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February 2018
Reviews > Book

Too young to die?

Andrew Stone is married to Susan and they have a daughter called Hannah. In 2012, Hannah was about to start university in Bangor. However, she experienced kidney failure and had to have a transplant. She was then diagnosed with cancer, which, despite treatment, was later pronounced as terminal. Remarkably, Hannah recovered, and this book…

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February 2018
Reviews > Book

The deacon — biblical foundations for today’s ministry of mercy

This valuable book seeks to restore the diaconate to its biblical purpose: not the maintenance of church buildings, but the care of the needy. Van Dam presents a solid scriptural basis for his case. He reviews Old Testament law, the teaching of Christ, and other New Testament passages which relate to provision for the…

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February 2018
Reviews > Book

Reformation Theology: A Systematic Summary

This to me is not a systematic theology as such, although it does present the various topics of the Reformers’ theology in a systematic way. It was written by ‘a group of theologians and historians who are committed to Reformation theology’ (p.63). This is its obvious strength, but could it also be a weakness?…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

Counsel to Gospel Ministers

John Brown of Haddington (1722-1787) was one of the great ministers of the Scottish church during a dark period in her history. As a pastor, divinity professor and writer he did much for the spiritual good of his native land. And not only for Scotland — through his writings, his influence extended far beyond…

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News

February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Evangelist Dick Saunders 1930-2018

Dick Saunders, international ‘crusade’ and radio evangelist, Bible teacher and pastor, died 19 January, 2018 aged 87. Richard (‘Dick’) Stephen Saunders was born in Hailsham, East Sussex, on 16 July, 1930, the son of a Strict Baptist lay-pastor, Alfred Saunders. He grew up surrounded by the prayers and Godly example of his parents, and…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

Particular Redemption: The End and Design of the Death of Christ

This is a reprint of an eighteenth-century work. John Hurrion, a Nonconformist pastor, was one of eight ministers who participated in a series of weekly lectures in London, from November 1730 until April 1731. This book contains the text of Hurrion’s four contributions to that series. The first two were preached in November and…

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February 2018
Reviews > Book

History Today – Gunpowder, Treason & Plot

This is a new and enlarged edition of a book originally published in 2005 to mark the 400th anniversary of the Gunpowder Plot. As Anderson points out, we British celebrate Guy Fawkes night, every 5 November, with little awareness of its background. The author addresses this ignorance by placing the plot in its historical,…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

A Place to Stand – Primer Issue 4

This is the fourth in a biannual series of theological digests intended for church leaders. It addresses the doctrine of justification by faith, tracing its historical background and development to the time of the Reformation. It includes an adapted and slightly modernised version of the ninth chapter of John Owen’s 1677 book, Justification by…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

Stump Kingdom: Isaiah 6-12

This book is an exposition of Isaiah 6-12. Arguably, these chapters are a microcosm of Isaiah as a whole, containing Isaiah’s commission, warnings of judgment against both Israel and Assyria, promises of the virgin birth and reign of Christ, and songs of praise for salvation. One benefit of isolating this section of text is…

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February 2018
Reviews > Book

How To Live as a Christian

This short book is a collection of 36 articles, originally appearing at the end of the Reformation Heritage KJV Study Bible. They are written by 28 authors and have been newly edited and enlarged by Joel Beeke, himself one of the contributors. The result is a useful manual of practical instruction on how to…

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February 2018
Reviews > Book

Stand — putting on the full armour of God

Like most books by this author, we have here a readable and concise description of the armour available to the everyday believer in his daily combat with the enemy of our souls. From the start, we see Wiersbe’s characteristically alliterated headings make the meaning and significance of each piece of armour both memorable and…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

Learning to Love the Psalms

Given the variety of good commentaries available on the Psalter, any new addition must surely justify its existence, to avoid ‘too much of a good thing’. That was my initial reaction on receiving this title, as I mentally surveyed my already substantial collection of such commentaries. However, Godfrey’s work merits a prominent place among…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

Horsing Around: Book 5 (52 Spurgeon stories for children)

During the last few years, I have read the first three books in this series with my two older children (now aged 11 and 8). They were excited to hear of another book in the series and keen for us to start reading it: a clear endorsement before I even began my review! Each…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

All you need to know about the Bible – Book 5

This informative book is a joy to read and of great importance in restoring the confidence of the ordinary Christian in the Word of God. It is one of a set of six short books with the same title, All you need to know about the Bible. I imagine this is to capture a…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Salvator Mundi

On 16 November 2017, the world held its breath and then celebrated, as it always does, that so much money could be paid for a single painting. The painting was Salvator Mundi — ‘The Saviour of the World’ — attributed to the great renaissance master, Leonardo da Vinci. I say attributed, because there is…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > World Mission

Door-to-door evangelism

I am an evangelist working with Outreach UK and also in an itinerant capacity. My passion and desire is to train and equip Christians in one-to-one evangelism, particularly door-to-door outreach. Many churches and Christians shy away from door-to-door. However, I believe this method is both biblical (Mark 16:15; Acts 5:42, and possibly Acts 20:20)…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

The Trinity and the covenant of redemption

Dr Fesko is a professor at Westminster Seminary in California. This Mentor book is the first of a proposed series of three, aimed at retrieving the classic Reformed doctrine of covenants. This project should meet enthusiastic approval, following current debates concerning covenant theology. Traditional theology has come under flak from Barthian-influenced neo-orthodoxy and pseudo-evangelicalism.…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > Personal view

PERSONAL VIEW: Was Eden a Garden Temple? (2)

The fate of the earthly creation is bound up with the life of Adam. As long as Adam stands, the world stands; when Adam falls, the world falls. It’s therefore not incredible or fantastic to see Adam as the priestly mediator between God and his earthly creation. The world has its relationship with God…

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News

February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Rev. Dr Eifion Evans (1931-2017)

Born in Cross Hands, Eifion trained as a pharmacist before entering theological training for the Presbyterian Church ministry. He ministered in Cardiff, Aberystwyth, Belfast and Abergavenny before returning to pharmacy in West Wales while continuing his preaching ministry and the encouraging of smaller fellowships. Like many Christians, I first met Eifion Evans through his…

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News

February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Rev. J. Glyn Owen (1919-2017)

Rev. Glyn Owen was my minister during the formative years of my life. He and his wife Prudence were also very supportive of my dad and me when my mum died of cancer. Arguably, the first Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) English youth camp was started when Mr Owen sent a group of us…

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News

February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Bobi Jones (1929-2017)

Scripture records the Lord Jesus as saying: ‘I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children’ (Matthew 11:25). Bobi Jones, no doubt, was the exception to the rule, as he was a man of exceptional intellect and…

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News

February 2018
News > Induction

Induction – New pastor for Jubilee

On Sunday 15 October 2017, the induction took place of Joe Bannister to the pastorate at Jubilee Baptist Church, Occold, in Suffolk. More than 200 people gathered in Occold village hall, where space was at a premium and some had no choice but to stand. It was a gorgeously warm autumnal day, so the…

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News

February 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – FIEC leaders’ conference

More than 800 people gathered for the annual leaders’ conference, organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in November 2017. For the first time, the conference was held at the Riviera International Conference Centre in Torquay and included teaching ministry in the main plenary sessions from Thabiti Anyabwile, pastor at Anacostia River…

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News

February 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Reformation and revival

I always seem to leave conferences sensing my own need for revival and a renewed desire for God to come in power upon the whole church. No conference has produced such a sense of this as the 2017 Reformation and Revival Conference, in Swanwick, Derbyshire. The speakers were Andrew Davies and Jeremy Walker, whose…

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Conference – Westminster Conference 2017

News

February 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Westminster Conference 2017

Around 100 people from various churches and backgrounds attended the Westminster Conference in 2017. The theme was ‘God with us and for us’, and we were treated to six excellent papers, with historical richness and theological depth. The first paper of the two-day conference (5-6 December) began with Stephen Clark speaking on ‘The Holy…

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News

February 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Pro-life awareness

Last year, sadly, marked the 50th year since the UK’s 1967 Abortion Act. On Friday 3 November, newly established centre Pregnancy Advice Sheffield (PAS) hosted an evening to increase pro-life awareness among Christians. PAS seeks to provide quality information and professional advice to pregnant women, to demonstrate the importance of choosing life. Our three…

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Event – Christian Heritage Centre, Rowley Regis

News

February 2018
News > Events

Event – Christian Heritage Centre, Rowley Regis

The good hand of God continues to bless the work of the Christian Heritage Centre, in Rowley Regis, Birmingham. 2017 ended with a well attended afternoon of lectures, commemorating the 500th anniversary of Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. The two splendid lectures were given…

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News

February 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Charity merger

Charities Echoes of Service (EoS), based in Bath, and Interlink, in Glasgow, have joined forces and rebranded as a new mission charity called Echoes International. With about 140 years of supporting missionaries around the world, these two charities are merging to form a brand-new charity. The aim of Echoes International is to encourage Christians…

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News

February 2018
News > Society

Society – What’s age got to do with it?

Last year, 1 October was designated as ‘The International Day of Older Persons’ by the United Nations, with the subtitle, ‘Stepping into the future: tapping the talents, contributions and participation of older persons in society’. It’s a title you’ll rarely see mirrored in a Christian publication. It’s an odd thing when secular organisations point…

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News

February 2018
News > Society

Society – Being good neighbours or giving social care?

Ethnic minorities are better at ‘social care’ and we should learn from them, said Jackie Doyle-Price, the Health Minister at the Conservative Party Conference recently (The Times, 4-10-17). She was echoed by Dr Phillip Lee, a GP who is also a justice minister. He told Age UK that British society has become ‘atomised’ and…

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News

February 2018
News > Society

Society – Britons praying

Prayer in the UK is more common than many people might believe, research from charity Tearfund claims. In research published in January 2018, the organisation found approximately 50 per cent of Britons prayed, and, even among those claiming not to be religious, 20 per cent have admitted to praying. The research, carried out by…

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News

February 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Abortion clinics rated

Abortion clinics are to be forced to display official ratings from the Care Quality Commission (CQC), after the Department for Health (DoH) toughened up its inspection scheme. According to the BBC, under plans revealed by health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt, the DoH is ‘modernising our tough, Ofsted-style inspection scheme’ to make sure…

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News

February 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Seven vital freedoms

Charity and advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund has launched a campaign to reclaim the ‘heritage of freedom of religion in the UK’ and seek a new Act of Parliament. The campaign aims to guarantee seven ‘fundamental’ aspects of freedom of religion. In a statement, Barnabas said these had developed in the UK over the last…

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News

February 2018
News > Education

Education – UK lacks good RE

More than 25 per cent of Britain’s state secondary schools have struggled to meet their legal obligation to teach pupils about major religions. This was among the results of the latest analysis of the government’s school workforce census. All state-funded schools, including academies and free schools, are legally required by the 1998 School Standards…

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News

February 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Gender plans divisive

Then Equalities Minister Justine Greening admitted the government’s plans to make it easier to change sex are ‘complex’ and ‘divisive’. Although the minister has been championing the change to the law to allow people to legally change sex by self-declaration, without needing medical approval or a waiting period, the plans are being strongly opposed.…

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News

February 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Down’s abortions criticised

BBC Radio 2 listeners have objected to abortion for Down’s syndrome, following a phone-in debate on the Jeremy Vine show. Last year, presenter Mr Vine examined the recent push by the government and NHS for more accurate prenatal testing to identify Down’s syndrome. Around 92 per cent of children diagnosed with Down’s syndrome in…

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News

February 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Lord Shinkwin pushed out

Lord Shinkwin has resigned as a Commissioner of the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) after political pressure from humanist groups. Lord Shinkwin had been campaigning to get the commission to support a bill he is proposing in the House of Lords, seeking to ban abortion on the grounds of disability, including fatal foetal…

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News

February 2018
News > International

International: Asia – Rohingya diphtheria risk

Rohingya refugee camps are facing the possibility of a severe outbreak of diphtheria, medical staff at disaster relief organisation Samaritan’s Purse have warned. The life-threatening infection can cause difficulty with breathing and is most often airborne. Up to 10 per cent of people who are infected are likely to lose their life, and infection…

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News

February 2018
News > International

International: Nigeria – Boko Haram resurgent

Nigerian Islamist group Boko Haram has declared it is still thriving, despite public comment from the Nigerian government that it had defeated the jihadist organisation. In a video broadcast, Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau claimed a series of attacks in northeast Nigeria during the festive season were the result of the group’s activities. He…

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News

February 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution UK – Street preacher cleared

UK pastor Oluwole Ilesanmi, has been cleared without trial, after he was accused of committing an Islamophobic hate crime. Mr Ilesanmi, aged 62, had been charged concerning a sermon that he preached on 24 June 2017. A Muslim and two political activists had pressed charges after Mr Ilesanmi criticised the Quran. Although he was…

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News

February 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution UK – Tim Farron

Tim Farron MP, the former Liberal Democrat leader, says he was foolish to say homosexual sex is not a sin. Farron said he tried to ‘push away’ the controversy over his views during the last general election, by ‘giving an answer that, frankly, was not right’. In an interview with Premier Christian Radio, he…

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News

February 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution UK – Christian printer accused

A Christian printer has been accused of a hate crime for politely turning down the opportunity to promote a cause he believed could negatively impact Christians. According to the Christian Institute, British printer Nigel Williams said he could not fulfil a request to produce promotional materials for ‘SEE Change Happen’. He declined the order…

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News

February 2018
News

LETTER FROM AMERICA: New alliances

Alabama, a state known to be a stronghold of conservatism and evangelicalism, has voted in Doug Jones, a member of the Democratic party, to fill the empty chair for Alabama in the United States Senate. For the first time in 25 years, Alabama will have a Democrat senator. It is one of the few…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > Guest column

Benjamin Morgan Palmer

In writing about Christians and slavery (Guest column, ET January 2018), I suggested that men and women from an earlier era were, like us, people of their time. Therefore, cultural and social factors affected their view of many things, including slavery. So, we should not judge them by 21st century standards. Some were eminently…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > Comment

Intolerance in science

Well known evolutionist Professor Richard Dawkins once stated: ‘One thing all real scientists agree upon is the fact of evolution itself. It is a fact that we are cousins of gorillas, kangaroos, starfish and bacteria. Evolution is as much a fact as the heat of the sun’ (Natural History, November 2005). Following the evidence…

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Historical

February 2018
Articles > Historical > Uncategorised

Reformation woman: Anna Reinhard

Katharina Luther looms large in any discussion about Protestant women during the Reformation. She earned her acclaim through her work — and her high-profile, high-maintenance husband. But there were other women who also laboured for the newly revived church. They, too, have much to teach us. The first woman to become a Reformer’s wife…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘I shall not die, but live and tell’ — an author’s testimony

In May 2017, I sent the completed manuscript of my recent book, Prayers of the Bible, to my publisher. In June, I was rushed to the hospital, after coming down with an extreme case of altitude sickness at a Christian conference in Colorado. Relentlessly dizzy and nauseated, I threw up for 21 days in a…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

The ministry of angels

In one of his poems, John Milton said: ‘Millions of spiritual creatures walk the earth, unseen both when they wake and when they sleep’. The teaching about angels is one of the intriguing things of biblical faith. It is mysterious. Yet it is clear from the Bible that there are a finite number of…

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Historical

February 2018
Articles > Historical

Pierre Viret (1511-1571) — another forgotten Reformer (3)

With Calvin now back in Geneva, Viret sought to return to Lausanne, where he was greatly needed. However, Calvin badly needed him still in Geneva. Calvin wrote to Farel: ‘Should Viret be taken away from me, I shall be utterly ruined, and this church will be past recovery. On this account, it is only…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Two debatable traditions

We all observe certain traditions, some good and others open to question. I wish to address two of these traditions, observed by some, but not by others. Pronouns used in relation to God I have been asked why it is that so many evangelicals no longer begin pronouns referring to God, the Lord Jesus…

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Article

February 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Dragonflies

Dragonflies and damselflies are some of the most impressive fliers in the insect world and, with four wings individually controlled, fly rather like helicopters. Dragonflies are agile, fast fliers, and can reach speeds of 10-15 metres per second, or 25-35 mph. Damselflies, though also very agile, have a different mode of flying and will…

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Historical

February 2018
Articles > Historical

Isaac Levinsohn — the story of a Russian/Polish Jew’s search for forgiveness

Isaac Levinsohn was born in the town of Kovno in Russia (now Kaunas, Lithuania) in 1855. His parents were devout Jews, regulars at the synagogue and fasting two days a week. At the age of five, Isaac’s father taught him Hebrew, and to pray three times each day. Soon he was studying the Talmud,…

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News

February 2018
News > Events > Mission > Society

Amy Carmichael memorial

On 16 December 1867, missionary Amy Carmichael was born in Millisle in Northern Ireland. Some 150 years later a beautiful sculpture of her as a 10-year-old girl was unveiled outside Hamilton Road Presbyterian Church in Bangor. The church is home to the annual Worldwide Missionary Convention. The sculpture was the idea of Derek Bingham,…

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Article

February 2018
Obituaries

R. C. Sproul (1939-2017)

The holiness of God, by Robert Charles Sproul, is perhaps one of the best known books written by 20th century Christians and is found on the bookshelves in many Christian homes. This pastor, who died on 14 December 2017, was also a passionate proponent of Reformation theology and supporter of the Reformed Protestant faith.…

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Article

February 2018
Mission

Return to Haiti

After an absence of three years, an opportunity for me to minister in Haiti again opened up, in November 2017 and I spent about two weeks there. As I had circulated my schedule beforehand, many friends prayed for this mission. The Lord answered by granting many occasions to preach his grace in Christ and…

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Review

February 2018
Reviews > Book

A Voice to Be Heard: Christian Entrepreneurs Living Out Their Faith

There are Christian books on many themes, but how many of us have read about today’s Christian entrepreneurs? Richard Higginson is a theological educator at Ridley Hall, Cambridge, and Kina Robertshaw is a Zambian entrepreneur who came to Ridley Hall to study theology. She wanted to research Christian entrepreneurs and collaborated with Richard Higginson…

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News

February 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Dr Simon Kistemaker (1930-2017)

Dr Simon J. Kistemaker was born on 21 October 1930 and passed away on 23 September 2017. According to a statement from the Reformed Theological Seminary (RTS) in the US, Dr Kistemaker’s teaching ministry at RTS began in 1971. After he left RTS Jackson in 1996, he and his wife Jean came to RTS…

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