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History of Evangelical Times

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February 2017
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History of Evangelical Times

Articles which are related to the history of the newspaper are linked below: The Evangelical Times timeline is here. The aims of the newspaper at the beginning are described here and here. Some of the changes in the appearance of the newspaper are shown here. A gallery of pictures from the 50th anniversary service. Evangelical…

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February 2017
Articles > Historical

The appearance of Evangelical Times over the years

The appearance of ET has changed considerably during the last 50 years:

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February 2017
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The aims of the Evangelical Times newspaper

A pamphlet was sent to many evangelical churches throughout the UK explaining the purposes of the new newspaper: A PDF of this pamphlet is available here: ET_origin_pamphlet In various early copies of the newspaper its main aims were described:    

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February 2017
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Religion – Parachristo

Hundreds of British churches, including some of the UK’s largest congregations, have been warned against possible infiltration by a group called Parachristo, reported to be a cult which has links to a controversial South Korean group called Shinchonji. The warnings, reported in The Telegraph, revealed that the Church of England (CofE) has issued a…

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February 2017
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Event – Guernsey celebration

Guernsey’s La Villiaze Evangelical Congregational Church celebrated its 200th anniversary throughout 2016. For the church, this brought into focus the wonderful truths of Psalm 100:5: ‘For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations’. Special events Monthly special prayer meetings were occasions to give thanks for God’s…

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Conferences – Westminster Conference 2016

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February 2017
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Conferences – Westminster Conference 2016

Conferences – Westminster Conference 2016 It was a great privilege and pleasure to attend the Westminster Conference, held in December at Regents’ Hall, Oxford Street, London. This year’s theme was ‘Contending for the truth’, where six papers of great quality were given. With the 500-year anniversary of Luther’s 95-theses just around the corner, the…

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February 2017
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30 years of sharing the love of Jesus

As Evangelical Times celebrates its 50th anniversary, Caring For Life (CfL) is looking back over 30 years of sharing the love of Jesus, and is in awe at God’s goodness. It was in the late 1980s that a crisis facing cities across the UK began to come to light: a huge surge in homelessness…

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February 2017
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International – Coptic Christians attacked

Egyptian Coptic Christians are still reeling from a series of attacks over 2016, including the murder of 25 people during an explosion at St Peter’s Coptic Orthodox Church in Cairo last December. HG Bishop Angaelos said: ‘Crimes will always be perpetrated and criminals will continue to exist, but such a strategic, vicious act is…

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Article

February 2017
United States of America

The rise and decline of evangelicalism in the United States (1967-2017)

There can be no question that something extraordinary was happening spiritually at the end of the 1960s and into the early 1970s, just as Evangelical Times was beginning its ministry. Thousands of young people came to Christ, campus ministries exploded with growth, and hundreds of young men flooded into the seminaries. The year 1976…

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February 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Countless things women can do’

‘I heard the voice of the Lord saying, Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? And I said, Here am I. Send me!’ (Isaiah 6:8).When the prophet Isaiah encounters the glorious holiness of the Lord, he is humbled, aware of his complete sinfulness. But God cleanses Isaiah and calls him to…

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February 2017
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International – Religious hatred in Pakistan

A Pakistani Christian has been arrested in Lahore by police after allegedly committing blasphemy. Babu Shahbaz, a Christian from Kamahan village, had a complaint registered at the local Lahore police station about him and some unknown people on 30 December 2016. He has been accused of committing blasphemy, as his name was found written…

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February 2017
Articles > Guest column

Maciek Stolarski

In an unbelieving world, people still desire miracles to take place. They want an outcome of a given situation to be positive, even when all the indications are negative. Often such emotional expressions come to the fore when someone in the family is gravely ill, especially a child. What they would like is the…

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February 2017
Obituaries

Helen Roseveare (1925–2016)

On Tuesday, 13 December 2016, the funeral of Dr Helen Roseveare took place at St Elizabeth’s Church in Dundonald, Belfast. Helen had a keen sense of her failings and need of the Lord’s forgiveness, but it was her keener sense of being loved by Jesus that was central to her faith and accounted for…

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February 2017
Articles > Historical

Benjamin Beddome and the Bible

John Newton (1725–1807), the well-known eighteenth-century evangelical leader, had the opportunity to meet and hear many leading evangelicals of his day. It is intriguing, therefore, to read some remarks that he penned in his diary on 7 August 1776, after he had heard Benjamin Beddome (1717–1795) preach at the ordination of John Sutcliff (1752–1814),…

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February 2017
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Education – Gender book

A new guidebook — Can I tell you about gender diversity? — has been published for distribution to 120 schools in the UK. It instructs teachers, students and parents to stop using language which implies that there are only two biological genders, and tells the reader to stop using the terms ‘boys’ and ‘girls’.           …

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February 2017
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Society – Hate crime consultation

The Crown Prosecution Service held a consultation over the past few months on its policy regarding ‘homophobic and transphobic hate crime’. However, Christian Concern (CC) has warned that, although the intent of the policy may be laudable, it undermines equality and limits freedom, and could have a draconian effect on any Christian who believes…

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February 2017
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Induction – New pastor for Lincoln

After 14 years of faithful service, our pastor, Robert Dale, retired from his ministry on 21October. We are thankful to the Lord for his gracious provision in leading us, after much prayer and searching, to his choice for our new pastor. It was with great joy that Saturday 22 October saw the induction of…

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February 2017
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Ethics – Scottish abortion

Abortion activist groups in Scotland are pushing for the country to decriminalise abortion, since abortion powers are now devolved to Holyrood as part of the Scotland Act 2016.  Engender, Amnesty Scotland, NUS Scotland, Scottish Women’s Aid and other groups published a report last year in which they made the recommendation to decriminalise abortion. The report…

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February 2017
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Media – Buzz words

‘Post-truth’ is Oxford Dictionaries’ word of 2016. In January 2017, Oxford Dictionaries, after much discussion, debate and research, announced that ‘post-truth’ was the word of the year for 2016. The phrase is an adjective that defines a situation as ‘relating to or denoting circumstances in which objective facts are less influential in shaping public…

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February 2017
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Mission- FIEC London director

Trevor Archer has become the first ever London director of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC). Mr Archer will officially move into the post when Adrian Reynolds joins as the Fellowship’s new training Director in April, to take on the role Mr Archer has served in since 2012. As London director, Mr Archer…

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February 2017
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Conferences – Engaging evangelism

More than 550 people gathered for the annual Leaders’ Conference organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in November 2016. The theme was Engaging Evangelism, with Ed Stetzer as the main speaker. Mr Stetzer has planted, revitalised and pastored churches on six continents and serves as the executive director of the Billy…

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February 2017
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Persecution – Chinese lawyer missing

Christian advocacy organisation Release International has called on the Chinese government to declare where missing human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong is being held and give reassurances the missing lawyer is not being tortured by the authorities. Release partners fear he may already have been tortured. The outspoken lawyer disappeared on his way home in…

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Article

February 2017
France

Evangelicalism in France

Protestantism is a very marginal minority in France, numerically less than 2 per cent of the total population. France Mission estimates there are 1,700,000 Protestants in France and 600,000 evangelicals. The first figure seems generous. People can say they are Protestants just because they are not Catholics. They sympathise with the Protestant minority because…

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February 2017
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Event – Accident or design?

Professor Stuart Burgess of Bristol University speaks at conferences around the world on subjects related to special creation, so we were delighted when he visited us at Scott Drive Church, Exmouth, on Saturday 19  November. We had asked him to speak on ‘Are we here by accident or design?’. We knew this subject would…

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February 2017
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Persecution UK – Christian nurse sacked

A Christian nurse has been fired by the NHS for talking to patients about her faith while helping them prepare for surgery. According to the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting her, Sarah Kuteh, a nursing sister from Bexley, had 15 years’ unblemished experience as a nurse. However, Ms Kuteh was investigated and dismissed…

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February 2017
Articles > Historical

Pantycelyn

William Williams (1717-1791) was one of the most remarkable hymn writers who ever lived. What may seem strange to those outside Wales, however, is that he is generally known not by his personal name, but simply by that of the farm where he lived: ‘Pantycelyn’. The farm lies just beyond the hamlet of Pentre-tŷ-gwyn,…

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Article

February 2017
Articles > Comment

Essential truth

In four addresses on ‘What is an evangelical?’ given in 1971, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminded his hearers of the vital distinction between what he called ‘essential’ and ‘non-essential’ biblical truths. Safeguard His was no plea for doctrinal indifferentism and laxity, as the addresses made abundantly clear, but an impassioned call to define the heart…

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February 2017
Articles > Historical

‘Here I stand!’

2,700 At Westminster Chapel “Here I stand, I can do no other …  so help me God!” These words of Martin Luther, repeated by Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones at the final meeting of the British Evangelical Council Conference, echoed the stand for Truth which had been the mood of the Conference throughout the two days…

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February 2017
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Youth – Mission Moses

Last year, Thornton Heath Evangelical Church ran a holiday Bible club with Joseph as a theme, and this year we chose the theme ‘Mission: Moses’. The Lord was so faithful and gave plenty of craft ideas and activities, as well as providing many people willing to give up their time, even taking it off…

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February 2017
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Religion – Humanist ceremonies 

Humanist ceremonies are becoming more popular in the UK, new statistics have shown. Figures from pollsters YouGov have revealed nearly 15 million people in Britain have attended a humanist ceremony, while nearly seven million want a humanist funeral when they die. This comes as the UK government faces calls to give humanist weddings legal…

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Article

February 2017
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Britain’s decline and fall (3)

Continued from Britain’s decline and fall (2) Paul Johnson, a perceptive though rather waspish Catholic author and journalist, has pointed out there was something supine and indolent about the Bloomsbury set. He draws attention to their relatively low work rate and their tendency to be critics rather than creators.Certainly, unlike the Clapham Sect, Bloomsbury…

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Conferences – Reformation and Revival 2016

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February 2017
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Conferences – Reformation and Revival 2016

Travelling to Swanwick in Derbyshire for the annual Reformation and Revival Conference is always a journey full of anticipation. Close fellowship, times of prayer together and good expositional preaching are the hallmarks of this conference, including this year’s, held from 14-16 November, which saw a slightly smaller gathering than usual. Simon Clarke from Shepshed…

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February 2017
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International – Reformed Baptist Network

Mid-November saw the gathering of brothers and sisters from all over the USA and further afield, in the city of Greenville, South Carolina. The meeting was convened and hosted by Grace Baptist Church, Taylors, with a view to the inception of a new association of Reformed Baptists — the Reformed Baptist Network, or RBNet…

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February 2017
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Education – Ofsted ‘entrapment’

Christian Concern has blasted ‘inappropriate behaviour’ shown by Ofsted inspectors after a batch inspection, with barely any notice, judged Christian schools to be failing. Ten schools, supported by Christian Education Europe (CEE) were inspected on 16-18 October 2016 with just one day’s notice. The reports became public during December. Schools which had previously been…

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February 2017
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Education – Emmanuel Reformed Bible College, Singapore

‘For Ezra had prepared his heart to seek the law of the Lord, and to do it, and to teach in Israel statutes and judgments’ (Ezra 7:10).  There is a grave need to theologically equip and train Reformed pastors for many Bible-Presbyterian churches and mission stations. Singapore is a hub for theological training in…

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February 2017
Articles > Historical

The Church of England (1967-2017)

It is difficult in only one page to sum up five decades in the life of an institution as large and diverse as the Church of England. But here goes! Irreversible decline? One of the most obvious facts we must note to begin with is that the Church of England (CofE) has in many…

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February 2017
Articles > Historical

Then and now

‘I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed’ (Genesis 3:15); ‘These things I have spoken to you that you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer. I have overcome the world’ (John 16:33). Over the past 50 years…

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February 2017
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Nation – Queen’s birthday book

The millionth copy of The Servant Queen and the King she serves has been presented to Her Majesty the Queen. The 64-page book, with a foreword from Her Majesty, was published jointly by Hope, Bible Society and the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity, and uses the Queen’s own words to draw out the central…

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February 2017
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: A very special wedding

February is a month most Americans equate with romantic, Hallmark-esque dinner dates with your wife or sweetheart, with the cares of the day and the world locked outside. A year ago, on Valentine’s Day, I witnessed the sweetest, most emotional and most real wedding I may ever witness. The wedding day is finally here,…

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Global Reformed evangelicalism – today and over the past 50 years

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February 2017
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Global Reformed evangelicalism – today and over the past 50 years

It is fitting that in 2017 Evangelical Times celebrates and give thanks to God, for it is not only the 50th anniversary of this periodical, but also the 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation which gave birth to ‘evangelicalism’ — so called because of its emphasis on the gospel (Grk. euangelion) of…

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February 2017
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Society – Online divorce

Campaigners are calling for online divorces to be allowed in the UK, to make it easier to break up. This is despite figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) which has revealed 51.1 per cent of parents breaking up in 2016 were unmarried cohabitees. The Daily Mail reported figures showing that, for the…

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February 2017
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International – Every six minutes

Seventy per cent of Christians murdered in 2016 lived in Africa and were caught up in tribal conflicts on the continent, the Centre for Studies on New Religions has claimed. Speaking to the Vatican Radio, Massimo Introvigne, director of the centre, said approximately half a billion Christians in the world were unable to express…

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Article

February 2017
Scientific (including creation)

50 years of creationism

Young-age creationism is not new, despite efforts by its critics to explain it away as a modern theological aberration, derived from Seventh-day Adventism or American fundamentalism. All the foundational ideas of young-age creationism, including a recent creation, death through sin and a global Flood, can be traced back millennia. It is true that young-age…

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February 2017
Articles > Historical

Free the slaves

John Newton was the only son of a sea captain who owned a small fleet of trading vessels. Captain Newton planned a rugged upbringing for John. He left boarding school, as soon as he was old enough, for his first taste of life at sea in a vessel trading round Mediterranean ports. At 17,…

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Review

February 2017

50 World-changing events in Christian History

Earl Blackburn has written a helpful and unusual book. It is well researched and written with the average Christian in mind. In just over 300 pages he covers church history from the end of the New Testament to the present day. He does this by moving from one critical date and event to another in…

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Review

February 2017
Reviews > Book

Trail Blazers – Martin Luther – Reformation Fire

Catherine Mackenzie’s biography ­­­of Martin Luther is aimed at readers aged nine and above. It makes historical and gospel truths accessible and Mackenzie captures the sense of danger surrounding Luther’s work. The reader is left with an appreciation of the historical impact of those Reformation events from 500 years ago. Many of the facts…

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Review

February 2017

Why should I believe Christianity?

The author, a Scotsman, is a faculty member of Reformed Theological Seminary, Charlotte, North Carolina. The book is part of an apologetics series called ‘The Big Ten: Critical Questions Answered’. Its purpose is clear from the title: to persuade unbelievers of the truth of Christianity and lead them to faith in Christ. It is…

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Review

February 2017

A wind in the house of Islam

The stated purpose of this book is to review the re-emergence of Christianity in the Muslim world. Garrison was motivated to write it by the high number of Muslim conversions to Christ during the last 100 years, particularly in the 21st century. Prior to this, there had been no significant moves to Christianity from…

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