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Shari’a and the archbishop

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April 2008
Cults and other religions

Shari’a and the archbishop

Shari'a and the archbishop The Archbishop of Canterbury has suffered much criticism for recommending that elements of Islamic law should be adopted in the UK. Some of this criticism has been uninformed but the best analysis of the subject we have seen is that provided by Dr Patrick Sookhdeo of the Barnabas Fund - whose…

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April 2008
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News – Roman Catholics meet Muslims after Common Word

Roman Catholics meet Muslims after Common Word As a direct result of the open letter from Muslim scholars called A Common Word Vatican and Muslim officials met in Rome at the start of March to lay the foundations for further Catholic-Islamic talks later this year. Senior figures from each religion discussed details of the planned…

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April 2008
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News – Trouble on our streets

Trouble on our streets The Government's laws on 24-hour drinking have been condemned by police and alcohol awareness groups, as new figures show that police forces are dealing with thousands of extra alcohol-related crimes each month, following the relaxation of pub and club opening hours.     The new figures contradict the Government's view, which concluded that…

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April 2008
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News – Ignoble Lords

Ignoble Lords  The House of Lords voted to abolish the common law blasphemy offences. The move was pushed through by the Government within a very limited time frame and with little or no consultation. The House of Commons has yet to vote on the matter.     Britain's laws against blasphemy are intended to safeguard society…

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April 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – Voice in the wilderness

Sometimes the briefest conversations can be the most important. We find an example in Isaiah 40:6 - 'The voice said, “Cry out!” And he said, “What shall I cry?”' The commentators argue over who said what, and in a sense it doesn't matter. But I shall assume that 'the voice' that says 'cry out'…

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April 2008
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News – Lessons for life in Serbia

Lessons for life in Serbia  A deep concern for outreach to the young has led a group of pastors in Serbia to translate Lessons for life Sunday school materials by Jill Masters, and to begin to organise their Sun­day schools in earnest.      Five churches were represented at a seminar held at Nis -…

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News – Web site pioneering

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April 2008
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News – Web site pioneering

Web site pioneering The Internet evangelism that I do is with people all over the world. When I speak to someone online, they might be in London, Bristol or York, but could just as easily be in India, China or Italy. It really is a global village: borders are obsolete and visas and passports unnecessary!    …

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News – Creation in Missouri

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April 2008
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News – Creation in Missouri

Creation in Missouri   Prof. Andy McIntosh corresponds on his recent visit to the USA   600-700 people, mainly students, came to the Castleman Hall of the University of Missouri in Rolla for a meeting on Design in Creation. Randy Dudik (the campus minister) and Diane his wife looked after the arrangements well. Randy…

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YOU and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

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April 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

YOU and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill

YOU and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill In May 2007 the Government published a draft bill called the Human Tissue and Embryos Bill. On 8 November, it had its first reading in the House of Lords under its new title of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology [HFE] Bill (2008). It is set to dismantle…

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April 2008
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Government taps water

Government taps water Government departments have been told to stop serving bottled water at meetings and switch to tap water instead. Defra is among departments that have already done so - it had been using more than 1000 bottles a month.      Tap water uses 0.3% of the energy needed to produce bottled water, without…

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Review – The dawn of heaven breaks – EP

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April 2008
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Review – The dawn of heaven breaks – EP

The dawn of heaven breaksSharon JamesEvangelical Press164 pages; £8.95; ISBN: 978-085234-641-9 How often do you think about heaven? Eternity is an enduring reality for the believer but, because we love life and our earthly existence, we seldom take time to meditate on heaven. Yet we must! This book by Sharon James helps us anticipate eternity…

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Review – Works of Richard Sibbes – Banner of Truth

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April 2008
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Review – Works of Richard Sibbes – Banner of Truth

Works of Richard Sibbes ed. Alexander B. Grosart Banner of Truth (2001) 7 vols; £95.00 ISBN: 978-0-85151-398-0   Among the most remarkable of the early Puritan leaders was Richard Sibbes (1577-1635), who stands in a line of Puritanism which had a deep interest in pneumatology and piety - running from the Elizabethan preacher Richard…

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Review – David; man of prayer, man of war – Banner of Truth

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April 2008
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Review – David; man of prayer, man of war – Banner of Truth

David; man of prayer, man of warWalter J. ChantryBanner of Truth; 294 pages; £12.50ISBN: 978-0-85151-953-1 This is an excellent book dealing with the life of David - a life that was rich and varied and took him from shepherd boy to king. God was with him through it all, guiding him in all the circumstances…

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News – Clifford Scurr (1938-2007)

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April 2008
Obituaries

News – Clifford Scurr (1938-2007)

Clifford Scurr (1938-2007) Clifford Scurr passed into the presence of his Saviour on 14 December 2007. Born in Middlesbrough in 1938, he was a quantity surveyor. He did National Service in Hong Kong, and had a lifelong love for the Far East and its people - a lasting memory was meeting Gladys Aylward.      Clifford…

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April 2008
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News – Alive and Kicking

Alive and Kicking Alive and Kicking (A&K), an alliance of eleven organisations seeking to reduce the annual toll of 200,000 abortions a year in the UK, has launched a major campaign on abortion. This is in the run up to the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, very soon to be debated in the House of…

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April 2008
Serbia

Missionary Spotlight – Fact File: The Republic of Serbia

Fact File: the Republic of Serbia     Kosovo: Until 17 February 2008, when it declared independence, Kosovo was a province of Serbia – although it had been under UN administration and virtually autonomous since 1999. Kosovo has just over two million people – predominantly ethnic Albanian. Pristina is its largest city. Most of…

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Missionary Spotlight – Evangelicals in Serbia

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April 2008
Serbia

Missionary Spotlight – Evangelicals in Serbia

Evangelicals in Serbia   Serbia is one of the least evangelised countries in Europe. Although it is predominantly Serbian Orthodox, few have a personal relationship with the true God.      However, there are some Serbs passionate to bring the gospel to their own people. One such is Samuil Petrovski, Vice President of the Serbian…

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The faith of Christ crucified

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April 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

The faith of Christ crucified

The faith of Christ crucified The apostle Paul takes us to the heart of the Christian gospel when he writes, 'We preach Christ crucified'. Nothing could be more central and fundamental to the Christian faith than 'Christ and him crucified' (1 Corinthians 1:23; 2:2). But the expression contains an astonishing paradox - a paradox readily understood…

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April 2008
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News – Sex adverts

Sex adverts UK newspapers are being advised to refuse advertising for sexual services, because of a link between organised prostitution and human trafficking. The Newspaper Society is updating its guidelines on which adverts should be accepted on classified pages.      The society has advised its members how to spot adverts that might be promoting sexual…

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April 2008
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News – Ugandan boycott

Ugandan boycott  The Anglican Church in Uganda is the latest church to announce a boycott on the Lambeth Conference - a meeting of the world's Anglican bishops held once every 10 years under the direction of the Archbishop of Canterbury.      The move is in protest at invitations being sent to bishops who condone…

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Review – The message of evil and suffering – IVP

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April 2008
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Review – The message of evil and suffering – IVP

The message of evil and suffering: light into darknessPeter HicksIVP; 272 pages; £9.99ISBN:  978-1-84474-148-9 Despite the title, this is a book first and foremost about God himself, rather than merely about evil and suffering. Hicks wants us to see God rightly - as the God who was impacted more than we ever could be by…

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News – Forest Fold Baptist Chapel

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April 2008
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News – Forest Fold Baptist Chapel

Forest Fold Baptist Chapel The people of Forest Fold Baptist Chapel, Crowborough, in East Sussex, will not quickly forget the end of 2007 and beginning of 2008, as retiring Dr Peter Rowell handed on the pastoral baton to John Cowley.     On 1 December the church building was filled to capacity to mark the end of…

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April 2008
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News – Foster care couple

Foster care couple A committed Christian couple, Eunice and Owen Johns, have had their foster care application successfully reinstated by Derby City Council. The couple, who have fostered in the past and have raised four children, were initially told that their views on homosexuality were out of line with diversity standards, and had their application withdrawn.     Throughout…

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Appreciating ET International

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April 2008
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Appreciating ET International

Appreciating ET International ET International (ETI) is the 16 page airmail edition ofEvangelical Times that is sent overseas to anyone who is willing to distribute five or more copies in their locality. The paper itself is free of charge but the distributors (or agents) pay for the airmail postage. Some agents have UK ‘sponsors’…

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April 2008
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News – Scientologists feel the force

Scientologists feel the force Masked demonstrators calling themselves 'Anonymous' gathered outside London's Church of Scientology and the organisation's Recruitment Centre recently to protest against the sect and highlight its 'inherent flaws'.      Police said about 200 people took part in the peaceful protest in Queen Victoria Street and Tottenham Court Road. The protests were well…

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News – Puritan books

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April 2008
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News – Puritan books

Puritan books The puritan book publisher Soli Deo Gloria Publications (SDG) has been acquired by Reformation Heritage Books (RHB) in Grand Rapids, Michigan.      For the past few years SDG books have been produced by Ligonier Ministries in Orlando, Florida. Ligonier has now invited RHB to publish and distribute SDG titles.      RHB has received…

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Is God humble?

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April 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is God humble?

Is God humble? Is God humble? It sounds irreverent to ask such a question, but we shall ask it anyway. Now let me anticipate your response. Two thoughts may occur to you. The first is this - of course, God is not humble. He has no need to be. Of all the beings in heaven…

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Why atheists are good

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April 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Why atheists are good

Why atheists are good Can anyone be good without God? This question often comes up in debates between Christians and atheists. How should we answer it? Here, the politician's answer is true - it all depends upon what you mean by 'good', 'without' and 'God'. The Bible tells us that we are made in the image…

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Missionary Spotlight – Kosovo testimony

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April 2008
Kosovo

Missionary Spotlight – Kosovo testimony

Kosovo testimony   I grew up in the village of Krilevë – a community of 200 houses – in the mountains of eastern Kosovo. Coming from a Muslim family, I inherited Islamic practices and knowledge. Even today I remember lessons from that time – ‘the Muslim faith is the purest faith; Mohammed is the…

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News – Coram Deo Ministries

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April 2008
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News – Coram Deo Ministries

Coram Deo Ministries Coram Deo was founded in 2007 by Andrea Artioli and Giacomo Lerici. Andrea was previously the founder of Passaggio Publishing and Giacomo has had many years' experience preaching throughout Italy. Together with the support of American reformed pastors, these two men have a desire to open the truths of Scripture to a…

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Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Serbia

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April 2008
Serbia

Missionary Spotlight – Christianity in Serbia

Christianity in Serbia   Serbia accepted Eastern Christianity in the 12th century AD for political reasons. The epic battle of Kosovo in 1389 influenced the spread of Christianity in the region – although the Serbs lost the battle, it slowed down Turkey’s attempts to islamise Europe.   While the Ottoman Empire held sway (1300-1922),…

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April 2008
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News – LTS open day

LTS open day Around 35 visitors attended London Theological Seminary's Open Day in March. Many of these were men considering full-time pastoral ministry. After a welcome from the Principal, Philip Eveson, they heard short presentations from lecturers in the core subjects taught at LTS, as well as an overview from Robert Strivens, Principal-Designate, of the…

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April 2008
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News – Reaching the illiterate

Reaching the illiterate Language Recordings UK is part of a worldwide organisation called Global Recordings Network. We have 40 centres around the world and our vision is 'Telling the story of Jesus in every language'.      We record and distribute recordings on cassette and CD in over 5500 different languages. Our aim is to bring…

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News – Kabwata Baptist Church

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April 2008
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News – Kabwata Baptist Church

Kabwata Baptist Church  The work of mission from Kabwata Baptist Church (KBC) has been growing over the last few years, with eight missionaries now serving from the church, as well as two other missionaries being supported by sister churches.      Two mission stations without a full-time missionary are receiving oversight from KBC, while three…

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April 2008
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News – Booger II

Booger II A South Korean company says it has taken its first order for the cloning of a pet dog. A woman from the United States wants her dead pit-bull terrier - called Booger - re-created.      The company is charging the woman, from California, $150,000 (£76,000) to clone the pit-bull using tissue extracted from…

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Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to students in Serbia

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April 2008
Serbia

Missionary Spotlight – Ministering to students in Serbia

Ministering to students in Serbia   We are able to share the gospel of Jesus Christ with an increasing number of students. On 17-19 November 2007 we had the biggest ever attendance at an Evangelical University Students (EUS) conference, with 155 students registering from all over Serbia and Montenegro. For the second year we…

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April 2008
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Why I resigned my pastorate

Why I resigned my pastorate  We take the unusual step of printing this article anonymously to avoid identification of either church or pastor and to concentrate rather on the lessons and principles with which it is replete. The last few months have been exceedingly difficult for my family and me. The difficulties culminated in my…

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April 2008
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News – Joel Edwards to leave EA

Joel Edwards to leave EA The Rev. Joel Edwards is to leave his post as General Director of the Evangelical Alliance UK in September after eleven years of service. Mr Edwards completed two five-year terms as General Director for the Alliance last year, but wanted to stay on until he had finished work on a…

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Earthquakes

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April 2008
Articles > Comment

Earthquakes

Earthquakes The largest earthquake to hit Britain for 25 years struck only a month ago, in the early hours of Wednesday 27 February 2008. Although its epicentre was in Lincolnshire, the ten-second long tremor was felt throughout England and Wales. The Association of British Insurers estimated it caused damage of more than £10 million. Mercifully, there…

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News – Record numbers for Cubao Conference

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April 2008
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News – Record numbers for Cubao Conference

Record numbers for Cubao Conference When missionary Brian Ellis and the church at Cubao considered what they could best do to encourage clear gospel preaching in the Philippines, they decided to start a conference for pastors. The conference quickly grew, helped by the generous support of Christian publishers in supplying books.      This year's conference…

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Guest Column – Our future prospects

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April 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Our future prospects

In this final article Roger Pomeroy looks upwards to considerOur future prospectsGuest Column One Saturday morning in April 2007, I went to visit my good friend John Dart, who had served the Lord long and well both at home and abroad. John's mind was not as clear as it once had been, but his heart…

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News – Bridgend

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April 2008
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News – Bridgend

Bridgend Suicide is always a tragedy. In recent months a number of what appear to be suicides have been reported by the media as having taken place in Bridgend, South Wales, among teenagers and young adults.  Since I am a minister in Bridgend, ET has asked me to write something on the situation. I wish…

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News – Zimbabwe

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April 2008
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News – Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe An Evangelical Press African pastors' conference was held in Bulawayo in December. The aim of such conferences is the establishment of faithful, biblical churches, with Spirit-anointed, expository preaching as the norm.      The three-day conference was for pastors from Bulawayo; about 50 attended from a variety of churches. God was gracious in confirming the…

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Review – The parables of Jesus – Christian Focus

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April 2008
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Review – The parables of Jesus – Christian Focus

The parables of JesusTerry JohnsonChristian Focus448 pages; £10.98ISBN: 978-18455-028-29 Terry Johnson has written this book to help us better understand these 'earthly stories with a heavenly meaning' that were purposely designed by Jesus to veil the truth. Recognising that the parables teach us how to live under Christ's rule, Johnson has categorised and considered them…

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April 2008
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News – Mega-church rejected

Mega-church rejected Plans proposed by the Kingsway International Christian Centre (KICC) to build an 8000-seat Pentecostal church in east London have been turned down by Havering Council. The building project, estimated to cost £70m, was rejected on the grounds that the planned redevelopment would have caused too much congestion.      KICC was forced to vacate…

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Willow Creek’s big adventure

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April 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Willow Creek’s big adventure

Willow Creek's big adventure   It has been a tough year for the Willow Creek Community Church in Chicago, the flagship congregation of the 'seeker-sensitive' movement. Most know that Willow Creek has set the pace for 30 years in its redesign of the local church. More recently Rick Warren, and his Saddleback Community Church,…

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China and the Reformation Translation Fellowship

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April 2008
China

China and the Reformation Translation Fellowship

China and the Reformation Translation Fellowship   One goal of Chairman Mao’s ‘Cultural Revolution’ in China (1966-1976) was to snuff out the religious impulse in man. He attempted to do this by persecuting the weak church, ridiculing all things spiritual, and proving once for all that the co-operation of people under their almighty State…

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Review – Beyond bars – Day One

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April 2008
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Review – Beyond bars – Day One

Beyond barsGerard ChrispinDay One141 pages; £7.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-094-1 Originally a series of articles in the Evangelical Movement of Wales magazine, this book gives us a good look inside the work of Daylight Christian Prison Trust. Twelve chapters not only cover real life stories, but also how the Trust was formed, its vision and appeal, and how…

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April 2008
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News – Labour ‘spins’ again

Labour 'spins' again The Government has confirmed that 16 huge new casinos are expected to open in locations across the country. The casinos - dubbed 'gambling palaces' - are likely to exceed any casino currently operating in the UK, though they will fall into new size categories labelled 'small' and 'large'.     Campaigners welcomed the rejection…

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Review – Authentic Christianity 101 – Robert L. Dickie – EP

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April 2008
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Review – Authentic Christianity 101 – Robert L. Dickie – EP

Authentic Christianity 101Robert L. DickieEvangelical Press; 48 pages; £1.95ISBN: 978-0-85234-672-3 Although there are many short leaflets available to give to people to encourage interest in the gospel, there are few substantial booklets that can be given to a serious enquirer. Robert Dickie's booklet is written to fill this gap. This short book is essentially an…

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April 2008
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News – Muhammad cartoon reprinted

Muhammad cartoon reprinted Danish newspapers have reprinted one of several caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad which sparked violent protests across the Muslim world in 2005. The newspapers said they wanted to show their commitment to freedom of speech after an alleged plot to kill one of the cartoonists behind the drawings was foiled. The cartoon…

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Review – George Smeaton – EP

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April 2008
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Review – George Smeaton – EP

George SmeatonJohn W. KeddieEvangelical Press214 pages; £8.95ISBN: 978-085234-636-5 Who was George Smeaton? Some may never have heard of him, while others know him only as the author of two books - one on the atonement and one on the Holy Spirit. There has never been a biography of his life, and therefore comparatively little is…

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Review – If it’s not too much trouble? – Christian Focus

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April 2008
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Review – If it’s not too much trouble? – Christian Focus

If it's not too much trouble?Ann BentonChristian Focus116 pages; £5.99; ISBN: 978-1-84550-302-4 Ann Benton's book draws from her experiences while caring for her father-in-law for 15 months prior to his death. It brings out the need for Christians to take on board the aging society in our homes and churches.     'The bulging post war baby…

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April 2008
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News – Suicide rates

Suicide rates  Despite the recent publicity given to suicides amongst young people in Bridgend, South Wales, the overall suicide rate among young men in England and Wales is at the lowest level for 30 years, according to researchers from Bristol University; for women, overall suicide rates are at their lowest level for 40 years.…

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News – Hayes ladies’ day

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April 2008
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News – Hayes ladies’ day

Hayes ladies' day Hayes Town Chapel held a ladies' day on Saturday 26 January. They were joined by friends from ten other churches.      The conference speaker was Sharon James from Leamington Spa, who spoke on 'Being a godly woman today'. She began from Psalm 27, looking at the temptation to seek ultimate satisfaction through…

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April 2008
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News – Forty years presenting Christ

Forty years presenting Christ  This year marks the 40th anniversary of OAC Ministries (Open Air Campaigners) in Britain, with a Thanksgiving Day to be held on Saturday 12 April in Brighton and Hove.     OAC was founded in Sydney, Australia, in 1892. In 1967 British evangelist David Fanstone was commissioned to start the work in…

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