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Coping with anxiety

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December 2008
Evangelistic

Coping with anxiety

Coping with anxiety According to a government survey, more than 10% of the population suffer from neurotic anxiety disorders. More than eighty million prescriptions for tranquillisers and antidepressants were dispensed a decade ago  - and the number has been rising since then. Some 60% of employees apparently suffer from feelings of insecurity and anxiety. What…

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December 2008
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News – John Wesley at Penn

John Wesley at Penn   Over the weekend of 4-5 October, Penn Free Methodist Church, near High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, celebrated its 200th anniversary. On the Saturday afternoon Alun McNabb from Staffordshire, addressed church members and others on the subject of 'John Wesley and the holy fire that changed a nation'. He explained how…

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Accident or design ?

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December 2008
Scientific (including creation)

Accident or design ?

Accident or design ?  The moral and scientific dilemmas of Darwinism Charles Darwin's centenary in 2009 is double in two senses. He was born two hundred years ago in 1809 and he published his hugely influential book On the origin of species 150 years ago in 1859. The media are set to throw quite a…

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News – Mission Aviation Fellowship

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December 2008
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News – Mission Aviation Fellowship

Mission Aviation Fellowship  MAF is helping aid agencies bring vital food and medical supplies to hundreds of thousands of people in Congo displaced by weeks of fighting between government and rebel forces. These have crammed into refugee camps or remain scattered across Congo's northern region, after a number of raids on their villages by…

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December 2008
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News – Put them back!

Put them back! It shouldn't be a crime for a mother to smack her naughty child in a supermarket, the children's minister Beverley Hughes has said. Outlining the Government's position she wrote:      'If we put a ban on smacking into legislation it would mean in practice that a mother who gives her child a…

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The cost of being different

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December 2008
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The cost of being different

The cost of being different I can't say when I became a Christian; it has been more of a gradual process. I have been brought up in a Christian home where the Lord Jesus is loved and I go to church every week. I have also attended children's groups and Christian camps.  I listened to…

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December 2008
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News – Oldest known Hebrew text

Oldest known Hebrew text  Archaeologists in Israel have recently reported finding the oldest known Hebrew text, in a fortress city overlooking the valley where the Bible says David slew Goliath.     Israeli archaeologist Yossi Garfinkel reported that a 3000-year-old piece of pottery was found near the stairs and stone washtub of an excavated home at…

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Feeling the pinch?

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December 2008
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Feeling the pinch?

Feeling the pinch?   We'll all have to tighten our belts this Christmas as the credit crunch takes its toll on the festive season. Despite the grumblings of recent years about cash shortages and low sales on the high street, the current economic crisis has taken things to a different level.   It's not…

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December 2008
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News – Adult stem cells avoid ethical dilemmas

Adult stem cells avoid ethical dilemmas Researchers from the University of Cambridge, under the leadership of Professor Austin Smith, recently published a paper describing a new technique that can transform adult stem cells into 'pluripotent' stem cells - cells capable of developing into many different types of living tissue.      The technique is reliable and…

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Christmas in crisis

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December 2008
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Christmas in crisis

Christmas in crisis Jonathan Skinner asks, 'Do 21st century Britons need a religious festival? Do we need religion at all? Has Christmas passed its sell-by date?' Christmas is in crisis. Nostalgia has replaced nativity, materialism has smothered the manger and cocktails have upstaged carols. Religion has been airbrushed out of the British winter holiday. We have…

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Christmas every day?

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December 2008
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Christmas every day?

Christmas  every day? Well I wish it could be Christmas every dayWhen the kids start singing and the band begins to play.Oh I wish it could be Christmas every daySo let the bells ring out for Christmas. When it was originally released in 1973, 'I wish it could be Christmas every day' stormed to the top…

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The benefit of knowing God

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December 2008
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The benefit of knowing God

The benefit of knowing God I grew up believing that there is a God. I also thought that 'good' people went to heaven and 'bad' people didn't. So I didn't really understand what Christianity is all about.I went to a Christian summer camp when I was 14 and a counsellor asked me if I was…

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December 2008
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News – The BBC exposed

The BBC exposed Tens of thousands of complaints from licence payers, and criticism from the Prime Minister and MPs, finally brought a reluctant BBC to act on the bad behaviour of two of its presenters.      In October, Russell Brand resigned and Jonathan Ross was suspended from broadcasting, for lewd and distasteful comments left on…

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John Bunyan valiant for truth

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December 2008
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John Bunyan valiant for truth

John Bunyan valiant for truth   Who would true valour see, let him come hither, one here will constant be, come wind, come weather.   The words are familiar to many as a hymn once sung at school assemblies. We may also recall further lines about 'hobgoblins' and 'foul fiends' that sent a shiver…

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December 2008
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News – What really matters?

What really matters?  A government minister has called for low attendance churches to be converted into gyms, restaurants and multi-faith centres to better serve their local communities.      Culture Secretary Andy Burnham said he was happy to preserve the architectural beauty of the churches but felt they could be better used to serve the…

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Why Jesus?

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December 2008
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Why Jesus?

Why Jesus? Why Jesus? That is a key question. Why, 2000 years after his birth, are we still talking about Jesus so much? Has he got any relevance to life in today's world? The question was asked by a colleague. I had worked alongside her for about six months and been impressed by her sharpness and…

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News – Empowering the underprivileged

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December 2008
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News – Empowering the underprivileged

Empowering the underprivileged Today an estimated 40,000 children will die of hunger or hunger-related disease. Within a year, malaria will claim the lives of one million children. In view of this, helping the poor to survive is a commendable aim - but Siloam Christian Ministries together with Childcare Worldwide (CCW) also strives to help the…

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December 2008
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News – Cheats

Cheats Plagiarism - copying material from books and the internet and passing it off as original work - is widespread in British universities, if a recent survey of students at Cambridge University is to be believed.      Nearly half the students consulted in a poll conducted by The Varsity student newspaper admitted to plagiarism.…

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December 2008
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News – Religious discrimination

Religious discrimination A Christian employee of British Airways has begun an appeal to recover around £3,500 in lost wages following her absence from work for three months during an industrial dispute. The case results from an employment tribunal decision that British Airways (BA) did not discriminate when it asked her to stop wearing a…

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Our designer world

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December 2008
Scientific (including creation)

Our designer world

Our designer world  Is the world an accident of evolution? Is mankind? If so, it's odd that the earth is so perfectly adapted for human life. The Bible teaches that the earth is no accident. It is full of the goodness of God, who is generous to all (Psalms 33:5; 145:9). One example of that…

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Review – What the Bible teaches about being born again – Gary Brady – EP

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December 2008
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Review – What the Bible teaches about being born again – Gary Brady – EP

What the Bible teaches about being born again Gary BradyEvangelical Press166 pages; £7.95ISBN: 978-0852346747 Some of the great teachings of Christianity have surprisingly little written about them. The 'new birth' is one of these neglected areas, which is why this book is very welcome.      Gary Brady sets out the doctrine of the new birth, first…

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Reborn – what’s that?

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December 2008
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Reborn – what’s that?

Reborn – what's that? Euan Murray, Scotland Rugby Union star and a qualified vet, tells how he became a Christian. I was born into a family of four, with two brothers and one sister. My mother was a Christian and my father an atheist. We were taken to church by my mother and her parents, who…

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Why you don’t believe

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December 2008
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Why you don’t believe

Why you don't believeA famous preacher called Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones once lamented that present-day preaching is so innocuous that it doesn't even annoy people. That could not have been said of Jesus Christ. No one could be more compassionate than Jesus but no one is more direct in pointing out that behind unbelief is…

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December 2008
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News – Christian Focus Publications

Christian Focus Publications Christian Focus Publications (CFP) has announced that Anthony Gosling of Evangelical Press (EP), Darlington, is to become CFP's sales and marketing manager.      EP chief executive Graham Hilton said, 'Since joining in 2000, Anthony has made a huge contribution to the work at EP and will be greatly missed by all…

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The impossible baby

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December 2008
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The impossible baby

The impossible baby People ask, 'How can you believe in the virgin birth of Jesus in the 21st century?' It's a fair question, so how do we reply? Here are some answers about the impossible baby. Believe it or not, people were just as aware in the 1st century as in the 21st that pregnancy resulted…

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December 2008
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News – Iraqi Christians targeted

Iraqi Christians targeted  Hundreds of Iraq's professed Christians have fled the northern Iraqi city of Mosul this autumn following a wave of killings and intimidation aimed against them. Officials in the largely Kurdish city say that a dozen Christians have been killed, causing hundreds of fearful families to take refuge in outlying villages.     …

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The light of the world

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December 2008
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The light of the world

The light of the world John's Gospel shines a torch onto the darkness of our lives.  Simoney Girard asks what our response will be to Jesus this Christmas. Thousands will watch as the famous Oxford Street lights are switched on at Christmas. British Christmas traditions emphasise light. It's not surprising - colourful candles, fairy lights and…

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December 2008
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News – Crisis in Congo

Crisis in Congo Aid agencies are struggling to get access to hundreds of thousands of displaced people in Congo's Democratic Republic (DRC). Many aid workers had to evacuate, as fighting between rebels and government forces encroached on Goma, the provincial capital.      It is believed that well over a quarter of a million people have…

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News – A day in the life of a social worker

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December 2008
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News – A day in the life of a social worker

A day in the life of a social worker Jenny is a social worker for Christian Compassion Ministry (CCM), an arm of the Cubao Baptist Church in Metro Manila, Philippines. She is responsible for about 70 children from the Educational Assistance Program, which provides uniforms, shoes, books and an allowance to enable children from the…

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Teenager with attitude

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December 2008
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Teenager with attitude

Teenager with attitude Why Jesus? That is a key question. Why, 2000 years after his birth, are we still talking about Jesus so much? Has he got any relevance to life in today's world? The question was asked by a colleague. I had worked alongside her for about six months and been impressed by her sharpness…

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The reason for the season

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December 2008
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The reason for the season

The reason for the season What is Christmas all about? A statement by the apostle Paul offers us the answer: 'This is a faithful saying and worthy of all acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am chief' (1 Timothy 1:15). So then, Christmas is about ... Something reliable…

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Pie in the sky?

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December 2008
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Pie in the sky?

Pie in the sky? Heaven! Have you ever thought about it? Is there such a place? People die. This is the one fact in life that's certain. But what happens when people die?  Many mock the very idea of heaven as 'pie in the sky when you die'. The Bible, however, declares that heaven is…

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December 2008
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News – Troubled children

Troubled children Children from broken homes are almost five times as likely to suffer from emotional disorders as those whose parents stay together, new research shows. The findings from the Office of National Statistics add to mounting evidence of the damage caused by family breakdown.     Family breakdown was more significant than other 'household' factors such…

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How many will go to heaven?

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December 2008
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How many will go to heaven?

How many will go to heaven? A man once asked Jesus, 'Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?' As a Jew he probably assumed that most Jews would be saved, but not many others. So, how many do you think will be in heaven? Around Christmas a lot of people will attend churches…

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Fearless Pilgrim

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December 2008
Articles > Historical

Fearless Pilgrim

Fearless Pilgrim The September book launch of Faith Cook's latest Evangelical Press publication, Fearless Pilgrim, was attended by an encouraging number of people. The launch was at the Bunyan Meeting Free Church in Bedford, with the John Bunyan Museum on the same site being specially open for the evening occasion.      John Pestell, Bedford author…

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December 2008
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Christmas: It’s personal

Christmas: It's personal With the economy heading south, unemployment heading north and energy bills heading for the sky, the finances of most ordinary families are taking a hit. Money is tight and spending this year will certainly be down. For many, in the words of the song,  'It's going to be a cold, cold Christmas'.…

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Review – Where do we go from here? – John Blanchard – EP

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December 2008
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Review – Where do we go from here? – John Blanchard – EP

Where do we go from here? John BlanchardEvangelical Press40 pages; £14.95 for 10ISBN: 978-0852346792 In this latest booklet, John Blanchard brings us face to face with the great taboo subject of modern times - death. Beginning with the arresting account of Joseph Stalin's end, the author highlights the inescapable reality that faces everyone, great or small.…

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My chains fell off …

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December 2008
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My chains fell off …

My chains fell off …   The amazing story of Donald and Margaret MacLeod who met and married after they were each delivered from alcoholism through faith in Jesus Christ.   DONALD'S STORY   I was brought up in the small island of Scalpay, in the Western Isles, by Christian parents. I left home…

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December 2008
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News – Discipleship Explored DVD

Discipleship Explored DVD Christianity Explored (CE) has launched its new Discipleship Explored  DVD (published by the Good Book Company) at All Souls Church, Langham Place, in London.      An audience of journalists, Discipleship Explored (DE) course leaders, bloggers and other church representatives watched the screening of a trailer and two episodes of the course. CE…

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Crumbling foundations

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December 2008
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Crumbling foundations

Crumbling foundations Brought up in a Christian family, I believed in God and Jesus, heaven and hell. But there is a big difference between believing in Jesus and trusting in him. My upbringing kept me from much wrongdoing but by my late teens I was no stranger to lying and drunkenness. When I left home at…

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December 2008
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News – Oxford unimpressed

Oxford unimpressed An attempt by Oxford council officials to drop Christmas from the title of the city's celebrations was condemned by residents and religious leaders. Instead of Christmas lights, they want the historic city to be decorated with a huge mobile of lanterns in the shape of the solar system.     The idea was promoted by…

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I struggled with the Christian message

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December 2008
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I struggled with the Christian message

I struggled with the Christian message As a teenager my perception of God was very much shaped by those around me. I didn't think I needed to go to church to be a Christian.  I thought it didn't really matter which God you believed in as long as you did believe and tried to be…

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What if Christ had never come?

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December 2008
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What if Christ had never come?

What if Christ had never come? What if Thomas Edison had not pioneered the phonograph? Another inventor would have done so. What if Sir James Young Simpson had not discovered the use of chloroform? Someone else would have introduced anaesthetics. As the Book of Ecclesiastes puts it, 'What has been will be again, what has…

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Sorrow at Christmas

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December 2008
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Sorrow at Christmas

Sorrow at Christmas 'Christmas comes but once a year and when it comes it brings good cheer'. No one seems to know who first said that, but it's not always true. Christmas can be a sad and lonely time for a whole range of people. When I was a child I always looked forward to the…

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Guest Column – Larry King live

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December 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Larry King live

Larry King live Guest Column - Tom Ascol Several years ago Larry King, the well-known American talk show host, was asked who he would like to interview if he had his pick from all of history. His answer was Jesus Christ. The questioner paused and said, 'What is the one question you would like to ask him?'…

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I thought God was dead

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December 2008
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I thought God was dead

I thought God was dead Before I became a Christian I had no time for religion. I considered it a human invention, sold as 'truth' and followed by people too 'gutless' to live according to their own sense of morality. I was polite to Christians but inside they made me angry. They promoted an absolute, namely,…

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Curtains; but then what?

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December 2008
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Curtains; but then what?

Curtains; but then what?   We know what happens to our bodies when we die, but what happens to our souls? One idea (of many) is that after death the soul 'sleeps' until some future date. This may offer some comfort to the bereaved, but the Bible teaches that the souls of those who die…

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An amazing ID card

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December 2008
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An amazing ID card

An amazing ID card The government plans one day to introduce biometric ID cards for us all. Are you in favour or against? Do you want everyone to know all about you? Probably not. But there's not the slightest secret about the ID details of the most outstanding person ever.  The record is precise and…

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News – The stable is for real!

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December 2008
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News – The stable is for real!

The stable is for real! In Bethlehem's Manger Square, there is a remarkable exhibition of miniature 'stables' at the Peace Centre. These have been donated to show how different ethnic groups envisage Jesus' birthplace.  Clearly, folk in Nevada think the 'stable' was like those in cowboy films. Christians in Shanghai assume that the Bethlehem 'stable'…

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News – West Park Church, Wolverhampton

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December 2008
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News – West Park Church, Wolverhampton

West Park Church, Wolverhampton Over 27-28 September, West Park Church celebrated God's remarkable goodness during the 40 years since the church began. To mark the occasion, members and friends gathered on Saturday afternoon for an informal meeting, when aspects of the church's history were recounted.      Stuart Olyott and his wife Doll joined us for…

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December 2008
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News – Religious discrimination

Religious discrimination  A Christian employee of British Airways has begun an appeal to recover around £3,500 in lost wages following her absence from work for three months during an industrial dispute. The case results from an employment tribunal decision that British Airways (BA) did not discriminate when it asked her to stop wearing a…

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December 2008
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News – Scientism’s naivety

Scientism's naivety Britain's leading supporter of evolution - and critic of religious faith - Professor Richard Dawkins is retiring from his post at Oxford University to write a book warning against fairytales and witchcraft. He hopes to write a children's book on how to think about the world, contrasting scientific with mythical thinking.     The academic…

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News – WEST

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December 2008
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News – WEST

WEST  Students and lecturers, friends and supporters, from all over the UK and beyond, gathered in Bridgend on Saturday 20 September at WEST (Wales Evangelical School of Theology) to give thanks to God and commit to him the work of the college in the coming academic year.     We enjoyed a time of great encouragement…

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