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December 2015
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Education – Highland Theological College

Highland Theological College (HTC), University of the Highland and Islands, has appointed two members of staff to run its newly opened base in Glasgow.  Mrs Pamela Adkins and Rev. Nathan Owens will run the classrooms based at Newton Place in Glasgow’s west end, with teaching being delivered mainly by video-conferencing from the college’s main…

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Article

December 2015
Armenia

Armenians, ‘experts in the art of dying’ – and also in the art of living (1)

Christian evangelist Roger Carswell shares with ET readers an edited version of a booklet first penned by his grandfather, Rev. Sisag Manoogian, at the time of the Armenian genocide (1915-1917). Sisag was a refugee who experienced 33 miraculous escapes from the Turks. He went on to be a powerful evangelist and pastor, proclaiming the…

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Conference – Preparing for persecution

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December 2015
News

Conference – Preparing for persecution

This was the title for the sixteenth annual ‘God’s Glory: Our Joy’ Conference, held in Warrington on 10th October. The subject is rapidly becoming more relevant, and this was certainly demonstrated during the day. Persecution is far worse for many believers in other countries, but we shut our eyes to what is happening in…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

From Catholicism to Christ

How can I be right with the one, true and holy God? Have you ever pondered that question? The question haunted me ever since I was a boy. I only discovered the answer when I was 23 years old. Do you know this all-holy, eternal God personally: the one who created you and continues…

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Historical

December 2015
Articles > Historical

The surprising story of Colonel James Gardiner (1688-1745)

Commemorations of the defeat of Napoleon at the Battle of Waterloo in 1815 have grabbed many headlines this year, as we celebrated the 200th anniversary of that historic victory by the Duke of Wellington’s forces. Hailed among the finest of all British military commanders, Wellington has often been compared with the Duke of Marlborough,…

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December 2015
Scientific (including creation)

What is DNA polymerase?

This article provides some background information on DNA polymerase to supplement the article Oxford-trained scientist acknowledges the creator DNA polymerase is an enzyme, a protein ‘machine’ that makes copies of DNA molecules. It is found in all living organisms in various levels of complexity and performs a number of important functions. For example, our bodies…

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December 2015
News

Bangladesh – attacks

Three men pretending they wanted to learn about Christianity attacked a Bangladeshi pastor in his home with a knife on 5 October. According to a report from advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund, Pastor Luke Sarker, aged 52, survived the attack with minor injuries, but, in separate attacks, two foreigners were killed in October by suspected…

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Article

December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘The gods do not live among humans’

‘What the king asks is too difficult. No one can reveal it to the king except the gods, and they do not live among humans’ (Daniel 2:11). King Nebuchadnezzar was an awesome and feared king, whose word and wishes had to be obeyed. Members of his court were terrified because they were unable to…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

From fear to faith

I have been very blessed in that God has put me in a Christian home — not just my immediate family, but much of my wider family as well. As I grew up I was taken to church, and mum and dad often did Bible times with us. When I was about ten years…

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December 2015
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Event – New buildbing for Handsworth

On Saturday 19 September 2015, Emmanuel Church in Handsworth, Birmingham, gave thanks to God for the completion of their church building project. More than 200 people gathered from churches around the Midlands region, as well as other parts of the country. The pastor shared a brief history of the church and how ‘their times…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

‘I started to read my Bible again’

It wasn’t until I was studying for my A-levels that the faith I’d had as a young child was really tested, and I started to question what I had believed for so long. I took Religious Studies in philosophy and ethics. Faced with so many new ideas and theories about the world and its…

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December 2015
News

Charity- Christmas shoeboxes

Cathy Madavan and Rev. Cris Rogers, both members of the Spring Harvest planning group, are to visit Liberia, Africa, in December to see the distribution of gift-packed shoeboxes from the UK. This is part of Operation Christmas Child, a Samaritan’s Purse project that aims to provide children across the world with a shoebox of small presents to…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

A wonderful name

Names are so important! Parents agonise over what to call their newborn infant. Should he or she carry on the family tradition for a name; or bear the name of a loved relative or friend; or reflect the parents’ hopes and aspirations? When Jesus was born, 2000 years ago, all these considerations were set…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

A straight answer to a straight question

All my life I have been surrounded by Christian influences. My immediate family and many of my wider family are Christians. I have always attended church regularly and have been to Christian youth groups and camps. However, from an early age, I knew that these things did not make me a Christian. I had…

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Something extraordinary

Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

Something extraordinary

Who am I? You won’t see my face on TV, won’t read my name in the papers. There was no media interest on the day of my birth, nor is there likely to be on the day of my death. And yet there is now something about me that defies explanation, something at work…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Saved to serve

I was born the youngest of seven children into a low income, lost family in Pennsylvania. My mother decided to separate from my father when I was four years old, leading to even greater poverty. Through many troubles and many moves, I was an upbeat child, but clearly a sinner. I recall that, when…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

Found by Christ

I was born in 1953 into an Anglo-Irish family. We were practising Roman Catholics. I was deeply interested in the faith. Religious Knowledge, was, generally speaking, the subject I was best in at school. I was sent to a private Roman Catholic school. The staff were exceptionally kind and genuinely pious. I was confirmed…

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Is tolerance a Christian virtue?

Article

December 2015
Articles > Comment

Is tolerance a Christian virtue?

In our pluralistic society, ‘toleration’ is definitely a supreme virtue. It is held up as a good, even ‘Christian’ virtue. Not too long ago an incensed father was quoted in Metro when his son George was prohibited from joining the scouts due to professed atheism. Said Mr Pratt, ‘Christianity is meant to be about…

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December 2015
News

Mission – New pregnancy advice centre

Abortion is often considered a topic best left alone, little questioned and almost a taboo subject in today’s society. However, we cannot deny that approximately 200,000 babies are aborted each year in England and Wales. This highlights the great need for practical, Christian, pro-life ministry in the UK. Therefore, we are seeking to establish…

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December 2015
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Induction – Forward together in Wales

In a day of sad divisions within many churches it was a joy to see two churches move forward together for the cause of the gospel. On Saturday 17 October, Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff, and Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Newport, met together to ordain Ben Fiddian to the Christian ministry and induct him as assistant…

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Sought and found by God

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Sought and found by God

Rachel Heaps is the daughter-in-law of Graham Heaps, who was the pastor of Dewsbury Evangelical Church for 41 years, before retiring at the end of 2014. . Rachel grew up in a non-Christian household and had an unhappy home life. ‘When I was just 13, my mum left my dad, and took my 9-year-old…

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December 2015
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Event – Faith under fire

Nearly 700 people gathered to hear the testimony of Christians who have suffered for upholding their faith, as part of the Christian Institute’s ‘Faith under fire’ tour in Scotland. Over five days the Institute held four meetings, in Stornoway, Inverness, Portree and Motherwell. Speaking were Daniel McArthur, of Ashers Baking Company, and hotelier Hazelmary…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Good news for chocoholics!

Recently Aberdeen University published a report which concluded that, after research, it was clear that chocolate was good for the heart. After years of being told the contrary, this was good news for chocoholics like me! When it comes to food, I like all the wrong things. I like chocolate, chips, salted butter and…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

Sad world, good news

Fear; palpable, sickening fear. Your legs feel like water. Sweat beads break out all over your body. You wet yourself. But don’t worry, you won’t wet yourself again, because you won’t get another drink for days. In fact the next drink will be your last! Sea water pouring into your nose and mouth, distending…

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Broken but precious

Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

Broken but precious

There’s a small box, inside a larger box, inside an even larger box. Every year, the largest box — and several others of similar size — are taken out of the attic cupboard and rifled through with care and diligence. These boxes contain Christmas decorations. All of them; several hundred, at the very least,…

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December 2015
Evangelistic

Worry and peace

We worry about many things: the spread of infectious diseases like Ebola; climate change and depletion of the earth’s resources. We worry about our children and grandchildren in a dangerous world and decadent age. We worry about technological change, employment, health, pension, what will happen when we’re no longer able to look after ourselves…

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December 2015
News

France – anguish

The day after the IS attacks in Paris, Evangelical Times received this email from a French Christian, which we publish here in full: Dear friends, today we want to weep with those who weep. We express our condolences to the bereaved families. This nightmarish weekend in Paris killed more than 125 people; people who…

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December 2015
News

Politics – Sunday trading

The majority of people in Britain believe that family life of shop workers will suffer if the government presses ahead with its plans to relax the Sunday trading laws. According to a poll of 2000 members of the public, commissioned by the Association of Convenience Stores (ACS), 57 per cent of respondents said they…

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December 2015
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Induction – Upton Baptist Church

Upton Baptist Church (UBC) in Chester rejoiced, on 26 September 2015, to welcome their new pastor Owen Blackwood, with his wife Eleanor and their three girls, Molly, Jemima and Rosie. We were joined by many good friends from local churches and from around the country, and in particular from Peniel church in Maesteg, where Mr Blackwood had previously served as…

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Article

December 2015
Armenia

Armenia

A century after the first genocide of the 20th century — the massacre of Armenians by the Turks — the Middle East is once more a place of extensive suffering in which many Christians (as well as Moslems) have suffered terribly. Armenia was one of Asia’s largest empires during the days of Julius Caesar.…

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Historical

December 2015
Articles > Historical

Foundling tokens

Lying a little to the south of London’s three great railway stations for the north (Euston, St Pancras and King’s Cross) is the Foundling Museum. Once home to the capital’s abandoned children, it contains dozens of wooden trays each containing hundreds and hundreds of little tokens. Many more are stored away. And each one…

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December 2015
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Conference – John Owen Centre

What is the role of theology in our pragmatic age? This was the theme of this year’s conference run by the John Owen Centre at London Theological Seminary, Kensit. Six speakers tackled the subject ably, from a variety of viewpoints, over two days. Beginning with the biblical data, Colin Burcombe (Northern Ireland) and Alistair…

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December 2015
News

Christmas – Mercy ships carol service

Mercy Ships, a charity which provides free healthcare on board the world’s largest civilian hospital ship, the Africa Mercy, is hosting its first Scottish Christmas carol service at St Mary’s Cathedral in Edinburgh, on Monday 14 December, at 7.30pm. The St Mary’s Cathedral Choir will be singing at the service. The Africa Mercy is currently docked in Madagascar, where the…

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December 2015
News

Christmas – Charity cards

A small charity card shop in a North London church has made £1500 in its first week of opening. According to local newspaper GetWestLondon, the Ealing Charity Card shop, which opened for the 30th time on 2 November, at the Church of Christ the Saviour, Ealing, London, is already up in its sales on…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

Discovering God’s gentleness

During the summer of 1998 my marriage broke up, which left me in a lot of financial debt. Because of this the only accommodation open to me was lodgings. After a few weeks in lodgings, the landlord decided for various reasons to re-let the room I was in, which left me homeless because the…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

Submitting to Christ

How did I become a Christian? In order to answer this question carefully, I must first give an account of my earlier encounters with the Christian religion. During the first five years of life, my parents took me to a Pentecostal church. I can’t remember much of my experience there. Following this period, our…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

‘God made all these things’

I wish to record my everlasting thanks to our dear and gracious Lord God for drawing me to himself and saving me, nearly 50 years ago, when I was a young mother, with four children. I didn’t even know what the words ‘born again’, and ‘being saved’ meant, as I had never heard them…

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The greatest of the great is come

Article

December 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The greatest of the great is come

In Nazareth, Mary was told that the child to be born to her would be a great person. He would have a great birth — the highest of all stooping to such a humble entry into the world. He would be great in his life, wholly free from selfishness, lust and greed. He would…

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News

December 2015
News

Media – Publishers merge

Inter-Varsity Press (IVP) and the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) have agreed to join forces. In a statement, published jointly, IVP said major changes in the publishing industry had required publishers to ‘continually identify efficiencies and pursue partnership opportunities’. It will therefore become a subsidiary charity of SPCK, which has pledged to ensure…

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Creation and evolution don’t mix!

Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

Creation and evolution don’t mix!

You may think there are enough problems for the Christian church without someone wanting to persuade you to believe in a literal creation, as described in the book of Genesis. But we must take seriously these issues, even if it means challenging the prevailing climate of scepticism and unbelief. You may say, ‘What does…

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News

December 2015
News

Charity – Serve Scotland

Some of Scotland’s best known Christian charities have joined forces with churches to launch a national initiative to tackle poverty and support their local communities more effectively. Bethany Christian Trust, Glasgow City Mission, Blythswood Care, the Cinnamon Network, Redeeming Our Communities and Care for Scotland have joined the Evangelical Alliance in setting up ‘Serve…

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December 2015
News

Letter from America – America’s favourite pastime

Some regions are famously known for their cuisine or rich history, but these seldom unite their citizens in the same way that college (university) football unites the United States, especially the American South. Although the football season only lasts from September to late November (with a few championship games played later in the winter),…

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Article

December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

The gift of God

Often, three questions come to mind when we open a present: Who is it from? What does it do? And finally (perhaps a little guiltily!), how much did it cost? The Lord Jesus Christ is the greatest gift that was ever given, and I want to use those three questions and a verse of…

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Article

December 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is the Bible reliable?

There’s a very simple experiment that anyone in the Western world can perform. It starts by getting hold of a Bible printed before 1798. This is not hard. Some families have old Bibles. They can often be found in old churches, libraries, and second-hand book shops. You can also buy them on the internet.…

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News

December 2015
News

Media – 10ofThose opening

On Saturday 24 October, Christian bookstore 10ofthose.com welcomed more than 400 people for the opening of their new warehouse, conference room and shop in Leyland, Lancashire. The morning was a celebratory affair, with lots going on for all the family. There was face painting and story times for children, while authors including Stuart Olyott,…

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Article

December 2015
Evangelistic

Delivered from addiction

As a fun-loving teenager, I would never have dreamt that I would have become an alcoholic in my twenties. But become one I did. Leaving school at 17, I started work on a Bournemouth newspaper. Alongside this, I worked in various bands as a musician. Between these two career paths, I drifted as time…

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News

December 2015
News

Syria – Release of captives

According to a statement from international advocacy group Barnabas Fund, on Saturday 7 November, 37 Syrian Christians were released after eight months of captivity at the hands of Islamic State (IS). The captives had been kept by IS jihadists in north-eastern Syria. Those liberated, all of them elderly, arrived by bus at Tel Tamar…

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Article

December 2015
Articles > Comment

Oxford-trained scientist acknowledges the creator

Dominic Statham interviews biophysicist Dr Yusdi Santoso, who grew up in Bali, a province of Indonesia known for its beautiful mountains, stunning coastal regions and rich cultural heritage. Following high school, he moved to Singapore to study computer engineering at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). Yusdi then worked for a company specialising in bioinformatics, producing software…

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