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April 2020
News > Church news

Edinburgh City Council deplatforms evangelist

Larry Stockstill, an American minister due to speak at the Surge conference in June, has been banned by Edinburgh’s local authority for his views on homosexuality. Stockstill was scheduled to deliver the keynote address at Edinburgh’s prestigious Usher Hall. The Surge conference is an annual, Charismatic gathering organised by Destiny Church in Glasgow. Gavin…

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Review

April 2020
Reviews > Book

Dementia from the Inside: A Doctor’s Personal Journey of Hope

Are you likely to suffer from dementia? Good question. The unwelcome answer is ‘possibly’. The number of people with dementia in England and Wales is expected to rise to one million by 2021 and to two million by 2050. In 2018, dementia and its most common form, Alzheimer’s disease, continued as the leading cause…

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Review

April 2020
Reviews > Book

Opening up Ezekiel

This is a fine addition to Day One’s Opening Up commentary series. Andy Oliver paints a clear historical picture of the weighty biblical book of Ezekiel and steers the reader helpfully into a contextual understanding of it, showing its place in the Bible’s unfolding story. He sees the overarching theme of Ezekiel as ‘judgement…

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Review

April 2020
Reviews > Book

Ephesians (Tyndale New Testament Commentary)

Whenever a new commentary is published from the conservative viewpoint on a book of the Bible which is already well covered, there ought to be few issues of concern because there is so much literature with which to compare it. Practically speaking, I found the book’s layout useful, with chapters divided into ‘context’, ‘comment’,…

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April 2020
News > Events

The ‘Wonders of creation’ event at Bere Regis Congregational Church

About 90 people gathered at Bere Regis Congregational Chapel in January for a day’s teaching on ‘Wonders of creation: design in a fallen world’. Colin Mitchell (Moorlands College) spoke on ‘Why biblical creation is good theology’, reminding us that the best commentary on the subject of creation is the Bible itself. Andy McIntosh, Emeritus…

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April 2020
News > Conferences

Southern Presbytery colloquium hosted by Knightwood, Glasgow

Knightswood Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) in Glasgow recently hosted the eighth Southern Presbytery colloquium. Numbers were up on last year’s event; at least seven people attended for the first time. The first paper was given by Revd Andrew R. Allan and addressed the doctrine of effectual calling. Citing the Westminster Standards and other…

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April 2020
News > Conferences

GBC Portsmouth anniversary focuses on revival

Grace Baptist Church, Portsmouth, recently celebrated its 18th anniversary. Brian Edwards (Hook Church, Surbiton) visited and spoke on three occasions. The weekend’s theme was revival. Brian surveyed five of its hallmarks: awesome awareness of God’s presence; deep conviction of sin; longing for holiness; passion for the lost; and joy in worship and prayer. Brian…

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April 2020
News > Events

50th anniversary for Crieff Fellowship

The 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Crieff Fellowship was marked by an exceptional conference of preaching, reflection, fellowship, and prayer. The January event is an annual gathering of ministers from across Scotland. This year the principal speaker was Dr Joel Beeke, pastor, professor, and prolific author from Grand Rapids, Michigan. He delivered…

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News

April 2020
News > International

Malaysia: Calls to free abducted pastor

Release International has ramped up pressure on the Malaysian government to set free a Christian pastor who was abducted in a military-style operation three years ago. CCTV cameras captured the moment Pastor Raymond Koh was snatched off the streets in Selangor by a well-organised team back in February 2017. Evidence points towards a disciplined…

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April 2020
News > International

Global: churches asked to pray

Christians from China, South Korea, Italy, and elsewhere have asked churches across the globe to pray as their cities continue to be locked down in the fight against Covid-19. Pastor Andrea Artioli, of Sola Grazia Church, Mantua, Italy, called the situation ‘shocking’. He said, ‘I have received an official document where the Sola Grazia…

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April 2020
News > International

Finland: Police ramp up investigation against MP

Police in Finland have launched two further investigations against a Christian member of the Finnish parliament who criticised her church denomination’s support for an LGBT event. Päivi Räsänen, a former government minister, now faces a total of four separate police investigations over her biblical view of sexuality. Last year, the long-serving MP shared Romans…

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April 2020
News > International

Pakistan: Christian tortured to death

A young Pakistani Christian man was tortured to death for washing himself at a well owned by Muslims. Saleem Masih, 22, could not survive his injures after being tortured, and died at the General Hospital, Lahore, on February 28. Mr Masih, who lived in Baguyana village, Kasur District – near Lahore – was a…

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April 2020
News > Education > Society

Council apologises for drag queen primary school visit

A local council has apologised to parents who were outraged after a drag queen not only visited their children’s primary school but also put pictures of the visit on his Instagram page. The drag queen, called ‘Flowjob’, joined SNP MP Mhairi Black at Glencoates Primary School in Paisley to mark LGBT History month. But…

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April 2020
News > Society

Scottish Police keeping ‘offensive joke’ database

More than three thousand ‘hate incidents’ have been recorded on Scottish police databases, according to a report in The Times. In the past five years, Police Scotland has logged more than 3,300 hate incidents that involve no criminality, with hundreds of people recorded on the databases each year for non-crimes, such as telling offensive…

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April 2020
News > Media

BBC must not denigrate the views of traditional marriage supporters

Marriage campaigners have called for greater diversity of viewpoint at the BBC, after a YouGov survey suggested at least a quarter of British adults still supported traditional marriage. Research carried out by YouGov among more than 5,000 Brits showed that 24 percent of adults think same-sex marriage is wrong and 16 per cent say…

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April 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Pro-life man appeals against protection notice issued following MP’s complaint

A pro-life campaigner has appealed against a community protection order placed on him following complaints from Stella Creasy, MP. Christian Hacking, 29, was displaying images in Waltham Forest, London, showing the reality of abortion. It was part of a campaign to highlight the extreme views of Walthamstow MP Stella Creasy. Creasy responded by calling…

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April 2020
News > Ethics > Society

Supreme Court refuses to hear appeal against abortion ‘buffer zone’

The UK Supreme Court has refused to hear a legal challenge against a ‘buffer zone’ outside an abortion clinic in Ealing, London. A Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO) was imposed around an abortion facility in the London Borough of Ealing. Introduced in April 2018, the Order criminalises activities including silent prayer and offers of…

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April 2020
News > Politics > Society

High Court judge rules on Harry Miller ‘transphobic’ tweets case

A High Court judge has ruled that Humberside Police’s investigation into former police officer Harry Miller for ‘transphobic’ tweets unlawfully restricted his freedom of expression. Mr Miller was visited by police at his workplace after a complaint was made that he had sent transphobic tweets and that his office was therefore ‘not safe for…

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April 2020
News > Society

Shadow minister clarifies claim that babies have no biological sex

The Shadow Women and Equalities Secretary has clarified remarks she made on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, when she asserted that babies are born without a biological sex. Dawn Butler, MP for Brent Central, was speaking to presenter Richard Madeley on the popular TV show. She was being questioned over the Labour Party’s attitude towards…

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April 2020
News > Ethics

Down’s syndrome woman to challenge abortion law

Down’s syndrome woman Heidi Crowter is set to challenge the law on abortion which allows for disabled unborn babies to be terminated up to the point of birth. Campaigners want disabled unborn babies to have the same rights as other babies, where terminations are not permitted after 24 weeks of pregnancy. A fundraiser has…

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April 2020
News > Media > Society

Poll on Anglican views of gay marriage ‘misused’

weddMedia reports claiming Anglicans are more in favour of same-sex marriage are based on a misuse of polling data, critics have said. The public opinion survey was carried out by YouGov on behalf of the Ozanne Foundation, which campaigns for a more liberal attitude to sexual ethics. The Foundation claimed, ‘Nearly half of Church…

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April 2020
News > Ethics

GPs vote to remain opposed to assisted dying

Members of the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have voted to remain opposed to a change in the law on assisted suicide. According to the governing council of the RCGP this will be its position for the next five years, unless there are ‘significant developments’ on the issue. The announcement came following a…

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April 2020
News > Society

Health secretary advises churches to halt gatherings

The situation is developing rapidly, but by the time this edition of Evangelical Times went to press, that is the latest situation. Hancock was responding to a question in the House of Commons. He said it was with ‘the heaviest of heart’ that religious communities are included in the guidance. ‘We have taken advice…

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April 2020
News > Society

Franklin Graham takes legal action against UK venues

The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) has filed legal actions against various British venues that cancelled bookings for an upcoming UK tour. The venues withdrew under pressure from activists because of Franklin Graham’s biblical belief that homosexuality is a sin. In a statement the Association said, ‘The actions taken by these venues to publicly…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > Cults and other religions

When evangelical churches become cult-like

I received a sad email from a friend a little while ago. For many years he had served a small gospel church sacrificially as pastor. His eighteen-year-old son had recently left home to go to university and was attending a church in the university town.  He had been admitted very quickly to the membership and…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Dr Doolittle’s language delusion

Language is amazing, an immense blessing. Where would we be without it? We wouldn’t be doing this, would we? For there would be no reading or writing. There would be no books and no ET! Furthermore, language is intimately related to thought, and thus to mind. Thinking requires language, and language in turn enables…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > Guest column

Encouragement for cold hearts

Maybe there have been times in your Christian walk when you have known the nearness of the Lord and glimpsed something of his glory and beauty in the Word. It may have been in your personal devotions or when you were gathered with the Lord’s people. But sadly, it is likely we have also…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > Comment

Coronavirus shows how secular we have become

There are some very important articles in this month’s ET. Richard Turnbull alerts us to the dangers of the phrase, ‘spiritual abuse’ (p.14). We are re-publishing a review of the book Everyday Church in light of the fallout from the Steve Timmis abusive leadership allegations (p.21). And Stephen Rees thinks through the problems which…

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Historical

April 2020
Articles > Historical

SASRA ‘peace2020’ initiative: The war in Europe ends

Our third article of excerpts from SASRA in the Second World War concern the end of the war and continuing need of Christian witness to the Army and RAF. An account from a SASRA Rest Room on the first VE day: VE-DAY found us prepared — The Union Jack fluttered from our top window…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > General

‘No guilt, no shame’: a new gospel for a therapeutic culture

When Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, takes over from John Sentamu as Archbishop of York in June, he will become the second-most senior leader in the Church of England. Cottrell believes that Scripture must be interpreted in the light of ‘what we know now about human development and human sexuality’. In other words, biblical…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Spiritual abuse’ and the threat to religious liberty

‘Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men…’ (Psalm 140:4). The torrent of examples of abuse and inappropriate practices or behaviours within and without Christ’s church fills the heart of any observer with shock, compassion for the victims, and anger at cover-ups and institutional failures. There are…

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News

April 2020
News

Coronavirus Pandemic – Special Arrangements

Coronavirus Crisis For the duration of the coronavirus crisis, we have a new telephone number. 020 8054 6937 This is a situation of extraordinary difficulty but also of many unusual opportunities to demonstrate love, compassion, kindness and the good news of Jesus. We want to use the resources that we have to the glory…

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News

April 2020
News

Coronavirus Epidemic

Please be aware that the rapid developments with regards to the Coronavirus epidemic have rendered many event announcements and church worship arrangements inaccurate. Please contact individual churches to find out specific arrangements. We have endeavoured to maintain accurate contact details for churches in our database. Our April issue went to press in quite difficult…

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Article

April 2020
Articles > Comment

Eight things the coronavirus should teach us

By Mark Oden, Pastor of the Chiesa Evangelica Neapolis in Naples, Italy. A former Royal Marines officer. This article was first published on March 11, 2020 I awoke this morning in Naples, Italy’s third city, to have been placed on lockdown. Public gatherings, including church services, have been forbidden. Weddings, funerals, and baptisms have…

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Review

April 2020
Reviews > Book

Sharing the Gospel with a Jehovah’s Witness

You know how it happens. Your doorbell rings at the least convenient time imaginable, and there are the Jehovah’s Witnesses (JWs), wanting to talk about the future of the world. Do you pretend not to be in? Do you say, ‘No thank you, I’m a Christian’? Or do you welcome it as a God-given…

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Review

April 2020
Reviews > Book

In Their Own Words — The Testimonies of Martin Luther, John Calvin, John Knox, and John Bunyan

This little book is a gem. It is not a formal biography but a study of four men from different backgrounds. In their own words, each one recalls the way in which God intervened in his life to teach him the way of salvation and then shaped him to become a preacher of the…

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Review

January 2012

Everyday Church – mission by being good neighbours

ET COMMENT: As reported in the March 2020 ET, Steve Timmis has been removed as the chief executive of the Acts 29 church-planting network and he has stepped down as an elder of The Crowded House church. This follows reports of Timmis having a bullying and abusive style of leadership. Those of us who…

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