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January 2008
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News – Pullman film divides church groups

Pullman film divides church groupsThe Golden Compass, a new film from award winning novelist Philip Pullman, has come under heavy criticism from Roman Catholic groups in the US who accuse the author of subverting religion and peddling 'candy-coated atheism'. However, Pullman dismissed as 'absolute rubbish' accusations that the film promotes atheism and denigrates Christianity.…

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Understanding Hebrews

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January 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Understanding Hebrews

Understanding Hebrews The central doctrine of the epistle to the Hebrews is Christ's eternal priesthood and his finished sacrifice for the redemption and salvation of his people. The book of Hebrews stresses the infinite importance and efficacious power of Christ's sin-atoning blood in obtaining eternal redemption for us, in purging the conscience, and in opening…

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January 2008
Scientific (including creation)

Life in a cake mixer

Life in a cake mixer ‘The life-giving miracle of Dr Venter’, screamed the headline (The Times, 26 January, p.32). Along with other news reports, the article hailed the recent announcement that US scientist Craig Venter and co-workers had completed the laboratory synthesis of a bacterial DNA sequence containing over 580,000 base-pairs. So, what are…

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January 2008
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News – John Blanchard in Albania

John Blanchard in AlbaniaWhen John Blanchard first visited Albania over a year ago, three things hit him. The first was the near total absence of gospel witness since post-apostolic times. Until recently, with rare exceptions the picture had been unremittingly dark culminating in years of domination by Communism and the removal of the word…

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The fool says …

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January 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The fool says …

The fool says …Atheism does not spring from superior rationality. It is the fool, says the psalmist, who says in his heart there is no God (Psalm 14:1). Indeed, the verse ends by tracing this atheistic conclusion not to a powerful intellect but to a corrupt heart.Today we are witnessing a new-found zeal on…

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January 2008
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News – New Christian academy

New Christian academyA North East businessman, former Sunderland FC chairman Bob Murray, has submitted plans for a Christian academy in County Durham. The plans are for a privately funded school in Consett, the town where Mr Murray used to live. He hopes to develop the Consett academy by September 2011. The school, which would…

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News – HIV awareness in PNG

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January 2008
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News – HIV awareness in PNG

HIV awareness in PNGMission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is committed to helping those with HIV and AIDS in Papua New Guinea (PNG), a country with the highest incidence of HIV in the Pacific region. In much of PNG, people are uneducated about HIV and AIDS. Those suffering are often said to be victims of witchcraft…

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Review – Opening up Titus

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January 2008
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Review – Opening up Titus

Opening up Titus David Campbell Day One Publication 119 pages; £5.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-079-8 Well-written and attractively presented, this little commentary does exactly what it says on the cover - it opens up the message of Titus. David Campbell manages to write in a highly accessible style without in any sense diluting the depth and…

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News – Anguish and joy in Chad

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January 2008
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News – Anguish and joy in Chad

Anguish and joy in ChadMany were shocked by recent reports of an alleged kidnapping of 103 children in the African country of Chad. Initially, seventeen French, Spanish and Belgian nationals were arrested. They were said to be involved with the French charity 'Zoé's Ark' (rhyming in French with 'Noah's Ark'), trying to smuggle the…

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News – Russian EP

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January 2008
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News – Russian EP

Russian EPJohn Blanchard and Bob Dickie preached to over 100 Russian-speaking pastors, preachers and their wives from Belarus, Russia and Ukraine at the Russian Evangelical Press Conference at Kiev this November. There was deep appreciation for the ministry and a sense of increasing fellowship, prayerfulness and encouragement among delegates attending.John Blanchard and Bob Dickie…

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How do you view your rivals?

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January 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

How do you view your rivals?

How do you view your rivals?The apostle Paul was generous when it came to people he might have considered rivals. He wrote, 'Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defence of the gospel.…

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January 2008
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News – New pastor for North Curry

New pastor for North CurryIt was a joyful day on Saturday 27 October. The presence of the Lord was felt at North Curry Independent Baptist Church, near Taunton in Somerset, where 100 people gathered for the induction of Rev. Cyril Aston.Peter Robinson, pastor of Honiton Evangelical Congregational Church, chaired the meeting. He introduced Cyril…

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News – Men of Kent – Men of God 2007

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January 2008
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News – Men of Kent – Men of God 2007

Men of Kent - Men of God 2007 What began five years ago as a day of encouragement and fellowship for evangelical Christian men living in Kent, now draws men from all over the UK and even Europe. This year's conference attracted 170 to Herne Bay Court Christian Centre to hear speakers address the…

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January 2008
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News – Reformation and Revival Conference

Reformation and Revival ConferenceThe annual Reformation and Revival Conference took place in Swanwick from 19-21 November. About 80 men and women attended to hear two preachers from the Celtic fringes of the British Isles - Dafydd P. Morris from Carmarthenshire and Iain D. Campbell from Back, on the Isle of Lewis. Dafydd gave three…

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News – EMF Iberian conference

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January 2008
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News – EMF Iberian conference

EMF Iberian conferenceThe European Missionary Fellowship organises an annual conference on its work in evangelism and church planting in Europe. This year's took place, as usual, in Welwyn Evangelical Church, Hertfordshire, and focused on the gospel in the Iberian Peninsula - well known to British holidaymakers, yet a needy mission field.Many towns and villages…

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Small things

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January 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Small things

Small things'For who hath despised the day of small things?' (Zechariah 4:10)Sometimes - while looking for great things to do, great crowds to impress, and great trials to endure for God's glory - we overlook the simple sling and stones God uses. We send our Davids out to tend sheep; we dismiss the loaves…

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News – Banner of Truth Borders Conference

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January 2008
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News – Banner of Truth Borders Conference

Banner of Truth Borders ConferenceSetting out for Carlisle on a cold, dark Friday night in November isn't everyone's cup of tea. Yet even seasoned veterans of the Borders conference were pleasantly surprised at the number of people turning up this year. In his opening remarks, Iain Murray informed us that two places were particularly…

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January 2008
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News – Islam grows in Ireland

Islam grows in IrelandIslam is the third most popular religion in Ireland according to new figures from the country's 2006 census. The figures show a 70% increase in the Muslim population between 2002 and 2006. Ireland's Central Statistics Office said Islam was the third largest faith group after Catholicism and Protestantism, with 32,500 people…

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Missionary Spotlight – Creationism in Nigeria

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January 2008
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Creationism in Nigeria

Creationism in Nigeria At the invitation of Rev. Adamu Maga, Director of the Evangelical Church of West Africa (ECWA), Andy McIntosh recently visited five Nigerian cities – Abuja (Nigeria’s capital), Miango, Jos,Kaduna and Gindiri – to present the message of biblical creation. This is what Andy writes … In Abuja, I spoke in the…

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Loving children by example

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January 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Loving children by example

Loving children by example ‘Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour’ (Ephesians 5:1-2). If, as the apostle Paul admonished us, we ‘follow God as…

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News – Adult stem cells

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January 2008
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News – Adult stem cells

Adult stem cellsThe destruction of embryos for the stem cells they contain may soon be a thing of the past, following news that Japanese scientists have discovered a better stem cell production technique using adult skin cells. Stem cells are important because they can be grown into various kinds of body tissues for use…

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January 2008
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News – A&E cases rise as drinking hours grow

A&E cases rise as drinking hours growThe Government's policy on 24-hour alcohol licensing has been a mistake, says a new academic report. The Nuffield Council on Bioethics says tax on alcohol should be raised, and the legal hours for selling alcohol made shorter. Its report points out research showing that binge drinking can be…

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January 2008
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News – Aborigine apology

Aborigine apologyMr Kevin Rudd, leader of Australia's recent election winning Labour Party and prime minister-elect, has promised an official apology to the country's Aborigines early in his first parliamentary term. Australia's Aboriginal people continue to be an impoverished minority, with significantly lower life expectancy than the rest of the population. Throughout much of the…

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January 2008
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News – Cannabis review

Cannabis reviewPolice chiefs have reversed their support for the downgrading of cannabis. Cannabis ought to be reclassified as a class B drug, said the Association of Chief Police Officers at their annual drug conference. According to the Christian Institute, the U-turn comes in the wake of mounting evidence of the damaging effect of cannabis…

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January 2008
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January 2008
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News – Induction at Belhus Park Chapel

Induction at Belhus Park ChapelSaturday 20 October was a joyful day in the history of Belhus Park Chapel, South Ockendon, Essex, as Simon Ward was inducted to the pastorate there. He recently completed ministerial training at London Theological Seminary (LTS). The service was led by LTS Principal-designate Robert Strivens. The chapel was filled with…

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Review – What God starts, God completes

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January 2008
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Review – What God starts, God completes

What God starts, God completesMike Milton Christian Focus160 pages; £7.99ISBN: 978-1-84550-276-8There is no doubt that the life story of Mike Milton is a remarkable one. He is at pains to point out in this short autobiography that he is where he is and what he is today only by the grace of God. Born…

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Missionary Spotlight – Pioneer mission in Kenya

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January 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Pioneer mission in Kenya

  Pioneer mission in Kenya Here is a typical question from the people of Tarakit: ‘Is it true that we must pray before the cock crows, as this is the time when the angels return to heaven and the devils come down to earth?’ Tarakit is on a hill beyond Chepkinagh, with good views…

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January 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – Witness, false and true

Comment: Witness, false and trueThere have been several high profile cases recently of people being unjustly accused of serious crimes when there was no genuine evidence against them. Madeleine McCann's parents were accused of accidentally killing their daughter and fabricating her abduction. A bizarre example at the end of November was the accusation that…

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News – God’s Glory our Joy conference

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January 2008
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News – God’s Glory our Joy conference

God's Glory our Joy conference For the fifth year running, I travelled from rural Northumberland to the north west of England to join 150 others for this conference. It was held at the Emmaus Church Centre in Warrington, which had been kindly lent by the Orford church. The facilities are excellent and we were…

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January 2008
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Review – What the Bible teaches about worship

What the Bible teaches about worshipRobert L. DickieEvangelical Press149 pages; £6.95ISBN: 978-0-85234-659-4Addressing a stirring within the church for a deeper and richer experience of God in worship, Robert Dickie seeks to answer several questions - What is worship? How do we worship? And what is acceptable worship? He does so by reviewing what he…

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Review – Samson and Barnabas:

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January 2008
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Review – Samson and Barnabas:

Samson: man of strength, man of weaknessColin D. JonesDay One; 94 pages; £7.00; ISBN: 978-1-84625-089-7 Barnabas: a good man, full of faithRobert DaleDay One; 93 pages; £6.00; ISBN: 978-1-84625-088-0Both these short books are in the series People in the Bible. They are character studies of two very human people, and each is written appropriately by…

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A visit to China Part 1

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January 2008
China

A visit to China Part 1

A visit to China     China is the most populous nation in the world and territorially the third largest. It has changed greatly since the drive for modernisation began under Deng Siow Ping in the 1970s. With a huge market of 1.3 billion people, it is well poised to host the 2008 Olympics…

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Handling Jewish issues

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January 2008
General

Handling Jewish issues

Handling Jewish issues Richard Gibson and James Mendelsohn make some suggestions for biblically-faithful and Jewish-sensitive preaching. In recent years many British Messianic Jews have been hurt by the negative attitudes towards the Jewish people they have encountered in churches, Christian Unions, books and the Christian press — including thoughtless comments about Jewishness and hostility…

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Who wants to be a millionaire?

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January 2008
Scientific (including creation)

Who wants to be a millionaire?

Who wants to be a millionaire?A one million dollar prize is being offered to anyone who can show scientifically how life began. If that strikes you as odd, it's because we are so used to scientists claiming wrongly that evolution explains everything about nature. This prize money is proof positive that no one has…

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News – Derek Swann (1927-2007)

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January 2008
Obituaries

News – Derek Swann (1927-2007)

Derek Swann (1927-2007) Rev. Derek Swann went to be with the Lord on 29 October 2007. And he was eager to go too. He shared with family and friends in the final weeks that he had such great joy and peace; and longed to be with Christ. The funeral service was held at Heath…

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News – Romanian EP Conference

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January 2008
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News – Romanian EP Conference

Romanian EP ConferenceAs part of its commitment to mission, Evangelical Press organises a number of conferences in eastern Europe. One such took place in October in the impressive college chapel of the Baptist University in Oradea. Oradea is Romania's tenth city, situated on its border with Hungary. The university springs from the work of…

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January 2008
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News – PNG cyclone

PNG cyclone Severe flooding in eastern Papua New Guinea (PNG) caused by a tropical cyclone has killed over 160 people, destroyed 1000 homes and left thousands of people displaced. Heavy rain has washed away roads and tracks in a remote mountainous region, hindering relief efforts and leaving many without food supplies.Aid flights into the…

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Review – Exploring the Bible: Habakkuk

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January 2008
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Review – Exploring the Bible: Habakkuk

Exploring the Bible: HabakkukTim ShentonDay One90 pages; £6.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-055-2I'm very glad this concise gem is on my shelf - it aims to explain each verse of the much-neglected book of Habakkuk and succeeds with superb clarity. This book would prove useful to most readers, since it lends itself to being used as a succinct,…

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Review – The living church: convictions of a lifelong pastor

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January 2008
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Review – The living church: convictions of a lifelong pastor

The living church: convictions of a lifelong pastorJohn R.W. StottIVP192 pages; £8.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-183-0Written from the vantage point of a preacher in his 80s, here is a lucid, well-ordered and biblically grounded book about the church. It is typical John Stott - rich fare for the mind and soul. It comes warmly recommended by a…

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January 2008
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News – Sharnbrook

SharnbrookNearly 200 people gathered at Sharnbrook Upper School on Saturday 27 October to celebrate the induction of John Heron as pastor of Sharnbrook Evangelical Church, near Bedford. John and Philippa Heron come from Beccles Baptist Church, where John served alongside Roger Prime for three years. Prior to this, John had completed three years training…

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News – FIEL in Portugal

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January 2008
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News – FIEL in Portugal

FIEL in PortugalOn 22-25 October Editora FIEL held its 7th annual conference, at the Baptist camp of Agua de Madeiros in Portugal. About 60 pastors, pastors' wives, leaders and seminary students participated in the four day event. The theme was 'The pastor and faith - seeing the invisible!'Prof. Edgar Andrews from England gave four…

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January 2008
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News – Protect your online reputation

Protect your online reputationAmid growing concern about identity theft, young people are being warned about the risks of sharing personal information online. Nearly five million young Britons, it is said, could have their reputations or career prospects damaged because of compromising personal details posted on social networking websites like Facebook, Bebo and YouTube.The Information…

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Review – Jesus in Luke’s Gospel (Book 3)

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January 2008
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Review – Jesus in Luke’s Gospel (Book 3)

Jesus in Luke's Gospel (Book 3)Tim ShentonDay One Publications63 pages; £4.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-052-1Jesus in Luke's Gospelis one of a series of studies for children. In book three, Tim Shenton focuses on Luke chapters twelve to nineteen, splitting them into thirty helpful lessons.Each lesson includes a reading from the relevant passage in Luke, and then picks…

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January 2008
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News – Bishops agree on ‘gay hate’

Bishops agree on 'gay hate' Bishops from the Church of England and the Roman Catholic Church have jointly called on the Government to protect free speech and religious liberty from a proposed 'gay hate' law.In a joint statement the bishops say their main concern 'is that any legislation on incitement to hatred on the…

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January 2008
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News – SPUC and illegal abortion

SPUC and illegal abortionThe Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) has lamented the fact that illegal abortion is reportedly widespread in Britain. The society was responding to claims made in a BBC Radio 5 Live broadcast.Paul Tully, SPUC's general secretary, said: 'Many years ago we began warning of the danger of RU486…

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News – ACERI Conference 2007

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January 2008
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News – ACERI Conference 2007

ACERI Conference 2007The Association of Italian Reformed Evangelical Churches (ACERI) met together in Sicily for its 5th International Conference in early November. As in previous years, the conference centre was located in the south west of Sicily, in the seaside village of Siculiana Marina. Churches represented included those from southern Italy and Sicily. Pastors…

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January 2008
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News – A nation at prayer?

A nation at prayer?42% of UK residents say they pray, according to research commissioned by Christian development agency Tearfund. Tearfund surveyed 1000 adults and found one in six prayed daily, and one in four at least once a week. The younger were less likely to pray than older people.Of those who pray, one third…

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Outdoor preaching – questions to gospel ministers

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January 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Outdoor preaching – questions to gospel ministers

Outdoor preaching - questions to gospel ministersBack in the 1920s Frank Cockrem, then Secretary of The Open-Air Mission, wrote a pamphlet - challenging and encouraging preachers of the gospel not to confine their invaluable ministry within the four walls of their churches. Such challenge and encouragement are needed even more urgently today. In fact,…

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By one man

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January 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

By one man

By one manAccording to a recent article, scientists believe that one person infected by HIV moved from Africa to Haiti around 1966. Some time later, in the early 1970s, another single infected person moved from Haiti to the USA. Yet over the ensuing three decades this one strain of the HIV virus ledto an…

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January 2008
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News – Logos Hope

Logos Hope Logos Hope,OM's newest vessel, departed this November from Shipyard Trogir, Croatia, after completing a two-year conversion project. The vessel headed to Kiel, Germany. 'We are one major step closer to a dream that we started dreaming years ago to create more space and opportunity for our visitors to experience the love of…

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Guest Column – Ponder your privileges

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January 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Ponder your privileges

Ponder your privilegesThe beginning of a new year is a good time for Christians to remember who they are and whom they serve. Too easily we allow the sheer busyness of life, the weight of responsibilities and the 'day of small things', to dull our minds and hearts. We forget just how privileged, blessed…

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Review – Engaging with the Holy Spirit: six crucial questions

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January 2008
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Review – Engaging with the Holy Spirit: six crucial questions

Engaging with the Holy Spirit: six crucial questionsGraham A. ColeApollos138 pages; £9.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-179-3Graham Cole is Professor of Biblical and Systematic Theology at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Deerfield, Illinois. This book is based on a series of lectures given at the tenth Oak Hill annual School of Theology in 2006.The six crucial questions addressed in…

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January 2008
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News – UK’s STI epidemic

UK's STI epidemicSexually transmitted infections (STIs) are on the increase among young UK adults despite public health efforts. Recently released statistics for 2006 show a total of 376,508 new infections were diagnosed - an increase of more than 2% on 2005.The Health Protection Agency found that young people aged 16-24 are disproportionately affected, despite…

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January 2008
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News – Eastwood Road EvangelicalChurch

Eastwood Road EvangelicalChurchOn Saturday 3 November 130 people gathered at Eastwood Road Evangelical Church, Rayleigh, in Essex, to celebrate the ordination and induction of Andrew Mumford to the pastorate. Andrew trained for the ministry at Aberdeen University, graduating with a BD in 1995. The chairman was Pastor Bob Werrett (Shoeburyness), Chairman of the Union…

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January 2008
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News – Bangladeshcyclone

BangladeshcycloneThe death toll from the cyclone which devastated south-western coastal areas of Bangladesh in mid-November is in the thousands, but millions more have been devastated as homes and livelihoods succumbed to storms and floods. As more remote areas and islands are reached, it is anticipated that the number of dead could rise further.Cyclone Sidr,…

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