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April 2015

Selected Writings of Benjamin Morgan Palmer

This volume consists of 34 short articles written for The Southwestern Presbyterian in the years 1869–70. At that time, Palmer was pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of New Orleans, USA. The Southwestern Presbyterian is described as a weekly newspaper, but it would have been helpful to know more about its character than is…

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Historical

April 2015
Articles > Historical

Remembering the Armenian genocide

My father was born in Cyprus and my mother in Greece, but I am of Armenian origin.

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News

April 2015
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Do Christian bookshops have a future?

  Is there a future for small Christian bookshops in the digital age? It is a sad fact that many Christian bookshops are closing, as more people are downloading electronic versions of books to their Kindles and tablets. In 2016, Mayflower Christian Bookshop in Southampton will celebrate its 40th anniversary. The shop is linked…

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Historical

April 2015
Articles > Historical

Light from William Tyndale on the relationship between faith and works

On 8 May 1528, a dangerous book was published. It was entitled The parable of the Wicked Mammon (better known to us as ‘The parable of the unrighteous steward’, in Luke 16). According to Sir Thomas More, it was a ‘very mammona iniquitas, a very treasury and well-spring of wickedness … the wicked book…

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News

April 2015
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Needingworth – Induction of Paul Harrison

Needingworth Baptist Church welcomed their new pastor, Paul Harrison, into the ministry on 31 January. The speaker was Dr Simon Gathercole, Senior Lecturer in New Testament studies at Cambridge University and an elder at the sending church, Eden Baptist in Cambridge.  He spoke to the new pastor and the church from 1 Timothy 3:1-7,…

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April 2015
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Church-planting in Manchester

Since its formation in 1991, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales (EPCEW) has been passionate about the work of church-planting.  Over the past two decades, God has grown our little denomination from 5 to 18 congregations, with churches in various parts of England, Wales, and even Sweden and Germany.  However, many places…

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News

April 2015
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Reporting child abuse

The Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron’s proposal on child sex exploitation (CSE). Mr Cameron proposed that public sector officials should be made legally liable for the wilful neglect of children. However, CCPAS also want to see this extended to include church officials. Simon Bass, chief executive of…

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News

April 2015
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Wit and Wisdom – Stony Stratford evangelistic evening

Billed as 'An evening of wit and wisdom' on Saturday 24 January, the Evangelical Free Church, Stony Stratford, hosted an evangelistic evening for the community with Bishop Wallace Benn and his wife Lindsey.

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April 2015
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Tackling domestic violence

United Bible Societies are using the Bible to tackle the increasing prevalence of domestic violence against women in the Caribbean. For the women affected, their home is not the paradise many of us imagine the Caribbean to be. Although it is difficult to get accurate statistics for individual countries, the incidence of domestic violence…

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News

April 2015
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Patrick Sookhdeo

The founder and director of Barnabas Aid International has resigned as a trustee, after being convicted of sexually assaulting a woman in his office, in February 2014. Patrick Sookhdeo, 67, founded the Barnabas Fund, a UK based charity which focuses on supporting persecuted Christians in the Muslim world. Raised as a Muslim in Guyana,…

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Article

April 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

The suffering of Christ

'For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh, but made alive by the Spirit?' (1 Peter 3:18).

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April 2015
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Kirby le-Soken, Essex – Induction of Ken Houghten

On Saturday 14 February over 100 people gathered at Kirby-le-Soken Evangelical Church, Essex, to welcome the new minister, Ken Houghten.  Ken Houghten grew up in Michigan, USA, but has been working alongside small churches in England for over 30 years. He has a part-time role supporting missionaries across Europe. For the past two years…

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News

April 2015
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John Owen Centre

Plans are in place to expand the work of the John Owen Centre, part of the London Theological Seminary (LTS). A biblical studies scholar is to be recruited to work alongside Dr Garry Williams, the director of the centre.  The creation of this additional post will enable the running and supervision of individual and…

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Historical

April 2015
Articles > Historical

William Chalmers Burns (1815–1868) (Part 1)

William Burns was born on 1 April 1815 at Dun in Scotland, the third son of Rev. W. H. Burns and Elizabeth Chalmers. In 1821 the family moved to Kilsyth, a town of colliers and weavers about 12 miles east of Glasgow.

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Article

April 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Defending rights

Christians in the West are familiar with apologetics as an intellectual or world-view exercise. We are less familiar with apologetics as a legal defence. This is an unfamiliarity that needs to be quickly remedied.

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Historical

April 2015
Articles > Historical

The forgotten John Wesley (3)

The third reason we should remember John Wesley is for his remarkable example of zeal and boldness in the cause of the gospel.

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Historical

April 2015
Articles > Historical

Thomas Cromwell

Some Protestants prominent in church history have recently been portrayed - at times very inaccurately - in BBC television dramas.

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News

April 2015
News

Five years in the making

Five years ago, Evangelical Times interviewed three MPs about their faith. Simoney Kyriakou caught up with the same men recently (in alphabetical order!), to see how God has worked in their lives since the 2010 general election.

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April 2015
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Letter from America: the conversion of a Chinese student

Last year, the Lord placed me in England serving with Sheffield Presbyterian Church to reach out among university students at two universities in Sheffield. Though I did not see any new converts, we did see the church grow and — praise God — it is still growing.  I moved back to the US in…

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Church Meetings

Article

April 2015
Articles > Comment

Church Meetings

Church meetings I smiled when reading of Stanley Delves, a Grace Baptist pastor in Sussex, who, on retiring after 60 years in the ministry, said with evident relief, ‘I will not have to chair any more church meetings!’  His attitude is regrettably easy to understand. While the church meeting is something central to Congregationalism,…

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News

April 2015
News

South Wales revival conference

This week-long conference at Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) in Bridgend is planned for 4–11 July 2015. It promotes preaching which is biblical, warm and expository.  Rev. Wyn Hughes (Cardiff) will preach on the opening night, on ‘The known and felt presence of the Lord’ (Romans 5:5); Rev. Andrew Davies (Cwmbran) each evening…

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News

April 2015
News > Youth Features

Biblical literacy

Easter is an important time for Christians to commemorate Christ’s death and resurrection. Indeed, the Bible tells us God ‘forgave us all our sins, having cancelled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross’ (Colossians 2:13-14). Yet despite this incredible…

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Article

April 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

The cross and the crown

While writing the book God's trees - trees, forests and wood in the Bible, I was often asked about the crown of thorns and especially what wood was used for the cross. We can't be certain about either, but Christ's suffering is too central a part of our faith to ignore these questions.

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News

April 2015
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Child traffiking advocates

A trial of the use of specialist, independent advocates to support child victims of trafficking began in Septem­ber 2014.  There is strong evidence that trafficked children often face being trafficked again, even after being rescued. So, for a trial period of 12 months, Barnardo’s are providing an advocacy service in England, in which children are…

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Article

April 2015
Articles > Guest column

The signs of true discipleship

What does Jesus demand of his followers for them to be recognised as true disciples? A brief look at the Sermon on the Mount helps us find out.

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News

April 2015
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Confronting the Pilling report

In less than a generation, a major cultural shift has occurred relating to homosexuality. What was once a crime bringing disgrace is now protected and promoted by numerous diversity initiatives. To address the issue of homophobic bullying, the Department for Education has appointed an adviser drawn from a homosexual activist organisation.  Significant shift Churches…

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Article

April 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Unusual events at Calvary

When the apostle Paul came to Corinth, he 'decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified' (1 Corinthians 2:2). The cross of Christ lies at the heart of the Christian faith.

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News

April 2015
News > Youth Features

From Creation to Glory

On 21 February, the ninth SALT Youth Conference returned to Craigie Reformed Baptist Church, Perth, where it all kicked off five years ago. Young people ask, ‘Why are we alive?’, ‘Why is life hard?’, ‘Why is God distant?’, ‘Why do we feel guilty?’, ‘How can we survive daily life?’, ‘How can we be happy?’…

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News

April 2015
News

Compassion UK educating girls

According to Compassion UK, education plays a critical role in building the health and wealth of individuals, helping to improve the economy and health of communities, and even nations.  Compassion UK is committed to providing education for girls who otherwise might never see the inside of a classroom. But, if education is the foundation…

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Deeply humiliated

Article

April 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Deeply humiliated

We hate to be humiliated in any way. But our sin forfeits our right to honour and praise. Consider who we are: in ourselves, fully leprous in our souls and deserving of shame. But we crave praise, honour, and glory. Consider who Christ is: in himself, fully righteous, and deserving of praise, honour, and…

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News

April 2015
News

Islamic State attacks in Syria

The Barnabas Fund has reported that almost 300 Christians are being held by Islamic State (IS) fighters in the north-eastern Hassake region of Syria. In the early hours of 23 February, many Christian villages along the Khabur River were raided. Anyone who did not manage to escape was captured. Over 900 families fled to…

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Christians in the Firing Line

Review

April 2015

Christians in the Firing Line

Christians in the firing line Dr Richard ScottWilberforce Publications, 202 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-0-95757-251-5Star rating : 3 Christians in the firing line consists of case studies of seven men, five women and one married couple, who, in the course of work, public service or exercising freedom of expression, have recently come into conflict with an…

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Review

April 2015

How do I kill remaining sin?

This short booklet (currently available as an ebook in the UK) is a serious and helpful introduction to the doctrine of mortification. Readable in under 30 minutes, it is yet full of good teaching and practical advice. Geoffrey Thomas begins by clearly demonstrating from Scripture that the Christian has died to sin through the…

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Review

April 2015

Christianity on Trial

The author, an American case lawyer, explains his reasons for believing the gospel. To undecided readers, his closing words underscore his evangelistic aim: ‘This is the verdict I have reached. I think it is most reasonable, and I pray you do, too’ (p.223). Each chapter begins with an engaging illustration from the US legal…

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Review

April 2015

With God all things are possible

Maureen Wise’s account of God’s work in present-day Romania and Moldavia concludes with these words: ‘In days of spiritual dearth in the UK, there is encouragement to be found in discovering something of His work in other lands’ (p.245). How true that statement is! This book gives an account of individual conversions and mass…

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Review

April 2015

From the Mouth of God

This book, revised and expanded from an earlier version published in 1982, is a primer for personal use of the Bible. It is subtitled ‘Trusting, reading and applying the Bible’, reflecting the threefold division of the book. The first part establishes the Scripture’s divine origin and authority. The second part — much the longest…

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Review

April 2015

Heart Attitudes

Being a Christian is more than knowing truth and doing good – it involves having the right attitudes and desires within. The heart matters.  Graham Beynon’s purpose in this book is to allow the gospel to perform ‘open-heart surgery’ i.e. to create and nurture right attitudes within us. Nine heart attitudes are considered –…

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Review

April 2015

Hidden but now Revealed

Greg Beale of Westminster Seminary, Philadelphia, has a reputation for fine exegetical studies and rigorous defence of biblical inerrancy. He co-authors this detailed piece of theology with Benjamin Gladd of Reformed Seminary, Jackson. The theme of ‘mystery’ in the New Testament has retained the interest of biblical scholars, with the rising influence of Geerhardus…

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Review

April 2015

Building a Godly Home

This is the third volume of a three volume series and focuses on the responsibilities of both parents and children. It is subtitled ‘a holy vision for raising children’. It is an edited and modernised edition of a book originally written by the Puritan, William Gouge (1578-1653). This book is worth reading, it has…

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Review

April 2015

Christian Biography for young readers – Jonathan Edwards

I was excited to be asked to review this volume on Jonathan Edwards (1703–1758). It is from the series Christian Biographies for Young Readers. Edwards is someone I know little about, yet I realise he has left quite a legacy for the church. The book is designed for ages 7-12, but I suspect the…

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Review

April 2015

They’re rugby boys, don’t you know?

A challenging read! The author professed conversion at an early age, but fell away ‘in a dramatic fashion’. She lived a ‘party lifestyle’. After a long struggle, she came under intense conviction of sin and cried to the Lord for mercy. God planted true faith in her heart. Having served for several years in…

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Review

April 2015

The Suburbs of Heaven – Diary of Murdoch Campbell

Murdoch Campbell was born in 1900. He gained a degree from Edinburgh University and then, after studying at the Free Church College for three years, was ordained into the Free Church of Scotland ministry. He ministered first at Fort Augustus and Glenmoriston before moving to Glasgow. His health suffered and in 1951 he moved…

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Review

April 2015
Reviews > Book

George Whitefield – America’s Spiritual Founding Father

This volume navigates a number of middle paths simultaneously. The author is an evangelical Christian, yet an academic historian. His is an honest assessment from a sympathetic perspective. It is an American biography of a British preacher, addressing Whitefield as man and as gospel minister. It is also a reasonably full treatment with a…

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Review

April 2015

The Doctrine of Sanctification

With Pink one comes to expect a thoroughly biblical and well researched treatment of a topic. This book proves no exception. The doctrine of sanctification is like an onion. Unwrap one layer and you will discover another, never seeming to reach the centre. From the outset, the author links the subject with justification and…

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