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Everything in 2012 issue

Review

February 2012
Reviews > DVD

Faraday – Man of science and man of God

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

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Crossing the great gulf

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December 2012
Evangelistic

Crossing the great gulf

At the age of fourteen I made a Christian friend at school, who invited me to a youth club run by her church. As my family were not Christians and I had always witnessed Christians being mocked for their faith, I did not particularly want to go. However, on the third invitation, something compelled…

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Touch and the difference Jesus makes

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December 2012
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Touch and the difference Jesus makes

Touch and the difference Jesus makes If I was to use a picture to describe life, it would be the splash of water following a stone tossed into the sea. We leave ripples behind us which reach out and touch others. There will always be a ripple; even the most talented divers at the…

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Article

December 2012
Evangelistic

He was Mary’s son

He was Mary’s son Guest Column   Peter Milsom Christmas can be a strange time. It comes in the dark days of winter and, no matter how carefully we plan, always seems to be a busy time with too much to do and too little time to do it. It’s really good to see the…

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News

December 2012
News

Cathedrals

Cathedrals Cathedrals in the UK are inclusive and welcoming to those of all faiths and none, a report, conducted by ComRes on behalf of think-tank Theos, has found.    The 33-page Spiritual capital report, forged from a study examining the present and future of Church of England cathedrals, showed that 53 per cent of people…

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Atheism’s new clothes

Article

December 2012
Reviews

Atheism’s new clothes

Atheism’s new clothes: exploring and exposing the claims of the New Atheists David H. GlassApollos (IVP)319 pages, £16.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-571-5 In a review of Richard Barn’s The Dawkins proof, for Evangelical Times last year, I had to ask if we needed yet another book responding to the New Atheists. To my surprise, I must again…

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David Livingstone  — famous missionary explorer

Historical

December 2012
Articles > Historical

David Livingstone — famous missionary explorer

David Livingstone  — famous missionary explorer David Livingstone, the fabled explorer, was born nearly 200 years ago at Blantyre, which is about seven miles from Glasgow, on 19 March 1813. His father, Neil, worked industriously as a tea-dealer around the local villages. He was a Sunday school teacher and total abstainer, who honoured the…

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News

December 2012
News

Corruption

Corruption A campaign, Exposed2013, has been launched to take a stand against institutional corruption. Exposed is a group of Christian organisations, which aims to challenge the global church, businesses and governments to highlight the effects of corruption on the world’s poor.     Campaign chairman Rev. Joel Edwards described it as ‘an opportunity for the…

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Gaulby Festival of Grace

News

December 2012
News

Gaulby Festival of Grace

Gaulby Festival of Grace The 13th Gaulby Festival of Grace was held at Gaulby Parish Church in Leicestershire on Saturday afternoon 8 September 2012.    The event was inaugurated by the late rector of the parish, Rev. Ashley Cheesman (rector from 1988-2010), as an annual event. It was designed to celebrate the doctrines of grace,…

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Will the war be over by Christmas?

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December 2012
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Will the war be over by Christmas?

Will the war be over by Christmas? Ninety-eight years ago, the men of two huge armies faced each other across the fields and woods of Belgium and France and prepared for their first Christmas of the Great War. At nightfall on Christmas Eve there was an outbreak of peace and goodwill among British and…

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News

December 2012
News

Italian outreach

Italian outreach    John Blanchard recently completed his fourth ministry visit to Italy in 12 months, when for the second time he was serving Sola Grazia Church in Porto Mantovano, on the outskirts of Mantova.     Sola Grazia Church was planted by Andrea Artioli, who also co-founded Coram Deo (‘before the face of God’), a…

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Everything now made sense

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December 2012
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Everything now made sense

Everything now made sense I was raised in Scotland in a village just outside the picturesque town of Stirling. Our family would probably have been best described at the time as agnostic. We simply didn’t have any need to discuss God, and I never went to the Sunday school that some of my friends…

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Does a little matter much?

Article

December 2012
Articles > World Mission

Does a little matter much?

Does a little matter much? Africa is a continent with massive needs. What wonderful opportunities for ministry with the gospel and compassionate care, for God’s glory!     We should not settle for doing only a little for the kingdom of God, when we can do so much more by trusting in our sovereign Lord…

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News

December 2012
News

Abortion counselling

The Government has cancelled a public consultation on independent pregnancy counselling and will not now bring forward legislation on this, health minister Anna Soubry has revealed.    This comes despite promises to MPs last autumn and despite important pledges made during the Conservative party conference, in which secretary of state Jeremy Hunt said he would…

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Kensit Evangelical Church, Finchley

News

December 2012
News

Kensit Evangelical Church, Finchley

Kensit Evangelical Church, Finchley In June, Rev. Spencer Cunnah was welcomed as the new pastor of Kensit Evangelical Church in Finchley, London (www.kensit.org.uk). The service was attended by 200 people, including many from Mr Cunnah’s former congregation at Wickliffe Independent Church in Sheffield, where he had been minister for over 10 years.    David Lacey,…

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Calling on the name of the Lord

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December 2012
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Calling on the name of the Lord

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

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News

December 2012
News

Cinnamon Network

Cinnamon Network At a recent networking forum for Cinnamon Network, cabinet minister Nick Hurd MP declared his ‘vision’ for working with churches to promote social enterprise.     He spoke of a ‘crisis of trust’ in how people are looked after, especially young people, and said that both Government and churches are seeking to tackle…

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From football to faith

Article

December 2012
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From football to faith

From football to faith Hi, my name is Hamilton, but you may call me Ham!     My childhood wasn’t anything spectacular; I did what most children did when growing up. I had a real love for football and was always playing it. Looking back, I don’t really remember having much to do with Christianity…

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Article

December 2012
Evangelistic

God’s living Word

God’s living Word I became a Christian after I experienced an amazing touch of God’s presence. I was born and raised in Singapore by non-Christian parents. Though they sent me to a Lutheran kindergarten where I learnt songs like ‘Jesus loves me, this I know’, when I was eight I became an atheist.   …

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Finding the Creator

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December 2012
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Finding the Creator

Finding the Creator I was born in South Wales during World War II. I had a happy and stable upbringing.     My parents and I attended a Welsh Calvinistic Methodist Church. Going to chapel was part of our weekly routine, as was dressing in our ‘Sunday best’! I believed in the existence of God,…

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Truth or tradition?

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December 2012
Evangelistic

Truth or tradition?

Truth or tradition? Truth and tradition have usually been in contention. And this is especially true when it comes to the subject of Christmas. Christmas is a season full of traditions, from Santa Claus to Rudolph the reindeer, to Christmas trees. These are harmless and happy traditions, except when they push the truth out…

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Igor Chernov — living in a different world

Article

December 2012
Articles > World Mission

Igor Chernov — living in a different world

Igor Chernov — living in a different world Things are different from normal at -40 Celsius. The ice on the road is no longer slippery, but makes a squeaking noise as you walk over it. Plastic carrier bags become brittle. The hairs in your nose freeze with the first breath you take. Any hint…

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The force of truth

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December 2012
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The force of truth

The force of truth I was brought up in Toxteth, Liverpool, and lived around the corner from a very active church, which always had something for bored kids like me. Although my parents weren’t churchgoers, they had attended Sunday school as children and thought it would be good for us to do the same.…

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What is your life ?

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December 2012
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What is your life ?

What is your life ? I challenge you! Can you think of a more important question than that? The New Testament writer James gives a brief answer to this question: ‘You are a mist that appears a little while and then vanishes’ (James 4:14). But that answer touches on only two aspects of life…

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Article

December 2012
Evangelistic

A white Christmas

A white Christmas Yes, it’s that time again — when you can’t visit the shops without being subjected to ‘Christmas music’. I don’t mean carols like ‘Hark the herald angels sing’ or Handel’s ‘Messiah’, but ‘Merry Christmas’ by Slade or ‘Mistletoe and wine’ by Cliff Richard. It’s enough to make you want to stay…

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News

December 2012
News

Gay Pride

Gay Pride Mayor of London Boris Johnson has announced his intention to give £650,000 in sponsorship to London’s Gay Pride event.    Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said, ‘The Mayor of London is throwing public money at an event which does not have the backing of a large section of the public.  …

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A Christmas blessing

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December 2012
Evangelistic

A Christmas blessing

A Christmas blessing Christmas Eve 2011 saw my family and I attending a ‘Service of nine lessons and carols’ in Bath Abbey. The carefully chosen Bible readings, along with the traditional Christmas carols, proved a great blessing. The service concluded with a prayer, which this Christmas I would like to share with you: May…

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Doing the right thing

Article

December 2012
Evangelistic

Doing the right thing

Doing the right thing There will be some people reading this who don’t enjoy the social whirl of the holidays. Nevertheless, they go to dances, ‘dos’ and New Year countdowns because of the expectations of others. Even while conforming, many feel the awkwardness of ‘loneliness in a crowd’. But my biblical hero, Joseph, broke…

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Article

December 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Meet the multiverse

Meet the multiverse According to Goldilocks, Little Bear’s porridge was ‘just right’, but only in the last 60 years or so have scientists been forced to agree. Not just about porridge, of course, but about planet Earth’s apparently unique capacity to sustain life. The realisation that Earth is perfectly suited (‘just right’) for the…

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News

December 2012
News

Pakistan

Pakistan Rimsha Masih, the teenager with learning disabilities who was put on Pakistan’s death row on false blasphemy charges, has claimed asylum in Norway.     The news came from Farrukh H. Saif, executive director of the Pakistan-based Christian aid and advocacy group World Vision In Progress (WVIP).     It is believed that, after her…

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News

December 2012
News

Lap dancing

Lap dancing Maidstone Council has thrown out an application for lap dancing to take place at a venue close to Maidstone town centre in Kent.     According to reports from the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), local residents had presented a case that such a venue was not suitable in an area being regenerated by…

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From immorality to Christ

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December 2012
Evangelistic

From immorality to Christ

From immorality to Christ I left the British Home for Mothers and Babies, at Woolwich, in my mother’s arms. That was at the end of the first week of June in 1944. We were accompanied, I am told, by the drone of an unwelcome companion up in the sky, one of Hitler’s first ‘doodlebugs’.…

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The dog who stole Christmas

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December 2012
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The dog who stole Christmas

The dog who stole Christmas Wise men came from the East to worship Jesus and gave him gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. Myrrh seems a strange gift, for it was used to anoint a dead body!    But Jesus was born to die, and, by his death and resurrection, he paid the penalty for…

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Historical

December 2012
Articles > Historical > News

Scottish martyrs

Scottish martyrs 31 October 2012 marked the 350th anniversary of the ejection of nearly 400 Covenanter ministers from their parishes in Scotland. These men refused to conform to the imposition on the Reformed Church in Scotland by King Charles II of what they believed to be unscriptural forms of worship and church government. A…

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An urgent choice

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December 2012
Evangelistic

An urgent choice

An urgent choice I was brought up in Italy, where the standard belief is Roman Catholicism, but I never really believed Catholicism had God’s authority behind it.     Somehow I resented my conscience’s demands for a better standard of behaviour, but that was the extent of my beliefs. I believed in the existence of…

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News

December 2012
News

Alien concept

Alien concept More people believe in extra-terrestrials than in God, research for ‘XCOM: Enemy Unknown’, a new video game, has found.    A poll of 1,359 UK adults found that more than 50 per cent — equating approximately to 33.1 million people in the UK — believe there is life on other planets, with only…

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Words of wonder from a forgotten figure

Article

December 2012
Evangelistic

Words of wonder from a forgotten figure

Words of wonder from a forgotten figure Simeon is not as well known as the shepherds or the wise men, but he tells us far more about the meaning of Jesus’ birth. Whenever we think of the people who saw the Lord Jesus Christ as a newborn infant or as a young child, our…

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Let’s get this party started!

Article

December 2012
Evangelistic

Let’s get this party started!

Let’s get this party started! ‘It’s the season to be jolly’, but have we forgotten the reason to celebrate? This year is the last time the Girard Annual Christmas Open House will be held at my flat. It’s been a seven-year tradition: inviting everyone from church, work, school and university to see how many…

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Drawn to Christ

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December 2012
Evangelistic

Drawn to Christ

Drawn to Christ As a 15-year-old growing up in the city of Coventry, I had one focus in life — cycling was my passion. Every day I would be out with the local cycling club, training or involved with time trials. I was not really that good but I just loved the sport.   …

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News

December 2012
News

Gang culture

Gang culture The removal of more than 200 gang ring leaders from London’s streets has resulted in younger gang members grabbing power violently, a study has found. The report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ), called Gangs — time to wake up, looks at how gang crime and fear of gangs has changed…

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The sinking of the Iolaire

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December 2012
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The sinking of the Iolaire

The sinking of the Iolaire In the Western Isles, where people over the years have so much depended on boats for their livelihood, many families have become familiar with the experience of bereavement, as news has reached them of vessels lost at sea and their men drowned. Among the shipwrecks off the Isle of…

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Article

December 2012
Evangelistic

My eyes were opened

My eyes were opened I started coming along to Camberwell Evangelical Church when I was just 14. My new friend from school had invited me along. She’d been brought up in the church and thought I might enjoy playing rounders in the park with the rest of her young friends during the summer.   …

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From atheism to Christ

Article

December 2012
Articles > World Mission

From atheism to Christ

From atheism to Christ I was born in 1957 in Khabarovsk, eastern Siberia, in an atheistic family. My father was a military pilot. I was 14 years old and had never heard about Christ.    When we moved to the Moscow region, I sought out a Russian Orthodox church, as something inside my heart impelled…

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The mystery of the incarnation

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December 2012
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The mystery of the incarnation

The mystery of the incarnation If you were visiting someone in a nursing home and they asked you to read them the Christmas story, you would probably read from the early chapters of either Luke’s or Matthew’s Gospel. We usually think that these events are described in those Gospels and that Mark and John…

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Silent night

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December 2012
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Silent night

Silent night There are few things as stunning as a night sky full of blazing stars. Trouble is, you hardly ever see one. Why not? Because of light pollution.     There is so much light from buildings, towns, cities and street lamps. You really need to be out in the ‘middle of nowhere’ to…

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LOVED from before birth

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December 2012
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LOVED from before birth

LOVED from before birth There is a verse in the Bible in which King David celebrates God’s care for him, while he was a baby growing in his mother’s womb.     He says, ‘Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in your book they all were written, the days fashioned for me,…

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Season of goodwill

Article

December 2012
Evangelistic

Season of goodwill

Season of goodwill Christmas is a very important time for charities. Throughout December, we will all be receiving more than the usual amount of glossy flyers and printed envelopes asking us to donate to good causes, along with Christmas cards from great aunts and second-cousins-once-removed. Whether it’s animal shelters, third world aid or medical…

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Review

December 2012

Below me, the clouds

Below Me, The Clouds Ron Collard Onwards and Upwards 314 pages, £10.49 ISBN: 1-907509-31-5 Star rating: 5 stars   I found this a fascinating, challenging and in many places a moving read.  It is an autobiography and the story of an RAF pilot told with sincere honesty.  The author doesn’t gloss over the failures…

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Review

December 2012

Who is the Real Jesus?

Who Is The Real Jesus? H Dermot McDonald Isaac Publishing 122 pages, £7.99 ISBN: 978-0-98252-188-5 Star rating: 3 stars   We cannot spend too much time considering the wonder of our God ‘contracted to a span, incomprehensibly made man.’ This book is therefore to be commended for helping us to do just that. It…

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Review

December 2012

Atheism’s New Clothes

Atheism’s New ClothesDavid H GlassApollos (IVP)320, £16.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-571-5Star Rating: 5 In a review of Richard Barn’s The Dawkins Proof for ET last year I had to ask if we needed yet another book responding to the New Atheists.  To my surprise, I must again answer ‘Yes!’, because Glass’s book is also very usefully different…

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Review

December 2012

Lady Jane Grey

Lady Jane Grey Simonetta Carr Reformation Heritage Books 64 pages, $14 ISBN: 978-1-60178-190-1   What a delight to see and handle this beautifully illustrated book! Part of a new series of biographies of men and women of faith specially designed for young people, Lady Jane Grey’s story is sympathetically told.      Simonetta Carr untangles…

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Article

November 2012
Obituaries

Rev. Maurice Handford (1925-2012)

Rev. Maurice Handford (1925-2012) It is with great sadness that we report the death of Rev. Maurice Handford. For some months Maurice had been suffering from cancer. The Lord called him to himself on Wednesday September 11.    Mr Handford was an Anglican minister who unashamedly contended for true biblical Christianity and the 39 Articles…

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News

November 2012
News

Celebrity Scandal

Celebrity scandal On 30 September 2012, news broke that the charitable, jovial, church-going Sir Jimmy Savile, who died in October 2011, had reportedly sexually attacked at least ten women during the 1960s and 1970s.    One of the alleged victims was reported to have been aged 14 at the time; another woman came forward a…

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News

November 2012
News

Lies from hell

Lies from hell A Republican in the American state of Georgia has stirred up a media storm after standing at a church sponsored banquet and declaring that evolutionary theories are ‘lies straight from the pit of hell’.    According to reports from MSNBC, the medical doctor Paul Broun’s views were videoed during the dinner and…

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Article

November 2012
Haiti

Serving Haiti

Serving Haiti With the lowest standard of living in the Western Hemisphere, 80 per cent of Haiti’s 8 million people languish in poverty. Two-thirds of the population are unemployed. Haitians suffer from chronic malnutrition, poor health and untreated medical conditions. Some 120,000 are living with HIV/AIDS.    Haiti was rededicated to voodoo during the bicentennial…

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Article

November 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Caring for the elderly

Caring for the elderly When Jesus hung on the cross, he faced incredible pressures. The burden of sin weighed heavily on his holy soul; physical agony racked his body; and the cruel abuses of men and attacks of hell distressed his mind and soul. In the middle of all this, he thought about his…

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News

November 2012
News > Youth Features

The lady and the cockroach

Pastor Holmes Moore tells the following story. The famous Scottish poet Robert Burns once attended services in a beautiful cathedral. After he was seated, a fine, aristocratic woman entered the sanctuary and very proudly and slowly made her way down the aisle, until she took her seat just in front of him. Every eye…

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News

November 2012
News

Coedpoeth Evangelical Church

Coedpoeth Evangelical Church The officers of Coedpoeth Evangelical Church, Wrexham, had anticipated that the congregation for the ordination and induction of their new pastor, Paul Ackerley, would exceed the capacity of their regular place of worship.    This proved to be the case, as about 150 adults and children gathered in nearby Disgwylfa Chapel on…

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News

November 2012
News

China

China Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) has challenged a claim from All Girls Allowed (AGA) that said the Chinese government has banned forced abortion. WRWF maintains AGA has based its report on misleading government propaganda.     AGA based its statement on links to two documents and a call made to a family planning official…

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News

November 2012
News

Welcome to Walthamstow

Welcome to Walthamstow On Saturday 15 September, about 200 people gathered at Central Baptist Church, Walthamstow, for the ordination and induction of Robert Jeffery.    Mr Jeffery had been in membership at Thornton Heath Evangelical Church for many years, having spent about seven years working for the church, before embarking on training for pastoral ministry…

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Article

November 2012
Interviews

The big interview – Lord Bannside PC and Baroness Paisley

The big interview Rev. Dr Joel R. Beeke, of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, met this September with Lord Bannside, PC, and Baroness Paisley, over private lunch. Here is Dr Beeke’s account of the occasion with Lord Bannside and Baroness Paisley (from now on in this article, Dr Ian and Eileen…

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News

November 2012
News

Christchurch Market Harborough

On 8 September Christchurch Market Harborough (CMH) joined with friends and family for a welcome service for Andrew, Ruth and Reuben McKenna, and to thank God for theprovision of Andrew as CMH’s first full-time pastor. The service, led by John Stevens, a pastor at the church and National Director of FIEC, was held at…

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News

November 2012
News

Pakistan

Pakistan An Anglican church in Mardan, Pakistan, along with the school attached to it has been attacked by Islamic extremists in retaliation against the anti-Islamic film that hit the news.    According to reports from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), on 21 September the protesters set fire to and looted the buildings. Anything of…

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Confronting secularism

News

November 2012
News

Confronting secularism

Confronting secularism Penn Free Methodist Church’s annual conference, which began in 2010, is becoming an established event. This was reflected by the noticeable increase in attendance at the High Wycombe-based church, on 15 September this year.    Continuing with the previous themes of ‘Britain’s only hope’, the speakers addressed confronting secularism from the truths of…

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News

November 2012
News

Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff

Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff Since he graduated from WEST, Mark Fisher has been in trainee posts at Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff. His ministry has expanded to include twice-weekly open air preaching in Queen Street, Cardiff; and in Newport and Swansea, and elsewhere under the Open-Air Mission banner.     He regularly speaks in some 18…

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News

November 2012
News

Hambleton Evangelical Church

Hambleton Evangelical Church Pic (l to r): Steve Harding, Andrew Davies, Geraint Davies, Richard Wigham, Noel Ramsey, Victor Matthews Thirsk Rural Business Centre is usually accustomed to housing farmers and livestock, but on 22 September it was the venue for the induction service of Rev. Richard Wigham as the new minister of Hambleton Evangelical…

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Article

November 2012
Articles > Comment

Is it really too far to go to church?

Is it really too far to go to church? Travelling in various countries, I have heard some complaints that folk have to travel too great a distance to get to church on the Lord’s Day or that the journey takes too long. Hence, the person says, they are often irregular at worship services. I…

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Article

November 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Why read the theology of the Puritans?

Why read the theology of the Puritans? This fall marks a milestone in my life. After five decades of reading the Puritans, I am excited about the publication of A Puritan theology: doctrine for life, co-authored by Mark Jones and myself. I’ve read a lot of books, and written several as well, that explore…

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Article

November 2012
Articles > Guest column

‘And some pastors and teachers’

Guest Column   Peter Milsom ‘And some pastors and teachers’ One of the great gifts our ascended Lord gives to his churches is pastor-teachers. The ESV helpfully brings out the root meaning of ‘pastor’ when it uses the word ‘shepherd’. The apostles and prophets laid the foundations of the church; the evangelists bring the gospel…

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Article

November 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Could this be the death of Darwinism?

Could this be the death of Darwinism? On Thursday 6 September 2012, the Guardian newspaper carried a dramatic headline on its front page, announcing that ‘Breakthrough study overturns theory of “junk” DNA’. http://genome.ucsc.edu/ENCODE/aboutScaleup.html The story was carried by many newspapers and news bulletins and soon the blogosphere was buzzing with a mixture of excitement…

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News

November 2012
News

Church weddings

Church weddings More couples are considering a church wedding, the Church of England has found. The ‘Your Church Wedding’ web site reported a nearly 50 per cent increase in visits during 2011.    This coincided with an increase in couples approaching the Church of England stand at wedding shows with questions about marrying in church.  …

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News

November 2012
News

Christianity Explored

Christianity Explored UK sales of handbooks of the new, 3rd edition of Christianity Explored have topped 37,000 in the 12 months to July 2012. A statement from Christianity Explored said this is more than double the comparable figure for the previous year, which was just over 18,000.    Sales of the Christianity Explored DVD also…

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News

November 2012
News

Beauty and glory

Beauty and glory God is so holy that even the sinless angels cover their faces and feet in his presence. The Father does everything for the glory of his beloved Son. In all of our spirituality we should draw near to the Father through the Son, in the Holy Spirit.     These were some…

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Personal view: How can we best support overseas brethren?

Article

November 2012
Interviews

Personal view: How can we best support overseas brethren?

Personal view: How can we best support overseas brethren? In recent decades, many believers in the more economically developed countries of the world have had, in God’s providence, increased opportunity for travel. Whether on business or holiday, they have been able to visit the less developed countries.     Often these travellers are taken aback…

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News

November 2012
News

Domestic violence

Domestic violence Churches in the UK can be more aware of domestic violence, respond to it and help prevent it, according to two organisations.    ‘Restored’ is an international alliance that works to transform relationships and end violence against women. ‘The White Ribbon Campaign’ is the UK branch of a global campaign to ensure that…

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News

November 2012
News

Who will help them?

Who will help them? With many elderly folk being unable to fund a decent level of care, what duty, if any, does the church have to its retired members? October was the conference season, but behind the politicising there was one crucial question on which all three main political parties agreed — the need…

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News

November 2012
News

Syrian conflict

Syrian conflict Barnabas Fund is calling on Christians to remember, pray and donate as many Christians in Syria have been pushed into refugee status by the conflict.    As the border shelling between Turkey and Syria intensifies, together with the civil war already raging within Syria’s borders, the minority Christian population is running out of…

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Article

November 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The evangelical golden calf

The evangelical golden calf In The evangelical Cinderella we considered the downgrade of preaching increasingly to be witnessed at Christian events. At such events the preacher, if invited at all, is in the shadow of the ‘worship leader’, and music, not preaching, takes centre stage. This is a tragic and dangerous departure from biblical…

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News

November 2012
News

LCM thanksgiving

LCM thanksgiving Around 500 people attended London City Mission’s thanksgiving service on 27 September. The congregation gathered at All Souls, Langham Place, to celebrate all that God has been doing in London over the last year.     The service included interviews with four LCM outreach workers. John Hamilton, who carried the Olympic torch through…

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News

November 2012
News

Stanton Lees and the jet stream

Stanton Lees and the jet stream A wet August bank holiday was the setting for this year’s Bible School at Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire.     The event was shortened this year from five days to three, relieving the burden on those who prepare food for the crowds. And crowds there were, especially on Monday,…

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News

November 2012
News

Shun individualism

Shun individualism The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said people should see themselves according to their relationships with others, not as an ‘atomised individual’.    Speaking at the fifth Theos annual lecture on the topic, ‘The person and the individual: human dignity, human relationships and human limits’, Dr Williams called for a ‘new…

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Historical

November 2012
Articles > Historical

William Booth (2)

Part 1 is here: William Booth (1829-1912) William Booth (2) In 1861 William and Catherine campaigned at Hayle, St Ives, Redruth and Camborne in Cornwall. Strong men shouted out, fearing hell, and in sorrow for their sins. An evil spirit troubled a woman who appeared to talk to her dead husband. The disorder disturbed…

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November 2012
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Aborting the disabled

Aborting the disabled An alliance of pro-life campaigners and religious groups has written an open letter in a new push to restrict the 1967 Abortion Act.    The letter was written to the Daily Telegraph and signed by leading figures from such groups as Life and the Pro-Life Alliance, as well as Catholic bishops in…

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November 2012
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WEST dedication service

WEST dedication service   A good crowd met on 15 September for the WEST dedication service, held in the SaRang Thomas Centre, and afterwards for tea in Bryntirion House.     Jonathan Stephen led the service and former student, Steve Levy, of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Swansea, preached about true Christian service in the church, from…

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November 2012
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Jamaican New Testament

Jamaican New Testament More than 100 people gathered at the Jamaican High Commission in London on 9 October for the launch of the Jamaican New Testament. This year coincides with the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence. The celebration concluded a 20-year academic project.    The High Commissioner, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, said the publication was…

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November 2012
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Sudanese refugees

Sudanese refugees Barnabas Fund has begun a major operation to rescue 2,000 Christian women and children stuck in Sudan.    According to the charity, the first flight took place on 19 September once practical and bureaucratic delays had been overcome, with many more planned, travelling from Khartoum to Juba.    Southern Sudanese Christians were stripped of…

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November 2012
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School in theology — and cake

School in theology — and cake    The 60th Free Church School in Theology met from 3-6 September at Carronvale House in Larbert, bringing together ministers, divinity students and laymen from churches throughout the UK for discussion and fellowship.    The conference was opened by John J. Murray, who spoke on the Monday evening on ‘The…

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November 2012
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Wycliffe move

Wycliffe move From summer 2013, all Wycliffe’s UK training for participation in Bible translation will be offered by Redcliffe College in Gloucester.    Eddie Arthur, executive director of Wycliffe Bible Translators in the UK, said that, for the past 40 years, students from around the world have been coming to the Wycliffe Centre in Buckinghamshire.  …

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November 2012
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Apocryphal Gospel

Apocryphal Gospel A story claiming Jesus had a wife has spread across the internet after an article published in the New York Times and other sources. The original article came from Professor Karen L. King of Harvard, writing about a fragment of fourth century CE codex. Prof. King chose to call this fragment The…

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November 2012
Articles > Historical

The Reformation

The Reformation October 31 is the anniversary of an event, which, although seemingly insignificant at the time, was the great impetus for a movement that changed the history not only of the church, but of western culture as a whole. That movement was the Protestant Reformation. The event, occurring 495 years ago this year,…

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November 2012
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Orangefield Baptist Church

Orangefield Baptist Church ‘The Holy Spirit: walking in the Spirit’ was the theme Pastor Jack Seaton, Inverness Reformed Baptist, explored on his return to the Orangefield Baptist Church Bible Conference in Belfast, held on 22 September.    Pastor Matthew Brennan, from Clonmel Baptist Church, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, ministered on ‘Worship: what the Father seeks’ and…

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The Lord Jesus Christ: human ‘superstar’?

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November 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord Jesus Christ: human ‘superstar’?

The Lord Jesus Christ: human ‘superstar’? With the spiritual tide at low ebb, you might think Christians would be pleased their Saviour is receiving some attention. If the public at large will not attend a place of worship, the next best might be to hear about Christ in a place of entertainment?    But the…

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November 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The golden chain of salvation (3)

  The golden chain of salvation (1) The golden chain of salvation (2) The golden chain of  salvation (3) ‘And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified’ (Romans 8:30). The fourth link in the golden chain is justification. When a judge justifies an…

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November 2012
Articles > Historical

Brave soldiers of Jesus Christ

Brave soldiers of Jesus Christ Born in 1983, Michael Claydon had army blood in his veins. Possibly unaware of just how many of his forebears had been military men, Michael seemed to be naturally drawn towards army life. To an adventurous spirit like his, it appeared an ideal way of combining his newly completed…

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November 2012
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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Christian charity Habitat for Humanity has launched an appeal to raise money for its work with the 827 million people worldwide who are struggling in slums.    The charity warned that families and communities are becoming trapped in the poverty cycle due to the rapid urbanisation of cities and increasing slum conditions.…

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November 2012
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Murdered vicar

Murdered vicar A man has appeared in Bristol crown court on two murder charges against Christians.    Prosecutor Michael Fitton QC claimed that Stephen Farrow knifed Rev. John Suddards before arranging the body on a vicarage floor.    Mr Fitton alleged that Mr Farrow had arranged pornography, condoms and party streamers around his body to ‘harm…

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November 2012
Articles > Historical

Reflections on the tercentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In this article, Richard V. Pierard, Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana State University and Gordon College, explores the seminal thinking of Rousseau. Three hundred years ago, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the most complicated and enigmatic figures of the eighteenth century, arrived on the scene. Born on 28 June 1712 in Geneva to Isaac…

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November 2012

Christ-Centred Biblical Theology

Christ-centred Biblical Theology – Hermeneutical foundations and principles Graeme Goldsworthy Apollos 229 pages, £12.49 ISBN 978-1-84474-562-3 Star rating: *** (three)   ‘The immediate appeal of biblical theology to preachers, teachers and ordinary Christians is that it provides a “big picture” that makes sense out of the bewildering bulk and variety of the biblical literature’…

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November 2012

Eric Liddell: Pure Gold

Eric Liddell: Pure Gold David McCasland Lion Hudson 297 pages, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-7459-5571-1 Star rating:4   With all the hype of the London Olympics, the biography of Eric Liddell has a contemporary feel. Many people know (perhaps from the movie Chariots of Fire) the stand that Eric took in the 1924 Paris Olympics not…

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November 2012

Focus on the Bible – Philippians

Philippians – Rejoicing and Thanksgiving David Chapman, Christian Focus, 290 pages, ISBN: 978-1-84550-687-2 Star rating: 4 stars   The author successfully fulfils his aim: ‘This commentary is designed for pastors and other ministry workers, as well as for every interested student of the Bible.’  Using the ESV, he elucidates Paul’s original Greek ‘in ways…

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November 2012

Royal Company – A Devotional on Song of Solomon

Royal Company: A devotional on the Song of Solomon Malcolm Maclean Christian Focus 236 pages, £9.99 ISBN: 978-184550718-3 Star rating: 4 stars   An excellent book written with a pastor’s heart that will strengthen the faith of all believers. It is a devotional book and will stir love and stimulate deeper devotion to the…

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November 2012
Reviews > Book

Bitesize Biography – Francis Schaeffer

Bitesize Biographies: Francis Schaeffer Mostyn Roberts EP Books 144 pages, £5.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-792-8 Star rating: 4 stars   As a young believer I purchased The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer. In my lunch breaks at work I began to make my way through the five brightly coloured volumes. Volume 1 contained the seminal trilogy,…

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To be a Pilgrim

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October 2012

To be a Pilgrim

To be a Pilgrim Rhett Dodson Day One Publications 128, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-355-3 Star Rating: 0 THIS BOOK HAS BEEN INCLUDED IN THE REVIEW ON This Berief Journey

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October 2012
Articles > Historical

Matthew Henry — a detailed look

Matthew Henry — a detailed look To fully appreciate the life and ministry of Matthew Henry, we first need to consider his ancestry and background. His grandfather was John Henry (1590-1652), the son of Henry Williams of Briton Ferry, which lies between Swansea and Neath in South Wales. John Henry became a courtier under…

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October 2012
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Extinction of species

Extinction of species International conservation groups have unveiled a list of the world’s 100 most threatened animals, plants and fungi, stressing that urgent action is required in order to protect them from extinction. Although extinction is expected, it is believed that focused conservation efforts could yet save them.    According to reports in Al-Jazeera, these…

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Knowledge

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October 2012
Articles > Comment

Knowledge

Knowledge One of the benefits of living here in Britain, AD 2012, is the sheer volume of information most of us are privileged to have access to. Our age may be defined by two things — information and global commerce.    This observation was foretold in the book of Daniel 12:4, some 500 years before…

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Olympic outreach

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October 2012
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Olympic outreach

Olympic outreach The Olympic Games proved to be a unique opportunity to share the gospel in London. People from virtually every nation and tongue were visiting our capital city. It made me think of Acts 2, where we read that Jews ‘of every nation under heaven’ were gathered in Jerusalem for Pentecost. We also…

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October 2012
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Welcome Hall Evangelical Church

Welcome Hall Evangelical Church On Saturday 1 September, over 250 people gathered for the induction of Jeremy Brooks as pastor of Welcome Hall Evangelical Church (WHEC), Bromsgrove, in Worcestershire.    Pastor Brooks was previously Director of Ministry for the Protestant Truth Society (PTS), prior to which he pastored Salem Baptist Church, Ramsey. WHEC was planted…

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Tunisia – where the ‘Arab Spring’ began

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October 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Tunisia – where the ‘Arab Spring’ began

Tunisia – where the ‘Arab Spring’ began The death of Tunisian fruit seller Mohamed Bouazizi in January 2011 sparked a flame of protests across the Arab world. Many were stunned as long-entrenched Arab leaders fled or died.     Violence and civil war today continues in Syria. But how is Tunisia doing? How did the…

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A week in the life of Corinth

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October 2012
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A week in the life of Corinth

A week in the life of Corinth Ben WitheringtonIVP, 159 pages, ISBN: 978-0830839629 When I am teaching hermeneutics, I tell my students that, before they try and apply any passage of Scripture, they have to ‘go to Corinth’ first.     It’s a shorthand way (that I learned from someone else) of saying they have…

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Pray, plan, prepare, preach — establishing and maintaining priorities in the preaching ministry

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October 2012
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Pray, plan, prepare, preach — establishing and maintaining priorities in the preaching ministry

Pray, plan, prepare, preach — establishing and maintaining priorities in the preaching ministry Iain D. Campbell Day One 128 pages, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-149-8 This is a truly excellent book for preachers and hearers. Its emphasis should be of deep concern for all preachers. The introduction indicates what follows: ‘Every time the gospel is preached,…

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October 2012
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Exorcisms

Exorcisms The Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) has welcomed the storyline in the school-based drama, Waterloo Road, which highlighted the worrying rise in child exorcisms.     The script featured a vulnerable African girl, Lula Tsibi, who exhibited challenging behaviour after her asylum-seeking father had been returned to Africa, where she presumed him dead.   …

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October 2012
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Matthew Henry’s evangelism

Matthew Henry’s evangelism In this extract from Philip Eveson’s recent biography of Matthew Henry, the author describes Matthew Henry in his outreach to the lost. Chester Castle Besides the work in his own church, Matthew had been engaged, almost from the beginning, in preaching to the prisoners in Chester castle. It was the jailor’s…

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October 2012
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Pastor released

Pastor released Release International has called for continued pressure on Iran after the release of Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, who had been sentenced to death for apostasy.     Pastor Nadarkhani was set free on Saturday, after an Iranian court dropped the charge of apostasy — leaving Islam — but upheld a charge of evangelising Muslims.  …

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Life’s big questions

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October 2012
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Life’s big questions

Life’s big questions Vaughan RobertsIVP176 pages, £6.99ISBN: 9781844740215 This thoughtful and helpful book is a follow-up to the author’s previous volume, God’s big picture. In both publications he is concerned to give an overview of the Bible as a whole and to pick out certain unifying themes.     In this book the major motif…

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The golden chain of salvation (2)

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October 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The golden chain of salvation (2)

The previous article is here: The golden chain of salvation (1) The following article is here: The golden chain of salvation (3) The golden chain of salvation (2) ‘And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified’ (Romans 8:30). These memorable words are often…

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October 2012
Articles > Guest column

Encouragements for evangelistic preachers

Guest Column – Conrad Mbewe Encouragements for evangelistic preachers We come to the end of our series on evangelistic preaching. It is such an important topic, because we are dealing with the reason why Jesus left heaven to come and die on the cross. It was for the purpose of glorifying God through saving…

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We don’t do God

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October 2012
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We don’t do God

We don’t do God George and Andrew Carey Lion Hudson: Monarch, 176 pages, £7.99, ISBN: 978-0-85721-030-2 The former Archbishop of Canterbury here joins forces with his journalist son to express their concerns about the spiritual direction that Britain is taking. They lament the increasing pace of secularism in the UK public arena and the…

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October 2012
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Green Party

Green Party Christina Summers, a member of Brighton and Hove City Council, has been dismissed from the Green Group over expressing her views on same-sex marriage in a free vote.    The Green Group of councillors announced its decision on 10 September, which was held off until the end of the Green Party conference, to…

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Unite in prayer for revival!

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October 2012
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Unite in prayer for revival!

Unite in prayer for revival! Yorkshire-based Prayer for Revival is growing in number and beyond its borders. The united prayer gatherings that took place on 14 July were again a great encouragement to all who participated. The eight meetings around Yorkshire were attended by a total of 180 people. At every meeting there was…

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October 2012
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Classroom politics

Classroom politics Teachers who refuse to endorse gay marriage to their pupils could face the sack, according to warnings in the Daily Telegraph.    According to the article, other jobs such as NHS chaplains and foster carers would also be at risk if a Christian or other religious person refused to toe the current populist…

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October 2012
Articles > Historical

Matthew Henry’s Commentary in contemporary English

Matthew Henry’s Commentary in contemporary English Martin Manser Martin H. Manser is a professional editor who has worked Matthew Henry’s Commentary into contemporary English, for publication by Zondervan as an e-book. Readers can here compare the two versions. ‘But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord’ (Joshua 24:15) Original commentary:…

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October 2012
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Insulting words

Insulting words A group of comedians, gay rights campaigners and Christians gathered outside Parliament in the name of free speech.    Standing with Stonewall front-man Peter Tatchell was Simon Calvert of the Christian Institute. They were calling for the Government to amend the wording of Section Five of the 1986 Public Order Act.    According to…

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October 2012
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Human rights

Human rights On 4 September, four cases went before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) to test the freedom afforded to Christian employees in the UK to express their faith and beliefs in the workplace.    In the ECHR’s four page document, it outlined the applicants as: Nadia Eweida, Shirley Chaplin, Lilian Ladele and…

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October 2012
Articles > Historical

‘Thoughts fixed and affections flaming’: some jewels from Matthew Henry

‘Thoughts fixed and affections flaming’: some jewels from Matthew Henry The Bible (Deuteronomy 6:6): ‘He that loves God loves his Bible’. Help (Isaiah 47:15): ‘Happy are those who by faith and prayer deal with one that will be a very present help in time of trouble!’ Joy (John 8:56): ‘No joy like the joy…

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Encouragements in Namibia

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October 2012
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Encouragements in Namibia

Encouragements in Namibia Imagine one of the tutors at London Theological Seminary being interviewed on prime time BBC breakfast television, sympathetically and at some length. That gives you the idea of what happened on the state-owned Namibia Broadcasting Company’s breakfast programme. One of the lecturers at Namibia Evangelical Theological Seminary (NETS) in Windhoek was…

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October 2012
Articles > World Mission

Going to Mecca

Going to Mecca One fifth of humankind shares a single aspiration to complete, at least once in a lifetime, a spiritual journey called the Hajj (pilgrimage). Countless millions of Muslims, men and women from the four corners of the earth, have made the pilgrimage to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, the birthplace of Islam. In carrying…

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October 2012
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New MAF logo

New MAF logo Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is rebranding, with a new logo. The news came as the eyes of the world were on the Olympics.     More than 4.7 billion people tuned in to watch athletes from 205 countries participate in the Olympics, but 2 million people did not tune in. Some 22 per…

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October 2012
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Muslim shrines destroyed

Muslim shrines destroyed Hard-line Islamist Wahhabi factions have destroyed historic Sufi sites across Libya in a wave of sectarian violence.    According to reports from Al-Jazeera, the Libyan interim interior minister, Fawzi Abdel-Al, resigned after members of the newly-elected parliament accused his ministry of not doing enough to stop attackers who bulldozed a Sufi shrine…

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October 2012
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Olympics outreach

Olympics outreach Churches around London were heavily involved in outreach during the Olympic and Paralympic games this summer. Just as the Olympics encompassed teams from around the world, so the local Christians, who reached out to the crowds, drew on enthusiastic participants from abroad.     The Hub (as it became known) — centred on…

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International picnic

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October 2012
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International picnic

International picnic On Saturday 1 September, Norwood Grove Park played host to the third annual International Picnic hosted by members of Thornton Heath Evangelical Church.    Just over 40 people, friends and members from the church, along with some of their relatives and neighbours, turned up to take part in the festivities — slightly fewer…

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The gospel on the island of Cyprus

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October 2012
Cyprus

The gospel on the island of Cyprus

The gospel on the island of Cyprus Cyprus, the third largest island in the Mediterranean, lies not far from the coasts of Turkey, Syria, Lebanon and Israel. Driving across this semi-arid country, one can still come across the idyllic scene of a shepherd leading a mixed flock of longhaired sheep, barely distinguishable from the…

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Mitchley Hill

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October 2012
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Mitchley Hill

Mitchley Hill On 25 August around 200 people gathered to witness the induction of the new pastor of Mitchley Hill Evangelical Church (MHEC), Sanderstead, South Croydon.    The service was led by Juge Ram, pastor of Emmanuel Church, Birmingham. The main speaker was Brian Edwards, former FIEC president.    Winston Saunders, retired pastor of Selhurst Evangelical…

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Learning to be a Christian widow (2)

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October 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Learning to be a Christian widow (2)

Learning to be a Christian widow (2) I was frequently troubled by the apparent pointlessness of my life as a widow. One Saturday morning about ten months after Ray’s death, I woke feeling completely flat and emotionless. I lay in bed thinking that I was really just going through the motions of life, marking…

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October 2012
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Bishop urges love

Bishop urges love The outspoken Archbishop of Jos, Benjamin Kwashi, has urged his congregation and fellow ministers to love their enemies and defeat evil with good.    Mr Kwashi was visiting the UK during the summer to highlight the plight of Nigerian Christians in the north of the country, where the militant Islamic group Boko…

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Parr Street, Kendall

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October 2012
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Parr Street, Kendall

Parr Street, Kendall This year marks significant changes at Parr Street Evangelical Church in Kendal. Brian Maiden, who has been our full-time teaching elder for the past 15 years, retired at the end of August.     His expository ministry has been greatly appreciated and of immense value to Parr Street’s members and the many who…

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October 2012
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Irish Women’s Convention

Irish Women’s Convention The Irish Women’s Convention is planning a convention, for 20 October 2012, in the Assembly Buildings, Fisherwick Place, Belfast. The conference will run from 10.00am-3.30pm and provide opportunity to learn from God’s Word, praise the Lord and catch up with friends. The theme is ‘God’s design for women’.    The speaker at the…

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October 2012
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Haiti storms

Haiti storms A tropical storm, Isaac, hit the poverty-stricken nation of Haiti on 25 August, causing widespread misery for many families recovering from the earthquake of 2012.    According to reports from Tearfund, most of the damage has been to homes, gardens and trees, as well as to agriculture and cattle. Some cattle have been…

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Archibald Brown: Spurgeon’s successor

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October 2012
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Archibald Brown: Spurgeon’s successor

Archibald Brown: Spurgeon’s successor Iain H. Murray Banner of Truth432 pages, £16.00, ISBN: 9781848711396 At the 2011 Leicester Banner of Truth ministers’ conference Iain Murray gave an address on Archibald Brown (1844-1922). Few of us knew anything much about the subject of his talk, but by the end we wanted to know more about…

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October 2012
Articles > Historical

Henry Martyn — a life lived near to Christ

The passing of 200 years since Henry Martyn’s death has not dimmed the brightness of his star nor the beauty of a life lived for Christ. As he began the last year of his life, he wrote, ‘To all appearance the present year will be more perilous than any I have seen, but if…

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All things working together for good!

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October 2012
Articles > World Mission

All things working together for good!

All things working together for good! Romans 8:28 says, ‘And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to his purpose.’ Statistics show that, over the past 30-40 years, more Muslims have converted to Christianity than during the entire 14 centuries…

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October 2012
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Press censorship

Press censorship One of the world’s most closed regimes, Myanmar, abolished press censorship in September to help bring in reforms.    According to NBC News, this is the latest in a series of huge economic and political reforms by the quasi-civilian regime, and marks a U-turn from the oppressive policies of the military, that ran…

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October 2012
Articles > Comment

The ministry of Evangelical Times

The ministry of Evangelical Times The July 2012 edition of ET set out in full a credal statement called The Cambridge Declaration, as drawn up in 1996 by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE), in Cambridge, Massachusetts.     This statement, along with those commonly held doctrines in the major Reformed confessions, expresses this newspaper’s…

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October 2012
Articles > Historical

Matthew Henry — an overview

Matthew Henry — an overview Matthew Henry was born on 18 October 1662, not long after Black Bartholomew’s Day (24 August 1662). This was the date on which his father — in common with 2000 other ministers of the gospel — was ejected from the Church of England, for refusing to compromise his conscience…

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October 2012
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Bull Appeal

Bull Appeal The Supreme Court has agreed to hear an appeal by Peter and Hazel Bull, the Christian guest house owners held by the Court of Appeal to have discriminated against two gay men by refusing them a double bed.    According to the Christian Institute, which is supporting the Bulls, the date for the…

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October 2012
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McDonald’s controversy

McDonald’s controversy McDonald’s is facing a huge battle with senior Hindu religious leaders over the locations of its latest sites in India.    According to the Daily Telegraph, the first site, Katra in Jammu and Kashmir, is home to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, one of Hinduism’s four holiest shrines. The shrine is a steep ascent…

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October 2012
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Wedded blitz

  The battle for preserving marriage as a life-long union between one man and one woman has become global, with legal and political challenges across the world seeking to undermine God’s sacred institution. Christians have long argued that redefining marriage outside its biblical parameters (Genesis 2:21-25) can only open a floodgate of sorrow and…

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The heart of Christ

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October 2012
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The heart of Christ

The heart of Christ Thomas GoodwinBanner of Truth158 pages, £5.00ISBN: 978-1-84871-146-4 This is a profoundly refreshing book by the warm-hearted Puritan, Thomas Goodwin. The author’s contention is that believers do not consider as they should — to their great comfort and encouragement — the disposition of Christ in his glory toward his people on…

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Matthew Henry: his life and influence

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October 2012
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Matthew Henry: his life and influence

Matthew Henry: his life and influence Allan Harman Christian Focus, 207 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1845507831 Matthew Henry must surely be one of the best and most influential names in Christian history and, at the same time, one of the least known lives. Now, at long last, we have been blessed with a good biographical…

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October 2012
Interviews

The big interview GOD’S COMPASSION

The big interview GOD’S COMPASSION The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability’s (RHN) lead chaplain, Geoff Coyne, and auxiliary nurse, Ruth Hussey-Yeo, Registered Nurse at St George’s Nursing Home in Milford-on-Sea, spoke to Sheila Marshall about working in the adult care environment. ET: When did you come to faith in Christ? Geoff Coyne: It was when…

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October 2012
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Right to Die

Right to Die The widow of pro-euthanasia campaigner Tony Nicklinson has vowed to continue his fight to allow families to carry out assisted dying.    According to media reports, Mr Nicklinson, 58, died a week after the High Court ruled against his appeal to allow his family to end his life. He had been refusing…

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October 2012
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Rimsha Masih

Rimsha Masih Relief agencies and lobby groups in Pakistan and Britain are still helping hundreds of destitute families who fled Pakistan as a result of the wrongful imprisonment of Rimsha Masih.    The young teenager, who has Down’s syndrome, had been detained by police, accused by a local imam of blasphemy and burning Muslim scriptures,…

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Kentucky Baptists address Calvinism

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October 2012
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Kentucky Baptists address Calvinism

Kentucky Baptists address Calvinism On Saturday 4 August, the Kentucky Baptist Convention (KBC), consisting of 2400 churches and 71 separate associations sponsored a conference on Calvinism. The stated purpose of the conference was to give an opportunity for people of different perspectives on the issues of divine sovereignty and related subjects to engage and…

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October 2012
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Root causes

Root causes The Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has welcomed ‘reformer’ Chris Grayling to the Ministry of Justice, claiming that a root-and-branch review of the prison system is needed.    Christian Guy, managing director of the CSJ, said, ‘The appointment of Mr Grayling is to be welcomed, and I am sure he will continue the…

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Review

October 2012

Archibald G. Brown

At the 2011 Banner Ministers’ Conference Iain Murray gave an address on Archibald Brown (1844-1922). Few of us knew anything much about the subject of his talk. But by the end we wanted to know more about this remarkable servant of God. With the publication of this excellent biography this longing is more than…

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Review

October 2012

The Heart of Christ

This is a profoundly refreshing book by the warm-hearted Puritan, Thomas Goodwin. The author’s contention is that believers do not consider as they should – to their great comfort and encouragement – the disposition of Christ in his glory toward his people on earth. In this volume he sets out to correct that oversight.…

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Review

October 2012

His Life and Influence – Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry must surely be one of the best and most influential names in Christian history and at the same time one of the least known lives.   Now, at long last, we have been blessed with a good biographical account of this most famous of all Bible Commentators, thanks to the efforts of Allan…

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Review

October 2012

Life’s Big Questions

This thoughtful and helpful book is a follow-up to the author’s previous volume “God’s Big Picture.” In both publications he is concerned to give an overview of the Bible as a whole and to pick out certain unifying themes. In this book the major motif is the “Kingdom of God.” Centred round this he…

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Review

October 2012

A week in the life of Corinth

When I am teaching hermeneutics, I teach my students that before they try and apply any passage of Scripture, they have to ‘go to Corinth’ first.  It’s a shorthand way (that I learned from someone else) of saying that they have to determine what was the original application to the original readers of the…

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Review

October 2012

Pray, plan, prepare, preach – establishing and maintaining priorities in the preaching ministry

This is a truly excellent book for preachers and hearers, though its main emphasis is a deep concern for preachers. The Introduction sets the basis of what follows, ‘Every time the gospel is preached, God’s mind and will are being revealed’. It lays down relevant positive and negative Biblical requirements for God-commissioned preachers, that…

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Church Society

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September 2012
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Church Society

Church Society The Church Society met on Saturday 26 May, at Oak Hill College, for its yearly conference and annual general meeting (AGM).     James Crabtree, chairman of Church Society Council, opened the conference with a brief exhortation from 2 Corinthians 6. After mentioning the apostle Paul’s extraordinary trials, he reminded us that we…

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Impact weekend

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September 2012
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Impact weekend

Youth Feature Impact weekend On the weekend of 4-6 July, teenagers from Central Baptist Church (CBC), Walthamstow, and Thornton Heath Evangelical Church (THEC), met together for a weekend of fun, fellowship and faith-building.    It was held at CBC’s premises and organised by THEC Impact leaders, under the leadership of Robert Jeffrey, who in August left…

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September 2012
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First in

First in The United Reformed Church (URC) in the UK has joined Quakers and Unitarians to take advantage of new legislation to allow gay and lesbian couples to celebrate civic registration in their chapels.     Counsellor Steve Radford, president of the Liberal Party, said, ‘We are pleased, as we wrote during the formal consultation,…

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September 2012
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CWI at the Olympics

CWI at the Olympics     London Theological Seminary (LTS) played host to Christian Witness for Israel (CWI) over August as many CWI field workers and volunteers witnessed during the Olympic Games. The team was based at LTS and alternated between central London and other Jewish areas.    From 3-12 August, teams reached out to Jew…

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Summer Conference 2012

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September 2012
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Summer Conference 2012

Summer Conference 2012 In one of the coldest summers of recent years, the sun shone on Summer Conference 2012 at Cardiff, with wall-to-wall sunshine and temperatures in the high 20s throughout the week.     The Lord also warmed our hearts with messages from Vernon Higham, John Murray and Richard Brooks. Jonathan Munday and Neil…

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September 2012
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‘Faith in the public square’

‘Faith in the public square’ The General Synod of the Church of England (CofE) met in York to back the right of Christians to ‘manifest their faith in the public square’.    In a debate brought about by a General Synod member and cleric from the Peterborough Diocese, Rev. Stephen Trott, the three houses of…

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WORLD MISSION – Ministering to the church in China

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September 2012
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WORLD MISSION – Ministering to the church in China

WORLD MISSION Ministering to the church in China God has blessed his people in the UK with a great heritage. For centuries the gospel has been preached here. We have a wealth of Christian literature, many excellent Bible teachers, conventions and Bible colleges. In many other areas of the world the church is much…

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EMF graduation

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September 2012
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EMF graduation

EMF graduation     On Friday 29 June, all this year’s full-time students at the European Missionary Fellowship’s (EMF) School of Biblical Studies received certificates at a graduation ceremony.    The ceremony, held at EMF’s headquarters in Welwyn, was attended by friends and supporters of the Mission and relatives and friends of the students.    The students…

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GBP Scotland

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September 2012
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GBP Scotland

GBP Scotland Dundee and Wick witnessed many conversations over the summer as the team from Grace Baptist Partnership (GBP) Scotland went out to bring the gospel to people.    According to the latest GBP update, many people attended the open air preaching in Dundee in July, including some Chinese and Polish men who received literature.…

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Hear me carefully

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September 2012
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Hear me carefully

Hear me carefully John Blanchard ¬— a biography Marlene WilliamsEP Books, 143 pages, £6.99 ISBN: 9780852347850 Among the many who have benefitted from the literary output of John Blanchard, there are probably not a few who would appreciate knowing more about his life story and 50 years in full-time ministry.     The same will…

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September 2012
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Middle East Christians

Middle East Christians There is still a role for Middle East Christians as ‘salt and light’ in their communities, the chief executive of UK Christian development charity BibleLands has claimed.    Addressing a seminar on the Arab Spring at the New Wine Christian conference, on 23 July, Jeremy Moodey suggested that Christians in the West…

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Son of the underground

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September 2012
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Son of the underground

Son of the underground Isaac Liu Lion Hudson: Monarch, 144 pages, £6.99, ISBN: 978-0-85721-199-6 Isaac Liu is the son of ‘the heavenly man’ whose story caused quite a stir and not a little controversy several years ago.     Now, Isaac tells his own story of being brought up in a home from which his…

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Making sport of Jesus

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September 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Making sport of Jesus

Making sport of Jesus ‘Those who passed by hurled insults at him, shaking their heads’ (Matthew 27:39) 2012 has been the year for momentous events. These have drawn large crowds, with millions of global spectators reached through many media outlets. Not least among these extraordinary happenings were those surrounding Queen Elizabeth II’s diamond jubilee.  …

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All Souls

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September 2012
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All Souls

All Souls All Souls Church, Langham Place, opened its doors to London’s West End during the Olympics. From the end of July to 12 August, the church was open for all to come and watch the Olympics, reaching out to people in their own languages with personal witness about the gospel.    The church set…

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Beach mission

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September 2012
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Beach mission

Youth Feature Beach mission After being unproductive last summer, I felt convicted to spend the first two weeks of this summer, from 14-28 July, serving God with United Beach Missions (UBM).    My first week in Benllech, Anglesey, can be summarised in two words — temperamental weather. Each day’s programme was uncertain, and it was…

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Only connect!

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September 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Only connect!

Only connect! John Donne, the seventeenth century preacher and poet, famously wrote: ‘No man is an island entire of himself’. In a culture that prizes the rights of the individual over responsibility to the community, Donne’s words need to be heard once more. Christians are not immune to the individualistic spirit of the age…

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September 2012
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Marriage in Scotland

Marriage in Scotland The Scottish government’s decision to press ahead with redefining marriage in a gay marriage bill is an assault on religious freedom and a lawyer’s charter, Colin Hart has warned.    Mr Hart said, ‘This is a crazy decision and shows that Mr Salmond has failed to grasp the importance of marriage as…

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World Mission – Changing contours in China

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September 2012
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World Mission – Changing contours in China

World Mission Changing contours in China The church in China is beginning to cast off its chains and is emerging as a powerful force for change. Is this phenomenon likely to transform the communist culture of a repressive regime and create a more open and tolerant society? Article 13 of the Constitution of the…

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September 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Learning to be a Christian widow

After my husband died, I remembered something which happened many years earlier. We were newly married and visiting people my husband knew well, when the lady said something to me I never forgot. She was fifty-something, had teenage children and her husband had just left his pastorate of 20 years. The family was in…

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September 2012
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Sickly politics

Sickly politics A Green Party councillor was hauled before an inquiry in July after voting against a motion to support the Government’s plans to legalise same-sex marriages.    According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), Hollingdean and Stanmer councillor Christina Summers voted against the proposals at a full council meeting. Speaking to the Brighton Argus,…

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September 2012
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Troubled families

Troubled families East London and Essex charity, WHCM Counselling and Support (WHCM), has awarded ten more counsellors certificates, on completion of their diploma in counselling children and adolescents.    A statement from WHCM said the counsellors will go on to help and support troubled or problem children, adolescents and families in various schools and other…

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September 2012
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Kibera

Kibera International children’s charity Global Care has launched a special short-term campaign to help 56 children in the world’s biggest slum — Kibera — on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya.    John White, chief executive of Global Care, said in Kibera people are so poor they buy sugar by the spoonful rather than the bag,…

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Rhondda Evangelical Church

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September 2012
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Rhondda Evangelical Church

Rhondda Evangelical Church On Saturday 12 May the opening service of the Rhondda Evangelical Church was held at Salem Church, Llwynypia, Rhondda.    The fellowship derives from the membership of Trinity Calvinistic Methodist Church, Tonypandy, which recently left the Presbyterian Church of Wales. The church has known long association with the Calvinistic Methodist Church of…

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September 2012
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Internet controls

Internet controls Ministers have launched a UK consultation on parental internet controls to help protect children from accessing harmful websites.    Brought by Tim Loughton, minister for children and families, and Lynne Featherstone, minister for equalities and criminal information — joint chairmen of the Council for Child Internet Safety — the discussion paper seeks the…

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Dr Nigel Wright

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September 2012
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Dr Nigel Wright

Dr Nigel Wright Dr Nigel Wright will retire as principal of Spurgeon’s College on 31 August 2013. He has been principal since 2000 and will have served the college for 21 years. He was ordained into Baptist ministry 40 years ago by Dr George Beasley-Murray.    Dr Wright served the Baptist Union as president from…

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The envy of Eve

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September 2012
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The envy of Eve

The envy of Eve Melissa Kruger Christian Focus, 256 pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84550-775-6 This interesting read combines the sort of practical analysis of heart-level Christian living to be found in the writings of the later Puritans with the anecdotal style often found in Christian writing today.     The anecdotal aspect makes the book readable,…

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The golden chain of salvation (1)

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September 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The golden chain of salvation (1)

The following articles are here: The golden chain of salvation (2) The golden chain of salvation (3) The golden chain of salvation (1) ‘And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified’ (Romans 8:30) These memorable words are part of what has been called…

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September 2012
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Beach missions in Portugal

Beach missions in Portugal Which is the most important ingredient of a beach mission — a week of uninterrupted sun and cloudless blue skies or an opportunity to share the good news of Jesus with many families?    Obviously it is the latter, and in the UK this is sometimes done in cool, overcast conditions.…

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September 2012
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Faith schools

Faith schools The European Commission has said it will investigate the legality of the laws that give faith schools in England and Wales the ability to ‘discriminate’ in the employment of teachers on religious grounds. This follows a formal complaint from Accord Coalition founding member, the British Humanist Association.    According to a statement from…

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September 2012
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Gay Marriage

Gay Marriage Several US mayors have threatened to block a pro-marriage fast food chain Chick-fil-a after its president said he supported the biblical definition of the family unit.    According to reports from CBN, the mayors of Boston and Chicago threatened to punish the US multi-billion dollar fast food chain because it backs traditional marriage.  …

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The evangelical Cinderella

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September 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The evangelical Cinderella

Something is happening in evangelical circles. There’s been a subtle shift; a movement with no name and no leader, but spreading like the mists that roll in from the sea — swift, silent and chilling. It’s hard to put your finger on it, but it shows itself in a plethora of ways — the…

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Lakeland Bible School 2012

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September 2012
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Lakeland Bible School 2012

Youth Feature Lakeland Bible School 2012 This year was my first time on Lakeland Bible School and I would love to go back again!     The weekend was held in the Keswick Convention centre and there were about 30 people there. It was great to meet Christians and hear what is happening and what…

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First Lewis conference

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September 2012
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First Lewis conference

First Lewis conference A group of like-minded brethren from different churches began a monthly prayer meeting in Stornoway last October, in the lead-up to the inaugural Lewis Christian Conference.    This conference took place from Friday 29 June until Monday 2 July, when the speaker was Charles Price, senior pastor of the People’s Church in…

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September 2012
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National Churches Trust

National Churches Trust Places of worship across the UK are finding it harder than ever to get funding, the National Churches Trust (NCT) has said.    Speaking on the launch of a newsletter for Friends of the NCT, Claire Walker, chief executive of the trust, said, ‘In these tough economic times, places of worship are…

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September 2012
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Black churches

Black churches Delegates representing some of Britain’s largest Black-led churches have agreed a plan to change the relationship between the Black church movement in Britain and the British political process.     At a meeting on 17 July, speakers, including Simon Woolley of Operation Black Vote, Rev. George Hargreaves of the Christian Party, and academic…

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September 2012
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John Grier

John Grier After almost 38 years at Evangelical Bookshop, Belfast, John Grier has handed over leadership of its ministry to Colin Campbell. Colin is the fifth manager since the shop was started by John’s father, W. J. Grier, in 1926.    John has seen many reasons to thank God for his goodness. Church leaders report…

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September 2012
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Syrian collapse

Syrian collapse ‘There is a Church in Syria’. This is how Barnabas Fund (BF) made its appeal to Christians to help brothers and sisters in this beleaguered country.    Speaking as reports from Syria revealed desperate humanitarian needs, BF said that aid agencies are struggling to deal with an ever-growing number of refugees fleeing into…

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The shop around the corner

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September 2012
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The shop around the corner

The shop around the corner The days of the old fashioned Christian bookstore seem numbered if current trends continue, but there are things that churches and individuals can do to maintain a high street presence. The ‘survival of the fittest’ is usually a topic found inside bookstores, not used of them, but Christian literature…

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Theological famine relief

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September 2012
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Theological famine relief

Theological famine relief How can we train a whole new generation of pastors in some of the poorest regions on earth? This was the sobering task set before Pastor Training International (PTI) and Christian Books Worldwide (CBW) at their first-ever joint annual conference in Swindon earlier this summer.    PTI exists to provide teaching and…

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September 2012
Articles > Historical

William Booth (1829-1912)

William Booth (1829-1912) William Booth was the founder of the Salvation Army, a denomination now found in 124 countries and having 800 corps (churches) in the UK. William was born in Nottingham, on 10 April 1829. His father, Samuel, was a speculative builder who lived to make money. When 49 and a widower, Samuel…

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Where are the ministers?

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September 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Where are the ministers?

Where are the ministers? There continues to be a shortage of men coming forward for the Christian ministry. Many evangelical churches that can afford to support and are actively looking for a minister are unable to find one. In many areas of the country, if two or three smaller churches were willing to form…

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September 2012
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North Korea

North Korea The world’s most closed nation, North Korea, opened its doors to the international community after heavy flooding in June and July.    According to the BBC, the United Nations’ World Food Programme (WFP) was allowed to send emergency food aid into the country. The WFP said the initial food assistance would provide flood…

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Make the world your parish

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September 2012
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Make the world your parish

Make the world your parish: increasing your global influence for ChristReggie Weems Day One, 128 pages, £6, ISBN: 9781846253386 Reggie Weems, pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA, has written this book to ‘help pastors understand the full ramifications of applied grace (practical theology), and in so doing increase their global influence…

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September 2012
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Manila floods

Manila floods Dozens of people have died after a devastating typhoon and severe flooding in the Philippine capital of Manila during August.    According to BBC reports, torrential rain caused flooding across the city, forcing tens of thousands of people to flee their homes and closing schools, offices and the stock exchange.    It followed the…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (5)

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September 2012
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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (5)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (5) Within the Clapham Sect’s united endeavours William Wilberforce’s contribution was outstanding. He was more than an eloquent and engaging parliamentary speaker with a melodious voice; he fired all the others in faith and fervour. He was, even for his day, small and slight…

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DVD review – Courageous

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September 2012
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DVD review – Courageous

DVD review — Courageous Director: Alex KendrickRated: Suitable for 12 years and over If you are familiar with the work of the Kendrick brothers and Sherwood Pictures (Flywheel, Facing the giants, Fireproof), you will know what to expect from their latest DVD Courageous.     The theme this time is fatherhood, with the focus on…

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September 2012
Articles > Guest column

The Challenge of Regular Evangelistic Preaching

How can you preach the gospel regularly without running out of gospel material or without becoming monotonous to your regular hearers?

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Call to Africa

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September 2012
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Call to Africa

Call to Africa A forum of African leaders from more than a dozen nations has heard a clear call for the African continent to turn to God and live according to biblical principles.    Concerns expressed at the African Biblical Leadership Initiative (ABLI) in Uganda, run by Bible Society, ranged from the growing threat of…

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Thornton Heath

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September 2012
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Thornton Heath

Thornton Heath On Saturday 14 July, Thornton Heath Evangelical Church (THEC) joined with many friends for the induction of Gordon and Sandra Bull and to thank God for his provision of a pastor.    Peter Dunn, church elder, opened the service, which was held at Selhurst Evangelical Church as Thornton Heath’s halls were still under…

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September 2012
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David Cameron and gay marriage

David Cameron and gay marriage Christian Concern has launched an email campaign to get Christians to lobby their constituent MPs after David Cameron confirmed his determination to redefine marriage by 2015.    His comments, made at special reception for homosexual celebrities and activists at Downing Street, spurred Christian Concern to design a template message for…

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September 2012
Cults and other religions

The unhappy truth behind Happy Science

The unhappy truth behind Happy Science Happy Science — a fast growing new religious movement — has arrived in Uganda, among many other nations. We are indebted to Rodgers Atwebembeire, a graduate of African Bible University and a researcher for the Africa Centre for Apologetics Research (www.acfar.org) for writing this article. On Rubaga Road,…

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Cornerstone blazing a trail

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September 2012
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Cornerstone blazing a trail

Cornerstone blazing a trail Cornerstone, an evangelical fostering agency, is blazing a trail in placing children with foster families who hold biblical Christian beliefs. In contrast to high-profile closures of faith-based adoption agencies, Cornerstone is actively seeking to expand its activities with the help of committed evangelical Christians.    Back in 2008, the outlook for…

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September 2012

Son of the Underground

Son of the Underground Isaac Liu Monarch – Lion Hudson 144, £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-85721-199-6 Star Rating: 2 Isaac Liu is the son of ‘The Heavenly Man’ whose story caused quite a stir and not a little controversy several years ago.  Now, Isaac tells his own story of being brought up in a home from…

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September 2012

The Envy of Eve

The Envy of Eve Melissa Kruger Christian Focus 256, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84550-775-6 Star Rating: 4 As someone who rarely finds a 20th/21st century book that he prefers to the writings of the Puritans, I found this to be a very interesting read. It combines an element of the forensic analysis of the practical heart-level…

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September 2012

Hear Me Carefully – John Blanchard A Biography

Among the many who have benefitted from the literary output of John Blanchard, there are probably not a few who would appreciate knowing more about his life story and fifty years in full-time ministry.       The same will doubtless be true for the many who have appreciated his spoken ministry. For all such, this…

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Review

September 2012

Make the world your parish: increasing your global influence for Christ.

Reggie Weems,  pastor of Heritage Baptist Church, Johnson City, Tennessee, USA has written this book to ‘help pastors understand the full ramifications of applied grace (practical theology), and in so doing increase their global influence for Christ’ (p. 20). He has a heart for getting pastors involved in mission and helping them lead their…

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September 2012
Reviews > Film

Courageous

If you are familiar with the work of the Kendrick Brothers and Sherwood Pictures (‘Flywheel’, ‘Facing the Giants’  and ‘Fireproof’) then you will know what to expect from their current DVD ‘Courageous’. The theme this time is fatherhood with the focus on four different fathers, three of whom are in the local police department.…

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August 2012
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Farewell

Farewell Thornton Heath Evangelical Church, London, was packed on Sunday 1 July, as members and friends gave a fond farewell to Robert and Helen Jeffery.     Mr Jeffery, who recently graduated from the London Theological Seminary, has worked at the church seven years in various roles, latterly as ministerial assistant.     The family has…

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August 2012
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Sport

Sport Sport’s power to galvanise friendships and foster community spirit is at threat from big business and government intervention, a report has found.     A 64-page report from religious think-tank Theos found that the UK populace believes sport has the power to make us ‘good, peaceful, prosperous and healthy’ — one of the reasons…

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission

The Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) made exciting progress during 2014

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic When John Blanchard preached in the Czech Republic recently, exactly 30 years had passed since he last did so. He first visited the country (then part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968, when he preached at the 70th anniversary services of Brno Baptist Church.    He recalls a packed church for…

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Full of sap in old age

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Full of sap in old age

Full of sap in old age There are all sorts of different views about growing old, and most of them are pessimistic. That is understandable, because old age generally brings physical and intellectual decline in many different forms, and limitations and losses that permeate the whole of life. In a fallen world this is…

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August 2012
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Higgs boson

Higgs boson Scientists in Cern, Switzerland, believe their 45-year hunt for the so-called ‘God particle’ has ended after the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) experiments reportedly uncovered a new particle consistent with the Higgs boson.    The Higgs boson experiments aim to explain how matter attracts mass to itself and thereby allowing for the creation or…

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August 2012
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Kindle

Kindle A Newcastle hotel has replaced traditional hard-copy Bibles in guest rooms with Kindles pre-loaded with an electronic version.    According to an MSNBC news report, the Hotel Indigo in Newcastle has gone digital across its 148 rooms, and guests can request a copy of the Kindle for the duration of their stay.    Adam Munday,…

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August 2012
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Egypt and Syria

Egypt and Syria Release International has called on William Hague, the British Foreign Secretary, to keep human and religious rights at the forefront of any talks with Egyptian and Syrian authorities.    According to Release’s new director Colin King, Christians in Egypt fear increased persecution following the popular vote for an Islamist President-elect, while Christians…

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East Midlands Churches Day

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August 2012
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East Midlands Churches Day

East Midlands Churches Day On Saturday 16 June, East Midlands Churches Day (EMCD) played host to ‘the best finger-licking hog roast’, a Christian bookstall, a testimony from a converted former trainee Catholic priest and a seminar session on ‘Union with Christ’.    The EMCD was held at Brockington College on the outskirts of Leicester. It is…

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August 2012
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Life long mission

Life long mission The recognition of marriage as a lifelong union is being eroded in the midst of the current debate on same-sex marriage, Norman Wells, director of the Family Education Trust, has said.    Speaking at the trust’s annual conference in central London on 23 June, Mr Wells noted that leading homosexual lobby group…

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Rev. Eric J. Alldritt

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August 2012
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Rev. Eric J. Alldritt

Rev. Eric J. Alldritt My pastoral responsibility at Lake Road Congregational Church is now ended. This church in Keswick began in 1654 and since then has, by the grace of God, maintained a witness to the Reformed faith of our founding fathers.     The work declined in the closing decade of the twentieth century…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – There was no Sunday like it!

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August 2012
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THE GREAT EJECTION – There was no Sunday like it!

THE GREAT EJECTION There was no Sunday like it! Estimates vary but it seems that, including those ejected before 1662 and some who jumped rather than waiting to be pushed, nearly 2,000 ministers and others were silenced or ejected. There will always be some vagueness about the figure, as some changed their minds. A.…

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Scottish Reformed Conference

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August 2012
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Scottish Reformed Conference

Scottish Reformed Conference The 23rd annual Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) took place on the second Saturday of May, in Hamilton College.     Large numbers of people, including many families with children of all ages, joined to enjoy a day of fellowship and three fine expositions from our two guest speakers.     Steven Lawson is…

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Open-Air Mission

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August 2012
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Open-Air Mission

Open-Air Mission Some 125 years ago, on Monday 3 October 1887, the annual meetings of the Open-Air Mission took place at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in London. The preacher that day was the greatly esteemed pastor of the church, Charles Spurgeon. The title he gave to his message was ‘Winning souls for Christ’.     We…

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August 2012
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BMA conference

BMA conference Christian groups have welcomed decisions made by the British Medical Association Annual Representative Meeting over motions on abortion and euthanasia.     According to Dr Peter Saunders, head of the Christian Medical Fellowship, Motion 328, proposed by the Harrogate division, called for the meeting to support the universal availability of non-directive counselling for…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4)

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (4) From the 1790s onwards, the Clapham Sect networked both inside and outside Parliament to bring about the end of Britain’s involvement in the slave trade. The Clapham Sect was largely comprised of wealthy, evangelical Anglican laymen, of whom the most famous was William…

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Christ our great High Priest

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August 2012
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Christ our great High Priest

Christ our great High Priest In 1941 Winston Churchill stood before an eager audience at an all-boys school in war-torn England and spoke these famous words: ‘Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never — in nothing, great or small, large or petty — never give in’. Churchill’s words echo the thrust…

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Lowestoft outreach

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August 2012
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Lowestoft outreach

Lowestoft outreach An estimated 340,000 people attended Lowestoft’s 2012 Sea Front Air Festival in June. On the first day, Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church ran a Good News stand on the promenade.     Once again, some passers-by asked specifically for our new mid-year pocket calendar, having used the previous ones.    These provided a good…

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August 2012
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Christian Tamils are afraid but have nowhere to complain, a spokesman for the Lanka Evangelical Fellowship of Churches has warned.    He said although the civil war came to an end three years ago, the situation in the country is far from normal, with hundreds of Tamils being rounded up from villages and…

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Hertford Town Church

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August 2012
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Hertford Town Church

Hertford Town Church     Saturday 16 June saw the ordination and induction of Hertford Town Church’s pastor, George Platt.     The church was founded by Charles Bancroft in his living room, just over 10 years ago. His desire was for Hertford to have a church ‘teaching about the Lord Jesus Christ’ (Acts 28:31).   …

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August 2012
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St George’s Tron

St George’s Tron St George’s Tron church in Glasgow has become the first to split from the Church of Scotland over the issue of gay clergy.    Media reports followed Rev. Dr William Philip’s announcement on St George’s web site after ‘more than 12 months of thought and prayer’.    According to Dr Philip, the vote…

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Malta Evangelical Library

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August 2012
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Malta Evangelical Library

Malta Evangelical Library The work started two millennia ago by the apostle Paul in Malta is not finished yet. The apostle must have preached Christ and the gospel of grace to the Maltese people, yet today many locals still do not know Christ in truth.     Thankfully, there are several local evangelical churches on…

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Penicuik Baptist Church

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August 2012
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Penicuik Baptist Church

Penicuik Baptist Church The members of Penicuik Baptist Church were greatly encouraged to see a full church when we celebrated our 40th anniversary on the weekend of 19-20 May. The guest speaker was Dr Sandy Roger.     Everyone was welcomed by the elder, Barry Garth, who gave a short history of the church. The work…

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August 2012
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School prayer

School prayer A Republican US governor from Mississippi called for the re-introduction of non-denominational school prayer.    In an article for online newspaper Huffington Post, Gregory Krist reported that Phil Bryant, Mississippi governor and a Methodist, advocated non-denominational school prayer in front of an audience of teenagers.    He told 300 students, ‘I don’t think it…

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‘She’s still my wife’

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘She’s still my wife’

‘She’s still my wife’ Recently Pat Robertson made news when he declared that divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s is justifiable, because it is ‘a kind of death’ (http://blog.christianitytoday.com/ctliveblog/archives/2011/09/pat_robertson_s.html). The simplest thing I can say is that he didn’t get that teaching from the Bible. The very concept of Christian marriage rests upon a vow…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

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August 2012
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THE GREAT EJECTION – The Book of Common Prayer (1662)

THE GREAT EJECTION The Book of Common Prayer (1662) Last year we celebrated the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible. This year the history buffs and antiquarians are in joyful mood because it is the 350th anniversary of that famously Anglican date — 1662. In these days of spiritual ignorance…

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August 2012
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Design award

Design award Pilgrim Gardens, the new housing complex for older Christians being built by the Pilgrims’ Friend Society (Christian providers of respite, residential, nursing and dementia care) in Leicester has won a prestigious Housing Design Award.     The award, Housing our Ageing Population: Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) Award was announced on 21 June at…

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Is evangelistic preaching a lost art?

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August 2012
Articles > Guest column

Is evangelistic preaching a lost art?

Is evangelistic preaching a lost art? I am very concerned about the dearth of evangelistic preaching today. In many pulpits what is called evangelistic preaching is basically a gospel appeal to non-Christians tacked on at the end of sermons. But where are the sermons that from beginning to end are ‘reasoning and explaining and…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – The Great Ejection of 1662
Christian unity a fact

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christian unity a fact

Christian unity a fact John 17 records the prayer of our Lord Jesus before he went to the cross to die for our sins. This has sometimes been called ‘the high priestly prayer’ of the Saviour, because here he prays for all his followers. He prays for their security (v.11), joy (v.13), protection from…

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Letter to Paul the apostle

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August 2012
Articles > Comment

Letter to Paul the apostle

ET COMMENT Letter to Paul the apostle My dear Paul, The Consolidated Liberal Churches of Asia Minor (CLAMs) have recently had passed to them a copy of your letter to the Galatians, along with a number of other letters written by you to churches in our area.     The Committee on Missions (COM) has directed…

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Don’t bank on it !

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August 2012
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Don’t bank on it !

Don’t bank on it ! The banks can’t keep out of the news. Not only are they ‘too big to fail’ but they are almost ‘too big to find guilty’, despite a new banking scandal breaking nearly every year since 2007. The latest scandal — the fixing of the rate at which banks lend…

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THE GREAT EJECTION – Nonconformists and 1662

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August 2012
Articles > Historical

THE GREAT EJECTION – Nonconformists and 1662

THE GREAT EJECTION Nonconformists and 1662 I grew up on a housing estate in South Wales. When I was five years old, there was hardly a building on the estate very much older than I was. One hundred yards round the corner from my door, however, was a magnificent and much older nonconformist chapel…

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A new name

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A new name

A new name Emma Scrivener has written of her life-threatening experience of anorexia as a child and an adult. She says, ‘Although I sought and received professional medical help, it was my faith and a loving church community that finally changed my life’. Here is an extract from her book (with permission). I sat…

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Tough assignment in Niger

Tough assignment in Niger Alf Stephenson is the Gideons Regional Field Officer for West Africa. No stranger to East Africa, he had some surprises in store when he visited the west of the continent last November — not least a serious car crash. Having had the privilege of serving the Lord in 10 East…

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Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

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August 2012
Nigeria

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet

Worshipping under threat of bomb and bullet Communal violence is not new to Nigeria. In spite of this, the church has continued to grow — to 51.3 per cent of the population, according to Operation World. But, for several years now, Nigeria has been facing a new and growing threat from an extreme Muslim…

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Satan’s tactics

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August 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Satan’s tactics

Satan’s tactics One of the features of church growth theory over the last few decades has been its preoccupation with the size of the local church. In our increasingly urban world, the gurus of church growth have exhorted us to renounce ‘smallness’ in favour of ‘bigness’. One of them has trumpeted ‘bigness’ as the…

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August 2012
Obituaries

Rev. Dr Richard France (1938–2012)

Rev. Dr Richard France  (1938–2012) On Sunday 10 June, More Parish Church held a memorial service for the life of Rev. Dick France, who went home to glory in February aged 73.    Dr France had a strong academic background, having written a doctoral thesis on Jesus and the Old Testament. He was called to…

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WEST Revival Conference

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August 2012
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WEST Revival Conference

WEST Revival Conference On 26 May, the same day as the arrival of the Olympic torch at Bryntirion, Christians from England, Wales and Scotland came for the 13th WEST Revival Conference.     Numbers were swelled by local people, particularly for the free evening sessions when more than 100 attended. Fellowship was sweet, with good…

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‘Waft it on the rolling tide – Jesus saves’

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August 2012
Articles > World Mission

‘Waft it on the rolling tide – Jesus saves’

‘Waft it on the rolling tide — Jesus saves’ ‘Attempt something so big, that, unless God intervenes, it is bound to fail’. This was the challenge I faced 16 years ago. I had reached my 63rd birthday and was told I had to retire from the missionary society I was serving. Asking who would be…

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Gardenstown

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August 2012
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Gardenstown

Gardenstown I am not long back from a weekend’s Bible teaching in Gardenstown where people from the local Church of Scotland were gathered in annual conference mode and to give thanks to God for their newly refurbished church premises.     As part of this tasteful refurbishment, two new banners were mounted on the wall…

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Review

August 2012

Setting our sights on Heaven

Setting our sights on Heaven Paul D Wolfe Banner of Truth Trust 194, £7.50 ISBN: 978-1-84871-143-3 Star Rating: 3 Setting our Sights on Heaven. What a marvelous subject to be writing on as a Christian author!Sinclair Ferguson in his ‘Foreword’ is sadly right, when he accurately diagnoses a problem faced by many contemporary churches.…

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August 2012

Joseph the Dream Interpreter

Joseph the Dream Interpreter Helen Clark Day One Publications 160, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-305-8 Star Rating: 4 This well presented book published by Day One is one of a series by Helen Clark. It follows the life of Joseph and although as Helen Clark states in her introduction; most people will have heard of Joseph…

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August 2012

Major Points from the Minor Prophets

Major Points from the Minor ProphetsJohn BlanchardEvangelical Press288, £8.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-782-9Star Rating: 0 As the ‘clean pages’ in our Bibles they appear culturally foreign and remote from our modern Christian understanding. Some chapters can strike us as uncouth and inhospitable. But the author serves us superbly, becoming to the Minor Prophets what Lonely Planet is…

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August 2012
Reviews > Book

Bitesize Biography – Thomas Cranmer

Bitesize Biography – Thomas Cranmer Colin Hamer Evangelical Press 128, £5.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-773-7 Star Rating: *** Colin Hamer has done a great service to the Christian public in making this book available. It is part of the excellent series, ‘Bitesize Biographies’. Little is available on the life of Cranmer, apart from Jasper Ridley’s rather…

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August 2012

Focus on the Bible – Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes The Philippians of the Old Testament William D. Barrick Christian Focus 240 pages £9.99 ISBN 978-1-84550-776-3   Surveying my bookshelves I notice that I possess more commentaries on Ecclesiastes than any other book of the Bible. Does this indicate that I have found this part of Scripture the most difficult to understand? Does…

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Review

August 2012

Different by Design

Different by Design Carrie Sandom Christian Focus 240, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84550-782-4 Star Rating: 3/4 This book aims to clearly and straightforwardly explain the Bible’s teaching about God’s plan for the lives of men and women. The author uses the unfolding pattern of ‘salvation history’ to describe how His design ought to shape our lives.…

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August 2012

Doxology!

Doxology Exploring and enjoying the New Testament benedictions Stan K Evers Day One, 181 pages, £8   This is a rich little book.  In twenty-eight chapters the author takes each of the benedictions and doxologies in the New Testament and provides a heart-warming and stimulating exposition of each.  Helpful quotations from other writers are…

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August 2012

Robert Chapman: apostle of love

Robert Chapman: Apostle of Love Robert L Peterson Lewis and Roth Publishers 210pages, £4.64 (Kindle edition) ISBN: 978-0936083278 Star rating: 4 stars   A letter from overseas was once addressed simply to ‘R C Chapman, University of Love, England’; yet so well known was its intended recipient and his reputation that it was correctly…

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August 2012

The gospel focus of Charles Spurgeon

The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon Steven J Lawson Reformation Trust 160 Pages, £6.92 ISBN: 978-1567692808 Star rating: 4 stars   Steven Lawson has spent the best part of forty years studying the life and ministry of the great Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon, and it shows in this latest addition to his excellent series…

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Knowing God

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Knowing God

Knowing God It is almost four decades since J. I. Packer wrote his classic Knowing God. Today this theme is as important as ever, since knowing God is essential to having eternal life. Jeremiah knew God. In his day, the Assyrian empire had collapsed and the Babylonian empire was growing. Jeremiah was ordained and…

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Ken Howard (1928-2012)

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July 2012
Obituaries

Ken Howard (1928-2012)

Ken Howard (1928-2012) Ken Howard pastored a congregation in Farnborough, Hampshire, for 17 years and then became pastor at Stretham, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, from 1983 until his retirement in 1999. He served both churches while working firstly as an accountant and then as a personnel manager. He was born on 21 December 1928…

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Knowing God

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Knowing God

Knowing God It is almost four decades since J. I. Packer wrote his classic Knowing God. Today this theme is as important as ever, since knowing God is essential to having eternal life. Jeremiah knew God. In his day, the Assyrian empire had collapsed and the Babylonian empire was growing. Jeremiah was ordained and…

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News

July 2012
News

FCC assembly

FCC assembly Passing legislation to allow same-sex marriage would create great persecution against Christians, Rev. James Gracie has warned.    In his moderatorial address to the General Assembly of Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), which met in Edinburgh, Mr Gracie cautioned the Scottish government that bringing in such legislation would be the means of introducing persecution…

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India’s oppressed Dalits find hope

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July 2012
India

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope ‘Shining and incredible’ are the adjectives India’s authorities use to describe their nation’s newfound economic confidence. Whilst the country’s Gross Domestic Product is growing fast, the welfare of a nation’s citizens cannot be summarised by economic statistics. India’s 250 million Dalits still live in poverty and suffer from every…

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So many mysteries!

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

So many mysteries!

So many mysteries! To many of us a sneeze is a mystery! And falling in love; and the workings of a washing machine or a mobile phone; and the sowing of seed, the reaping of a harvest; and so on! What a mass of mysteries life really is. What is our life? What is…

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July 2012
News > Youth Features

The race is on !

Soon after trusting Christ in my early twenties, I worked the night shift at a plywood company mainly with Hispanics. We enjoyed each other whether we fought or not. I worked on an 8-man crew (four teams of two men on a team) that off-loaded huge crates of fifty 4ft x 8ft sheets of…

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July 2012
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Homophobia

Homophobia The European Parliament has voted on a joint resolution on the fight against homophobia in Europe, but the issue has been clouded by ‘cloak and dagger’ agendas, European Dignity Watch has claimed.    In a blog post, the political advocacy group said, ‘As often happens when it comes to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender…

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July 2012
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Confidence

Confidence The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has launched a national initiative to help develop confidence in the gospel and it is looking for 12 UK churches to be ‘lead learners’.    Krish Kandiah, executive director of churches in mission, for the EA, said this initiative, ‘Confidence in the gospel’, would help ‘find effective ways to help…

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July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Starting blocks

Starting blocks The fanfare and flair of the opening Olympic ceremony will live on in many people’s minds. But, for one man, the Games is the start of something even more amazing, for people of all nations. In March, ET reported on the Grace2London mission and its preparations ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.…

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July 2012
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African terrorism

African terrorism Christians in Africa are coming under greater threats from terrorist groups, a report from the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has claimed.    Citing figures from Christian prayer organisation Window International Network, the WEA said Christians in the 10/40 Window especially are facing a dramatic rise in persecution in the form of abduction, torture…

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July 2012
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Economy

Economy Greece is at the ‘worst stage’ of its economic crisis, a leading investment bank report has claimed.     In an analysis note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, written in the lead-up to the emergency election in June, experts warned: ‘The risks of a coalition government against the austerity programme, or no agreement…

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Moroccan church on the rebound

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July 2012
Morocco

Moroccan church on the rebound

Moroccan church on the rebound Since the expulsions of a large number of expatriate mission workers in 2010 and subsequent harassment of local believers, Moroccan churches have been temporarily weakened.     Some cities were hit harder than others by the government’s action, with many local believers coming under increased scrutiny. Some underwent daily questioning…

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July 2012
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CofE concerns

CofE concerns The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) is bracing itself for tough times ahead in the Church of England (CofE).    In a statement presented by Bishop John Ellison, chairman of the FCA UK Panel of Bishops and Rev. Paul Perkin, chairman of the FCA for UK and Ireland, the FCA warned of possible…

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July 2012
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Excavation

Excavation Artefacts that may date back to the time of King David’s nemesis, Goliath, have been unearthed, according to news from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.    As reported in NBC News, a five-year archaeological dig near Goliath’s biblical hometown of Gath has yielded evidence of Judean religious practices 3,000 years ago.    This gives more…

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Children in crisis

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July 2012
News > Youth Features

Children in crisis

Children in crisis Millions of children are in crisis all over the world. It is a symptom that something is terribly wrong. Why are children suffering? It was God’s design from the beginning that every child should be in a loving home where they are safe, clean, trained, fed nutritiously and nurtured. Sadly, many…

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July 2012
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Unholy row

Unholy row St Paul’s Cathedral gave the police permission to remove Occupy protesters forcibly from the cathedral steps on 28 February, the City of London Police Commissioner has revealed.    It is understood that this contradicts claims made by the cathedral authorities, who had denied they gave the police permission to remove people. But a…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3)

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July 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3) The early English abolitionists faced fierce opposition from church and state. But they had set their course and, on 17 June 1783, the London Yearly Meeting of Quakers presented to Parliament the first ever petition against the slave trade. Following that, in 1787,…

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July 2012
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Dr Michael Cassidy

Dr Michael Cassidy The Lausanne Movement Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr Michael Cassidy (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) as Honorary Chair of the Movement.    The movement’s Executive Chairman Doug Birdsall said Cassidy ‘is a global statesman and advocate for reconciliation and for Christian unity, while at the same time a persuasive…

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July 2012
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Facebook witness

Facebook witness UK Christians are using social media to share their faith online, a new survey by Christian Vision, in partnership with Premier Christian Media, has found.     In a survey on attitudes to online mission, the majority (84 per cent) of respondents agreed that the online space is a huge mission field, with…

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In the school of suffering

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of suffering

In the school of suffering I have on my fridge door the photograph of a beautiful baby girl. She was the long-awaited daughter of friends of ours. She lived for 7½ months — in intensive care — her parents constantly at her side. This is what they wrote when God chose to take her…

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Article

July 2012
Czech Republic

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic When John Blanchard preached in the Czech Republic recently, exactly 30 years had passed since he last did so. He first visited the country (then part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968, when he preached at the 70th anniversary services of Brno Baptist Church.    He recalls a packed church for…

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Putting unity first

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July 2012
Articles > Comment

Putting unity first

Putting unity first Unity is a common theme in the New Testament. Paul spoke of it in 1 Corinthians 1:10: ‘I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same…

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Olympic cheats – and others

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July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Olympic cheats – and others

Olympic cheats — and others Most athletes would say that the greatest prize in sport is an Olympic gold medal. Some are so anxious to win one that they resort to drugs to help them, and this has become a plague at recent Games. It is getting worse and the 2004 Olympic Games in…

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News

July 2012
News

Law Society prevents free speech

Law Society prevents free speech Christian Concern (CC) and the World Congress of Families, along with the National Organisation for Marriage, held their marriage conference as planned, this May, but only finding a venue less than 24 hours before the event.    The colloquium had been cancelled by the Law Society for allegedly breaching its…

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The big interview

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July 2012
Interviews

The big interview

The big interview Financial education charity Credit Action is part of the Question of Trust campaign, which seeks to rebuild public trust in financial service institutions. Credit Action’s founder Keith Tondeur spoke to Sheila Marshall about his journey from being a City stockbroker to becoming a national financial educator. ET: Which came first, faith…

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July 2012
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Sudan warning

Sudan warning The threat of an all-out war between Sudan and South Sudan is putting Christians in both nations in great danger, Barnabas Fund has warned.    Clashes in the oil-rich territory over the past month have been described as the worst fighting since South Sudan gained independence in July 2011.    According to a statement…

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July 2012
News

Psychological trickery

Psychological trickery The Christian psychiatrist at the centre of a legal row over counselling a gay client has been stripped of her hard-earned qualification, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has announced.    The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) informed Christian counsellor Lesley Pilkington that, following her appeal, she will still lose her senior…

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July 2012
News

Financial ethics

Financial ethics Recently launched in the UK is the Question of Trust campaign, which aims to restore public and professional trust in the financial services. One of its key backers is Keith Tondeur OBE, founder of Credit Action (see p.30 of this ET issue for the Big Interview).    In another call for a more…

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Work and leisure

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Work and leisure

Work and leisure How do we strike a right balance between work and leisure? Both are God’s gifts to us, but our attitudes to them are too often dominated by society’s secular and pragmatic outlook.     The gradual decline of moral and spiritual values in our culture is particularly reflected in how people spend…

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The Barnabas Company

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July 2012
Romania

The Barnabas Company

The Barnabas Company The Barnabas Company (not to be confused with the Barnabas Fund) is to finish its support for Hungarian Christians in Romania.     This ministry was founded by Stephen and Joan Clifford of Belper, in Derbyshire. Its purpose was to encourage believers who were poverty-stricken but rich in faith, and help them…

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Self-sufficiency – a new way of doing mission

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July 2012
Articles > World Mission

Self-sufficiency – a new way of doing mission

Self-sufficiency — a new way of doing mission ‘It is really difficult for us to manage the shortage of cash we are facing … we struggle to pay basic bills like electricity, gas…’ Sounds familiar? Just a few lines from a missionary’s e-mail in my inbox on Sunday morning. Mission projects are feeling the…

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News

July 2012
News

Egypt elections

Egypt elections Christians have been praying for the safety of believers in Egypt after radical Islamic group the Muslim Brotherhood surged ahead during the elections in May.    According to news reports, the Muslim Brotherhood group’s candidate Mohamed Morsi led the way, far ahead of former military leader Ahmed Shafiq, during Egypt’s first free presidential…

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Ministry up north

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July 2012
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Ministry up north

Ministry up north The North of England Conference 2012, which was held in March in Mirfield, was a ‘unique’ conference. It has normally been open for leaders and potential leaders in the churches, until this year when women were openly encouraged to come.     This is a wonderful recognition of the role these women…

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Olympic cheats – and others

Article

July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Olympic cheats – and others

Olympic cheats — and others Most athletes would say that the greatest prize in sport is an Olympic gold medal. Some are so anxious to win one that they resort to drugs to help them, and this has become a plague at recent Games. It is getting worse and the 2004 Olympic Games in…

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Article

July 2012
Obituaries

Phyllis Bowman

Phyllis Bowman The founder and director of anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia lobby group Right to Life has died. The funeral of Phyllis Bowman, at the forefront of campaigns to protect the rights of the unborn child, took place in a Catholic service in May.    Although her Catholic beliefs could never be upheld by Evangelicals, yet…

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News

July 2012
News

OAC Ministries

OAC Ministries The Stourbridge Open Air Campaigners (OAC) Ministries in the West Midlands have been focusing on those who are ‘on the edges of church life or outside it’, John Heywood has said.    Speaking of the work of his teams in reaching people of different ethnicities, and the marginalised, the poor and those with special…

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July 2012
News

Railway Bibles

Railway Bibles The Bible Society has given Bibles to signalmen and other staff on railways in Wales, helping to fulfil a 143-year-old legacy request.    In April, Rev. Ron Keen, Railway Mission chaplain, presented 12 Bibles to staff at stations in Cardiff, Barry and Radyr.     He said, ‘It’s a terrific thing to do, because…

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GBP Scotland

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July 2012
News

GBP Scotland

GBP Scotland Grace Baptist Partnership (GBP) Scotland has much to praise God for, not just in terms of well-attended conferences but also in outreach opportunities and launching a dedicated Facebook page.    The Rebuild and Certain Sound conferences were a blessing to many, and the audio resources have been downloaded many times since from www.gbpscotland.org/resources/audio-resources…

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July 2012
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Autism link to chemicals

Autism link to chemicals Contamination from chemicals found in common, everyday items may have a link to autism, research has claimed.    Online US newspaper Huffington Post reported that even women who took every precaution possible while pregnant gave birth to children with varying stages of autism, which could be linked to migraine medicine, contaminants…

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Reaching theological liberals

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July 2012
Articles > Guest column

Reaching theological liberals

Reaching theological liberals – Guest Column How might we reach out to those with a liberal mindset infected with anti-supernaturalism? How might we reach liberal pastors even, of the old mainline denominations? If an ongoing opportunity should present itself, what methods might we use to reach these men and women? This is what I…

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A cross-shaped life

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July 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

A cross-shaped life

A cross-shaped life When he hung on the cross, Jesus was experiencing what the Old Testament considered to be the ultimate curse, the epitome of a repulsive, feared fate, the fate reserved for the worst criminals… ‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law,’ wrote Paul, ‘by becoming a curse for us, for…

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So many mysteries!

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

So many mysteries!

So many mysteries! To many of us a sneeze is a mystery! And falling in love; and the workings of a washing machine or a mobile phone; and the sowing of seed, the reaping of a harvest; and so on! What a mass of mysteries life really is. What is our life? What is…

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In the school of suffering

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of suffering

In the school of suffering I have on my fridge door the photograph of a beautiful baby girl. She was the long-awaited daughter of friends of ours. She lived for 7½ months — in intensive care — her parents constantly at her side. This is what they wrote when God chose to take her…

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News

July 2012
News

Forced marriages

Forced marriages Extreme hunger has forced many parents to coerce their little girls into arranged marriages, charity World Vision has warned.    Esperance Klugan, national director for World Vision Niger, said the West Africa food crisis was forcing children out of school and into the role of breadwinner or wife, from as young as seven.  …

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Article

July 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cambridge Declaration

The Cambridge Declaration The directors and editors of Evangelical Times warmly commend to our readers The Cambridge Declaration, drawn up by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, in the USA. It has this year been formally adopted by ET as expressing its own doctrinal stance (along with what is common to the Westminster Confession, Savoy…

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Review

July 2012

Altar to an Unknown Love

Altar to an Unknown Love Michael John Beasley The Armoury Ministries 144 pages, £6.97 ISBN: 978-1-935358-08-4 Star Rating: 3   Michael Beasley has written this book to draw attention to a hypocrisy that evangelicals are probably unaware of. He stands firmly with those whose ire has been raised by the ‘Love Wins’ book written…

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Review

July 2012

Toxic Ideas Polluting your Mind

Toxic Ideas Polluting your Mind Anthony Selvaggio P&R Publishing 128 pages, £7.51 ISBN: 978-1-59638-196-4 Star Rating: 4   An earlier generation warned believers of the dangers of worldliness. Anthony Selvaggio does much the same thing here. But whereas Christian preachers and writers may once have been content to call upon Christians to stop drinking at…

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July 2012

The Message of Kings

The Message of Kings John W. Olley IVP 378 pages, £12.99 ISBN: 978-1844745500 Star rating: 3 stars   The stated aim of The Bible Speaks Today series is to expound books of the Old and New Testaments so that Christians may: ‘hear what the Spirit is saying to them through his ancient, yet ever…

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July 2012

The Intolerance of Tolerance

The Intolerance of Tolerance D A Carson IVP 192 pages, £12.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-405-3 Star Rating: 4   The benefits department of Dudley Council in the West Midlands apparently once banned all representations of pigs from its offices, for fear of upsetting Muslims. The Co-op Bank requested the organisation Christian Voice to close their accounts with…

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July 2012

Loving the way Jesus Loves

Loving The Way Jesus Loves Phil Ryken IVP ISBN:978-84474-565-4 224 pages, £8.99 Star rating: 5 Stars   Do not read this book unless you are prepared to be searched and challenged! This is a remarkable exposition of 1 Corinthians 13 that every Christian ought to buy and read but do not read it if…

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July 2012

The Appearing of Jesus

The Appearing of Jesus Leslie Land Transcribed by Professor Ian Shaw 86 pages, £7.50 Star Rating: 3   I confess to never having heard of Leslie Land before being asked to review this book. However, having read the book I would have loved to have met him or listened to his ministry.       The…

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Review

July 2012

Holy, holy, holy – proclaiming the perfections of God

Holy, Holy, Holy – Proclaiming the Perfections of God Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, D. A. Carson, Sinclair B. Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, R. C. Sproul, R. C. Sproul Jr., Derek W. H. Thomas Reformation Trust 149 Pages, £13.99 ISBN: 978-1-56769-205-1 Star rating: 5 stars   I have often seen publicity for a…

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News

June 2012
News

Pakistan

Pakistan Christian girls in Pakistan have been raped and trapped into becoming Muslims through forced marriage, a report from independent newsletter The News has claimed.    Quoted in the report, one old lady from Essa Nagri said, ‘I saw two of my daughters being raped in front of me’.    She told The News that around…

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Was it worth it?

Article

June 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Was it worth it?

Was it worth it? The southern edge of the Sahara Desert is a mysterious land with a striking landscape. Black volcanic mountains tower over emerald green oases. Cascading waterfalls and lush private gardens contrast starkly with the dramatic beauty of the desert, where sand waves roll toward the horizon. Intermittent adobe cities dot the…

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June 2012
News

Wedding trends

Wedding trends People are increasingly likely to pick a partner similar to themselves, according to research by the Institute for Public Policy Research.    The research, which was reported on Channel 4, found more than half of married women born between 1976-1981 married a partner in the same social class, compared to 45 per cent…

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Avoiding silly mistakes

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June 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Avoiding silly mistakes

Avoiding silly mistakes People who claim to believe the Bible can still manage to draw false deductions from it. Over the centuries there have been some strange efforts in this regard. Sometimes the result is almost amusing — except that it is God’s Word that is being mishandled. At times an argument which contains…

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Charity CD

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June 2012
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Charity CD

Charity CD Philippa Woodcraft, a member of Potton Baptist Church, Bedfordshire, who was born blind, has produced a CD of hymns called, ‘I shall see him face to face’. It is a mixture of 12 old and new hymns, including ‘No one ever cared for me like Jesus’, ‘One day when heaven’, ‘Such love’…

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June 2012
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Creationism in the US

Creationism in the US UK scientist and creationist Professor Andy McIntosh has ‘learned great lessons’ during his time in Montana and Idaho in the US.    According to the Leeds University academic, much work has been done on dinosaur bones casting doubt over the initial readings of pro-evolutionary scientists.    He said, ‘The meetings in Bozeman,…

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The Olympic flame

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Olympic flame

The Olympic flame The tradition of lighting an Olympic flame comes from the ancient Greeks. During the ancient Olympic Games, a sacred flame was lit from the sun’s rays at Olympia, and stayed lit until the games were completed. This flame represented the ‘endeavour for protection and struggle for victory’. It was first introduced…

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Why is prayer so difficult?

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why is prayer so difficult?

Why is prayer so difficult? The Lord Jesus was an example to the disciples of a praying man. He also taught them how to pray and exhorted them to keep on praying. So you’d think that believers in God wouldn’t need any encouragement to address the living Creator. We have known the forgiveness of…

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Banner of Truth

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June 2012
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Banner of Truth

Banner of Truth This year’s Leicester conference began on a startling note, as Ted Donnelly was unable to complete his opening paper, despite having preached lucidly at another meeting the previous night. However, his paper on ‘Exalting the name of the Lord’ gave us strong reasons to exalt God together.     Mr Donnelly was…

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June 2012
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Nigerian violence

Nigerian violence People living in northern Nigeria must not only cope with religious killings, but the daily threat of gang violence, a report from Al-Jazeera has claimed.    The comments came after gunmen threw bombs and opened fire on a cattle market in Potiskum, north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 60 people, a spokesman for the…

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June 2012
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Laos

Laos Laotian Christians in one church have stood up for religious freedom, by resisting the closure of their church building, which was among four confiscated by the authorities in one district.     According to reports from Barnabas Fund, on 5 April officials ordered the confiscation and closure of the church in Khamnonsung village, in…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2)

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June 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2) John Wesley encouraged William Wilberforce that his fight against slavery was a ‘glorious enterprise’, but warned him that ‘unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils’ (May ET). This…

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Militant secularism (2)

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June 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Militant secularism (2)

Militant secularism (2) What are the aims of secularism? Rightly understood, secularism works for the separation of political and religious institutions, so that government is free from the dominant (or domineering) influence of any particular religion. In other words, secularism asserts that religion should not be privileged by the state when the state enacts…

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June 2012
News > Youth Features

Cycling

I recently took up cycling. At first I was enthusiastic for every ride. Come rain or shine, I wanted to get out on that bike and nothing would stop me. I told everyone I met how great cycling is and how they should take it up too — ‘It’s improved my fitness levels and…

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From drug addict to missionary

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June 2012
Evangelistic

From drug addict to missionary

From drug addict to missionary Jenya, a skinny boy 10 years old, looked at his parents who were slumped across the sofa and bed, unconscious in their little wooden house. Sighing, he picked up a pen and drew a cross over the last day of the month on his calendar. His parents had been…

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Ministering to those dying without Christ

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Ministering to those dying without Christ

Ministering to those dying without Christ ‘It is sad beyond words to watch mom’s health failing and see her fear and anxiety or detached numbness as she faces each day. She wavers back and forth. It is all sad and full of despair.’ ‘There is no longing for glory, no hope of future joy,…

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June 2012
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Pro-lifers excluded

Pro-lifers excluded There is still a lack of proper debate on abortion at a higher level, a blog post published on the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) web site has claimed.    Citing an article by consultant psychiatrist Pravin Thevathasan, the post highlighted the influence of the one-sided report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges…

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Rendille people

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June 2012
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Rendille people

Rendille people I was recently privileged to spend three months working with Nick and Lynne Swanepoel in Korr, northern Kenya. I was teaching English at the emerging secondary school there, the latest addition to the Tirrim Project.     The students in the secondary school are studying hard for their exams, and so grateful to…

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A Protestant monarchy?

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June 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A Protestant monarchy?

A Protestant monarchy? The British monarchy has had much to celebrate over the last year — a royal wedding in 2011, swiftly followed by a diamond jubilee in 2012. There has been a surge of popular support for the royal family, riding high again after the crises of the 1990s.     The gift of…

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EMF open day

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June 2012
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EMF open day

EMF open day On Saturday 21 April, European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) supporters came to Welwyn Evangelical Church for the annual School of Biblical Studies open day.    During the two meetings, students were interviewed by the School’s principal, Jörg Müller, and spoke of their home churches in Hungary, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and the UK. We…

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Eucharistic Congress

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June 2012
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Eucharistic Congress

Eucharistic Congress Two debates have been scheduled for the end of May, to coincide with the 50th World Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in June, when there will be added focus on the Eucharist and associated doctrines.     The planned debates between Catholic priest Patrick McCafferty and Evangelical Christian Rob Zins from North Carolina will…

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June 2012
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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan A court in Azerbaijan has ruled to close down Greater Grace Protestant Church in Baku, according to a report from Christian advocacy organisation Release International. This is believed to be the first forced liquidation of a religious group in the country since a tough new Religion Law was passed in 2009. Andy Dipper,…

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June 2012
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Baptismal insult

Baptismal insult Hindu leaders in the US have asked the Mormon Church of the Latter Day Saints for a full report on the numbers of Hindus baptised posthumously.    In a report in Third Way, the church of Mormon was said to be once again in the centre of a controversy over its mass posthumous…

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June 2012
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Marriage

Marriage Religious institutions and Prime Minister David Cameron are set to lock horns after another campaign to keep marriage special was launched in May.    High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge is responsible for the latest campaign, which he said was much needed in order to benefit society.    He pointed out that 500,000 children and…

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June 2012
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Stony Stratford

Stony Stratford On Saturday 31 March, Keith Plant was inducted as pastor of Stony Stratford Evangelical Free Church (EFCC).    The service was chaired by Roger March, who was moderator during the interregnum and who is former pastor of near neighbour, Wolverton Evangelical Free Church.     Gareth Williams, pastor of Bala Evangelical Church and a…

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June 2012
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Irish Catholic agitation

Irish Catholic agitation Irish Catholics have called on Cardinal Sean Brady to resign, lobbied against celibacy vows and suggested allowing the ordination of women priests.    The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), which represents more than 850 priests in Ireland, said it was crucial to change in order to secure a future for the Catholic…

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June 2012
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John Newton Project

John Newton Project The John Newton Project has made another urgent appeal for funds, as it is still short of this year’s expenses. The recent increase in postage stamp prices has contributed much to its costs.    According to its latest newsletter, the charitable foundation needs roughly £6,000 more, despite a fundraising earlier this year…

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Stockton-on-Tees

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June 2012
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Stockton-on-Tees

Stockton-on-Tees Nearly 100 people gathered for the official opening of the Bible Centre, Stockton-on-Tees, the new location of Stockton’s Presbyterian Reformed Church. The refurbished building, a former boxing club, has already been in use for several months in the good fight of faith.     Pastor Roy Mohon, minister of the congregation, led in worship.…

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Science and faith

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June 2012
Articles > Guest column

Science and faith

Guest Column Science and faith I will celebrate my 22nd year as pastor of Grace Reformed Church later this year. And all these years have been spent in an intense study of the Bible. This has only amplified my convictions regarding the sufficiency and authority of God’s Word. Here are just a few of…

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Religious freedom

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June 2012
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Religious freedom

Religious freedom American academics have opened a debate about whether religious freedom is being threatened by the legal promotion of gay rights on both sides of the Atlantic.    It follows several cases in Britain and the US where Christians have clashed with the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage and place children with gay foster…

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The Sahara Desert Mission

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June 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

The Sahara Desert Mission

The Sahara Desert Mission The Republic of Niger extends over the central/western area of the Sahara Desert. It is the largest country in West Africa and lies north of Nigeria, and south of Algeria and Libya. The population of 15 million is mostly clustered in the south and west of the country, and, with…

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June 2012
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Encouragement in Lagos

Encouragement in Lagos Despite trouble in northern Nigeria, the Lord is saving souls and growing his church, according to reports from Pastor Tony Okoroh in Lagos.    In his latest newsletter Mr Okoroh said, ‘The Lord has allowed us to continue to hold meetings openly. The well publicised threat against Christian gatherings by the Boko…

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June 2012
Articles > Comment

Why read church history?

ET COMMENT Why read church history? Why should we be interested in history? The humanist studies it to celebrate human accomplishment. His is a revisionist mindset, writing God out of the frame and so manipulating the evidence to suit his agenda. But the honest student of history focuses on the facts wherever they lead…

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Unapologetic apologetics

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June 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Unapologetic apologetics

Unapologetic apologetics We don’t often use the word ‘apologetics’ in our churches, or in ordinary conversation. Its meaning though is very important. ‘Apologetics’ simply comes from the Greek verb ‘to make a defence’. It includes being able to give ‘a reason for the hope’ that we have as Christians, and ‘contending for the faith’…

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June 2012
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Executions

Executions The number of countries using capital punishment has fallen by a third in the past decade, according to Amnesty International.     In its 74-page report, Death sentences and executions in 2011, Amnesty said 20 countries carried out executions in 2011, down from 23 in 2010.    Only 10 per cent of the world’s countries…

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June 2012
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Survival story

Survival story A woman from Georgia, US, has given an account of her ‘terrifying ordeal’ a year after she was caught up in powerful tornadoes in southern US that killed 300 people and was taken for dead.    In an Associated Press report Glynis Lawson told of how the last thing she remembered was seeking…

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Review

June 2012

Strong and Courageous – Joshua simply explained

Strong and Courageous – Joshua John D Currid 271pages, £11.99 EP Books ISBN: 978-085234-747-8 Star rating: 4 stars   John D. Currid has again produced another valuable volume on the Old Testament – this time it appears in the Welwyn commentaries, the Bible simply explained. It is similar in style to Dr Currid’s EP…

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June 2012

Serving God’s Words

Serving God’s Words Ed Paul A Barker et al IVP 225 pages, £11.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-547-0 Star Rating: 4   Peter Adam is an Australian Anglican clergyman with a passion for expository preaching. He recently retired as Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne. This book was put together to mark the occasion. Each of the twelve…

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June 2012

Excellence in Preaching

Excellence in Preaching Simon Vibert IVP 174 pages , £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-519-7 Star Rating: 2   Simon Vibert (Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) writes with a commendable goal: riveting preaching. His book admires Jesus’ communication style, and that of twelve popular preachers, known to any downloader of internet sermons. Speakers across the UK/US ecclesiastical spectrum (e.g.…

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June 2012

The Love of Christ

The Love of ChristRichard SibbesBanner of Truth Trust364, £6.50ISBN: 978-1-84871-144-0Star Rating: 4 This is a welcome addition to Banner’s ‘Puritan Paperback’ series. It consists of a famous series of 20 sermons on Song of Songs preached by Richard Sibbes (1577-1635). This is not an abridgement, but a reprint of the Nicol (1862) edition found…

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June 2012

Hit by Friendly Fire

Hit by Friendly Fire Michael A Milton Evangelical Press 96 pages, £4.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-776-8 Star Rating: 4   This little book is sub-titled ‘What to do when fellow believers hurt you’ and is based on a single sermon preached by the author. It comprises 7 very short chapters. The first 3 set the scene,…

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Heroes of the Faith

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June 2012

Heroes of the Faith

Heroes of the faith — role models for the Christian warfare Roy Mohon Truthzone 404 pages, £11.75 (plus £2.00 p&p, from, Truthzone Ltd, 34 Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3NG) Star rating: 3 stars   This looks in detail at each of the significant figures of faith in the Old Testament, from Abel to David.…

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June 2012

The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus

The Mystery of the Last Supper Colin J. Humphreys Cambridge University Press 244 pages, £14.99 ISBN: 978-0521732000 Star rating: 4   The last time I can recall being as excited by a book as I was by Colin Humphreys’ The Mystery of the Last Supper was when I read John Wenham’s Easter Enigma in…

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May 2012
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Internet safety

Internet safety Laws to make it more difficult for children to access hardcore pornography were introduced in Parliament before the Easter recess.    The legislation will introduce new controls to halt the rising numbers of children accessing hardcore pornography on the internet.    The Bill was introduced in the House of Lords by Baroness Howe of…

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Jubilee Baptist Church, Occold

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May 2012
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Jubilee Baptist Church, Occold

Jubilee Baptist Church, Occold Jubilee came into being on Sunday 4 March, the result of an amalgamation of Grove Evangelical and Occold Baptist churches in Suffolk.     The congregation of the former churches met together in the morning for the final ‘joint service’, when David Steere preached from Joshua chapters 1 and 3. He…

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