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August 2014
News > Youth Features

United Beach Missions

During July and August, United Beach Missions (UBM) operated approximately 90 missions in almost 30 locations across the UK. A group of young people from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, volunteered as team members in such locations as Llandudno and Whitby. The first beach mission is thought to have been in Blackpool 64 years ago. The…

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August 2014
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Elton John and gay clergy

Singer Elton John has claimed that Jesus Christ would have supported gay marriage. According to reports, Sir Elton told Sky News’ Murnaghan Show that rules preventing gay clergy from getting married were ‘old and stupid things’ and had little basis in real faith. Sir Elton said, ‘The church hierarchy, the traditionalists, might be up…

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August 2014
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Bob Jones University

A fundamentalist Christian university in the US has called in ‘Godly Response to Abuse in the Christian Environment’ (G.R.A.C.E.) (http://netgrace.org) to conduct an independent review over the way the university’s counsellors dealt with victims of sexual abuse. According to reports first broken in an America tonight TV documentary investigation, five former students of the…

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August 2014
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Gender-based abortions

Speaking as a coalition of MPs reiterated calls for the UK parliament to crack down on gender-based abortions, Mr Dobbin said, ‘The UK is a rogue state when it comes to abortion. ‘Our law does not require counselling or a cooling-off period like other countries. Our abortion time limit is double that of nearly…

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August 2014
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Named Person Scheme

A mother of two who has discovered her council was discussing her situation without contacting her, under the controversial Named Person Scheme, has left her home, Christian Institute has revealed. Donna Mackie, who has two teenage sons, was living in the Highlands, but found out that she was being put under scrutiny by the…

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August 2014
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Nigerian inertia

Churches in northern Nigeria were set on fire as Islamist militants Boko Haram carried out a string of attacks near Chibok, reports have confirmed.According to Release International, 40 people were killed in the attacks, which occurred near the area where schoolgirls were kidnapped several months ago. During a packed conference at All Souls, Langham…

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August 2014
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Western Asia > Bahrain

New ways of reaching Arab lands

Staff and volunteers in Egypt and Lebanon form the two main Arabic media ministry teams. These cooperate with others in countries like Jordan, Sudan and Bahrain. Most are in their 20s or early 30s. Connected over the internet by Skype, we regularly wrestle in brainstorming sessions on how to best bring the gospel of…

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August 2014
News > Youth Features

Great Knaresborough Bed Race

On 14 June, Team Harrogate Young Life, a part of Harrogate Young Life took part in the Great Knaresborough Bed Race. The race is split into two parts: a parade through the town of Knaresborough of the ‘dressed’ beds, decorated in the theme of that year; and the race itself, around the town, including…

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Why bother with doctrine?

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August 2014
Articles > Guest column

Why bother with doctrine?

More Christian teaching than ever before is available today in books, on the internet and via special events, but many evangelicals and churches seem strangely indifferent to doctrine. The doctrinal indifference of evangelicals is only bettered by the flabbiness found in liberal churches. This doctrinal downgrade has been going on for a long time.…

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August 2014
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‘Together’s’ frightening agenda

Scottish MPs have been urged to consider allowing children the right to assisted suicide by a coalition of charities (including Barnardo’s) called ‘Together’. A submission, made by Together to the Scottish parliament’s Assisted Suicide (Scotland) Bill, has asked MPs to note that, ‘Terminal illnesses do not discriminate based on the age of a person…

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August 2014
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Big bickering

Scientists who claimed to have found trace patterns left by the Big Bang have had their findings shredded by fellow scientists, the BBC has reported. According to the BBC, the Harvard-led Bicep2 Collaboration claimed to have found a pattern in the sky left by the fast expansion of space, just seconds after the Big…

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August 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Adam under pressure

Western culture is increasingly dominated by ideologies that are either godless or anti-God. The deletion of God leaves a huge problem with regards to origins.  Materialists need a different explanation for the origin of matter, life and humanity. Evolution of some kind is the only option for atheists. Over the last 150 years, evolution…

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August 2014
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Bus adverts

The Core Issues Trust (CIT) is awaiting the judgement on its High Court claim that Mayor of London Boris Johnson not only supported a ban on the CIT’s bus adverts, but ordered Transport for London (TfL) to ban them. At the beginning of July, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), acting on behalf of the…

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Historical

August 2014
Articles > Historical

Dobbie of Malta (2)

In 1939 Major General Dobbie retired from the Army at the age of 60. War in Europe was declared the following month. With patriotic loyalty, he offered himself for any appointment the War Office might offer. Months of frustration followed, until, while lunching at the United Service Club (now occupied by the Institute of…

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August 2014
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Family Education Trust

Current trends in education thinking and practice were subjected to careful scrutiny in two papers delivered at this year’s Family Education Trust conference in June. Professor Glynn Harrison, emeritus professor of psychiatry at the University of Bristol, highlighted the growth of the self-esteem movement over the past 50 years. He noted how self-esteem ideology…

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August 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Living in the light of the gospel

My sister once noticed the following words pinned to the noticeboard of the hospital where she worked: ‘Due to government cutbacks, the light at the end of the tunnel has been extinguished until further notice!’  We may well feel the same way about our lives. The problem is not government cutbacks; the problem is…

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August 2014
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Contraception battle

A company, whose founder has strong Christian convictions, has won a court battle over offering contraception coverage as part of its employees’ healthcare plans. Under the Obamacare Act in the US, employers are obliged to cover contraception and abortion on their employees’ life cover, with the exception of religious organisations, non-profit groups and churches,…

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Historical

August 2014
Articles > Historical

Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (5)

Henry Havelock was devoted to his mother. He was also a faithful brother, maintaining close ties with his kin, taking responsibility for them even when their own foolishness exposed them — and, by extension, him — to financial ruin. Likewise, he was a loving husband and father, concerned for the well-being of his family…

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August 2014
Ukraine

‘Around the World’ children’s camp, Ukraine

From June 14-21, a team of local, dedicated and energetic Christians held a week-long camp in western Ukraine for 75 children, aged between 7 and 13. Set within a large wood, with ponds, playing fields and several million mosquitoes, the camp was located at an ex-communist ‘pioneer camp’ that was bought by a Christian…

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August 2014
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Sunday school rally

Less than 1 per cent of children aged four to fourteen attend a Sunday school regularly. This compares with 60 years ago, when 58 per cent of children in England attended a Sunday school at least monthly. However, to imagine that Sunday school is dead would be a terrible mistake. In recent months, several schools have been…

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August 2014
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60th anniversary

Saturday 7 June and the following Lord’s day was a truly family affair, as members of Coedpoeth Evangelical Church joined with many friends from far and wide. They were gathering to give thanks and praise to God for his great faithfulness to them over six decades. Coedpoeth, like so many villages and towns up and…

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August 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why Christians need to keep hearing the gospel (2)

We need to hear the gospel in Sunday services, in order to inform our minds (see July 2014 ET’s article). Proverbs 15:28 says, ‘The heart of the righteous studies how to answer’. If we want to tell others about Christ, we need to listen to instruction, to be able to pass on the message…

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August 2014
Articles > World Mission

Pastor Training International (PTI) 10th anniversary

This year marks the 10th anniversary of PTI and we are, in the first place, grateful — grateful to all our supporters, but most of all to God for all he has done. The Lord has a plan for the next ten years and our task is to understand what it is and do…

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Historical

August 2014
Articles > Historical

Spurgeon in Wales (1)

By 1858, preaching in Wales had assumed a mantle of cool respectability, where hearers were more concerned with oratorical style than warm, heart-searching, gospel messages. Some, however, were troubled at this low ebb, and realised a religious awakening was desperately needed. In various places, the importance of seeking the Lord in prayer was dawning.…

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Reflecting on a woeful childhood

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August 2014
Articles > Comment

Reflecting on a woeful childhood

I reflected on a newspaper report (30 May 2014) from San Diego, California, about a girl who became a boy, at the age of five, when, ‘Jeff and Hillary Whittington shared the emotional story of little Ryland’s decision and gender transition as they accepted the Inspiration Award at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity…

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August 2014
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Bethersden ladies’ day

On Saturday 10 May, about 175 women gathered in the beautiful little village of Bethersden for our annual ladies’ conference. As always, we enjoyed being reunited with familiar faces. This is a highlight in our year, a day when women have an opportunity to gather to hear the Lord’s Word with none of the usual distractions.…

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August 2014
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WEST

The Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) has partnered with United Christian Broadcasters (UCB) to develop a website aimed at bringing the gospel to people. Called ‘LookingforGod.com’, the site is designed to communicate the gospel to people on the internet, and help those seeking God to connect with a local gospel-hearted church. According to…

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August 2014
News > Youth Features

Greenfield Camp

What comes to mind when you think of the May bank holiday — a visit to the garden centre, a trip to the coast, or a time to relax with feet up? For many it is a time to enjoy a well-deserved break, but not so in North Yorkshire! For over 30 years, May…

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August 2014
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Graduation speech

A Californian high school student was warned not to mention his faith in his graduation speech, claiming this would be in violation of the US constitution. According to the Christian Institute, 18-year-old Brooks Hamby was told by Brawley Union School District officials that if he mentioned God or Jesus, he would be breaching ‘government…

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August 2014
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Enabling Church

The Enabling Church Conference, organised by the Churches for All network of Christian disability charities, took place at Bethel Convention Centre, West Bromwich, in June.  It was truly inspiring to be in the company of 400 enthusiastic people, all committed to church as God planned it, a church with no one, regardless of physical,…

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August 2014
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WEST Revival Conference

The week of 21-28 June was distinctly summery and nearby beaches well frequented in the free periods. Alan Hayes, the chef, served up a feast all week for people gathered at the 15th Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) Revival Conference. But the spiritual fare was of the highest order. The principal of Highland…

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August 2014
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Women bishops

On 14 July the Church of England voted for the first time in its history to have women bishops. The vote in the House of Laity was 152 in favour and 45 against, with five abstentions. This over-turned the vote of November 2012, when a narrow margin of six lay members blocked the proposal.…

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August 2014
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Gospel churches together

Saturday 14 June saw approximately 150 people make their way up one of Wales’ eastern valleys to the village of Abersychan and church of Noddfa. It was the end of a journey, yet at the same time the start of a new venture with God. John Funnell was recognised as part-time pastor of the…

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August 2014
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The Christian and fantasy fiction (2)

How should a Christian think of fantasy fiction? Opinions seem to range from extreme caution to enthusiastic promotion. Let us consider now our second question (see also ET, July 2014): what counts as a specifically Christian content? Bunyan’s specifically Christian content hangs on his choice of method — the use of allegory. This is…

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August 2014
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Three-parent families

Renowned fertility doctor, Professor Robert Winston, has claimed fertility treatment in the UK is an unregulated ‘jungle’ and warned against bringing in three-parent families without more testing. Quoted in the Independent, Prof. Winston accused the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the fertility watchdog, of incompetence and criticised private fertility clinics for peddling expensive,…

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August 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Crisis in the Church of Scotland

Evangelicals in the Church of Scotland, as in many other mainstream denominations, are facing a crisis. The crisis has arisen over two issues. The first question is whether those in civil partnerships may be selected for, or continue in, Christian ministry. The second is whether same-sex marriage, as defined by the State, is acceptable…

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Historical

August 2014
Articles > Historical

1914 – 2014- the same but different

This year brings the first of a series of centenaries for the First World or Great War. The anniversary is causing controversy in its own way and we are being encouraged, in the words of Noel Coward, ‘Let’s not be beastly to the Germans!’ Those seeking ever greater integration into Europe want to consider…

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From dawn until dusk

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August 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

From dawn until dusk

I recently had the experience of being outside in the morning while it was dark and seeing the day dawn gradually. Then, as it happened, that very same day I was out in the early evening as the sun set and darkness appeared again. The experience reminded me of Psalm 113:3, which reads, ‘From…

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‘Please  talk to me about this!’

Historical

August 2014
Articles > Historical

‘Please talk to me about this!’

A typical ASR report from the Front ‘I gave a young soldier of the Welch Regiment a lavender bag. He was badly wounded in the right hand and was very ill as a result of a haemorrhage overnight. When he read the text “The gift of God is eternal life” which was attached to…

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Historical

August 2014
Articles > Historical

Reaching soldiers with the gospel during World War I

When war was declared in August 1914, Soldiers’ Christian Association had 2000 serving members and 2000 associates. Many of these men were to have their faith in Christ tested in the early months of the war and like their comrades, the Army Scripture Readers, were to find Christ entirely faithful in keeping them professionally…

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Historical

August 2014
Articles > Historical

War and peace

God works in mysterious yet wonderful ways, including in times of pain, tragedy and despair. This was found to be true by all those British soldiers who during the Great War found inner peace — through finding Christ. Those in the front line ministering to the spiritual needs of the British ‘tommies’ were the…

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Historical

August 2014
Articles > Historical

An English-language revival movement in North Wales, 1822–1850 (1)

According to the Liverpool district synod handbook 1929, Primitive Methodism came from Burland to Chester, via Huxley, chiefly from 1819, and the movement soon extended to the borders of Wales. Here are some extracts from the Journal of John Ride, later known as ‘the apostle of Berkshire’: ‘Sunday 3 March, 1822, At 2 preached…

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News

August 2014
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Central African Republic

Tearfund has launched an emergency appeal to provide relief for nearly a million people left homeless, as the troubles in the Central African Republic (CAR) intensify. According to the development agency, daily brutal attacks have left thousands dead and 700,000 people homeless, with a further 288,000 exiles fleeing to neighbouring countries. More than half…

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Engaging with Keller

Review

August 2014
Reviews > Book

Engaging with Keller

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: 978-0-85234-928-1 Star Rating: 4 Tim Keller is the pastor-teacher of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in New York. He is widely known in the evangelical world, both for his gospel work…

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The Missing Generation

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August 2014

The Missing Generation

The Missing Generation Kay Mumford 10ofthose 154, £5.99 ISBN: 978-1-90617-392-0 Star Rating: 4 Subtitled as ‘a practical guide to 20s-30s ministry’, this concise book covers huge swathes of practical detail on developing an ‘every-member ministry’ and making godly young disciples of Christ. Although there is no ‘one size fits all’ model offered, the standpoint is…

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Priority One

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August 2014

Priority One

Priority OneJosh HookerEP Books, 128 pages, £6.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-935-9Star rating : 3 The author has written simply, clearly and warmly, explaining well the basics of what is a key, perhaps the key, principle of NT theology: grace — God’s unmerited favour in Christ towards undeserving sinners. He divides his subject into three clear sections: Grace…

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August 2014

Why I am not an Atheist

Why I am not an atheist Edited by David J. Randall Christian Focus Publications, 186 pages, £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-78191-270-6 Star rating : 5 Living, as we do, in an increasingly secular and sceptical society, we should be thankful for any tools that help us to bring the truth of the gospel to those for…

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Review

August 2014

By Grace to Glory

By grace to glory — Cornish Baptists: their origins, growth and the influence of George Charles Smith of Penzance From Dissent to disaster Stephen DrayCarn Brea Media (available through Lulu), 181 pages, £6.99 and280 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-291-28414-0 and 978-1-291-28334-1Star rating : 2 As a Cornishman and a Strict and Particular Baptist, I looked…

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Review

August 2014

From Dissent to Disaster

By grace to glory — Cornish Baptists: their origins, growth and the influence of George Charles Smith of Penzance From Dissent to disaster Stephen Dray Carn Brea Media (available through Lulu), 181 pages, £6.99 and 280 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-291-28414-0 and 978-1-291-28334-1 Star rating : 2 As a Cornishman and a Strict and Particular…

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August 2014

One in a Thousand

One in a ThousandErroll HulseEP Books224, £9.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-913-7Star Rating: 4 Erroll Hulse has for many years exercised a worldwide ministry of encouraging pastors and supporting their theological training. Sadly, this has now been curtailed by illness. This book is a passionate exhortation to pastors to be diligent in fulfilling all the duties of their ministry. …

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August 2014

Salvation by Crucifixion

Salvation by Crucifixion Philip Graham RykenChristian Focus Publications96 pages, £5.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-307-9Star Rating: 4 stars   This little book is deceptively simple to read, yet leaves the reader with a fresh appreciation of the wonder of our salvation and how it was achieved. In seven short chapters, Dr Ryken deftly paints before our eyes the…

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