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February 2010
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News – Equality Bill threatens

Equality Bill threatens Christians can expect a rise in court cases relating to their beliefs and practices if the UK Equality Bill becomes enshrined in law in its current form.  This is the warning of Christian legal and advisory groups such as Christian public policy charity CARE, the Christian Institute, Christian Concern For Our Nation…

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News – Caring for the elderly

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February 2010
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News – Caring for the elderly

Caring for the elderly 'The UK can't afford its over 65s' was the headline in a national newspaper recently. It was just one of many voices saying the same thing: that our public health care system is facing a time bomb as life expectancy rises and the number of older people with Alzheimer's or Parkinson's…

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February 2010
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News – Christmas Eve ecumenism

Christmas Eve ecumenism On Christmas Eve, BBC ALBA laid on a Gaelic ecumenical service at Ness Bank Church (Church of Scotland), Inverness. The service was led by Rev. K. D. MacLeod (Church of Scotland), and the BBC advertised this as an ecumenical service and as having 'readings and prayers from Rev. Ronnie Morrison (Free Church…

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February 2010
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News – Children, Schools and Families Bill

Children, Schools and Families Bill The second reading of the Children, Schools and Families Bill was hotly debated in the House of Commons in January, not least because of contentious areas such as faith schools, home-schooling and compulsory sex education for primary-school age children.     In a debate which lasted for hours, the vote to push…

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February 2010
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News – New boat for CYE

New boat for CYE  Christian Youth Enterprises Sailing Centre (CYESC) has refurbished its new vessel and launched it into a wet dock. The vessel is a 30 x 9 metre ex-MOD barge, purchased in Lowestoft in June 2008 and brought to Portsmouth in July 2009.     The new boat was successfully reintroduced to the water…

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Burma’ where all the gold is on the pagodas

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February 2010
Burma

Burma’ where all the gold is on the pagodas

Burma— where all the gold is on the pagodas   On 17 November Dr Jim Winter and John Hobson of Horsell Evangelical Church, and I of College Park Baptist Church, Lewisham, met for the long flight from Heathrow to Yangon. We returned safely back on 1 December.      It was a lovely surprise to…

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‘He descended into hell’

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February 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘He descended into hell’

'He descended into hell' Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The exact meaning of Christ's 'descent into hell' has been much debated over the centuries. The Reformed consensus is that when Christ died at Calvary, he actually experienced the indescribable torments of hell, without in any way becoming sinful himself. And he did this…

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Comment – Kingdom mathematics

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February 2010
Articles > Comment

Comment – Kingdom mathematics

Kingdom mathematics My gran was always telling me: 'Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.' Gradually I figured out what she meant!     Her approach encapsulates a vital truth when applied to kingdom living according to the principle of Matthew 6:33: 'Seek first the kingdom of God'. Diligence in small things -…

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News – Westminster Conference

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February 2010
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News – Westminster Conference

Westminster Conference  The eclectic nature of the 2009 Westminster Conference's papers, delivered at the Whitefield Memorial Church in London on 8-9 December, was reflected in the conference's title - 'Calvin, Geneva and revival'.      The papers ranged from Garry Williams on 'John Calvin's agenda: issues in the separation from Rome', through Don Carson on…

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Reviews – R. B. Jones – Gospel ministry in turbulent times – Noel Gibbard – Bryntirion Press

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February 2010
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Reviews – R. B. Jones – Gospel ministry in turbulent times – Noel Gibbard – Bryntirion Press

R. B. Jones - Gospel ministry in turbulent times Noel GibbardBryntirion Press232 pages, £12.95 ISBN: 978-1-85049-231-3 This is an excellent and much needed biography of Rhys Bevan Jones (1869-1933). 'RB' (as he was referred to) is popularly remembered in connection with the 1904-05 Welsh Revival; and his influence was much wider.      The author helpfully brings…

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February 2010
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News – Big Brother

Big Brother  Young people across the UK have been debating faith in the most unlikely of places - a comments forum set up for Celebrity Big Brother (www.channel4.com/bigbrother/housemates/stephen.html).     The controversial Channel 4 programme, which has been garnering around six million viewers, has sparked a debate about Christianity, the truth of the gospel and reality…

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February 2010
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News – Haiti disaster

Haiti disaster Shortly before ET went to print, news broke of a powerful earthquake in Haiti with its epicentre near the capital, Port au Prince. Latest estimates are that 3 million people have been affected and well over 100,000 killed.      The 7.0 Richter quake lasted well over half a minute. Many were injured as…

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Arab World Ministries Media celebrates 50 years

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February 2010
Islam

Arab World Ministries Media celebrates 50 years

Arab World Ministries Media celebrates 50 years   Where were you in 1959? In that year, the first section of the M1 motorway opened, the UK began to use postal codes and Barbie dolls first went on sale.      In the backstreets of Marrakech in 1959, Moroccan cooks were bashing spices in their mortars.…

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Reviews – The priority of preaching – Christopher Ash – Christian Focus Publications

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February 2010
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Reviews – The priority of preaching – Christopher Ash – Christian Focus Publications

The priority of preaching Christopher AshChristian Focus Publications122 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-1-84550-464 9 The preface of this book describes its aim clearly: 'This is the second in a series of books which looks at the culture and context of preaching and teaching God's Word. We need help not just in “how to preach Bible books”, but clarity…

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Francis Schaeffer

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February 2010
Articles > Historical

Francis Schaeffer

Francis Schaeffer Anthony Oughton The burden of this article is to offer a positive appraisal of Schaeffer's life and ministry, and their influence on those who came into contact with him. This is in the belief that some British evangelicals may not have properly understood Schaeffer's work. In a recent editorial from a well-known evangelical publication, Francis…

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News – Coram Deo

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February 2010
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News – Coram Deo

Coram Deo Coram Deo, a phrase from Calvin meaning 'in the presence of God', is the name given to an organisation located in north Italy, near the city of Mantua. Its aim is to foster the reformed faith throughout Italy by encouraging church planting and the publication of good reformed literature.      Coram Deo held…

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February 2010
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News – Irish blasphemy law

Irish blasphemy law The Government of Ireland passed a law on 1 January making it a punishable offence to blaspheme, whether in plays or in public, against any religion.      The blasphemy law, already in existence in the country, had previously only covered Christianity. Now it encompasses a wider realm, defining the act as: 'Publishing…

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February 2010
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Who made God?

Who made God? Best-selling book by former ET editor and chairman Professor Edgar Andrews is being publicised on railway station posters this month.     Up to 30 stations across the UK, including mainline stations at Cardiff, Peterborough, York, Manchester and Glasgow, will sport the book cover and its provocative headline 'Who made God?'     The posters also…

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Youth Column – “I will not apologise for the real Jesus”

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February 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Column – “I will not apologise for the real Jesus”

Youth Column Jason Ramsey kicks off this new youth column (and, incidentally, introduces Re:formation, an organisation he is involved with).      Thank you Jason! We invite any other young people with a Christian theme burning in their heart to put it into words and send it to ET. “I will not apologise for the real Jesus” This…

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Not really a Christian book!

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February 2010
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Not really a Christian book!

Not really a Christian book! John Brand For months people have been asking me whether I've read The Shack. This book has been flying off the shelves in both Christian and secular bookshops.  Until now I've resisted, partly for lack of time.I'm glad I have now read it, but I need to say right up front…

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News – Tribute to Enid

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February 2010
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News – Tribute to Enid

Tribute to Enid  Just days after Peter and Enid Lawrence's golden wedding anniversary, Enid was swept into eternity in a fatal road accident on 5 November 2009.     Loved ones, friends, neighbours and the fellowship at Slapton and Wappenham Independent Evangelical Church were all stunned by this sudden sadness.      The days that followed were…

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February 2010
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News – Evangelical Library, London

Evangelical Library, London The Evangelical Library has moved to its new home. For nearly two years, negotiations have taken place to relocate it in better premises. The Chiltern Street property was becoming an increasing burden and, two years ago, the library was faced with the prospect of another large bill for repairs.      When the…

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February 2010
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News – Christian teacher sacked

Christian teacher sacked A Christian teacher with more than 20 years' experience has been expelled from her job for offering to pray for a sick pupil.      Olive Jones, 54, taught maths to children who were too ill to go to school. One day, a female pupil was too ill to take her lesson, so…

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News – Rev. Colin Peckham

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February 2010
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News – Rev. Colin Peckham

Rev. Colin Peckham Rev. Dr Colin Peckham, principal emeritus of the Faith Mission Bible College, Edinburgh, was suddenly called home on 9 November.     Dr Peckham was born, and born again, in South Africa. He grew up with a farming background but, after studying agriculture, felt the call of God to Christian ministry and studied for…

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February 2010
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News – Professor Donald Macleod

Professor Donald Macleod  Donald Macleod is to retire in June 2010 as principal of the Free Church of Scotland College in Edinburgh. His intention of stepping down was announced at the end of November by college board chairman Dr Iain D. Campbell.      Dr Campbell paid tribute to Principal Macleod, saying he 'significantly developed…

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Guest Column – The Bible tomorrow

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February 2010
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – The Bible tomorrow

The Bible tomorrow Guest Column Garry Williams, MA, MSt, PhD The Lord knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:8-11) and tells us to let tomorrow worry about itself (Matthew 6:34), so we should not be too preoccupied with the future. Nonetheless, Scripture also tells us to be alert to tomorrow's needs, commending the example of the…

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A flood of memories from Brazil

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February 2010
Brazil

A flood of memories from Brazil

A flood of memories from Brazil   A recent letter from a girl called Adna brought back a flood of memories, 50 years ago, of our missionary adventure in the Amazon region.   Adna had grown up in Manicore in Brazil and was now in the last year of theological studies. For her senior…

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The Manhattan Declaration

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February 2010
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The Manhattan Declaration

The Manhattan Declaration Guy Davies On 20 November 2009 a coalition of 150 leading representatives of Orthodox, Roman Catholic and evangelical traditions released a joint statement - the Manhattan Declaration. Amongst the evangelical signatories were several high-profile names, including Chuck Colson, Tim Keller, Albert Mohler and Joni Eareckson Tada. The declaration is the expression of concern over…

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February 2010
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News – STL crisis

STL crisis  Dozens of jobs have been secured after the sale of some of Wesley Owen's chain of Christian book stores and the two trading divisions Authentic Media and STL Distribution. However, many other jobs are still at risk.     The sale announcement was made just before Christmas by the trustees and senior management of…

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What every parent should know about the Internet (3)

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February 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What every parent should know about the Internet (3)

What every parent should know about the Internet (3) David Clark The social network revolution In February 2009, the Daily Telegraph reported that Kimberly Swann, a 16-year-old from Clacton, posted on Facebook that she thought her job was boring. She was called into her manager's office and handed a letter that cited her Facebook comments as the…

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February 2010
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News – Contending for the faith in Lagos

Contending for the faith in Lagos The eighth annual Lagos Bible Conference was held on 6-7 November 2009. The conference theme was: 'Earnestly contend for the faith' (Jude 3).     Ten lectures were delivered by eight lecturers to 200 pastors and others - the highest average attendance since this conference started. Chris Buss of the Metropolitan…

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Losing a child

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February 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Losing a child

Losing a child Peter Barnes All deaths are terrible but the death of a child is especially terrible and the death of one's own child possesses a peculiar kind of horror. The great men of faith were not protected from it - Thomas Boston outlived six of his ten children while John Owen outlived all eleven of…

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Personal view

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February 2010
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Personal view

Personal view Kent Philpott, a pastor in Mill Valley, California, shares thoughts on teachers and preachers  We can easily agree that the primary purpose of the church is to worship our Lord. It is generally agreed also that central to that worship is the teaching of Scripture and proclamation of Jesus Christ both to Christians…

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Reviews – The expectant prophet – John D. Currid – EP Books

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February 2010
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Reviews – The expectant prophet – John D. Currid – EP Books

The expectant prophet John D. CurridEP Books142 pages, £7.95ISBN: 9-780852-347003 This exposition of Habakkuk highlights the prophet's experience of waiting for God's answer to his perplexity over the violence and injustice he saw all around. His comfort was found in a full appreciation of the sovereignty of God.      The commentary's aim is to provide the…

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February 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Whose kingdom is it anyway?

Whose kingdom is it anyway? Is dominionism gaining ground in Western churches? The US-based Discernment Research Group, author of the Herescope blog (http://herescope.blogspot.com), is one of a number of groups that thinks so, and has sounded an alarm.  Since the turn of the 21st century, there has been a rise in 'prophecies' purporting to show…

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News – Heyday at Hayes

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February 2010
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News – Heyday at Hayes

Heyday at Hayes An annual event for the ladies and their friends of Hayes Town Chapel is a luxury sit-down dinner, followed by a guest speaker. The dinner is always an enjoyable and encouraging time for all who attend, and this year was no exception.       There were 70 diners, of whom at least 40…

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News – New day for the FIEC

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February 2010
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News – New day for the FIEC

New day for the FIEC   The FIEC has appointed John Stevens, a Birmingham pastor and former law lecturer, to serve as its first ever director, from September 2010.   Educated at Cambridge University, where he became a Christian in his final year, John was a law lecturer for sixteen years until 2007. He…

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Meteoric Methodism (3)

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February 2010
Articles > Historical

Meteoric Methodism (3)

Meteoric Methodism (3) Roger Fay Primitive Methodism was an astonishingly successful, nineteenth-century denomination that grew at phenomenal speed, especially through conversions among the unchurched (see October and November 2009 ETs). What were its distinctive features? Answering this is made more difficult by the movement's relative lack of written remains, compared to Wesleyan Methodism and other nonconformist bodies.…

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News – Reformation and revival

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February 2010
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News – Reformation and revival

Reformation and revival The Reformation and Revival conference at Swanwick from 16-18 November included fervent prayer and powerful ministry. Gwynn Williams, pastor of the Welsh Evangelical Church in Cardiff, gave three encouraging and challenging messages on 2 Timothy 1 and 2:2.      Mr Williams used the illustration of rugby football. Timothy had 'caught the ball'…

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February 2010
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News – Schoolgirl beaten

Schoolgirl beaten An 11-year-old girl in Pakistan was beaten unconscious by her Muslim teacher after she said she was both Pakistani and a Christian.     Nadia Iftikhar, who was at an evening school called Bright Future Academy, in Dharema, Punjab province, told the teacher that she was a Pakistani, but not a Muslim.      The female…

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February 2010
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News – Movers and shakers

Movers and shakers From Canary Wharf to Christian Aid: Loretta Minghella, former chief executive of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme for the past five years, is to become a director of Christian Aid in April.     Oak Hill says farewell to Hebrew and OT lecturer James Robson, who left at the end of ­December to take…

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Discernment ministry (2)

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February 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Discernment ministry (2)

Discernment ministry (2) Gary Gilley Despite the clear mandate given in Scripture for biblical discernment and critique (see January ET), most people continue to be critical of the whole concept of this ministry.  Ironically, those who preach most tenaciously the need for tolerance are themselves intolerant of any who seek to faithfully follow God's directives in…

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Does Moses predict Mohammed?

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February 2010
Cults and other religions

Does Moses predict Mohammed?

Does Moses predict Mohammed? Murray Gifkins Islam enjoys the common perception that it is an 'Abrahamic' faith. Muslims believe that the one true God who revealed himself to Abraham is the God whom they worship. In their mind, the Prophet Mohammed brought the final revelation from God to mankind.  Christians need to be aware that Muslims…

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Reviews – Walking the walk – the rise of King David for today – Pete Wilcox – Paternoster Press

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February 2010
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Reviews – Walking the walk – the rise of King David for today – Pete Wilcox – Paternoster Press

Walking the walk - the rise of King David for today: a dramatic exposition of 1 Samuel 16 - 2 Samuel 5:10 Pete WilcoxPaternoster Press204 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-84227-648-8 This book calls itself a 'dramatic exposition' of the story of the rise to power of David. The author is Pete Wilcox, who is the Canon Chancellor of…

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Are we ready?

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February 2010
Cults and other religions

Are we ready?

Are we ready? Reflections on the proposed visit to the UK of Pope Benedict XVI Gordon Murray Since the Reformation there has only been one papal visit to this country and that was in 1982, when the pope was John Paul II.  The invitation then was given by the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in this…

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News – Sri Lanka dedication

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February 2010
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News – Sri Lanka dedication

Sri Lanka dedication On 14 November 2009, a church dedication service was held in the village of Virumanagar, in Muthur district, Sri Lanka.      We met to give thanks to God, for it was from under a tree in this same village that the Muthur ministry started eight years ago. We began to share the…

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