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April 2018
Reviews > Book

A Pilgrim Path: John Bunyan’s Journey

John Bunyan is no stranger to Christians and his book Pilgrim’s progress, written in 1678, is well-known and well loved by those of Christian faith and those with none. Neither is Bunyan a stranger to Faith Cook, whose 2008 book Fearless pilgrim: the life and times of John Bunyan is an in-depth, well researched…

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April 2018
Reviews > Book

A Journey Into Calvary

This book is best described as a simple survey of the death of Jesus. In 20 short chapters, Timothy Cross writes about aspects of the cross of Christ, in relation to the gospel and the Christian life. The writing is clear and the subject matter is considered through a narrow focus, using the Bible…

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April 2018
Reviews > Book

All you need to know about the Bible – Book 2

You are in safe hands when you pick up a book by Brian Edwards. Yes, there are many books on the Bible, but this one makes the claim that it will impart ‘all we need to know’. This deals with the authority and accuracy of the Bible and explains what is meant by ‘inspiration’…

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April 2018
Reviews > DVD

Saints of Zion

I approached this review with some trepidation as it is unfamiliar territory for me. This was further compounded by the recent death of R. C. Sproul, a mighty servant of God who has now gone to his eternal reward. The lyrics are mostly by R. C. Sproul and have been set to music by…

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April 2018
Reviews > Book

The Nation’s Gospel: Volume 1 (1516-1791) Reformation to Revolution

This compelling book tackles an enormous subject, covering a major part of the history of evangelicalism in England. In this first volume, Thomas covers church history from 1516 to 1791, highlighting the beginnings of gospel preaching during the infancy of the Reformation to the rise of (and response to) Methodism. Part 1 of the…

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April 2018
Reviews > Book

A Reader’s Guide to the Major Writings of Jonathan Edwards (Ed Nathan A. Finn and Jeremy M. Kimble

This guide introduces readers to the life of Jonathan Edwards and provides an overview of his major writings. His work is frequently referenced and a working knowledge of it will begin to be established for readers. In just ten chapters, it is inevitable that a few significant writings are unmentioned in this book. A…

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April 2018
Reviews > Book

I Married A Soldier

This book is not a comfortable read. It is not a glorification of military duty, nor is it a glossed-over view of godly marriage. It is not even evangelistic. But much of the book had me in tears, gripped by the same fears and relief and anguish that Brenda Hale, former Member of the…

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April 2018
Reviews > Book

All you need to know about the Bible — book 6: enjoy your Bible!

This book is the last in a series aiming to instil confidence in the Bible as the inspired, infallible Word of God. This instalment addresses why we should read the Bible and how to read it profitably. It is divided into eight brief chapters, the first being a general introduction to our approach to…

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April 2018
Reviews > Book

A Good Old Age

As I am approaching my 90s, this excellent book came into my hands at an apposite time. I also live near seaside beach huts and, as these are pictured on the book cover, found that fond memories were stirred. I feel privileged to have read this book. Time and again in its 28 chapters,…

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Review

April 2018
Reviews > Book

Getting to grips with prayer: Its realities, challenges and potential (Truth for All Time)

Through the years I have read many books on prayer, but I don’t recall any having gripped me more than this book. It is a ‘must’ for every preacher and, indeed, the Lord’s people everywhere. It is well written, easy to follow and full of excellent teaching on this vital subject. The phrase ‘pray(ing)…

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News

April 2018
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA – American Zionism

Early in December 2017 President Trump announced that the United States would recognize that Jerusalem was the capital city of Israel, and not Tel Aviv. He said: ‘Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital … This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the…

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Article

April 2018
Articles > Youth Features

YOUTH FEATURE: Star Wars, Episode VIII, The Last Jedi : a personal reflection

I grew up on TV, and as a child had a particular interest in science fiction. What interested me was not who the actors or actresses were, but what the film was about, how it related to real life, what it meant. I often analysed the films I watched and discussed the characters with…

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Article

April 2018
Articles > Youth Features

The RAF at 100; SASRA at 180

The Royal Air Force (RAF) was formed on the 1 April 1918, when the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) and Royal Naval Air Service merged to form the world’s first independent air force. This took place during some of the most bitter fighting of the Great War (First World War). Soviet Russian forces had signed…

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Article

April 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ’s resurrection and our justification

How is the resurrection of Christ linked to the idea of justification in the New Testament? To answer this question, we must first explore the use and meaning of the term ‘justification’ in the New Testament. Confusion about this has provoked some of the fiercest controversies in the history of the church. The Protestant…

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News

April 2018
News > International

International – Answers in Kentucky

Answers in Genesis’ associate speaker Prof. Andy McIntosh took part in a robust debate in Louisville, Kentucky, USA, alongside Dan Barker, president of the Freedom from Religion Foundation. The debate was entitled ‘Does God Exist?’ and held at the Rauch Planetarium, University of Louisville (https://www.facebook.com/uoflbcm). According to a newsletter from Prof. McIntosh, at least…

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News

April 2018
News > International

International – Helping deaf children in Kenya

Christian charity Siloam Ministries is helping to support a project in Kenya that looks after deaf children, who are more disadvantaged than most in the country. The Lambwe Christian School for the Deaf, a Siloam project, aims to help the children overcome their various disabilities; some children have other issues that affect their quality…

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News

April 2018
News > International

International – Christian refugees booted from Austria

A group of Iranian Christian refugees have been given two weeks to leave Austria, after the US government denied their asylum applications. According to media reports, the move by the US government appears to signal the shutting down of a humanitarian programme created to help religious minorities escape persecution. The refugees, approximately 100 in…

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News

April 2018
News > International

International – Esarhaddon’s palace revealed by Isis

The wholesale destruction of the ‘tomb of Jonah’ by Islamic terrorist group Isis has revealed a once opulent palace and inscriptions detailing the life of an Assyrian King. According to a report in The Daily Mail, seven clay tablets were found in a palace, hidden for nearly 3,000 years under the tomb of Jonah,…

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News

April 2018
News > International

International – Helicopter tragedy claims pastor’s sons

Prayers have been requested for a Baptist pastor in West Sussex and his family, after his two sons recently died in a helicopter crash in the Grand Canyon. In a report from the Baptist Times, the online newspaper for the Baptist Union of Britain, it was revealed Stuart and Jason Hill from West Sussex…

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News

April 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Religious freedom in Britain

Christian advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund has called on Christians to sign a petition to encourage the government to implement a new law to protect religious freedom. Following on from its stated plan to promote freedom of religion and belief, as reported in previous editions of Evangelical Times, Barnabas Fund has warned that ‘intolerance, complacency…

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News

April 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Brixton Prison row deepens

The controversy surrounding the sacking of Pastor Paul Song as a chaplain has deepened after it has been revealed many Christian groups have been banned from the prison since the arrival of the new Imam. Earlier this year, Evangelical Times reported how Christian Concern (CC) was supporting Paul Song, who was told he was…

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News

April 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: China – Chinese lawyer dies

Chinese lawyer Dr Li Baiguang, a campaigner for Christian freedom, has died in suspicious circumstances in China. His death has prompted a strong response from advocacy organisation Release International, which has stated the Chinese authorities must account for his death. Dr Li Baiguang, an internationally renowned human rights defence lawyer, was pronounced dead suddenly…

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News

April 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Pro-lifer praying is ‘abuse’

For pro-life supporters to pray openly outside abortion clinics is ‘abuse and harassment’, Labour MP Fabian Hamilton has claimed. The pro-abortion MP claimed abortion was an issue of ‘gender equality’, as he backed laws on ‘buffer zones’ around abortion centres. Those who stand outside or near abortion centres, keeping vigil and praying for the…

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News

April 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Pro-gay charity tackles churches

A new organisation has been established to subvert churches and other religious groups that hold to traditional beliefs about sexual ethics. The Ozanne Foundation was set up in January by Jayne Ozanne, who describes herself as a ‘gay evangelical’. The new foundation has gained support from some leading figures in the Church of England,…

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News

April 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – ‘Underground schools’

Children are being indoctrinated and exposed to danger by religious extremists in ‘underground schools’, a report from Ofsted has suggested. The education regulator claimed it had identified more than 350 illegal schools operating outside state schools or registered private schools. According to reports in the Times, Ofsted has issued safeguarding alerts — concerns of…

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News

April 2018
News > Education

Education – Council wades into sex education row

Barnet Council has unanimously backed a motion calling for tolerance to be shown to people of faith, allowing faith schools to teach sex education in accordance with their religious ethos. Earlier this year, the government concluded a call for evidence on the new primary school Relationships Education subject, and on secondary school Relationships and…

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News

April 2018
News > Society

Society – Islamist extremists and UK charities

British taxpayers have handed over more than £6m to charities which are, or which have been, used by extremists to further their radical agenda. This is among the findings of a report from neo-conservative think-tank the Henry Jackson Society. The report is called Wolves in sheep’s clothing: how Islamist extremists exploit the UK charitable…

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News

April 2018
News > Society

Society – Britain ditching marriage

Marriage is less popular in England and Wales than at any time since records began in 1862, as statistics reflect the sad story of what is happening within our nation. Statistics for opposite-sex marriages in 2015, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) on 28 February 2018, show that only 2.17 per cent…

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News

April 2018
News > Society

Society – Widespread loneliness

Loneliness is the biggest issue across communities in the UK, research by Church Urban Fund and the Church of England has found. A survey carried out among 1,094 Anglican church leaders, conducted in September and October 2017, revealed that while churches have been instrumental in building communities and doing charitable work, the biggest challenge…

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News

April 2018
News > Society

Society – Sex education ‘blinds us’

Sex education could be one of the factors behind the increasing levels of childlessness in the UK, Norman Wells has said. The director of the Family Education Trust told the Daily Mail there were many reasons why people might be refraining from having children earlier on in their lives, with economic pressures being high…

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News

April 2018
News > Youth

Youth – Holiday Bible Club

On 12-16 February during the half-term break, Thornton Heath Evangelical Church hosted its annual holiday Bible club. This year it was run by two of the church’s new apprentices, with lots of support from the church family, who made decorations, lead teams of children, and even provided breakfast. Over the week, the children were…

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News

April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – New home for Cromer Baptist Church

When the Lord answers prayer after five or six years of looking to him for guidance and clear pathways, it is a time of gratitude and gladness.  The congregation of Cromer Baptist Church in Norfolk are rejoicing that they are now worshipping in a different, more suitable building, thanks to the help of the…

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News

April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Induction at Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds

150 people joined the members of Westgate Chapel, Bury St Edmunds, to celebrate and praise God at the induction service for Gareth Russell on Saturday 27 January. Gareth was called to the ministry at Westgate after training at Oak Hill College and serving as assistant pastor of Trinity Road Chapel (TRC) in Wandsworth Common.…

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April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Induction at Eastney Evangelical Church

After more than three years without a pastor, Eastney Evangelical Church (EEC), Portsmouth, has welcomed Chris Thomas to the pastorate. He served as an officer in the Royal Navy for nearly 22 years, spending some time based at the nearby Eastney Barracks. His naval background is highly relevant in the historic naval city of…

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News

April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Interim pastor for Caergwrle

Stuart Olyott, long-term friend and supporter of Evangelical Times, has accepted a unanimous invitation to be a part-time interim pastor at Caergwrle Evangelical Church. The little fellowship is situated in a village of about 1,700 people, situated almost six miles west of Wrexham, near the villages of Hope and Abermorddu. According to Mr Olyott,…

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News

April 2018
News > Church news

Church news – Edward Connor legal service

Legal help for evangelical churches will be given a fillip this year after the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) launches its Edward Connor organisation. Named after the founder of the FIEC, Edward Joshua Poole-Connor (EJPC), the organisation will be a separate charity, although linked to the FIEC in its governance. The FIEC is…

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News

April 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Free coffee witness

The Free Church in Govan has announced the joint venture of launching a free café with Street Connect, a Scottish charity that helps the marginalised and disadvantaged within society. Street Connect works in partnership with a range of local and national organisations. Their current services include street work, drop-in cafes, one-to-one consultations, group work…

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Mission – Pregnancy Advice Salisbury

News

April 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Pregnancy Advice Salisbury

Registration has been given for Pregnancy Advice Salisbury (PAS) to allow it to be fully operational and open for business. PAS is a Christian service aimed at supporting women and their families through crisis pregnancy. It was formally opened by Dr Joel Beeke and his wife Mary Beeke in the city of Salisbury in…

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News

April 2018
News > Mission

Ministry – Plant and flourish

Pastors thinking of planting a church are being offered the chance to attend a course set up by London Seminary. The Plant Course is designed to equip and encourage church planters in their work. It combines solid theological principles with practical instruction and the encouragement of experienced planters. Bill James, principal of London Seminary,…

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News

April 2018
News > Church news

Anglicanism – Church Society in three-way merger

The Church Society Council, the Reform Council, and the trustees of the Fellowship of Word and Spirit (FWS) have agreed to a three-way merger. In a joint statement issued by the Church Society, the decision was made because of the challenges being presented to Reformed evangelical Anglicans at this time. The statement said: ‘It…

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News

April 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Obituary – Dick Saunders (1930-2018)

Dick Saunders, international evangelist, Bible teacher and pastor, died on 19 January 2018, aged 87. Richard (Dick) Stephen Saunders was born in Hailsham, East Sussex, on 16 July 1930, the son of a Strict Baptist lay pastor, Alfred Saunders. He grew up surrounded by the prayers and godly example of his parents, and trusted…

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Historical

April 2018
Articles > Historical

David Brainerd

David Brainerd was born 300 years ago, on 20 April 1718, and died on 20 October 1747. His father was Hezekiah Brainerd and his mother Dorothy (née Mason). On his mother’s side, an impeccable pedigree of Puritan preachers both in England and New England, and a great uncle who had been Oliver Cromwell’s chief…

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Article

April 2018
Articles

‘He is a Luther’: a sestercentennial (250 years) appreciation of the life and ministry of Joshua Marshman

Stephen Neill, the well-known historian of missions, has observed that the partnership known to history as the Serampore Trio — that between William Carey (1761–1834), William Ward (1769–1823), and Joshua Marshman (1768–1837) — is one that has ‘few parallels in Christian history’. Reading through the letters and journals of these three men, there is…

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Article

April 2018
Articles > Guest column

GUEST COLUMN: A man full of life

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a man who went at all of life full-on. He laughed and cried much; he read avidly and felt deeply; he was a zealously industrious worker and a sociable lover of play and beauty. He was, in other words, a man who embodied the truth that to be in Christ…

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Article

April 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: A dangerous new buzz phrase

‘Spiritual abuse’ is a new buzz phrase that is gaining momentum, and I believe it is a dangerous idea. It will become another stick to hit evangelicals with. I first came across this phrase when I heard about the case of Timothy Davis, an Anglican clergyman who was convicted by a church tribunal for…

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Article

April 2018
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Who is perverting education?

Amanda Spielman, Ofsted’s Chief Inspector of schools, in a speech to a Church of England foundation (quoting Psalm 119), commended educationalists who made the focus of their schools the teaching of ‘knowledge and good judgment’. She also said, ‘Ofsted inspectors are increasingly brought into contact with those who want to actively pervert the purpose…

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Article

April 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Harvard-educated scientist gives four new claims against Darwin

Ever since Charles Darwin’s publication in 1859 of On the origin of species, western civilisation has felt the repercussions of Darwin’s radical ideas. To this day, the vast majority of the scientific community accepts genealogical kinship between mankind and monkeys. Yet, after Darwin died, several scientific developments began to quietly set the stage for…

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Historical

April 2018
Articles > Historical

William Chalmers Burns (1815-1868)

A missionary in China was once asked if he knew a fellow-missionary by the name of William Burns. ‘Know him, sir? All China knows him; he is the holiest man alive’. Given that it is now 150 years since William Burns died, these words were spoken a long time ago. And certainly he has…

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Article

April 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

A glorious resurrection

The Christian believer’s hope of life after death is highlighted by a comment attributed to John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States (from 1825 to 1829) and a leading opponent of slavery. A friend once asked him when he was an old man, ‘How is John Quincy Adams today?’ His reply was,…

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Article

April 2018
Obituaries

World-famous evangelist called home

Whether or not you agreed with his politics or inclusivist theology, nobody can deny that Billy Graham’s ministry was well known across many continents. Rev. Billy Graham’s passing on 21 February this year reignited international debate across all platforms over the measure and the message of the man. For some, he was a tireless…

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Review

April 2018
Reviews > Book

All Things Made New: John Flavel for the Christian Life

Having obeyed the urging of an older friend in ministry to buy all six volumes of the Works of John Flavel, Lewis Allen now wants to kindle in others a love for this Puritan. In the introduction, Allen writes, ‘Flavel insisted that he himself wanted to hear sermons that were “hissing hot”, direct and practical…

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