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April 2012

Robert Chapman: Apostle of Love

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

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April 2012
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Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia

Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia Mark A Knoll and Carolyn Nystrom IVP £15.65 286 Pages ISBN: 978-0830838349 Star Rating: 3   This is one of those books that proves why e-readers will never be able to completely replace the printed book. It’s beautifully produced with an attractive cover; it’s nicely…

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April 2012

The Message of Kings

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

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April 2012

The Mystery of the Last Supper

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

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News

April 2012
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Archbishop to step down

Archbishop to step down The Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams, has announced today that he has accepted the position of Master of Magdalene College, Cambridge, with effect from January 2013. He will, therefore, be stepping down from the office of Archbishop of Canterbury at the end of December 2012.     Dr Williams’ intentions have…

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United, focused and militant prayer

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April 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

United, focused and militant prayer

United, focused and militant prayer In Acts 4:24 the disciples raised their voices together in prayer to God. The whole church, from apostles to recent converts, came together to call upon God. All participated; all were valued. They were practising ‘the priesthood of all believers’. But are we in danger of creating a new…

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April 2012
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Westminster, USA, cutbacks

Westminster, USA, cutbacks The Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) has been forced to downsize and carry out cost-cutting measures to enable it to continue its mission to educate people globally from the Scriptures.     According to the latest newsletter, US-based WTS, which has been carrying out its ministry of reformed theological education for more than 80…

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April 2012
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Evangelical Times web site

Evangelical Times web site Many readers will be aware of the Evangelical Times web site. This has been completely renewed, with the new version now nearly a year old. The web site address is: www.evangelical-times.org    Readers will probably not know of more recent changes to the ET web site that are now available for…

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April 2012
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Child labour

Child labour Christian humanitarian agency World Vision has published a report to mark the start of a campaign to make UK consumers aware of how we fund child labour.    The report, called ‘Small world, big responsibility’, highlights ways in which UK consumers are — often unknowingly — complicit in today’s global trade in children.  …

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George Scott (1804-1874)

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April 2012
Articles > Historical

George Scott (1804-1874)

George Scott (1804-1874) George Scott was a key figure in the nineteenth-century evangelical awakening in Sweden. Margaret Scott, wife of Tailor Robert, gave birth to George on 18 June 1804.The Scott family belonged to a Methodist church, but later joined the Church of Scotland. Scott’s Presbyterian upbringing left an indelible impression on him.    Leaving…

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April 2012
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Operation Mobilisation

Operation Mobilisation A Muslim man who recalled the kindness of Christian missionaries at Operation Mobilisation (OM) in Bosnia now leads a Bible study in his home.    Murat had been given urgent assistance from an OM aid warehouse several years ago, along with his neighbour Amina, whose husband was seriously ill.    A few years later,…

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April 2012
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John Blanchard

John Blanchard This March, Evangelical Press hosted a special meal in London for John Blanchard, to give thanks to God and celebrate John’s 80th birthday and 50th anniversary of full-time Christian ministry.    Many of these years have involved close practical fellowship with EP, for whom John Blanchard is a leading author (see pp. 16-18…

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The Titanic – the lessons 100 years on

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April 2012
News > Youth Features

The Titanic – the lessons 100 years on

The Titanic — the lessons 100 years on The sinking of the Titanic on 14 April 1912 (March ET, Youth Feature) marked a historic watershed. The official British statistics, given in the House of Commons, were 1503 passengers and crew ‘not saved’ and 703 ‘saved’. In all, 1347 men, 103 women and 53 children…

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Avoiding two extremes

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April 2012
Articles > Comment

Avoiding two extremes

ET COMMENT Avoiding two extremes Maximalism is a trend in the arts that finds its counterpart in some Reformed preaching today. The word can be used to describe the erroneous belief that every time any portion of Scripture is expounded, the gospel is being proclaimed.    Such a belief is incorrect, since texts like Galatians…

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The big interview – Robert Wright

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April 2012
Interviews

The big interview – Robert Wright

The big interview British Transport Police officer Robert Wright always wanted to be a policeman. After several years serving the force as a civil servant, he fulfilled his childhood dream. Now entering his fifth year in the BTP, Rob shared some reflections on his faith and career with Sheila Marshall. SM Why did you…

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April 2012
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Question of Trust

Question of Trust The Archbishop of Canterbury has lent his weight to a campaign that is calling on financial services companies to restore public and professional trust in the industry.    The campaign, called ‘A Question of Trust’, was set up by financial planner (financial adviser) Shane Mullins, of Nottingham-based Fiscal Engineers, following a conversation…

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Bible beginners

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April 2012
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Bible beginners

Bible beginners The Mayflower Christian Bookshop is producing more Bible Treasure booklets — after an encouraging response to its first set of daily reading notes for beginners.    Bible Treasure is aimed at older children, teenagers and adults who have little knowledge of God’s Word. Using an easy-to-read style that’s faithful to Scripture, the notes…

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The resurrection of Christ

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April 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The resurrection of Christ

The resurrection of Christ Louis Berkhof writes, ‘For modern liberal theology the resurrection of Jesus, except in the sense of a spiritual survival, has no real importance for the Christian faith. Belief in the bodily resurrection is not essential [they say], but can very well be dropped without affecting the Christian religion’ (Systematic theology,…

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April 2012
Interviews

John Blanchard – 80 and 50

John Blanchard 80 and 50 This year, John Blanchard celebrates not only his 80th birthday, but 50 years in full-time Christian ministry. He is an internationally acclaimed Christian author, teacher and conference speaker, particularly in the field of Christian apologetics.     He has over 30 titles in print, many published by EP Books; Ultimate…

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In appreciation of the Evangelical Library

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April 2012
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In appreciation of the Evangelical Library

In appreciation of the Evangelical Library I am, apparently, something of a book nerd. I did not realise this, but it does occasionally get pointed out (for example, when someone makes a passing reference to some musty volume and my instinctive response is, ‘Which edition?’). It feels very normal to me. But there we…

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April 2012
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Religious education

Religious education A new all-party parliamentary group (APPG) will be set up to focus on safeguarding the provision of religious education in schools. It will explore how the subject can continue to deliver a valuable dimension to the education of all children and young people.    The Church of England, Catholic Church, and representatives from…

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What the priests saw!

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April 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

What the priests saw!

What the priests saw! The priest stood before the altar of incense, the golden censer in his hand. Born of the tribe of Levi to be a priest, this was his big moment, the day for which he had waited. There were, by this time, so many priests in Israel that only once in…

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SixtyEightFive

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April 2012
United Kingdom

SixtyEightFive

SixtyEightFive Ian Williamson was 28 years old and life made no sense to him. He was a nightclub bouncer with a £200-a-week cocaine habit; into sex, violence, alcohol and self-harm. Now, ten years later, he runs an inspiring Christian ministry to men and young people from troubled backgrounds in South Bank, a suburb of…

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April 2012
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Murder suspect

Murder suspect International police organisation Interpol has captured one of the two alleged killers of Pakistan’s Christian government minister, Shahbaz Bhatti, it has been reported.     According to the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), a man arrested is believed to be one of the gunmen who shot down Mr Bhatti, former federal minister of minorities,…

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April 2012
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66 years in London

66 years in London         On Saturday 25 February, the CLC Bookshop in London held a thanksgiving celebration to mark the relocation of this Christian bookshop from its previous location on the Holborn Viaduct.     The new shop, in Ave Maria Lane, is close to Wren’s St Paul’s Cathedral and is the fourth…

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Taste and see that the Lord is good: knowing, loving and enjoying God

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April 2012
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Taste and see that the Lord is good: knowing, loving and enjoying God

Taste and see that the Lord is good: knowing, loving and enjoying God Joel JamesDay One202 pages, £8.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-269-3 This is an excellent book. The title is however slightly misleading. For in this volume Joel James uses Old Testament narratives to teach about many of the attributes of God, not just his goodness.   …

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April 2012
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Real Christianity

Real Christianity Atheists are picking up on the difference between ‘real’ Christians and those who profess to be, research has found.    A study conducted by the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Science and Reason revealed what true believers have always known: that not all UK Christians are really Christian.     The study found that only…

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The first gospel tract

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April 2012
Evangelistic

The first gospel tract

The first gospel tract The dictionary defines a tract as ‘a short treatise or pamphlet, especially on a religious subject’. Over the years I have both given and received many Christian tracts. Did you know that the first Christian tract was written by a non-Christian? The first Christian tract was written by Pontius Pilate,…

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The books of Moses revisited

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April 2012
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The books of Moses revisited

The books of Moses revisitedPaul LawrenceWipf & Stock, 172 pages, ISBN: 978-1-61097-417-2 This book challenges an entrenched, liberal academic theory called the ‘documentary hypothesis’ (or ‘JEDP hypothesis’) that rejects the idea that Moses was the author of the Pentateuch.     Since the eighteenth century, its proponents have suggested a combination of various sources and…

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News

April 2012
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Extinction of midwives

Extinction of midwives There is a demise of traditional midwifery and a trend to treat childbirth as an illness, not an act of love, a report has claimed.    Writing for The Ecologist, Matilda Lee said, ‘Women-centred maternity care through midwifery is in danger of extinction, replaced by a medical model that treats birth as…

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Exploring the Bible: 1 and 2 Thessalonians

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April 2012
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Exploring the Bible: 1 and 2 Thessalonians

Exploring the Bible: 1 and 2 Thessalonians Stanley JebbDay One, 248 pages £8.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-287-7 The appropriate subtitle of this book is: ‘A practical commentary’. Based on his own scholarly and pastoral insights, along with well chosen quotations from other commentators, the author moves briskly but thoroughly through the text.    The introduction sets the…

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Select practical writings of John Knox

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April 2012
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Select practical writings of John Knox

Select practical writings of John Knox Banner of Truth 295 pages, £16.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-102-0 Apart from his History of the Reformation in Scotland, John Knox published very little. He is one of those sixteenth century reformers more spoken and written about, and misunderstood, than read. It is good, therefore, that some of his writings…

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News

April 2012
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Sentamu on Sunday

Sentamu on Sunday Dr John Sentamu, Archbishop of York, has hit the headlines once again. The controversial primate appeared in Rupert Murdoch’s new paper, the Sun on Sunday.    He wrote the paper’s first ‘Sermon on Sunday’, in which he spoke of new beginnings and called on people to use Lent as an occasion to…

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With Calvin in the theatre of God

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April 2012
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With Calvin in the theatre of God

With Calvin in the theatre of God Eds John Piper and David MathisCrossway, 192 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1433514128 This is a gem of a book, approaching Calvin’s life, ministry and contribution to the church from an unusual angle. Edited by John Piper and David Mathis, it is a compilation of addresses given at the…

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April 2012
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Marriage petition

Marriage petition The Coalition for Marriage (C4M) is on course to receive more than 300,000 online signatures by the end of March, for its petition against the proposed redefinition of marriage.     According to the web site, it received more than 40,000 signatures in the first weekend alone; many more petitions are currently being filled…

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European Missionary Fellowship

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April 2012
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European Missionary Fellowship

European Missionary Fellowship     On Saturday 25 February, many supporters of the European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) met in Chorlton Evangelical Church, Manchester, for EMF’s north west conference.     Pastor Walter Johnston from the Chorlton church began by focusing our minds on the work of mission. He said mission begins with the Lord’s people worshipping…

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Prayer for revival

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April 2012
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Prayer for revival

Prayer for revival The fifth in the series of ‘concerts of prayer for revival’, first arranged in early 2011 by the Yorkshire Reformed Ministers’ Fraternal, took place on Saturday 11 February. From 10.00am until noon, there was united prayer for the outpouring of the Spirit on our churches, nation and world.     Eight meetings…

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April 2012
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Human rights

Human rights Proposed new laws in China may mean the disappearance of Christian human rights campaigners will continue, Release International (RI) has warned.    The draft criminal procedure law was unveiled, ostensibly to ‘safeguard’ human rights. However, Andy Dipper, of RI, said it would not provide any protection for Christian leaders and Christian human rights…

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Born of God – sermons from John, chapter one

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April 2012
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Born of God – sermons from John, chapter one

Born of God — sermons from John, chapter oneDr Martyn Lloyd- JonesBanner of Truth488 pages, £17.50ISBN: 13-978-84871-1259 As the subtitle indicates, this book is a record of 32 sermons preached by the late Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Westminster Chapel, between October 1962 and June 1963. They form part of a series of sermons he…

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April 2012
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Tribunal appeal

Tribunal appeal A London-based children’s worker who was forced out of her job because she would not work on the Lord’s Day has lost her employment tribunal appeal.    Celestina Mba, 57, had worked for more than three years at the Brightwell Children’s Home, a respite home for children with disabilities, in the London borough…

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Does God change his mind?

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April 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Does God change his mind?

Does God change his mind? Many statements in Amos could be identified as ‘major points’ within the Minor Prophets, but we will focus on one that should get the attention of any thoughtful reader. After seeing the first vision, about locusts, Amos cried out, ‘O Lord God, please forgive! How can Jacob stand? He…

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Doing mission, from Slovakia to Africa

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April 2012
Slovakia

Doing mission, from Slovakia to Africa

Doing mission, from Slovakia to Africa We are missionaries to Eastern Europe. What are we doing involved with kids from African slums? When we started working as missionaries, Central and Eastern Europe were locked in communism. Our ministry had to be clandestine, and we focused on the individual training of church youth leaders, hopefully…

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April 2012
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The Games and the glory

The Games and the glory The Olympic rings floated down the River Thames to the flash of cameras and drone of half a dozen helicopters. London is getting ready for the 2012 Olympics, and local churches are in training for a huge mission that aims to win a far greater prize — the hearts…

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Shall we unite with Rome? (2)

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April 2012
Articles > Historical

Shall we unite with Rome? (2)

Shall we unite with Rome? (2) Fifty years after Vatican II, the late W. J. Grier’s analysis (see March ET also) remains as incisive as ever. Far from the Council being a triumph for Reformation principles, the pope affirmed that ‘nothing in traditional doctrine is really changed’. The Vatican Council ended, as it began,…

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Origins: Examining the Evidence

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April 2012
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Origins: Examining the Evidence

Origins: Examining the Evidence Geoff Barnard, Andy McIntosh & Steve Taylor Truth in Science, 164 pages, £15.00, ISBN: 978-0956963109 www.truthinscience.org.uk This book presents a critical approach to evolution theory by considering the scientific evidence challenging the widely accepted paradigm. The authors are all distinguished academics in disciplines that give them collectively the authority to…

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The call of God

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April 2012
Articles > Guest column

The call of God

The call of God Guest Column When I joined the staff of the Bible College where I now serve as principal, I was delighted to find that the training course included – and still includes – what may well be a unique feature in UK Bible college training: memorising Scripture. He was a gifted…

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Syria

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April 2012
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Syria

Syria Syrian Christians are heartened by the outpouring of prayer for their protection. They are threatened by Islamists opposing the Syrian government. The worst incidents have been in Hama and Homs.     A neighbourhood in west Hama called Mahrada, identified as being a Christian area, was overrun by Islamist armed men. They forced families…

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April 2012
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Campaign

Campaign Campaigning Christian charity Release International has launched a campaign on behalf of Nigeria’s vulnerable Christians.    Coming after another bomb attack in Jos, which killed three members of a congregation, including a child, and injured 38 others, the campaign called on Christians to put up a prayer shield for their Nigerian brothers and sisters.    …

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Set in stone

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April 2012
DVD

Set in stone

DVD review — Set in stone58 minutes, Truth in Science, £12.95www.truthinscience.org.uk The organisation Truth in Science has done us a real service in providing this high quality, thought-provoking documentary DVD.     The documentary begins and ends at Siccar Point, a geological site made famous by James Hutton’s visit in 1788. As a result of…

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News

April 2012
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Elderly care

Elderly care Huge changes proposed to the National Health Service could jeopardise elderly care and other most vulnerable patients, according to the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF).    In March, the East Anglian CMF organised a one-day event to discuss ‘Change or improvement: the NHS, my practice and me’. Dr Tim Lyttle, CMF member, used the…

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April 2012
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Arrests

Arrests The Iranian authorities are rounding up Christians across the country in a wave of arrests, targeting ordinary church members — including a 78-year-old woman — and leaders.      According to Barnabas Fund, security agents have been conducting sweeps of house churches across the country since Christmas, in Ahwaz, Shiraz, Esfahan, Tehran and Kermanshah. Some…

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April 2012
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Tornado anguish

Tornado anguish An entire family was wiped out as a deadly tornado ripped through the US state of Indiana, one of many such storms that have devastated parts of the Midwest and the Southern States.    Baby Angel Babcock had been the only member of her family to survive the initial impact when the storm…

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April 2012
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Assisted dying

Assisted dying Any changes to the law to allow assisted suicide would spell ‘disaster’ and create a shift in society’s attitude to the sanctity of life, the Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed.    Speaking alongside Christian Concern chief executive Andrea Williams at the Church of England’s four-day General Synod in February, Dr Rowan Williams drew…

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A spotless bride –  the holiness of the church (2)

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April 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A spotless bride – the holiness of the church (2)

A spotless bride —  the holiness of the church (2) On this subject (see also March ET) as on so much else, there is a real and deep harmony between Scripture’s two testaments. Sketched out, that harmony looks like this. In the Old Testament, the book of Exodus gives us the account of how…

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Review

April 2012

Dealing with Depression

Dealing With Depression – Trusting God through the dark times Sarah Collins and Jayne Hayes Christian Focus Publications 128 pages, £4.99 ISBN: 978-1-84550-633-9 4 stars   This book is written to help those who are coping with depression or those counselling or helping people facing depression of various kinds. The authors clearly write from…

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April 2012

1 and 2 Thessalonians – A practical commentary (Exploring the Bible)

  Exploring the Bible: 1 and 2 Thessalonians Stanley Jebb DayOne 248 pages £8.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-287-7 Star Rating: 4   The appropriate sub-title of this book is: ‘A practical commentary’. Using a carefully chosen mixture of his own scholarship and pastoral insights, mixed with well chosen quotations from other commentators, the author moves briskly,…

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Review

April 2012
Reviews > Book

The Select Practical Writings of John Knox

Select Practical Writings Of John Knox. Banner of Truth Trust 295pages, £16.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-102-0   Apart from his History of the Reformation in Scotland John Knox published very little. He is one of those 16th Century reformers more spoken about and written about, and misunderstood, than read. It is good, therefore, that some of…

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Review

April 2012

Born of God – Sermons from John, Chap 1

Born of God- sermons from John, chapter one. Dr Martyn Lloyd- Jones Banner of Truth 488 pages, £17.50 ISBN: 13-978-84871-1259 Stars: 5   As the subtitle indicates, this book is a record of thirty-two sermons preached by the late Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones in Westminster Chapel between October 1962 and June1963. They form part of…

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Review

April 2012

Taste and See that the Lord is Good – Knowing, loving and Enjoying God

Taste and See that the Lord is Good: Knowing, Loving and Enjoying God. Joel James Day One 202 pages, £8.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-269-3 Star rating: 4   This is an excellent book. The title is however slightly misleading. For in this volume Joel James uses Old Testament narratives to teach about many of the attributes…

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Review

April 2012

The Books of Moses Revisited

The Books of Moses Revisited Paul Lawrence Wipf & Stock, 172pages £14.12 ISBN: 978-1-61097-417-2 Star rating:4   This book challenges an entrenched academic, liberal proposition called the ‘Documentary Hypothesis’ (also known as the ‘JEDP Hypothesis’). This proposal rejects the idea that Moses is the author of the Pentateuch (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy).…

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Review

April 2012

With Calvin in the Theatre of God

With Calvin in the Theatre of God. Eds John Piper and David Mathis Crossway 192 Pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1433514128 Star rating: 5   This is a gem of a book, approaching Calvin’s life, ministry and contribution to the church from an unusual angle. Edited by John Piper and David Mathis, the book is a…

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Review

April 2012

Origins: Examining the Evidence

Origins: Examining the Evidence Geoff Barnard, Andy McIntosh & Steve Taylor Truth in Science 164 pages, £15.00 ISBN: 978-0956963109 Star Rating: 4   This book presents a critical approach to evolution theory by considering the scientific evidence challenging the widely accepted paradigm. The authors are all distinguished academics in disciplines that give them collectively…

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Review

April 2012
Reviews > DVD

Set in Stone

The organisation Truth in Science have done us a real service in providing this high quality, thought provoking, documentary DVD. The documentary begins and ends at Siccar Point, the site made famous by James Hutton’s visit in 1788. As a result of his studies of this rock formation he came to believe in a…

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