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Everything in 2011 issue

Review

January 2011
Book

Dig Deeper: Tools to Unearth the Bible’s Treasure

This is a reprint in a new format of a book first published in 2005. It sets out a series of sixteen ‘tools’ to enable Christians, and especially students, to interpret and understand the Bible better. Some of these are expected: ‘The author’s purpose tool’, ‘The context tool’, ‘The vocabulary tool’. Others are intriguing…

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Christmas riches

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Christmas riches

Christmas riches ‘For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich’ (2 Corinthians 8:9). Perhaps Christmas should be renamed. After all, for many, Jesus Christ plays a very minor part in the…

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God’s love

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

God’s love

On 14 February 2010 my life changed forever. My journey until then had been roughand rocky.

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One huge problem

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

One huge problem

Have you ever taken a wrong turning and ended up far from where you meant to be? Have you ever shared in the shame of the footballer who missed a penalty goal in a crucial match?

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Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Caroline Gabbott

Doubts conquered

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Medal of honour

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Medal of honour

The American people's honour and gratitude for their armed forces is notable and commendable. On what must be approaching two dozen occasions, I have witnessed members of the public stopping uniformed personnel and thanking them openly for their service to the American nation.

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The power of forgiveness

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

The power of forgiveness

Thirteen years ago the question of forgiveness became avery real one for me.

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Found!

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Found!

If you are reading these words, the chances are that you have at least a passing interest in Jesus.

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Ever met a perfect man?

Article

December 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Ever met a perfect man?

Ever met a perfect man? It has always struck me as more than interesting that no writer of fiction, from Aesop and his fables to J. K. Rowling and her phenomenal creation Harry Potter, has ever given us a picture of a perfect human being. Not even Superman is ‘super’ in every possible way.…

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Article

December 2011
Historical but excluded from the Timeline

One hundred years ago

John Harper glanced at the ticket he had just purchased — No. 248727. It had cost a handsome £33 — a considerable sum for a Baptist pastor to pay in 1912. Originally, Harper had planned to sail to New York on the Lusitania, en route to Chicago, where he was booked to preach at…

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One hundred years ago…

Historical

December 2011
Articles > Historical

One hundred years ago…

One hundred years ago… John Harper glanced at the ticket he had just purchased — No. 248727. It had cost a handsome £33 — a considerable sum for a Baptist pastor to pay in 1912. Originally, Harper had planned to sail to New York on the Lusitania, en route to Chicago, where he was…

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Uncomfortable Christmas

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Uncomfortable Christmas

Christmas is coming! How do you feel about it? Are you looking forward to a Christmas lunch … or dreading all the hard work, before and after?

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Article

December 2011
Poland

World Mission – Ania

Hello, my name is Ania. I am an English teacher and mother of Tomek 11, Joanna 10, and Samuel 8. We live in southern Poland.

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Jesus has done it all

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Jesus has done it all

My name is Laurentiu Gheorghe Mustatea. I am 25 years old and was born and raised in Romania.

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Revolutionary encounter

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Revolutionary encounter

 ‘Daniels, go home and get your kit, you’re playing this afternoon!’ Llanelli Grammar’s 1st XI was short of a few senior lads and they needed some younger kids to fill in. But who cares? A whole afternoon of cricket and, even better, missing double maths and biology. Our opponents were 50 miles away, just…

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Christmas or Xmas?

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Christmas or Xmas?

Some would say, 'What's the fuss about? Both words mean thesame thing; there's no difference'. But there's a vast difference and they do not mean the same thing.

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Article

December 2011
Poland

World Mission – Wioletta

'Can a mother forget the baby at her breast and have no compassion on the child she has borne? Though she may forget, I will not forget you! See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands' (Isaiah 49:15-16).

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Komodo Dragons and the virgin Mary

Article

December 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Komodo Dragons and the virgin Mary

A few days before Christmas 2006, the London Times ran with the headline, 'Wise Men seek a virgin mother'. Another newspaper ran the headline, 'Lizard's immaculate conception'.

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God’s ambassador

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

God’s ambassador

This year was a very special year for the Royal Family. The day many had been waiting for came - Prince William married Kate Middleton.

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Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Tony Bickley

Delivered from drugs

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Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Anne-Michelle Nova

Saved and kept

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Opening the door

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Opening the door

Throughout my primary and secondary school years, I developed a simple answer to Christianity, which was 'I go to church'. But eight years ago, when I was 14, I had to undergo one of the biggest challenges in my life. I had to face moving to Ghana.

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Handel’s Messiah

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Handel’s Messiah

To attend a performance of Handel's Messiah is one of life's 'must-do' experiences. It is a musical message telling the story of the 'Anointed One', Jesus the Messiah.

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Brainwaves and pickpockets

Article

December 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Brainwaves and pickpockets

The Royal Institution's Christmas Lectures this December will be given by psychologist Professor Bruce Hood, Director of the Bristol Cognitive Development Centre. The advance announcement says he 'will induce false memories in members of the audience and use pickpockets to demonstrate how easily we are distracted'.

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With a song in my heart

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

With a song in my heart

Singing is as much a part of the Christmas celebration as picking bits of baking foil off the turkey and buying presents. But how many of us really think about what the words mean?

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An awesome God

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

An awesome God

There is a time for everything, a time to be born and a timeto die. Everything about our life in this world happensbetween those two points. And the most amazing thing thatcan happen to us is that we come to know Jesus Christ asour Saviour.

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More important …

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

More important …

More important … Dan Walker is best known as the face of BBC’s Football Focus. But football is not the best thing in Dan’s life — far from it. In fact, on a Sunday Dan says he would rather go to church than to the big game. Here’s his story.    To say I enjoyed…

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Have I got news for you!

Article

December 2011
Evangelistic

Have I got news for you!

Words are powerful. Words we see or hear can be pivotal in our lives. Some conversations you play over and over again in your head and they can either trap you in the past or free you for the future.

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Review

December 2011

The Dawkins Proof for the existence of God

Do we need yet another book responding to Dawkins? Yes! This excellent little book is quite different from all the many others I have read.       Barns is a computer scientist who has worked in programming and system administration for 25 years. He tells us that he grew up as an atheist, but found…

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Review

December 2011

The Book of Books

Among the many books written on the King James Bible this year it may come as a surprise to see one by Melvyn Bragg (Baron Bragg of Wigton in Cumbria), the well-known writer and broadcaster. Some may have seen his programme on the same subject on television, or read a recent article of his,…

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Review

December 2011
Reviews > Book

The Power to Save – A history of the gospel in China

The Power to Save – A history of the gospel in China Bob Davey Evangelical Press 356, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-743-0 Star Rating: Bob Davey has carefully researched the story of the church in China. In Power to Save the reader is given a short introduction to China’s wider history and the story of Nestorian…

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News

November 2011
News

Hymns row

Worship Hymns row Another leading minister in the Free Church of Scotland has tendered his resignation, following that Church’s decision, in 2010, to allow congregations to sing hymns instead of metrical psalms only. Rev. Donald Macdonald, from Lewis, has preached for nearly 47 years and has been a past moderator of the Free Church.…

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News

November 2011
News

EMW looks ahead

Event  EMW looks ahead Churches in Machynlleth, Llandudno, Gower, Welshpool and Bala are considering how to extend outreach in their areas, the latest Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) newsletter has said. The decision follows the encouragement given when, in November 2010, six churches across the Llanelli-Swansea area met to pray and make inroads into…

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Proclaiming Christ

News

November 2011
News

Proclaiming Christ

Proclaiming Christ  Emmanuel Church, Salisbury, played host to a two-day event on 16-17 September, when the 15th Salisbury Conference took place. Dr Michael Haykin, professor of church history and biblical spirituality at Southern Baptist Seminary,Louisville,Kentucky, spoke on key times in Christian mission under the title ‘Proclaiming Christ to the world’. The four meetings were…

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Article

November 2011
Nicaragua

God’s miracle school

Joyce Gaudern, a retired teacher from Ripon, has visited Nicaragua three times since 2007 and has helped home-school Joshua and Esther, children of Barry and Susana Davis. Barry and Susana are British/Korean missionaries who founded Carazo Christian Academy. Joyce had the privilege of observing the school’s progress first-hand. Carazo Christian Academy (CCA) in Nicaragua,…

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News

November 2011
News

Faith and politics

Faith and politics  Flamboyant former minister and practising Roman Catholic Ann Widdecombe has claimed faith gets too much of a bad press. The former Employment and Home Office minister was speaking on the topic of Faith and Politics at theUniversityofLeicesteron 26 October. The Provost Derek Hole Public Lecture is an annual free lecture by…

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Samuel Rutherford

Historical

November 2011
Articles > Historical

Samuel Rutherford

Samuel Rutherford A seventeenth-century Englishman once listened to some well-known preachers in Scotland. Of them he said, ‘I came to Irvine, and heard a well-favoured, proper old man, with a long beard, and that man [David Dickson] showed me all my heart. Then I went to St Andrews, where I heard a sweet, majestic…

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Christian Heritage Trust

News

November 2011
News

Christian Heritage Trust

Media  Christian Heritage Trust          The Christian Heritage Trust has recently secured Providence Chapel, Rowley Regis, nearBirmingham, for its heritage project. This arrangement grants the trust a 20-year lease at a peppercorn rent, on condition that more than £17,000 worth of vital renovation work is carried out on the chapel. The present, small, faithful congregation…

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Article

November 2011
Germany

Delayed justice

Delayed justice  The Associated Press (AP) has reported that prosecutors have reopened hundreds of dormant investigations of former Nazi death camp guards. These might now be charged under a new precedent set by the conviction of retired US autoworker John Demjanjuk. Demjanjuk, now 91, was deported from the USA to Germany in 2009 to…

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The Rev. John Eddison (1916-2011)

Historical

November 2011
Articles > Historical

The Rev. John Eddison (1916-2011)

The Rev. John Eddison (1916-2011) Robert John Buchanan Eddison was born in the middle of World War 1, the son of the Rev. F. W. Eddison who ten years before had been domestic chaplain to Handley Moule, Bishop of Durham. As a boy at Wellington College, Berkshire, John was a school prefect and a…

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Salt in Scotland

News

November 2011
News

Salt in Scotland

Conference  Salt in Scotland  Scotland has seen its latest Salt Youth Conference take place, held at Penicuik, where 40 young people were challenged about sanctification, suffering, sacrifice and missionary endeavour. Phil Arthur, Ali McLachlan and Conrad Pomeroy spoke during the conference. Mr McLachlan said, ‘It is a privilege to see young people serious about…

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News

November 2011
News

Medicine war

Medicine war  The NHS has come under criticism for spending nearly £25m a year on supplies of Cipralex, an expensive anti-depressant drug. However, an investigation commissioned by The Independent and carried out by the Bureau of Investigative Journalism, discovered the difference in content and effectiveness to the older anti-depressant drug Cipramil was negligible. The…

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Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts

Article

November 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts

Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts I don’t know if it’s the same where you live, but here the council seems to have a particular fondness for removing trees. It’s heartbreaking to see a 200-300-year-old oak tree or mature chestnut cut down and obliterated in a day. Sometimes a whole row of trees…

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News

November 2011
News

Family values

Family values  The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that the majority of Britons are still opposed to gay marriage and adoption of children by same-sex couples. As reported in the Daily Mail, the ONS data showed more than 50 per cent believed homosexual marriages should not be allowed and two thirds think…

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News

November 2011
News

Primal Anglicans

Church of England Primal Anglicans The Global South Primates (GSP) has claimed the Anglican Communion lacks moral authority, is dysfunctional and has yielded to secularism. In its communiqué, which followed the GSP’s visit toChinain September, the group said: ‘It grieves us deeply to observe many Anglican churches in the West yielding to secular pressure…

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News

November 2011
News

Evolutionary myths

  The secular lobby has been pushing its ideas increasingly into our national curriculum. It is now relentlessly campaigning against faith schools.   And the humanists are seeking to get rid of God — everywhere. A campaign to stamp out creationism, launched by such bodies as the British Humanist Association (BHA), has gathered over…

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Reaching Muslims

Article

November 2011
Cults and other religions

Reaching Muslims

Reaching Muslims A website for Muslim evangelism has been launched by Word of Hope Ministries to help create a forum for amicable Christian-Muslim discussion and apologetics. According to author E. Higham, co-founder of Word of Hope Ministries, the website www.Jesus-Islam.org aims to break down the barriers between the religions and present the truths of…

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News

November 2011
News

Carry the torch

Carry the Torch  On Saturday 17 September, more than 1000 church leaders and delegated representatives gathered at Wembley stadium for a special day of prayer, called Carry the Torch. Organised by Hugh Osgood and Jonathan Oloyede, chairman and convenor respectively for Global Day of Prayer London (GDOP), the aim was to gather church leaders…

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News

November 2011
News

Sporting legend

Sporting legend  Christian rugby hero Euan Murray hit the headlines by sitting out a match with Argentina which was being held on a Sunday. The Glasgow-born prop has taken a stand against working on a Sunday — following in the footsteps of fellow Scotsman Eric Liddell — and questioned whether Rugbyworld cup matches needed…

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Article

November 2011
Nigeria

Lagos update

Mission:Nigeria  Lagos update  Despite a terrible fire earlier this year, the work of Sovereign Grace Bible Church,Lagos, is being blessed by God. According to Pastor Tony Okoroh, the church has witnessed God directing an average of three new visitors each month to morning worship services over the past three months. He said, ‘The need…

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News

November 2011
News

Nobel award

Nobel awardThe scientists who discovered that the universe was expanding at an ever-increasing rate have been awarded the Nobel Prize for physics.US Saul Permutter received half of the £934,000 prize money, while a team of two other US scientists, conducting similar work during the 1990s, shared the other half.The discovery, during the late 1990s,…

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The dark days are here

Article

November 2011
Scientific (including creation)

The dark days are here

The dark days are here Each autumn, here in the UK, we gain an extra hour in bed when the clock is turned back from British Summer Time to Greenwich Mean Time. Whilst the extra hour of rest is very welcome, this season of the year is not the favourite of many. The evenings…

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Living half a life?

News

November 2011
News > Youth Features

Living half a life?

Youth Feature Living half a life? I recently heard a lady sing about losing her lover. How does she cope? She answers that she’s ‘learnt to live half a life’. Unfortunately, that phrase is an insightful summary of the spiritual condition of many Christians. A lot of us feel spiritually empty. We exist rather…

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Italy – outreach in Mantova

Article

November 2011
Italy

Italy – outreach in Mantova

Italy — outreach in Mantova In September, the Sola Grazia church organised a five-day evangelistic outreach during the National Book Fair (Festival della letteratura) in Mantova. 110,000 people came to the event from all overItalyand from other countries. The church received much help from a Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI) team, along with several…

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Article

November 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Cloning

Cloning  Human embryos have been used to create colonies of embryonic stem cells, according to an MSNBC report. Referring to an article in USjournal Nature, the New York Stem Cell Foundation Laboratory claims to have created two lines of cells by using cloning technology. According to the report, this ‘accomplishment’ moves science closer to…

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Italy’s greatest problem

Article

November 2011
Italy

Italy’s greatest problem

Italy’s greatest problem Italy was once home to one of the greatest empires ever seen. It also once had an impressive role in the history of Christendom, and yet, as we fast forward to 2011, there are now nearly as many Jehovah’s Witnesses there as Protestant evangelicals. Where did it go wrong? More importantly,…

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T. C. Hammond (1877-1961)

Historical

November 2011
Articles > Historical

T. C. Hammond (1877-1961)

T. C. Hammond (1877-1961) At the age of 13 he started work as a railway clerk in Cork, Ireland. Forty-six years later he became an outstanding principal of Moore Theological College, Sydney, Australia. But there is much more to the remarkable life of T. C. Hammond. ‘Tommy’ Hammond was born into a Protestant family…

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News

November 2011
News

End poor housing

Environment End poor housing International Christian charity Habitat for Humanity is calling for urgent public support in improving housing conditions worldwide as the death toll through poor housing rises. According to the World Health Organisation, inadequate housing is responsible for more than 100,000 annual deaths in Europe alone. The health consequences of inadequate housing…

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News

November 2011
News

Marriage

Marriage Bishop of Manchester Rt Rev. Nigel McCulloch has called on Conservative party members and politicians to make marriage more viable to Britons. Speaking at a fringe event, organised by traditionalist group Cornerstone during the Conservative party conference, the Anglican bishop called on the Government to do more to promote marriage. Explaining his understanding…

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Waddesdon Hill

News

November 2011
News

Waddesdon Hill

Event  Waddesdon Hill            On 3 September, Aylesbury witnessed the fifth annual service at the Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel at Waddesdon Hill. It was attended by a good congregation from as far afield asCumbria, Tyne and Wear, Cheshire, Sussexand London, not to mention those from the local area who attend each year. A number…

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Go Teach

News

November 2011
News

Go Teach

Youth Go Teach                                  One of the leading producers of visual aids for the Go Teach Sunday school materials, Val Shenton, has retired from her official position. For more than 34 years, Val guided the production of visual aids for Go Teach and, at a recent occasion to celebrate her immense contribution to its development,…

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News

November 2011
News

Last dance

Last dance  A long running battle between the people of Bedfordand a nightclub has ended, with the local council denying the nightclub the right to allow lap dancing at its venue. According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), Bedford council threw out an application made on behalf of the ‘Saints and sinners’ nightclub to…

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Assistant at Aigburth

News

November 2011
News

Assistant at Aigburth

Induction Assistant at Aigburth  11 September 2011 marked a milestone in the life of Aigburth Community Church (ACC), Liverpool, as Ralph Cunnington was commissioned as assistant pastor. ACC held its first Sunday meeting three years ago, and became independent from Christ Church, Liverpool, two years ago. Mr Cunnington was formerly a lecturer in law…

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Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines

Article

November 2011
Philippines

Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines

Compassionate ministry Relief work in Pampanga, Philippines We carefully stepped out of the canoe into the filthy flood waters on the small street leading to higher ground. As we waded through them, we were not reassured to be told that these waters also flowed out of a local cemetery 40 yards away. We were…

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The Colloquy of Poissy

Historical

November 2011
Articles > Historical

The Colloquy of Poissy

The Colloquy of Poissy Over the weekend of 10-11 September 2011, the town of Poissy, near Paris, commemorated the first official ecumenical debate to be held in France — 450 years ago. It is called the Colloquy of Poissy and was a debate between Roman Catholics and Protestants lasting from 9 September to 14…

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Article

November 2011
People

Meet the ministers

Meet the ministers Pastor Stan K. Evers reflects on 40 years of ‘full-time’ Christian service My father was taken as a prisoner of war. He was assumed dead, so it was a shock for my mother when he returned home. I was one of the results of his homecoming! I was born at home…

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Reaching out to Myanmar

Article

November 2011
Burma

Reaching out to Myanmar

Reaching out to Myanmar We believe that our lives are in the hands of our sovereign God, yet often this cannot readily be seen until one looks back. I served God in Kos (Greece) for four years. During that time, I met a young man called David*. He is a pastor involved in church…

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News

November 2011
News

Mission

 Finding out  Some months after the work of Girl Crusaders’ Union (GCU) finished officially, the GCU headquarters at31 Catherine Place, Westminster, has been sold for £2.5m. The money is being divided between several evangelistic endeavours, with a focus on reaching young people. The buyer is Delfina Foundation, a secular art foundation based next door…

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News

November 2011
News

Gospel preaching

Gospel preaching  A preacher, reflecting on the difficulty of preaching the gospel faithfully and effectively, wrote these words in his journal: ‘Oh what need of the powerful presence of the Holy Ghost, without whom a free Saviour will, and must, be a Saviour despised and rejected of men! ‘How hard it is to unite…

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Yorkshire ‘concert of prayer’

News

November 2011
News

Yorkshire ‘concert of prayer’

Events  Yorkshire ‘concert of prayer’  In December 2010, the Yorkshire Reformed Ministers’ Fraternal issued a call to prayer to Yorkshire churches for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our churches and nation. A united gathering was convened in Leedson Saturday, 26 March 2011. It was a rich encouragement when about 120 people came…

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News

November 2011
News

Film release

Film release  A film banned earlier this year for being too horrific for UK cinema has now been given the go-ahead by nearly all members of the British Board of Film Classification (BBFC).                              Horror film The Human Centipede 2 (Full Sequence), previously rejected because it was sexually violent and potentially obscene, was given…

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In the school of prayer

Article

November 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of prayer

In the school of prayer I was more than 6,000 miles from home, with no international telephone and I had just pulled a telegram from my pigeon-hole which read, ‘Father seriously ill. Taken to London hospital by ambulance’. It was 18 months since I had last seen my parents at their Sussexhome and it…

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Sanctification – its basis

Article

November 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Sanctification – its basis

Sanctification — its basis In his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul writes to ‘the church of God … to those sanctified [not “who will be sanctified”] in Christ Jesus … enriched in every way — in all your speaking and in all your knowledge’ (1:2,5). We know that there were problems in Corinth,…

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Article

November 2011
Articles > Guest column

Hector Morrison – Coping with Christians

Guest Column        Hector Morrison  COPING WITH CHRISTIANS  How do you cope with Christians who are ‘a pain in the neck’, who make life difficult for you? I wonder how many of us have struck on the way exemplified by Paul in 1 Corinthians 1:4-9?  He gives thanks to God for them! Even though there…

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News

November 2011
News

Evolutionary myths

Evolutionary mythsThe secular lobby has been pushing its ideas increasingly into our national curriculum. It is now relentlessly campaigning against faith schools. And the humanists are seeking to get rid of God – everywhere. A campaign to stamp out creationism, launched by such bodies as the British Humanist Association (BHA), has gathered over 12,500…

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News

November 2011
News

Abortion counselling

Liberal Democrat voters are the strongest supporters of independent abortion counselling, a poll from ComRes has found. The news, which comes shortly after an amendment from Nadine Dorris MP pushing for independent abortion advice to be promoted, showed 84 per cent of those voting for the LibDems in the 2010 election agreed with independent…

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Out of the shadows

News

November 2011
News

Out of the shadows

Out of the shadows Faith Cook, EP Books, 160 pages, £6.99, ISBN: 978-0-852-34749-2 If you enjoyed Stars in God’s sky, or any of Faith Cook’s other books featuring stories of ordinary people of extraordinary faith, this book will not disappoint. Most of the names of the nine biographies may be unfamiliar to many of…

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Article

November 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Rod Badams

FIEC  Rod Badams     Rod Badams is retiring on 11 November after 13 years as administrator of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (FIEC). He previously worked for Christians at Work for 22 years, after 11 years in journalism. In his FIEC role, Rod was best known for his contributions to evangelical perspectives on current social…

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Article

November 2011
Obituaries

Charles Colson (1931-2012)

Charles Colson (1931-2012) Former Nixon aide Charles ‘Chuck’ Colson, once described as an ‘evil genius’ by his political colleagues, died in April, aged 80.    Mr Colson, who was born in Boston, had been the key man during the Watergate years and spent several months in jail after pleading guilty to obstruction of justice. However,…

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Review

November 2011
Reviews > Book

John Calvin – Man of God’s Word

John Calvin’s importance is cannot be overestimated. If one were to list the world’s one hundred most influential men in the last five hundred years, Calvin’s name would surely rank high on that list. So when a book appears on Calvin by a well respected author and publisher, we do well to sit up…

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Review

November 2011

Josiah’s Reformation

  Josiah’s Reformation Richard Sibbes Banner of Truth Trust 176 pages, £5.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-116-7 Star Rating: 4   Here is a little gem. Those expecting comment and application on the reforms implemented by godly king Josiah which led to the restoration of true worship in Judah will be surprised but not disappointed.       This…

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Review

November 2011

True Spirituality

Vaughan Roberts is Rector of St. Ebbe’s Oxford and on the leadership team of the Proclamation Trust. He has a gift for clear biblical exposition. ‘True Spirituality’ is a series of chapters on the various problems in the church at Corinth and the instruction Paul gives to the church in response to them. The…

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Review

November 2011

slugs & snails & puppy dogs’ tails

Slugs and snails and puppy dogs’ tails: Helping boys connect with God Carolyn Edwards IVP 192 pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-184-474523-4 Star rating: 2   As a father of five boys and someone who is fully involved in work with children and young people I was not surprised to be asked to review this book…

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Review

November 2011

Out of the Shadows

If you enjoyed Stars in God’s Sky, or any of Faith Cook’s other books featuring stories of ordinary people of extraordinary faith, this book will not disappoint. Most of the names of the nine biographies will be unfamiliar to many of us but the situations are not, as each life offers hope, challenge, and…

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Review

November 2011

Fruitful Leaders – How to make, grow, love and keep them

Fruitful Leaders – How to make, grow, love and keep them Marcus Honeysett IVP 216, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-544-9 Star Rating: 2 As a pastor and therefore at least one sort of ‘leader’ I warmed to the sub-title of this book which promises to tell us not only how to make and grow leaders but…

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Review

November 2011

C. H. Spurgeon’s Forgotten Early Sermons

C. H. Spurgeon’s Forgotten Early Sermons Comp. Terence Peter Crosby Day One 320, £15.00 ISBN: 9781846252020 Star Rating: 3 Continuing the sterling work they are doing in recovering long unavailable Spurgeon resources, DayOne give us twenty eight of Spurgeon’s earliest sermons. Although most date from the New Park Street period of his ministry, all…

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Review

November 2011

Why God Won’t Go Away

In Why God Won’t Go Away McGrath provides an accessible introduction to the New Atheists and exposes the intellectual and moral bankruptcy of their position.       In his opening two chapters he introduces us to this latest manifestation of atheism and its main protagonists, namely Sam Harris, Richard Dawkins, Daniel Dennett and Christopher Hitchens,…

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Review

November 2011

The Sovereignty of God Debate

The title of this book, while not entirely inappropriate, is nevertheless a little misleading. It is not a book about Calvinism versus Arminianism. Rather, it is concerned with matters relating to what might be broadly termed ‘open theism’, and in particular with the question ‘Does God suffer?’ The book has its origins in lectures…

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The big interview

Article

October 2011
Interviews

The big interview

The big interview Peter Saunders is Chief Executive of the Christian Medical Fellowship, a UK-based organisation with 4,500 UK doctors and 1,000 medical students as members. His role includes leadership training, teaching evangelism and ethics, medical mission, writing, editing and media work. Peter took some time out to answer questions from Sheila Marshall. SM…

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October 2011
News

Clearing ground

Clearing ground A swathe of evidence has been handed to a special parliamentary inquiry set up to investigate the erosion of Christian freedoms in the UK.    Christians in Parliament, a cross-party group of Christian MPs and peers, launched ‘Clearing the ground’ to ask whether Christians are really being marginalised in public life, and whether…

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October 2011
News

Violence escalates

Violence escalates The violence against Christians in Plateau State, Nigeria, has reached crisis point, as churches and families struggle to defend themselves against increasing Islamic threats.    Reports from Barnabas Fund have revealed the extent of the tragedy unfolding since the re-election of Christian president Goodluck Jonathan, in April this year.    Most recently, a Christian…

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October 2011
News

Poisonous clothes

Poisonous clothes A Greenpeace investigation has found traces of a deadly toxin in children’s and adult’s clothing from 14 major brands.    According to reports in the Ecologist, the toxin, nonylphenol ethoxylate (NPE) has been found in clothes from many high street stores in the UK.    The chemical breaks down to form nonylphenol in water,…

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After the riots

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October 2011
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After the riots

After the riots Three days after the riots ripped through London, Biblical Gospel Ministries held its 29th preaching rally, on Saturday 13 August, in Trafalgar Square.     Preachers called on people to seek the Lord, while the world is facing unrest, economic troubles, war and other calamities. They reminded hearers that violence is not…

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New name; same message

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October 2011
News

New name; same message

New name; same message Christ Church is the new name for Haywards Heath Evangelical Free Church, and in June this year the congregation moved into their new building.    They believe the new name will be easier to use, remember and explain, as a simple description of a group of people following Jesus Christ.   …

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October 2011
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One Day

One Day Advocacy group Release International has garnered more than 28,000 signatures for a petition calling on the North Korean government to protect Christians in the country.    As part of its One Day campaign, to raise awareness of persecuted Christians in one of the most closed countries on earth, Release also supported a special…

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October 2011
News

Forgotten famine

Forgotten famine The images of people starving on the Horn of Africa captured media attention earlier this year, but now seem commonplace or nearly forgotten. The number of people caught up in the famine-stricken areas in Africa is set to rise, with more than 750,000 people at risk of dying this year, according to…

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October 2011
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Eel meet again

Eel meet again A recently-discovered species has cast doubt on the process of evolution, according to an MSNBC science report.    The eel, found in an underwater cave and reported on in the Proceedings of the Royal Society, is a ‘living fossil’, having seemingly ‘evolved out of step with the rest of us, retaining primitive…

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October 2011
News

Pastor’s relative beaten

Pastor’s relative beaten A man left for dead after a mob attack in Karachi was beaten by local police who, it is claimed, dragged the victim to a police station and incarcerated him.    Reports sent to a British Pakistani Christian organisation revealed that Asfaq Munawar was seized and interrogated by the mob as to…

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Kill your son !

Article

October 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Kill your son !

Kill your son ! Abraham had a problem: God’s command contradicted his promise. What was God’s command? ‘Take now your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love … and offer him … as a burnt offering’. What was God’s promise? ‘It is through your son that I will bless the world. It is…

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Gospel Victories

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October 2011
Articles > Guest column

Gospel Victories

GUEST COLUMN – GOSPEL VICTORIES Reading the news headlines is often depressing, particularly for the Christian. The world brims with bad news — corruption, immorality, violence, deceit, and sheer foolishness. If that were not enough to make one feel downcast on a sunny day, many Western Christians also feel weighed down by rising anti-Christian…

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News

October 2011
News

Dear Mr Cameron

Dear Mr Cameron Some UK churches recently handed out postcards so that their members can petition Prime Minister David Cameron to speak up for freedom of Christian conscience.     The campaign organised by Christian Concern aimed to bring Mr Cameron’s attention to four cases presented by Britons to the European Court of Human Rights…

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Still a cause for concern?

Article

October 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Still a cause for concern?

Still a cause for concern? The headline was ‘A Cause for Concern’; the cover date was November 1973; and I was the author. The article, spread over four pages of Evangelical Times, described an unsolved problem facing hundreds of Christian families. The response of ET’s readers and others led directly to the founding of…

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Remembering revival

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October 2011
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Remembering revival

Remembering revival More than 200 people gathered earlier this year to commemorate the 90th anniversary of the revival that began in Lowestoft in 1921.    Rev. Kyle Paisley opened the meeting with prayer, before the singing of ‘Blessed be the fountain of blood’, once known as the Hymn of the Revival.     Matthew Pickhaver gave an…

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October 2011
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Abortion clause defeated

Abortion clause defeated On 7 September, MPs voted by a majority of 250 against an amendment to the Health and Social Care Bill which aimed to ensure women were offered independent abortion counselling.    The amendment, which had been tabled by former nurse and businesswoman, Conservative MP Nadine Dorries, and backed by several leading MPs,…

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‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’

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October 2011
Articles > Historical

‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’

‘Turn your eyes upon Jesus’ God delights in the triumph of the small and insignificant. Agur the son of Jakeh talks about ‘four things which are little upon earth, but they are exceeding wise’ (Proverbs 30:24). Paul tells the Corinthians that ‘God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise;…

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RPCNA Synod

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October 2011
Articles > Comment

RPCNA Synod

RPCNA Synod The 180th synod of the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America (RPCNA) met at Indiana Wesleyan University from 28 June-1 July this year.     Ruling elder, Steve McMahon (Midwest presbytery), was nominated as moderator and the Monday evening began with a gripping sermon from Matthew 16, entitled, ‘I will build my church’,…

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Personal view: Don’t be a wimp!

Article

October 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: Don’t be a wimp!

Personal view: Don’t be a wimp! A ‘wimp’ is a man who is failing to be what a man should be. He is ‘weak-in-my-personality’. And there seem to be an awful lot of wimps around! However, the cure for wimpishness is not found in bigger muscles, but in the spiritual realm. In fact, physically…

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October 2011
News

Deeside

Deeside Christ Church Deeside has appointed Stuart Olyott to be its part-time, interim pastor. Dr Olyott began his ministry in September. His remit is to do 50 per cent of what a full-time pastor would do, for a period of up to two years, during which time the church will seek to settle a…

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October 2011
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New pastor for Stowmarket

New pastor for Stowmarket On Saturday 3 September at Stowmarket Baptist Church about 200 people from Stowmarket and neighbouring churches, plus visitors from further afield, gathered for the induction service of Stephen Nowak as the church’s new pastor.     Elder David Barker, who chaired the meeting, gave thanks to God for his patient care…

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Historic Bible club

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October 2011
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Historic Bible club

Historic Bible club To celebrate the 400th anniversary of the King James Bible Version, a special holiday Bible club was held at Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church, at the end of July.    It had the theme, ‘Faith, flames and fervour: how we got the Bible in English’. The weekly Kidz Klub had already enjoyed…

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When the Iron Curtain came down

Article

October 2011
Europe

When the Iron Curtain came down

When the Iron Curtain came down Which regions of the world do you think of as mission fields? Africa? South-East Asia? Perhaps the ’10-40 window’? But what about the eastern half of Europe, that part of the world that used to be locked behind the Iron Curtain? What do you know of God’s work…

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October 2011
News

Judgement and mercy

Judgement and mercy That things are terribly wrong in our society is obvious at every level — individual, family and communal.     ET reports each month on a huge variety of national sin, not because its editors enjoy muck-raking, nor because they want to transform readers into modern-day Pharisees, but to stir us up…

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October 2011
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Religion squeezed out

Religion squeezed out The Equalities and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has thrown out the idea of ‘reasonable accommodation’ for religion, under pressure from other equality interests.    The European Union’s EHRC had been intervening in four religious liberty cases brought by British Christians against their employers and council authorities that claimed discrimination and lack of…

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October 2011
News

Death by numbers

Death by numbers Global terrorism, wars, heightened security and public awareness — the media has been keen to show the various effects of what happened on 11 September 2001. But the real ‘legacy’ of 9/11 can be summed up in the grim mathematics of resultant suffering. Ten years ago, 19 terrorists hijacked four airplanes, crashed…

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October 2011
News

Self-build

Self-build                 The first construction phase of the UK’s largest new green oak building has now reached completion at a rural location in Isleham, Cambridgeshire.     The Ark is an ambitious and extensive community and church building. It was erected by the congregation of High Street Church, which has outgrown the…

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Lowestoft outreach

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October 2011
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Lowestoft outreach

Lowestoft outreach              Lowestoft’s 15th annual Air Festival brought more than 350,000 people to the seafront on 11-12 August. It was the fifth such occasion that a good news stand was organised on the promenade by Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church (OBFPC).     In preparation, we took encouragement from Acts 1:8…

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October 2011
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Reformation Christianity

Reformation Christianity From 11-12 November, Bawtry Hall will host the fourth men’s conference to discuss Reformed doctrines from a practical perspective.     The three previous conferences have had delegates from mainland Europe, as well as the UK. Previously we used the conference name ‘A defence of Calvinism’, but this year it will be called…

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Belfast bookshop

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October 2011
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Belfast bookshop

Belfast bookshop The Evangelical Bookshop in Belfast has undergone an extensive refurbishment, investing in its future ministry despite the uncertain economic environment for bookshops.     Ever since the 1920s, when evangelical literature was scarce in the UK, the Evangelical Bookshop has circulated Bibles and reformed literature throughout the UK and Ireland.     Despite many…

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October 2011
News

Building bridges

Building bridges A think-tank has offered a £60,000 prize to someone from around the world who has made an ‘exceptional contribution’ to building bridges between people of different faiths.    Launched by UK-based foundation Coexist, the prize is for the ‘unsung hero’ and aims to celebrate the positive social role religion plays for so many…

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Southport

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October 2011
News

Southport

Southport  On Saturday 16 July, members of Grace Baptist Church, Southport, together with friends from other churches, gathered in a commissioning service for their co-pastor, Adam Laughton.     He and his wife Julia were commissioned for the work of the Gateway church-planting project in Kent. The call came from the Association of Grace Baptist…

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Free Church (Continuing) School in Theology

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October 2011
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Free Church (Continuing) School in Theology

Free Church (Continuing) School in Theology The 59th Free Church School in Theology was held at Carronvale House, Larbert, from 5-8 September. The School is an annual conference in theology intended particularly for ministers and divinity students, though with much also to benefit the intelligent layman.    Although it is organised mainly by ministers of…

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The Weakest Link

Article

October 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link Temptation has been around since the dawn of time. It is something we all face and it is usually at our unguarded points that we are attacked. ‘So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!’ (1 Corinthians 10:12). Is there a way to avoid temptation?…

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Pakistan catastrophe

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October 2011
News

Pakistan catastrophe

Pakistan catastrophe One year after the lives and livelihoods of many Pakistani Christians were devastated by surging floods, once more they find themselves in grievous distress as large swathes of the country are again under deep water.    Up to 6 million people, mainly in the province of Sindh, are caught up in the disastrous…

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Leaving a church should be difficult

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October 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Leaving a church should be difficult

Leaving a church should be difficult It appears that too many Christians have no difficulty in leaving the church they have attended for several years and going to another church in the same town. They will tell you that it was not an easy decision to make. Yet it happens so often that it…

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Christian publishing in China – a huge opportunity

Article

October 2011
China

Christian publishing in China – a huge opportunity

Christian publishing in China – a huge opportunity One of the more remarkable facts about the history of the church is that some of its most significant events were barely noticed at the time of their occurrence. Examples are not hard to find. In the early church the attention of the most powerful inhabitants…

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Southport

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October 2011
News

Southport

Southport  On Saturday 16 July, members of Grace Baptist Church, Southport, together with friends from other churches, gathered in a commissioning service for their co-pastor, Adam Laughton.     He and his wife Julia were commissioned for the work of the Gateway church-planting project in Kent. The call came from the Association of Grace Baptist…

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October 2011
News

Redbourn thanksgiving

Redbourn thanksgiving On Thursday 9 June, a thanksgiving service was held in Redbourn Methodist Church, and it was a joy to see nearly all the pews full.     About 90-95 people attended, including Pilgrims Friend Society’s (PFS) trustees, chief PFS executive Andrew Jessop, and directors and former trustees of the Redbourn Missionary Trust (RMT).…

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Article

October 2011
Poland

Irena’s story

Irena’s story I was facing eviction from our tiny council flat on the huge high-rise estate in Poland. What would happen to my three daughters? I managed to get in touch with our local MP. His solution was heartbreaking. ‘If you cannot pay your rent, we can take your children into a children’s home.…

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Article

October 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

The eclipse of the gospel

The eclipse of the gospel The Church Society met Friday 1– Sunday 3 July at Wycliffe Hall, Oxford, for its annual conference. The aim was to examine the past and present impact of Anglo-Catholicism on the Church of England. David Phillips, General Secretary of Church Society, opened the conference on Friday afternoon with an…

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Article

October 2011
Australia

One year in

One year in Mourners cluster on the parched grass outside the tin-roofed chapel filled with grieving family, as I seek gently to bring the gospel of God to them and to thank the Lord for an aboriginal woman’s life in the face of her early death. A year ago we were strangers, but now…

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Sheffield

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October 2011
News

Sheffield

Sheffield An ordination service was held in Sheffield welcoming Dr Kevin Bidwell as a minister of the gospel and to the work of church planting for Sheffield Presbyterian Church.     On Saturday 2 July around 150 people attended this event, including 19 elders and ministers from the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales…

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That sinking feeling

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October 2011
News > Youth Features

That sinking feeling

Youth Feature That sinking feeling Jesus has fed more than 5000 people and ministered all day (Matthew 14:13-21). Fully human as well as fully God, he is tired and needs to pray alone. So, in verses 22-23, he sends his disciples into a ship, to go to the other side of Galilee (Matthew 14:22-33).  …

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October 2011
News

Hope to People

Hope to People The board of Hope to People (H2P), in Ukraine, has appointed Yaroslav Denysyuk as its director. Since May, Mr Denysyuk, who was born into a non-Christian family in Rivne during the Soviet era, has been fulfilling his new duties.     Mr Denysyuk expressed his desire and readiness to assume this ministry during…

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October 2011
News

Petition from PTS

Petition from PTS The Protestant Truth Society (PTS) has published an online petition to lobby the Government against the registration of civil partnerships on religious premises.    The PTS, worried by the possibility of deliberate targeting of Bible-believing churches as a result of recent debates in Parliament, has urged Christians to sign the e-petition.    It…

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Article

October 2011
Obituaries

Dr Geoffrey Grogan (1925–2011)

Dr Geoffrey Grogan (1925–2011)     Dr Grogan was born on 4 May 1925 and taught the Bible and Christian theology for most of his working life.    According to a brief biography on his website, http://geoffreygrogan.wordpress.com, Dr Grogan studied theology at Glasgow’s Bible Training Institute, which later became the Glasgow Bible College. He also trained at…

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October 2011
News

Assisted suicide – BBC episode promotes loosening of laws

The campaign for loosening the laws on assisted suicide was given a fillip after the BBC ‘Hardtalk’ series produced an episode featuring a man trapped inside his body. Tony Nicklinson, who suffered a stroke six years ago that has paralysed him completely, is only able to use his eyes to communicate, although his mind…

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Review

October 2011

Travel Through The Houses of Parliament

This book continues the high quality that we have come to expect from the Day One travel series. Aimed at the interested general reader, it makes an ideal introduction to the subject. It is a clear and gripping narrative that tells the fascinating story of British parliamentary democracy. The beauty of the book is…

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Review

October 2011
Reviews > Book

Grounded in the Gospel

This book’s introduction outlines the reason for these two men teaming together in this noble project, one that seeks to recover the practice of catechesis in the church. Their vision ‘assumes the existence of authoritative truth that needs to be taught’ (p11). Every reader concerned about the rise of liberalism and an ‘evangelical’ Christianity…

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Review

October 2011
Reviews > Book

Smooth Stones taken from Ancient Brooks

One of the great advances for the Christian faith made over the last fifty years was the recovery of the writings of 17th century preachers known as the Puritans.  In spite of the somewhat negative and sour image of these men, a reading of their sermons and writings shows a completely different picture. These…

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Review

October 2011

Ten Myths about Calvinism

The main title, ‘Ten Myths About Calvinism’, suggests a strident volume in which opposing views will be given short shrift. In fact, this is a balanced and scholarly work, though accessible to the general reader.       The book is organised into two parts. Part one deals with ‘Four Myths Calvinists Should Not Be Circulating…

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Review

October 2011

O love that will not let me go

O love that will not let me go Ed Nancy Guthrie IVP 160, £0.00 ISBN: 978-1-84474-526-5 Star Rating: This excellent book should be read by as many believers as possible, and sooner rather than later. Read it while you are fit and well, though I can see that it could also be of great…

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Review

October 2011

At the Cross

I love reading books written by John Benton as he is usually a clear and concise writer. This book is no exception. The book restates and rejoices in what Christ achieved through his death and resurrection on behalf of sinners. Subjects like salvation by faith alone, penal substitution, justification, imputed righteousness, Christ’s perfect obedience…

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Review

October 2011

A Voyage of Discovery

Review of: A Voyage of Discovery: the Ups and Downs of the Christian Life Derek W. H. Thomas Evangelical Press ISBN 0-85234-742-1 215 pages. This study on the Psalms of Ascents (Psalms 120-134) is a revision of �Making the Most of Your Devotional Life� by the same author. In it Derek Thomas presents a…

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Review

October 2011

In light of Eternity – The life of Leonard Ravenhill

My guess is that only a few of us have ever heard of Leonard Ravenhill. If you read this long book you will have in your mind’s eye a man who played a significant part in the kingdom of God on both sides of the Atlantic.       Ravenhill was a traditional Wesleyan Methodist but…

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Review

October 2011

The Mighty Weakness of John Knox

I have to confess to two failings. Firstly that, despite serving in a Bible College in Edinburgh I have never read a biography of John Knox, and secondly that I have been influenced, though never completely persuaded, by the ‘bad press’ Knox has had. Douglas Bond’s book is the latest in the excellent series…

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Reaping the whirlwind

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September 2011
News

Reaping the whirlwind

Reaping the whirlwind The recent riots in London and other UK cities are not just a breakdown of law and order, but the consequences of a breakdown of morality in our society. We have all been appalled to see the shocking absence of respect for human life, for lawful authority and for private property.…

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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

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September 2011
Articles > Historical

Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

Joseph Spoor — aflame for God Joseph Spoor (1813-1869) was a northern Primitive Methodist minister greatly used in the conversion of thousands of men and women. A full account of his ministry is given in The earnest preacher, by Rev. E. Hall (1879). By the age of 20, Joseph had already seen a powerful…

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Article

September 2011
Islam

Two testimonies

Two testimonies Saudi girl I am a Saudi girl aged 25 and I live in Saudi Arabia. I was raised in a typical Muslim family that practised all the duties of religion. I began to pray at the age of 13, but then I stopped praying.    My father used to beat me to make…

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GRATITUDE FOR GRACE

Article

September 2011
Articles > Guest column

GRATITUDE FOR GRACE

Guest ColumnGRATITUDE FOR GRACEWilliam VanDoodewaard Do you have a critical, jaded spirit towards the church? In his Religious affections, Jonathan Edwards warns that, because of remaining sin, our spiritual sight is easily dulled ‘to all spiritual objects’. So, when a critical spirit rises, we should ask ourselves, ‘Is my spiritual sight clear? Am I…

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Praying for Syria

News

September 2011
News

Praying for Syria

Praying for Syria ‘Many Syrians have taken to the streets’ has become a familiar refrain in our news feeds. Thousands of its 18.4 million people have sipped from the cup of boldness, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. The Assad government has so far used force to quell the uprising. How should we…

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Heath church development

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September 2011
News

Heath church development

Heath church development One2two is the name of the complex built at 122, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, which is next door to Heath Evangelical Church and now attached by an atrium-like feature.     The complex houses a Christian bookshop, a coffee shop, with seating also in ‘the link’, and a patio outside. Upstairs, there is…

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Muhammad and the origins of Islam

Article

September 2011
Islam

Muhammad and the origins of Islam

Muhammad and the origins of Islam The standard Muslim teaching on the origin of Islam is as follows. Islam was founded in the early seventh century in Arabia by Muhammad, a merchant born in the city of Mecca. According to the sources (which are all Muslim) Muhammad was born in AD 570 or 571.…

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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible [6]

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September 2011
Articles > Historical

William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible [6]

William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible [6] William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible April 2011 (1) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (2) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her…

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To be like Jesus

Article

September 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

To be like Jesus

To be like Jesus How often do we read familiar passages from the Bible without much thought? But we can’t do that with Ecclesiastes, for it’s a difficult book; it seems to flip-flop between the outlook of a believer and that of a sceptic. Perhaps Solomon is sometimes reflecting on his life when he…

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News

September 2011
News

Letters for prisoners

Letters for prisoners A charity set up more than 130 years ago is already starting to think about Christmas 2012.    Christmas Letters to Prisoners (CLP) sends out more than 20,000 letters each year to 25 per cent of prisons in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Channel Islands. Some are also sent abroad…

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Daniel Webber

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September 2011
News

Daniel Webber

Daniel Webber After 21 years of service, Daniel Webber formally retired from his role as mission director of the European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) at the end of July.     This has been a significant and fruitful ministry, and it seemed appropriate that something should be done to acknowledge thankfulness to God. So a special…

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September 2011
News

New Stornoway church

New Stornoway church Another breakaway minister from the Free Church of Scotland has joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland (RPCOS). Rev. David Karoon of Arran has been taking services at their new congregation in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis.    Mr Karoon left the Free Church earlier this year after a church assembly…

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‘Bash’

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September 2011
Articles > Historical

‘Bash’

‘Bash’ On 27 July Rev. John Stott went to be with the Lord. The man responsible for pointing him to Christ as a public schoolboy was Rev. E. J. H. Nash. This article remembers this unusual, but devoted, servant of Jesus Christ. It was half an hour into the service. A man slipped quietly…

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September 2011
News

Farah’s struggle

Farah’s struggle A Catholic girl living in Pakistan who was allegedly kidnapped, raped and forced into an Islamic marriage has given up her freedom after deciding she could not take the pressure of a High Court trial.    Amid claims by human rights groups that Farah Hatim had received death threats against herself and her…

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Harold Crowter (1924-2011)

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September 2011
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Harold Crowter (1924-2011)

Harold Crowter (1924-2011) Harold Crowter was first and foremost a preacher of the gospel, sent out to preach by Rehoboth Chapel, Coventry, in 1954, and serving many Strict Baptist churches until late in life.     He was the pastor for 32 years at Ebenezer, Old Hill, in the West Midlands, remaining happily in membership…

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September 2011
News

Sidcup Free Grace Baptist Church

Sidcup Free Grace Baptist Church There was a sense of anticipation and joy on the evening of Friday 1 July when Pastor Mark Gladwell was formally inducted to the pastorate of Sidcup Free Grace Baptist Church (FGBC), having commenced his ministry there on 1 June.      Pastor Gladwell and his wife Marilyn had been…

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September 2011
News

Living Oasis

Living Oasis  The Bookseller reports that the Nationwide Christian Trust (NCT), parent company of Christian bookstore chain Living Oasis, formally entered into insolvency on 1 August.     Along with 19 former Wesley Owen bookshops, NCT also ran courses and events at Mulberry House in High Ongar, Essex. In the previous four months, the Living…

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How much should I give to mission?

Article

September 2011
Articles > Comment

How much should I give to mission?

ET Comment How much should I give to mission? In the ancient world the followers of the Babylonian, Greek and Roman religions gave one tenth of their income to their religions. In the Old Testament even before the giving of the law (Exodus 20), Abraham paid a tithe to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:20) and, under…

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The big interview

Article

September 2011
Interviews

The big interview

The big interview ‘It’s wooden, it’s noisy and you get to ping things. Brilliant!’ was magazine Timeout’s enthusiastic endorsement of Pucket, the elasticated table game. Sheila Marshall caught up with Pucket Enterprises team David Harvey and Ben Lewis in Battersea. SM What were you doing before Pucket? DH I analysed and valued wind farms…

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Healthcare encounters

News

September 2011
News

Healthcare encounters

Healthcare encounters The case of a Christian GP reprimanded by the General Medical Council (GMC) for talking about his faith to a patient1, 2 has revived interest in the appropriateness of faith-based discussion during a medical consultation. Dr Richard Scott was accused of ‘harassment’ and told by the medical regulator that he risked bringing…

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Contextualisation

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September 2011
General

Contextualisation

Contextualisation What exactly is contextualisation? This article seeks to explain, in simple terms, to non-missionary readers what contextualisation involves and the aims of those missionaries who recommend contextualisation methods. As we do so, we will begin to understand why there is such acrimonious debate for and against contextualisation.     Although this article relates to…

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News

September 2011
News

No elephant, no us?

No elephant, no us? The survival of the elephant is critical for the human race, according to Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson, authors of Walking thunder. They cited the ongoing destruction of the elephant population, when more than 70,000 were being slaughtered a year at the height of the killings in the 1980s, and…

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‘I’m [not] a celebrity, but get me out of here!’

Article

September 2011
Evangelistic

‘I’m [not] a celebrity, but get me out of here!’

‘I’m [not] a celebrity, but get me out of here!’ One thing I know for sure is I would never volunteer for this reality show. And not just because I’m not a celebrity! I don’t think I could do those horrendous bushtucker trials. The responsibility on the person concerned is huge as they get…

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How Saudi Arabia treats Christians

Article

September 2011
Saudi Arabia

How Saudi Arabia treats Christians

How Saudi Arabia treats Christians Saudi Arabia is home to the two holiest Muslim sites, Mecca and Medina, and the Saudi government, with its allied religious establishment, considers itself the authoritative voice of Islam. The Saudi king’s official title is ‘Custodian of the two holy mosques’, indicating the importance that the royal family attaches…

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September 2011
News

Bad air

Bad air A report published in the Ecologist has warned that inner-city children in London are living in a health ‘time-bomb’, thanks to bad air and pollution. The ongoing study of children in east London found that air pollution is a factor in lung impairment and called the fact that London has been given…

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Norway – what next?

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September 2011
News

Norway – what next?

Norway — what next? Everyone held their breath as news of the horrific extent of the killings in Norway emerged on 22 July 2011. The first news to break about the outrage concerned a powerful bomb in central Oslo. What was going on in Norway, of all places?     Some wept while others prayed,…

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William Carey – a light for India (2)

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September 2011
Articles > Historical

William Carey – a light for India (2)

This is the second part of a 2 part series. Part 1 is here William Carey — a light for India (2) After arriving in Bengal as a pioneer missionary (August ET), William Carey took paid employment in Mudnabati, learning to extract dye from indigo plants. His Christian employer allowed him time for study…

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Life is simple

Article

September 2011
Evangelistic

Life is simple

Life is simple Jane is so busy, so loaded down with cares. She has money problems and domestic problems. And she’s not getting any younger! John is so miserable, in his job and marriage. Why is life so bad to him? He is losing sleep, losing his health and losing the will to carry…

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The big interview

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September 2011
Interviews

The big interview

The big interview Stephen Lungu is International Group Leader and CEO of African Enterprise. A former street child, he doesn’t proclaim ‘God has taken me from nothing to where I am’ lightly! Sheila Marshall caught up with Stephen after a recent tour of UK churches and asked him some questions. SM Stephen, what exactly…

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End of the World

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September 2011
News

End of the World

End of the World Trust in the press, police and politicians has been seriously damaged by revelations over phone hacking and bribery at the News of the World. Can these agents be trusted again? At the time of writing, twelve people so far have been arrested; another journalist has committed suicide; there has been…

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The life and work of Brownlow North

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September 2011
Articles > Historical

The life and work of Brownlow North

The life and work of Brownlow North A report on the annual church history lecture at Cowley Hill Free Church, Borehamwood   We felt a great sense of expectancy as we made our way to the chapel on Cowley Hill, on Saturday 9 April, for the twelfth annual history lecture.      We all knew…

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September 2011
News

Rev. Dr John R. W. Stott, CBE (1921-2011)

Rev. Dr John R. W. Stott, CBE (1921-2011) John Stott, former Rector of All Souls, Langham Place, in London, leader of evangelical Anglicans worldwide over several decades, pioneer in the Lausanne Movement, founder of Langham Partnership International and author of more than 50 books, died on 27 July 2011, aged 90. Time magazine named…

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The call to serve Christ

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September 2011
News > Youth Features

The call to serve Christ

Youth Feature The call to serve Christ One of the striking things about Matthew’s Gospel is the heavy emphasis the apostle puts on the link between Old Testament prophecies and how the events of Jesus’ life fulfil these promises. After the first four chapters introducing Jesus in this way by pointing back to the…

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September 2011
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Dr Peter Naylor and Ezekiel

Dr Peter Naylor and Ezekiel EP Books have recently added Ezekiel, by the late Rev. Peter Naylor, to their EP Study Commentary series. This tribute to Dr Naylor was written by John Appleby, formerly a joint managing editor for Grace Publications Trust. Dr Peter Naylor was one whom I counted as a good friend…

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September 2011
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An offending symbol

An offending symbol UK Christian electrician Colin Atkinson, who won the right to keep displaying a small palm cross in his work van in April, has again been suspended from work.     Atkinson’s employer, Wakefield District Housing Association (WDH), originally suspended him after he would not remove a Christian cross, made from palm leaves,…

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Valuing life’s veterans

Article

September 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Valuing life’s veterans

Valuing life’s veterans If I were to ask who were the most neglected people in British society, I wonder what your answer would be? In fact, it is the elderly who are often overlooked and pushed to the margins of society. Although many senior citizens are physically active, psychologically alert and enjoy happy lives,…

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Dragons or Dinosaurs? –  Cloud Ten Pictures

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September 2011
DVD

Dragons or Dinosaurs? – Cloud Ten Pictures

Dragons or Dinosaurs? Cloud Ten Pictures, 85 minutes   www.cloudtenpictures.com Young-age creationists think that dinosaurs coexisted with human beings before the Flood, and some believe that ‘prehistoric’ reptiles may even have survived into recent times. These intriguing claims are investigated in this new DVD, which ties in with a book of the same name by…

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Review

September 2011

Love Wins: At the Heart of Life’s Big Questions

The Christian’s hope of heaven has unquestionably an earthly dimension. ‘In keeping with his promise’, writes Peter, ‘we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness’ (2Peter3.13). Our eternal home will not be the heaven to which our souls depart at death, but a renewed earth in…

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Review

September 2011

Tell all the World

The editors of this appeal for church-based mission for the twenty-first century have brought together the thoughts of twelve different contributors. Each of them is qualified to specialise in their given subjects, and succeed in producing aninstructive insight into 150 years of cross-cultural mission. For the first century of its existence India was the…

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Review

September 2011

Snatched from the Fire

Snatched from the Fire by Mitch The subtitle of this book is, ‘Life with a purpose’ and it tells about the purpose of the author’s life, i.e. living for the Lord Jesus Christ and telling others about him. It is part biography and part teaching about the fundamentals of the Christian life; every page…

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Review

September 2011

Dragons or Dinosaurs?

Young-age creationists think that dinosaurs co-existed with human beings before the Flood and some believe that ‘prehistoric’ reptiles may even have survived into recent times. These intriguing claims are investigated in this new DVD, which ties in with a book of the same name by executive producer Darek Isaacs. This is a well-produced documentary,…

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Review

September 2011

God’s Names

God’s Names is designed to generate ‘an interactive dialogue between adult and child as you discover God’s character together, as revealed by his names’. It looks at 18 OT titles for God e.g. El-Shaddai, a Strong Tower, the NT address ‘Father’, 5 for Jesus Christ, and 1 for the Holy Spirit.       It’s helpful…

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Review

September 2011

HELP! Living in a fallen world

This new series of pocket-sized booklets began to appear last year and there are currently sixteen titles available. All of them have been produced by different men and women who are well-qualified and experienced in their field and in some cases they are writing from personal experience. Some are pastors, many others are Christian…

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Review

September 2011

Preacher, keep yourself from idols

This book is for preachers. Its aim is to warn them of the particular forms of idolatry to which their calling exposes them. This task it accomplishes well, on the whole. The footnotes are a mine of information about recent books on preaching.       Twelve forms of idolatry, in all, are addressed, including the…

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Striving for an imperishable crown

Article

August 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Striving for an imperishable crown

Striving for an imperishable crown ‘And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown’ (1 Corinthians 9:25). Many of us are avidly awaiting the London Olympics in 2012. Nowadays the winners of such competitions receive medals,…

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Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)

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August 2011
Philippines

Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)

Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines) Website: http://www.ccmmanila.org/ In 1994, Cubao Reformed Baptist Church, situated in Quezon City — part of the Manila complex of towns and cities with a population of about 24 million people — received a gift. The gift was US$3,700 from a church in the USA, with the stated aim of…

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Thanksgiving service

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August 2011
News

Thanksgiving service

Thanksgiving service A special service for outgoing WEST chairman Peter Milsom took place on 21 May, in the College grounds at Bryntirion, Bridgend.     The service was led by the principal, Jonathan Stephen, and the preacher was Peter Lewis, senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Church, Nottingham. The marquee was full with students, staff and…

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Holbrooks centenary

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August 2011
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Holbrooks centenary

Holbrooks centenary ‘100 years of gospel ministry’ — this was our theme at Holbrooks Evangelical Church, Coventry, when we joined for a weekend of thanksgiving for the Lord’s goodness to us over 100 years.    The first of our services was held on Saturday 11 June, when approximately 200 members, friends and guests were welcomed…

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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

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August 2011
Articles > Historical

Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

Joseph Spoor — aflame for God One of the north of England’s most outstanding Primitive Methodist ministers was Rev. Joseph Spoor (1813-1869). His biography (The earnest preacher, by Rev. E. Hall) was published in 1874. Joseph was born in Whickham, to the south west of Newcastle. His father worked the coal-carrying barges on the…

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Rev. Professor Hugh M. Cartwright – a tribute

Article

August 2011
Obituaries

Rev. Professor Hugh M. Cartwright – a tribute

Rev. Professor Hugh M. Cartwright — a tribute My first memories of Rev. Hugh Cartwright (1943-2011) were as a rather rebellious teenager longing for this rather old-fashioned looking man to finish his rather long communion sermon in Partick Highland Free Church, Glasgow.     I couldn’t understand why my minister would want to bring such…

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News

August 2011
News

Education

Education Barnabas Fund’s (BF) school-place sponsorship programme is now helping 6553 Christian children from poor families across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.    Part of its latest drive, to ensure Christian children from poor families receive an education in countries where Christians face persecution and discrimination, has seen more than 35 schools receive support…

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Film review Thor (12A)

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August 2011
News > Youth Features

Film review Thor (12A)

Film review Thor (12A) The mighty, proud and arrogant ‘god of thunder’ disobeys his father’s command not to stir up strife with an old enemy, the frost giants. As a result, he is stripped of his power, thrown out of Asgard onto Earth and his hammer, Mjollnir, is encased so tightly in a meteorite…

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August 2011
News

Death sentence

Death sentence   The Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence against a 34-year-old pastor convicted of apostasy and accused of evangelising Muslims.      According to reports from Christian advocacy group Present Truth Ministries (PTM), Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, 34, has been in prison since October 2009.      His appeal against the death sentence…

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Persevering in prayer

Article

August 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Persevering in prayer

Persevering in prayer ‘Today if they don’t get what they want in a couple of weeks, they just give up’, said a senior Christian recently. What lies behind our current lack of persistence in prayer? One reason seems to be fear of vain repetition, which Jesus warned against in Matthew 6:7: ‘When you pray,…

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New church

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August 2011
News

New church

New church Saturday 4 June was a great day of celebration for Bethel Church, Liverpool, as it opened its redeveloped building and realised a long-term vision. All those involved can testify that the providing hand of God was with us in the challenges and demanding times.    A growing congregation, developing ministry and ageing building…

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New pastor at Rhuddlan

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August 2011
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New pastor at Rhuddlan

New pastor at Rhuddlan        Gosen chapel at Rhuddlan was full to witness the induction of Steve McLean to the pastorate at Rhuddlan Evangelical Church.     There were a good number of evangelical churches from North Wales represented, including Abergele, Flint, Deeside, Borras Park, Caergwrle, Coedpoeth, Bradley Road, Llangollen, Llandudno, Criccieth and Welshpool.   …

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August 2011
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Sex education

Sex education Parents and organisations representing Christians and Muslims held an emergency public meeting in Tower Hamlets over fears that primary schools are manipulating sex education classes.    An open letter, sent from the Safe at School Campaign (SSC) and countersigned by three other groups, called on all state-maintained primary schools in Tower Hamlets not…

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William Carey – a light for India

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August 2011
Articles > Historical

William Carey – a light for India

This is the first part of a 2 part series. The second part is here William Carey — a light for India William Carey was born on 17 August 1761, at Paulerspury in Northamptonshire, where his father was village schoolmaster and parish clerk. He loved nature and filled his bedroom with insects and collected…

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Bala

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August 2011
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Bala

Bala God’s men, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, gathered at the Bryn-y-groes conference centre, at Bala in North Wales, for the Evangelical Movement of Wales’ (EMW) annual conference.    I had set my alarm clock for a leisurely 7.00am rising, but two hours before that my sleep…

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August 2011
News

Sharia law

Sharia law The use of Sharia law should be outlawed where it restricts freedom, conflicts with English law and discriminates against women and non-Muslims, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has said.    The bishop was the main speaker in the House of Lords in support of a bill intended to limit the remit of Sharia law in…

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Grace Baptist Assembly

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August 2011
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Grace Baptist Assembly

Grace Baptist Assembly ‘Stimulating, informative, challenging and immensely thought provoking’, were some of the words I overheard at meal times.    These were used to describe the sessions enjoyed by the 130 attendees at the 2011 Grace Baptist Assembly (GBA) held at the Hayes Conference Centre, at Swanwick in Derbyshire, under the intriguing title of…

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Jesus Christ: risen, ascended and enthroned

Article

August 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus Christ: risen, ascended and enthroned

Jesus Christ: risen, ascended and enthroned There is nothing more central to the gospel than the cross of Christ. But the cross does not stand in isolation. It only has saving significance in conjunction with three other events. The crucifixion is inextricably bound up with the resurrection, ascension and enthronement of Christ in his…

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Article

August 2011
China

China’s Revival

In 1949 there had been, at most, one million Protestant believers in China. Fifty years later, in 1999, there were estimated to be around 90 million. This was mainly due to the phenomenal growth of illegal, 'underground' house churches that, by then, numbered 80 million.

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Review

August 2011
Reviews > Book

Maximum Impact: Living and Loving for God’s Glory

Subtitled ‘Living and loving for God’s glory’, this book is a clear, accessible exposition of 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Wayne Mack is best known in the UK for his valuable contribution to the work on biblical counselling. Inevitably then, this kind of approach permeates through this particular volume. Consequently, it is packed with searching…

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Who wants to be a millionaire?

Article

August 2011
Evangelistic

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Who wants to be a millionaire? The Who wants to be a millionaire? franchise is the most internationally popular television franchise of all time, being aired in more than 100 countries worldwide.1 The game featured in the successful movie Slumdog millionaire, in which two young Indian brothers, Jamil and Salik, make friends with a…

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Heroic faith

Article

August 2011
China

Heroic faith

Heroic faith ‘A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing.’‘All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because theyreckoned on his being with them.’‘China is not to be won for Christ by quiet, ease-loving men and women.’‘God’s work done in God’s…

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News

August 2011
News

Missionary homes

Missionary homes         The Pilgrim’s Friend Society (PFS) is making two more fully equipped homes available for missionaries on home leave.    According to Louise Morse of the PFS, a rise in bookings since the society took over the Redbourn Missionary Trust last year has meant there are few vacancies over the next 12…

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Article

August 2011
Articles > Guest column

Pursuing Beauty

In 2008 the American YWCA published a report entitled 'Beauty at any cost'. This stated that 'Every woman in the United States participates in a daily beauty pageant, whether she likes it or not.'

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News

August 2011
News

Sent to Poland

Sent to Poland Peter Slomski has been sent out from Grace Baptist Church in Halifax as a missionary to Poland, under the auspices of Grace Baptist Mission.    Mr Slomski said that, during his last visit to Poland, he eventually found an apartment to buy and gave thanks for the many who prayed that he…

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London Theological Seminary

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August 2011
News

London Theological Seminary

London Theological Seminary On the last Saturday in June, London Theological Seminary (LTS) held its end of year thanksgiving service at Kensit Evangelical Church, in Finchley.    The chairman, Bill James from Leamington Spa, presided over the event, which, along with prayer, Scripture reading and hymns, included the three traditional components of this annual event…

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Evangelical library

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August 2011
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Evangelical library

Evangelical library For the first time since its move to the new premises in Bounds Green, North London, the Evangelical Library held its annual lecture at the new library.     With more than 40 in attendance, including two Indian brothers in the country at the time, it was gratifying to see the interest in…

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Witness in Wigan

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August 2011
News

Witness in Wigan

Witness in Wigan     From 16-22 May, Jireh Baptist Church, Wigan, enjoyed a week of activities led by Steve Burton and James Chittenden of the Open-Air Mission (OAM).     The theme for the week was ‘The speaking Book’, linked to the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible. This included a children’s…

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August 2011
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New nation

New nation On Saturday 9 July, a new country was born as South Sudan celebrated its independence after years of civil war and strife.    In Juba, tens of thousands of people gathered, with crowds flocking to the mausoleum of John Garang, once the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, in anticipation of the…

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The global slave trade today

Article

August 2011
General

The global slave trade today

The global slave trade today 1. Slavery today is defined as forced labour without pay under threat of violence. 2. 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked internationally every year; about 80 per cent are women and children. 3. Slavery was officially abolished worldwide at the 1972 Slavery Convention, yet it continues to thrive because of the…

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August 2011
News

Beware: monsters!

Beware: monsters! The story of the amazing animals and monsters in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s progress is to be told at the John Bunyan Museum, Bedford.     The summer exhibition, called ‘Bunyan’s beasts’, will put on display books and text panels that tell the story of the beasts found in his seminal literary work.    Nicola…

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August 2011
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Drug cartel

Drug cartel Dozens of teenage girls trained as ‘hit-men’ have been rounded up, as police have cracked down on violent drug cartels in Mexico. According to Reuters, female gang members as young as 16 are being paid high sums to become hit-men for various criminal gangs across the country.    One girl from the northern…

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August 2011
News

Scottish Reformed Conference

The 22nd annual Scottish Reformed Conference was held on 14 May at Hamilton College.

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August 2011
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Progress at Thornhill

Progress at Thornhill Thornhill Baptist Church in West Yorkshire has called Ben Hutton from Ramsgate to be its new pastor and is set to welcome him in September.    Being relatively young, married to Lucy and with a new baby, Josiah, the intention is that for the next two years Mr Hutton will be mentored…

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The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’

Article

August 2011
Philippines

The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’

The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’ http://www.ccmmanila.org/ Not her real name, but the story is true as told to Virgie Biala, the CCM social worker responsible for following up ‘Annie’s’ case. ‘I do not know anything about my mother. My father told me that she left when I was still a baby. I lived in…

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Wales

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August 2011
News

Wales

Wales     ‘Do revivals only happen in the past?’ This was the title of WEST’s annual conference on revival held in the week commencing 4 June.     That revivals happened in the past was clear from Kenneth Stewart’s immensely searching and encouraging ministry on revival in the time of Samuel, and on prayers for…

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August 2011
News

Greek Tragedy

What has become of Greece, the nation that ten years ago was the 12th European state to align its economic fortunes to the euro? At the time, Ioannis Papandoniou described it as a historic day that would place Greece firmly at the heart of Europe.

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August 2011
News

Education

Education Barnabas Fund’s (BF) school-place sponsorship programme is now helping 6553 Christian children from poor families across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.    Part of its latest drive, to ensure Christian children from poor families receive an education in countries where Christians face persecution and discrimination, has seen more than 35 schools receive support…

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Sending missionaries costs money

Article

August 2011
Articles > Comment

Sending missionaries costs money

ET COMMENT Sending missionaries costs money Our Lord Jesus Christ, before his ascension into heaven, said to his disciples (and that includes us as well) — ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’. Obedience to this command calls for money as well as man power. It takes money to…

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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (5)

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August 2011
Articles > Historical

William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (5)

William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (5) William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible April 2011 (1) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (2) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her…

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August 2011
News

People on the move

People on the move After 17 years of service with the Highland Theological College, Rev. Alex Murray has retired from the post of chair of the board of governors and trustees. A dinner was held in his honour at the end of June. R. Murray M’Cheyne — named after famous family member of two…

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UCCF Link-Up paves the way for new students

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August 2011
News > Youth Features

UCCF Link-Up paves the way for new students

UCCF Link-Up paves the way for new students Christian Unions exist to give every student on campus an opportunity to hear about the love of Jesus, shown in the gospel. They are also a great place for new students to be supported in their Christian faith and introduced to local churches. Students heading to…

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If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues?

Article

August 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues?

If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues? The modern world is dominated by shades of liberalism. According to Alasdair MacIntyre, there are ‘conservative liberals, liberal liberals and radical liberals’.1 For our purposes, we can say that there would seem to be three main ingredients in the present make-up of present day…

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August 2011
News

Darwin doodles

Darwin doodles Margin notes, comments and scribbles from naturalist Charles Darwin on the pages of his own personal library have been made available online. Darwin’s personal scientific book collection, the majority of which is at Cambridge University Library, has been digitised in a joint effort between Cambridge, the American Museum of Natural History, the…

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Sri Lanka

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August 2011
News

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Two Reformed conferences were held in May in Sri Lanka — a family and a pastors’ conference.     Both were organised by the Grace Evangelical Church (GEC) of Colombo and held at a conference hall near the city. GEC began in 1977, when believers meeting for Bible studies came together, united by…

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Review

July 2011
Reviews > Book

Our witchdoctors are too weak

The arresting title of this book is just right for the captivating account it gives of missionary life in the Amazon jungle. Two young American missionaries are exposed to a world of witchcraft, fear, isolation and danger. How they face and overcome it is a story worth reading. Davey and Marie Jank are motivated…

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July 2011
News

Dependency culture

Dependency culture A ‘dependency culture’ is to blame for the ‘shocking state of the UK labour market’, the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has claimed.    The Office for National Statistics’ Social trends survey of the UK labour market shows that the number of households where no one has ever worked has almost doubled between…

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The Apprentice

Article

July 2011
Evangelistic

The Apprentice

The Apprentice An apprentice is a learner, someone who wants to develop new skills or enhance their current skills; someone who goes out and finds someone else who knows more, so that they can learn from them. Real apprentices never lose the thrill of learning something new, of staying on top of their game…

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July 2011
News

Christians attacked

Christians attacked Professing Christians are coming under increasing pressure to join the uprising in Syria or risk threats of violence, according to reports from Barnabas Fund (BF).    Partners of the organisation who are in the country have said that Syrian churches have received threatening letters calling them to join demonstrations, while nominally Christian villages…

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July 2011
News

Shameful failure

Shameful failure A lack of training, equipment and compassion allowed an apparently suicidal man to drown, as firemen and police officers were too ‘handcuffed by policy’ to save him.    According to reports from Associated Press, the stepmother of the 50-year-old man begged for help as he waded into the deep water in San Francisco…

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What happens when…?

Article

July 2011
Reviews

What happens when…?

What happens when…? Peter CurrieDay One Publications; 155 pages, £6.00; ISBN: 978-184625-182-5 This aims to cover very concisely the pertinent foundations of the Christian life for new adult converts, or even unbelievers seeking the truth.     Each of the 14 chapters takes about five minutes to read through. They cover the following topics: conversion,…

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The life of Charles Hodge

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July 2011
Reviews

The life of Charles Hodge

The life of Charles Hodge A. A. Hodge Banner of Truth; 655 pages, £17.00; ISBN: 978-1-84871-090-0 Those familiar with Charles Hodge’s magisterial Systematic theology, his commentaries on Romans, 1 and 2 Corinthians, and Ephesians, and his wonderfully succinct and erudite The way of life will warmly welcome this biography written by his son and…

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The Lord of glory

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July 2011
Reviews

The Lord of glory

The Lord of glory — Day by day devotions with your children Jim CromartyEP Books; 767 pages, £17.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-684-6 This book has been written to encourage and help Christian parents take seriously their responsibility to lead their families in daily family worship.    There is a two-paged, dated entry for every day of the year.…

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News

July 2011
News

Rape charges

Rape charges A nursery worker has pleaded guilty to the rape of an infant in his care at the Little Stars Nursery in Birmingham. Paul Anthony Wilson told Birmingham Crown Court that he admitted the two rape charges, after police found images of the abuse.    The 20-year-old also pleaded guilty to offences that related…

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Celebrating superiority

Article

July 2011
Articles > Comment

Celebrating superiority

ET COMMENT Celebrating superiority Have you ever noticed that the sins you hate most may just be the sins closest to your heart? I hate the sin of envy, and I think I hate it so much because it is so often very near to me, just waiting to strike, to cause me to…

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July 2011
News

Courageous initiative

Courageous initiative   In a courageous initiative, HM The Queen spent four days during May visiting the Republic of Ireland. Is this the beginning of a new era of reconciliation?   The Queen’s visit passed without disruption, marking a deeply significant milestone in relations between the UK and Irish Republic.      It was the…

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Exploring the fascinating life of Jesus

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July 2011
Reviews

Exploring the fascinating life of Jesus

Exploring the fascinating life of Jesus Roger EllsworthEP Books; 295 pages, £10.99; ISBN: 978-0-85234-720-1 This book is subtitled ‘From Matthew to John in ten minutes a day’. It is made up of 46 short chapters, each one dealing with a different incident from the life of Jesus Christ.     In the introduction the author…

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July 2011
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God stays

God stays More than 200 people gathered in Westminster’s St Margaret’s Church on 18 May to hear a special lunchtime lecture organised by Westminster Abbey.     In partnership with Theos, Christians in Parliament and Christians in Government, the lecture was delivered by Prof. Alister McGrath.    He spoke on the topic of Why God won’t…

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Who shall I marry?

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July 2011
News > Youth Features

Who shall I marry?

Who shall I marry? My worst subject at school was chemistry, but when I first met my wife I began to experience and enjoy the ‘chemistry’ that grew between us! Some Christian couples reach their golden wedding anniversary and love each other more than they ever did! Other married couples endure each other, as…

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July 2011
News

Restoring values

Restoring values The Bible is the bedrock of British society and there should be a restoration of its values in politics, economics and medicine, a panel of experts told delegates at a symposium in the House of Lords.    Attendees at the event, hosted by the Christian Broadcasting Council (CBC) and called by Olave Snelling,…

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Bible by the beach

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July 2011
News

Bible by the beach

Bible by the beach Bookings increased significantly for Britain’s third annual Bible by the Beach, a four-day convention held over the May bank holiday weekend.    The event, which was initiated by the Anglican Bishop of Lewes, Wallace Benn, attracted more than 1000 adults and hundreds of children and young people.    Bishop Wallace said, ‘This…

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Grace Baptist Mission  – 150 years of God’s faithfulness

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July 2011
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Grace Baptist Mission – 150 years of God’s faithfulness

Grace Baptist Mission    — 150 years of God’s faithfulness In the Sunday school room of the church then meeting in Keppel Street, London, the Strict Baptist Mission (SBM) began its life! It arose out of a young men’s auxiliary of the Baptist Missionary Society (BMS) that became dissatisfied with the doctrine and practical…

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July 2011
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Church closure

Church closure Seven churches in Algeria have been ordered to close, after a law was passed in government that required churches to register as a place designated for specific religious purposes.    The Protestant Church in Algeria has allegedly received notice from a high police commissioner warning that a decision had been made to shut…

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A portrait of Paul

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July 2011
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A portrait of Paul

A portrait of Paul Rob Ventura and Jeremy WalkerReformation Heritage; 207 pages, £13.99ISBN: 978-1-60178-090-4 Joel R. Beeke’s foreword states: ‘This is a great book that should serve as required reading in an introductory course on Christian ministry. Every minister should own a copy and read it’. However, it is equally true that it ought…

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July 2011
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Riposte

Riposte The flamboyant Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has spoken openly in defiance of Professor Stephen Hawking’s assertion that there is no God and no afterlife.    In an interview with BBC’s Toby Foster, host of a weekday breakfast show for BBC Radio Sheffield, the archbishop said that Professor Hawking’s picture of heaven as a…

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July 2011
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LTS seminar

LTS seminar Dr Peter Williams presented two papers to the London Theological Seminary (LTS) on Monday 13 June, as part of its series of Monday seminars.    The series, which discusses the truth and trustworthiness of Scripture, is aimed primarily at those in the ministry or training for ministry, but is also open to any…

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EPC family day

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July 2011
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EPC family day

EPC family day The August campus of Stranmillis University College, Belfast, played host to the Presbytery Family Day of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC). Rev. Geoff Thomas was the special speaker at the annual event, which was held on Saturday 7 May.     Mr Thomas gave two inspiring addresses: on the loveliness of Christ…

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July 2011
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Peace call

Peace call Palestinian Christian parliamentarian and academic Dr Bernard Sabella has called on Israel to respond to uprisings in the Middle East by offering a ‘vision for peace’ in the region and by working to resolve the 63-year-old issue of Palestinian refugees. Dr Sabella said there were more than 7 million Palestinian refugees scattered…

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The fruit of the Spirit is…

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July 2011
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The fruit of the Spirit is…

The fruit of the Spirit is…J. V. FeskoEP Books80 pages, £4.50ISBN: 978-0-85234-736-2 This is my kind of book! It is concisely written, brim full of scriptural and practical application and has only 80 pages of clear type. It is small enough to slip into a pocket and then take out to read at a…

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Katrina – revisited

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July 2011
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Katrina – revisited

Katrina — revisited Hello! My name is Caitriona Campbell, and I live in the United States. Nearly two years ago, I wrote an article (ET, November 2009) about a trip I had taken down to Lakeshore, Mississippi, to help with Hurricane Katrina relief work. I would like to share with you some of the…

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July 2011
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Demonstrations

Demonstrations The international community has been watching the situation in Israel escalate as protestors have been rushing towards the ceasefire line to the north of the border.    As the Arab Spring continues across the Gulf and Middle East, protests have been escalating in the West Bank, with hundreds of people demonstrating at the Qalandia…

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July 2011
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Divorce allowed

Divorce allowed The strictly Catholic country of Malta has voted in laws that will allow divorce in a certain number of circumstances, despite fierce and public opposition.    On 28 May, after a tightly-won ‘Yes’ campaign referendum victory on whether divorce should be allowed, Malta’s status as the only European country not to allow divorce…

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The authenticity of English version Bibles

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July 2011
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The authenticity of English version Bibles

The authenticity of English version Bibles M. W. J. PhelanTwo edged sword Publications; 697 pages, £20.00ISBN: 978-19054-472-3-7 This is the eighth publication of Michael Phelan, who once picked up in a charity shop a book called Good news for modern man, read it, not knowing it was the New Testament, and as he read…

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July 2011
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European angle

European angle European judges in Strasbourg have ordered ministers to make a formal statement on whether it believes Christians’ rights have been infringed by decisions in the British courts.    According to the Daily Telegraph, the move by the European Court was the result of a new legal challenge, led by four Christians who believe…

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July 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Lessons from the bees

While sitting in my parents’ back garden recently, I was struck by the very pleasant sound of the singing of birds and humming of bees. I would like to have recorded it. Playing it back, you would have been hard pressed to know that it was an urban, not a rural, setting. This got…

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July 2011
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Child protection

Child protection Belief in witchcraft is widespread, but the incidence of faith-based child abuse in relation to this is low, according to a landmark report.    Trust for London has launched the findings of its Safeguarding children’s rights initiative, a project to tackle child abuse linked to beliefs in spirit possession and witchcraft.     The…

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Christ in Exodus – Using New Testament keys to unlock the truth of Exodus

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July 2011
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Christ in Exodus – Using New Testament keys to unlock the truth of Exodus

Christ in Exodus — Using New Testament keys to unlock the truth of Exodus Stan K. EversGrace Publications; 160 pages, £5.99; ISBN: 0-946462-82-8 This little book proceeds on the basis of the old saying, ‘The New is in the Old concealed; the Old is by the New revealed’.     After a short opening chapter…

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Wholesome law

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July 2011
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Wholesome law

Wholesome law The annual general assembly of Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) met in Liberton Kirk, Kirkgate, Edinburgh, in May 2011 to discuss a range of matters affecting the FCoSC.    This included an official time for the press and public to meet the new moderator, Rev. Graeme Craig, as well as other commissioners. The…

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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (4)

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July 2011
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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (4)

William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (4) William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible April 2011 (1) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (2) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her…

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In the school of God’s grace (2)

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July 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of God’s grace (2)

In the school of God’s grace (2) In May 2008, my husband Arthur was diagnosed with a rare brain disease — progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP). The PSP Association funded a specialist nurse who is on call 24/7. Her help has been invaluable. We lived in a tall, narrow town house with a lot of…

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July 2011
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Anti-sexualisation

Anti-sexualisation A report commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron has detailed ways in which children are over-sexualised and suggests ways to halt the moral decline.    The report, called Let children be children, outlines proposals to reduce the sexual imagery in music, advertising and clothing that is targeted towards children, for example, by removing overtly…

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Embracing the Trinity – Life with God in the gospel

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July 2011
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Embracing the Trinity – Life with God in the gospel

Embracing the Trinity — Life with God in the gospel Fred SandersIVP; 239 pages, £9.99; ISBN: 978-1-84474-483-1 Fred Sanders’ concern is that, though evangelicals (for whom he is particularly writing) are implicitly Trinitarian, they do not appreciate this doctrine as they should.     His purpose is to make them realise that they are the…

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Salt and light

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July 2011
Islam

Salt and light

World Mission Salt and light What do you think or feel when you hear the word ‘Muslim’? God has called you and I to be salt and light to them as well (Matthew 5:13-15). I think, if God had told me at first to go to a Muslim country and learn a related language,…

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Where there were no church – postcards from followers of Jesus in the Muslim world

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July 2011
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Where there were no church – postcards from followers of Jesus in the Muslim world

Where there were no church — postcards from followers of Jesus in the Muslim world Editor E. J. Martin; Learning Together Press; 201 pages, £7.99; ISBN: 978-0-98306-590-6 The objective of this particular book, ‘a resource to help followers of Jesus to invite Muslims to follow him too’, is praiseworthy and needful.     The book…

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Spurgeon on prayer

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July 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Spurgeon on prayer

Spurgeon on prayer ‘I have heard your prayer and your supplication’ (1 Kings 9:3) The wise men of modern times whose principal characteristic is that they think so much of themselves and so very little of anybody else, tell us that prayer is an excellent exercise, good and comforting and useful.     But they…

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Making sanity out of vanity

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July 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Making sanity out of vanity

Making sanity out of vanity In his classic work, Pilgrim’s progress, John Bunyan escorts us to Vanity Fair. The Fair, he says, is open for business year round. And it’s not a new business, but was established from ancient times. The Fair offers all the wares and services typical to mankind, some inherently dishonourable,…

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July 2011
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AIDS awareness

AIDS awareness More needs to be done to combat the global scourge of AIDS, according to the Mildmay charity. Speaking on the 30th anniversary of the world’s first diagnosed AIDS case, which was recorded in Los Angeles in June 1981, Fi McLachlan, chief executive of Mildmay, said there should be a ‘renewed and definite…

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July 2011
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Another fine mess

Another fine mess!   Most people learn from their mistakes, but US preacher Harold Camping just kept making the same errors.   ‘We have three months left until Judgement Day, which will happen on 21 October this year — but don’t change any plans, just in case’. This was the ironically desperate message from…

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July 2011
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Public scandals

Public scandals Every leading newspaper in the UK, Europe and US has recently been featuring sorry stories of high-profile leaders of society and role-models in sport and culture involved in sex scandals, bribes and allegations of corruption.     This has occurred even though UK celebrities have been stifling public knowledge of their affairs with…

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July 2011
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Arab Spring

Arab Spring Violence has escalated in Yemen after reports that the country’s president Ali Abdullah Saleh was more seriously injured in a rocket attack on his compound than originally thought.    According to reports from Al-Jazeera and the BBC, it was revealed that Mr Saleh had 40 per cent burns, internal bleeding in his skull,…

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Ignatius of Antioch

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July 2011
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Ignatius of Antioch

Ignatius of Antioch — the man who faced lions ISBN: 978-1-84871-093-1 Polycarp of Smyrna — the man whose faith lasted ISBN: 978-1-84871-092-4 Irenaeus of Lyons — the man who wrote books ISBN: 978-1-84871-094-8 Sinclair FergusonBanner of Truth; Each 40 pages, £8.00 ‘There are lots of “idols” these days. But do you have any heroes?…

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First EP conference in Kazakhstan

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July 2011
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First EP conference in Kazakhstan

First EP conference in Kazakhstan   Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world; its territory is equal to that of Western Europe, yet its population only a little over 16 million people.      It borders with Russia to the north and China to the south; it is the land of Genghis Khan…

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Making sanity out of vanity

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July 2011
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Making sanity out of vanity

Guest Column    Erroll Hulse Making sanity out of vanity In his classic work, Pilgrim’s progress, John Bunyan escorts us to Vanity Fair. The Fair, he says, is open for business year round. And it’s not a new business, but was established from ancient times. The Fair offers all the wares and services typical to…

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Faith unfeigned

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July 2011
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Faith unfeigned

Faith unfeigned John Calvin (translated by Robert White)Banner of Truth; 183 pages, £14.50; ISBN: 978-1-84871-086-3 The great reformer is writing against the backdrop of the times in which he lived. Those who had turned from the idolatry of Catholicism often had their backs to the wall. Many, like those in Bloody Mary’s reign, paid…

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Bring out the battering rams!

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July 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Bring out the battering rams!

Bring out the battering rams! I was asked recently by an experienced minister, ‘In a prayer meeting, after you’ve asked God for something, what more can you do?’ The question reflects the accepted norm in many, if not most, contemporary church prayer meetings. People take it in turn to bring their requests to God,…

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‘Seek the peace of the city’

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July 2011
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‘Seek the peace of the city’

‘Seek the peace of the city’ Around 2,600 years ago, the people of Israel were exiled to Babylon, a pagan and godless nation. Away from the Promised Land and living amongst these people, they must have had concerns for the future. How on earth were they to live godly lives in an ungodly land?…

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EMF open day

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July 2011
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EMF open day

EMF open day Welwyn Evangelical Church was filled to capacity for the European Missionary Fellowship’s (EMF) School of Biblical Studies (SOBS) open day on Saturday 9 April.    Among the attendees were ten students from Hungary, Israel, Moldova, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia and Ukraine. There was a morning and afternoon meeting and the day got off…

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July 2011
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Doctor attacked

Doctor attacked A Christian doctor with 28 years of unblemished practice has been threatened with an official warning by the General Medical Council (GMC) for sharing his faith with a patient.    According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), Dr Richard Scott, who works at Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, Kent, is under investigation after…

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Keeping strong

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July 2011
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Keeping strong

Keeping strong     ‘But how do they keep strong in their faith?’    This was the passionate heart’s cry of a young woman during a question and answer session in a Release Women conference.    On 21 May, Release Women, part of the organisation Release International, serving persecuted Christians, held one of its regional ‘heart2heart’ conferences…

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The Genesis Flood – 50 years on (4)

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July 2011
Scientific (including creation)

The Genesis Flood – 50 years on (4)

The Genesis Flood — 50 years on (4) Since the 1960s, many creationists have followed Whitcomb and Morris in reinterpreting the geological record in the light of the biblical Flood. Several scientific models of the Flood have been proposed, the most promising of which is known as Catastrophic Plate Tectonics.1 This model explains how…

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July 2011
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Gay ministers

Gay ministers Ministers from the Church of Scotland have started to step down after the vote at its general assembly in May allowed the ordination of gay ministers.    According to the Herald, commissioners voted by 393 to 252 to allow ministers and deacons in same-sex relationships, ordained before 2009, to be inducted into pastoral…

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If the foundations are destroyed … The church’s responsibility

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July 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

If the foundations are destroyed … The church’s responsibility

If the foundations are destroyed … The church’s responsibility There is always a temptation for Christians to wring their hands, and declare that what is wrong with the modern world is Darwin, Marx and Freud, who are popularised today by Sam Harris, Christopher Hitchens, and Richard Dawkins. Certainly, the West is a different place…

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July 2011
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Faith schools

Faith schools In its continued sniping campaign against faith schools, religious education lobby group Accord has criticised the Government’s new proposed admissions code for failing to ‘confront ongoing violations of admissions law by faith schools’.    According to Rabbi Dr Jonathan Romain, chairman of the Accord Coalition, the Department for Education’s proposals do not contain…

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A Reformation guide to Scripture – The translators of the Geneva Bible

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July 2011
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A Reformation guide to Scripture – The translators of the Geneva Bible

A Reformation guide to Scripture – The translators of the Geneva Bible Banner of Truth; 152 pages, £5.50 ISBN: 978-1-84871-091-7 This volume contains the various prologues within the Geneva Bible to all the books of the Bible. These prologues give a general understanding of the Bible’s contents and each book’s place in biblical revelation.   …

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July 2011
People

Meet the ministers – 50 years of preaching (3)

Meet the ministers – 50 years of preaching (3) Peyton Jones discusses preaching with Peter Jeffery in this concluding article of a three-part series. This focuses on his advice to young ministers; part one (May ET) looked at the power of God in ministry, part two (June ET) the practicalities of preaching. Peyton: What…

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Borras Park

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July 2011
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Borras Park

Borras Park             On Saturday 14 May, members and friends past and present filled Borras Park Evangelical Church, for a service of thanksgiving for 40 years of evangelical witness in the town.    The cause was founded by Rev. Glyndwr Jenkins, a former missionary to India and pastor of churches at Rossett, some…

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July 2011
Articles > Guest column

What does redemption mean?

  Guest Column    Erroll Hulse   What does redemption mean?   One of the great texts of the Bible is where Paul declares: ‘It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God – that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption’ (1 Corinthians 1:30).  …

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July 2011
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East Leake

East Leake A lovely afternoon in April saw some 150 people come together in East Leake village hall to thank God for the ministry of Roger Hitchings. Together with his wife Cathy, he has served the Lord faithfully in the village, and further afield, since 1997.    The afternoon began with a service of thanksgiving…

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July 2011
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Soft mentality

Soft mentality Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has warned that a soft-touch approach to Islam might usher in a ‘new tyranny’.    Speaking after US president Barack Obama’s speeches to the British parliament and US state department, the Bishop, who is director of the Oxford Centre for Training, Research, Advocacy and Dialogue, said that a ‘romantic’ attitude…

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Airline

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June 2011
Evangelistic

Airline

Airline   Living on an island I am very aware of comings and goings. As a child, my friends and I would watch the ferry appear round the headland and we’d know we had time to head to town and watch the ferry dock and unload.   We’d lean over the railings and have…

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It’s not about the music – A journey into worship – Dan Lucarini

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June 2011
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It’s not about the music – A journey into worship – Dan Lucarini

It’s not about the music — A journey into worship Dan Lucarini EP Books, 220 pages, £7.99, ISBN: 978-0-85234-727-0   It is one of the tragedies of our day that one of the major disagreements among evangelical believers concerns how we worship God. Instead of worship being a unifying factor, it is a bone…

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The King James Bible

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June 2011
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The King James Bible

The King James Bible   At a time when many in the evangelical world have abandoned the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible — or Authorised Version, as it is called in Britain — we find radio and television documentaries, newspaper articles and special exhibitions waxing eloquent in praise of this seventeenth century…

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June 2011
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Bill victories

Bill victories The House of Commons has voted 67 to 61 in favour of a ‘Ten Minute Rule’ Bill introduced by Conservative MP Nadine Dorries to ensure that sex education for girls includes ‘information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity’. According to Christian Concern, the Bill comes in light of…

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June 2011
Interviews

Church planting in Ukraine

Church planting in Ukraine   Recently, Andy, a gospel worker from the UK managed to grab an hour with the pastor of a newly established city church in Ukraine and to interview him. Pastor Sasha Donchenko is 51 years old, and married, with two children and two grandchildren.   Andy: How long have you…

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Banner of  Truth ministers’ conference 2011

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June 2011
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Banner of Truth ministers’ conference 2011

Banner of  Truth ministers’ conference 2011   Our time at the University of Leicester was, as always, one of faithful, challenging and encouraging Bible ministry. We heard of gospel work from around the world and the UK, including a moving report from Bill Berkeley, a missionary translator working in Brazil for 53 years.     …

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June 2011
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GCU memories

GCU memories   ET readers write:   It was lovely to read the ‘Chain of grace’ (April ET) about the work of the Girl Crusaders’ Union for 95 years.      I joined the Penarth class soon after it started at the age of 9, little realising then how the Lord would use my life…

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June 2011
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Sunday trading

Sunday trading Belfast City Council has turned down an attempt to scrap Northern Ireland’s Sunday trading laws, according to the Christian Institute (CI).      Sinn Fein councillor Conor Maskey had lobbied the council to support total deregulation, in response to the launch of a consultation from Stormont on whether Sunday trading hours should be…

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June 2011
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What Next

The world is waiting to see what will happen in the Middle East after the death of Al-Qaeda's leader Osama bin Laden.

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June 2011
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A chilling Column

Old people who are a drain on society's resources should do the right thing and agree to euthanasia, according to a chilling column in the Sunday Times.

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June 2011
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Big questions

Big questions   Christians and Christianity — together with the Catholic faith — have been lambasted in a recent topical issues series of BBC1 programmes.      Entitled Big questions and hosted by Nicky Campbell, the series aimed to explore a range of topics with a panel of experts and selected audience each week. Many…

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June 2011
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400-minute Bible

400-minute Bible A special social network project saw the King James Version of the Bible read eight times in 400 minutes as part of its 400th anniversary celebrations.      According to a statement on website www.youversion.com/kjv400, Christians all over the world were invited to sign up and, at 11.00am US Eastern Time, to read…

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June 2011
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Global Audience

More than two billion people worldwide watched the royal wedding. But amidst the glitzand glamour, was the name of God glorified?

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In the school of God’s grace

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June 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of God’s grace

In the school of God’s grace   We had driven down to Cornwall many, many times, but this time was different. Arthur was touching the kerb as we went across the roundabouts and didn’t seem able to stay in a straight line.   It was all very jerky and uncoordinated. I felt nervous and…

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150th children’s book

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June 2011
Reviews

150th children’s book

150th children’s book   The day Carine Mackenzie wrote her first book was a typical one in her household. Two girls had been packed off to school and a little red-headed toddler was crawling around on the floor.   She was a bit noisy and constantly demanding her mother’s attention, but there was something…

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Parliament’s Christian heritage

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June 2011
Articles > Historical

Parliament’s Christian heritage

Parliament’s Christian heritage   For more than a thousand years, Parliament and the Christian church have been bound together by geographical ties. The very name ‘West-minster’ announces that aspect of heritage.   The Benedictine monks arrived there first and founded the great abbey which has been at the centre of our national life for…

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June 2011
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Family matters

Family matters   The Government’s Sex Education Forum (SEF) is trying to redefine the science curriculum in order to impose sex education on primary schools, the Family Education Trust (FET) has warned.      In its latest newsletter, the FET highlights how the SEF’s website information is misleading in what it says should be taught…

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June 2011
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Belief survey

Belief survey   The majority of people across the globe believe in a god-figure and an afterlife, according to a wide-ranging Ipsos/Reuters poll.      Fifty-one per cent of the 18,829 people from 23 countries who took part in the Reuters survey said they were convinced there is an afterlife and a divine entity, while…

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June 2011
Reviews

Servant of the Word and flock – An extract from Iain H. Murray’s latest book, on Dr John MacArthur

Servant of the Word and flock – An extract from Iain H. Murray’s latest book, on Dr John MacArthur   Through more than forty years, John MacArthur has opened and taught the Word of God in one local congregation, Grace Community Church, Los Angeles. Consequences have followed which no one anticipated, and which the…

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The Genesis Flood – 50 years on (3)

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June 2011
Scientific (including creation)

The Genesis Flood – 50 years on (3)

The Genesis Flood — 50 years on (3)   Like any book dealing with scientific matters, some of the arguments in The Genesis Flood have had to be reconsidered based on further study.   The book was published before the theory of plate tectonics revolutionised the earth sciences in the late 1960s, which means…

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June 2011
Interviews

Meet the ministers – 50 years of preaching (2)

Peyton Jones discusses preaching with Peter Jeffery.

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June 2011
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Birth miracle

Birth miracle A German baby born after only 21 weeks and five days in the womb has equalled a world record for surviving premature infants. According to a report from Associated Press, when Frieda and her brother Kilian were born on 7 November, she was the only survivor.      At the time, she measured…

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Stronger than the sword – Faith Cook

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June 2011
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Stronger than the sword – Faith Cook

Stronger than the sword Faith Cook EP Books, 188 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-0-85234-787 As I am familiar with Faith Cook and her excellent books, it was with a great sense of anticipation that I began reading her novel Stronger than the sword.      The novel is set during the time of the English Civil…

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Nairobi conference

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June 2011
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Nairobi conference

Nairobi conference     More than 50 pastors and other delegates gathered from all over Kenya to attend the annual Reformed conference for ministers, sponsored by Trinity Baptist Church (TBC), Nairobi.      All the attendees had a strong appetite for, though in some cases an inadequate understanding of, Reformed theology.      The main subject was regeneration.…

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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (3)

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June 2011
Articles > Historical

William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (3)

William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible April 2011 (1) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (2) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her…

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What good is God? – Philip Yancey

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June 2011
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What good is God? – Philip Yancey

What good is God? – On the road with stories of grace Philip Yancey Hodder and Stoughton, 272 pages, £12.99, ISBN: 978-0-340-99614-0 Picking up this volume, I knew only that lots of people read Yancey, and I never have.      Here we follow the author to Mumbai slums and Cambridge conferences, stopping at gatherings…

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June 2011
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School Bibles

School Bibles   Two schools have stopped the Gideons handing out Bibles in the 400th anniversary year of the King James Version. Abbot Beyne School and Paget High Schools, near Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, are reported to have told the Gideons that the Bibles may offend people from other faiths. Canon Dr Ann Holt, OBE,…

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June 2011
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Attack on faith schools

Attack on faith schools   A Church of England bishop has attacked faith schools for being havens for the faithful instead of serving the wider community.      According to an article in the Times educational supplement, the Rt Rev. John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, delivered an Easter message in which he said that schools…

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New Word Alive

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June 2011
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New Word Alive

New Word Alive   More than 5000 people gathered at the seaside resort of Pwllheli for NWA 2011, many of whom came to praise God and learn how to move forward in their Christian walk.      Of these, 1000 were young people and children, many of whom had not yet met the Saviour for…

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Cumnock Baptist Church

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June 2011
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Cumnock Baptist Church

Cumnock Baptist Church   On Tuesday 19 April, 168 ladies from Cumnock and the surrounding churches attended this year’s Easter rally.      The numbers were most encouraging on a lovely, warm spring evening for an event which has been running for the past 30 years. The singing trio ‘One way’ ministered to the gathering…

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June 2011
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Playing God?

Playing God?   The more we know about genetics, the more we must be careful, according to a comment posted on the site of religious think-tank Theos.      In a piece called Genetic screening: playing God?, Francesca Henbest, a theology student at the University of Durham, said that once the door was opened to…

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The big interview – a team player

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June 2011
Interviews

The big interview – a team player

The big interview — a team player   Putting your faith first isn’t always easy but, as BBC sports presenter and family man Dan Walker tells ET, those who honour God find that he honours them.   ET: Which came first — faith or football? Dan Walker: Definitely football. I was obsessed from an…

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Global positioning

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June 2011
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Global positioning

Global positioning   Many of us live such hectic and stressful lives that we fail to take time and notice God’s presence.   It can be an arduous task to simply slow down, because we are immersed with balancing work schedules, children, and confronting other deadlines. Why have we allowed ourselves to get off…

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What is righteousness?

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June 2011
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What is righteousness?

Guest Column    Erroll Hulse What is righteousness? In Romans 1:16-17 the apostle proceeds straight to the subject of righteousness: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.’ ‘For in the gospel righteousness from…

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June 2011
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Birthday celebration

Birthday celebration John Stott, a Bible teacher, preacher, writer, pastor and mission-leader, has recently celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends.      Rev. Stott, who is Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place, president of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and founder-president of the Langham Partnership International (LPI), has authored many…

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June 2011
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Be an advocate

Be an advocate   Release International is calling for church members to consider writing letters on behalf of our imprisoned brothers and sisters in Christ. To help people and churches, the charity, which campaigns on behalf of and supports Christians persecuted for their faith worldwide, has produced an Advocates’ Pack (www.releaseinternational.org/adpack).

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June 2011
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Bus of fools

Bus of fools   This November, renowned atheist Richard Dawkins and TV presenter Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou are planning to join forces to ‘de-evangelise Britain’, according to religious web site ‘Ship of fools’.      The celebrities will visit 30 UK towns and cities with a multi-media presentation called Shaking the foundations, in a convoy of…

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Prophets foretold him – Timothy Cross

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June 2011
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Prophets foretold him – Timothy Cross

Prophets foretold him   Timothy Cross Gospel Folio Press, 99 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-9267652-4-2   Many of us, I’m sure, have been faced with the challenge of: ‘Prove to me the Bible is true’. Or with a similar question: ‘How do you know the Bible is the Word of God?’      What would be…

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Relationships don’t just happen

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June 2011
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Relationships don’t just happen

Relationships don’t just happen   When you become a Christian it is the start of a relationship with the living God, who speaks stars into existence; the one who knows every fibre of your being, who loves you with a love impossible to change or destroy. It is the start of the most incredible…

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June 2011
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Arab revolution

Arab revolution   The ‘Arab Spring’ sweeping across North Africa, the Gulf and Middle East has continued to claim countless lives, as the war rages on in Libya, and Syria teeters on the brink of civil war.      On 7 May, Associated Press revealed that the United Nations was preparing to send a team…

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June 2011
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Cross victory

Cross victory A Christian van driver who was facing possible disciplinary action has been allowed to keep his job — and his cross.      Colin Atkinson, who works for housing association Wakefield District Housing (WDH), was facing dismissal before Easter over a row that escalated over a small palm cross.      For the entire…

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GCU swan song – a further report

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June 2011
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GCU swan song – a further report

GCU swan song — a further report   The magnet in the bookshop at High Leigh bore the legend: ‘Faith is not believing that God can, but knowing that he will’, and this seemed to reflect the theme of the last ever GCU conference.      Celebrating its 95 years of work in the Lord’s…

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June 2011
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Church buildings survey

Church buildings survey   A critical number of church buildings in the UK need support in undertaking repairs and maintenance, according to the National Churches Trust Survey.      The survey, open to all of the estimated 47,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK, found that while most buildings are in good or…

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Rapping hard on the door

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June 2011
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Rapping hard on the door

Rapping hard on the door   I was asked recently by an experienced minister, ‘In a prayer meeting, after you’ve asked God for something, what more can you do?’      The question reflects the accepted norm in many, if not most, contemporary church prayer meetings. People take it in turn to bring their requests…

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If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism

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June 2011
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If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism

If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism   Democracy cannot long survive without moral foundations. The second president of the United States, John Adams, is noted — and sometimes resented — for his observation in 1798 that ‘Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate…

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June 2011
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Chinese crackdown

Chinese crackdown   Calls for the Chinese people to adopt a Jasmine revolution have sent its government into a state of crackdown against a host of groups, including churches.      Following a spate of increasingly weird diktats, including the official ban on any TV programmes showing time travel — in case it causes disaffection…

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The Narnia code – Michael Ward

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June 2011
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The Narnia code – Michael Ward

The Narnia code   Michael Ward Paternoster, 193 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-84227-722-5   I grew up with C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and am looking forward to introducing them to my children, especially teaching them about Christ through their spiritual symbolism.      So it was with great intrigue that I began reading this…

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Testing the spirits

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May 2011
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Testing the spirits

A response to David Robertson's Fleabytes broadcast on the Pope's visit.

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Who made God? at Tenterden

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May 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Who made God? at Tenterden

Who made God? at Tenterden Despite the early spring chill, over 80 people including about 30 unbelievers gathered at Trinity Baptist Church in the Kent Weald on Saturday 5 March.     They came for a sit-down meal and to hear Prof. Edgar Andrews expound the subject of his recent book Who made God? (EP…

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Being a missionary kid (MK)

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May 2011
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Being a missionary kid (MK)

Being a missionary kid (MK) It is true that many ‘missionary kids’ are put off their parents’ religious beliefs, because it can sometimes feel like it’s been shoved down our throat. We suffer at the hands of our parents’ decisions, and that leaves us feeling like we had no choice in the matter. Having…

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May 2011
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Peace, hope and healing for the sexually abused ‘ introducing Christian Action on Sexual Abuse (CASA)

Peace, hope and healing for the sexually abused — introducing Christian Action on Sexual Abuse (CASA) A woman is raped every ten minutes in the UK (Department of Health, 2010); 21 per cent of girls and 11 per cent of boys experience some kind of child sexual abuse (Home Office, 2007). The problem is…

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May 2011
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Bomb victim

Bomb victim A British woman killed in a bomb blast in Israel was an evangelical Christian on a six-month course in the country. According to reports in the Guardian, Mary Gardner, aged 55, was studying Hebrew before returning to Togo, where she had been a missionary for 20 years. Thirty others were wounded when…

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Retirement service

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May 2011
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Retirement service

Retirement service                The congregation of Inverness Westhill Free Church (Continuing) and friends gathered in Culduthel Christian Centre, Inverness, to mark Rev. Maurice J. Roberts’s retirement from pastoral ministry.    The evening event, held in December 2010, provided an opportunity to express our appreciation for the long work and ministry of Mr Roberts.  …

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May 2011
Tanzania

Gospel work among the Datooga

Gospel work among the Datooga In 1998 a church adopted the Datooga people group in Tanzania and covenanted to pray for them. Today, the Datooga are coming to know who Christ is and how he can change their lives.    ‘It was some experience to sit under the trees with the villagers and hear them…

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May 2011
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Budget round-up

Budget round-up The Budget got a mixed reception from Christian organisations, with some praising the lifting of millions out of poverty and others criticising the lack of commitment to marriage.    John Scott, chief executive of Christian prison charity Daylight, said the moves to simplify gift aid and allow charitable giving out of one’s estate…

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Building for Banchory

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May 2011
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Building for Banchory

Building for Banchory A new church building has been unveiled for Banchory Christian Fellowship, near Aberdeen. This has been meeting in a local school for ten years, since its first service was held.     God has blessed the work and on the last Saturday in March, the fellowship rejoiced in God’s gracious provision, as…

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Prayer for revival

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May 2011
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Prayer for revival

Prayer for revival On Saturday 26 March, more than 100 people from over 22 churches all over Yorkshire gathered at City Evangelical Church in Leeds. They came to pray specifically for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our churches, region and nation. Some travelled 60-70 miles to be there.     The gathering was…

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Douglas Malton

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May 2011
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Douglas Malton

Douglas Malton One of the pioneers of international Christian broadcasting, Douglas Malton, has died of heart failure, aged 82, at his Hampshire home.     He was co-founder of FEBA, Britain’s first missionary radio station, which grew from his spare bedroom in Surrey to a global network reaching millions in places such as Iran and…

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Bounds Cross, Biddenden

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May 2011
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Bounds Cross, Biddenden

Bounds Cross, Biddenden On Saturday 12 March a recognition service was held at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel to mark the goodness of our faithful God in the call of Philip J. D. Hopkins to the pastorate. We were encouraged by the good number of friends who gathered from near and far.    Philip’s father, Phillip Hopkins,…

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May 2011
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Bible Burning

Bible Burning Christians and UN workers in Afghanistan have been killed and many more put in danger of their lives, when Muslims took to the streets as a direct result of a US pastor burning copies of the Koran.    After controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones finally pressed ahead with his Koran burning, there were…

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May 2011
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Bye Buy Childhood

Bye Buy Childhood The Mothers’ Union has submitted a petition to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling on the Government to prohibit sexualised media and marketing to children under 16 years of age.     The petition of more than 18,500 signatures was presented to No. 10 Downing Street on 14 March by Rosemary Kempsell, worldwide…

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Thank you, King James

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May 2011
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Thank you, King James

Thank you, King James James HastingsDay One Publications, 160 pages, £6, ISBN: 978-1-846252-32-7 This is the gripping yet harrowing story of the life of Robert Hicks. It is a remarkable account of how the King James Bible came to the rescue of a boy from the slums.    It begins with a prologue, which is…

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May 2011
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Plea for civilians

Plea for civilians The United Nations must not forget that its prime duty is protect civilians in Libya, as it intervenes in the war between Colonel Gaddafi and Libyan freedom fighters, the Evangelical Alliance (EA) has urged.    As the country approaches three months of war, Steve Clifford, general director for the EA, said that…

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May 2011
Obituaries

Ken Curtis (1939-2011)

Ken Curtis (1939-2011) The John Newton Project (JNP) has paid tribute to Christian film-maker Dr A. Kenneth Curtis, who died in January after a long battle with cancer.     Mr Curtis, who was also the founder of Vision Video, Gateway Films and the Christian History Institute, had a life marked with sorrow, yet dedicated…

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If the foundations are destroyed… Maintaining the myth

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May 2011
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If the foundations are destroyed… Maintaining the myth

Continued from Living with an echo The Dome of the Rock, erected on the site of the Jerusalem temple, has inscriptions on it from the Qur’an that declare: ‘Praise be to the God who begets no son, and has no partner’; and ‘He is God, one, eternal. He does not beget, he is not…

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Reach out or die

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May 2011
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Reach out or die

Reach out or die Castle Hall School, Mirfield, was again the venue for the North of England church leaders’ conference held on 11-12 March. More than 150 men and women came together to explore the theme of ‘Reach out or die’.    The main speaker was David Meredith from Smithton Free Church in Inverness. He…

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Elders’ study days

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May 2011
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Elders’ study days

Elders’ study days There are many conferences and fraternals for pastors, but few opportunities for elders to be refreshed by biblical and practical ministry on their church work. That need is now addressed by a new series of ‘Elders’ study days’ at the John Owen Centre, which is part of London Theological Seminary (more…

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Wessex Conference

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May 2011
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Wessex Conference

Wessex Conference On 19 February, Spring Road Evangelical Church hosted the Wessex Conference — ‘Vital concerns for today’s local church’.    Pastor Alec Taylor gave the afternoon paper, entitled ‘The need for discernment’, on the life and ministry of John Angell James. Mr James was a true example of zeal and gospel faithfulness. He prayed…

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