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All Articles from August 2014

News

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
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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News

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?

Article

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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Article

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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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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Article

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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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
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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News

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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Article

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
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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