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Review

December 2013

The meaning of marriage

The battle for marriage is by no means over. It is a battle over the nature of what we are as human beings and over whether or not there are laws which are higher than those which national and international bodies can enact. In May Dr Sharon James gave a lecture on this subject…

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December 2013
Evangelistic

‘Waves of love washed my bitterness away’

To say that Matt Collis had a difficult childhood is an understatement. But he found a way to deal with the cruelty and sadness. He shares his story of how despair gave way to hope and a new start. Following the divorce of my parents when I was two years old, my mother, twin…

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Article

December 2013
Articles > World Mission

Taken by surprise

There was no room for the good news about Jesus in the home I was raised in, the schools I went to or the university I attended. I treated those who tried to reach out to me with contempt, despising their so-called religion. I saw the world as a corrupt place. Whoever Jesus might…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Why Jesus came

Most people I talk to accept that Jesus was born in Bethlehem and made an impact on the world by his teaching, but that’s about it; and others have done the same sort of thing — so Christmas is a nice story for children, but has nothing to do with them as adults. But…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Drawn by God’s grace

My father was a volunteer Sapper in 1939 and, by the end of the war, a ‘convinced atheist’. I was born in 1948 and brought up to question what religion had to offer. I attended a CofE church for a while as a choirboy, where I developed a sarcastic view of the church in…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

The right ingredients

Why putting the Christmas pudding together reminds Simoney Kyriakou of God’s perfect timing It has taken nearly 20 years for me to adapt a Christmas pudding recipe to match the tastes of my family. As it falls to my lot to make the puddings each year along ‘acceptable lines’, I know it takes about…

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News

December 2013
News > Youth Features

Blythswood Care shoe box appeal

Christian charity Blythswood Care celebrated the 20th anniversary of its Shoe Box Appeal this year. During the 20 years, 1.6 million shoe boxes have been distributed. Last year, Blythswood sent 118,000 shoeboxes filled with necessities to people in need in countries such as Albania, Serbia and Pakistan. In Europe, boxes were distributed to orphanages,…

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News

December 2013
News

Tinshill Free Church, Leeds

  What a joy it was to be present at the induction service for Joseph Cresswell, on 7 September, as the new pastor of Tinshill Free Church! Some 130 people gathered for the occasion. They were welcomed by former pastor, Glyn Williams, who has faithfully ministered at the church which he helped to found…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Christmas evangelism

Pray for all the efforts that are being made to point to the coming of Jesus Christ as the Saviour of the world. Pray for calendars, leaflets and tracts that will be given out. Pray for special Christmas evangelistic services. Pray that the words of the Christmas carols will cause people to think deeply…

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News

December 2013
News

Media cover-up

  The mainstream Western media is failing to report the widespread slaughter of Christians overseas, a UK Conservative councillor has claimed. Cited in a report from the Christian Institute, a blog from Alistair Thompson claimed that the scanty media reporting underlines a ‘systematic failure to stand up for Christians in the East, who over…

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News

December 2013
News

Eritrean clampdown

  Eritrean security forces have arrested 185 Christians, mostly women, following a raid on a prayer meeting to the north of the capital, Asmara. It is believed that the Christians had gathered in the suburb of Maitemenai to pray about the worsening exodus of Eritreans from the country. Paul Robinson, chief executive of Release…

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News

December 2013
News > Youth Features

A contagious summer

During summer 2013, around 600 young people and youth leaders came together to study God’s Word at various week-long Contagious youth conferences. Jon Shulver, Contagious Development Director, told ET more about this exciting and growing work. Since its beginning in 2000, Contagious has been built around three main principles. First, we are passionate about…

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News

December 2013
News

Taxing times

  Parliamentarians, including former Chancellor Lord Lawson, have pushed the UK government to recognise marriage in the UK’s tax system. Speaking in the Palace of Westminster, Lord Lawson drew people’s attention to a recent review of independent taxation from charity CARE, and said it was shameful that the UK tax system fails to have…

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News

December 2013
News

Church disrepair

  Churches across the UK are increasingly calling on the National Churches Trust (NCT) to help provide urgent funding for repair and renovation. According to the NCT’s annual review for 2012-2103, demand for church repair and modernisation grants has continued to grow. According to the review, in 2012 NCT was involved in making or…

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Historical

December 2013
Articles > Historical

The power of God’s grace

Christian Watt stirred the glowing embers of the fire. With her parents away, she was alone in the family’s ‘butt and ben’ cottage in Broadsea, near Fraserburgh, in the far north of Scotland. ‘No!’ she thought decidedly to herself. ‘I will not marry James Sim’. Born into a fisherman’s family, Christian had long ago…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

A warm welcome

My name is Lucie Boulter and I have been attending Melbourne Hall, a church in Leicester, for 16 years. I was introduced to the church by my then boyfriend, now husband, Carl Boulter. He and his family had been attending Melbourne Hall through the generations and still continue to worship there. When Carl first…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

God’s astonishing love

‘Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God!’ (1 John 3:1). The apostle John begins his first letter, in the New Testament, with an exclamation of astonishment. He was an old man when he wrote these words. It’s safe to say that he…

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Article

December 2013
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – The inside job

The movie Inside job tells the story of the banking crisis of 2008 from within the world of banking itself. Narrated by Matt Damon, it tells a story of greed from the world of bankers, regulators and ratings agencies. At the heart of the whole system is profound human fallenness, which can only lead…

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News

December 2013
News

Sunday work

Three judges have reserved judgement in the case of Christian children’s worker Celestina Mba v. The Mayor and the London Borough of Merton. Ms Mba took the parties to the Court of Appeal on Wednesday 23 October over their refusal to provide reasonable accommodation for her devoutly held Christian beliefs. Supported by barrister Paul…

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Article

December 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Can faith and science work together?

How should we cope with apparent conflicts between faith and science? This issue was faced by Dr Ming Wang while investigating wound-healing in eyes. This account is adapted from his speech at the American Scientific Affiliation’s annual conference, on 20 July 2013, at Belmont University, Nashville, TN (www.thecollegefix.com/post/14052). I would like to share a…

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News

December 2013
News

Born to be King

On a hot afternoon on 22 July 2013, Prince George entered our world in St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, in London. He immediately became third in line to the throne of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, as well as the Commonwealth. His destiny is to reign. Westminster Abbey bells pealed. There was a 41 gun…

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Have a truly happy Christmas!

Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Have a truly happy Christmas!

Have a truly happy Christmas! May the star of truth lead you to the blessed Saviour, as it did the Magi! How the Lord first spoke to the Magi who came from the East is a mystery which the Bible does not explain. We only know they followed the star and brought their gifts…

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Christmas presents for the children

Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Christmas presents for the children

Jesus took it for granted that his disciples would share with their offspring: ‘You … know how to give good gifts to your children’, he once declared (Luke 11:13). It is natural and normal to love children. Christmas is a time to express that love by giving presents. The quality and quantity of gifts…

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News

December 2013
News

Coalition for Marriage

  Campaign group the Coalition for Marriage (C4M) has published a free guide to help schools and teachers who are concerned about their legal rights and responsibilities. Since the government backed same-sex marriage, teachers and those in education are worried that their beliefs about marriage will not just be disrespected, but considered against the…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Drawn to Jesus Christ

My early life was in a caring and settled family. My father spent life in military service. He was a man of integrity and ordered discipline, something I have since come to appreciate. He passed from this life when I was in my early teens. I recall that, through his long illness, he displayed…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Getting the big picture

Here’s the story of my journey to faith. I was one of five children — the only boy. I guess you could say that I was brought up in a religious family insomuch as it was a norm to walk to church three times each Sunday! But that was as far as religion went…

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Scottish census

News

December 2013
News

Scottish census

  Christianity is in steep decline in Scotland, and the proportion of its population professing to be Christian is well below the equivalent figure for England and Wales. In 2001, 65.2 per cent of the country’s 5,062,000 people claimed to be Christian. Ten years later, this proportion has dropped to 53.8 per cent of…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Drawn to Jesus Christ

I would like to share with you how I became a Christian. My father was in the army, so we lived abroad. When I was 11 we came back to England. My mother is a Catholic and she brought us three children up in the Catholic faith. I was quite an earnest child and…

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News

December 2013
News

New Down’s test

  The UK’s National Health Service is to start trialling a simple blood test during pregnancy, which can detect Down’s syndrome in the developing foetus. According to a report from the BBC, this could significantly reduce the number of women needing invasive testing. The study, to be carried out at Great Ormond Street Hospital,…

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News

December 2013
News

Doctrines of grace conference

  Who could have planned a voluntary Bible study on the doctrines of the Reformed faith on board the mission ship MV Doulos? This ship has been decommissioned now by OM, but in 2004-06 our family served on board and we witnessed vigorous interest in solid Christian doctrines from many young people. Each Saturday…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

No room at the inn!

  It was lunchtime in college. A friend suggested we nip into town for a quick burger. Arriving at the fast food outlet, we found the queue extended from counter to door. Had we joined it, we would have been late for our afternoon lecture. ‘No room at the inn’, said my friend, ‘we’ll…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

A new life

I want to tell you how I came to be a Christian and what God has done for me. My parents first brought me to Buckingham Chapel in Bristol when I was aged four. I attended Sunday school and church on a regular basis, right up to the age of about 17. Then I…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

God’s gentleness

I became a Christian at the age of 20, when I was a student at Falmouth College of Arts in Cornwall. I grew up in south Buckinghamshire, living with my mum and stepfather from the age of eight after my parents divorced and remarried. I’m not from a religious background at all. The only…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

True satisfaction

I was born and brought up in South Wales. My parents had moved there as part of my father’s calling to be a pastor, and my earliest memories include church attendance as one of life’s normal activities. My brother, my sister and I were required to attend morning and evening services on Sunday, as…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Challenged and converted

  Someone I used to work with once said to me, ‘I find it hard to believe that you, a reasonably intelligent human being (!), can take God so seriously or believe that the Bible is true!’ Well, I can honestly tell you that there was a time in my life when I didn’t…

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News

December 2013
News

Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS)

  From small beginnings, Christian ministry ACTS has spread across the nation of Nigeria and beyond. In 1993, ACTS was formally inaugurated with the support of its host institution, the Theological College of Northern Nigeria (TCNN), Bukuru. All its operations were part-time and books were received through the support of several sympathetic publishers and…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

What if Christmas was in June?

If Christmas was in June, we could stop dreaming of a white Christmas, and Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer would not have been invented.   So much of our Christmas traditions are the result of the holiday being held in mid-winter. But Christmas is not in mid-winter everywhere.      Several years ago I was in…

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News

December 2013
News

Caring at Christmas – and for life!

Last Christmas was the first time Johnnie had ever walked into a church. He came along to a Christmas service before spending the day at Crag House Farm, the home of ‘Caring For Life’. Last Christmas, this was Johnnie’s story: brought up in care, in numerous foster homes, he was desperate to have a…

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News

December 2013
News

CAR anarchy

  Rising numbers of Christians are being killed or driven into hiding by local Muslims in the Central African Republic (CAR), reports have warned. As the Islamist Seleka militants continued to wreak havoc across the stricken country, Christians in the city of Bangassou organised a protest against them on 8 October. However, according to…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

A living relationship

I went to church frequently; I read the Bible a lot and never doubted that it was true. I knew all the answers and could talk the talk. Yes, I lived a good, honest life — a very good, honest life. But I was headed for hell. Deep down, I knew that, in God’s…

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Article

December 2013
Scientific (including creation)

The myth of neutrality

Those seeking to secularise society often claim that their position is the most reasonable, because it is the only one that’s neutral — the only one free from influences arising from religious beliefs. Prominent among these is Jonathan Miller, who rejects the label ‘atheist’, describing himself simply as a ‘disbeliever’. This, of course, implies…

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News

December 2013
News

Caring for the carers

Anyone thinking of finding a good care home for grandma must be having second thoughts after the latest horror stories. In one care home, 19 elderly people are said to have died as a result of neglect and abuse.       Reactions have included government talk of tightening regulations, employing ‘mystery shoppers’ and even using…

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News

December 2013
News

Eritrean clampdown

  Eritrean security forces have arrested 185 Christians, mostly women, following a raid on a prayer meeting to the north of the capital, Asmara. It is believed that the Christians had gathered in the suburb of Maitemenai to pray about the worsening exodus of Eritreans from the country. Paul Robinson, chief executive of Release…

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News

December 2013
News

Nairobi Conference

  There must be decisive action taken to prevent the global Anglican Church from being corrupted by theological liberalism, Andrea Williams has said. Presenting her call for ‘decisive action’ at the Global Anglican Future Conference in Nairobi (GAFCON), the chief executive of Christian Concern and General Synod member said that, across the Anglican Communion…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

Friends of sinners

One day Jesus passed by a tax office and saw a man named Matthew, a tax collector, and said, ‘Follow me’ (Matthew 9:9). Matthew did follow and invited Jesus to dinner at his house. Matthew’s friends, like him tax collectors and ‘sinners’, came to dinner and sat down with Jesus. The term ‘sinner’ here…

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Article

December 2013
Iran

An Iranian finds Christ

Saeed Mokhlessi writes: I was born in Iran in a fairly devout Muslim family. From an early age, we were taught the basic principles of Islam and I was encouraged to believe and obey them. I remember, from the age of 4 or 5 I used to get excited when the month of Ramadan…

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Article

December 2013
Evangelistic

A sure and certain hope

As Christmas approaches, we look forward to a celebration of Christ’s birth. It’s a time of peace and joy. We often forget that this baby had a mission — to ‘save his people from their sins’ (Matthew 1:21).   This would require him to be betrayed, humiliated, tortured and finally killed in order to…

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Article

December 2013
Philippines

Typhoon Haiyan and Relief

TYPHOON RELIEF Manila was not affected by the typhoon but areas in central Philippines were terribly devastated. The worst affected areas are in northern Leyte and particularly the City of Tacloban as well as the large island of Samar. It is very difficult at the moment to get any personal news except what is…

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Review

December 2013
Reviews > Book

David Livingstone – The Unexplored Story

David Livingstone – The Unexplored Story Stephen Tomkins Lion Publishing 240, £9.00 ISBN: 978-0-7459-5568-1 Star Rating: 3 This concise, fast-moving narrative relates what the last page of the book calls ‘the puzzle of Livingstone’s life’. Taking a strictly chronological approach, Stephen Tomkins follows the steps of the great Scottish missionary-explorer across southern and central…

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Review

December 2013

Adoniram Judson

Adoniram Judson Vance Christie Christian Focus Publications 384, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-78191-147-1 Star Rating: 4 Few men since the apostle Paul can have experienced the intensity of missionary life more than Adoniram Judson (1788-1850). In this addition to the ‘History Makers series’ of biographies, Vance Christie recounts the inspirational story of America’s first foreign missionary.…

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Review

December 2013
Reviews > Book

Bitesize Biography – Zachary Macaulay

Bitesize Biography – Zachary Macaulay Faith Cook EP Books 160, £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-784-3 Star Rating: 4   What a gem this little book is! A combination of thorough research and imaginative description combine to produce a gripping account of one of the key players in the abolition of the gigantic evil of slavery, within…

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News

November 2013
News

Festival of Grace

The 14th annual Gaulby Festival of Grace was held at Gaulby Parish Church in Leicestershire, on Saturday 14 September.    Gaulby is a rarity in Leicestershire — a CofE parish where the doctrines of the English reformers are still upheld. It subscribes to the 39 Articles and uses the 1662 Book of Common Prayer.    The…

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Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (2)

Historical

November 2013
Articles > Historical

Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (2)

John Rowland, Daniel’s brother, seemed quite content to give Daniel every liberty (see October ET). So Llangeitho became the base for Daniel’s ministry and, for some 50 years (he died on 16 October 1790 — his 77th year), his congregation never went below 3000. This is an amazing fact, when it is remembered that…

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News

November 2013
News

Poverty fight

The new Bishop of Durham designate has underlined his commitment to the fight against poverty.    Rt Rev. Paul Butler, currently Bishop of Southwell and Nottingham, and a former worker with UCCF and the Scripture Union, said that, during his tenure, he will support such things as food banks and credit unions.    His priorities include…

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News

November 2013
News

Gay marriage

David Cameron has back-pedalled on alleged comments of regret over pushing his gay marriage agenda.    In a Daily Mail review of Matthew d’Ancona’s book In it together, Mr Cameron is alleged to have said he wouldn’t have pushed through gay marriage had he known beforehand how alienated grassroots members would feel.    According to the…

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News

November 2013
News

Abortion scandal

The chief Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, has confirmed a decision that the state will not prosecute two doctors who carried out an abortion on the grounds of gender.    In a four-page letter, sent by the DPP on behalf of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), to the Rt Hon. Dominic Grieve…

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News

November 2013
News

WEST dedication

The new building at Wales Evangelical School of Theology (West) was packed with about 200 students, staff and supporters on 14 September for a dedication service marking the start of a new academic year.     The tone of the meeting was of thankfulness and praise to God. Most gratifying was the significant increase in…

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Article

November 2013
Articles > Guest column

Cold-hearted mission

We all know the story of Jonah — the reluctant prophet tasked with taking a message of good news to his nation’s enemies. A reluctant prophet who comes good in the end — except he doesn’t; not really. The book ends as it begins, with a rebellious prophet whose heart is not really in…

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News

November 2013
News

HOPE mission

Mission organisation HOPE is launching a HOPE 2014 mission year to encourage more people to take part in missions and to pray for opportunities to share the gospel across the world. A Mission Prayer Focus has been published by UCB for churches and individuals.

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Article

November 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Reading C. S. Lewis

Back in my salad days when I was green in judgement, some 20 or more years ago, I remember telling a congregation, by way of application, not to bother to read anything by C. S. Lewis. I did not say he was of the devil or not a Christian, as some would maintain, but…

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News

November 2013
News

Exmouth extension

On Saturday 21 September, Scott Drive Church, Exmouth, officially opened its new extension, comprising a disabled entrance ramp, new entrance foyer and new toilets, including disabled toilet.     Andy Paterson, director of mission for the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, cut the ribbon to declare the extension open and addressed the various guests.    He…

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News

November 2013
News

Controversy in the Kirk

On 20 May, the BBC news web site reported, ‘The Church of Scotland’s ruling General Assembly has voted to allow actively gay men and women to become ministers’.1 This vote has caused much confusion and this article hopes to make clear what has been going on. At the time of writing, the Kirk officially…

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Article

November 2013
Articles > World Mission

Slavery must no longer be ignored!

Isn’t it about time that we started to pay more attention to where our clothing is made, who produces our food, why there is a glut of sex slaves and why they are getting younger? Who is profiting from the estimated $US32 billion annually, that an estimated 27 million actual slaves generate; and who…

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News

November 2013
News

Female bishop

A woman has been ordained as the first female Anglican bishop in the predominantly Catholic Republic of Ireland. Rev. Pat Storey, a rector in Londonderry, was elected by the Church of Ireland as Bishop of Meath and Kildare.    The married mother of two, who grew up in Belfast and has been working for St…

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News

November 2013
News

61st Free Church School in Theology

The 61st Free Church School in Theology was held from 2-5 September at Carronvale House in Larbert. The conference was, as always, a lively few days of fellowship, worship, prayer and theological discussion, prompted by a number of papers well up to the usual standard.    The School opened on the Monday evening with an…

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News

November 2013
News

Stanton Lees Bible School

The 49th annual Bible School was held at Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire, over August bank holiday weekend. Fine weather prevailed, encouraging many to explore the nearby moorland between meetings.    Eric Alldritt from Keswick spoke four times on the life of Elijah, drawing parallels between the godlessness of his day and ours. The living God…

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The rest of faith

Article

November 2013
Articles > Comment

The rest of faith

The prophet Isaiah reminds us that there is an incessant, persistent restlessness that characterises the wicked of this world. He says that ‘the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt’ (Isaiah 57:20).     What a powerful picture this is! Many of you, like me,…

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News

November 2013
News

SOAS exhibition

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, is to mark the bicentenary of the birth of Dr David Livingstone with an exhibition in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery (Brunei Gallery), 22 October 2013 – 22 March 2014. The exhibition will bring together, for the first time, rarely seen letters, photographs,…

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News

November 2013
News

Church of Scotland

It is claimed that the Kirk ‘may stop weddings’ over gay marriage, after some members of the Church of Scotland told members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) they may no longer perform marriages.    Rev. Alan Hamilton told the Equal Opportunities Committee that, if plans to redefine marriage go ahead, north of the border, the…

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Article

November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Worshipful worship

Discussions about the form of worship are often polarised into opposition between services dominated by music on the one hand and the fear of formalism on the other. The word liturgy makes most evangelicals shudder as it suggests deadness and smacks of Anglicanism. Saying ‘our church has no liturgy’ hides the fact that we…

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News

November 2013
News

Lewis conference

The Lewis Christian Conference committee has organised a conference between Friday 8 and Monday 11 November this year.     The speaker will be Dr Dale Ralph Davis, who is the retired teaching pastor of Woodland Presbyterian Church, in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Dr Davis was previously professor of Old Testament at Reformed Theological Seminary, in Jackson,…

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News

November 2013
News

Heathrow worker

A former Heathrow worker, who lost her job because of claims that she was ‘anti-Islam’, has challenged her unfair dismissal at an employment appeal tribunal. In October, Nohad Halawi stood before the tribunal to get an official confirmation that she has employment rights — so that she can pursue an unfair dismissal grievance. Ms…

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Article

November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Amish (3) anachronism or example?

The image that most people have of the Amish is of a people driving horse-drawn buggies, rejecting tractors in favour of horses on their farms, and wearing plain clothing — the men with wide brimmed hats and beards and the women in bonnets. These are the Old Order Amish, who chose to reject the…

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Article

November 2013
Articles > World Mission

Who can track a tract?

Over a century ago, the founder of the Hawes Creamery (famous for Wensleydale Cheese) was a teenager when he noticed a piece of paper on the street in Hawes. Inquisitively, he picked it up, read it and was converted to Christ. The discarded tract had done its work. James Hudson Taylor, pioneer missionary to…

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News

November 2013
News

Edible housing

Housing charity Shelter has launched the Great Gingerbread House Sale, to get Britain’s community and youth groups baking to support its emergency Christmas appeal. According to data from Shelter, 80,000 children in Britain will wake up homeless this Christmas — enough to fill more than 300 primary schools. Money raised from the sale of…

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News

November 2013
News

New pastor at La Villiaze, Guernsey

On Saturday 31 August, Tim Berry was inducted as the pastor of La Villiaze Evangelical Congregational Church in Guernsey.     Around 80 people attended, including visitors from various parts of the UK. Mr Berry and his wife, Dorcas, had previously been members at Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire. Robert Yerby, La Villiaze’s church secretary, welcomed…

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News

November 2013
News

Increasing oppression

The Christian Legal Centre has claimed that freedom of speech in this country is being removed, after the third Christian street preacher in three months was arrested for open-air preaching.    Tony Miano was arrested in July; Robbie Hughes was arrested in Basildon in September; and, later in September, Australian pastor Josh Williamson was arrested…

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News

November 2013
News

Wilberforce Publications

Christian campaigner Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has announced he is launching a publishing house to help Christians ‘take a stand’.    Called Wilberforce Publications, the new house will help provide literature and materials to enable Christians to face the challenges of the secular world.    Two authors have already published books with Wilberforce Publications: lawyer John Scriven…

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News

November 2013
News

Peshawar atrocity

The double suicide bombing at a church in Peshawar has ‘broken the hearts of God’s people in Pakistan’, Release International says.    The bombings, which took place a few weeks ago, are said to be the worst on Christians in Pakistan for many years. The scale of the atrocity has appalled Christians and Muslims alike,…

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News

November 2013
News

European petition

‘One of Us’, a cross-Europe campaign to protect human embryos from destruction, has exceeded its 1 million signature target.     According to CARE, this is ‘great news and it is encouraging to know that there are so many people across the EU who want to see an end to EU financing of activities involving…

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Historical

November 2013
Articles > Historical

Two Bibles in Ireland

The failure of the Reformation in Ireland was arguably the single most important event in Irish history. The Bible in the vernacular was one of the tenets of the Reformation. However, by the end of the sixteenth century, no attempt had been made to translate the Bible into Irish. By contrast, there were at…

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News

November 2013
News

Tolerance through surveillance

Governments must use surveillance to monitor and prevent actions of intolerance and violence, the European Parliament has heard.    In September, a proposed framework national statute for the promotion of tolerance was presented to members of the Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) at the European Parliament.    According to the proposals from the…

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News

November 2013
News

The Word

Some 170 young people attended a youth event on Friday night, 20 September, at Durham Cathedral in celebration of the Lindisfarne Gospels.    The event, organised by local youth workers, included worship, activities in the cathedral ranging from a laser light-fuelled Christian party, poetry, graffiti, drama, art and prayer to a candlelit compline service (the…

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News

November 2013
News

Three-parent embryos

The UK government’s proposal to genetically engineer three-parent human embryos has been met with severe criticism by members of the parliamentary assembly of the Council of Europe.    The group has adopted a Written Declaration severely criticising the UK government’s plans, which would make Britain the first country to introduce legislation permitting the engineering of…

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Article

November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A labour of love

Why have I written this book? That’s a good question. There are a host of reasons, but two in particular merit mentioning at the outset. First, I’ve written this book out of concern for the church’s diminished appreciation of pastoral ministry. I realise this assessment might come as a surprise to some, but I’m…

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Article

November 2013
Articles > World Mission

We have found water!

John Piper, in his book entitled Let the nations be glad, writes, ‘The pain of our shattered plans is for the purpose of scattered grace.’ This has been the experience of many Christians in war-torn Ivory Coast. Below is a first-hand account of God at work earlier this year, transforming lives by his grace.  …

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November 2013
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RE:quest

Youth for Christ (YFC) has relaunched its popular RE website, RE:quest. This now features films, images, interactive features and age-appropriate text, enabling pupils to learn about and learn from the Christian faith. Dave Newton, YFC’s outreach director, said: ‘RE:quest aims to stretch the boundaries of how Christianity is taught in the classroom and really…

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November 2013
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Cardiff Reformed Churches conference

On a warm summer evening at the end of August, Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Cardiff was packed for a prayer meeting to open the eighth International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC). Ian Hamilton (Cambridge) preached from 2 Corinthians 2:14 on the theme of Christ always leading us in triumphal procession. The singing was heartfelt.…

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November 2013
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John Owen Conference

For the past three years I had planned to attend the John Owen Centre’s annual conference, as I had heard how helpful, stimulating and instructive the conferences were for those in pastoral and preaching ministry.     The one held on 9-10 September was the first I have been able to get to and I…

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November 2013
Argentina

Argentina

A year ago we had talked with our home church pastor, Mostyn Roberts of Welwyn Evangelical Church, about the possibility of him visiting us in August 2013 to minister the Word of God to various Reformed Baptist churches with which we have built contacts over the last few years. He gladly accepted the invitation…

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November 2013
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Home-schooling

A Christian family in Germany endured months of agony after the state took their children out of their care because they were being home-schooled.    The Wunderlich family were raided by 20 police and social workers in August, who took four children, aged 7-14, away by force, as home-schooling is banned in Germany.    They had…

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November 2013
Articles > Historical

John Newton’s dream

The free and easy relationship young John Newton enjoyed with his mother stands in marked contrast with the dreadful, distant relationship he endured with his father. As soon as Captain Newton landed in Wapping after a sea voyage, he would be seen striding through the streets and into the door of his house on…

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November 2013
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BBC pro-suicide

The BBC has been accused of providing unbalanced coverage of stories relating to assisted suicide.    Dr Peter Saunders, campaign director of Care Not Killing (CNK), has written to BBC director Tony Hall, complaining that anti-euthanasia campaigners have always been available for interview and yet are overlooked by the BBC, or engaged only to be…

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November 2013
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Annual service at Waddesdon Hill

The Strict and Particular Baptist Chapel at Waddesdon Hill, near Aylesbury, recently held its Association of Historic Baptists annual service. This has become a regular event since 2007.    This chapel was built in 1792 by Francis Cox, a local farmer. Within a few years, it is recorded that there were 65 members in fellowship.…

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November 2013
News > Youth Features

‘True living’ conference

From 27-28 July, Dr Joel Beeke (Grand Rapids, USA) paid us a visit at the Evangelical Reformed Church, Lauriston Road, Hackney, for a two day conference entitled ‘True living’. 150-180 people attended over the course of the two days.     Day 1 started at 3.00pm with a topical sermon on Ephesians 5:25, entitled ‘True…

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November 2013
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Digital anniversary

Christian broadcaster TWR-UK has launched an App for Smartphone and tablet users to help celebrate 50 years of broadcasting the good news this November. The App, which is available for free download on various App stores, provides programmes and mission information to TWR-UK’s listeners. It aims to reach a younger generation and new listeners.…

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November 2013
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Banchory commissioning

On Saturday 17 August, roughly 200 people gathered at Banchory Christian Fellowship Church (BCFC) to attend the commissioning service of Eoghan Paterson to the role of associate pastor.    The service was led by the pastor, Dr Stuart Keir, while Simon Marshall of Tilsley College, Motherwell, preached from the opening verses of 2 Corinthians 6.…

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November 2013
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Christian B&B closes

A Christian Bed & Breakfast, at the centre of a case over refusing to give a double room to an unmarried gay couple, has been put up for sale following death threats. In a statement, Peter and Hazelmary Bull said they had experienced death threats, trespass, vandalism and a severe loss of income since…

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November 2013
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Fulcrum

Fulcrum, an avowed ‘centre-ground’ evangelical Anglican think tank, has celebrated 10 years in existence and announced changes to its leadership team.    The new chairman is Rev. John Watson, Vicar of St Paul’s, Tupsley, and St Andrews, Hampton Bishop, in the diocese of Hereford. He has been a leadership team member since 2007 and is…

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November 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Adoption: God’s greatest blessing

Do you pray for your children? If so, what do you ask God to do for them? My prayers for my children and grandchildren are directed primarily towards their spiritual welfare. Over my lifetime, my intercessions for them have included a wide variety of requests, often dictated by the need of the hour. But,…

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Review

November 2013

TOTC – Haggai, Zechariah & Malachi

Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi — an introduction and commentary Tyndale OT CommentaryAndrew E. HillIVP, 368 pages, £12.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-584-5Star Rating : 4 The Tyndale series of commentaries, which first appeared in the mid-1960s, have been a staple in evangelical circles over the last 50 years. They have succeeded in handling the biblical text faithfully,…

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November 2013

Syding Adventures Caravans & Castles

Caravans & CastlesSyding Adventures Mary Weeks Millard Day One Publications 112, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-364-5 Star Rating: 1 The ‘Syding Adventures’ are a Christian fiction series, broadly aimed, I think, at 8-12 year olds. Tyler is from a, now stationary, Romany Gypsy family, while Theo is from a more privileged background, with a castle home.…

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November 2013

Christ’s Glory, your good

Christ’s Glory, your good Ryan M McGraw Reformation Heritage 116, £1.00 ISBN: 978-1-60178-224-3 Star Rating: 4   This is a heart-warming and highly instructive book, providing a full-orbed exposition of the gospel.     The author proceeds from the premise that the primary cause of every deficiency in the Christian life is inadequate meditation upon the…

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November 2013

Bitesize Biography – Festo Kivengere

Festo KivengereFrank RetiefEP Books, 176 pages, £6.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-851-2Star Rating : 4 Here is a well written bitesize biography of a man mightily used by God in Uganda, Africa and other parts of the world. He is described as ‘the Billy Graham of Africa’ and even ‘the giant of Africa’, as he pursued the aim…

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November 2013

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith

1689 Baptist Confession of Faith Samuel E Waldron EP Books 588, £14.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-917-5 Star Rating: 4  Evangelical Press has done well in republishing this book. It was originally published 24 years ago to mark the 300th anniversary of the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith.    Presumably the decision to reissue was a response to…

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November 2013

Persistently Preaching Christ

Persistently preaching Christ — fifty years of Bible ministry in a Cambridge church Ed. Christopher Ash, Mary Davis & Bob White Christian Focus, 192 pages, £10.99, ISBN: 978-1-84550-982-8 Star Rating : 3 It is essential to take note of the subtitle of this book. It is not, in the first place, about how to…

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November 2013

Changing Lanes – The Meaning of Life – DVD

DVD review Changing Lanes — the meaning of life and the truth about God Written by Jonny Pearce and presented by Adam Goddard 10 of those, 62 minutes ISBN: 9-781909-611030Star Rating : 5 Changing lanes is a seven episode introduction to Christianity. The resources are constructed to be used in a youth group or…

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Central Baptist retirement service

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October 2013
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Central Baptist retirement service

On Sunday 14 July, a day of thanksgiving was held at Central Baptist Church, Walthamstow, for Pastor Roger Neil ahead of his retirement at the end of August.     Mr Neil was saved at university while training as a teacher. He and his wife Pat joined Sutton Bonington Baptist Church, where they learnt much…

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October 2013
Asia

Tibet’s well-sold lie

The sky burial site was a disturbing scene. The sweet smell of rotting flesh filled the man’s nostrils, stimulating his salivary glands so that he felt sick yet hungry at the same time. Around a group of flat stones, he could see bloodied hatchets lying on the ground amidst torn clothes and human bones…

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October 2013
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Reeth Evangelical Congregational Church

Rev. David Levell was inducted to the pastorate of Reeth Evangelical Congregational Church this July.    The service was chaired by John Little (deacon), who spoke of how the church had been led to call David and his wife Mary. Mark Rowcroft, pastor of Geneva Road Evangelical Baptist Church, Darlington, read the Scriptures.     Andy…

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October 2013
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Anglican cleric takes on Archbishop Welby

A diagnosis by the Archbishop of Canterbury of the crisis within Anglicanism has received a stinging critique from Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, chief operating officer of the American Anglican Council.    In a sermon delivered in Mexico on 13 August, Justin Welby had said that the Anglican Communion was moving in the opposite direction to…

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October 2013
Articles > Historical

David Brainerd (1718-1747) (2)

Last month’s article on David Brainerd highlighted Jonathan Edwards’ esteem for his friend as an exemplar of authentic Christianity. Although dying when only 29, Brainerd was a classic role model for how the kingdom of God is extended. In 1729 Jonathan Edwards had become pastor at Northampton, Massachusetts, then a town of about 1000…

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October 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Indulgences today (2)

In September’s ET we observed that the Vatican had recently proclaimed an ‘indulgence’ for ‘contrite’ Catholics for attending the Catholic World Youth Day, held in Rio de Janeiro; or for following the Youth Day on Twitter. We saw that the long established Catholic practice of indulgences is a denial of the true gospel. The…

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October 2013
Belarus

Belarus’s first Summer School of Reformed Theology

On 25-27 June, the first Summer School of Reformed Theology took place in Minsk. It was a small but new event for my country.     Our goal is to change the ethos of Christian conferences in Belarus. We are not obsessed with numbers, but focussing on a different kind of fellowship. The aim is…

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October 2013
News

Educational failure

White working-class British boys are falling further behind other groups of children at GCSE, despite initiatives designed to boost the performance of disadvantaged pupils.    A new study by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) of the roots of educational failure in England found that, from 2007-2012, the gap in performance between poor white boys…

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October 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Pseudoscience and the stifling of debate -What promoters of climate change and evolution have in common

Much effort is currently being expended to persuade the general public that lavish investment in ‘green energy’ (such as wind farms) is vital for our planet’s future and is also scientifically justified.       My purpose here is not to argue for or against the claims of pro-climate-change scientists and politicians, but to look at…

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The persecuted church

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October 2013
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The persecuted church

A meeting, aimed at highlighting the conditions and needs faced by the persecuted church, was held in July, at Ebenezer Reformed Baptist Church, Brighton.    The speakers were Pastor Pooyan Mehrshahi from Cheltenham and Pastor Haile Emiru from London. Information was shared regarding the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, with a particular focus…

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October 2013
Interviews

The big interview: Breaking slavery’s legacy

Sarah de Carvalho MBE, founder of Happy Child International, will soon celebrate 20 years of ministry. Happy Child has rescued and restored over 9500 children from the streets and places of risk and reintegrated them back into family and community. Beginning with a 24-hour shelter in Belo Horizonte, in south east Brazil, the charity…

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October 2013
Education

Students away from home

For many students who will shortly leave home to go away to college or university, this can be a difficult and dangerous time in their Christian lives. To come from a secure, even sheltered, Christian home and be plunged into the quicksands of modern student culture, can prove to be too much for some.…

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October 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The glory of Christ (3)

God made us as complex beings. We have heads and hearts (and wills too); that is, each one of us has both a centre of understanding and a centre of emotion. We are not robots, but flesh and blood. But not mindless flesh and blood; we are to be guided by truth. We rightly…

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October 2013
Obituaries

Rev. Raymond Gregory (1928-2013)

Rev. Raymond Gregory entered the Lord’s presence on 20 July. For the last years of his life he could not wait to see his Lord and Saviour. He died peacefully while sleeping in his chair.     Raymond became a Christian whilst serving in the army at Saton camp, Chester. A visiting representative of the…

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October 2013
Evangelistic

Amazing love!

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16). As we prepare to reach out with the gospel again this Christmas, let us think once more about our relationship to the God of love.        No…

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October 2013
Articles > Historical

Final curtain

Can Her Majesty the Queen refuse the Royal Assent for a parliamentary Bill? This became a live issue in relation to the recent Marriage Act. To answer this question, it is necessary to turn to the 1688 constitutional settlement. Those well versed in history will know that the seeds of the 1688 settlement were…

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October 2013
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Isle of Dogs café

St John’s Park is a small green space on the Isle of Dogs, East London. Just a few years ago, it was a place no one dared to enter, because of the gangs, drugs and high levels of crime. Now it is a vibrant community hub, where parents and children gather to enjoy time…

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October 2013
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Ending abortion

Ending abortion became a little more of a reality, as 55 people from around the country and abroad joined together in London for the Clarkson Academy.    Organisers from the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) UK and Christian Concern were pleased with the feedback from delegates.    Andrew Stephenson from CBR UK, who runs the public…

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October 2013
Articles > Guest column

The ‘yes-man’

Sometimes it’s good to be a ‘yes-man’. Let me tell you about one; his name was Arch. That’s his real name, and a few readers may have known him. He was a deacon and church secretary of the first church I pastored and one of the best men I have ever known. He was…

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October 2013
Articles > Historical

Dangerous Compromises – Reflections on the Life of Renée of France

When Evangelical Press first suggested I write a book for their series of Bitesize Biographies, I immediately thought of Renée of France, and that for several reasons. Mostly, I had recently written a semi-fictionalized biography of Olympia Morata (Weight of a Flame, the Passion of Olympia Morta, P&R 2012) and my research had left…

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The UK concert of prayer

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October 2013
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The UK concert of prayer

On 5 October, churches around the country plan to meet in united prayer gatherings to plead with God for an outpouring of the Spirit and the revival of his work, in our desperately needy nation. This will be the twelfth such occasion in the past three years. This ‘Concert of prayer for revival’ began…

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October 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Forgiveness (2)

The most important thing of all is to experience God’s forgiveness, through Jesus Christ (September ET). And we must then forgive those who sin against us. Consider first the forgiveness Christians should show to one another. This should mirror God’s forgiveness of us — ‘forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you’ (Ephesians…

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October 2013
United Kingdom

Stretched to the limit, but giving God all the glory!

I have to admit that when I first signed up to do Weymouth beach mission, it wasn’t all about serving God and sharing the gospel. I did want to do those things but there were other reasons too! My brother-in-law and sister had been encouraging me to come for some time and I was…

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October 2013
France

What can be done?

Fiona Steward, a missionary with UFM Worldwide and Grace Baptist Mission, has been reaching out to students in Bordeaux, France, for the last 8 years. She shared her inmost motivations in a recent prayer letter. What can be done without God? An obvious question, but one that our sinful, self-reliant, self-glorifying hearts need to…

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October 2013
News

Sudan exodus

Barnabas Fund has moved almost 5000 stranded Christians to South Sudan and is appealing for help in rescuing more from the overwhelmingly Muslim north.    After South Sudan was created in 2011, people of South Sudanese origin living in the north were stripped of their Sudan citizenship and given a deadline to leave Sudan. Hundreds…

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October 2013
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Arab Israeli pastor tours UK

Ten years ago, in the Israeli city of Haifa, a tragic but remarkable event took place. A 20-year-old Palestinian man boarded a bus full of schoolchildren in Haifa and blew himself up, killing 17 and injuring 53.     Hamas took credit for the massacre and Saddam Hussein sent a $25,000 reward to the family…

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October 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The Christian and fantasy fiction

How should a Christian think of fantasy fiction?  Opinions seem to range from extreme caution to enthusiastic promotion.  Of course, when this range of opinions is regarded as a mere matter of taste very little need be said about it.  But sometimes deeper issues either are, or are said to be, at stake. Sometimes,…

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October 2013
Articles > Historical

Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (1)

Daniel Rowland was born in 17131 at Pantybeudy in the parish of Llancwnlle, near Llangeitho, Cardiganshire. He had an elder brother, John, and both sons were intended for the ministry by their father, who was the vicar. On the death of his father in 1731, his elder brother John succeeded him, while Daniel completed…

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October 2013
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Geoff Thomas festschrift

This month, Dr Geoff Thomas, pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, for the last 48 years, turns 75.     He was ambushed during August’s Evangelical Movement of Wales annual conference in Aberystwyth, when he was presented with a book of essays that is to be published on 15 October to celebrate his long…

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October 2013
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Open airs in Oxbridge

United Beach Missions (UBM) ran ‘Christian Answer’ teams across the country during the summer months. Oxford and Cambridge proved once again to be unique missions, with unrivalled opportunities for gospel preaching in the open air.     What marks them out is the desire not to attack or ridicule, but to listen and genuinely consider…

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October 2013
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EP Books appoints next chairman

After five years of sterling service as chairman of the board of Evangelical Press, Roger Fay has stepped aside, in accordance with EP’s constitutional practice. Roger has led the board during difficult times and we are grateful that he will remain as a board member, to continue to share his enthusiasm and experience in…

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October 2013
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Tackling pornography

A conference aimed at equipping pastors and parents to deal with porn will be held in Watford on 18-19 October.    Porn Scars is aimed at equipping pastors and parents to deal with porn, which organisers say is often an unspoken struggle for many Christians, given its corrosive nature.    Organisers say that the conference, aimed…

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October 2013
Obituaries

Oliver Barclay (1919-2013)

Oliver Barclay, second General Secretary of IVF/UCCF, died at his home in Leicester on 12 September 2013, aged 94.     He was born in Kobe, Japan, on 22 February 1919, the son of Joseph Gurney Barclay (who served with what is now the Church Mission Society). His great grandfather was the MP Thomas Fowell…

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October 2013
News

Al Qaeda targets Christians

As President Obama talked tough on Syria, attacks on various Christian denominations there continued, including an assault by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels on the mountain Christian village of Maaloula, 40 miles north east of Damascus, on 5 September.    Some of its 2000 residents still speak a version of Aramaic, the language once spoken by Jesus. Around…

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October 2013
Articles > Historical

The Amish (2) Anabaptist origins

On the last day of October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany. The Reformation had been launched. By the beginning of 1522, Ulrich Zwingli was established as leader of the Reformation in Zurich, with a group of young men under his tuition. Among them…

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October 2013
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Creation in California

Professor Andy McIntosh recently spoke at two meetings at churches in California. The first was in Redding, near California’s northern border.     The pastor who ran the meeting, Al Franklin, has a huge collection of fascinating fossils, so the subject of rocks and fossils was close to his heart. He showed Prof. McIntosh crabs,…

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October 2013
News > Youth Features

Camping MaDness – faith, fun & friendship

From 27 July – 3 August, around fifty 10-16 year olds, some of whom were from non-Christian families, spent a week on a Christian summer camp based in Talybont, North Wales.    MaD camp, organised by Mirfield and Dewsbury Evangelical Churches, has been running for 19 years. Approximately 85 campers and staff, such as cooks…

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October 2013
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Norwich pastor not Intimidated

A Norwich pastor who sent Christian tracts, including one called Good news for gays, to a gay organisation is awaiting a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service on whether he will be prosecuted for homophobia.    But Rev. Dr Alan Clifford, who is pastor of Norwich Reformed Church, told Evangelical Times that he has received…

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October 2013
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Aberystwyth Conference

Car packed? Rooms booked? Satnav charged and set? Off we go! It’s August and time for ‘Aber’.     The Aberystwyth Conference, arranged by the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) and run now for 50 years or so, has a distinctive ethos of its own. A shade more traditional than other conferences perhaps, and certainly…

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October 2013
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Egyptian attacks

Christians in Egypt have become the target of Islamists since the removal of former President Mohammed Morsi.    Over 60 churches have been attacked since 14 August, when the Egyptian army cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood supporters who were protesting Morsi’s removal. Morsi’s Muslim supporters blame Coptic Christians for his overthrow.    Most of the churches…

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Review

October 2013
Reviews > Book

Suffering & sovereignty — John Flavel and the Puritans on afflictive providence

Suffering & sovereignty — John Flavel and the Puritans on afflictive providence Brian H. Cosby Reformation Heritage Books, 164 pages, £20.00, ISBN: 978-1-60178-197-0 Star Rating : 3 ‘If anyone tells me that the death of my child is God’s will, I’ll scream!’ This is an understandable reaction to sudden extreme suffering. The Puritan, John…

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October 2013
Reviews > Book

The Life of John Calvin

The Life of John Calvin W. J. Grier Banner of Truth, 166 pages, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-181-5 Star Rating : 5 This is an excellent introduction to the life of John Calvin. It also leads us, to some extent, into the heartbeat of the movement of God that we know as the Reformation. It is…

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October 2013

The History of Providence

The history of providenceAlexander CarsonBanner of Truth, 248 pages, £7.50ISBN: 978-1-84871-175-4Star Rating : 3 I write this at a time of family bereavement and following serious family illness and conflict in the Evangelical Reformed scene. Belief in a sovereign God and his providential purposes is a firm anchor.     What does providence mean? This 150-year-old…

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October 2013

The Big Ego Trip

The big ego trip — finding true significance in a culture of self-esteemGlynn HarrisonIVP, 224 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-620-0Star Rating : 4 Glynn Harrison, an experienced Christian psychiatrist, pinpoints what has become a huge cultural development in the Western world, namely the influence of ‘the self-esteem movement’. He sees what he calls ‘boosterism’ as…

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October 2013

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Secret thoughts of an unlikely convertRosaria Champagne-Butterfield Crown & Covenant Publications 128 pages, £5.99 (Kindle edition)ISBN: 978-1884527388 Star Rating : 5 This book is unusual. It’s a memoir of a former English professor at Syracuse University, New York, who specialised in Gay and Lesbian studies but who now finds herself a Christian, a home-schooling…

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October 2013
Reviews > Book

Encouragement for Today’s Pastors

Encouragement for today’s pastors Joel Beeke & Terry Slachter Reformation Heritage Books, 216 pages, £16.00 ISBN: 978-1-60178-220-5 Star Rating : 4 Pastors (and others) are often in need of encouragement and this book will do just what it says on the cover — it will encourage you, and it will do so with the…

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October 2013

The Cross in the Experience of our Lord

The cross in the experience of our LordR. A. FinlaysonChristian Focus Publications, 112 pages, £5.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-149-5Star Rating :5 This book consists of a series of six messages originally given by Professor Finlayson at a Welsh Bible convention in 1954. It is printed under the ‘Christian Heritage’ imprint of Christian Focus, which aims to reprint…

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October 2013

The Great Ejection

The Great EjectionGary BradyEP Books, 176 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-802-4Star Rating : 5 Who governs the church, Jesus Christ or the state? In practical terms, what determines the doctrine and practice of the church? Is it the Bible or is it public opinion? Throughout the long history of the church, Christians have had to face…

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October 2013

Freeing Tangled Hearts

Freeing tangled heartsDolores KimballEP Books160 pages, £7.99, ISBN: 978-0-85234-910-6Star Rating : 4 If you often feel controlled by the confusion caused by the interplay of emotions, hormone cycles and frequent unhelpful thinking (which most women recognise), this book will begin to direct your thinking along more biblical lines. It is addressed to women, although…

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September 2013

The Road to Canterbury – Archbishop Justin Welby

Archbishop Justin Welby — the road to CanterburyAndrew AtherstoneDarton, Longman and Todd, 152 pages, £7.99 ISBN: 9780232529944Star rating : 3 Well, it’s all here — or nearly so! For those curious to know where Justin Welby really does stand theologically, Andrew Atherstone’s well researched and, in the circumstances, remarkably full account is the volume to…

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September 2013
News

Evangelical Ministry Assembly

The Evangelical Ministry Assembly took place at the City of London’s Barbican Centre at the end of June. The three day conference aims to encourage those in ministry to keep going with faithful Bible preaching, and to provide a place to meet friends and be spurred on by those in the same ministry —…

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September 2013
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Truth to live by

Truth to Live By Ministries, set up by Dr Charles Somerville, came into being in order to take a stand on the inspiration, sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture. It seeks to be obedient to the command of Christ, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel’. In recent months Dr Somerville has travelled…

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September 2013
News

Children of courage

The children of Christians are facing hostility and discrimination in places where Christians are a persecuted minority. As important to the next generation of the church, they desperately need our prayers and support. Barnabas Fund’s Suffering Church action week 2013 will support persecuted Christian children. You can join believers around the world in remembering…

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September 2013
News

Prison encouragements

Christian Prison Ministries (CPM) is reporting answers to prayer in its work in London prisons, with prisoners coming to faith and others being established as believers. Gerard and Philippa Chrispin, who run Farnham-based CPM, hold services and ‘Mark Time’ (Bible) courses in various London prisons on Sundays, with attendance ranging from 25 at a…

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September 2013
News

20th anniversary of church massacre

Twenty years ago, on 25 July 1993, an Anzanian Peoples Liberation Army terrorist opened fire on the worshippers of St James Church, Cape Town. The terrorist used an AK-47 automatic weapon. Another threw two hand grenades into the church. In the bloodbath that followed 11 people died and 50 were wounded. Some died because…

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September 2013
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‘Put evangelism first’

  ‘Put evangelism first’, Lyndon Bowring urged in a lecture to the Keswick Convention in July. Mr Bowring, who is executive chairman of Christian public affairs charity CARE, said the church’s primary responsibility was evangelism, although Christians should also get involved in social action. He said, ‘We must not neglect evangelism and see it…

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September 2013
Obituaries

George Hutchinson (1938-2013)

On Monday 17 June 2013, in Uganda, Rev. George Hutchinson died following a tragic car accident. Fellow American, Herb Guthrie, and a Ugandan pastor also died. George and Herb were in Uganda on a preaching and teaching tour with Church Planting International (CPI), something they had done many times before. George was the chief…

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September 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Forgiveness (1)

Forgiveness should be a straightforward matter. When someone offends us, we are to forgive them irrespective of their response, just as we have been forgiven by God. You probably have heard many sermons on this subject. Christ responded to Peter’s question, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?…

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September 2013
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Arms fair

A day of prayer will be held on 8 September before one of the world’s largest arms fairs opens in London, as part of a week of activities organised by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, within the Stop the Arms Fair coalition. The day, aimed at drawing attention to the destruction and waste created…

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September 2013
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Most abortions ‘illegal’

A pro-life charity chairman has said that almost all abortions carried out in the UK last year could have been illegal. According to Professor Jack Scarisbrick, the latest Department of Health statistics showed that 97 per cent of abortions were performed on mental health grounds. But he said evidence shows that women are no…

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David Brainerd (1718-1747)  (1)

Historical

September 2013
Articles > Historical

David Brainerd (1718-1747) (1)

There are compelling reasons why Christians should study the life of David Brainerd. First, this eighteenth century missionary to indigenous Americans (‘Red Indians’) was one of the greatest cross-cultural missionaries the world has ever seen. Although dying of tuberculosis at only 29 years old, he blazed a trail across succeeding generations of Reformed missionary…

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London surprise

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September 2013
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London surprise

Church attendance in London is significantly on the rise, bucking the trend of a steady decline in churchgoing across the nation over the past 30 years. While England has lost 2.2 million churchgoers since 1979, London attendances rose by 98,500 to 721,500 between 2005 and 2012 — an increase of 16 per cent. The…

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September 2013
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Porn block

On 22 July, the Prime Minister announced plans to automatically block access to online pornography, after warning that explicit images available on internet websites are ‘corroding childhood’. In a speech to the NSPCC, David Cameron said that internet users wanting access to pornography will be required to ‘opt-in’ under the new regime, unless they…

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September 2013
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Cardiff to host International Conference of Reformed Churches

From 28 August to 4 September, the eighth International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC) will be held in South Wales. Over 100 representatives of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches from every continent will gather in Cardiff. They will be hosted by two congregations of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales, Immanuel and Bethel.…

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September 2013
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Oxford professor draws crowds

There is no conflict between science and the Christian faith, declared Oxford University mathematician Professor John Lennox at this July’s Keswick Convention.       Prof. Lennox, who gave the daily Bible talks, said that Bill Phillips, a physicist who won the Nobel prize for his work, is a Christian. He added: ‘The battle is not…

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September 2013
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Unborn baby saved

An unborn baby was saved in Brighton after Christian pro-life volunteers spoke to a woman outside an abortion clinic. Abort67 volunteers Pauline Peachy and Kathryn Attwood were outside the Wistons abortion clinic when a young woman came out and spoke to them. Ms Peachy said, ‘She hadn’t taken the pill. She took some leaflets,…

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September 2013
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Campus Church

On Saturday 22 June, Chris Davies was ordained and inducted as assistant pastor of Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City. Around 110 people attended, including visitors from Newark Evangelical Church where Chris and his wife Abigail were members; London Theological Seminary (LTS) where Chris is studying; and other churches in Hertfordshire. Professor Edgar Andrews welcomed…

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September 2013
Articles > World Mission

Jesus Christ and the Jews

Ten principles continue to determine the relationship of Jesus Christ to the Jews. 1. The coming of Jesus was the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham This promise is not postponed. That Christ will bless the nations of the world has been fulfilled in the worldwide spread of the gospel and in the conversion…

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September 2013
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Syria

Christian minorities are bearing the brunt of the war in Aleppo, Syria, according to Barnabas Fund. A Christian doctor reports mortar shells falling on the quarters of the city inhabited mainly by Armenian Christians. In July, a 14-year-old boy scout died from shrapnel while at home; an eight-year-old girl suffered a splinter in the…

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Greater works than Jesus (2)

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September 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Greater works than Jesus (2)

The key which unlocks the meaning of John 14:12 — ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to the Father’ — is to be found in the purpose of John’s…

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September 2013
News > Youth Features

Why read church history?

I noticed in a homeschool blog an interesting comment from a young boy to his mother. He had just read some books (including one of mine) on church history, so he asked her: ‘Mom, why do people make it so complicated? All God wants is for us to love him and believe him.’ Anyone…

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The heir to the throne

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September 2013
Articles > Comment

The heir to the throne

The birth of the Prince of Cambridge on 22 July brought intense, worldwide media coverage. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, had a son who is third in line to the British throne. The prince was born at 16.25 hrs, and the announcement was made about four hours later. The next…

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September 2013
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Creation debate

Professor Andy McIntosh took part in a debate in July, on Premier Christian Radio, with Dr Robert Asher, lecturer and curator of the Museum of Zoology at Cambridge University.      There were two interviews and discussions and for both it was important to have read Dr Asher’s recent book Evolution and belief. Dr Asher…

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September 2013
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Rehoboth Baptist Chapel, Bromley

On Monday 3 June, about 35 gathered for the pastor’s 40th anniversary service from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Surrey, with two coming from ‘across the pond’ (Minnesota). This fellowship of Strict and Particular Baptists first met together in 1908 in a private house, when 19 people assembled for worship. They formed a church…

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September 2013
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Grace in the Sky

At Christmas 2003, a 38-year-old woman named Joyce Vincent died in her flat in ‘Sky City’, a housing estate on top of the Mall shopping centre in Wood Green, London. With the television and heating on, her body lay decomposing and undiscovered for around three years before it was discovered by housing officers. Why…

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September 2013
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Record Keswick attendance

Up to 15,000 people attended the Keswick Convention for Bible study and worship over three weeks in July. The convention saw its highest attendance in its 138-year history. Week two saw a record attendance of around 3700 at the Bible readings to hear Oxford University mathematician Professor John Lennox. A special showing of the…

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September 2013
Articles > Historical

Indulgences today (1)

31 October 1517 is a date long neglected by most Christian churches. But we need to commemorate and recollect the spiritual legacy of that life-changing event of 496 years ago. On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and lecturer in Wittenberg University, nailed his 95 theses to the castle door of Wittenberg…

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Article

September 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The church at the crossroads

‘Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways and see and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls’ (Jeremiah 6:16). Some people have a nostalgic view of the past — nothing is to be compared to ‘the good old…

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September 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The Amish tragedy

In 1985 the Harrison Ford film The Witness went on general release and brought images of the Amish to cinema and TV screens around the world. This furthered a fascination with a quiet and reserved people, which began a century earlier and has never gone away. Today, parts of Pennsylvania first settled by the…

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September 2013
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Progress in Port Harcourt

On 26 May, Elele Gospel Reformed Baptist fellowship, Nigeria, celebrated their first anniversary with their first communion service. There were 20 members present, ten of whom were newly baptised. The church has been supported by donations from Port Harcourt. During the service, Pastor Chigozie Chinwo spoke about how the fellowship began and Deacon Adindu…

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September 2013
Articles > Guest column

How to avoid falling away

I was converted just a few weeks before going up to university 40 years ago this month. In my first week there, two Christian girls living in the same halls discovered I was a new Christian and made it their job to encourage me, integrate me into the Christian Union and a church, and…

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September 2013
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LTS thanksgiving

A large number of people attended the London Theological Seminary (LTS) annual thanksgiving service during June. The event was organised by chairman of the LTS’s board, Irving Steggles. It provided a great opportunity to hear stirring testimony and an excellent sermon. Rupert Bentley-Taylor, from Bath, spoke on 2 Timothy 4. He reminded students of…

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September 2013
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Indian atrocity

Four girls were abducted from a Christian school in India and gang-raped by around 25 armed men in a case that has renewed outrage over rising sexual violence against women in India. The incident at the residential school run by the Evangelical Church of India in the village of Labdaghati, Jharkhand state, happened on…

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September 2013
Articles > World Mission

Human trafficking today

Christian mission across the world often occurs in contexts of exploitation and abuse. In this article, Nola Leach, Chief Executive of CARE, exposes a growing problem of appalling abuse within the UK. Maria was born to an impoverished family in Eastern Europe. At 13 she was sold by her own sister to traffickers. Amazingly…

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September 2013
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Tweet out of purgatory

  The Vatican offered time off purgatory to Catholics who followed Pope Francis’s tweets, in a bizarre and brazen effort to combine social media with the ancient system of indulgences. The Vatican’s papal court handling pardons for sins said in July that Catholics could win indulgences by following Catholic World Youth Day on the…

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Article

September 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Should Christians tithe?

Tithing is a touchy topic! While some Christians believe they are governed by a rigid rule which dictates that they give one-tenth of their income to Christian causes, and others take a more flexible approach, many have never seriously considered the Bible’s teaching on the subject. The key text is said to be one…

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Article

September 2013
Obituaries

Richard Denham (1927-2013)

On 31 July, the Lord called Rev. James Richard Denham into his presence. Richard was 86 years old and leaves a widow, Pearl, and seven children. He had served as a pastor and missionary in Brazil for 61 years.       In 1952, Richard and Pearl sold their possessions, leaving a pastorate in Oregon, America,…

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September 2013
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Pro-life conference

Christian Concern has teamed up with Abort67 to run a two day pro-life training conference at the Clarkson Academy in London, from 5-7 September. The academy exists to produce effective ambassadors for the most vulnerable in our society — unborn children. Speakers will include some of the best pro-life leaders in the world. Delegates…

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September 2013
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Whitby anniversary

Whitby Evangelical Church (WEC) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday 29 June with a thanksgiving tea. The church was formed on 28 June 1973, when a small group of Christians living in the Whitby area came together under the leading of Rev. Peter Brumby.  WEC grew out of a period of blessing in the…

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September 2013
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Kent encouragement

Dave Workman heads an Open Air Campaigners (OAC) outreach ministry throughout Kent, particularly working with teenagers. OAC teams conduct outreach and evangelistic activities in different areas, working with local churches on an interdenominational basis. Dave leads a team of helpers who give their time and energies to a youth club. Non-Christian teenagers come along…

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Article

September 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The glory of Christ (2)

Article 1 in this series is here The Lord Jesus Christ is not now on earth for us to show our appreciation to him, but his family, the church, is. And true love is relentlessly practical. ‘By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay…

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Review

September 2013

The Gospel’s Power & Message

The gospel’s power and messagePaul WasherReformation Heritage Books, 274 pages, £12.05ISBN: 978-1-60178-195-6Star rating : 5 This book is a most helpful contribution to Christianity. Seldom has such essential, solid theology been so readable. Washer likens the gospel message to the Acropolis of the Christian faith. Regrettably, today’s ‘gospel’ lies in ruins; hence the book’s…

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September 2013

The message of women — creation, grace and gender

The message of women — creation, grace and gender Derek and Dianne Tidball IVP 304 pages, £11.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-595-1 Star rating : 2 This book explores the teaching of the whole Bible regarding women. It falls into four parts. First it considers the foundations: the image of God, the Fall and the new creation.…

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September 2013

Galatians for you

Galatians for youTimothy KellerGood Book Company208 pages, £8.49 ISBN: 978-1-90876-234-4Star rating : 5 Ever since I first heard Timothy Keller speak in the mid-1990s at a Baptist church in Guildford, I have been struck by his ability to explain and apply God’s Word in clear and powerful terms. This is the first in a…

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Review

September 2013

Kingdom Come — the amillennial alternative

Kingdom come — the amillennial alternativeSam StormsChristian Focus (Mentor)559 pages, £19.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-132-7 Reading Kingdom come has been a delight. For those who glaze over at the mention of millennialism, there are two main positions: that Christ comes after the millennium (post-millennialism and amillennialism); or that he comes before the millennium (historic premillennialism and Dispensationalism).…

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September 2013
Reviews > Book

Bitesize Biography – John Newton

John Newton John Crotts EP Books, 144 pages, £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-908-3 Star rating : 4 This is another in EP’s Bitesize Biographies series, which served our church well last year, when ‘book month’ promoted the reading of Christian books. This series introduced people such as John Knox, John Chrysostom and Martyn Lloyd-Jones to folk…

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Article

August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why does God ordain suffering? – A Puritan’s answer

The Christian church today has all but abandoned a robust and refreshingly biblical theology of suffering. This is why it behoves us to consider those in the past — in particular, the Puritans — who not only tasted some of the bitterest afflictions to befall humanity, but also skilfully applied the balm of gospel…

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August 2013
Articles > Guest column

August!

August: the month of school holidays (always), my holidays (sometimes) and sunshine (occasionally). It’s also the anniversary of my father’s death. He hadn’t been answering his phone all day, so I went across in the evening and found him. There had been no warning, no preparation; no prior illness, no indication that we were…

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News

August 2013
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Hayes Town Chapel

Hayes Town Chapel has recently celebrated 225 years since its founding in 1788. In 1748 Charles Manning, Rector of St Mary’s Anglican Church, Hayes, invited leaders of the evangelical revival to preach. Rev. Manning had evangelical convictions but had encountered opposition, such as the bells being run while he was trying to pray and…

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August 2013
Articles > World Mission

Being a missionary mum

Three years ago my husband and I moved abroad. He had been called to serve as a missionary and pastor a small European church. The day before our boxes were sent off I was surprised to learn that our third child was on the way. Our daughters were just 2 1/2 and 8 months…

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August 2013
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WEST Valley Commandos

At the beginning of June, around 100 people from all over South Wales gathered for the public launch of the eastern wing of Valley Commandos. Valley Commandos is a church planting initiative focused on the South Wales Valleys supported by Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST). The launch took place at Highfields Church, Cardiff.…

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Article

August 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Believing and confessing: the true meaning of Romans 10:6-10

Romans 10:6-10 is one of the most important texts in the Bible regarding what a man must do to be saved. Paul puts it like this: ‘But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above)…

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August 2013
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Kent Women’s Day

On Saturday 18May the Kent Women’s Day conference took place at Union Chapel, Bethersden. It was a day with much to thank God for, including fellowship with women of all ages, good weather, and guest speaker Ann Benton. Ann spoke at three sessions on the theme of ‘Designer worship’. She focused on the significance…

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August 2013
Articles > Historical

Lights in darkness

It was Germany’s darkest hour, not because there was no electricity, but because Germany was governed by lawlessness, injustice, persecution and murder. It was also the Jews’ darkest hour; 5.7–6.3 million were murdered during the Third Reich’s Holocaust. Yet there were a few lights of human kindness in the midst of darkness. A few…

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Article

August 2013
Romania

Romania – an unfinished mission

Romania? In Eastern Europe somewhere: Ceausescu and Communism; Securitate and informers; poverty, notably orphanages with tormented, sometimes deranged, children that the Romanian state wished to hide; and lorry-loads of aid, old clothes and used equipment, from good Christian people. These rather disparate fragments, I admit with shame, were once all I knew about Romania.…

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August 2013
Obituaries

Graham Stuart Harrison (1935-2013)

Two months ago, evangelical churches learned of the sudden homecall of Rev. Graham Harrison. Mr Harrison was one of a handful of deeply spiritual, highly influential Reformed church leaders, much used by God in the UK over the last 40 years. Evangelical Times is pleased to feature this tribute published in The Banner of…

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News

August 2013
News

Patient wakes just before organs harvested

The Christian Institute reports that, during a recent surgical operation in the state of New York, a patient woke up on the operating table as her organs were about to be harvested. This news came as the UK’s Welsh Assembly passed a controversial bill to bring in presumed consent for organ donation. Critics have…

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August 2013
News > Youth Features

UCCF links up new students to Christian Unions

UCCF has launched its 2013 Student Link Up initiative by giving a special Uncover — Starting Uni Edition version of Luke’s Gospel to school leavers when they link up to their university Christian Union. Inspired by the Uncover Gospel Project, which has seen around 80,000 copies of Luke being personally used by students in…

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August 2013
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Channel 4 turns muezzin this Ramadan

In a bizarre move, Channel 4 is airing the Islamic call to prayer every morning throughout the month of Ramadan, taking on the role of a muezzin (someone who calls Muslims to prayer) in a move that the broadcaster itself described as a ‘deliberate act of provocation’. The three-minute call to prayer is being…

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Staying healthy

The story goes that, during the years of the Great Depression in America, there was a foolish old farmer who tried to save money by feeding his mule on sawdust. He felt his mule was costing him far too much in oats, so he decided to mix a little sawdust in with its feed.…

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August 2013
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B&Bs and gays

The Court of Appeal has ruled that it should not be ‘direct discrimination’ against gay couples for Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) to have a ‘married couples only’ policy for double rooms. Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson said, on 9 July, that he would prefer to treat a ‘married couples only’ policy as indirect…

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August 2013
Obituaries

Elizabeth Braund (1921-2013)

Elizabeth Margaret Braund, MBE, died on 20 May at her home, East Shallowford Farm on Dartmoor. Founder of Providence House and the Shallowford Trust, she was born in Kensington in 1921, the only child of Sir Henry and Lady Margaret Braund. During early life experiences in India and Burma she learnt to think critically.…

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August 2013
News

Egypt after Morsi

Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, writes: After recent jubilant scenes in Egypt on the removal of Islamist President Mohammad Morsi, the celebrations are over and a violent backlash has begun. Morsi supporters, protesting against his removal, have come under attack, and they in turn have been lashing out, targeting those who campaigned…

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Article

August 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Eden zoo

Adam was the world’s first ‘taxonomist’. A taxonomist is a person who seeks to organise all the living organisms into a logical system. As well as the task of serving and guarding the Garden of Eden, Adam had the great task of naming all the animals and birds. Eden became the first zoo. Taxonomy…

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Developing church leaders

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing church leaders

It is the responsibility of church leaders to try to develop the potential in every believer under their care. Women are usually the largest group in a church and the ‘workhorses’ behind the scenes! Often they are the cement which holds the church together and, usually, if the women of the church are happy,…

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August 2013
Book

Summer reading

2013 Books of the month January   February     March     April   May   June   July     August        

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August 2013
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Marriage (same sex) bill walkover

On 15 July the House of Lords gave assent to the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex)Bill without taking a formal vote. Baroness Stowell told the chamber packed with peers wearing pink carnations that it was an ‘historic’ achievement. Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said, ‘It’s impossible to express how much joy this…

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August 2013
News

Christian teenager tortured to death

A Christian teenager died in police custody in Pakistan after allegedly being severely tortured for six days. Adnan Masih, 18, from Sharaqpur Sharif in the district of Sheikhupura, was arrested on 4 June over the case of a missing young Muslim woman. Muslim youths also rounded up for questioning were released. His family said…

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Instruments of praise – an alternative view

I would like — in response to Phil Harmonia (June ET) — to offer a defence of those preferring musical accompaniment on more than one instrument in congregational worship. My own favourite musical style for worship is, in fact, strong congregational singing supported by minimal instrumentation! The New Testament doesn’t mention musical instruments accompanying…

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August 2013
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Abortions end at central London clinic

Pro-life groups celebrated the ending of abortions at the Bedford Square abortion clinic of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) in June. Pro-lifers held prayer vigils and protests at the clinic for 13 years, including a nine-day novena of prayer attended by 21 priests in 2005, while 40 Days for Life prayer vigils have…

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August 2013
News

Three-parent babies

Britain is set to be the first country in the world to approve creating a three-parent baby, as a way of allowing people with mitochondrial defects to have healthy children of their own. This would be done by taking the nucleus from a fertilised egg of a woman with these defects and inserting it…

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August 2013
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Christian awards offer £50,000 in prize money

A competition aimed at encouraging innovation in communicating the Christian faith, and promoting new ways to reach people without Christian contact, has been launched by Premier Christian Radio and the Christian Initiative Trust. The Mustard Seed Awards offer £50,000 in funding for Christian charities, groups and individuals, with prizes of £15,000, £12,000, £8,000 and…

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August 2013
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Basketball player’s winning move

An American league basketball player has turned a career-ending injury into a business venture offering pain relief for others. Forced through debilitating pain to retire from the game, National Basketball Association (NBA) multi-millionaire Jonathan Bender, 32, realised that God was calling him in a different direction. He worked with scientists and engineers to develop…

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Article

August 2013
Indonesia

Prayer for the tensions in Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast country of 17 000 islands, only 6 000 of which are inhabited. It straddles the equator from Sumatra in the west to Irian Jaya in the east. It is mountanous with several active volcanoes. In northern Sumatra 168 000 people were killed by the tsunami in 2004. The population is…

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News

August 2013
News > Youth Features

Evolution – the biggest myth!

On Saturday 8 June, Harrogate Young Life Juniors (belonging to Young Life — an inter-denominational youth group) took part in the annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race. Part of this involved dressing the Young Life (YL) bed up in the race’s theme for the year, which was ‘Myths and legends’. The YL bed was dressed…

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August 2013
News

Admission RE

Education minister Michael Gove has finally admitted that his Religious Education (RE) policies have detrimentally impacted on RE and has pledged to revisit the issue. His admission follows 18 months of campaigning by RE teachers and experts, including the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC), which found serious shortcomings in support for…

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Prison praise

Did you know that when the good news of Jesus first reached the continent of what we now know as Europe, those who preached it spent a night in jail for their efforts? The incident is recorded in Acts 16. A slave girl in Philippi, who earned her owners a lot of money by…

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August 2013
News

Church Society

On Saturday 1 June, approximately 80 people gathered at Oak Hill college for the Church Society annual conference and AGM. Rev. Lee Gatiss, Church Society director, spoke on ‘confessional’ Anglicanism, and particularly the usefulness of the 39 Articles, now in their 450th anniversary year. Mr Gatiss gave a historical outline of the Church of…

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Article

August 2013
Articles > Comment

‘I am coming!’

Just a few days ago a sister in Christ shared with Reta and me one of the most heart-warming and touching stories I have heard in a long time. Lula Downs is a member of our church, Bellepoint Baptist, in Frankfort (USA), and it is noticeable that she has a special love for children…

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News

August 2013
News

Not so voluntary organ donation in Wales

The Welsh government has approved a bill introducing presumed consent for organ donation, raising concerns that individuals will be treated as ‘resources’ by the state. The legislation, which was voted in on 2 July, means that all those over 18 who have lived in Wales for more than 12 months will be presumed to…

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August 2013
News

Three million and counting

On OM Ships vessel Logos Hope’s second day (Wednesday 3 July) in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, crew and staff welcomed the three millionth visitor to the ship. Ms Cyrille Fernando, age 20, a Puerto Princesa resident and student of environmental science at Palawan State University, was welcomed on board by Captain Dirk Colenbrander, director Lloyd…

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Greater works than Jesus (1)

Article

August 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Greater works than Jesus (1)

When last did you do greater works than Jesus? Do you find it a shocking question? Well, it is based on a very explicit promise of our Lord. Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than…

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August 2013
Articles > Comment

Engaging with Keller

This article is from the introduction to a new book co-authored by several Presbyterian evangelicals. Engaging with Keller: thinking through the theology of an influential Evangelical (Ed. Iain D. Campbell and William M. Schweitzer; EP Books, 240 pages, £9.99; ISBN: 978-085234–928–1) evaluates the teaching of prominent New York Presbyterian minister Timothy Keller. Although readers…

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News

August 2013
News

Liverpool Bible Convention

During the first week in May, the Liverpool Bible Convention took place, with meetings for Bible study and ministry. The convention began in the early 1940s and was originally held in Calvary Baptist Church. More recently it has been held at a variety of evangelical churches across the city. Those who gathered were blessed…

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Article

August 2013
Book

Summer reading

In our increasingly busy lives it is often not possible to find time to reflect, meditate or concentrate on the bigger issues and more important questions of life — questions like the state of our relationship with Christ, or how we spend our time here on earth. Sometimes a week or two’s break is the…

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Dignity, ‘rights’ and creation

Article

August 2013
Articles > Comment

Dignity, ‘rights’ and creation

Earlier this year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a document offering guidance to employers relating to religion and belief in the workplace (Religion or belief in theworkplace: a guide for employers following recent European Court of Human Rights judgments, February 2013; equalityhumanrights.com). In this, they stated that they support an ‘individual’s right…

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August 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The glory of Christ (1)

Any true reformation is a work of Christ, and must begin, continue and end with him. There is no real gospel advance, only re-arranging deck-chairs, if Jesus does not have the proper place. His place is first, last, beginning, end, everything. At the heart of all spiritual problems, as Paul’s approach with problems in…

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News

August 2013
News

Southern Sudan

An Anglican bishop from Southern Sudan who survived civil war to champion the cause of education has been honoured in Durham. Bishop Francis Loyo, the second most senior bishop in the Episcopal church of Sudan, received the honour for his work with Durham-based Edith Jackson Trust, which raised money to build a school in…

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Review

August 2013

A Time for Mission

A time for mission: the challenge for global Christianityc Samuel Escobar  IVP, 192 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-549-4   Star Rating : 5   The scope of Escobar’s book is as far reaching and global as his subject matter. In A time for mission he offers his readers a theological basis for mission, a brief…

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August 2013

The Beauty & Glory of the Holy Spirit

The beauty and glory of the Holy Spirit   Edited: Joel R. Beeke and Joseph A. Pipa Jr Reformation Heritage Books 345 pages, £6.84 Kindle edition, £16.06 hardback, ISBN: 978-1-60178-184-0 Star Rating : 3   This is a collection of addresses given at two Presbyterian seminaries in the USA in 2011. It is inevitable…

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August 2013

Paul’s Missionary Methods, In His Time And Ours

Paul’s missionary methods, in his time and ours Edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry IVP, 256 pages, £14.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-615-6   Star Rating : 4   Every now and then an author produces a ground-breaking work that completely changes everything. In the world of modern missions, Roland Allen produced just such…

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August 2013
Reviews > Book

Sermons on the Great Ejection

Sermons of the Great Ejection   Banner of Truth, 275 pages, £6.25 ISBN: 978-1-84871-152-5 Star Rating : 4   This ‘puritan paperback’ contains sermons of men ejected from the Anglican Church in the time of Charles II.       They were ejected because they refused to conform to the Act of Uniformity, which required them to…

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August 2013

What kind of hope?

What kind of hope?   Michael Ots IVP, 152 pages  £7.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-604-0 Star Rating :  1   It seems to me that most Christians’ understanding of the after-life is focused on the intermediate state before the return of Christ, when he will give us new bodies and we will inhabit the new, restored…

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August 2013

Encountering God Together

Encountering God together   David G. Peterson IVP, 192 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-607-1 Star Rating : 2   I would categorise this book as appealing to a broad evangelical audience though rightly excluding Charismatic influences. David Peterson seems to view worship services in two primary categories, ‘traditional’ or ‘more contemporary’ (p. 13).       I…

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August 2013

Mission Strategies Then & Now

Mission strategies then and now: An introduction to biblical missiology Robin Daniel   Tamarisk Publications, 218 pages, £11.00, ISBN: 978-0-9538565-6-5   Star Rating : 4   The author asks whether or not early church mission strategy would work today. He notes the similarities between the culture of the Roman Empire and our global culture…

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August 2013

Taking God Seriously

Taking God seriously   J. I. Packer IVP, 176 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-609-5 Star Rating : 4   J. I. Packer is the well-known author of numerous helpful and highly readable books. He has a wonderful gift of summing up profound truths in succinct, wise and memorable phrases and sentences. It is good to…

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August 2013

Christians in a PC World

Christians in a PC World John Benton Evangelical Press 192 pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-912-0 Star Rating: 4 stars This book is timely, easy-to-read, well reasoned and Biblically based.  It focuses on one of the key issues facing Christians in our culture today.       The author sets the stage for his consideration of political correctness…

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July 2013
Articles > Historical

Jonathan Edwards on Revival

On 20 May 2013, Rev. Graham Harrison, formerly minister of Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Newport, in Wales, was called into the presence of his Saviour. An obituary follows in August’s ET, but readers will appreciate the reminder of Mr Harrison’s powers of intellect, discernment and communication, as well his deep desire for revival, afforded by…

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July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ to a godless generation

Our nation is spiritually bankrupt. Perhaps you are wondering how we will ever make Christ known, and whether we should try new methods? Well, Acts 17 is a good place to go for the answers. Here, it is roughly AD 50 and Paul is mid-way through his second missionary journey. He arrives at Athens…

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July 2013
Articles > World Mission

Islamist militancy in North Africa

As violent Islamism poses a growing threat to post-Arab Spring Libya, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, reflects on its growing power and the menacing implications for Christians in North Africa and beyond. Earlier this year a church building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was attacked by Islamist gunmen. Two…

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July 2013
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Bible by the beach

Blue skies and sunshine greeted Christians from churches and denominations across the UK at this year’s ‘Bible by the beach’ convention. The convention, held at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, has quickly acquired a reputation for its Bible teaching, music and inspiration, offering a range and depth of teaching. Speakers included Hugh Palmer, Rector of…

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The ‘Hellenists’

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July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The ‘Hellenists’

‘The Hellenists’ Theodotus, son of Vettanos, a priest and ruler of the synagogue son of a ruler of the synagogue grandson of a ruler of the synagogue, built the synagogue for the reading of Torah and for teaching the commandments; furthermore, the hostel, and the rooms, and the water installation for lodging needy strangers.…

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July 2013
News > Youth Features

A heart-breaking ministry

Leaving behind a comfortable life one freezing Scottish January I went to live in a poverty-stricken country half way round the world. It couldn’t have been a bigger change for me as a British teenager. I recently spent ten months with Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM), a ministry of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church seeking to…

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July 2013
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Fight right to die

Anti-euthanasia organisation SPUC Pro-Life is vowing to fight against a Bill to legalise assisted dying. The Bill, introduced by Lord Falconer in the House of Lords in May, has been described by SPUC as a ‘new onslaught on disabled and vulnerable people’.       The organisation says that previous attempts to undermine the right to…

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July 2013
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Christians lose in European court

Three UK Christians lost their legal challenges over workplace discrimination at the European Court of Human Rights in May.       Gary McFarlane, Shirley Chaplin and Lillian Ladele had requested a referral after losing their appeals to the Strasbourg court in January.       They appealed to the court alongside check-in worker Nadia Eweida, who won…

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July 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Reflections on the debate over the same sex marriage bill in the House of Lords

From an anonymous observer: I was present in the House of Lords on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June. Predictably, to listen to the whole debate on the same-sex marriage Bill gave a very different picture to that presented by the media afterwards. A long series of devastating criticisms were made of the Bill:…

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July 2013
News > Youth Features

Sharing the good news of Jesus in North Wales

Llandudno’s weekend Victorian Extravaganza in May again saw a UBM team witnessing to the tens of thousands of holidaymakers and day visitors in this North Wales resort.   The United Beach Mission team of 25 ran open air meetings and a market stall in one of the main streets. At the evening events, Professor…

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Changing our society

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July 2013
Articles > Comment

Changing our society

Wilberforce is famous for the abolition of slavery. But not many people realise that he had an even greater passion — to see a radical change in eighteenth century society, especially among the upper classes.       A year or so after his spiritual awakening, he declared: ‘God Almighty has placed before me two great…

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July 2013
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Digging deep on marriage and the family

The vital importance of marriage and of committed parenting in the context of stable family life were spelled out in two thoroughly researched papers, given at the annual conference of the Family Education Trust, in central London on 18 May. In a well reasoned and compelling paper, Sharon James from the Coalition for Marriage…

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July 2013
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Scottish Reformed Conference

On Saturday 11 May the 24th annual Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) took place at Hamilton College, Glasgow. Conference delegates were greatly blessed through the guest speakers, Bill Hughes and Martin Allen, both experienced pastors and preachers. Bill Hughes spoke on Hebrews 1, about Christ’s eternal being and atoning work, reminding everyone that the ‘word…

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July 2013
Articles > World Mission

God’s longsuffering

My wife had an accident in our car. It was not a bad accident and thankfully no one was hurt, but the insurance company decided that our eight-year-old Ford was a write-off. It was scrapped. What if God was to say about mankind, ‘Enough is enough! I have had enough of their atheistic ideas…

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July 2013
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Handover at Pantiles

  After 25 years of service, David Levell is finishing as pastor of Pantiles Baptist Church, Tunbridge Wells. Special services were held on 5 May to mark the handover of the pastorate, after Gareth Jones accepted the invitation to be the new pastor, from the church and deacons.       Andrew Hannan, deacon, said, ‘We…

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July 2013
Articles > Guest column

Motherhood

  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a perfect child? Can you imagine a child who never threw selfish tantrums or scowled at the meal you set before him? But here’s a reality check — if you did have a perfect child, life as a mother would still be…

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July 2013
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Wheelock Heath

On 4 May Paul Gibson was inducted into the pastorate at Wheelock Heath Baptist Church, Cheshire.       Paul came to faith at Oxford University and worked as a teacher in Maidenhead. He later became an apprentice at Danbury Mission Evangelical Church, where he completed the Cornhill training course.       While studying at Oakhill Theological…

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July 2013
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Angel wings for South Sudan

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been donated a Cessna 182 light aircraft, which is set to be an invaluable help in its work in South Sudan.       After a whistle-stop tour of the UK last month, the plane headed for South Sudan to work with over 100 partners. Using a network of 90 dirt…

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July 2013
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EMF open day

On Saturday 27 April European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) celebrated the 49th anniversary of its School of Biblical Studies. The intensive six month course covers all aspects of theology, and is taught by lecturers and pastors working in full time ministry. About 150 friends attended the two meetings, held at Welwyn Evangelical Church. This year,…

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July 2013
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Llantrisant

On Saturday 4 May, Tabor Baptist Church in Llantrisant, South Wales, held a service of recognition for Rev. Andrew Love as interim pastor.       Andrew has been appointed for up to 18 months, while on extended furlough with his family from his work with the Unevangelised Fields Mission (UFM) in Brazil.       The service…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Heidelberg Catechism at 450 years

    For the past 450 years the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) has served to instruct, encourage, and profoundly comfort the faith of Christian believers the world over. It is a precious jewel in the crown of Protestantism. This sixteenth century confession has been affectionately referred to as the church’s ‘Book of Comfort’. Some have…

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July 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing church leaders (1)

The spiritual life and progress of a church depends largely upon the quality of its leaders. Even with an outstanding minister, leaders who don’t share his faith and vision can seriously hinder the work. But, equally, a minister without vision or who isn’t a ‘team-player’ can frustrate progress. Therefore, a team of leaders need…

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July 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Marriage and divorce (2)

Last month we explored the teaching of the Old Testament and Jesus on this and concluded that where marriage ends in divorce for illicit sexual activity, the divorcing partner is free to remarry. Although Jesus condemned the divorce practice of his day, he accepted the current concept of divorce, which was derived from the…

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News

July 2013
News

Syrian crisis

God is at work in Syria in the midst of the tragedy and suffering, according to OM. The mission reports several stories of ministry to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, where care given by Christians, both nationals and expats, is opening hearts and providing opportunities to share the gospel.       One report said…

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Article

July 2013
France

Praying for France

The population of France is around 65 million, 20 per cent living in the Paris area. Public life in France is ruled by the republican idea of liberty, equality and fraternity. This means neutrality with regard to religion, which is absent from politics or education.       Laws exist regulating religious practice, and minority groups…

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July 2013
Articles > World Mission

Communicating the gospel to the Islamic world

The recent World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) report on behalf of Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT), on translating the Bible for Muslim readers, should be seen in the context of some continuing controversies. The 33-page report, released in April 2013, can be accessed at http://worldea.org/news/4212/wea-independent-bible-translation-review-panel-concludes-its-work-issues-report-with-ten-recommendations-for-wycliffe-and-sil It begins: ‘In the spring of 2012, the World Evangelical Alliance…

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July 2013
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French protests continue

Thousands of supporters of marriage continued protesting against the French government’s same-sex marriage legislation at a rally in Paris on 25 May.       Legislation permitting same-sex marriages and homosexual adoption was signed into law by Prime Minister François Hollande, the week before the rally, amid strong opposition from members of the public, religious leaders…

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July 2013
Articles > World Mission

Bless this house!

The growth of the church in Israel, since the rebirth of the country in 1948, has been remarkable. When the modern state of Israel came into being, there were, significantly, just twelve Jewish believers in the land. Twenty years later, in 1968, the number of Israeli Jews who believed in Jesus was less than…

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July 2013
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Affinity churches and mission day

On 20 May, Affinity held its annual churches and mission day at Highbury Baptist Church in London.       One of the aims of Affinity is to provide opportunities for churches to come together for encouragement and co-operation. Various churches attended the conference, along with ten mission agencies and two theological colleges.       The main…

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Article

July 2013
Cults and other religions

Aggressive atheism

Recently, I read again the story of the encounter between David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah, and how the champion of the Philistines taunted the people of God. Goliath was arrayed in impressive armour of bronze and heavily armed. But David, who declined to wear the armour of King Saul, approached his…

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July 2013
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Absent fathers

Britain’s lone parent families are increasing at a rate of more than 20,000 a year and will exceed two million by 2015, according to a new report The report from the Centre for Social Justice, which accuses the government of turning a blind eye to its commitment to promote family stability, says that at…

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July 2013
Articles > Historical

Can a Christian really be sure of his salvation? (2)

Last month (June ET), we answered this question with an emphatic ‘Yes!’, since this is the clear teaching of the Bible. The Puritans are particularly helpful in explaining and applying the doctrine of Christian assurance in a pastorally warm and helpful way. Typical of their teaching are the writings of Ezekiel Hopkins, bishop of…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

House of Lords backs gay marriage

Disregarding nationwide protests, the House of Lords voted for the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill on 4 June. The Lords’ majority decision (390 to 148) was preceded by a Commons majority in favour (366 to 161), on 21 May.       During the Lords’ two-day debate, the Bill came in for harsh cross-party criticism. Lord Dear,…

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July 2013
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Thornton Heath Evangelical Church

The grand opening of Thornton Heath Evangelical Church’s (THEC) building took place on the 18-19 May, in its 125th anniversary year.       Pastor Gordon Bull cut the tape and 90-year-old former pastor Harry Waite prayed for blessing on the church. A service followed, attended by over 300 people from all over the UK and…

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July 2013
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WEST thanksgiving

On Saturday 18 May, Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) held its annual thanksgiving service.       In January, a partnership began with the Porterbrook network, which has opened up worldwide opportunities. Since February, church-planting students from Operation Mobilisation Europe have trained at WEST. Former student, Sean Rossi, was reported as being instrumental in this…

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Article

July 2013
Costa Rica

Compassion in Costa Rica

He’s split up fights with street gangs in Costa Rica, but Keith Holder says his most terrifying experience came recently in England. The missionary was awarded an MBE in 2011 for the work he and his wife Joy have done in Costa Rica for the last 20 years.      Keith (63) says, ‘It was…

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July 2013
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Madagascan pastor dies

On 29 May the funeral took place in Madagascar of Ravaka Rajo, a Baptist pastor and college principal, and father of two young children.       Ravaka was hit by a motorcycle near his home and suffered a head injury. He was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to help him. He was in…

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July 2013
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Save our babies

Eight million babies have died since the Abortion Act kicked in 45 years ago, but the church can yet change things, says Christian Concern (CC).       The organisation is urging Christians to repent of their apathy over the loss of so many little human lives. In a statement, it said, ‘We as a nation…

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July 2013
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Farewell to faith

The future pattern of religion in England and Wales is starkly set out in new figures from the 2011 census, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in May. These latest statistics (see p. 4) describe a religious demography increasingly different from the traditional pattern of nominal Christianity which had characterised twentieth century…

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July 2013
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PTI conference

On 11 May the second Pastor Training International (PTI) and Christian Books Worldwide (CBW) conference took place.       PTI provides teaching and resources for pastors in the poorest parts of the world. This includes training conferences, a distance mentoring programme, and study materials.       CBW provides evangelistic and teaching books in many languages for…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The righteousness God gives

Some scriptural truths are of such fundamental importance that, if they do not form the core of your convictions, the question arises whether you can call yourself a Christian at all. Consequently, it is truly disconcerting when I meet good and loyal churchgoers, only to realise that many of them do not understand the…

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Review

July 2013

Not so secret

Not so secret Graham Orr IVP 160, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-591-3 Star Rating: 3 Graham Orr worked for a number of years in Japan with OMF before moving to Northern Ireland, where he now trains church members and missionaries in evangelism.      Orr has gone through the experience of returning to his country of birth…

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Review

July 2013

Old, but not out!

Old but not out! James TaylorDay One, 108 pages, £6.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-306-5   This is a short but encouraging book for Christians who have reached the later part of life. It is especially relevant to those who have reached retirement from a life of Christian service and pastoral leadership.      James Taylor writes from an…

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Review

July 2013

A Puritan Theology

A Puritan Theology Joel Beeke & Mark Jones Reformation Heritage Books 1056, £60.00 ISBN: 978-1-60178-166-6 Star Rating: 5 Stimulating, dynamic and exciting! These are worthy words to describe this new title on the Puritans. It is an original contribution, because Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones have attempted to systematise puritan thought along eight…

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Review

July 2013

Grace Transforming

Grace transforming Phil Ryken IVP, 128 pages, £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-606-4   One of the encouraging trends in recent years has been the number of books on the greatness of God’s grace in the gospel. I am personally grateful for this, as, in spite of my acceptance of it, in practice I easily lose sight…

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July 2013

God is impassible and impassioned

God is impassible and impassioned Rob ListerIVP Apollos, 288 pages, £16.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-601-9Star Rating : 5  This is an important book because the question of God’s impassibility touches on so many other theological issues, not least the understanding of God and suffering.      Traditionally, the church held the view until the twentieth century that…

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July 2013

Same-sex marriage: is it really the same?

Same-sex marriage: is it really the same?  Mark ChristopherDay One, 123 pages, £6.00ISBN: 978-1846251634 Star Rating: 3   This book is a mine of information about this current, controversial topic, and an eye-opener for those who see only what the media presents.      The author admits that he has written ‘a brief treatise on…

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July 2013

Debating same-sex marriage

Debating same-sex marriage John Corvino and Maggie Gallagher Oxford University Press, 294 pages, £10.99, ISBN: 978-0199756315 Star Rating : 3   This book, published in the US, has a simple format. John Corvino (gay professor of philosophy) argues the case for same-sex marriage (SSM) for 90 pages; then Maggie Gallagher (Catholic co-founder in the…

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News

June 2013
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Lewis Christian Conference

The Lewis Christian Conference will hold two conferences in 2013. The first takes place from 5-8 July, when the speaker is Dr William Goligher, senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, since May 2011. The second is from 8-11 November, when the speaker is Dr Dale Ralph Davis, from Mississippi.      Mr Goligher previously…

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News

June 2013
News

Cancer test

Cancerous tumours release into the bloodstream DNA that contains specific signals about the tumours, research has found.      According to a statement from Cancer Research UK, there is a growing hope that analysing these DNA fingerprints could provide a quick, simple ‘liquid biopsy’ to track tumours’ progress.      Earlier this year, researchers at the…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The church Jesus built

‘And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18). What is this ‘church’ to which our Lord refers in this famous verse? It is common for people to interpret ‘church’ here (ekklesia…

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News

June 2013
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Inaugural Toon Lecture

The former Bishop of Rochester, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, has given the first Toon Lecture, which was established in honour of the late Dr Peter Toon, who died in 2009.      Peter Toon was a Yorkshireman, Anglican minister, theologian and church historian. He served at various times as librarian at Latimer House in Oxford, curate…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > World Mission

Response to the WEA report on Bible translation

  Victor Attallah responds to the WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) report which was commissioned after deep unease over moves to replace divine familial terms (like ‘Son of God’) perceived to be offensive when translating the bible into languages which will be used by Muslims. Wycliffe Bible Translators have committed to implementing the recommendations of…

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News

June 2013
News

Birmingham Conference

Despite the adverse weather conditions, some 70 ministers, church workers and their wives gathered for the fourth annual Birmingham Conference. Although the snow came down heavily outside, hearts were warmed as God’s Word was faithfully preached over the two days. The speakers were Rev. John J. Murray (Inverness), Pastor Pooyan Mehrshahi (Cheltenham) and Rev.…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

A triune blessing

2 Corinthians 13:14 is one of the most often quoted verses in all the Scriptures. It reads, ‘The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all’.   Many a public worship service has been and is closed with this benediction.…

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News

June 2013
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Arthur Hildersham commemoration

2013 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Rev. Arthur Hildersham, a celebrated puritan minister. On Wednesday 1 May, a lecture on him was held in St Helen’s Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch.       Hildersham ministered at this church for over 40 years, in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, and was buried there. Over…

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June 2013
News

Nigerian integrity

A diplomatic controversy has erupted after the Nigerian UN representative refused to accept references that supported abortion and ‘reproductive rights’ in the Commission on Population and Development’s draft document.      Joy Ogwu, Nigeria’s permanent representative at the UN and first chair of the UN Women Committee, had objected to the terms ‘sexual and reproductive…

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News

June 2013
News > Youth Features

Addictions

The dictionary defines ‘addict’ as ‘to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively’. It gives as one example — addicted to gambling. Usually we think of an addiction as being dominated by a drug such as alcohol or heroin, but obviously addictions can be psychological as well as spiritual. A couple of…

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News

June 2013
News

Street pastors

Street Pastors Kingston is recruiting ambassadors to represent the team at local churches. It is also planning to attend farmers’ markets, speak in local services, attend Freshers’ Weeks events and hold its eight-year celebration at Surbiton Hill Methodist Church.      On 9 June, the group is holding a special Street Pastor Sunday, to celebrate…

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Article

June 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Immortality… but is it real?

Our life in this world is so tied up with death that our mortality has become a secret shadow that stalks us all our lives. It is the subject that no one discusses in polite conversation, but we all have a funeral at the back of our minds…our funeral. The resurrection of Jesus of…

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News

June 2013
News

Wycliffe Bible Translators

Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT) has issued a report outlining principles for translating the Bible, particularly with a Muslim readership in mind. This can be seen in full on its web site.      In a 33-page report, commissioned by WBT and overseen by Dr Robert Cooley and the World Evangelical Alliance’s (WEA) independent panel, WBT…

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News

June 2013
News > Youth Features

Yorkshire Camps

April saw the start of a new initiative to reach children and young people in Yorkshire. This county (population 5.5 million), with a rich Christian heritage, now has fewer Christians per head of population than Japan, and very few children have any contact with the Christian message.      Andy and Hannah Peace have been…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: Instruments of praise?

Over recent decades, some kind of musical experience has become a major component of evangelical worship — in the form of either a small classical ensemble or, more usually, a worship group or ‘band’.   Many welcome this change as a means of revitalising worship and attracting outsiders. As Iain Murray reminds us, however,…

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News

June 2013
News

Prison update

The work among Welsh prisons is showing signs of blessing, a newsletter from Daylight Prison Trust has said. The latest letter highlighted the increased numbers of men attending Christianity Explored courses and a Discipleship Bible study in Cardiff.      The newsletter said, ‘Also give thanks that prisoners are sharing what they have learned with…

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June 2013
Articles > Historical

Can a Christian really be sure of his salvation?

The answer is an emphatic ‘Yes!’ Almighty God, in his Word, speaks clearly that Christians can be certain they are saved and be sure of their unchanging status in Christ.   Our actual experience seems so different though, since we easily follow fickle feelings and look away from the finished work of Christ as…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

God’s abounding mercy

Samson’s story (Judges 13 – 16) is one of tremendous physical strength, but also of tragic moral weakness. Yet the major tragedy that overtook this outstanding man was crowned by the tremendous mercy of God.   His physical feats, recorded in sacred history, were unique. His tremendous strength was dazzlingly displayed when he killed…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Guest column

Christian community – seeking contentment without complacency

Christian reflection on community is often an exercise in romanticism. By viewing the early Christian community of Acts 2 through rose-coloured glasses, we imagine a homogenous cloister of haloed saints meeting all of each other’s expectations, living as one big happy family.   Buzzword   By projecting this inaccurate, abstract ideal on our own…

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News

June 2013
News

Port Harcourt update

Christian work in south Nigeria has seen significant growth and challenges. According to Pastor Ani Ekpo, some of these outposts in Akwa Ibom State — one of which has become a Reformed Grace Baptist Church, about 200km from Port Harcourt — have been meeting a lot of opposition from Charismatic churches.      At Abak,…

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Article

June 2013
China

China’s tears

The early church history course came to a memorable end. The final session concerned the rise of Islam and its effects on the churches of North Africa and the Middle East in the seventh to eleventh centuries.      We looked at the terrible legacy of the Crusades in terms of the lasting bitterness which…

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Article

June 2013
France

A week of outreach organised by ‘La Voix des Prophètes’ (Voice of the Prophets) in Paris.

About 110 young people between the ages of  15 and 25 were on the team. During the week there were more than 500 significant conversations! Over 900 Bibles were distributed. More than 500 copies of the booklet ‘Cher Abdullah’ and the CD ‘Chemin vers le ciel’ (testimonies of Christians from Muslim backgrounds) distributed. We…

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News

June 2013
News

Libya

A violent, radical Islamist tide is posing a ‘threat to post-Arab Spring Libya’, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo has warned. The international director of charity Barnabas Fund said this had ‘menacing implications for Christians in North Africa and beyond’. He pointed to reports earlier this year, in which a church building in the eastern Libyan city…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Reaching your 70th birthday

‘The length of our days is seventy years … and we fly away’ (Psalm 90:10).   The Facebook entries of young Christian people often reveal angst at leaving their teenage years, or twenties and thirties, behind. The formative periods of their lives are passed, never to be relived again. I found the passing of…

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Article

June 2013
Obituaries

Edith Schaeffer (1914-2013)

Christian author Edith Schaeffer, co-founder of L’Abri Fellowship, has died at the age of  98. The author of 17 books, and widow of pastor and author Francis Schaeffer, she was born in 1914 to missionary parents in Wenzhou, China.      She met her husband-to-be at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, in 1932.…

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News

June 2013
News

YOIs failing

Schools in the UK may be excluding ‘problem’ children illegally. A report by the Children’s Commissioner for England has suggested that several hundred schools in England may be excluding children illegally, affecting thousands of children every year.      The research also found that 88 per cent of young men aged 15-18 in Young Offenders’…

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News

June 2013
News

Sinn Fein proposal defeated

A motion brought by Sinn Fein to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has been defeated by 53 votes to 42.      According to a BBC report, 50 unionist MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) and three Alliance members voted against the measure. Those in support included 37 nationalist and three unionist members.     …

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News

June 2013
News

Banner of Truth

More than 250 pastors, missionaries and ministry students gathered in Leicester, in April, for the 2013 Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference. Its theme was ‘The gospel: what it is and why it matters’.      At first sight this theme may seem rather elementary for a ministers’ conference. But while the gospel is elementary, it…

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News

June 2013
News

Iran

An Iranian pastor has been warned that, unless he denies Christ and returns to Islam, he will not be released, even after he has served his sentence.      A report from the Barnabas Fund has called on Christians worldwide to pray for Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who is serving an eight-year prison sentence…

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Article

June 2013
France

Serving the Lord in Brittany

As a French and European history undergraduate student at Cardiff University, I spent the academic year 2011-2012 in Guingamp, Brittany.       This was my year abroad in France. From an academic point of view, its purpose was to improve my language skills and immerse myself in French culture. I was able to fulfil these…

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News

June 2013
News

European resolution

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has passed a resolution to accommodate religious beliefs and safeguard Christians and members of other faiths in their employment.      In a resolution passed in April, it called on the 47 member states to accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere, by guaranteeing freedom of thought…

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June 2013
France

Praying for France

France today The population of France is around 65 million, 20% living in the Paris area.       Public life in France is ruled by the republican idea of liberty, equality and fraternity. This means neutrality with regard to religion, which is absent from politics or education. Laws exist regulating religious practice and minority groups…

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Article

June 2013
Obituaries

George Beverly Shea (1909-2013)

At the ripe age of 104, the former insurance clerk turned gospel singer George Beverly Shea went to be with the Lord. Often to be found at the Billy Graham crusades in the USA, the Canadian-born singer had been associated with the evangelist’s work for more than 50 years.      According to the New…

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Revival and the Primitive Methodists (5)

Historical

June 2013
Articles > Historical

Revival and the Primitive Methodists (5)

In 1812, the Primitive Methodist Connection was formally established. It was John Crawfoot who had unintentionally invented this name, when he declared, ‘If you have deviated from the old usages, I have not. I still remain a primitive Methodist!’   Their first class ticket issued in 1812 bore the title, ‘The Society of the…

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A word to pastors

Article

June 2013
Articles > Comment

A word to pastors

Self-burial is one of the most effective methods of spreading the gospel. It is said that 19th century missionaries departing from Britain for distant shores would sometimes hold a funeral service before they left. They were going to serve for life and they didn’t expect to return.      Their 21st century equivalents don’t generally…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Global conflict over marriage

Global conflict Britain and the US are just two of many battlegrounds in today’s silent world war that surrounds the institution of marriage. It is a conflict that has engulfed the developed world since 2001.      A few weeks ago, New Zealand became the latest country to vote in favour of amending its definition of…

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Article

June 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

A nation in crisis

Arguments from silence can be risky, but Scripture uses such an argument with devastating effect in Judges 17 – 21.   The narratives in these five chapters show the covenant community of Israel in complete moral collapse. But the intriguing thing is that the historian allows the events to speak largely for themselves. There…

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News

June 2013
News

Second marriages

People who marry a second time, after divorce or bereavement, have claimed their marriages are more stable, a survey by the Marriage Foundation has revealed.      According to a report from the think-tank, second marriages are more stable than first marriages, challenging the widely held belief that couples who remarry are doomed to repeat…

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June 2013
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Irish abortion law

The Irish government has published a draft bill on abortion, which has been branded ‘worse than Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act’, by a spokesman for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).      Speaking after the publication of the bill, called ‘Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013’, Pat Buckley, Ireland’s SPUC representative,…

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June 2013
United Kingdom

Testimonies at Sidmouth

Testimonies at Sidmouth   From 8-14 April, a series of Parkinson-style interviews took place at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sidmouth. Coming from the same county as the real Michael Parkinson, Yorkshireman and evangelist Roger Carswell interviewed a variety of inspirational Christians.       The first was Professor Stuart Burgess, head of engineering design at Bristol University,…

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News

June 2013
News

Evangelical Times newsletters

The ET newsletter is now being sent out once each month, in the middle of the month, to everyone who subscribes for it. This newsletter does not replace your usual monthly hard copy ET delivered to your church or by ordinary post (the normal ET is also available as online pdfs, to those specifically…

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Progress in Belarus

Article

June 2013
Belarus

Progress in Belarus

The Resurrection Evangelical Church in Ruba, Belarus, was established in 1995. Looking back, we recognise with gratitude that we have experienced God’s mercy and guidance since then. When my wife, Albina, and I first came to Ruba, after completing our course at the EMF Bible School in Welwyn, there was not a single evangelical…

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News

June 2013
News

Andy Mac in America

The strong interest that some churches have shown in Creation ministry meant many people were drawn to hear Professor Andy McIntosh speak on creation during his recent tour in America.      Prof. McIntosh spent a valuable time in Ballston Lake Reformed Baptist Church and in Albany Baptist. He said, ‘Both churches have taken a…

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News

June 2013
News > Youth Features

Back to basics

There has never been a time when God’s Word has been so far from the minds of our nation’s youth as it is today. We live in a generation where society scoffs at the Bible and neglects the inspired Word of God.       There are all manner of assaults on the Scriptures and much…

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