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Striving for an imperishable crown

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August 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Striving for an imperishable crown

Striving for an imperishable crown ‘And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown’ (1 Corinthians 9:25). Many of us are avidly awaiting the London Olympics in 2012. Nowadays the winners of such competitions receive medals,…

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Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)

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August 2011
Philippines

Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines)

Christian Compassion Ministries (Cubao, Philippines) Website: http://www.ccmmanila.org/ In 1994, Cubao Reformed Baptist Church, situated in Quezon City — part of the Manila complex of towns and cities with a population of about 24 million people — received a gift. The gift was US$3,700 from a church in the USA, with the stated aim of…

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Thanksgiving service

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August 2011
News

Thanksgiving service

Thanksgiving service A special service for outgoing WEST chairman Peter Milsom took place on 21 May, in the College grounds at Bryntirion, Bridgend.     The service was led by the principal, Jonathan Stephen, and the preacher was Peter Lewis, senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Church, Nottingham. The marquee was full with students, staff and…

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Holbrooks centenary

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August 2011
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Holbrooks centenary

Holbrooks centenary ‘100 years of gospel ministry’ — this was our theme at Holbrooks Evangelical Church, Coventry, when we joined for a weekend of thanksgiving for the Lord’s goodness to us over 100 years.    The first of our services was held on Saturday 11 June, when approximately 200 members, friends and guests were welcomed…

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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

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August 2011
Articles > Historical

Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

Joseph Spoor — aflame for God One of the north of England’s most outstanding Primitive Methodist ministers was Rev. Joseph Spoor (1813-1869). His biography (The earnest preacher, by Rev. E. Hall) was published in 1874. Joseph was born in Whickham, to the south west of Newcastle. His father worked the coal-carrying barges on the…

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Rev. Professor Hugh M. Cartwright – a tribute

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August 2011
Obituaries

Rev. Professor Hugh M. Cartwright – a tribute

Rev. Professor Hugh M. Cartwright — a tribute My first memories of Rev. Hugh Cartwright (1943-2011) were as a rather rebellious teenager longing for this rather old-fashioned looking man to finish his rather long communion sermon in Partick Highland Free Church, Glasgow.     I couldn’t understand why my minister would want to bring such…

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News

August 2011
News

Education

Education Barnabas Fund’s (BF) school-place sponsorship programme is now helping 6553 Christian children from poor families across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.    Part of its latest drive, to ensure Christian children from poor families receive an education in countries where Christians face persecution and discrimination, has seen more than 35 schools receive support…

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Film review Thor (12A)

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August 2011
News > Youth Features

Film review Thor (12A)

Film review Thor (12A) The mighty, proud and arrogant ‘god of thunder’ disobeys his father’s command not to stir up strife with an old enemy, the frost giants. As a result, he is stripped of his power, thrown out of Asgard onto Earth and his hammer, Mjollnir, is encased so tightly in a meteorite…

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News

August 2011
News

Death sentence

Death sentence   The Iranian Supreme Court has upheld the death sentence against a 34-year-old pastor convicted of apostasy and accused of evangelising Muslims.      According to reports from Christian advocacy group Present Truth Ministries (PTM), Pastor Youcef Nadarkhani, 34, has been in prison since October 2009.      His appeal against the death sentence…

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Persevering in prayer

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August 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Persevering in prayer

Persevering in prayer ‘Today if they don’t get what they want in a couple of weeks, they just give up’, said a senior Christian recently. What lies behind our current lack of persistence in prayer? One reason seems to be fear of vain repetition, which Jesus warned against in Matthew 6:7: ‘When you pray,…

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New church

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August 2011
News

New church

New church Saturday 4 June was a great day of celebration for Bethel Church, Liverpool, as it opened its redeveloped building and realised a long-term vision. All those involved can testify that the providing hand of God was with us in the challenges and demanding times.    A growing congregation, developing ministry and ageing building…

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New pastor at Rhuddlan

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August 2011
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New pastor at Rhuddlan

New pastor at Rhuddlan        Gosen chapel at Rhuddlan was full to witness the induction of Steve McLean to the pastorate at Rhuddlan Evangelical Church.     There were a good number of evangelical churches from North Wales represented, including Abergele, Flint, Deeside, Borras Park, Caergwrle, Coedpoeth, Bradley Road, Llangollen, Llandudno, Criccieth and Welshpool.   …

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News

August 2011
News

Sex education

Sex education Parents and organisations representing Christians and Muslims held an emergency public meeting in Tower Hamlets over fears that primary schools are manipulating sex education classes.    An open letter, sent from the Safe at School Campaign (SSC) and countersigned by three other groups, called on all state-maintained primary schools in Tower Hamlets not…

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William Carey – a light for India

Historical

August 2011
Articles > Historical

William Carey – a light for India

This is the first part of a 2 part series. The second part is here William Carey — a light for India William Carey was born on 17 August 1761, at Paulerspury in Northamptonshire, where his father was village schoolmaster and parish clerk. He loved nature and filled his bedroom with insects and collected…

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Bala

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August 2011
News

Bala

Bala God’s men, with one mind striving side by side for the faith of the gospel, gathered at the Bryn-y-groes conference centre, at Bala in North Wales, for the Evangelical Movement of Wales’ (EMW) annual conference.    I had set my alarm clock for a leisurely 7.00am rising, but two hours before that my sleep…

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News

August 2011
News

Sharia law

Sharia law The use of Sharia law should be outlawed where it restricts freedom, conflicts with English law and discriminates against women and non-Muslims, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali has said.    The bishop was the main speaker in the House of Lords in support of a bill intended to limit the remit of Sharia law in…

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Grace Baptist Assembly

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August 2011
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Grace Baptist Assembly

Grace Baptist Assembly ‘Stimulating, informative, challenging and immensely thought provoking’, were some of the words I overheard at meal times.    These were used to describe the sessions enjoyed by the 130 attendees at the 2011 Grace Baptist Assembly (GBA) held at the Hayes Conference Centre, at Swanwick in Derbyshire, under the intriguing title of…

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Jesus Christ: risen, ascended and enthroned

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August 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus Christ: risen, ascended and enthroned

Jesus Christ: risen, ascended and enthroned There is nothing more central to the gospel than the cross of Christ. But the cross does not stand in isolation. It only has saving significance in conjunction with three other events. The crucifixion is inextricably bound up with the resurrection, ascension and enthronement of Christ in his…

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Article

August 2011
China

China’s Revival

In 1949 there had been, at most, one million Protestant believers in China. Fifty years later, in 1999, there were estimated to be around 90 million. This was mainly due to the phenomenal growth of illegal, 'underground' house churches that, by then, numbered 80 million.

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Review

August 2011
Reviews > Book

Maximum Impact: Living and Loving for God’s Glory

Subtitled ‘Living and loving for God’s glory’, this book is a clear, accessible exposition of 1 Corinthians chapter 13. Wayne Mack is best known in the UK for his valuable contribution to the work on biblical counselling. Inevitably then, this kind of approach permeates through this particular volume. Consequently, it is packed with searching…

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Who wants to be a millionaire?

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August 2011
Evangelistic

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Who wants to be a millionaire? The Who wants to be a millionaire? franchise is the most internationally popular television franchise of all time, being aired in more than 100 countries worldwide.1 The game featured in the successful movie Slumdog millionaire, in which two young Indian brothers, Jamil and Salik, make friends with a…

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Heroic faith

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August 2011
China

Heroic faith

Heroic faith ‘A little thing is a little thing, but faithfulness in little things is a great thing.’‘All God’s giants have been weak men, who did great things for God because theyreckoned on his being with them.’‘China is not to be won for Christ by quiet, ease-loving men and women.’‘God’s work done in God’s…

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News

August 2011
News

Missionary homes

Missionary homes         The Pilgrim’s Friend Society (PFS) is making two more fully equipped homes available for missionaries on home leave.    According to Louise Morse of the PFS, a rise in bookings since the society took over the Redbourn Missionary Trust last year has meant there are few vacancies over the next 12…

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Article

August 2011
Articles > Guest column

Pursuing Beauty

In 2008 the American YWCA published a report entitled 'Beauty at any cost'. This stated that 'Every woman in the United States participates in a daily beauty pageant, whether she likes it or not.'

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News

August 2011
News

Sent to Poland

Sent to Poland Peter Slomski has been sent out from Grace Baptist Church in Halifax as a missionary to Poland, under the auspices of Grace Baptist Mission.    Mr Slomski said that, during his last visit to Poland, he eventually found an apartment to buy and gave thanks for the many who prayed that he…

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London Theological Seminary

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August 2011
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London Theological Seminary

London Theological Seminary On the last Saturday in June, London Theological Seminary (LTS) held its end of year thanksgiving service at Kensit Evangelical Church, in Finchley.    The chairman, Bill James from Leamington Spa, presided over the event, which, along with prayer, Scripture reading and hymns, included the three traditional components of this annual event…

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Evangelical library

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August 2011
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Evangelical library

Evangelical library For the first time since its move to the new premises in Bounds Green, North London, the Evangelical Library held its annual lecture at the new library.     With more than 40 in attendance, including two Indian brothers in the country at the time, it was gratifying to see the interest in…

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Witness in Wigan

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August 2011
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Witness in Wigan

Witness in Wigan     From 16-22 May, Jireh Baptist Church, Wigan, enjoyed a week of activities led by Steve Burton and James Chittenden of the Open-Air Mission (OAM).     The theme for the week was ‘The speaking Book’, linked to the 400th anniversary of the Authorised Version of the Bible. This included a children’s…

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August 2011
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New nation

New nation On Saturday 9 July, a new country was born as South Sudan celebrated its independence after years of civil war and strife.    In Juba, tens of thousands of people gathered, with crowds flocking to the mausoleum of John Garang, once the leader of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, in anticipation of the…

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The global slave trade today

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August 2011
General

The global slave trade today

The global slave trade today 1. Slavery today is defined as forced labour without pay under threat of violence. 2. 600,000-800,000 people are trafficked internationally every year; about 80 per cent are women and children. 3. Slavery was officially abolished worldwide at the 1972 Slavery Convention, yet it continues to thrive because of the…

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August 2011
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Beware: monsters!

Beware: monsters! The story of the amazing animals and monsters in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s progress is to be told at the John Bunyan Museum, Bedford.     The summer exhibition, called ‘Bunyan’s beasts’, will put on display books and text panels that tell the story of the beasts found in his seminal literary work.    Nicola…

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August 2011
News

Drug cartel

Drug cartel Dozens of teenage girls trained as ‘hit-men’ have been rounded up, as police have cracked down on violent drug cartels in Mexico. According to Reuters, female gang members as young as 16 are being paid high sums to become hit-men for various criminal gangs across the country.    One girl from the northern…

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August 2011
News

Scottish Reformed Conference

The 22nd annual Scottish Reformed Conference was held on 14 May at Hamilton College.

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August 2011
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Progress at Thornhill

Progress at Thornhill Thornhill Baptist Church in West Yorkshire has called Ben Hutton from Ramsgate to be its new pastor and is set to welcome him in September.    Being relatively young, married to Lucy and with a new baby, Josiah, the intention is that for the next two years Mr Hutton will be mentored…

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The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’

Article

August 2011
Philippines

The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’

The heart-rending story of ‘Annie’ http://www.ccmmanila.org/ Not her real name, but the story is true as told to Virgie Biala, the CCM social worker responsible for following up ‘Annie’s’ case. ‘I do not know anything about my mother. My father told me that she left when I was still a baby. I lived in…

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Wales

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August 2011
News

Wales

Wales     ‘Do revivals only happen in the past?’ This was the title of WEST’s annual conference on revival held in the week commencing 4 June.     That revivals happened in the past was clear from Kenneth Stewart’s immensely searching and encouraging ministry on revival in the time of Samuel, and on prayers for…

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News

August 2011
News

Greek Tragedy

What has become of Greece, the nation that ten years ago was the 12th European state to align its economic fortunes to the euro? At the time, Ioannis Papandoniou described it as a historic day that would place Greece firmly at the heart of Europe.

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August 2011
News

Education

Education Barnabas Fund’s (BF) school-place sponsorship programme is now helping 6553 Christian children from poor families across Asia, the Middle East and Africa.    Part of its latest drive, to ensure Christian children from poor families receive an education in countries where Christians face persecution and discrimination, has seen more than 35 schools receive support…

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Sending missionaries costs money

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August 2011
Articles > Comment

Sending missionaries costs money

ET COMMENT Sending missionaries costs money Our Lord Jesus Christ, before his ascension into heaven, said to his disciples (and that includes us as well) — ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature’. Obedience to this command calls for money as well as man power. It takes money to…

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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (5)

Historical

August 2011
Articles > Historical

William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (5)

William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (5) William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible April 2011 (1) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (2) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her…

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News

August 2011
News

People on the move

People on the move After 17 years of service with the Highland Theological College, Rev. Alex Murray has retired from the post of chair of the board of governors and trustees. A dinner was held in his honour at the end of June. R. Murray M’Cheyne — named after famous family member of two…

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UCCF Link-Up paves the way for new students

News

August 2011
News > Youth Features

UCCF Link-Up paves the way for new students

UCCF Link-Up paves the way for new students Christian Unions exist to give every student on campus an opportunity to hear about the love of Jesus, shown in the gospel. They are also a great place for new students to be supported in their Christian faith and introduced to local churches. Students heading to…

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If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues?

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August 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues?

If the foundations are destroyed … What are the issues? The modern world is dominated by shades of liberalism. According to Alasdair MacIntyre, there are ‘conservative liberals, liberal liberals and radical liberals’.1 For our purposes, we can say that there would seem to be three main ingredients in the present make-up of present day…

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News

August 2011
News

Darwin doodles

Darwin doodles Margin notes, comments and scribbles from naturalist Charles Darwin on the pages of his own personal library have been made available online. Darwin’s personal scientific book collection, the majority of which is at Cambridge University Library, has been digitised in a joint effort between Cambridge, the American Museum of Natural History, the…

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Sri Lanka

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August 2011
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Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Two Reformed conferences were held in May in Sri Lanka — a family and a pastors’ conference.     Both were organised by the Grace Evangelical Church (GEC) of Colombo and held at a conference hall near the city. GEC began in 1977, when believers meeting for Bible studies came together, united by…

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