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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

A taste of Zambia

Proclamation Institute Zambia, training men and women for ministries in Kitwe, Zambia, held an information day in Kegworth, Derbyshire in May. Visitors were treated to hymns and cuisine, Zambian style, before being updated on gospel work in Zambia. Joe Kapolyo and Andrew Muwowo spoke of the need for cultural sensitivity when engaging Zambians with…

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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Newhouse Baptist Church anniversary

Situated in the Blackdown Hills on the Devon-Somerset border, this church recently celebrated its 367th anniversary. Rev Courtenay Harris led a thanksgiving service, using Paul’s experience of heaven (2 Corinthians 12) and the shepherdess’ desire for Solomon (Song of Solomon 4) to remind members to pursue a meaningful, felt relationship with Christ.

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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief > Science

Andy McIntosh outreach event

At an evangelistic event held at a York hotel in May, thermodynamics professor Andy McIntosh spoke of atheism’s inadequacy to explain science, reason, ethics and meaning. He said, ‘This line of reasoning has resonated with unbelievers at these evangelistic events.’ Over 100 sceptics and believers attended with much discussion following.

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Entering the sanctuary

Have you ever wondered about the unpredictability of God’s grace? In other words, have you wondered why so many different men and women, from all social classes, have been brought into the kingdom of God? Perplexity Acts 4:13 reads, ‘Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were…

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August 2019
Articles > Biblical/theological

The death that ends death

Notes of an address given at the burial of Iain H. Murray’s son, Stephen R. Murray (1956-2019) at the Dean Cemetery, Edinburgh, March 7, 2019 God is revealed to us in Scripture as ‘the God of all comfort’ (2 Corinthians 1:3). The Bible is a book of comfort for believers and, for our comfort…

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August 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Controversial questions in the 2021 Census

Controversial questions on gender identity and sexual orientation are to be included in the 2021 Census in England and Wales. These questions will differ from most of the census questions, in that both will be voluntary and only asked of respondents aged 16 or over. The only other voluntary question in the census will…

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August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

God is love

The love of God as understood from the Scriptures is a most precious doctrine. To be loved by God and to love him in return is the joy of salvation, ‘Whom having not seen you love. Though now you do not see him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory’…

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Historical

August 2019
Articles > Historical

Karolina Sandell-Berg: Songs out of tragedy

Karolina Sandell was born on 3 October 1832. Her father was a Lutheran pastor and, being a frail child, she would spend hours in her father’s study rather than playing outside with other children. She grew up to become Sweden’s most celebrated author of gospel hymns, writing so many that she is often called…

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August 2019
Articles > Comment

Beware the pitfalls of community engagement

News that a Grace Baptist church has not only allowed, but actively promoted, a play celebrating the LGBT movement within its building is deeply disturbing. But Evangelical Times has decided not to name the church because we are more concerned about the wider principles than this individual incident. We are forced to ask why…

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August 2019
Articles > Guest column

Why ‘same-sex attraction’ may be a misleading term

Like a swift flowing river, progressive culture seems to surge forward, sweeping all with it. Like dead branches, liberal churches are caught up in the stream. Sometimes evangelicals feel battered by the torrent, barely clinging to the bank. We need renewed confidence in the Spirit’s power. GK Chesterton stated ‘a dead thing can go…

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News

August 2019
News > International

US pastor prays for President Trump, but some church members are ‘hurt’

On June 2, David Platt, the pastor of a megachurch in the metro DC area had a rare opportunity when President Trump decided to drop by his church unexpectedly during a worship service. Platt is a well-known face in the metro DC area and is one of the youngest pastors of any megachurch in…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Growing old

A junior researcher recently sent me an email with a small typo. She referred to me as an ‘old aged psychiatrist’. I replied that I may not be as young as I was but I’m not aged yet! I explained that I think the current UK term for my NHS job ‘Old Age Psychiatrist’…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Taking a gamble

How many times has it happened over the past few weeks? I’m accosted by a smiling lady as I leave the supermarket. ‘Hi, we’re raising funds for the local hospital. Would you like to buy a lottery ticket?’ One of the neighbours’ children is standing on the doorstep looking hopeful. ‘We’ve got a raffle…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Raising Kids in a ‘You can do it!’ World

The author sets out eight signposts for Christian parents to follow when bringing up their children in a world that promotes the attitude that all you have to do is have confidence and you can achieve anything you want. The book is very readable, but some of the examples given and the language are…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Rewriting Gender?: You, Your Family, Transgenderism and the Gospel

Over a very short space of time, gender identity has become a major issue in the worlds of politics, healthcare, education and the media. It is not going to go away and the often subtle influence of the transgender agenda is so pervasive that none of us can escape it—not even the youngest of…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Christ and the Law: Antinomianism and the Westminster Assembly

Drawing on newly available primary sources, this title contends that the initial concern of the Westminster Assembly (1643-53) was the growing influence of antinomianism: the belief that, in Christ, the people of God are not subject to the law of God. After tracing the development of this belief, Gamble recounts the Assembly’s interrogation of…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Still Protesting: Why the Reformation Matters

Dr Darryl Hart shows in this book that the biblical truths discovered during the Reformation still matter today. He also applies his broad knowledge of theology, church history, American history and politics to explaining why American Protestants are turning to Roman Catholicism. His arguments suggest that Americans from a Protestant background who previously held…

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Review

August 2019
Reviews > Book

Perpetual Battle: The World, the Flesh and the Devil

As a teenager, I attended a church youth group called the ‘9:23 Club’. The name came from the words of Jesus in Luke 9:23, ‘If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me’. The message was clear enough: being a Christian involves suffering. In…

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News

August 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Michael Wright (1927-2019)

Michael Wright, former elder of Hall Green Baptist Church in Haworth, West Yorkshire has died aged 91. Raised in Haworth, Michael studied civil engineering at Sheffield University prior to employment with British Steel McColls. Although attending Hall Green Baptist Church during childhood, Michael was not saved until 29 years old. He heard several sermons…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Conferences

Discovering an amazing God in Eastbourne

God identifies with his people and displays his redemptive power towards them: this was among the messages brought to Christians at Bible by the Beach in Eastbourne earlier this year. Under the umbrella title of Amazed: Sin, Grace and an Amazing God, record numbers of delegates heard from a variety of speakers, including Don…

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August 2019
News > Conferences

Grace Baptist Assembly an ‘oasis for the battle-wearied pilgrim’

A good Christian conference is an oasis for the battle-wearied pilgrim. Our journey to the celestial city is not without its discouragements and challenges. Therefore, any opportunity to have our perspective refocused on the Lord, and for fellowship with like-minded believers is most welcome. This was my first time at the Grace Baptist Assembly,…

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August 2019
News > Church news

New building for Ayr church

May 18 inaugurated a new chapter in the history of Ayr Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Many visitors and former associates of the church gathered to give thanks for the Lord’s provision of a building and to mark its official opening. The congregation had been renting the property (in Lindsay Street, Ayr) from the…

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August 2019
News > Conferences

‘Who am I?’, the 30th Scottish Reformed Conference

Over 400 delegates of all ages engaged with this key question at the Scottish Reformed Conference in May. The speakers were Dr Sinclair Ferguson (Reformed Theological Seminary) and Dr Robert Murdock (Faith Mission Bible College). Speaking from Genesis, Dr Ferguson emphasised that humans are made in the image of God. Concerning the Fall, he…

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News

August 2019
News > International > Persecution

China: Pastor’s wife freed from jail

A reformed presbyterian church in China celebrated the release of Jiang Rong, wife of Pastor Wang Yi, in June, although the church has claimed that state persecution of its members is still continuing. In a statement from Early Rain Covenant Church (ERCC), Jiang Rong and another female church member, Li Xiaofeng, were finally freed…

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August 2019
News > International

Australia: Israel Folau case looks set for court

The case involving Christian Australian rugby superstar, Israel Folau, looks set to end up in federal court after all sides failed to reach a settlement. Folau had his professional rugby contracts terminated after he published social media postings urging people to repent from their sins, including homosexuality. His employer, Rugby Australia, said the postings…

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August 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Poland: Freedom of conscience ruling

Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal has confirmed that businesses have the right to offer services in line with their religious or other convictions. In a landmark decision, which exonerated a Polish printer who did not want to print material that promoted an event with which his religious beliefs were at odds, the Tribunal has set an…

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August 2019
News > International > Society

France: Court allows death of quadriplegic man

French officials have ruled that a paralysed man can have his life support turned off, allowing him to die. At the end of June, the Court of Cassation, the highest court in the land, gave a final ruling that doctors can stop feeding 43-year-old Vincent Lambert. The man, who is quadriplegic, has been in…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Student suspended for claiming scientific basis of gender

A teenage boy has sparked a debate about free speech after he was thrown out of class for saying there are only two genders. The 17-year-old from Aberdeenshire used his phone to secretly record a video of how he was reprimanded by his Personal and Social Education teacher. Although the teacher said the student…

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August 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Educational freedom being stifled by Stonewall

Britain’s leading gay rights activist group, Stonewall, is stifling educational freedom, according to more than 30 British academics. In an open letter to The Sunday Times, the academics claimed ‘tendentious and anti-scientific claims’ have been presented by Stonewall to staff as ‘objective fact, without the opportunity for scrutiny’. In their letter, the academics said…

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August 2019
News > Politics > Society

MPs vote to force gay marriage and abortion on to Northern Ireland

MPs in Westminster have voted to legalise gay marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland if devolution at Stormont is not restored by 21 October. Under the current law, gay marriage is not legal in the province and abortion is only legal in limited circumstances. The Democratic Unionist Party has said the votes at Westminster…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Christian doctor in court over his refusal to use transgender pronouns

An experienced doctor has appeared at Birmingham Employment Tribunal after he was sacked for refusing to use transgender pronouns. Dr David Mackereth, 56, had been an A&E doctor for 26 years in the NHS. But he lost his job doing assessments for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) because he refused to identify…

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August 2019
News > Society

Scottish government delays transgender laws

The Scottish government is unlikely to implement controversial reforms to gender recognition laws before 2021, according to The Sunday Times. The newspaper reported that several SNP figures are worried that changing the law to make it much easier for people to legally change sex will prove unpopular with the public. The Scottish government is…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Newcastle Cathedral challenged over ‘queering the church’ event

The Christian Institute has taken Newcastle Cathedral to task over a weekend-long LGBT festival that included a panel discussion on ‘Queering the Church’. The event, which coincided with the city’s pro-LGBT march as part of July’s Pride Month, the cathedral hosted four panellists, including a Church of England curate who identifies as ‘non-binary genderqueer…

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August 2019
News > Church news

Jonathan Fletcher banned from preaching over abuse allegations

Jonathan Fletcher, a leading evangelical figure within the Church of England, was banned from preaching following allegations of abuse, The Daily Telegraph has reported. The 76-year-old was stripped of his Church powers by the Bishop of Southwark in 2017 following complaints made to the church – Emmanuel Church, Wimbledon – where he used to…

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August 2019
News > Education > Society

Croydon primary school reported to local authority for excluding children who objected to LGBT lessons

Two primary school children in Croydon have been excluded by their headteacher for objecting to LGBT lessons. The incident occurred in the same school where, last year, children as young as four were forced to take part in a playground ‘gay pride parade’. This latest incident at Heavers Farmer Primary School, Croydon, South London…

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August 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Judges refuse to allow doctors to force an abortion on mentally ill woman

A pregnant woman with a mental age of between 6 and 9 years old has been allowed to keep her baby after the Court of Appeal overturned a Court of Protection decision to abort the child. The unnamed woman’s Catholic mother brought the legal challenge against doctors who attempted to force the termination in…

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August 2019
News > Church news > Society

Grace Baptist church in South East hosts LGBT play

A Grace Baptist church in the south east of England has allowed a LGBT play to be staged in its building and has promoted the play through social media. The church is a member of the Association of Grace Baptist Churches South East, and the matter is being addressed within the association. The play…

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News

August 2019
News > Religious liberty

Free speech victory for Christian social worker student

A Christian has won his appeal at court, after he was thrown off his university course for posting on Facebook that homosexuality is a sin. Felix Ngole, aged 39, was removed from a postgraduate social work course at the University of Sheffield in 2016 after posting the online comment. Judges overturned a previous court…

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Article

August 2019
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka: mission trip following Easter bombings

Despite the earlier Easter terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka, a team of five of us travelled to the country as planned. We were to speak at a church workers’ conference and provide women’s and children’s ministry to local churches connected with the Lanka Evangelical Fellowship of Churches (LEFC). The team comprised Mark and Sue…

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August 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Kingdom-building in Byker for 40 years… and more!

A church situated opposite the infamous ‘Byker Wall’ in east Newcastle Upon Tyne celebrated its 40thanniversary in mid-May – but its Gospel witness dates as far back as the 1920s. Welbeck Road Evangelical Church is based on the border of Walker and Byker, which featured in 90s children’s TV programme “Byker Grove”. The church…

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