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ET COMMENT – The importance of the unimportant

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August 2010
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ET COMMENT – The importance of the unimportant

ET COMMENT The importance of the unimportant  What is important in our society? In our superficial age, things readily get turned on their heads. In general, things relating to the church are not thought to be important.      People tend to take it or leave it when it comes to attending church or any other special…

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The strange story of a strange man

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August 2010
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The strange story of a strange man

The strange story of a strange man Roger Ellsworth Balak, King of Moab, had a serious problem on his hands. He was convinced that the people of Israel would try to conquer his land (Numbers 22:1-4). He was equally convinced that his army was no match for Israel (v.6). What was he to do? Suddenly it…

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The Big Interview – God’s economy

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August 2010
Interviews

The Big Interview – God’s economy

The Big Interview  God's economy Former World Bank economist Dr Michael Schluter CBE, founder of the Jubilee Centre and the Relationships Foundation, talks to Evangelical Times about why getting relationships right can restore every aspect of society. ET: What first interested you in social relational economics?MS: After studying at Durham University, I did a PhD at…

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August 2010
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News – What you think

What you think 'You are not what you think you are; what you think, you are', she said, before proceeding to give details about what is truthful, noble, righteous, pure, lovely and praiseworthy. 'You have to go beyond thinking about that which has virtue: you must cultivate this in your lives.      'Be thankful always…

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World Mission – We cannot stay out of prison!

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August 2010
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World Mission – We cannot stay out of prison!

We cannot stay out of prison!   ‘Hi Tim. What on earth are you doing in here again?’      ‘Breach of licence. This geezer said I had threatened him, and I’m back inside. You know me, Gerard. He was lying’.      Tim smiled wryly and looked knowingly at me. At previous prisons he was…

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News – Witnessing in a pagan world

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August 2010
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News – Witnessing in a pagan world

Witnessing in a pagan world The Church Society met in May for its annual conference at High Leigh. The conference aim was to encourage us to stand for Christ in an increasingly hostile world and reflect on some issues in the Church of England that confront conservative evangelicals.      On the first day, Gordon Warren,…

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News – Bala ministers’ conference

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August 2010
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News – Bala ministers’ conference

Bala ministers' conference  Nearly 80 ministers came together for Bala 2010 - the annual ministers' conference of the Evangelical Movement of Wales.     This year's main speaker was David Meredith, moderator of the Free Church of Scotland and minister of Smithton Free Church, Inverness. His addresses were on contemporary preaching, contemporary church and contemporary evangelism.…

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August 2010
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News – Stabbed MP

Stabbed MP  Labour MP Stephen Timms, former Treasury Minister, is recovering well after being stabbed in the stomach during a constituency meeting.     The MP for East Ham was attacked by a woman shortly after the general election. The police said that the woman has no history of mental illness, and a court hearing is…

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August 2010
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Movers and shakers

Movers and shakers The Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches has appointed Trevor Archer as its new full-time director of training. Rev. Archer is senior pastor at Chessington Evangelical Church, where he has served since September 1986. Angus Cameron of Carrickfergus, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, has accepted a call to the pastorate at Spring Meadow Baptist…

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Charles Darwin & Charles Kingsley

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August 2010
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Charles Darwin & Charles Kingsley

Charles Darwin & Charles Kingsley Russell Grigg   The first edition of 1,250 copies of Charles Darwin's On the origin of species was published on 24 November 1859. The book caused something of a public uproar and was promptly denounced from pulpits across England, despite the popular story that the entire first edition was…

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Why do we suffer?

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August 2010
Evangelistic

Why do we suffer?

Why do we suffer? Dudley Reeves Human suffering is a universal fact of life. Whatever our age or circumstances, from time to time at least, and to a greater or lesser extent, we all experience the pain and heartache of suffering. But why do we suffer? There seem to be at least five secondary reasons. We do…

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Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)

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August 2010
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Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)

Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932)   Born at Burnley on 16 September 1860 into a two-roomed terraced house, Samuel Chadwick was small and thin, always looking as if he had not long to live.   The area hummed with noise from the cotton mills, and from the age of eight the young Samuel would rise at…

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August 2010
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Pentecost

PentecostGuest ColumnErroll Hulse God's sovereignty over history is seen in his creation of our 365-day year and the ordering of the Jewish calendar. In this, fifty days were set from the beginning of Passover to the day of Pentecost (also called the Feast of Weeks, since seven weeks were counted out from the end of…

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August 2010
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News – No right to gay marriage

No right to gay marriage The European Court of Human Rights has ruled against an Austrian gay couple, declaring that there is no universal right to same-sex marriage.     According to the Christian Institute, the decision came down in favour of allowing each member state the right to choose whether same-sex marriage was legal or not.…

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Reaching out in Leeds

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August 2010
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Reaching out in Leeds

Reaching out in Leeds There is something about doing open-air work which produces all sorts of emotions in God's people - weakness, inadequacy and fear on the one hand; excitement, boldness and joy on the other. But whatever we feel, the Lord Jesus Christ has commanded us to, 'Go into all the world and preach…

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August 2010
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Britain’s only hope

Britain's only hope On 19 June, Penn Free Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire held a day conference entitled 'Britain's only hope', which focused on the nation-changing labours of the early Methodists.      Pastor Roland Burrows of Cradley Heath described the labours of John Wesley's itinerating preachers - some 800 people who, over a 50-year period, engaged…

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‘I believe in … the forgiveness of sins’

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August 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘I believe in … the forgiveness of sins’

'I believe in … the forgiveness of sins'Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The free forgiveness of all our sins because of the death of Christ is fundamental to the Christian faith. It brings us to the heart of the gospel and is a uniquely Christian blessing.      None of the world's religions…

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August 2010
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News – Asians in the UK

Asians in the UK Churches in the UK need to do more to reach out to South Asians living in their community, according to a groundbreaking report from Christian mission agency South Asian Concern (SAC).     The 105-page survey - Survey of churches' outreach experience to South Asians in the UK - revealed that there are…

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World Mission – The plight of Chin and Karen refugees

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August 2010
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World Mission – The plight of Chin and Karen refugees

The plight of Chin and Karen refugees   In December 2008, I received a request to help a Christian held in prison in Malaysia. Since I am Malaysian, it would be easier for me to communicate with the authorities there. The Christian was a Chin refugee from Burma.      In January 2009, my friend…

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Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)

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August 2010
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Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)

Philip Doddridge (1702-1752)   Many today think of Philip Doddridge only as the writer of 'O happy day', 'Hark! The glad sound' and a few other lesser known hymns. The many other qualities and achievements of this godly man are almost unknown.   It is well over 300 years since Philip Doddridge was born…

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August 2010
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News – Mission Africa

Mission Africa Rev. Dr Sid and Jean Garland had a warm welcome-home service at Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church after 23 years of service with Mission Africa in Nigeria.     Dr Garland, who was also attending the Mission Africa Spring Conference at Belfast Bible College, aims to continue working with Africa Christian Textbooks (ACTS).     In his latest…

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August 2010
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News – Canterbury

Canterbury Baptisms in the sea and an international guest service with 110 people present - these two events rounded off the first year of Emmanuel Church, Canterbury.      In a city with three universities, causing the population to double in term-time, the calendar and church programme revolve around 'terms' and the academic year.     The service…

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News – Pastor for West Row

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August 2010
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News – Pastor for West Row

Pastor for West Row West Row Baptist Chapel welcomed its new pastor, Evan King, in an induction service held on Saturday 19 June. The old chapel, which is due to celebrate its bicentenary in 2012, is located just outside the large American military airbase of RAF Mildenhall and in the village of West Row in…

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August 2010
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News – Son of Hamas

Son of Hamas A young Christian man is facing the death sentence if the US deports him back to the Middle East, according to reports from California's Assist News Service (ANS).     Mosab Hassan Yousef has been facing a deportation hearing by the US Department of Homeland Security, because he was a spy for the Israeli…

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Divine election

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August 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Divine election

Divine electionM. C. Ramsay The Christian who candidly examines the Scriptures in reference to election will surely perceive that this doctrine is one of the great basic truths of divine revelation. The doctrine is presented throughout the Old and New Testaments.  For example, God's choice of Jacob in preference to Esau is declared. This choice…

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The helmet of salvation

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August 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

The helmet of salvation

The helmet of salvation In the Christian's armour (Ephesians 6:10-18), the shield deflects the fiery darts of the evil one. What about the 'helmet'? This is described as 'the helmet of salvation' (v.17).  If the shield protects the heart, the helmet protects the head. As the head physically is the source of thinking, so the…

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News – Pastor for West Row

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August 2010
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News – Pastor for West Row

Pastor for West Row West Row Baptist Chapel welcomed its new pastor, Evan King, in an induction service held on Saturday 19 June. The old chapel, which is due to celebrate its bicentenary in 2012, is located just outside the large American military airbase of RAF Mildenhall and in the village of West Row in…

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August 2010
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News – ‘God particles’

 'God particles' The elusive 'god particle', the Higgs Bosun 'creator particle', may have more than one version, according to latest research. As reported on the BBC, the £6bn Large Hadron Collider experiment in Geneva finds there may be at least five particles, not one.      The claim that there could be multiple Higgs Bosuns draws…

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Liverpool Bible Convention

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August 2010
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Liverpool Bible Convention

Liverpool Bible Convention Since 1941, Calvary Baptist Church has held an annual Bible convention in early May. However, this year, the church building was no longer available due to structural difficulties and the church had resigned to organising the event no longer.      However, 'Listen Liverpool', a group of local churches, felt it was important…

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Youth Coloumn – Book Review – Awesome on the inside

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August 2010
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Youth Coloumn – Book Review – Awesome on the inside

Awesome on the inside  When I saw the cover of Awesome on the inside I thought, 'This isn't the sort of book I would read'. But I've always been told not to judge a book by its cover, so I started reading. And it turns out, Awesome on the inside really is awesome on…

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August 2010
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News – Freedom Bill

Freedom Bill  The deputy prime minister's Freedom Bill has hit a massive obstacle after the UK public showed its bleak sense of humour, a Daily Mail report has revealed.     Nick Clegg's bid to remove overweening state interference, by allowing the public to state which laws they wish to be repealed, was ridiculed after wags…

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August 2010
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Cleaning up the mess

Cleaning up the mess As the biggest ever oil clean-up operation continues, what spiritual lessons can we draw from the Deepwater disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? The task there has been made even more difficult by summer season hurricanes that have hit the Gulf, scattering the oil-covered waters further and hindering the massive clean-up operation.…

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August 2010
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News – Vigil for Eritrea

Vigil for Eritrea Christian human rights campaigners from the UK and Eritrea held a prayer vigil outside the Eritrean Embassy in June.     The vigil, organised by Irish organisation Church in Chains and supported by Open Doors, Christian Solidarity Worldwide, Release International, the British Orthodox Church, Human Rights Concern Eritrea and Release Eritrea, marked the eighth…

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News – The armour of God

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August 2010
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News – The armour of God

The armour of God On 30 May, children from the weekly Kidz Klub at Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church took part in another special family service. It marked the end of a six-part series about the armour of God, and was called 'What to wear to the war'.      The seven songs, which the children sang heartily,…

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August 2010
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News – Atheist school

Atheist school In reaction to faith schools 'brainwashing' children into their respective religions, atheist preacher Prof. Richard Dawkins spoke wistfully of creating an atheist school to steer children into atheism.     Failing to see the irony of this move, former lecturer Prof. Dawkins told parenting website Mumsnet that he wanted to set up a school under…

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August 2010
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News – 175 years of witness

175 years of witness The London City Mission has celebrated its 175th anniversary with the publication of a special book - Different London, same mission. It charts the London of yesteryear when, in 1835, it was the largest city in the world, and compares it with the challenges of today. It tells of how…

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News – Thanksgiving at Louth

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August 2010
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News – Thanksgiving at Louth

Thanksgiving at Louth On Saturday 15 May, the renovated Louth Evangelical Church building hosted its thanksgiving and anniversary service.     The wooden building was full to capacity with prayer partners, plus many voluntary workers and financial encouragers from churches across Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Lincolnshire and Hull.     It was a wonderful outpouring of thanks, a celebration of the…

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Pastor Training International

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August 2010
General

Pastor Training International

Pastor Training International Churches across the world, especially in developing countries, need godly, well-taught pastors, who preach clear, biblical, Spirit-empowered sermons.      Pastor Training International (PTI) assists pastors and preachers in some of the poorest areas of the world by providing training conferences, reformed books and correspondence mentoring. PTI conferences have grown from four…

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News – New co-pastor for Dewsbury

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August 2010
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News – New co-pastor for Dewsbury

New co-pastor for Dewsbury Daniel Grimwade, formerly assistant to Geoff Thomas at Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, and later pastor at Thornhill Baptist Church, has been inducted as co-pastor at Dewsbury Evangelical Church.      On Sunday 23 May, the church welcomed him officially. This was a joyful day for the fellowship, which had long…

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August 2010
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Joni Eareckson Tada

Joni Eareckson Tada  Following a diagnosis of cancer in June, evangelical Christian Joni Eareckson Tada is reported to have had successful surgery, according to Joni and Friends International Disability Centre (JFIDC) president Doug Mazza.     'Joni's surgery was completed successfully ... and she is resting comfortably, preparing to begin the rest of her course of…

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News – Reaching schoolchildren in Morley

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August 2010
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News – Reaching schoolchildren in Morley

Reaching schoolchildren in Morley A local church in West Yorkshire is working in partnership with the Open Air-Mission (OAM) to bring the gospel to its community. Morley, which has 28,000 souls, is near Wakefield and has large concentrations of population, but small and scattered evangelical churches.      The Congregational Morley Community Church is small, but it…

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A ‘new Calvinism’

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August 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

A ‘new Calvinism’

A 'new Calvinism' The June issue of Tabletalk, published by Ligonier Ministries, focuses on what is being called the 'New Calvinism'. Also a popular new book by Collin Hansen, published by Crossway, is titled Young, restless and reformed. Apparently there is renewed interest in Calvinistic or reformed theology. In this article I want to describe how…

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August 2010
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News – Marie Stopes petition

Marie Stopes petition  More than 600 complaints have been delivered to the UK government following the first televised commercial for abortion services.     The Marie Stopes clinic advert, first screened on Channel 4 in May, was the subject of intense lobbying, according to culture minister Ed Vaizey.     As reported in ET, pro-life charity LifeLeague had…

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Kent women’s day 2010

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August 2010
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Kent women’s day 2010

 Kent women's day 2010 Over 140 women gathered at Union Chapel, Bethersden on Saturday 15 May for the 6th annual Kent Grace Baptist Women's Association day conference.     Ruth Williams (Swindon) was the speaker, and the theme 'More precious than gold - lessons from 1 Peter'. The first session, 'Something better to come' was an introduction…

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News – EL lecture

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August 2010
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News – EL lecture

EL lecture   This year is the 200th anniversary of the birth of the great Scots preacher Andrew Bonar (1810-1892), and so it was good on 7 June to have Rev. Maurice Roberts, all the way from Inverness, giving this year's Evangelical Library (EL) lecture on the man, at Bethesda Baptist Church, Kensington, London.…

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Observing God at work

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August 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Observing God at work

Observing God at work John J. Murray   The word 'providence' has an unfamiliar ring to the modern ear. This stems largely from our loss of consciousness of the divine sovereignty.   'Providence' is the outworking of God's sovereignty whereby all events are directed to bring about those purposes of glory and good for…

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August 2010
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News – Afghan Christians

Afghan Christians Barnabas Fund has issued an appeal to pray for Afghan Christians, who are being arrested and executed by the Afghan Government.     According to letters sent to Barnabas Fund, the Afghan media and politicians alike are calling for the death of converts from Islam, in line with Islamic sharia law.     One letter read: 'We…

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News – Scottish Reformed Conference

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August 2010
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News – Scottish Reformed Conference

Scottish Reformed ConferenceThe 450th anniversary of the Scottish Reformation was also the 21st anniversary of the Scottish Reformed Conference.      Families from many parts of Scotland and the north of England met at Hamilton College on the second Saturday in May to hear the Word of God and enjoy informal fellowship with other believers, drawn…

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August 2010
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News – Ladies’ day at Thornton Heath

Ladies' day at Thornton Heath The eighth annual Thornton Heath ladies' day, held at Thornton Heath Evangelical Church, Surrey, on 19 June, drew 135 from 15 churches, as far afield as Portsmouth, to hear the Word of God preached by Pilar Cano of EMF.     The theme of the day was how to renew our minds…

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Worship and the Great Commission (2)

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August 2010
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Worship and the Great Commission (2)

Worship and the Great Commission (2) Edgar Andrews   Worship and evangelism are more closely linked than is often appreciated, as we saw last month in considering Joshua’s encounter with the Commander of the army of the Lord (Joshua 5:13 – 6:5).   What is the link? It is that only those who are…

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August 2010
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Pilgrim Tabernacle Conference

Pilgrim TabernacleConference 'We want the Lord to be glorified and we want the Word that we hear today to change our lives'.      So began the Pilgrim Tabernacle Fifth Ladies' Conference, held at the New Life Bible Presbyterian Church in Queen's Park, London. Organised by Kim Eng Sherwood, who also gave one of the presentations,…

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August 2010
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Mildmay Mission Hospital

Mildmay Mission Hospital  Britain's last remaining mission hospital - where Princess Diana famously shook hands with an AIDS patient - is to be redeveloped. Mildmay was established in 1866 by Rev. William Pennefather to provide care for cholera patients. The hospital has been in its Shoreditch location since 1892. The old hospital will make…

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August 2010
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News – RPCI statement

RPCI statement The Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland (RPCI) has expressed its 'dismay and sorrow' at the planned visit of Pope Benedict XVI to the UK this September.      In a statement issued in July, Rev. David Sutherland, RPCI convenor, wrote: 'We regard his claim to be the Vicar of Christ on earth as false…

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