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News – Calvin the preacher

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August 2009
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News – Calvin the preacher

Calvin the preacher Nearly 500 people marked the 500th anniversary of Calvin's birth when they attended the 2009 Evangelical Library lecture, at Bethesda Baptist Church in Kensington Place, London.      The lecture was given by Dr Derek Thomas, professor of systematic and practical theology at the Reformed Theological Seminary, Mississippi, who spoke on 'The majesty…

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God praised for the Reformation

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August 2009
Articles > Historical

God praised for the Reformation

God praised for the Reformation  1.  Great God we bless Thee for Thy work      In Reformation days; We name the men whom Thou didst use,     But Thy great Name we praise!We love to hear of Calvin's toil,     Or Luther's fearless stand,But these were only tools employed     By Thine almighty hand. 2.  In England, Wycliffe's…

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August 2009
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News – Cape Town 2010

Cape Town 2010  At its biennial leadership meeting in Korea in June, the Lausanne Movement named the expositors for Cape Town 2010. This third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, held in collaboration with the World Evangelical Alliance, will take place from 16-25October 2010.Doug Birdsall, chairman of the Lausanne Movement, stated that the six Bible…

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What is evangelicalism?

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August 2009
Articles > Historical

What is evangelicalism?

What is evangelicalism?  Robert Strivens, principal of London Theological Seminary, reviews a book that takes issue with the current historical consensus on evangelicalism. Most historians have been clear about this question, in their own minds at least, for the last 20 years. They define evangelicalism as a movement that has four distinctive features - a…

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More than a cliché?

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August 2009
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More than a cliché?

More than a cliché? After 94 years of faithful Bible ministry Girl Crusaders Union (GCU) is having to close. A lack of young leaders - less than ten under the age of 40 in London - has forced GCU to close its doors in its present guise. On asking some of the young girls in…

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August 2009
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News – Blow to bloggers

Blow to bloggers Bloggers are at risk of having their secret identities revealed, after the High Court in London ruled that they have no right to privacy under British law.       The decision came after a court case brought by theTimes newspaper against a police officer whose blog on crime-fighting in the UK became so…

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August 2009
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News – Cambodia Action

Cambodia Action         In 1973 those attending the Keswick Convention heard a heartfelt plea from Taing Chhirc for British Christians to support the young and struggling church in Cambodia. As a result of this appeal, the mission agency SAO Cambodia was formed.     Tragically, Chhirc, who returned to church leadership in Phnom Penh the following year,…

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August 2009
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News – Digital risk to teens

Digital risk to teens Pre-teenage girls are susceptible to sexual imagery in a far greater way than many parents realise, according to Christian social think-tank the Jubilee Centre.      At a recent seminar, leading Australian author and women's advocate Melinda Tankard Reist warned parents that up to one in five teenagers are exchanging nude and…

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August 2009
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News – Dutch faith school

Dutch faith school  A Christian school in the Netherlands that dismissed a teacher who 'came out' as a practising homosexual had its action upheld by the Council of State.      The Council, the highest advisory body in the Netherlands, declared that although the Government was committed to equal opportunities across all walks of life,…

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Imprisoned (1)

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August 2009
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Imprisoned (1)

Imprisoned 'I can see no alternative but to sentence you to eight months. Take him down'. My head was numb, I felt physically sick as the court guards took an arm each and led me downstairs to the Crown Court cells. I felt so many emotions at once: anger, frustration, loneliness, but most of all…

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News – Newquay

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August 2009
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News – Newquay

Newquay Believers from Cornwall and beyond gathered recently at Newquay Reformed Baptist Church to give thanks to God for two blessings - the church's new extension and the 30th anniversary of Pastor Alan Mace. The service was led by Rev. Hywel Roberts, formerly of Penzance Baptist Church and a long-time friend of the Newquay church.…

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August 2009
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News – Be Faithful

Be Faithful The high-profile launch of Be Faithful, the inaugural gathering of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA), took place on 6 July. It was attended by over 900 delegates.     The launch comes in the wake of the Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) in Jerusalem, held in June 2008, when a statement of orthodox beliefs…

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August 2009
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News – Britons fear death

Britons fear death Half of all people in the UK admit to fearing death, according to a survey commissioned by theology think-tank Theos.     Research carried out by ComRes of more than 1000 UK adults revealed that 20 per cent are afraid both of death and of the way they may die, while a further 30…

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Missionary Spotlight – Light and shade in Cuba

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August 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – Light and shade in Cuba

Light and shade in Cuba   Ten years ago, there was a significant increase in active evangelicalism in Cuba; paradoxically, following the Pope’s visit there in 1998. The Protestant Christians responded to his visit by organising their own series of gatherings – part of one of the first such public displays of religious fervour…

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August 2009
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News – Brand new principal for college

Brand new principal for college The Faith Mission Bible College in Edinburgh has appointed Rev. John Brand to the position of principal. John Brand had been the college's vice-principal for the past two years and succeeds former principal Rev. Dr Sandy Roger.      After training at Glasgow's Bible Training Institute, Rev. Brand ministered in two churches…

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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly

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August 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Battling with technopoly

Battling with technopoly Guest Column A couple of years ago I asked my wife for a portable Global Positioning System device, also known as a 'GPS'. A GPS device allows you to identify your exact location by means of satellite system. It prevents you getting lost when hiking, camping, hunting or fishing. It allows you to…

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News – Grand Canyon raft trip

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August 2009
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News – Grand Canyon raft trip

Grand Canyon raft trip  Andy McIntosh recounts a unique opportunity to see first-hand the effects of the global Flood on the rocks of the Grand Canyon. Twenty-eight 'Brits' went on two rafts down the mighty Colorado river this June, under the leadership of Tom and Paula Vail of Canyon Ministries (www.canyonministries.com).      The towering sediments,…

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August 2009
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News – Evangelical Times editors

Evangelical Times editors The Evangelical Times management board hereby expresses deep gratitude and appreciation to Professor Edgar Andrews for his distinguished work for ET over many years. He has ably served this newspaper as an editor, consulting editor, director and chairman, and in addition written many edifying, Christ-centred articles to the blessing of its readers.…

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Substance abuse

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August 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Substance abuse

Substance abuse  Dr John Latham of Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) explains how hard it is for substance mis-users to break free of their addiction. 'Freedom is a word I seldom use without meaning', sang Bob Dylan.      But freedom is a word frequently used in Scripture to describe the effect God has on individual believers:…

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News – New pastor for Rainham

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August 2009
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News – New pastor for Rainham

New pastor for RainhamOn a glorious Saturday afternoon on 30 May, Daniel Hawkes was inducted to the pastorate of the Granary Church, Rainham, Kent.      It might not have looked a positive move to some, as according to the Granary it was 'not attractive to a prospective pastor being unable to offer a living…

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August 2009
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News – Atheist camps

Atheist camps  The Daily Telegraph reports that Richard Dawkins has helped set up an atheist summer camp where children will be taught rational scepticism and sing John Lennon's Imagine alongside the more traditional activities of canoeing and swimming.      According to the Telegraph, Richard Dawkins, who stepped down from his post at Oxford University…

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August 2009
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News – Lords back free speech

Lords back free speech  The Government has been defeated in the House of Lords over its attempt to repeal a free speech protection from a sexual orientation 'hatred' law.     Peers voted on 9 July, by 186 to 133, to keep the protection in place. The matter will be passed back to the House of…

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August 2009
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News – Human sperm creation

Human sperm creation In a move redolent of Aldous Huxley's Brave new world, scientists from Newcastle University and the NorthEast England Stem Cell Institute claim to have created human sperm from embryonic stem cells for the first time.      The stated aim of their procedure was to help understand better the causes of infertility and…

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August 2009
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News – Canterbury

Canterbury October 2009 will see, God willing, the launch of Emmanuel Church, Canterbury, in the city's old synagogue (it is now a recital room owned by the King's School).       With the help and support of Iain Broomfield of the South East Gospel Partnership and Eric Harmer, pastor of Barton Evangelical Church on the other side…

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The New Guilt

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August 2009
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The New Guilt

The New Guilt When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, they immediately embarked on a course of guilt-evasion. They made coverings for themselves and hid from God (Genesis 3:7-8). They then denied all responsibility, by trying to deflect guilt onto others (Genesis 3:12-13). The ensuing course of human history demonstrates that the human race has continued in…

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August 2009
Cuba

Cuba fact file

Cuba fact file   Cuba lies at the gateway to the Americas, in the Caribbean. It is made up of nearly 4000 different islands. First discovered by Columbus in 1492, it has been hotly contested over the centuries by the Spanish, British and Americans, until it declared independence from Spain in 1868 and then…

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Comment – A higher law

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August 2009
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Comment – A higher law

A higher law The expenses scandal concerning UK MPs has even made it in the press here in Kenya. It's interesting to read of the widescale outrage reported on the UK's press web sites, and led by those same newspapers. Right across the spectrum, people of all shapes and stripes of ideological opinion are agreed…

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August 2009
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News – Ebenezer, Bangor, 40th anniversary

Ebenezer, Bangor, 40th anniversary It was in October 1969 that two small groups of believers, several of them students from the University of Wales, Bangor, began to meet for Bible study and prayer, because they could not find a truly evangelical church in the city.      Almost immediately, these two groups joined forces and soon…

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August 2009
Articles > Historical

Evacuee

Evacuee This month is the 70th anniversary of the start of civilian evacuations from British cities, during World War II. It was the greatest movement of people ever known in the United Kingdom. Operation Pied Piper swung into effect on 31 August 1939, with the command: 'Evacuate forthwith'. In the first days of September, an estimated…

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August 2009
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News – Abortion adverts

Abortion adverts Pleas for a ban on adverts promoting abortion have been presented en masse to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). This follows reports in June that YouTube banned a graphic NHS advert, aimed at teenagers, which promoted the use of contraception.     Following a wide-scale consultation by the ASA's broadcasting arm - the Broadcast Committee…

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August 2009
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News – Calvin at 500

Calvin at 500 Who is the man behind the hype? This is what a two-day conference in May aimed to find out, as it explored the life, work and faith of John Calvin.     Nearly 60 delegates - a mixture of ministers and laity - attended the conference organised and hosted by the Reformed Theological College…

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News – LTS 2009

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August 2009
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News – LTS 2009

LTS 2009  Could there be a better time to train for the ministry? The London Theological Seminary (LTS) end of year service on 13 June would certainly suggest that the coming decade is an opportune time to study for a lifetime of full-time Christian service.      Options for training today range much wider than…

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August 2009
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Engaging with mission

Engaging with mission   In this article on the church and mission, Daniel Grimwade takes a final look at being so missionary-minded that we are of great earthly use.   In previous articles, we have examined five principles about mission taught in Scripture: mission begins with God, who has chosen to save sinners; conscious…

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News – Jesus fruit

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August 2009
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News – Jesus fruit

Jesus fruit More than 100 ladies of all ages attended the seventh annual ladies' day at Thornton Heath Evangelical Church in South London.     It was a good opportunity for Christian ladies from more than 15 different churches to meet, bring along their friends, and be encouraged by joining together in praise, fellowship and friendship around…

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August 2009
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News – Iranian reprisals

Iranian reprisals Calls for prayer for Iranian Christians have increased, alongside concerns that they will be targeted in the aftermath of anti-government protests.      Christians are always under surveillance by Iranian police. In May, the Middle East Reformed Fellowship reported that one young Christian couple were summoned by the secret police and received a suspended…

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The seal of the Holy Spirit

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August 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The seal of the Holy Spirit

The seal of the Holy Spirit The full-orbed Christian doctrine of God takes us to the doctrine of the holy Trinity, that is, that the one true God exists and has eternally existed in the three persons of God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Of these three divine persons, the Holy Spirit has been,…

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Missionary Spotlight – A mountain of miracles

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August 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – A mountain of miracles

A mountain of miracles   Simoney Girard reflects on miracles, small and large, experienced during a charity trek in Cuba this summer.   If there were two biblical texts that could sum up the Cuban trek they would be Matthew 6:25-34 and Psalm 8. Through the events of the trip and the continual presence…

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News – Covent Garden Evangelical Church

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August 2009
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News – Covent Garden Evangelical Church

Covent Garden Evangelical Church   'Are you good enough for Heaven?' That's the title of a new evangelistic card produced by Covent Garden Evangelical Church for use on the doorsteps and streets of London's West End. The aim is to provoke people to think for at least a moment about the realities of life…

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August 2009
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News – Council prayers

Council prayers  A UK town council is under threat of legal action, after one of its councillors complained about prayers traditionally held before its meetings.     The Christian Institute (CI) revealed that Green Party councillor Enda Farrell called for the prayers at Kendal's town council meetings to be scrapped or held in a different room.…

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News – Assisted dying

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August 2009
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News – Assisted dying

Assisted dying  The House of Lords rejected, on 7 July, a bid to allow relatives to help terminally ill people travel abroad to die, following an impassioned plea by a severely disabled peer. Baroness Campbell of Surbiton, who was born with spinal muscular atrophy, told how doctors had tried to persuade her that her…

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August 2009
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News – Pilgrim Tabernacle conference

Pilgrim Tabernacle conference The sin of resentment, deliverance from depression, and 'good things', were the three subjects of the 4th Pilgrim Tabernacle ladies' conference.      Held at Eldon Road Baptist Church in May, the one-day conference drew more than 60 ladies to hear spiritual messages and share fellowship.     Ruth Kay from Barnstaple spoke about the…

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Preaching to postmoderns

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August 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Preaching to postmoderns

Preaching to postmoderns It is easy to think that ours is a unique period in history. But when Solomon observed that 'there is nothing new under the sun' (Ecclesiastes 1:9) he wasn't referring to Sat Navs or particle accelerators, but reminding us that history often repeats itself. This repetition is seen in the re-emergence of philosophical…

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August 2009
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News – Chinese challenges

Chinese challenges The Chinese church is facing significant development issues that are hindering the spread of the gospel.     News reports from Pray for China reveal that despite more than 1000 graduates from eighteen theological seminaries going out to Chinese mission fields each year, there are huge areas of rural land unreached by the gospel.     …

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Beauty

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August 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Beauty

Beauty The beauty industry is one of the largest money-spinners of all time, with its cosmetics, its make-overs, its plastic surgery, its spas and the like. But such shallow beauty is far from the beauty I want to look at. Is there a theology of beauty in the Bible? I believe there is. God is…

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August 2009
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News – Irish child abuse

Irish child abuse  A silent march took place in Dublin in the wake of the controversial Ryan Report on the seriousness and scale of child abuse in Ireland's religious institutions.     Primarily focusing on the Catholic Church, but encompassing other organisations too, the Ryan Report showed that 216 religious foundations had committed or condoned child…

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August 2009
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News – Church thief

Church thief  A Church of England treasurer embezzled almost £12,000 from parish funds in order to keep her cheating husband sweet.     Deborah Stanger wrote her own name on blank cheques given to her by the vicar to pay church bills. As reported in the Daily Telegraph, Stanger was attempting to buy back the love…

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News – Serving God at work

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August 2009
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News – Serving God at work

Serving God at work On the very warm summer's day of Saturday 27 June, Christians at Work met together for their annual conference at the Independent Chapel in Spicer Street, St Albans. This was a great venue for our special day of the year.      The guest speaker was Dr John Temple, a well respected…

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News – Family breakdown

Family breakdown The breakdown of family life has dire consequences for the whole of society, according to a leading family judge.     Mr Justice Coleridge, a Family Division judge, spoke to the Family Holiday Association at Westminster and said that the ramifications of family break-up on the wider society could no longer be ignored.     Reported in…

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Christian literature

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August 2009
General

Christian literature

Christian literature   Christians should love literature because God loves literature. He used literature to reveal himself to us. His holy counsel came in written form. He is the most important author of the most important book — the Book of books!   Consider what past servants of the Lord said about books. C.…

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The blood of Jesus Christ

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August 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The blood of Jesus Christ

The blood of Jesus Christ   'Without the shedding of blood', says Hebrews 9:22, 'there is no remission' of sin. From the earliest days of human history God sought to impress upon people that his way of salvation involved blood redemption. The first blood shed on earth (when God provided animal skins for the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious

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August 2009
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Missionary Spotlight – Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious

Cuba’ beautiful and mysterious   The United States’ closest island neighbour is Cuba, that mysterious and enchanting country which Christopher Columbus first set foot on when he discovered the Americas. Columbus is the boast of Cuba for having declared: Estaes la tierra más hermosa que los ojos humanos han visto [‘This is the most…

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News – The Church of England – Catholic or reformed?

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August 2009
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News – The Church of England – Catholic or reformed?

The Church of England - Catholic or reformed? Church Society met in May for its annual conference at High Leigh. The aim was to determine whether the fundamental nature of the CofE is Catholic (i.e. unreformed) or reformed. The speakers asked to tackle this subject were Roger Beckwith, former warden of Latimer House, Oxford; Lee…

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