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Everything in January 2009 issue

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Bringing families to Christ

Bringing families to Christ   In addition to daily social and educational work, Christian Compassion Ministries also holds several Bible-based evangelistic camps each year. The camps are tailored to specific groups, such as those on the Educational Assistance Programme (EAP) or those living on the street.   EAP camps   Last April, the ninth…

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January 2009
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News – Early Syrian church

Early Syrian church  A Christian church thought to date back to the fourth or fifth century AD has been discovered by archaeologists in Syria. The remains of the building were found in Palmyra in central Syria and are believed to be the largest ancient Christian church in Syria.      The Palmyra site, 135 miles…

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January 2009
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News – W. J. Grier memorial lecture

W. J. Grier memorial lecture The W. J. Grier memorial lecture was held on Thursday 30 October in Stranmillis Evangelical Presbyterian Church, Belfast, when the Rev. Iain H. Murray gave an address on 'John MacArthur - contemporary evangelical leader'. Ernest Brown, church historian, gave a brief biographical sketch of Mr Grier's life.     Our picture shows…

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January 2009
Book

Young, restless, reformed: a journalist’s journey with the new Calvinists

Young, restless, reformed: a journalist's journey with the new Calvinists Erroll Hulse reviews the book by Collin Hansen  China may have topped the Olympic table for gold medals last year, putting the USA in second place, but the USA is still in many respects the leading nation of the world. Especially is this the case…

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Missionary Spotlight – Meet a student

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Meet a student

Meet a student   Cyrell Corong is 17 and in her second year of college, studying information technology. CCM has sponsored her for the past six years.        Cyrell says: ‘I have three sisters and two brothers. My father is a construction worker and was not earning enough for all of us to…

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News – ACERI 2008

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January 2009
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News – ACERI 2008

ACERI 2008 The Association of Italian Reformed Evangelical Churches met in Sicily, in early November, for its sixth annual conference. The venue was the evangelical church at St Elisabeth and the theme 'Jesus Christ - prophet, priest and king'.      Vito Tangorra led the services and Pepe Moreno, pastor at Alcazar de San Juan, in Spain,…

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January 2009
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News – China crackdown renewed

China crackdown renewed ChinaAid reports that from the end of September to early November 2008, a large police force was dispatched to raid house gatherings in Beijing and in areas near college campuses in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province.      More than 400 Christian college students were arrested and interrogated. House church leaders who led the gatherings…

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News – Hope for Gravesend

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January 2009
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News – Hope for Gravesend

Hope for Gravesend   The opening of a new chapter for Hope Church, Gravesend, was marked on 11 October 2008 with a welcome service for its new pastor, Dr Stephen Lloyd. The elders briefly recounted the history of the church and the Lord's guidance in calling Stephen. Responding, Stephen explained how he and his…

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Review – Jesus Christ: the Prince of preachers – Day One

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January 2009
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Review – Jesus Christ: the Prince of preachers – Day One

Jesus Christ: the Prince of preachers   Mike Abendroth Day One 171 pages; £8.00 ISBN:  978-1846251085   This book, which comes with many commendations at the beginning, wants preachers to follow the example of Jesus in their ministry. There are eight chapters with headings like 'Jesus viewed preaching as pre-eminent', and 'Jesus preached with…

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Review – Meeting God – EP

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January 2009
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Review – Meeting God – EP

Meeting GodPeter JefferyEvangelical Press; 128 pages; £6.95; ISBN: 978-0852346716 The lives of great characters in the Bible are recorded not merely for their exploits and adventures but for our instruction. Seeking to awaken the church at Corinth to the judgements of God, Paul writes of the Israelites, 'Now all these things happened unto them for…

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January 2009
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News – Norway criminalises paying for sex

Norway criminalises paying for sex The Norwegian Parliament has voted in favour of making payment for sexual acts a criminal offence in order to protect vulnerable women and children. The law was passed with 44 votes in favour and 28 against and will come into effect on 1 January 2009.     The legislation, inspired by the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Compassion for the Philippines

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Compassion for the Philippines

Compassion for the Philippines   http://www.ccmmanila.org/ Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM) is a Bible-based ministry of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church (CRBC). The mission was founded in 1995 as the church became aware of four or five street families living under makeshift roofs and the appalling poverty of local street children.      CRBC was given a…

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Remember the days of old

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January 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Remember the days of old

Remember the days of old Paul Bassett rehearses the story of Melbourne Hall  Evangelical Free Church, Leicester (1878-2008) The philosopher Hegel stated that 'history teaches us that history teaches us nothing'. If that is true of secular history, it certainly isn't true of God's history - the story of his church. In fact God commands us:…

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A people under judgement

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January 2009
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A people under judgement

A people under judgement Our society bears all the hallmarks of a community under God's judgement. This should spur us to intercessory prayer - as Moses pleaded for Israel, so should we plead with God for our sin-sick nation. God has plainly revealed himself to all mankind, yet man, thinking himself wise, has rejected his Creator's…

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January 2009
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News – Orissa persecution

Orissa persecution  Christians in Orissa, India, could face a fresh wave of violence after another Hindu extremist was shot and killed in Kandhamal district in November, allegedly by Maoist insurgents.      In August, anti-Christian violence erupted in several Indian states following the murder of a Hindu leader. Even though Maoists claimed responsibility, militant Hindus…

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The valiant Vaudois

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January 2009
Articles > Historical

The valiant Vaudois

The valiant Vaudois Many people think that the only 'Christian' churches in existence before the sixteenth century Reformation were the Roman Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches - but they are mistaken. Actually, down through the centuries isolated groups have clung to the major doctrines and teachings of God's Word which were revived by such reformers as…

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A mission policy for a local church

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January 2009
General

A mission policy for a local church

A mission policy for a local church   In last September’s ET we saw that ‘God is a missionary God’. This is the first and fundamental idea we must grasp if we want to establish biblical principles of mission and ensure that our practice as churches has clear purpose and direction.   We saw…

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January 2009
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News – British sharia

British sharia  Five sharia courts have been set up - in London, Birmingham, Bradford, Manchester and Nuneaton. The UK government has quietly sanctioned their rulings as enforceable, through the county courts or High Court. Previously, such rulings were not binding and depended on voluntary compliance by Muslims.      Lawyers have issued grave warnings about…

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January 2009
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News – Teenage abortions

Teenage abortions Government ministers are considering wider use of contraceptive jabs and implants to cut down on teenage abortions. Youngsters considered at risk of unplanned pregnancies will be advised by their GPs to use these methods of contraception, which could render them infertile for three years.      Abortion clinics will also be required to offer…

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Review – From Eden to the New Jerusalem – IVP

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January 2009
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Review – From Eden to the New Jerusalem – IVP

From Eden to the New JerusalemDesmond AlexanderIVP; 208 pages£9.99; ISBN: 978-1844742851 'Why does the earth exist? What is the purpose of human life?' These are the very large questions with which Dr Alexander begins this unusual example of biblical theology.     In doing biblical theology one tends to look for the big picture, or as he…

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January 2009
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News – EP Romanian pastors’ Conference

EP Romanian pastors' Conference In the north-eastern corner of Romania, in the region of Transylvania, you will find the city of Oradea. There too you will find Emanuel University, an openly Christian institution offering students courses in theology, sociology, languages, music, business and management.      Not far away, there is Emanuel kindergarten, high school and…

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Missionary Spotlight – Visit in Manila

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Visit in Manila

Visit in Manila   Sarah Platt visited Manila in December 2007 to work alongside CCM for four weeks.   Q: What were your first impressions of the Philippines?   A: Manila is completely different from other countries I have visited. I went in the coolest time of the year, but nothing could have prepared…

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January 2009
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News – Police oppression

Police oppression A father who smacked his son's leg and was arrested by police has demanded an apology after he was locked in a cell overnight. Mark Frearson told off his son Harry after the seven-year-old walked off while they were out shopping.     Three hours later four police officers and a specialist child support officer…

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Review – O, earth! Hear – Grace Baptist Mission

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January 2009
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Review – O, earth! Hear – Grace Baptist Mission

O, earth! Hear   Philip A. Grist Grace Baptist Mission; 48 pages   This is an account of fifty years of radio under the auspices of Grace Baptist Mission. In the preface, Philip Grist writes of the early days: 'Not all Strict Baptists of that generation were happy about radio. Even in 1963, when…

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January 2009
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News – Carrots, not sticks

Carrots, not sticks New research on school discipline suggests children behave better when they are given positive feedback and more direct help to ensure they complete work. Prizes and rewards for good work have increased with teachers giving three times as much positive feedback as they did 30 years ago     A report by Ofsted, the…

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January 2009
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News – Council defiant

Council defiant A council has maintained its decision to ban a couple from adopting a baby girl after a high court ruling urged it to reconsider, reports the Christian Institute.     The couple, known as Mr and Mrs A, were refused the right to adopt the girl after they admitted that they once smacked their adopted…

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January 2009
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News – Offensive statue

Offensive statue  A Christian woman has been denied the right to bring a private prosecution against the Baltic Flour Mills Visual Arts Trust in Newcastle upon Tyne, for displaying a highly offensive and blasphemous statue of Jesus. The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) took over the case when they discovered Emily Mapfuwa was going to…

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Review – Reformation heroes – Reformation Heritage Books

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January 2009
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Review – Reformation heroes – Reformation Heritage Books

Reformation heroes   Diana Kleyn with Joel R. Beeke Reformation Heritage Books; 199 pages; £14.95 ISBN: 978-1601780287   This is a super book that fills a gap in the Christian book market. It is an updated, modernised and expanded version of an earlier work by Richard Newton called The Reformation and its heroes. The…

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January 2009
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News – Same-sex adoption

Same-sex adoption Two fifths of the population think male same-sex couples should not be allowed to adopt children, largely because it is not in the best interests of the child. More than a third of people said that children should not be placed for adoption with female same-sex couples, according to the figures from adoption…

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January 2009
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News – Churches closing

Churches closing  The possibility of many British churches closing within the next 25 years has led government ministers to examine how extra funding might help these buildings become central to community regeneration.     Treasury officials and church leaders will discuss how the Government can release funding for churches involved in community-based projects. They will also…

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January 2009
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News – Feral children?

Feral children? Most of the public are scared of children, according to a survey. A third of people say our streets are 'infested' by young yobs and four in ten refer to children as 'feral'.      A YouGov poll was conducted by children's charity Barnardo's. The survey showed some 54% of adults think children are…

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January 2009
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News – Guernsey quickening

Guernsey quickening On 10 October 1958, John Blanchard was in Ebenezer Methodist Church, St Peter Port, Guernsey, acting as General Secretary of the 'Guernsey for God' campaign, which was by that date coming to an end.  Fifty years later - on 10 October 2008 he was back in his native island, being interviewed on BBC…

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January 2009
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News – School bullying

School bullying A survey published in November to mark the start of Anti-Bullying Week revealed that almost a quarter of young people have been bullied because of their religion. Beatbullying, a government-funded project to prevent bullying in schools, said it had encountered a disturbing level of religious intolerance among the children it had studied.     …

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News – Open-Air Mission annual meeting

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January 2009
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News – Open-Air Mission annual meeting

Open-Air Mission annual meeting  How many Muslims came to your church last Sunday? How many atheists, new-agers, pagans, alcoholics or drug addicts listened to the message of God's love and grace and Christ's power to save, from the pulpit of your church? The answer is probably none; or very few.      The fact is…

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News – Hayes Town Chapel ladies’ evening

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January 2009
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News – Hayes Town Chapel ladies’ evening

Hayes Town Chapel ladies' evening I wonder what thoughts occur in your mind when you think of a 'ladies' fellowship' group. In our church we are blessed with ladies from a broad spectrum of ages and circumstances.      Our annual meal was held on 10 November. The main church room had carefully laid tables, complete…

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News – A free gift!

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January 2009
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News – A free gift!

A free gift! People say there is no such thing as a free lunch, but they are wrong! With our loving God all is free. At Thornwood congregation of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC), we were reminded of God's amazing provision.     We had been without a church building since the division in the…

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January 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Revival

How we love to hear of souls being saved and lives turned around by the gospel of Jesus Christ. Up and down the land, in our churches and communities we preach to this end — that sinners will be converted and built up in ‘the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ’.   Jesus said…

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Review – Ministry on my mind – The John Newton Project

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January 2009
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Review – Ministry on my mind – The John Newton Project

Ministry on my mind John NewtonThe John Newton Project; 32 pages; £3.95ISBN: 978-0955963506There has been much discussion over recent years on the subject of the call to the ministry. One recent survey of Christian young men in the UK found that nearly a third of those questioned were confused as to what constitutes a call…

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News – Joyful occasion

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January 2009
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News – Joyful occasion

Joyful occasion The 'God's glory our joy conference' has become a firm fixture in my diary every October. Based for the last few years at the Emmaus Church Centre in Warrington, its aim is easily stated - 'Building biblical churches for the 21st century'.     This year's theme was 'Truth into experience', with sermons covering our…

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Guest Column – Our enemy & our armour

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January 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Our enemy & our armour

Our enemy & our armour Guest Column The Christian life is spiritual warfare. To engage in the fight effectively, believers must equip themselves with supernatural protection - what Paul calls 'the whole armour of God' (Ephesians 6:11). We need divine armour because we face a formidable foe. Paul calls him 'the devil' which means, 'slanderer'. He constantly…

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Review – The courage to be Protestant – IVP

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January 2009
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Review – The courage to be Protestant – IVP

The courage to be Protestant David F. WellsIVP; 253 pages; £14.99 ; ISBN: 978-1844742783 This is David Wells' fifth in a series of books assessing the health of modern evangelicalism. Its purpose is to summarise and update the previous four volumes. Using the same five categories that have been prominent throughout (truth, God, self, Christ and…

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Missionary Spotlight – A day in the life ‘

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January 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – A day in the life ‘

A day in the life ‘   Jenny is a CCM social worker and is responsible for about 70 children from CCM’s Educational Assistance Programme. This helps to provide uniforms, shoes, books and an allowance for children from the slums so they can go to school.      During a typical day, Jenny will visit…

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News – Celebrating 40 years at Tinshill

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January 2009
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News – Celebrating 40 years at Tinshill

Celebrating 40 years at Tinshill At the end of September 2008, Tinshill Free Church in Leeds celebrated their 40th anniversary with two weekends of special events.      It was good to be joined by many friends for the thanksgiving service on the first Saturday. They included a minibus of people from Bethel Free Church, Wigston,…

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Review – Growing leaders in the church – EP

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January 2009
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Review – Growing leaders in the church – EP

Growing leaders in the church Gareth CrossleyEvangelical Press; 303 pages; £9.95ISBN: 978-0852345535 This book is intended to assist in training budding elders in a local church situation. It is designed for use in a seminar situation, with an experienced pastor/elder in informal discussion with several trainees. This mirrors our Lord's method, who chose his disciples 'that…

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News – EP in Moscow

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January 2009
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News – EP in Moscow

EP in Moscow  The ninth Evangelical Press Russian preachers' conference was held near Moscow on 6-7 November. In this new location, we were pleased to welcome many who were new to the conference. There was a remarkable sense of unity and a consciousness of the Lord's presence.      Most brethren were from different regions…

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Review – Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of grace – Banner of Truth

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January 2009
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Review – Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of grace – Banner of Truth

Lloyd-Jones: Messenger of grace Iain H. MurrayBanner of Truth; 274 pages; £16.00ISBN: 978-0851519753      Everything from the pen of Iain Murray is worthy of attention, but this book on the ministry of Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones is particularly timely. To those of us who knew him, it does not seem almost thirty years since he was…

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Saying hello to everyone

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January 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Saying hello to everyone

Saying hello to everyone At a dinner I attended recently, someone mentioned a study on the effect of simply greeting people by saying 'Hello'. I need to work at being more outgoing, so today I decided to purposely greet everyone I came in contact with.      At a store I saw a feeble, elderly man shuffling…

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Review – The final word; the book of Revelation simply explained – EP

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January 2009
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Review – The final word; the book of Revelation simply explained – EP

The final word; the book of Revelation simply explained  Steve WilmshurstEvangelical Press; 286 pages; £9.95; ISBN: 978-0853246693 The inevitable first question: How does the author approach the interpretation of Revelation? On the one hand he affirms that the events of the book 'are unrolling through history all the way from the time of John until…

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January 2009
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News – Russia moves against religions

Russia moves against religions Forum 18 News Service reports that in October 2008 Russia published a list of 56 centralised religious organisations scheduled to be shut down, apparently for not submitting correct accounting information to the Justice Ministry. The list of organisations includes Old Believer, Armenian Apostolic, Catholic, Protestant, Nestorian, Muslim and Buddhist organisations.     More…

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January 2009
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News – Free Church of Scotland division

Free Church of Scotland division Shortly before the January ET went to print, the Free Church of Scotland (FC) announced proposals for a settlement of outstanding issues between itself and the Free Church Continuing (FCC).      The FC Commission's proposals include, 'the termination of suspensions [upon ministers] imposed by the Commission on 20th January 2000…

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News – Waiting to hear

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January 2009
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News – Waiting to hear

Waiting to hearEkapitaa, a village leader from an unreached area two to three days hike away, sent this message to New Tribes missionaries working with the Dao people in Indonesia: 'Please tell Scott that we want to hear this Creator's talk.      'We want it so much that we are waiting for the time…

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Review – Man to man … about God – Good Book Company

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January 2009
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Review – Man to man … about God – Good Book Company

Man to man … about God   ed. Tim Thornborough Good Book Company; 100 pages: £5.00; ISBN:  978-1906334024   This book has been written by men specifically for men, with the intention of making them think seriously about Jesus Christ and his claims. It seeks to set out the evidence for faith in Christ…

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January 2009
Articles > Historical

John Newton

John Newton   Marylynn Rouse of the John Newton Project has compiled these thoughts from John Newton on following Christ in 2009   Preaching on Isaiah 40:4, John Newton said: ‘[Our Lord] came to preach the gospel to the poor, to fill the hungry with good things, to save the chief of sinners, to…

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January 2009
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News – Islamic growth

Islamic growth  Immigration and high birth rates means the number of Muslims in Europe has tripled in the past 30 years, making Islam the continent's fastest growing religion. No one knows exactly how many Muslims call Europe home, since most European nations don't track ethnicity or religious affiliation in census data. Guesses put the…

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News – Cromer Baptist Church

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January 2009
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News – Cromer Baptist Church

Cromer Baptist Church It was a special day in the life of Cromer Baptist Church when about 150 gathered on Saturday 8 November to witness the induction of Jon Davies as pastor. The service was attended by representatives from local churches, the town mayor, and friends from a wide area.      Cromer Baptist had been…

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The local church – heaven on earth?

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January 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The local church – heaven on earth?

The local church - heaven on earth? How was your last Sunday? How is your local church? Perhaps you have mixed feelings about it. In a sense that is natural and inevitable - our churches are full of sinful, weak, inconsistent people just like us and are far from perfect. But there is, I think, a…

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January 2009
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News – Dignitas

Dignitas The UK has the third highest number of people registered with the Swiss suicide agency Dignitas, a BBC 5live investigation has found. The number of Britons on the group's list has risen to 725, behind only Switzerland and Germany. Dignitas says they have paid a fee, allowing them to book a date to travel…

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Edifying the church of God

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January 2009
Americas

Edifying the church of God

Edifying the church of God   The FIEL conferences for pastors and leaders (in Brazil, Portugal and Mozambique) represent the culmination of our mission objectives. FIEL’s ministry consists of serving God by serving the church, in co-operation with the church, for the edification of the church. We seek to reach this goal, by God’s…

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January 2009
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News – Educated Catholics

Educated Catholics A senior Roman Catholic bishop has criticised educated Catholics for spreading scepticism and sowing dissent instead of following the church's teaching. The bishop complained that influential Catholics in politics and the media were undermining the church and pursuing 'hedonistic', 'selfish' and 'egocentric' lifestyles.     While not naming names, the Rt Rev. Patrick O'Donoghue, Bishop…

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Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

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January 2009
Articles > Historical

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)

Horatius Bonar (1808-1889)   The bicentenary of Horatius Bonar's birth has slipped by with little notice being given to a great man of God. We might ask 'Why?' Probably because he made it clear that he did not want anyone to write about his life.   It is not surprising, therefore, that relatively little…

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January 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – Which way the Free Church of Scotland?

Which way the Free Church of Scotland? In a recent candid statement the Free Church of Scotland (FC) promoted the commemoration of St Andrew's day in Scotland - a commemoration held along with 'leaders and representatives of Scotland's churches'.  The stated purpose was to 'encourage our church communities and all people in Scotland to celebrate…

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