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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why does God ordain suffering? – A Puritan’s answer

The Christian church today has all but abandoned a robust and refreshingly biblical theology of suffering. This is why it behoves us to consider those in the past — in particular, the Puritans — who not only tasted some of the bitterest afflictions to befall humanity, but also skilfully applied the balm of gospel…

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August 2013
Articles > Guest column

August!

August: the month of school holidays (always), my holidays (sometimes) and sunshine (occasionally). It’s also the anniversary of my father’s death. He hadn’t been answering his phone all day, so I went across in the evening and found him. There had been no warning, no preparation; no prior illness, no indication that we were…

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August 2013
News

Hayes Town Chapel

Hayes Town Chapel has recently celebrated 225 years since its founding in 1788. In 1748 Charles Manning, Rector of St Mary’s Anglican Church, Hayes, invited leaders of the evangelical revival to preach. Rev. Manning had evangelical convictions but had encountered opposition, such as the bells being run while he was trying to pray and…

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August 2013
Articles > World Mission

Being a missionary mum

Three years ago my husband and I moved abroad. He had been called to serve as a missionary and pastor a small European church. The day before our boxes were sent off I was surprised to learn that our third child was on the way. Our daughters were just 2 1/2 and 8 months…

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August 2013
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WEST Valley Commandos

At the beginning of June, around 100 people from all over South Wales gathered for the public launch of the eastern wing of Valley Commandos. Valley Commandos is a church planting initiative focused on the South Wales Valleys supported by Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST). The launch took place at Highfields Church, Cardiff.…

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August 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Believing and confessing: the true meaning of Romans 10:6-10

Romans 10:6-10 is one of the most important texts in the Bible regarding what a man must do to be saved. Paul puts it like this: ‘But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, Do not say in your heart, Who will ascend into heaven? (that is, to bring Christ down from above)…

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August 2013
News

Kent Women’s Day

On Saturday 18May the Kent Women’s Day conference took place at Union Chapel, Bethersden. It was a day with much to thank God for, including fellowship with women of all ages, good weather, and guest speaker Ann Benton. Ann spoke at three sessions on the theme of ‘Designer worship’. She focused on the significance…

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Historical

August 2013
Articles > Historical

Lights in darkness

It was Germany’s darkest hour, not because there was no electricity, but because Germany was governed by lawlessness, injustice, persecution and murder. It was also the Jews’ darkest hour; 5.7–6.3 million were murdered during the Third Reich’s Holocaust. Yet there were a few lights of human kindness in the midst of darkness. A few…

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August 2013
Romania

Romania – an unfinished mission

Romania? In Eastern Europe somewhere: Ceausescu and Communism; Securitate and informers; poverty, notably orphanages with tormented, sometimes deranged, children that the Romanian state wished to hide; and lorry-loads of aid, old clothes and used equipment, from good Christian people. These rather disparate fragments, I admit with shame, were once all I knew about Romania.…

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August 2013
Obituaries

Graham Stuart Harrison (1935-2013)

Two months ago, evangelical churches learned of the sudden homecall of Rev. Graham Harrison. Mr Harrison was one of a handful of deeply spiritual, highly influential Reformed church leaders, much used by God in the UK over the last 40 years. Evangelical Times is pleased to feature this tribute published in The Banner of…

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News

August 2013
News

Patient wakes just before organs harvested

The Christian Institute reports that, during a recent surgical operation in the state of New York, a patient woke up on the operating table as her organs were about to be harvested. This news came as the UK’s Welsh Assembly passed a controversial bill to bring in presumed consent for organ donation. Critics have…

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August 2013
News > Youth Features

UCCF links up new students to Christian Unions

UCCF has launched its 2013 Student Link Up initiative by giving a special Uncover — Starting Uni Edition version of Luke’s Gospel to school leavers when they link up to their university Christian Union. Inspired by the Uncover Gospel Project, which has seen around 80,000 copies of Luke being personally used by students in…

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August 2013
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Channel 4 turns muezzin this Ramadan

In a bizarre move, Channel 4 is airing the Islamic call to prayer every morning throughout the month of Ramadan, taking on the role of a muezzin (someone who calls Muslims to prayer) in a move that the broadcaster itself described as a ‘deliberate act of provocation’. The three-minute call to prayer is being…

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Staying healthy

The story goes that, during the years of the Great Depression in America, there was a foolish old farmer who tried to save money by feeding his mule on sawdust. He felt his mule was costing him far too much in oats, so he decided to mix a little sawdust in with its feed.…

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News

August 2013
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B&Bs and gays

The Court of Appeal has ruled that it should not be ‘direct discrimination’ against gay couples for Bed and Breakfasts (B&Bs) to have a ‘married couples only’ policy for double rooms. Master of the Rolls Lord Dyson said, on 9 July, that he would prefer to treat a ‘married couples only’ policy as indirect…

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August 2013
Obituaries

Elizabeth Braund (1921-2013)

Elizabeth Margaret Braund, MBE, died on 20 May at her home, East Shallowford Farm on Dartmoor. Founder of Providence House and the Shallowford Trust, she was born in Kensington in 1921, the only child of Sir Henry and Lady Margaret Braund. During early life experiences in India and Burma she learnt to think critically.…

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News

August 2013
News

Egypt after Morsi

Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, writes: After recent jubilant scenes in Egypt on the removal of Islamist President Mohammad Morsi, the celebrations are over and a violent backlash has begun. Morsi supporters, protesting against his removal, have come under attack, and they in turn have been lashing out, targeting those who campaigned…

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August 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Eden zoo

Adam was the world’s first ‘taxonomist’. A taxonomist is a person who seeks to organise all the living organisms into a logical system. As well as the task of serving and guarding the Garden of Eden, Adam had the great task of naming all the animals and birds. Eden became the first zoo. Taxonomy…

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Developing church leaders

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing church leaders

It is the responsibility of church leaders to try to develop the potential in every believer under their care. Women are usually the largest group in a church and the ‘workhorses’ behind the scenes! Often they are the cement which holds the church together and, usually, if the women of the church are happy,…

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August 2013
Book

Holiday reading

2013 Books of the month January   February     March     April   May   June   July     August        

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News

August 2013
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Marriage (same sex) bill walkover

On 15 July the House of Lords gave assent to the third reading of the Marriage (Same Sex)Bill without taking a formal vote. Baroness Stowell told the chamber packed with peers wearing pink carnations that it was an ‘historic’ achievement. Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill said, ‘It’s impossible to express how much joy this…

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August 2013
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Christian teenager tortured to death

A Christian teenager died in police custody in Pakistan after allegedly being severely tortured for six days. Adnan Masih, 18, from Sharaqpur Sharif in the district of Sheikhupura, was arrested on 4 June over the case of a missing young Muslim woman. Muslim youths also rounded up for questioning were released. His family said…

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Instruments of praise – an alternative view

I would like — in response to Phil Harmonia (June ET) — to offer a defence of those preferring musical accompaniment on more than one instrument in congregational worship. My own favourite musical style for worship is, in fact, strong congregational singing supported by minimal instrumentation! The New Testament doesn’t mention musical instruments accompanying…

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News

August 2013
News

Abortions end at central London clinic

Pro-life groups celebrated the ending of abortions at the Bedford Square abortion clinic of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) in June. Pro-lifers held prayer vigils and protests at the clinic for 13 years, including a nine-day novena of prayer attended by 21 priests in 2005, while 40 Days for Life prayer vigils have…

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News

August 2013
News

Three-parent babies

Britain is set to be the first country in the world to approve creating a three-parent baby, as a way of allowing people with mitochondrial defects to have healthy children of their own. This would be done by taking the nucleus from a fertilised egg of a woman with these defects and inserting it…

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August 2013
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Christian awards offer £50,000 in prize money

A competition aimed at encouraging innovation in communicating the Christian faith, and promoting new ways to reach people without Christian contact, has been launched by Premier Christian Radio and the Christian Initiative Trust. The Mustard Seed Awards offer £50,000 in funding for Christian charities, groups and individuals, with prizes of £15,000, £12,000, £8,000 and…

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News

August 2013
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Basketball player’s winning move

An American league basketball player has turned a career-ending injury into a business venture offering pain relief for others. Forced through debilitating pain to retire from the game, National Basketball Association (NBA) multi-millionaire Jonathan Bender, 32, realised that God was calling him in a different direction. He worked with scientists and engineers to develop…

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Article

August 2013
Indonesia

Prayer for the tensions in Indonesia

Indonesia is a vast country of 17 000 islands, only 6 000 of which are inhabited. It straddles the equator from Sumatra in the west to Irian Jaya in the east. It is mountanous with several active volcanoes. In northern Sumatra 168 000 people were killed by the tsunami in 2004. The population is…

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News

August 2013
News > Youth Features

Evolution – the biggest myth!

On Saturday 8 June, Harrogate Young Life Juniors (belonging to Young Life — an inter-denominational youth group) took part in the annual Great Knaresborough Bed Race. Part of this involved dressing the Young Life (YL) bed up in the race’s theme for the year, which was ‘Myths and legends’. The YL bed was dressed…

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News

August 2013
News

Admission RE

Education minister Michael Gove has finally admitted that his Religious Education (RE) policies have detrimentally impacted on RE and has pledged to revisit the issue. His admission follows 18 months of campaigning by RE teachers and experts, including the Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC), which found serious shortcomings in support for…

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August 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Prison praise

Did you know that when the good news of Jesus first reached the continent of what we now know as Europe, those who preached it spent a night in jail for their efforts? The incident is recorded in Acts 16. A slave girl in Philippi, who earned her owners a lot of money by…

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News

August 2013
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Church Society

On Saturday 1 June, approximately 80 people gathered at Oak Hill college for the Church Society annual conference and AGM. Rev. Lee Gatiss, Church Society director, spoke on ‘confessional’ Anglicanism, and particularly the usefulness of the 39 Articles, now in their 450th anniversary year. Mr Gatiss gave a historical outline of the Church of…

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August 2013
Articles > Comment

‘I am coming!’

Just a few days ago a sister in Christ shared with Reta and me one of the most heart-warming and touching stories I have heard in a long time. Lula Downs is a member of our church, Bellepoint Baptist, in Frankfort (USA), and it is noticeable that she has a special love for children…

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News

August 2013
News

Not so voluntary organ donation in Wales

The Welsh government has approved a bill introducing presumed consent for organ donation, raising concerns that individuals will be treated as ‘resources’ by the state. The legislation, which was voted in on 2 July, means that all those over 18 who have lived in Wales for more than 12 months will be presumed to…

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News

August 2013
News

Three million and counting

On OM Ships vessel Logos Hope’s second day (Wednesday 3 July) in Puerto Princesa, Philippines, crew and staff welcomed the three millionth visitor to the ship. Ms Cyrille Fernando, age 20, a Puerto Princesa resident and student of environmental science at Palawan State University, was welcomed on board by Captain Dirk Colenbrander, director Lloyd…

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Greater works than Jesus (1)

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August 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Greater works than Jesus (1)

When last did you do greater works than Jesus? Do you find it a shocking question? Well, it is based on a very explicit promise of our Lord. Jesus said, ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than…

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August 2013
Articles > Comment

Engaging with Keller

This article is from the introduction to a new book co-authored by several Presbyterian evangelicals. Engaging with Keller: thinking through the theology of an influential Evangelical (Ed. Iain D. Campbell and William M. Schweitzer; EP Books, 240 pages, £9.99; ISBN: 978-085234–928–1) evaluates the teaching of prominent New York Presbyterian minister Timothy Keller. Although readers…

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News

August 2013
News

Liverpool Bible Convention

During the first week in May, the Liverpool Bible Convention took place, with meetings for Bible study and ministry. The convention began in the early 1940s and was originally held in Calvary Baptist Church. More recently it has been held at a variety of evangelical churches across the city. Those who gathered were blessed…

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August 2013
Book

Summer reading

In our increasingly busy lives it is often not possible to find time to reflect, meditate or concentrate on the bigger issues and more important questions of life — questions like the state of our relationship with Christ, or how we spend our time here on earth. Sometimes a week or two’s break is the…

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Dignity, ‘rights’ and creation

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August 2013
Articles > Comment

Dignity, ‘rights’ and creation

Earlier this year, the Equality and Human Rights Commission published a document offering guidance to employers relating to religion and belief in the workplace (Religion or belief in theworkplace: a guide for employers following recent European Court of Human Rights judgments, February 2013; equalityhumanrights.com). In this, they stated that they support an ‘individual’s right…

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August 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The glory of Christ (1)

Any true reformation is a work of Christ, and must begin, continue and end with him. There is no real gospel advance, only re-arranging deck-chairs, if Jesus does not have the proper place. His place is first, last, beginning, end, everything. At the heart of all spiritual problems, as Paul’s approach with problems in…

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News

August 2013
News

Southern Sudan

An Anglican bishop from Southern Sudan who survived civil war to champion the cause of education has been honoured in Durham. Bishop Francis Loyo, the second most senior bishop in the Episcopal church of Sudan, received the honour for his work with Durham-based Edith Jackson Trust, which raised money to build a school in…

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Review

August 2013

A Time for Mission

A time for mission: the challenge for global Christianityc Samuel Escobar  IVP, 192 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-549-4   Star Rating : 5   The scope of Escobar’s book is as far reaching and global as his subject matter. In A time for mission he offers his readers a theological basis for mission, a brief…

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August 2013

The Beauty & Glory of the Holy Spirit

The beauty and glory of the Holy Spirit   Edited: Joel R. Beeke and Joseph A. Pipa Jr Reformation Heritage Books 345 pages, £6.84 Kindle edition, £16.06 hardback, ISBN: 978-1-60178-184-0 Star Rating : 3   This is a collection of addresses given at two Presbyterian seminaries in the USA in 2011. It is inevitable…

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Review

August 2013

Paul’s Missionary Methods, In His Time And Ours

Paul’s missionary methods, in his time and ours Edited by Robert L. Plummer and John Mark Terry IVP, 256 pages, £14.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-615-6   Star Rating : 4   Every now and then an author produces a ground-breaking work that completely changes everything. In the world of modern missions, Roland Allen produced just such…

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Review

August 2013
Reviews > Book

Sermons on the Great Ejection

Sermons of the Great Ejection   Banner of Truth, 275 pages, £6.25 ISBN: 978-1-84871-152-5 Star Rating : 4   This ‘puritan paperback’ contains sermons of men ejected from the Anglican Church in the time of Charles II.       They were ejected because they refused to conform to the Act of Uniformity, which required them to…

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Review

August 2013

What kind of hope?

What kind of hope?   Michael Ots IVP, 152 pages  £7.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-604-0 Star Rating :  1   It seems to me that most Christians’ understanding of the after-life is focused on the intermediate state before the return of Christ, when he will give us new bodies and we will inhabit the new, restored…

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August 2013

Encountering God Together

Encountering God together   David G. Peterson IVP, 192 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-607-1 Star Rating : 2   I would categorise this book as appealing to a broad evangelical audience though rightly excluding Charismatic influences. David Peterson seems to view worship services in two primary categories, ‘traditional’ or ‘more contemporary’ (p. 13).       I…

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Review

August 2013

Mission Strategies Then & Now

Mission strategies then and now: An introduction to biblical missiology Robin Daniel   Tamarisk Publications, 218 pages, £11.00, ISBN: 978-0-9538565-6-5   Star Rating : 4   The author asks whether or not early church mission strategy would work today. He notes the similarities between the culture of the Roman Empire and our global culture…

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August 2013

Taking God Seriously

Taking God seriously   J. I. Packer IVP, 176 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-609-5 Star Rating : 4   J. I. Packer is the well-known author of numerous helpful and highly readable books. He has a wonderful gift of summing up profound truths in succinct, wise and memorable phrases and sentences. It is good to…

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August 2013

Christians in a PC World

Christians in a PC World John Benton Evangelical Press 192 pages, £8.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-912-0 Star Rating: 4 stars This book is timely, easy-to-read, well reasoned and Biblically based.  It focuses on one of the key issues facing Christians in our culture today.       The author sets the stage for his consideration of political correctness…

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