Christmas starts far too early. It seems like my summer tan has only just begun to fade when suddenly every shop window is adorned in red and green glitter, and Wizzard are wishing it could be Christmas every day in my…

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No condemnation

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December 2009
Evangelistic

No condemnation

No condemnation I had the privilege of being born into a Christian family, so I grew up knowing all about God, Jesus and the Bible stories. I enjoyed going to church and Sunday school, and was generally a 'good little girl'.      Over the years, I gradually came to know the Lord for myself rather than…

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Why on earth?

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December 2009
Evangelistic

Why on earth?

Why on earth? In the time it takes you to read this page, over 100 more people will have been born, and before you could read the whole of this newspaper from cover to cover the world population will have increased by well over 6,000. Of the sixty billion people who have lived on our planet…

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A new meaning to life

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December 2009
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A new meaning to life

A new meaning to life Hi, my name is Tim. This is the story of how I became a Christian, coming to know Christ as my own personal Saviour and Lord.      The first thing I want to say is that it is God who makes a person a Christian and that he is often…

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A Saviour from another world

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December 2009
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A Saviour from another world

A Saviour from another world  It may seem perplexing that Christians get so excited over two issues, especially - the incarnation and resurrection of Jesus. Why do these matter so much? Why don't Christians just concentrate on making the world a better place to live in? We only understand why when we grasp that the central…

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Who do you think you are?

Article

December 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Who do you think you are?

Who do you think you are? Natasha Kaplinsky went to Cape Town, Rick Stein to China and Zoë Wanamaker to Ukraine. Whatever were they looking for? The answer is 'their roots'. In the BBC1 TV series Who do you think you are? celebrities trace their family trees, discovering secrets and surprises from their past - along…

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News

December 2009
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News – Data on abortions

Data on abortions     The Information Commissioner has ordered the UK government to publish figures on late abortions of unborn children who have minor abnormalities.      The ProLife Alliance, which had been campaigning for transparency over the data under the Freedom of Information Act, said this was a 'victory' as it exposed the number of…

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News – The reason for hope within

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December 2009
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News – The reason for hope within

The reason for hope within 'The Reason for the hope within: defending and declaring the Christian faith in the 21st century' was the title for the 13th Salisbury Conference in October.     Held at Emmanuel Church, roughly 200 people attended, many of whom were able to stay in the homes of church members. The visiting speaker…

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Presents

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December 2009
Evangelistic

Presents

Presents At Christmas time we give and receive presents. I suppose this echoes the gifts that the wise men brought to the infant Jesus. Perhaps, it is an even fainter echo of God's gift of eternal life to us through his incarnate Son.      Christmas is a reminder of the importance of giving. But we…

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Youth Supplement – Encouragment

News

November 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Encouragment

Encouragment There is so little encouragement in the world and in life sometimes, so I thought I'd take time to give you some encouragement from the best source of all, the Word of God! Psalm 42:5-6 gives encouragement to those suffering from depression. It says, 'Why are you cast down, O my soul? ... Hope in…

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News – Iran drops anti-state charge

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November 2009
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News – Iran drops anti-state charge

Iran drops anti-state charge  Iran has dropped its accusation against two women of conducting anti-state activities (October ET).      27-year-old Maryam Rustampoor and 30-year old Marzieh Amirizadeh Esmaeilabad were arrested in March on three charges: anti-state activity; propagating the Christian faith; and apostasy from Islam. They were told by a court to renounce their…

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November 2009
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News – Hotel arrest

Hotel arrest Two Christian hotel owners from Liverpool are facing prosecution for debating their faith in conversation with a Muslim guest.     Police arrested Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang, who run the Bounty House Hotel, after a Muslim woman complained that she was offended by comments made on 20 March during a conversation they were having about…

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November 2009
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News – Gift aid Unclaimed

Gift aid Unclaimed Nearly £750 million of Gift Aid is being lost because only two in every five UK donors complete Gift Aid forms.      In addition, charities have found an 11 per cent drop in donations - £700,000 in absolute terms - over the past year, as a direct result of the recession.     The…

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Youth Supplement – Set up for life?

News

November 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Set up for life?

Set up for life? Imagine your dad is the richest, most famous and wisest man in the world, and you live in the most beautiful palace in the world. The capital city you live in is so rich that silver is as common as stones. It's also the cultural and intellectual capital of the world.…

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What every parent should know about the Internet

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November 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What every parent should know about the Internet

What every parent should know about the Internet This article is the first in a series: 1. Part 1 2. Part 2 3. Part 3 4. Part 4 5. Part 5 6. Part 6 7. Part 7  8. Part 8   Across the world, an estimated 1 billion people now have access to the…

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News – Evangelical Library

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November 2009
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News – Evangelical Library

Evangelical Library  The Evangelical Library has recently announced, with great thankfulness to God, that it has now completed its purchase of a new property in North London.     The library's new home, the third in its history, will take up two newly built adjoining units at 5-6 Gateway Mews, in the Bounds Green area. The…

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Missionary Spotlight – The love of Christ in Moldova

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November 2009
Moldova

Missionary Spotlight – The love of Christ in Moldova

The love of Christ in Moldova   The Moldovan word ‘to reveal’ has the sense of ‘uncover’. In recent days and months we have had a sense of the Lord ‘uncovering’ wonderful plans that he has had from all eternity for the people with whom we are working.   We are a very small…

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Youth Supplement – Hurricane Katrina

News

November 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Hurricane Katrina

Hurricane Katrina Hello, my name is Caitriona Campbell. I am sixteen years old and I live in Pennsylvania, which is in the northern United States. These past two years I have had the opportunity to go down to Lakeshore, Mississippi, which is along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico, to help with Hurricane Katrina…

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News

November 2009
News

News – Plea for Pakistan

Plea for Pakistan Christians in Pakistan are under increasing fear of persecution since the death of Robert Danish, a Christian accused of desecrating the Quran.     On 11 September, an angry Muslim mob burned a church to the ground and ransacked two Christian houses in Sambarial (Sialkot) in the Punjab.     This followed the arrest of professing…

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November 2009
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News – Cross to bear

Cross to bear A Christian nurse has been forced to accept an offer of redeployment for refusing to take off her confirmation cross.      Shirley Chaplain, aged 54, has been a nurse in Exeter for nearly 30 years, and has worn her confirmation cross on a necklace around her neck since she was a trainee.    …

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News – Ayr Bible Convention

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November 2009
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News – Ayr Bible Convention

Ayr Bible Convention The 29th annual Bible convention of Ayr Free Church attracted many people from various denominations and independent churches. It was characterised by incisive preaching, much of it focussing on Christian hope and its practical implications.     Rev. Iver Martin from Stornoway Free Church opened the convention by addressing worship as found in the…

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The Synod of Dort

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November 2009
Articles > Historical

The Synod of Dort

The Synod of Dort   Last month, we looked at the life and teaching of Jacob Arminius (1560-1609). When he died the system of theology that bears his name did not perish with him.   In 1610, forty Dutch theologians who championed his ideas gathered at Gouda for a conference, under the leadership of…

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News

November 2009
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News – Assisted suicide

Assisted suicide A watering-down of guidelines around assisted suicide legislation is causing deep concern by anti-euthanasia groups in the UK.      The Department of Public Prosecution (DPP) was ordered in September to revisit the guidelines around assisted suicide and factors that might weight against prosecution of family members who help their loved ones to die.…

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Comment – Our first love

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November 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – Our first love

Our first love Who would have thought it  a church razor-sharp in doctrine, with members labouring to the point of exhaustion, but on the brink of demise?      So it was with the Ephesian church towards the end of the first century, according to Revelation 2:1-7. The church was outstanding in its stand for the…

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News

November 2009
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News – Aid for Philippines

Aid for Philippines Nearly 300 people have died and countless numbers of people made homeless in the severe flooding this summer.      More than nine million homes have been affected by the flooding, caused by typhoon Ketsana ('Ondoy'), which pummelled the capital, Manila, and its 25 surrounding provinces.      According to international press agency AP…

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News – Quedgeley Baptist Church

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November 2009
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News – Quedgeley Baptist Church

Quedgeley Baptist Church  A wonderfully festive induction service and harvest celebration was held by Quedgeley Baptist Church (QBC), near Gloucester, on Saturday 26 September. This was to welcome Philip Grubb as the new pastor, along with his wife Elaine and their three teenage children Thomas, Sophie and Emma.      A crowd of 200 people…

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November 2009
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News – Fifty years of Feba

Fifty years of Feba Feba Radio has celebrated its 50th anniversary by announcing a new approach to its mission process.      It will work together with other Christians to develop locally produced programming, engaging with similar organisations to reach a wider range of people with the gospel.     Feba already broadcasts to Africa, South and Central…

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November 2009
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News – Dawkins diatribe

Dawkins diatribe Richard Dawkins, the erstwhile evolutionary professor-turned atheist preacher, has laid into faith schools, calling them 'evil'.     Leaving aside philosophical questions as to whether a man who claims there is no God can understand the true definition of evil, he claimed that faith schools were an act of child abuse as they rid children…

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Missionary Spotlight – Moldova Today

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November 2009
Moldova

Missionary Spotlight – Moldova Today

Moldova Today   Moldova’s recent history has been one of changing borders and, as a result, changing rulers. Once it was part of Romania, then for decades it was under the Soviet Union until that empire began to crumble with the fall of Communism in the early nineties; then it became an independent republic…

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Missionary Spotlight – Moldova’s villages

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November 2009
Moldova

Missionary Spotlight – Moldova’s villages

Moldova’s villages   Village churches in Moldova are of various sizes, locations, styles and atmospheres. Recently, I went with Matthew and a translator to visit a Russian-speaking church in Transnistria, the Russian enclave of Moldova that declares itself autonomous.      So to get there you have to cross their ‘border’, even though it’s not…

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News

November 2009
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News – Disability churches

Disability churches A church in Toronto, Canada, has been established to cater specifically for Christians with disabilities.      The Abilities Church, in Scarborough, Toronto, held its first service in September, led by founding pastor Jaime Castro. It is possibly the first such church in North America.     Rev. Castro said: 'Traditional churches are not set up…

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Meteoric Methodism (2)

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November 2009
Articles > Historical

Meteoric Methodism (2)

Meteoric Methodism (2) Between 1790 and 1840, 1.5 million people were gathered into the churches of England and Wales - approximately one in every ten of the population. This means that by 1840 one third of the English nation attended Protestant churches on Sundays.  If this 50-year period is today called a 'forgotten revival', then Primitive Methodism…

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News – William Steadman

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November 2009
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News – William Steadman

William Steadman The history of Westgate Baptist Church, Bradford (see p. 32), goes back to Rev. William Steadman (1764-1837) who belonged to a heroic age of itinerant preaching, during which the Particular Baptists emerged from their eighteenth-century introspection into vigorous expansion.      Steadman was in every way a huge figure. Converted at 17, he was…

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Reaching Europeans

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November 2009
Europe

Reaching Europeans

Reaching Europeans   To reach Europeans with the gospel we need to understand their cultural context. For more than a century, the world views of most Europeans have been shaped by a combination of philosophies, namely relativism, pluralism and secularism.   Relativism, an outworking of Enlightenment philosophy, is the view that ‘true truth’ (as…

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News – WEST dedication

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November 2009
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News – WEST dedication

WEST dedication Saturday 19 September was dry, which was a blessing for the thirty or so people sitting outside the packed marquee with 250 attending this year's WEST dedication service.     The congregation heard about the encouraging number of students receiving calls to full-time Christian service and the large intake of new students - sixty in…

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‘I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary’

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November 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary’

'I believe … in Jesus Christ … conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary' Timothy Cross continues explaining the Apostles' Creed This third line of the creed draws our attention to an epochal moment in the divine saga of redemption - the incarnation of the 'only begotten Son of God'. Specifically, it focuses on Christ's…

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Youth Supplement – What is an elephant like?

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November 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – What is an elephant like?

What is an elephant like? As part of my BA in Hindi and Linguistics I spent eight months in Jaipur, India, learning the Hindi language. The purpose of my visit, therefore, was educational rather than mission-related; the idea was to be immersed in the language and culture. God amazingly provided me with a wonderful Christian…

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Youth Supplement – Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009

News

November 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009

Minneapolis, Minnesota 2009 This summer I had the opportunity of going on a summer mission trip to an inner-city soup kitchen. I never knew I could learn so much in one week! We worked at a place called the Marie Sandvik Centre, located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota - in a part called Philip's Neighbourhood.  It…

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News – Two years on

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November 2009
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News – Two years on

Two years on In November 2007, the world knew the sub-prime party had ended. When nearly a year later Lehman Brothers collapsed, all the big financials rocked - Citigroup, Goldman Sachs, RBS, Merrill Lynch, Bear Stearns, Morgan Stanley and HBOS. Trading all but ceased; hedge fund activity was frozen as speculators bought and sold against…

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Was Hitler an occultist?

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November 2009
Articles > Historical

Was Hitler an occultist?

Was Hitler an occultist? Just over seventy years ago, Britain declared war on Nazi Germany. It was in reality a war against Adolf Hitler and those who fought alongside him in his programme of nakedly aggressive territorial expansion. Hitler was a rabid anti-Semite. He had made his extreme beliefs clear 15 years earlier in his infamous…

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News

November 2009
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News – West Bradford Community Church

West Bradford Community Church On 20 September, West Bradford Christian Fellowship was constituted as West Bradford Community Church - a multicultural Evangelical Baptist congregation in Manningham, Bradford, about a mile north of the city centre. Erroll Hulse was preacher at the inaugural service.     The congregation meets for worship at 3.00pm each Sunday in the premises…

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November 2009
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News – US religion study

US religion study Women in the US remain more religious than men, according to a detailed study by leading US university Trinity College, Connecticut, and the American Religious Identification Survey (ARIS).      The university report, American Nones: The Profile of the No Religion Population, has profiled the 34 million Americans who claim no affiliation to any…

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November 2009
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News – Books for Albania

Books for Albania When John Blanchard first visited Albania three years ago he was shocked that little good evangelistic literature was available there.      After discussion with missionary Will Niven, he launched Project Albania, aimed at funding the translation, editing and printing of seven of his own evangelistic titles, including Does God believe in atheists?…

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Youth Supplement – Women

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November 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Women

Women The media in our feministic society is constantly bombarding women about being fashionable, career-minded and behaving seductively. But what does the Bible say about the way women should conduct themselves? Woman was created by God to be a suitable helper for man. The first woman was formed by God using the rib of Adam, the…

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Youth Supplement – The wonder of prayer

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November 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – The wonder of prayer

The wonder of prayer What would you say was the most important aspect of a friendship? Would it be compatibility, loyalty, a sense of humour, reliability, trust, or something else? Well, I guess all of these are vital to a good relationship. But none of them would be any good without one crucial ingredient. Talk! Can…

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News – Joanna Thompson (1949-2009)

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November 2009
Obituaries

News – Joanna Thompson (1949-2009)

Joanna Thompson (1949-2009) A charity worker dubbed the 'gentle warrior' has died at the age of 60. In July, Joanna Thompson, head of pregnancy charity CareConfidential, was called home to be with the Lord after a sudden illness.     Joanna started working for CARE twenty years ago in Basingstoke. She helped launch the Firgrove LIFE centre…

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November 2009
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News – Flooding in Africa

Flooding in Africa Heavy rains have washed away a new church in Soba Aradi, Khartoum, in Sudan, while hundreds of homes in Niger have been demolished by flooding.     Soba Aradi in Sudan is a camp that holds nearly 23,000 internally displaced people, mostly Christians from the south, who have been displaced by the 22-year long…

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November 2009
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News – Sumatra and Samoa

Sumatra and Samoa  Many Christians have been severely affected by the earthquakes in Sumatra, Indonesia.      In the Sumatran capital, Padang, and the surrounding areas, which were at the centre of the earthquakes, hundreds of professing Christians have been left homeless and have missing relatives.     According to the Barnabas Fund, one church community were…

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Youth Supplement – What they really believe

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November 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – What they really believe

What they really believe Most people when thinking of Beach Missions think of tug-of-war, red t-shirts, choruses, memory verses and games with children on the beach. However, even before schools have finished for the summer holiday the Beach Team can be hard at work. But what is there to do? In fact, there are many…

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Guest Column – ‘Love one another deeply from the heart’

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November 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – ‘Love one another deeply from the heart’

'Love one another deeply from the heart' Guest Column Peter Milsom One of the great challenges facing us as Christians is the need to relate to each other well. The evangelical Christian community is fragmented. The temptation is to move in ever-smaller circles of fellowship and choose the company of those who agree with us in every…

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November 2009
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Facing unemployment

Facing unemployment Behind the steady rise in unemployment in recent months are countless stories of personal hardship and struggle.  We are all prone to fears and disappointments when we meet dashed expectations, but losing a job - or being unable to obtain one in the first place - is one of the most stressful experiences in life.     Some forecasters…

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November 2009
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News – Welsh get A grade

Welsh get A grade Church in Wales schools have performed strongly across the country, with Key Stage 2 results in core subjects being consistently above the Welsh average.     In an 80-page educational review, the Church in Wales has claimed that its 168 Church in Wales schools had great results in 2008 for subjects such as…

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News – Assistant pastor for Limes

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November 2009
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News – Assistant pastor for Limes

Assistant pastor for Limes Steve Dennis has been inducted as the new assistant pastor of Limes Avenue Baptist Church in Aylesbury.     After gaining a degree in mechanical engineering, and working in industry for five years designing scientific instruments, Steve felt called by God to full-time Christian service.      Already an active member of Hook Evangelical…

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November 2009
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News – Disability churches

Disability churches A church in Toronto, Canada, has been established to cater specifically for Christians with disabilities.      The Abilities Church, in Scarborough, Toronto, held its first service in September, led by founding pastor Jaime Castro. It is possibly the first such church in North America.     Rev. Castro said: 'Traditional churches are not set up…

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November 2009
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News – EU free speech threat

EU free speech threat The European Union's proposed Equal Treatment Directive is posing one of the biggest threats to freedom of religious expression, Christian lobby groups have claimed.     The directive, which was announced last year, has been under consultation among member states' governments until the end of July this year. All 27 member states are…

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November 2009
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News – Pope to visit UK

Pope to visit UK Pope Benedict XVI is going to visit the UK next year, according to reports. It will be 28 years since the UK has had a papal visit.      Although Downing Street has not confirmed the news, the Vatican news services said that Prime Minister Gordon Brown extended the invitation during a…

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November 2009
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News – Glasgow protest

Glasgow protest The Southern Presbytery of the Free Presbyterian Church of Scotland has issued a petition against a Culture and Sport Glasgow production that is called 'Jesus, Queen of Heaven'.Public money is being used by Glasgow City Council to fund the staging of the blasphemous play at the Tron Theatre.     The musical performance is being…

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October 2009
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News – PNG violence

PNG violence Tribal conflict has broken out in Papua New Guinea (PNG), affecting the valley where the Wycliffe Bible Translators recently dedicated three New Testaments.     The unrest started in the valley where the Bible translation centre of Ukarumpa is based and was the result of a lengthy dispute over access to water.     According to Wycliffe…

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Pastor Pokorny (1917–2008)

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October 2009
Articles > Historical

Pastor Pokorny (1917–2008)

Pastor Pokorny (1917–2008) August Erwin (Tony) Pokorny was born at a chaotic time in history. The Austro-Hungarian Empire was on the brink of disintegrating and Austria was set to become a republic. Its economy was unable to cope with the large numbers returning from army and empire posts, and there was extensive unemployment. When Pokorny's parents…

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October 2009
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News – Songs of Praise

Songs of Praise  The BBC has appointed a new series editor for Songs of Praise.      David Taviner, who has been working in TV for 25 years, has thirteen years' experience of religious broadcasting. This includes launching Radio Humberside's live Sunday morning religious programme, It's Sunday, as well as producing Morning worship for BBC…

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October 2009
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News – Bible college in gay row

Bible college in gay row A boardroom memo issued to the faculty of Calvin College in Michigan has stated that it is 'unacceptable' for academics to advocate homosexual practice or civil partnerships.     For a college formed on the basis of Reformation theology in the 1870s, this should have been met with faculty approval. Not so.…

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October 2009
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What price politics?

What price politics? Very soon now there will be a general election in the UK. Christians, like everyone else, want to influence its outcome. But danger lies ahead - professedly Christian groups are involving themselves in the political process by attendance at Conservative and Labour Party conferences this autumn. Such convergence carries a double edge. On…

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The tidy pachyderm

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October 2009
Scientific (including creation)

The tidy pachyderm

The tidy pachyderm   An edited extract from Edgar Andrews' book Who made God?,published by EP Books.   Rudyard Kipling's 'Just so' stories were published in 1902, just 43 years after Darwin beat him to it withThe origin of species. If you read the stories carefully, it is difficult to avoid the impression that…

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News – The fall of Singapore in 1942

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October 2009
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News – The fall of Singapore in 1942

The fall of Singapore in 1942   I recently had the opportunity to visit a museum in Singapore dedicated to the memory of what took place during the Second World War. There I learnt much. The British prior to 1942 did not expect the Japanese to succeed in any invasion attempt on Singapore, because…

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October 2009
Articles > Historical

John Calvin’s mission to France

John Calvin's mission to France   The year 2009 is the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Calvin. He was born in northern France and was converted, as a student, in the early 1530s. From 1541 until his death in 1564 he served as a preacher and teacher in Geneva. Calvin was never…

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Film review – Creation – Han Way films

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October 2009
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Film review – Creation – Han Way films

Film review Creation Paul Bettany & Jennifer Connelly Han Way films The film Creation currently showing in British cinemas will catch the attention of thoughtful people. Its 'creation' is not that of Genesis 1, but the creation of the famous book published 150 years ago this November.      The film, based on Annie's Box by Randal Keynes,…

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October 2009
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News – Beach missions reach many

Beach missions reach many United Beach Missions have reported on a summer of evangelism across the UK, and into France and Belgium.     One middle-aged couple in LaPanne, Belgium, attended church after the first week of beach missions, and then after attending each open-air meeting the following week, testified they had accepted Jesus Christ into their…

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The good Shepherd

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October 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The good Shepherd

The good Shepherd One of the most powerful metaphors in the Word of God to describe the relationship between believers and the Saviour is that of the sheep and shepherd. In the Old Testament, Jehovah is called the 'Shepherd of Israel' (Psalm 80:1) and his covenant people the 'sheep of his pasture' (Psalm 100:3). When God…

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October 2009
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News – Beer drinker reprieved

Beer drinker reprieved The Malaysian woman who was sentenced to six strokes of the cane for drinking beer has had her sentence put on hold indefinitely.     An Islamic court in Pahang state said that the sentence had been too harsh, despite Sharia law demanding such a punishment. Reports from the home minister's office suggested also…

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50 years reaching out to Europe

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October 2009
Europe

50 years reaching out to Europe

50 years reaching out to Europe   In an ‘Ashes summer’ every half century is reason for applause and recognising the batsman’s skill. Inevitably, however, with the end of the summer (and Ashes series), popular interest begins to fall away like the leaves on the trees.   But this autumn brings us another half…

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Missionary Spotlight – Snakes (and ants) alive!

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October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Snakes (and ants) alive!

Snakes (and ants) alive!   Let me tell you a couple of things from Guinea to remind you to pray for the safety of missionaries.      In the cool of a January morning our missionary colleague went outside to turn on their generator. When he opened the door to the generator house, he was…

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Meteoric Methodism

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October 2009
Articles > Historical

Meteoric Methodism

Meteoric Methodism 'Shooting stars' leave a dramatic, but brief trail of light and fire in the night sky. So it was with Primitive Methodism. The Primitive Methodist (PM) movement blazed forward, but was extinguished within 120 years. What lay behind its rapid success and extinction? Consider the description of Primitive Methodism provided by C. H. Spurgeon's…

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October 2009
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News – Iranian persecution

Iranian persecution Two Christian women, Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh, have stood in court in Tehran, Iran, charged with converting to Christianity.     The women, who are 27 and 30 respectively, were born into Muslim families, but became Christians. The accusations against them were that they converted to Christianity and refused to recant their beliefs.     They…

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Home-schooling and the State

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October 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Home-schooling and the State

Home-schooling and the State Mention to the average person that you home-school your children, and you will meet with one of three responses.  Some will be bemused, never having heard such a thing exists. Others, knowing the moral chaos in many schools, will react more positively and wish you well. But there could be a…

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October 2009
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News – Mayor makes a stand

Mayor makes a stand A no-nonsense Yorkshire mayor has made an unusual stand against political correctness and attracted flak from the gay lobby.     The new mayor of Doncaster, Peter Davies, has withheld local funding for 2009's Gay Pride celebrations, stating: 'I'm not a homophobe but I don't see why council taxpayers should pay to celebrate…

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October 2009
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News – Vietnam

Vietnam  The US ambassador to Vietnam has praised Vietnam's moves towards religious freedom, but called on senior leaders to loosen controls on free speech.     Michael Michalak, who has been ambassador to Vietnam for two years, said that human rights breaches were still being committed, including the arrest of human rights lawyer Le Cong Dinh…

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News – SOLA 5 2009

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October 2009
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News – SOLA 5 2009

SOLA 5 2009 The fifth annual SOLA 5 conference was expertly hosted this year by Brackenhurst Baptist Church in Alberton, South Africa. Brackenhurst's hospitality and fellowship were exemplary. They catered for 450 hungry stomachs on Sunday 6 September, but such an exercise always brings a rich blessing for the hosting church.     Representatives from Zambia, Namibia,…

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October 2009
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News – Teenage pregnancy tests

Teenage pregnancy tests Teenage girls, many below the age of consent, are snapping up 99p pregnancy tests from bargain shops. One such store in Sussex is being accused of encouraging sexual activity.     A report from the Daily Mail revealed that dozens of young teenagers are purchasing the kits from the Fabulous 99s store in Crawley,…

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October 2009
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News – Abortion pills online

Abortion pills online The internet is being used by women across the UK to buy abortion pills online, according to the news station Real Radio.     Abortion pills are only available legally through licensed and trained staff in England, Scotland and Wales, while they are banned in Ireland. But the reporter found that such pills could…

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October 2009
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News – Street preacher silenced

Street preacher silenced The Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has taken up the case of a Manchester street preacher who was silenced by police officers.     Miguel Hayworth, 29, has been preaching in the streets of Manchester for the past five years. He said this July he was approached several times by Greater Manchester police, while preaching…

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October 2009
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News – OAC has new director

OAC has new director           OAC Ministries (formerly known as Open Air Campaigners) have appointed a new national director.      Rev. Peter Kennelly, who is based in North London with his wife Alison, has been serving as OAC's London director and has been active in evangelistic outreach and training programmes. He will take over…

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October 2009
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News – More on Michigan

More on Michigan  It's all happening in Michigan: while one college debates the gay issue, a church elsewhere in Trenton is using a Screwtape Letters-style campaign to advertise Christianity.     The Metro South Church, in Trenton, is posting billboards 'signed' by Satan to state why he hates the church. Its pastor, Jeremy Schossau, said the…

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October 2009
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News – Walking the talk

Walking the talk                              Smithton Culloden Free Church, Inverness, hosted a celebratory dinner for Christians and charity fund raisers who took part in a sponsored walk from Glasgow to Inverness in August.     Starting at Drumpeller Country Park in Coatbridge, Glasgow, and ending in Inverness five days later, the walk was to raise money for, and…

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October 2009
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News – Lottery row

Lottery row  Theological think-tank Theos is embroiled in a row with the Big Lottery Fund over claims that lottery funds are not being distributed fairly.      The war of words is being waged by open letters from Peter Wanless, head of the National Lottery, and Paul Bickley, senior researcher at Theos. It was started…

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News – Encouragement in Eastbourne

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October 2009
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News – Encouragement in Eastbourne

Encouragement in Eastbourne The Lord has really been blessing our fellowship at South Street Free Church over the past 3-4 years. We had prayed that younger folk and families would join us; and our faithful God has answered our prayers, so that we have seen the fellowship increase.     Over the past year we have had…

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October 2009
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News – ‘Boring, irrelevant, untrue?’

'Boring, irrelevant, untrue?' This was the title of Stopsley Baptist Church's first evangelistic talk, as part of its town-wide, outreach suppers in Luton. The town, which obtained notoriety recently for its race riots and hostility towards soldiers returning from active service, is in desperate need of the gospel, according to Christians in the area.     The…

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October 2009
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News – Lewd t-shirts

Lewd t-shirts Children's clothing is bearing increasingly sexual slogans, causing the Daily Telegraph to appeal for a ban on such t-shirts.      In an article in August, writer Judith Woods interviewed Dr Catherine White, director of the Sexual Assault Referral Centre at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester. Dr White said that she had seen a rise…

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Missionary Spotlight – New Tribes Mission in Guinea, West Africa

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October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – New Tribes Mission in Guinea, West Africa

New Tribes Mission in Guinea, West Africa   The country of Guinea is home to about 40 people groups, most of which are classed as least-reached or unreached with the gospel. It is just the sort of place one would expect to find a mission like New Tribes Mission (NTM), since our mandate is…

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I’m trying?

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October 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

I’m trying?

I'm trying? Mark Jenner investigates 'trying'. You'll need an open Bible for this (and a little Greek or Hebrew would help!) It amazes me how Scripture is full of meaning even at the level of its individual words. At a Christian camp in summer 2008, I was set the challenge of finding out how many times…

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October 2009
Articles > Historical

Arminius

Arminius In what must be one of the great ironies of church history, Jacob Arminius shares an anniversary year with John Calvin. The Genevan Reformer was born 500 years ago on 10 July 1509. Arminius, who did so much to question Calvin's theology of sovereign grace, died on 19 October 1609. Like Calvin, Arminius…

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Missionary Spotlight – Guinea turned 50

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October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Guinea turned 50

Guinea turned 50   The year 2008 marked the 50th anniversary of Guinea’s independence from France. In honour of the occasion, a colleague wrote the following words: ‘We prefer liberty in poverty to slavery in riches’. For this ideal the Republic of Guinea fought and gained independence from French colonial rule. But during the…

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October 2009
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News – Bakewell outreach

Bakewell outreach                           The 179th Bakewell Show was held from 5-6 August in a picturesque setting in the Peak District of Derbyshire, and drew an estimated crowd of 65,000.      For the past 30 years there has been a distinct Christian witness at this event, ever since believers from the Bakewell Gospel Hall first had…

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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly (3)

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October 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Battling with technopoly (3)

Battling with technopoly (3) How to live faithfully in the iPod generation Guest Column Anthony Selvaggio Over the last two months, we have seen the harmful effects that technopoly can exert. However, our use of technology need not degenerate into technopoly.  Technopoly can be resisted. In order to resist it, we must engage in the very activities which…

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October 2009
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News – Archbishop denies hell

Archbishop denies hell The Archbishop of Canterbury has stated that Genesis is not historical truth, while hell is a state of mind rather than a literal place of punishment.     In a Channel 4 documentary How do you know God exists?, which was broadcast in August, Dr Rowan Williams was asked how he knew God existed.…

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Sowing the seed

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October 2009
United Kingdom

Sowing the seed

Sowing the seed   It is part of the Great Commission that evangelical churches should reach out to their neighbourhoods, regularly and prayerfully, and use the opportunities given.      Perhaps the greatest opportunity, apart from regular visitation, is at Christmas time. For the past three years, Aycliffe Evangelical Church in Newton Aycliffe, County Durham,…

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October 2009
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News – ‘Christian geeks’

'Christian geeks' 'Christian geeks', whose efforts to ensure church services run smoothly through technology and sound systems, are to have their own awards ceremony.     The 2009 Original Christian Web and New Media Awards is to show appreciation for people who work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure everything works well, from producing Christian e-newsletters,…

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October 2009
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News – Pastors’ road shows

Pastors' road shows The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches is hosting another series of road shows next year for members of its pastors' association.     Building on a successful road show in 2009, the FIEC's pastoral link team is working on bringing men together again to sharpen their vision for gospel work and to network with…

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October 2009
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News – Elderly at risk

Elderly at risk Changes in the 'right to die' laws will put vulnerable people at risk of increasingly poor practice and even illegal actions, experts have warned.     The Patients Association (PA) in its report Patients not numbers, people not statistics has revealed that the quality of care for the elderly has decreased significantly.     It claimed…

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News – Eisteddfod evangelism

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October 2009
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News – Eisteddfod evangelism

Eisteddfod evangelism                     Every year for the past 60 years, the National Eisteddfod of Wales has been held in the first week of August.     The Eisteddfod, held in a different part of Wales each year, is the main cultural event of the nation, with an average daily attendance of 20,000.      There are competitions held…

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Article

October 2009
Ghana

Missionary Spotlight – Church history

Church history   Protestant missions to Guinea began in 1918 when the Christian and Missionary Alliance (CMA) entered the country. Other missions entered in the ensuing years but were expelled without exception in 1967 by the Marxist government.      Only eight CMA personnel were allowed to remain, and their activities were restricted. As a…

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Article

October 2009
Guinea

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Guinea Fact File

Republic of Guinea fact file   The population is just over 10 million.   The highest point in the country is Mont Nimba (5,748 feet).   Guinea is ranked 13th from the bottom among the poorest countries in the world.   Guinea possesses over 25 billion metric tons of bauxite (nearly half the world’s reserves),…

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‘I believe … in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord’

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October 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘I believe … in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord’

'I believe … in Jesus Christ, his only begotten Son, our Lord' Timothy Cross continues explaining the Apostles' Creed  A Christian is one who belongs to the Lord Jesus Christ and relies on him alone for salvation. The Christian faith is not primarily concerned with a creed or a lifestyle, important though these are. Rather,…

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September 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – Swine flu

Swine flu Swine flu has rapidly spread around the world after emerging in Mexico last year. Experts anticipate that millions more will yet be infected, even though its first wave is now waning in certain countries.      The flu is thought to have originated in pigs. It is a respiratory disease that jumps from person…

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News – The harvest is plentiful

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September 2009
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News – The harvest is plentiful

The harvest is plentiful  Farming Christian Link (FCL), a mission to the rural community, is receiving many requests for Christian literature and Scriptures.      Started in 1934 by Rev. J. C. Williams from Kent, the mission has grown into a widely supported evangelism ministry, with a website and postal ministry to areas where there…

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September 2009
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News – Alcohol ‘worst UK drug’

Alcohol 'worst UK drug'  Nearly 33,000 people in the UK die from alcohol-related causes each year - ten times as many people as die on the roads over the same time frame. And alcohol abuse affects family and friends of the drinker, meaning the problem hurts even more people who lack support.      'There…

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News – Lowestoft air festival

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September 2009
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News – Lowestoft air festival

Lowestoft air festival Lowestoft's seafront air festival in Suffolk is now the seventh largest in Europe, offering a spectacular two-day display. This involves 35 different aircraft, including the Red Arrows, Blades and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.     During the thirteenth show, this July, Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church organised a 'good news' stand on the…

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September 2009
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News – The real Bible bashers

The real Bible bashers Online 'Christian' community web site, the Ship of Fools, has launched a project called 'Textus Rejectus', offering its readers the chance to take out bits of the Bible they do not like. Votes will be taken on the verses that most offend.      The current list of biblical passages that readers…

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Missionary Spotlight – A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines

Article

September 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines

A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines   One afternoon five young men armed with knives robbed a Jeepney in Cubao. It wasn’t the first time, but for at least two of them it was to be the last. The robbery went badly wrong for them when police warning shouts and bullets arrived at…

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News – Uxbridge Road induction

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September 2009
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News – Uxbridge Road induction

Uxbridge Road inductionSaturday 18 July was a joyful day, when more than 200 friends joined members of Uxbridge Road Tabernacle to celebrate the induction of their new pastor Jeffrey Avery.     Two former pastors of Uxbridge, Francis Harris and Richard Mayhew, took part in the service. The church secretary recounted the sequence of events leading…

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News – Summer Conference, Pembroke

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September 2009
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News – Summer Conference, Pembroke

Summer Conference, Pembroke  'I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord' (Psalm 122:1). This was the sentiment of those who gathered for the 2009 Summer Conference in Pembroke.      The main speakers were Vernon Higham (Cardiff) and Maurice Roberts (Inverness). The week began with a…

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September 2009
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News – Too much, too soon

Too much, too soon Schools may be forced to compromise their ethical and moral beliefs under government proposals for standardising sex education.     A new report from independent research charity Family Education Trust (FET) claims that schools will have discretion over subject matter removed from them, and the influence and wishes of parents will be disregarded,…

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Agape Children’s Village, Uganda

Article

September 2009
Uganda

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda   Uganda has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has the world’s highest concentration of AIDS orphans. With a population of 30.9 million, one in every eighteen Ugandans is an AIDS orphan. In 2002 there were 1.7 million AIDS orphans, out of a total of 2.4 million Ugandan…

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September 2009
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News – Ding dong, merrily?

Ding dong, merrily? The Pope is getting his vocal chords into shape for his forthcoming debut album. According to reports from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI is to release a Christmas album of him singing Gregorian chants and reciting passages and prayers in different languages. The Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury has not announced any plans…

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Missionary Spotlight – A great work in retirement

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September 2009
Turkey

Missionary Spotlight – A great work in retirement

A great work in retirement   While serving Christ as missionaries with European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) in Turkey, in spring 1975, David and I were privileged to be the hosts to a retired Greek pastor from Piraeus, Athens.      Stavros Delianides had been invited to preach to the few remaining Greek Protestants in Istanbul…

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News

September 2009
News

News – Threat to democracy

Threat to democracy     A new threat to freedom of speech and democracy is being posed by secularism, according to a report from Christian think-tank, the Jubilee Centre.     The report, called Sustaining Democracy, claims that basic human rights and civil liberties, such as the ability to believe and express one's faith, are at risk from…

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Dawn at the beach

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September 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Dawn at the beach

Dawn at the beach I have seen many spectacular sights of the natural world in my day, but few move me like the view of dawn at the beach. Pick your location: it does not matter. It is fantastic anywhere. The vista from the shore is split into three layers. There is the sandy beach; the…

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September 2009
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News – Day One in Bible lands

Day One in Bible lands In an extension to its work and ministry, Day One Christian Ministries are sending parties out to explore Bible lands.     The venture started last September when 48 people went to Israel, and continued with 36 travelling there this May. Both tours were led by Paul Williams and Clive Anderson, who…

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September 2009
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News – Victory for adoption worker

Victory for adoption worker A children's doctor struck off an adoption panel for her beliefs has been reinstated as the panel's medical adviser, following a wave of support.     Dr Sheila Matthews, who had been working as a community paediatrician in Northamptonshire for more than 18 years, was dismissed by the county council earlier this year.…

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September 2009
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News – Pakistani Christians attacked

Pakistani Christians attacked Pakistani Christians recently have experienced more outrages. Eleven Christians were burned by acid when 600 Muslims went on the rampage in Bahmani Walla, a Christian village in Pakistan.       Some 117 houses were vandalised, while petrol bombs caused serious damage to 48 properties, leaving villagers without electricity or many of their possessions.…

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1859 – the year of grace

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September 2009
Articles > Historical

1859 – the year of grace

1859 - the year of grace In 1856 a lady called Mrs Colville returned home to Gateshead in a state of despondency. She had spent several months visiting homes in Ballymena, County Antrim, with the aim of winning souls for Christ and felt her work had been unfruitful. Little did she know how the Lord would…

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September 2009
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News – Church of Scotland turmoil

Church of Scotland turmoil The Christian Institute reports that 35 Church of Scotland parishes have united in a campaign of non cooperation with the Kirk's recent decision on the ordination of homosexual ministers.     In May the Kirk's general assembly voted to uphold the appointment of an openly gay man, Rev. Scott Rennie, to a congregation…

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September 2009
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News – Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro Commencing 21 September for four weeks, Message on the Move (MEMO) and Bible Text Publicity Mission (BTPM) are sponsoring a joint Scripture poster campaign on the Tyne and Wear Metro.     MEMO has booked sufficient sites for one poster to be displayed in every carriage of the trains, and BTPM have booked…

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September 2009
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News – N. Korea

N. Korea North Korea publicly executed a Christian woman on 16 June for distributing the Bible, according to an Associated Press report.      Ri Hyon Ok, 33, was also accused of spying for South Korea and the United States and organising dissidents. She was executed in the north-western city of Ryongchon near the border with…

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Memories of my father – Jock Purves

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September 2009
Articles > Historical

Memories of my father – Jock Purves

Memories of my father - Jock Purves   My father Jock was the eldest of five, and it was always with him that the wider family discussed family, professional and spiritual matters. He was similarly recognised in the village where we grew up. Although there was a godly local Presbyterian minister it was often…

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Substance abuse (2)

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September 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Substance abuse (2)

Substance abuse (2) Dr John Latham of Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) continues his study of an urgent social problem Prevention is better than cure, when it comes to substance abuse. We are not told in Scripture about the use or misuse of opiates or cocaine. However, the wise use of alcohol is extolled.     Alcohol was the…

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Five reasons not to abandon church

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September 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Five reasons not to abandon church

Five reasons not to abandon church In recent days, some have begun to call for believers to abandon the worship of God in local churches, declaring that 'the era of the church age has come to an end'.  Throughout the history of the church, people seeking to promote their own cause and name rather than…

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September 2009
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News – Shepherd for youth

Shepherd for youthThe Centre for Youth Ministry (CYM) has appointed Nick Shepherd as its executive team leader. CYM is a consortium of training and youth work agencies committed to creating and providing courses, resources and research into Christian youth work. Members include Ridley Hall Theological College, Belfast Bible College and Youth for Christ.     The…

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September 2009
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News – Obama abortion pledge

Obama abortion pledge Barack Obama, the US President, promised Pope Benedict XVI that he would try to limit the number of abortions allowed in the USA.      At a meeting at the Vatican in July during the G20 Summit in Italy, President Obama discussed abortion - a highly charged moral and political issue in the…

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September 2009
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News – Queen in gay row

Queen in gay row Gay activist Peter Tatchell has turned his attack on HM The Queen, claiming that she was 'colluding with prejudice' for extending her good wishes to the new Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA).      According to reports from the BBC, the FCA, which has stated publicly its biblical stance on marriage and…

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September 2009
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News – Selhurst scores goals

Selhurst scores goals Selhurst Evangelical Church not only won 'Church in the Corner' this year, an inter-church football tournament, but has also been seeking to win souls for Christ through football.     In July, a team from the church, led by assistant pastor Robert Pickering, held its fifth Football Academy in South Norwood, London.      On…

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News – ‘I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth’

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September 2009
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News – ‘I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth’

'I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth' This month Timothy Cross begins a journey through the Apostles' Creed The Christian faith begins, continues and ends with God - the one true God who made the universe and who has revealed himself in his Word.      The supreme goal of the Christian…

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September 2009
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News – Belfast Calvin conference

Belfast Calvin conference Nearly 100 people gathered for a three-day conference and exhibition held in Mount Merrion Free Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 500th anniversary of John Calvin.      The speaker for the conference was Rev. Timothy Nelson, minister of Sixmilecross Free Presbyterian Church and lecturer in New Testament Greek in Northern Ireland's…

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September 2009
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News – No more ‘God bless you’

No more 'God bless you' The homelessness prevention officer suspended for talking about God with a homeless woman has now been sacked by Wandsworth Council.     Homelessness Prevention Officer Duke Amachree, who had worked for the London authority for 18 years, was formally dismissed, having been told that in his job he might not even say…

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September 2009
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News – Name and shame

Name and shame  Churches are being hauled over the coals in public for being late with their charity returns. The Charity Commission (CC) 'name and shame' tactic, employed against registered charities late with their returns, is making many Christian organisations 'bad witnesses'.     The CC shows the name and record of submission of returns and…

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September 2009
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News – Assisted suicide

Assisted suicide  The House of Lords has overturned a Court of Appeal decision on assisted suicide, meaning that families and loved ones who help terminally ill relatives to commit suicide could escape prosecution.     A hotly-contested amendment to the Suicide Act, that would have allowed relatives to accompany patients overseas to suicide clinics, was rejected…

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September 2009
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – Street evangelism in South Africa

Street evangelism in South Africa   The January 2000 edition of ET carried a full-length article on the literature ministry of Doug Crutchley ([email protected]), in South Africa, which began in 1996. Since then, after ten years full-time evangelistic outreach, Doug has distributed many more thousands of pieces of Christian literature in such places as…

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September 2009
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News – Free Church court victory

Free Church court victory Lord Uist has found in favour of the Free Church of Scotland in a dispute over church property on the Isle of Skye.     The Free Church Continuing (FCC) had been using the Broadford church and manse since the Free Church split in 2000. The Free Church of Scotland (FC) took legal…

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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly (2)

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September 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Battling with technopoly (2)

Battling with technopoly (2) Guest Column However, we must realise that this is a common human pattern. As Derek Kidner notes: 'Cain's family is a microcosm: its pattern of technical prowess and moral failure is that of humanity'.1 We may fall prey to technopoly too. So how do we know if we are suffering from its…

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Unity and diversity

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September 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Unity and diversity

Unity and diversity Within the mystery of God's triune being there exists the unity of the Godhead and the diversity of the three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And, notably, within that Trinity there is unity in diversity and diversity in unity. These complex realities are also present in the created order, reflecting the…

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Imprisoned (2)

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September 2009
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Imprisoned (2)

Imprisoned (2) Simon Grosvenor concludes his account of ten days spent in prison  I was woken by the daily sounds of prison noise - doors being banged and locked, walkie-talkies crackling and prisoners shouting. It was a strange feeling to wake up in prison.     Knowing the Lord had kept me my first night in prison…

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September 2009
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News – CofE to axe clergy

CofE to axe clergy Spiralling costs in this recession have brought the Church of England to consider cutbacks in the number of senior posts, including bishops. This follows reports in June that trainee ministers were being turned away after studying for the ministry, owing to the tough financial climate.     At the General Synod meeting in…

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Missionary Spotlight – Iran today

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September 2009
Iran

Missionary Spotlight – Iran today

Iran today   In the Western world, even in our low times, we are never far from a spiritual oasis of fellowship that will revive the soul. The regular experience of our brethren in Iran is so different.      Here is a family who arrived late to our small gathering. The bus trip was…

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September 2009
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News – Daylight Christian Prison Ministries

Daylight Christian Prison Ministries Daylight Christian Prison Ministries has appointed Dr John Scott as its new Chief Executive Officer.      Since 2002, John and his wife Elizabeth have served in the ministry at Chelmsford Presbyterian Church. Prior to this, he was at Netley, Southampton, and has been a minister in England since 1995.     John, who…

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September 2009
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News – Calvin: the DVD

Calvin: the DVD A new DVD of Calvin's life and ministry has been produced by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland, in conjunction with Spinnaker Films.     The DVD aims to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his birth. In the DVD, several reformed ministers from around the world give insights into Calvin's early life and training,…

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September 2009
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News – Nigerian Muslims attack Christians

Nigerian Muslims attack Christians In early August, Muslims belonging to the fanatical Islamic sect called Boko Haram attacked police in several cities and towns in Nigeria, especially at Maiduguri in the northeastern state of Borno.      These attacks were met with a strong police response, including, it is alleged, the extrajudicial killing of the leader of…

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September 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Psalm 96

Psalm 96 The Lord is great, so praise his nameAnd fear him above all.He made the heavens and the earth,In praise before him fall. Honour and majesty are hisAnd strength and beauty too.So peoples of the world give himThe glory that's his due. O worship him in holinessWhose beauty is so fair,And tremble too before his throne,He…

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September 2009
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News – Iraq

Iraq Four Palestinian Christians lost their lives when a terrorist car bomb exploded near the Notre Dame church in Palestine Street, in Iraq. The blast wounded 21 people, fifteen of whom were professing Christians.      During a bloody month for Christians in this war-torn country, at least eleven other people were wounded in explosions at…

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September 2009
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News – Indian persecution

Indian persecution A mob has attacked a group of believers in Orissa, India, who had refused to take part in a Hindu religious festival.     The Christian community decided to stay at home instead of honouring the Hindu gods, but villagers became angry that the Christians did not contribute financially to or get involved in the…

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Ramadan

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September 2009
Cults and other religions

Ramadan

Ramadan Ramadan, the Muslims' month of fasting, starts on Saturday 22 August and continues until Saturday 19 September. Fasting during Ramadan is Islam's 'fourth pillar of worship'. Adult Muslims, except for the sick and those travelling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex from first light until sunset.      Ramadan brings out a feeling of emotional…

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Sooty and the universe

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September 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Sooty and the universe

Sooty and the universe   An edited extract from Edgar Andrews' forthcoming book Who made God?to be published by EP Books in September.   In an interview for the London Times, the novelist and science-fiction writer Iain Banks declared himself as follows: 'I'm an evangelical atheist; religions are cultural artefacts. We make God, not…

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September 2009
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News – Apes will never be like us

Apes will never be like us Primates may be able to imitate, but they are unable to innovate - which is why they will never become like humans, a New Scientist report has revealed.      In a blow to evolutionary scientists, who claim that humans evolved from primates, researchers in Germany have identified as 'uniquely human'…

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September 2009
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News – Sri Lanka update

Sri Lanka update Pastor K. Muraleetharan wrote some weeks ago:     Although Sri Lanka's civil war is over, we still observe some violence and threats, and abductions occurring here and there. People sometimes unaccountably disappear. Those who had links with Tamil militants are being taken to prison, including even high government officials.      The present violence…

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News – Calvin the preacher

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August 2009
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News – Calvin the preacher

Calvin the preacher Nearly 500 people marked the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth when they attended the 2009 Evangelical Library lecture, at Bethesda Baptist Church in Kensington Place, London.      The lecture was given by Dr Derek Thomas, professor of systematic and practical theology at the Reformed Theological Seminary, Mississippi, who spoke on 'The majesty…

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God praised for the Reformation

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August 2009
Articles > Historical

God praised for the Reformation

God praised for the Reformation  1.  Great God we bless Thee for Thy work      In Reformation days; We name the men whom Thou didst use,     But Thy great Name we praise!We love to hear of Calvin's toil,     Or Luther's fearless stand,But these were only tools employed     By Thine almighty hand. 2.  In England, Wycliffe's…

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August 2009
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News – Cape Town 2010

Cape Town 2010  At its biennial leadership meeting in Korea in June, the Lausanne Movement named the expositors for Cape Town 2010. This third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance, will take place from 16-25October 2010.Doug Birdsall, chairman of the Lausanne Movement, stated that the six Bible…

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What is evangelicalism?

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August 2009
Articles > Historical

What is evangelicalism?

What is evangelicalism?  Robert Strivens, principal of London Theological Seminary, reviews a book that takes issue with the current historical consensus on evangelicalism. Most historians have been clear about this question, in their own minds at least, for the last 20 years. They define evangelicalism as a movement that has four distinctive features - a…

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More than a cliché?

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August 2009
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More than a cliché?

More than a cliché? After 94 years of faithful Bible ministry Girl Crusaders Union (GCU) is having to close. A lack of young leaders - less than ten under the age of 40 in London - has forced GCU to close its doors in its present guise. On asking some of the young girls in…

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August 2009
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News – Blow to bloggers

Blow to bloggers Bloggers are at risk of having their secret identities revealed, after the High Court in London ruled that they have no right to privacy under British law.       The decision came after a court case brought by theTimes newspaper against a police officer whose blog on crime-fighting in the UK became so…

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August 2009
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News – Cambodia Action

Cambodia Action         In 1973 those attending the Keswick Convention heard a heartfelt plea from Taing Chhirc for British Christians to support the young and struggling church in Cambodia. As a result of this appeal, the mission agency SAO Cambodia was formed.     Tragically, Chhirc, who returned to church leadership in Phnom Penh the following year,…

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August 2009
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News – Digital risk to teens

Digital risk to teens Pre-teenage girls are susceptible to sexual imagery in a far greater way than many parents realise, according to Christian social think-tank the Jubilee Centre.      At a recent seminar, leading Australian author and women's advocate Melinda Tankard Reist warned parents that up to one in five teenagers are exchanging nude and…

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August 2009
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News – Dutch faith school

Dutch faith school  A Christian school in the Netherlands that dismissed a teacher who 'came out' as a practising homosexual had its action upheld by the Council of State.      The Council, the highest advisory body in the Netherlands, declared that although the Government was committed to equal opportunities across all walks of life,…

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Imprisoned (1)

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August 2009
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Imprisoned (1)

Imprisoned 'I can see no alternative but to sentence you to eight months. Take him down'. My head was numb, I felt physically sick as the court guards took an arm each and led me downstairs to the Crown Court cells. I felt so many emotions at once: anger, frustration, loneliness, but most of all…

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News – Newquay

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August 2009
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News – Newquay

Newquay Believers from Cornwall and beyond gathered recently at Newquay Reformed Baptist Church to give thanks to God for two blessings - the church's new extension and the 30th anniversary of Pastor Alan Mace. The service was led by Rev. Hywel Roberts, formerly of Penzance Baptist Church and a long-time friend of the Newquay church.…

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August 2009
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News – Be Faithful

Be Faithful The high-profile launch of Be Faithful, the inaugural gathering of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), took place on 6 July. It was attended by over 900 delegates.     The launch comes in the wake of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem, held in June 2008, when a statement of orthodox beliefs…

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August 2009
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News – Britons fear death

Britons fear death Half of all people in the UK admit to fearing death, according to a survey commissioned by theology think-tank Theos.     Research carried out by ComRes of more than 1000 UK adults revealed that 20 per cent are afraid both of death and of the way they may die, while a further 30…

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Missionary Spotlight – Light and shade in Cuba

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August 2009
Cuba

Missionary Spotlight – Light and shade in Cuba

Light and shade in Cuba   Ten years ago, there was a significant increase in active evangelicalism in Cuba; paradoxically, following the Pope’s visit there in 1998. The Protestant Christians responded to his visit by organising their own series of gatherings – part of one of the first such public displays of religious fervour…

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August 2009
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News – Brand new principal for college

Brand new principal for college The Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh has appointed Rev. John Brand to the position of principal. John Brand had been the college's vice-principal for the past two years and succeeds former principal Rev. Dr Sandy Roger.      After training at Glasgow's Bible Training Institute, Rev. Brand ministered in two churches…

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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly

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August 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Battling with technopoly

Battling with technopoly Guest Column A couple of years ago I asked my wife for a portable Global Positioning System device, also known as a 'GPS'. A GPS device allows you to identify your exact location by means of satellite system. It prevents you getting lost when hiking, camping, hunting or fishing. It allows you to…

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News – Grand Canyon raft trip

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August 2009
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News – Grand Canyon raft trip

Grand Canyon raft trip  Andy McIntosh recounts a unique opportunity to see first-hand the effects of the global Flood on the rocks of the Grand Canyon. Twenty-eight 'Brits' went on two rafts down the mighty Colorado river this June, under the leadership of Tom and Paula Vail of Canyon Ministries (www.canyonministries.com).      The towering sediments,…

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August 2009
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News – Evangelical Times editors

Evangelical Times editors The Evangelical Times management board hereby expresses deep gratitude and appreciation to Professor Edgar Andrews for his distinguished work for ET over many years. He has ably served this newspaper as an editor, consulting editor, director and chairman, and in addition written many edifying, Christ-centred articles to the blessing of its readers.…

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Substance abuse

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August 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Substance abuse

Substance abuse  Dr John Latham of Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) explains how hard it is for substance mis-users to break free of their addiction. 'Freedom is a word I seldom use without meaning', sang Bob Dylan.      But freedom is a word frequently used in Scripture to describe the effect God has on individual believers:…

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News – New pastor for Rainham

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August 2009
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News – New pastor for Rainham

New pastor for RainhamOn a glorious Saturday afternoon on 30 May, Daniel Hawkes was inducted to the pastorate of the Granary Church, Rainham, Kent.      It might not have looked a positive move to some, as according to the Granary it was 'not attractive to a prospective pastor being unable to offer a living…

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August 2009
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News – Atheist camps

Atheist camps  The Daily Telegraph reports that Richard Dawkins has helped set up an atheist summer camp where children will be taught rational scepticism and sing John Lennon's Imagine alongside the more traditional activities of canoeing and swimming.      According to the Telegraph, Richard Dawkins, who stepped down from his post at Oxford University…

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August 2009
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News – Lords back free speech

Lords back free speech  The Government has been defeated in the House of Lords over its attempt to repeal a free speech protection from a sexual orientation 'hatred' law.     Peers voted on 9 July, by 186 to 133, to keep the protection in place. The matter will be passed back to the House of…

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August 2009
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News – Human sperm creation

Human sperm creation In a move redolent of Aldous Huxley's Brave new world, scientists from Newcastle University and the NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute claim to have created human sperm from embryonic stem cells for the first time.      The stated aim of their procedure was to help understand better the causes of infertility and…

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August 2009
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News – Canterbury

Canterbury October 2009 will see, God willing, the launch of Emmanuel Church, Canterbury, in the city's old synagogue (it is now a recital room owned by the King's School).       With the help and support of Iain Broomfield of the South East Gospel Partnership and Eric Harmer, pastor of Barton Evangelical Church on the other side…

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The New Guilt

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August 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The New Guilt

The New Guilt When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they immediately embarked on a course of guilt-evasion. They made coverings for themselves and hid from God (Genesis 3:7-8). They then denied all responsibility, by trying to deflect guilt onto others (Genesis 3:12-13). The ensuing course of human history demonstrates that the human race has continued in…

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August 2009
Cuba

Cuba fact file

Cuba fact file   Cuba lies at the gateway to the Americas, in the Caribbean. It is made up of nearly 4000 different islands. First discovered by Columbus in 1492, it has been hotly contested over the centuries by the Spanish, British and Americans, until it declared independence from Spain in 1868 and then…

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Comment – A higher law

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August 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – A higher law

A higher law The expenses scandal concerning UK MPs has even made it in the press here in Kenya. It's interesting to read of the widescale outrage reported on the UK's press web sites, and led by those same newspapers. Right across the spectrum, people of all shapes and stripes of ideological opinion are agreed…

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August 2009
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News – Ebenezer, Bangor, 40th anniversary

Ebenezer, Bangor, 40th anniversary It was in October 1969 that two small groups of believers, several of them students from the University of Wales, Bangor, began to meet for Bible study and prayer, because they could not find a truly evangelical church in the city.      Almost immediately, these two groups joined forces and soon…

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Historical

August 2009
Articles > Historical

Evacuee

Evacuee This month is the 70th anniversary of the start of civilian evacuations from British cities, during World War II. It was the greatest movement of people ever known in the United Kingdom. Operation Pied Piper swung into effect on 31 August 1939, with the command: 'Evacuate forthwith'. In the first days of September, an estimated…

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August 2009
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News – Abortion adverts

Abortion adverts Pleas for a ban on adverts promoting abortion have been presented en masse to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). This follows reports in June that YouTube banned a graphic NHS advert, aimed at teenagers, which promoted the use of contraception.     Following a wide-scale consultation by the ASA's broadcasting arm - the Broadcast Committee…

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August 2009
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News – Calvin at 500

Calvin at 500 Who is the man behind the hype? This is what a two-day conference in May aimed to find out, as it explored the life, work and faith of John Calvin.     Nearly 60 delegates - a mixture of ministers and laity - attended the conference organised and hosted by the Reformed Theological College…

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News – LTS 2009

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August 2009
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News – LTS 2009

LTS 2009  Could there be a better time to train for the ministry? The London Theological Seminary (LTS) end of year service on 13 June would certainly suggest that the coming decade is an opportune time to study for a lifetime of full-time Christian service.      Options for training today range much wider than…

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August 2009
General

Engaging with mission

Engaging with mission   In this article on the church and mission, Daniel Grimwade takes a final look at being so missionary-minded that we are of great earthly use.   In previous articles, we have examined five principles about mission taught in Scripture: mission begins with God, who has chosen to save sinners; conscious…

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News – Jesus fruit

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August 2009
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News – Jesus fruit

Jesus fruit More than 100 ladies of all ages attended the seventh annual ladies' day at Thornton Heath Evangelical Church in South London.     It was a good opportunity for Christian ladies from more than 15 different churches to meet, bring along their friends, and be encouraged by joining together in praise, fellowship and friendship around…

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August 2009
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News – Iranian reprisals

Iranian reprisals Calls for prayer for Iranian Christians have increased, alongside concerns that they will be targeted in the aftermath of anti-government protests.      Christians are always under surveillance by Iranian police. In May, the Middle East Reformed Fellowship reported that one young Christian couple were summoned by the secret police and received a suspended…

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The seal of the Holy Spirit

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August 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The seal of the Holy Spirit

The seal of the Holy Spirit The full-orbed Christian doctrine of God takes us to the doctrine of the holy Trinity, that is, that the one true God exists and has eternally existed in the three persons of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Of these three divine persons, the Holy Spirit has been,…

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Missionary Spotlight – A mountain of miracles

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August 2009
Cuba

Missionary Spotlight – A mountain of miracles

A mountain of miracles   Simoney Girard reflects on miracles, small and large, experienced during a charity trek in Cuba this summer.   If there were two biblical texts that could sum up the Cuban trek they would be Matthew 6:25-34 and Psalm 8. Through the events of the trip and the continual presence…

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News – Covent Garden Evangelical Church

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August 2009
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News – Covent Garden Evangelical Church

Covent Garden Evangelical Church   'Are you good enough for Heaven?' That's the title of a new evangelistic card produced by Covent Garden Evangelical Church for use on the doorsteps and streets of London's West End. The aim is to provoke people to think for at least a moment about the realities of life…

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August 2009
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News – Council prayers

Council prayers  A UK town council is under threat of legal action, after one of its councillors complained about prayers traditionally held before its meetings.     The Christian Institute (CI) revealed that Green Party councillor Enda Farrell called for the prayers at Kendal's town council meetings to be scrapped or held in a different room.…

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News – Assisted dying

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August 2009
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News – Assisted dying

Assisted dying  The House of Lords rejected, on 7 July, a bid to allow relatives to help terminally ill people travel abroad to die, following an impassioned plea by a severely disabled peer. Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, told how doctors had tried to persuade her that her…

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August 2009
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News – Pilgrim Tabernacle conference

Pilgrim Tabernacle conference The sin of resentment, deliverance from depression, and 'good things', were the three subjects of the 4th Pilgrim Tabernacle ladies' conference.      Held at Eldon Road Baptist Church in May, the one-day conference drew more than 60 ladies to hear spiritual messages and share fellowship.     Ruth Kay from Barnstaple spoke about the…

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Preaching to postmoderns

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August 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Preaching to postmoderns

Preaching to postmoderns It is easy to think that ours is a unique period in history. But when Solomon observed that 'there is nothing new under the sun' (Ecclesiastes 1:9) he wasn't referring to Sat Navs or particle accelerators, but reminding us that history often repeats itself. This repetition is seen in the re-emergence of philosophical…

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August 2009
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News – Chinese challenges

Chinese challenges The Chinese church is facing significant development issues that are hindering the spread of the gospel.     News reports from Pray for China reveal that despite more than 1000 graduates from eighteen theological seminaries going out to Chinese mission fields each year, there are huge areas of rural land unreached by the gospel.     …

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Beauty

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August 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Beauty

Beauty The beauty industry is one of the largest money-spinners of all time, with its cosmetics, its make-overs, its plastic surgery, its spas and the like. But such shallow beauty is far from the beauty I want to look at. Is there a theology of beauty in the Bible? I believe there is. God is…

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August 2009
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News – Irish child abuse

Irish child abuse  A silent march took place in Dublin in the wake of the controversial Ryan Report on the seriousness and scale of child abuse in Ireland's religious institutions.     Primarily focusing on the Catholic Church, but encompassing other organisations too, the Ryan Report showed that 216 religious foundations had committed or condoned child…

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August 2009
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News – Church thief

Church thief  A Church of England treasurer embezzled almost £12,000 from parish funds in order to keep her cheating husband sweet.     Deborah Stanger wrote her own name on blank cheques given to her by the vicar to pay church bills. As reported in the Daily Telegraph, Stanger was attempting to buy back the love…

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News – Serving God at work

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August 2009
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News – Serving God at work

Serving God at work On the very warm summer's day of Saturday 27 June, Christians at Work met together for their annual conference at the Independent Chapel in Spicer Street, St Albans. This was a great venue for our special day of the year.      The guest speaker was Dr John Temple, a well respected…

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August 2009
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News – Family breakdown

Family breakdown The breakdown of family life has dire consequences for the whole of society, according to a leading family judge.     Mr Justice Coleridge, a Family Division judge, spoke to the Family Holiday Association at Westminster and said that the ramifications of family break-up on the wider society could no longer be ignored.     Reported in…

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Christian literature

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August 2009
General

Christian literature

Christian literature   Christians should love literature because God loves literature. He used literature to reveal himself to us. His holy counsel came in written form. He is the most important author of the most important book — the Book of books!   Consider what past servants of the Lord said about books. C.…

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The blood of Jesus Christ

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August 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The blood of Jesus Christ

The blood of Jesus Christ   'Without the shedding of blood', says Hebrews 9:22, 'there is no remission' of sin. From the earliest days of human history God sought to impress upon people that his way of salvation involved blood redemption. The first blood shed on earth (when God provided animal skins for the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious

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August 2009
Cuba

Missionary Spotlight – Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious

Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious   The United States’ closest island neighbour is Cuba, that mysterious and enchanting country which Christopher Columbus first set foot on when he discovered the Americas. Columbus is the boast of Cuba for having declared: Estaes la tierra más hermosa que los ojos humanos han visto [‘This is the most…

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News – The Church of England – Catholic or reformed?

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August 2009
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News – The Church of England – Catholic or reformed?

The Church of England - Catholic or reformed? Church Society met in May for its annual conference at High Leigh. The aim was to determine whether the fundamental nature of the CofE is Catholic (i.e. unreformed) or reformed. The speakers asked to tackle this subject were Roger Beckwith, former warden of Latimer House, Oxford; Lee…

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Review

July 2009
Reviews > Book

Let God arise

My reading of this book reminded me of the prophecy of Daniel – ‘Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever’ (Daniel 12:3). The author selects people who once spread gospel light throughout Britain and were…

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News – Rev. John Waite (1925–2009)

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July 2009
Obituaries

News – Rev. John Waite (1925–2009)

Rev. John Waite (1925–2009) I first met Mr and Mrs Waite as a student in Sheffield, when I attended the homely, little, red, corrugated-clad church on Hickmott Road. They made me welcome in their home from that day on. Little did I imagine how important that church, that home, or that man was to become…

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July 2009
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News – US opposition to abortion rises

US opposition to abortion rises The latest US survey shows that the US is more opposed to abortion than for several years, marking a significant shift in opinion in recent years.     The Gallup poll, when first conducted in 1995, revealed that abortion was supported by 56 per cent of the population, with 33 per cent…

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Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka’s painful aftermath

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July 2009
Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka’s painful aftermath

Sri Lanka’s painful aftermath   On 19 May the President of Sri Lanka declared the 25-year-old civil war between the Sinhalese government forces and LTTE (Tamil Tigers) officially ended. The Tamil Tigers were defeated after a conflict in which more than 80,000 lives were lost and 1.2 million people displaced.   Now a major…

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July 2009
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News – Fit for a King

Fit for a King The Royal Show is in its last year, as the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) cannot afford to keep the show going at its Warwickshire site.      However, witnessing for the King of kings has been strong at the Royal Show since 1971, right up to the end. The organisers…

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July 2009
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News – Christians increase vote in EU election

Christians increase vote in EU election The Christian Party and Christian People's Alliance increased their share of the vote to come eighth in the European Parliament election.      The parties, who fielded joint candidate lists, received a total of 249,493 votes, or 1.6 per cent of votes cast. In London, the Christian parties picked up…

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News – Thanksgiving at WEST

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July 2009
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News – Thanksgiving at WEST

Thanksgiving at WEST The thanksgiving service at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) in Bryntirion was held, to the accompaniment of heavy rain showers, on Saturday 16 May.      A large number of friends, family and supporters attended the service. The principal, Jonathan Stephen, led the meeting and referred to the passing of Rev. John…

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News – Tour to remember

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July 2009
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News – Tour to remember

Tour to rememberMore than 100 members of Italy's evangelical churches took part in a weekend tour of the places where Calvin lived and committed himself to the Reformation.     The tour, organised by the Evangelical Reformed Baptist Churches Association in Italy (CERBI), was to mark 500 years since Calvin's birth. While not worshipping the man…

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Comment – What a mess!

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July 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – What a mess!

What a mess! The news has been full of it - the scandal over MPs' excessive and inappropriate expenses claims. It has plunged Parliament into disrepute. But we're not surprised. Our nation has lost its way morally.  Basically, it has turned its back on Christianity. The Bible no longer has a place in public life.…

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The Holy Trinity

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July 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity Glory be to God the Father,Glory be to God the Son,Glory be to God the Spirit,Great Jehovah, Three in One:Glory, glory,While eternal ages run! The doctrine of the divine Trinity is a fundamental Christian belief and distinctive. The doctrine is often regarded as the touchstone of Christian orthodoxy. All false religions, cults and…

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria

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July 2009
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria

Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria   Our seventh annual Reformed Bible Conference in Port Harcourt saw 209 pastors and 60 others from twenty different churches gather together.   Before it even started, we were able to enjoy ministry from Chris Buss (Metropolitan Tabernacle, London). He preached to thirty seminary students on: ‘Teaching believers about…

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July 2009
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News – Trans World Radio

Trans World Radio Trans World Radio (TWR) has completed a major antenna upgrade to North Africa. This improves both coverage and signal strength, increasing the number of potential listeners in the region to 40 million people.      Prior to the modification, TWR's signal to many North African people groups, particularly those in the Northern Atlas…

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Missionary Spotlight – Western Ireland

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July 2009
Ireland

Missionary Spotlight – Western Ireland

Western Ireland   Mayo is the Irish Republic’s third largest county and well known for its beautiful scenery, rolling hills and rugged coast line. The county is home to Ireland’s ‘holy mountain’ and its premier Marian shrine.   According to tradition, the mountain just outside Westport is where Saint Patrick spent 40 days and…

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July 2009
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News – Misery for Pakistani Christians

Misery for Pakistani Christians  Aid groups estimate that nearly 2 million people have been displaced by fighting between the Taliban and the Pakistani military in Swat, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.      Hundreds of professing Christian families are among those in need because of the discrimination they suffer in daily life and even now…

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July 2009
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News – Raised hands and firearms

Raised hands and firearms An Assemblies of God pastor in the US is inviting his congregation to bring their guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment.      Pentecostal New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky, is welcoming 'responsible handgun owners' to wear their firearms inside the church building. A church…

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Youth Supplement – Delivered from doubt

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Delivered from doubt

Delivered from doubt Because my parents are Christians, I've been going to church for my whole life and grew up hearing the gospel. I knew from an early age that I needed to be a Christian to go to heaven, and can remember praying when I was about 5 years old - 'Dear God, please…

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Youth Supplement – A shack-full of heresies

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – A shack-full of heresies

A shack-full of heresies William P. Young's book The shack (Hodder and Stoughton) has become a best-seller. Yet it is full of false teachings. Here are some of them, with the biblical antidotes! 1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.  Because God's eyes are pure and cannot look on sin, the Bible says that God…

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Calvinism and evangelism: friends or foes?

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July 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Calvinism and evangelism: friends or foes?

Calvinism and evangelism: friends or foes? Some years ago I was leading a house party in Les Avants sur Montreux, Switzerland, when one of the guests asked what she may have thought was a 'killer question' - 'How do you reconcile election and evangelism?' I replied, 'Election is a doctrine we are called to believe and…

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July 2009
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News – NSPCC apology

NSPCC apology  The NSPCC has apologised after a spokesman suggested that home schooling may be a cover for child abuse cases such as that of Victoria Climbié.      The slur was made in February, when the children's charity commented on news that the Government was reviewing the law on home education. Vijay Patel, a…

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July 2009
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News – Anglicans hit by recession

Anglicans hit by recession The Church of England is turning away trainee clergy for the first time in its history, after losing £1.3 billion of investments in the financial crisis, according to the Daily Mail.     Up to 12 graduates of theological colleges will miss out on their ordination next month and may end up having…

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An impossible task – The gospel in Zechariah 4:6-10

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July 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

An impossible task – The gospel in Zechariah 4:6-10

An impossible task - The gospel in Zechariah 4:6-10  We know what happened. After the long reigns of David and Solomon, the nation divided into two parts - Israel and Judah - and each part went headlong into idolatry.      God sent them prophet after prophet to call them to repentance, but they refused…

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Youth Supplement – Getting to grips with Ezekiel

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Getting to grips with Ezekiel

Getting to grips with Ezekiel In my Bible readings, I have recently finished working through the book of Ezekiel. This is what I have discovered.  Ezekiel was given a difficult ministry. He was called to prophesy to a 'stubborn and obstinate people' - the exiles from Israel in Babylon, who didn't heed the words of…

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News – Six hundred at Scottish conference

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July 2009
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News – Six hundred at Scottish conference

Six hundred at Scottish conference The 20th annual Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) took place at Hamilton College, near Glasgow, on 9 May. Around 550-600 people, from various parts of Scotland and representing many different denominations, gathered to hear profound expositions of the Word of God. These were given by Rev. Prof. Sinclair B. Ferguson and…

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John Calvin on piety

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July 2009
Articles > Historical

John Calvin on piety

John Calvin's Institutes have earned him the title of 'the pre-eminent systematician of the Protestant Reformation'. His reputation as an intellectual, however, is often seen apart from the vital spiritual and pastoral context in which he wrote his theology. For Calvin, theological understanding and practical piety, truth and usefulness, are inseparable. Theology first of…

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July 2009
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News – Repeat abortions

Repeat abortions  This year's Government statistics reveal a record number of women having repeat abortions. One third of women who undergo abortions are on their second, third or even eighth pregnancy termination, new figures show.     The overall abortion count fell for the first time in a decade, although the Department of Health figures showed…

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News – What a weekend!

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July 2009
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News – What a weekend!

What a weekend! I am convinced that the UK needs young men more concerned about reaching the lost with the gospel than about whether the guitar is in tune or amplification working properly!      It was a pleasure, therefore, to join 80 young folk, men and women, motivated to make Christ known, at Speakers' Corner,…

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News – Grace Baptist women’s conference

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July 2009
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News – Grace Baptist women’s conference

Grace Baptist women's conference  Over 150 women gathered at Union Chapel in Bethersden, Kent, on Saturday 15 May for the 5th annual Grace Baptist Women's Association South East Women's Day Conference. Jane McNabb was the speaker and her subject 'Daylight at midnight - lessons from Esther'.     In session one, 'Setting the scene', Jane helpfully…

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July 2009
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News – BBC bias

BBC bias The BBC Trust has rejected complaints against a TV drama that showed a fanatical British Christian beheading a moderate Muslim. The offending episode of Bonekickers was aired in July 2008, sparking fresh claims of anti-Christian bias at the BBC.     The BBC Trust, a group of 'independent trustees acting in the public interest', rejected…

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Youth Supplement – Don’t listen to Rob Bell

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Don’t listen to Rob Bell

Don't listen to Rob Bell I thought I'd put my cards on the table in the title of this article. Do not listen to Rob Bell! A lot of people today are following this hip, trendy pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan. So I decided to get into him and listen to…

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Don’t neglect the powerhouse

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July 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Don’t neglect the powerhouse

Don't neglect the powerhouse Prayer is the powerhouse of the church. It is said that the spirituality of a church can be measured by the substance and demeanour of its weekly prayer meeting.  We need to ask ourselves if there is a genuine evangelistic concern. Is there a heartfelt longing for the conversion of the…

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Youth Supplement – Back to the Bible

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Back to the Bible

Back to the Bible   Did you ever wonder how and why the Protestant church was started? It happened when learned men of God attempted unsuccessfully to bring the Roman church back to the Bible, from which it had strayed.   John Wycliffe in England (1320-1384) insisted that Christ was the head of the…

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Guest Column – Two resurrections

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July 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Two resurrections

Two resurrections Guest Column Holy Scripture has its own rules for interpretation and only the Holy Spirit can open to anyone the true meaning of a passage or even of the whole Book. A passage may become a stumbling block if we ignore the main principle of biblical interpretation - namely, that the best interpreter of the…

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July 2009
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News – Maternal mortality

Maternal mortality New figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that better standard health care is needed to improve survival rates among mothers.      The World Health Statistics 2009 Report shows that the Republic of Ireland, where abortion is banned, has the lowest maternal mortality rate in the world (1 death per 100,000 live…

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July 2009
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News – Christian upsets watchdog

Christian upsets watchdog The head of Britain's equality watchdog appears to regret appointing an evangelical Christian as an equality commissioner - because it upset gay and atheist campaigners.      Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was asked about the appointment of Rev. Joel Edwards during a question and answer session at…

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July 2009
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News – Abortion cover-up

Abortion cover-up The Department of Health (DoH) has claimed that the recent murder of an American doctor justifies its refusal to publish detailed figures of UK abortions for minor disabilities. Dr George Tiller, known in the US for performing late-term abortions, was shot while at church.     At an information tribunal hearing, DoH personnel circulated reports…

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News – Ida-hype

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July 2009
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News – Ida-hype

Ida-hype In the last few weeks 'Ida' has dominated the scene with even David Attenborough telling us on television that she is a key link leading back to our monkey-like ancestor.      But the evolutionary scientists are not of one mind on this point; many have stated that this remarkably preserved fossil is not a…

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July 2009
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News – Tyndale House conferences

Tyndale House conferences  Churches in the UK are being helped to counter challenges to orthodox beliefs with a new series of one-day seminars.      Cambridge-based theological research centre Tyndale House is putting together the seminars to resource the church against post-modernist, secularist and atheist attitudes.      The aim is to give the church and…

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Youth Supplement – Myths about heaven

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Myths about heaven

Myths about heaven In 2008 'The Streets' released the first single from their eagerly awaited album, 'Everything is borrowed'. It was called 'Heaven for the weather' and the chorus went like this: 'I want to go to heaven for the weather, but hell for the company. I want to go to heaven for the weather,…

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News – Willis Metcalfe (1922-2009)

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July 2009
Obituaries

News – Willis Metcalfe (1922-2009)

Willis Metcalfe (1922-2009) Willis Metcalfe, a director of both Evangelical Press and Evangelical Times, went to be with the Lord on 8 June.      Converted to Christ as a twelve-year-old boy in the Methodist chapel at Snape near Bedale, he later undertook evangelistic training at Cliff College, Derbyshire, in 1947-48. He prepared for missionary work…

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News – Great Whyte Baptist Church

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July 2009
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News – Great Whyte Baptist Church

Great Whyte Baptist Church   Paul Adcock was inducted at Great Whyte Baptist Church in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday 9 May after two years of serving the church. The service began with the enthusiastic singing of Charles Wesley's hymn 'And can it be'. Peter Steward, a deacon, explained how David Woodard, an American church…

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Missionary Spotlight – French West Africa

Article

July 2009
Western Africa

Missionary Spotlight – French West Africa

French West Africa   I was recently in French West Africa. In Lomé, Togo, I had the joy of meeting Julien Naka, my Europresse (French EP Books) colleague. Paul N’Goran, from Ivory Coast, joined us the next day, along with Vincent Dua, a young preacher from his church. Vincent is quiet and shy –…

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July 2009
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News – Gay vicar voted in

Gay vicar voted in  The Church of Scotland has backed the appointment of divorced father-of-one and openly gay minister, Scott Rennie, to a parish in Aberdeen. The Kirk voted to uphold the appointment by 326 votes to 267, despite strong opposition by evangelicals within the denomination and a petition of 12,000 signatures.      The…

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July 2009
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News – Missionary set free in Nepal

Missionary set free in Nepal  Gospel for Asia native missionary Manja Tamang has been released from a Nepali prison after serving 9 years of a 20-year sentence. Manja was imprisoned in 2000 after being falsely accused of murder.     He was freed along with 13 others in his prison, and 120 others from jails around…

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News – Cromer Convention

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July 2009
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News – Cromer Convention

Cromer Convention  The sixth convention took place over a sunny Spring Bank Holiday weekend in May. Jon Davies, the pastor of Cromer Baptist Church, led each session welcoming the many visitors who joined the local congregation to hear pastors Achille Blaize (Stratford) and Hugh Collier (Great Ellingham) minister God's Word.     The meetings started on…

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The life and ministry of John Calvin – A quincentennial appreciation

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July 2009
Articles > Historical

The life and ministry of John Calvin – A quincentennial appreciation

The life and ministry of John Calvin - A quincentennial appreciation   John Calvin (1509-1564) was the most self-effacing of the Reformers. Only three times in his life, for instance, did he feel impelled to be autobiographical in works destined for public consumption - in his Reply to Sadoleto (1539), in the preface to…

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July 2009
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News – Nurse persecuted

Nurse persecuted  A nurse has been sacked after advising two pretend patients to find God, during a role play session on a training course. According to the Daily Telegraph, Anand Rao, who has been a nurse for 40 years, advised two women playing the roles of patients to turn to God.     He is now…

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July 2009
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News – STIs among children

STIs among children There has been a 58 per cent increase in cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) amongst under-16s in the last five years.     According to national health bodies, the number of STIs among youngsters rose by 58 per cent from 2,474 in 2003 to 3,913 in 2007. This significant increase among young people…

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Article

July 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Trust

Trust 'Safe as houses' they used to say. But that was in days when 'It's in the bank' was still a statement of confidence. House prices have dived and banks have gone bust. It's not a happy picture. 'Safe as houses' they used to say. But that was in days when 'It's in the bank'…

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July 2009
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News – Alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse  Nearly 25 per cent of UK adults are risking their health through hazardous drinking, according to the NHS Information Service.     Its figures estimate that a third of men and one-sixth of women are drinking at a level which puts them at risk of physical or psychological harm.      Within that group are harmful drinkers…

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Youth Supplement – Evangelism & the law

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Evangelism & the law

Evangelism & the law I am fifteen years old and have grown up in a Christian home. When I was seven, my mom shared the 'gospel' with me and asked if I would like to 'pray a prayer'. As a young child, of course, I said yes and thought I was a Christian. I knew…

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Article

June 2009
Evangelistic

The last enemy

The last enemy As the weeks have rolled on since Easter, with its glad remembrance of the Saviour's triumph over death, ET's editors have been forcibly reminded of the reality of that last great enemy. An unprecedented number of death notices have been e-mailed in to us and now appear as tributes and obituaries on…

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News – Albanian conference

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June 2009
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News – Albanian conference

Albanian conference   In March, for the third time, we joined Grace Church in Tirana for a joint Fjala and Shepherd's Conference. 'Fjala' means 'the Word' in Albanian. Joining Stuart Olyott from the UK were two speakers from the USA - Scott Ardavanis, who gave three expositions of 1 Thessalonians 1, and Richard Hamlet.…

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Article

June 2009
Book

Summer reading

Summer reading Summer reading is important to the book trade because publishers know people like to take a book on holiday. Perhaps the latest thriller or a beginner's guide to a new hobby will make it into the travel case. Or maybe this will be an opportunity to finally finish the book that has been…

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News – A tribute to Jim Gough (1942–2009)

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June 2009
Obituaries

News – A tribute to Jim Gough (1942–2009)

A tribute to Jim Gough (1942–2009) Shelby and I met Jim and Eileen Gough two years ago in England. Our hearts were immediately welded together in the sweet fellowship of the gospel. The Lord took our friend home to glory this early May.      Jim Gough was a cherished friend and faithful servant of God.…

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June 2009
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News – Poverty is killing children

Poverty is killing children More than 25,000 young children die each day across the world, yet most of these deaths are preventable.      In some countries, such as Sierra Leone, Niger and Angola, one child in four dies before their fifth birthday. In a country such as Vietnam, a child from the poorest 20 per cent…

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Article

June 2009
Obituaries

News – Dr James Hudson Taylor III (1929-2009)

Dr James Hudson Taylor III (1929-2009) James Hudson Taylor III, mission statesman and great-grandson of the founder of the China Inland Mission (now OMF International), died on 20 March in Hong Kong. He was 79.     James was born in 1929 in Kaifeng, where his parents were missionaries of the Free Methodist Church. When 12, he…

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The 1857 Day of Humiliation – Spurgeon’s sermons

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June 2009
Articles > Historical

The 1857 Day of Humiliation – Spurgeon’s sermons

  The 1857 Day of Humiliation   The 1857 Day of Humiliation — Spurgeon’s sermons   The Great Exhibition of 1851 saw Victorian Britain at the pinnacle of self-confidence. The brain-child of Albert, the Prince Consort, it proved a stunning success. Six million people flocked to see the accumulated wonders of British technology and…

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Charles Darwin, the man

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June 2009
Articles > Historical

Charles Darwin, the man

Charles Darwin, the man   Who was this man who, by his book, changed so much of the world's thinking - not just in biology but in allied sciences, sociology, politics, economics and even religion?   His biographers describe him as sensitive and mild-mannered, but his ideas have caused heated battles between his supporters…

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TV Review – Darwin’s dangerous idea – Andrew Marr – BBC TV

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June 2009
Reviews > DVD

TV Review – Darwin’s dangerous idea – Andrew Marr – BBC TV

TV review   Darwin's dangerous idea   Andrew Marr BBC TV (Broadcast March 2009)   Some readers will recall that Andrew Marr nominated Charles Darwin as his 'Greatest Briton' in a BBC series several years ago. He claimed then that '[Darwin] is destined to be the prophet and guide of the next few hundred…

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News – Sorrow for Philippines pastor

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June 2009
Obituaries

News – Sorrow for Philippines pastor

Sorrow for Philippines pastor Three children of a pastor were burned to death in an accidental house fire in the Philippines. Pastor Ogie was leading a Bible study one night when his wife, Gina, stepped out of the house to visit a friend, leaving the four children as they slept.     However, as they have no…

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News – Scarborough’s spiritual desert

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June 2009
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News – Scarborough’s spiritual desert

Scarborough's spiritual desert It may be a bustling town, but Scarborough is spiritually starving, with many empty and disused church buildings in its busy streets.     With its population of 50,000, Scarborough is the largest holiday town on Yorkshire's east coast, but despite this huge harvest field, it has no reformed evangelical church.     In years gone…

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June 2009
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News – Tory murder gaffe

Tory murder gaffe  A senior Tory MP joked about murdering Carrie Prejean, 21, this year's Miss California, on the BBC comedy show Have I got news for you.     Alan Duncan MP, shadow leader of the House of Commons, appeared on the programme on Friday 24 April. In a sequence about Carrie Prejean, the MP…

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June 2009
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News – Court rejects pyre plea

Court rejects pyre plea A Hindu seeking the legal right to be cremated on an open-air funeral pyre has lost his appeal in London's High Court.      The 70-year-old from Newcastle-upon-Tyne was trying to overturn a 2006 decision by Newcastle City Council, which ruled that the traditional Hindu religious practice of funeral pyre burning was…

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June 2009
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News – Adult TV a risk to children

Adult TV a risk to children Children who view TV programmes aimed at adults are more likely to engage in sexual activity earlier in life, researchers have found.      A study has concluded that the younger children were exposed to TV shows with adult content, the sooner they became sexually active during adolescence. Children who…

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Whatever happened to church faithfulness?

Article

June 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Whatever happened to church faithfulness?

Whatever happened to church faithfulness? 'On one occasion, [Michael] Faraday lectured to a distinguished panel of scientists. The Prince of Wales (after Edward VII) was present. For an hour Faraday held his audience spellbound as he demonstrated the nature and properties of the magnet'. 'His lecture closed with a demonstration that brought the house…

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News – Banner Conference 2009

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June 2009
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News – Banner Conference 2009

Banner Conference 2009 A few days before the conference, I was on a plane flicking through their in-flight magazine. I found little of interest until my eye registered a picture that seemed right out of context. It was the profile of John Calvin!      What was Calvin doing in such a setting? It was an…

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June 2009
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News – Web retailing

Web retailing  Internet retailers are failing to ensure young people cannot buy age-restricted goods.      Charities and children's groups have called for legislation to force retailers to do more to protect children after a survey found blatant breaches of safeguards.     Trading standards officers from Greenwich Council conducted a survey on a number of web…

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June 2009
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News – Israeli injustice

Israeli injustice  More than a year has passed since the attempted murder of teenager Ami Ortiz, the son of a Messianic Jewish pastor in Ariel.     The speed of Ami's recovery has been astonishing, almost miraculous; but what is more astonishing is that the police have not arrested a single person for the attack against…

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ETI in Sierra Leone

Article

June 2009
Sierra Leone

ETI in Sierra Leone

ETI in Sierra Leone   On my most recent visit to Sierra Leone, taking Pastors’ Conferences for PTI (Pastor Training International) I met Samuel Suluku. He is a young man that my home church, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Swansea, are privileged to support by paying for copies of Evangelical Times International (ETI) to be sent…

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News – Sir Marcus Loane

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June 2009
Articles > General > Obituaries

News – Sir Marcus Loane

Sir Marcus Loane   Sir Marcus Loane, KBE, DD, MA, died in Sydney on 14 April after a brief illness. He was 97. Born in Tasmania, he grew up in Sydney and was educated at The King's School, Parramatta, Sydney University, and Moore Theological College. He taught at Moore for many years. After war…

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Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims (2)

Article

June 2009
Islam

Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims (2)

Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims (2)   Islam is a familiar presence in most Western countries today and, like Christians, Muslims carry a responsibility to share their faith. There are now some 3,000,000 Muslims and over 200 mosques in the UK, while 2,000,000 copies of Muslim newspapers are published here daily.   All…

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News – Pierre Courthial (1914-2009)

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June 2009
Obituaries

News – Pierre Courthial (1914-2009)

Pierre Courthial (1914-2009) Pierre Courthial, who was a pastor in the Reformed Church of France and the founder and honorary dean of the Reformed Seminary in Aix-en-Provence, passed into the presence of the Lord in Paris on 23 April.     A memorial service was held, on Saturday 2 May, in the Eglise de l'Annonciation, Passy, where…

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June 2009
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News – Ladette culture

Ladette culture  The percentage of women who binge drink has doubled since the 1990s, with 15 per cent of women now bingeing on alcohol each week.      Research by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and Oxford Brookes University found that average alcohol consumption had risen for both men and women since the mid-1990s.     The studies…

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The local church in practice

Article

June 2009
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The local church in practice

The local church in practice In previous articles I have argued that the local church is to be a reflection of the bride of Christ that she will become in glory. She is to be full of life, righteous, evangelistic, and above all Christ-centred. But I want to end this short series on the local church…

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June 2009
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News – Atheists target schools

Atheists target schools An atheist group is planning to recruit school children to teach them how to damage religious activity in schools.     Children will be encouraged to undermine the role of Christian assemblies and the way religious education is taught. They will also be trained to lobby local authorities about these issues.     The National Federation…

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June 2009
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News – Kirk votes on gay minister

Kirk votes on gay minister The Church of Scotland is preparing to debate the appointment of an openly gay minister.      According to BBC Scotland, there is a possibility of a mass walkout by members if the General Assembly does not overturn the decision to appoint the Rev. Scott Rennie as minister of Queen's Cross…

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Serving seniors

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June 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Serving seniors

Serving seniors 'What can I do to serve the Lord?' It is a question often asked by older people who still want to serve God.  Sunday school teaching and leadership positions may have been taken over by younger members of the congregation. Out of loving concern, they may say, 'You have worked hard in the…

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News – Open-air outreach

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June 2009
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News – Open-air outreach

Open-air outreach How are the unchurched millions in Britain going to hear the good news of Jesus Christ? The Open-Air Mission (OAM) has found that city centres provide a wonderful opportunity for presenting the gospel message clearly and simply.     It has been fruitful to work alongside local churches and experience has proved that people will…

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June 2009
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News – BNP seeks Christian support

BNP seeks Christian support Christian groups including British Messianic Jews are dismayed that the British National Party (BNP) appears to be trying a new tactic of supporting Israel in the run-up to European Elections.      The strategy seems to be that by supporting Israel the party will win sympathy from those who are also concerned…

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June 2009
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News – Pakistan’s misery

Pakistan's misery  Thousands of civilians are being displaced from the Swat Valley region in Pakistan. The Pakistani army has recently engaged Taliban Islamists and claims to have killed scores of militants in fierce fighting.     Pakistan has urged residents of the Swat Valley to leave, while its warplanes have pounded the Taliban-held valley and surrounding…

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June 2009
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News – Papal syncretism

Papal syncretism  An estimated 20,000 people filled a Jordanian sports stadium as the Pope celebrated the first open-air mass of his Middle East tour. Pope Benedict XVI urged Middle East Catholics to persevere in their faith despite hardships threatening the existence of their ancient communities.     Earlier, the Pope visited a mosque in an attempt…

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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines

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June 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines

Ministering to the poor in Cubao, Philippines   It’s Thursday night again and time for the Drop-in Centre. It’s strange remembering back to when we started more than five years ago.   Tonight I’m on the gate checking who comes in and whether they are allowed to attend. Plenty of people from the slums,…

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Missionary Spotlight – The Reformed Faith in St Lucia

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June 2009
Saint Lucia

Missionary Spotlight – The Reformed Faith in St Lucia

The Reformed Faith in St Lucia   St Lucia today is dominated by the Catholic Church, but Baptist work started during the mid-1940s with missionaries from Baptist Mid-Missions of North Carolina, USA. Several churches were established, including First Baptist Church in the main city Castries, Grace Baptist Church in the community of Bexon, and…

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News – Rev. Timothy Tow (1920-2009)

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June 2009
Obituaries

News – Rev. Timothy Tow (1920-2009)

Rev. Timothy Tow (1920-2009)   Rev. Dr Timothy Tow was taken to be with the Lord on 20 April. He was born in Swatow in South China, and was deeply influenced by Dr John Sung during a 1935 revival in Singapore, and by Dr Carl McIntire. In 1950, after ordination in Geneva, he seceded…

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Can the UN ban criticism of Islam?

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June 2009
Cults and other religions

Can the UN ban criticism of Islam?

Can the UN ban criticism of Islam? The British Government hasn't had much time for it. The Bush White House gave up on it in disgust. President Obama's administration has recently resumed America's observer status, but is not a member. The United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) is controversial across the West, not least because it…

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June 2009
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News – Expenses scandal

Expenses scandal Parliament's moral authority has slumped to its 'lowest ebb in living memory', according to former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey. He told The News of the World that leaked reports about MPs' expenses had shaken trust in politics. He said the revelations had exposed the 'clawing greed' at the heart of Westminster's 'culture…

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Guest Column – The forces of counter-reformation

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June 2009
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Guest Column – The forces of counter-reformation

The forces of counter-reformation  Guest Column Martin Luther concluded his famous book On the bondage of the will with these words, addressed to his antagonist, Erasmus: 'I give you great praise, and proclaim it - you alone in pre-eminent distinction from all others, have entered upon the thing itself; that is, the grand turning point…

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News – Islam & the church

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June 2009
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News – Islam & the church

Islam & the church   Nearly 200 people attended the 18th Annual Meeting of Evangelical Library West in Bath to hear Dr Patrick Sookhdeo of the Barnabas Fund speak on 'Islam, the church and the future of Britain' at Widcombe Baptist Church, Bath. Emphasising the Christian duty to love all people, Dr Sookhdeo urged…

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June 2009
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News – Rev. James Philip

Rev. James Philip Editor's note: In May's ET we published the obituary of James Philip. We have since received this further tribute from Rev. John W. Keddie, of Struan, Isle of Skye. One of the foremost Scottish preachers of the twentieth century, Rev. James Philip, has passed to his eternal reward. It was through his ministry…

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Missionary Spotlight – St Lucia – a tropical gem

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June 2009
Saint Lucia

Missionary Spotlight – St Lucia – a tropical gem

St Lucia – a tropical gem   St Lucia is the sort of island that travellers to the Caribbean dream about – a small, lush tropical gem still relatively unknown. One of the Windward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, it is located midway down the Eastern Caribbean chain between Martinique and St Vincent, and…

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News – David Jebson (1926-2009)

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June 2009
Obituaries

News – David Jebson (1926-2009)

David Jebson (1926-2009) How do you reach millions of people in the UK every week with a gospel tract? This was the motivation behind David Jebson's Thought for the week, which was published in several of the free UK newspapers.     David was born in 1926, the eldest son of a devout Methodist family living in…

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News – Reaching children

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June 2009
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News – Reaching children

Reaching children Do you have a burden for the souls of children … the ones that don't go to your church, youth club or Sunday school? An unusual opportunity exists to reach them with the Bible message. But the window may be closing fast.      Many youngsters have little idea about what the Bible says…

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June 2009
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News – Christian teacher persecuted

Christian teacher persecuted A Christian teacher has been suspended from a senior post for complaining that a staff training day was used to promote homosexual rights.      Kwabena Peat, 54, left a compulsory training session with several other Christian colleagues at the north London school after the speaker, Sue Sanders, invited by the school headteacher,…

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The great Shepherd

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June 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The great Shepherd

The great Shepherd   'May the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus Christ, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus…

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May 2009
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News – Suicidal children

Suicidal children The number of 'suicidal' children calling a Welsh helpline has risen four-fold in the past five years, a charity says. NSPCC Cymru/Wales reported an average of nearly ten such calls a week to its ChildLine bases in Wales last year, amounting to a total of more than 500.      Abuse, neglect, family problems or…

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May 2009
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News – Teenage girls and alcohol abuse

Teenage girls and alcohol abuse More than 5,000 girls under the age of 16 needed hospital treatment last year after bingeing on alcohol.     The number, which includes girls as young as 10, has soared by 21 per cent in the past five years. The increase is even larger among older age groups. In 2007-08, just…

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May 2009
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News – The pastor’s lot

The pastor's lot  A survey of 180 church pastors affiliated to the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) reveals that the typical FIEC pastor is 51 years of age, has been in the ministry for just under 17 years, works 56 hours a week and no longer lives in a manse.      He receives…

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May 2009
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The Trinity and the church – Verax Conference, Basel 2009

The Trinity and the church Verax Conference, Basel 2009 Many false developments arise in Christian churches due to a deficient understanding of the doctrine of the Trinity. Christians can better overcome personal and spiritual and theological challenges when they possess a comprehensive knowledge of God.      These were pivotal themes in this year's Verax Conference, which…

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Missionary Spotlight – Abounding opportunities in Bolivia

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Abounding opportunities in Bolivia

Bolivia presents great openness for Christian work. Churches are growing and there is much progress to celebrate. But the situation presents challenges. Bolivian churches range from big city-centre Charismatic fellowships, attended mainly by the middle classes, to small outlying shanty town or country village fellowships, with poorly trained leaderships. Challenges abound in determining correct…

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Guest Column – Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

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May 2009
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Guest Column – Grace in the Sermon on the Mount

Grace in the Sermon on the Mount Guest Column I faced a huge problem almost as soon as I became a Christian. I joined a church and was baptised. My thirst for the Word of God was great, and my enthusiasm for knowledge compelled me to read the Bible. So far so good. I began as most…

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May 2009
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News – Dublin awaits abuse report

Dublin awaits abuse report Press reports suggest the Roman Catholic Church in Southern Ireland is preparing the public for the publications of a damning report about the extent of child abuse over the past 30 years. The Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin, said the upcoming report on child sexual abuse involving Roman Catholic priests 'will…

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May 2009
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News – Resigning bishop warns UK

Resigning bishop warns UK The out-going Bishop of Rochester, who resigned last week to focus on helping the persecuted church, has warned Britain against drifting from its Christian moorings. Quoted by the Christian Institute, Michael Nazir-Ali called on Christians to learn from the witness of believers suffering for their faith overseas.     The bishop rejected the…

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News – Global churches

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May 2009
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News – Global churches

Global churches The challenge of 'being global churches' was the theme of this year's North of England church officers' conference held at Castle Hall School, Mirfield, from Friday evening to Saturday, 13-14 March.     Nearly 100 men gathered to hear addresses from Keith Walker (Director of SIM in UK and northern Europe) and Peter Milsom (Director…

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Witness at work

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May 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Witness at work

Witness at work One gets the impression sometimes that Christian believers consider work to be a necessary evil rather than a blessing from God. This is both bad theology and bad psychology. Remember that work was given to man in his perfect state - before the Fall and not after (Genesis 2:15).  Work is an…

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He ascended into heaven …

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May 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

He ascended into heaven …

He ascended into heaven ... The day known as 'Ascension Day' by Christians who follow a church calendar, falls on 21 May 2009. It commemorates Christ's glorious ascension into heaven, forty days after his victorious resurrection on the first 'Easter Sunday'.  Luke provides the fullest description of this particular milestone in the work of the…

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May 2009
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News – ‘Personal eccentricity’

'Personal eccentricity'  A Labour MEP says she objects to the increased activity of Christian groups in the public square and faith should be a 'personal eccentricity'. Mary Honeyball, who represents London, made her comments on a left-wing blog, labourlist.org.     She was responding to a recent article written by Tony Blair in the New Statesman,…

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News – God’s faithfulness at Newtown

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May 2009
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News – God’s faithfulness at Newtown

God's faithfulness at Newtown  It is 30 years since the crowds in Tehran heralded the Islamic Revolution, but March 1979 is also remembered by a small group of Christians for the commencement of the Sunday services of Newtown Evangelical Church (Eglwys Efengylaidd y Drenewydd) in mid-Wales.      The church was originally planned to be…

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May 2009
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News – Marriage optional?

Marriage optional? Married couples will soon be outnumbered by people who have never married, according to official forecasts. The Office for National Statistics (ONS) claims that, within 20 years the decline in marriage, which began in the 1980s, will result in more people remaining unmarried than married.     Last year, the numbers of married people fell…

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Does creation really matter?

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May 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Does creation really matter?

Does creation really matter? That the Bible is the Creator's direct revelation of himself is seen as irrelevant by most people in our 'enlightened' twenty-first century. So how can Christians help restore confidence in the Scriptures within society at large and among churchgoers? We live in a 'feelings-led' culture, where few believe in absolutes and most…

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May 2009
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News – ‘Faith hate’ attack

'Faith hate' attack Rev. Noble Samuel, a Christian minister at a United Reformed Church in West London, has been attacked by three men on his way to the TV studio where he films a gospel programme. Mr Samuel was born in Pakistan and moved to Britain 15 years ago.     He presents an hour-long live Asian…

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May 2009
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News – ‘Debaptism’

'Debaptism' The National Secular Society (NSS) claims to have had 100,000 downloads of an unofficial 'certificate of debaptism' from its web site.      The society acknowledges its 'irreverent certificate of debaptism is a bit of fun', but continues by stating: 'After all, the concept of baptism is a complete fantasy that has no meaning outside…

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Missionary Spotlight – On the edge – 3800 metres up

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – On the edge – 3800 metres up

On the edge – 3800 metres up   Bolivia, in the heart of South America, is a land of contrasts: geographically, with its mountains, valleys and tropical jungles; ethnically, with Aymaras, Quechuas, Creollos and others; politically, with a left-wing government popular in the western Andes and a right-wing opposition pushing for autonomy in the…

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May 2009
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News – Christian Party advert OK

Christian Party advert OK The advertising watchdog will not investigate a controversial campaign for the Christian Party that says 'There is definitely a God', despite it becoming one of the most criticised adverts ever. The advert, displayed on London buses, is a response to the British Humanist Association's (BHA's) original campaign that proclaimed: 'There's probably…

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News – Lower Kingswood Evangelical Church

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May 2009
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News – Lower Kingswood Evangelical Church

Lower Kingswood Evangelical Church The weekend of 21-22 February saw the 86th anniversary of Lower Kingswood Evangelical Church, Surrey, take place in its new building. Last year's anniversary services were the final ones in the previous building, as, the next day, rebuilding started.      In October 2008, the new premises in Smithy Lane were formally…

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May 2009
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News – Sweden redefines marriage

Sweden redefines marriage  Sweden has become the fifth European country to allow gay couples to be legally married. The country's parliament voted overwhelmingly to recognise same-sex marriage from the beginning of this month.      Sweden was one of the first countries to give gay couples legal partnership rights, in the mid-1990s; and allowed them…

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May 2009
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News – New HTC principal

New HTC principal Rev. Hector Morrison has been appointed Principal of the Highland Theological College in Inverness. Mr Morrison is a Church of Scotland minister who, along with Rev. Prof. Andrew McGowan, founded Highland Theological College in 1994.      He has been its vice principal since its inception and acting principal since the former principal,…

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News – Prayer in Wessex

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May 2009
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News – Prayer in Wessex

Prayer in Wessex  It has always been difficult to give a brief summary of the Wessex Conference and this year is no different - two good preachers, a record attendance and a subject 'Prayer', which may seem straightforward and yet has such depths. I urge those interested to download the messages from www.springroad.org.uk/sermons.php     David…

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Missionary Spotlight – Bolivia’s poverty

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Bolivia’s poverty

Bolivia’s poverty   As long as sin, corruption and injustice are in the world, there will always be a mission field, and the church will be called to extend the Kingdom of God by making disciples for Christ from every nation.   Bolivia is a country where there is much injustice and inequality –…

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May 2009
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News – Don’t mention it!

Don't mention it! A homelessness prevention officer with Wandsworth Council has been suspended from work for nearly two months for encouraging a homeless woman with an incurable medical condition to look to God for help.     Duke Amachree, who has worked for the local authority for almost 18 years, was suspended in January for discussing his…

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May 2009
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News – Pakistan attack

Pakistan attack In early March, a gang of militant Muslims descended on the small village of Sangowali in the Punjab province of Pakistan. The 25-strong mob targeted local Christians, breaking down doors, entering their houses and beating them with clubs and iron rods.     Women tried to protect their sons and husbands, but the mob was…

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Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims

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May 2009
Islam

Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims

Sharing your Christian faith with Muslims   Every Christian needs to consider himself or herself a missionary. Our mission is to make Christ known to those who do not know him, whether they live thousands of miles away or just next door.   The migration of Muslim-background people to the West has resulted in…

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May 2009
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News – ‘Homophobic’ advert

'Homophobic' advert A Belfast church criticised by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) for an advert deemed to be homophobic has lost a subsequent independent review. The offending advert that contained quotations from the Bible was said to be inappropriate for twenty-first-century advertising. The church is considering a further appeal to the High Court.     The advert…

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May 2009
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News – Faith schools

Faith schools The National Union of Teachers (NUT) has called for a ban on faith groups running schools in the UK. With most media reports concentrating on the NUT's opposition to Standard Assessment Tests (SATs) for primary school children, little attention was given to its stance on religious control of schools.     The NUT's annual conference…

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News – Teesside ladies’ day

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May 2009
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News – Teesside ladies’ day

Teesside ladies' day Saturday 7 March saw 92 ladies from 17 churches in the north-east of England meet at Geneva Road Evangelical Baptist Church, Darlington. The speaker was Faith Cook from Derbyshire.      In the first session Mrs Cook spoke on God's 'second chances', illustrated by various Bible characters. One lesson that emerged was the…

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May 2009
Bolivia

Missionary Spotlight – Republic of Bolivia

Republic of Bolivia   Area: 424,162 square miles.   Neighbours: Brazil, Paraguay, Argentina, Chile and Peru.   Environment: Land-locked, with the Andes mountains (Nevado Sajama 6,542 m) and plateaus in the west, and Amazon and Plate river systems in the east. The climate varies accordingly, from cold semi-arid to tropical.   Population: Over 9…

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News – Kingston, Hull

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May 2009
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News – Kingston, Hull

Kingston, Hull  On a cold, snowy Sunday morning in February 1969, twenty-five people met in Allison Hall, Hull; and Kingston Reformed Church was born. Some of those made their way back to Hull on 28 February 2009 along with many others, to give thanks to God for 40 years of gospel ministry in the…

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