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January 2010
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News – Child protection

Child protection Churches in the UK must not be complacent about safeguarding children and vulnerable adults, according to new research.     The Churches' Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) published findings based on ten safeguarding standards for places of worship. Carried out by Brierley Consultancy on behalf of CCPAS, the report showed that practice needs vast improvement.…

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January 2010
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News – 23 year ‘coma’

23 year 'coma' A man who spent 23 years in a 'coma' was apparently conscious the whole time, news reports have revealed.     Rom Houben, a Belgian engineering student, was left in a vegetative state after a car crash. Using certain medical tests, neurologists proclaimed that he was completely unconscious, in a coma. However, Mr Houben,…

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January 2010
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How the Christian Institute uses e-mail….

How the Christian Institute uses e-mail… Over 10,000 individuals are signed up to receive e-mail alerts from the Christian Institute. It is a quick, cheap and versatile way of informing Christians about important issues for their prayers and action. To send out the same information by post would take days to prepare and would cost…

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News – Welcome at Trinity, Gloucester

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January 2010
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News – Welcome at Trinity, Gloucester

Welcome at Trinity, Gloucester Trinity Baptist Church, in Gloucester, was packed out for the induction of Phil Jones as pastor.      Alan Gilmore, one of the elders, welcomed all present, particularly representatives from local churches; friends from Welwyn Garden City, London Theological Seminary (LTS) and EMF; and the family and friends of Phil and Kate…

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January 2010
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News – STL struggles

STL struggles The credit crunch and serious technical problems have combined to drive Christian book and Bible charity IBS-STL to look for a buyer or go under.      IBS-STL, owner of Christian bookshops nationally such as Wesley Owen, has been forced by financial problems to appoint mid-market specialist and administrator Baker Tilly Corporate Finance LLP…

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John Bradford –  the martyr who dared to die for doctrine

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January 2010
Articles > Historical

John Bradford – the martyr who dared to die for doctrine

John Bradford -  the martyr who dared to die for doctrine 2010 marks the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Bradford. The reading of Five English reformers by J. C. Ryle about 45 years ago created in me a saving conviction of sin and repentance. The fourth martyr described in that book was…

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‘He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried’

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January 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried’

'He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, dead, and buried'  Timothy Cross continues explaining the Apostles' Creed  It is striking that the creed goes straight from Christ's birth at Bethlehem to his death at Calvary thirty-three years later, giving no mention to the remarkable life he lived.      Here, the creed is squarely in line…

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News – Farewell at Hayes Town

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January 2010
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News – Farewell at Hayes Town

Farewell at Hayes Town Hayes Town Chapel bade farewell and God speed to its assistant pastor Joseph Pettitt and his wife Louise after Mr Pettitt was appointed to take up the pastorate at Holywell Free Church in Loughborough.     Mr Pettitt had been a member of the church at Alexandra Road, Hemel Hempstead, and taught economics…

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News – The Lodge Trust

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January 2010
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News – The Lodge Trust

The Lodge Trust Hundreds of people gathered in Market Overton, Rutland, to give thanks to God for 25 years of the Lodge Trust.     The Lodge Trust is a registered charity, based in Rutland's village of Market Overton, providing services for adults with learning disabilities. It was founded in May 1984 by Fred and Anne Hutton…

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Discernment ministry

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January 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Discernment ministry

Discernment ministry For example, I recently wrote what I thought was an innocuous article expressing a high view of Scripture, which included belief in its sufficiency. I was surprised to receive a quick e-mail rebuke from a pastor who also claimed to believe in the inerrancy and sufficiency of the Bible and ultimately accused me…

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News – Swiss vote to ban mosque minarets

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January 2010
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News – Swiss vote to ban mosque minarets

Swiss vote to ban mosque minarets Switzerland has banned the building of minarets, the tall striking spires attached to mosques, after Swiss voters supported a referendum proposal.     The bid to ban minarets was proposed by the Swiss People's Party (SVP) which is the largest party in the Swiss Parliament. It claims minarets are a sign…

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News – Pastor for Portsmouth

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January 2010
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News – Pastor for Portsmouth

Pastor for Portsmouth Grace Baptist Church, Portsmouth, inducted its first pastor, Evan Richards, on Reformation Day 2009. More than 150 people gathered to give God the glory for his appointment to lead this young church.      Evan, who is married to Tracey, comes from South Wales. He has had pastoral experience in Buckinghamshire and South…

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January 2010
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News – EU crucifix ban

EU crucifix ban Crucifixes have been banned in classrooms across Italy in another worrying victory for the European Court of Human Rights. In November, the court stated that the presence of crucifixes in classrooms violated religious and educational freedom.      However, the Greek Orthodox Church has come out in strong opposition after schools across Italy…

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January 2010
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Comment – Clang

Clang The British Humanist Association (BHA) has been 'found out' in the latest round of its gratuitous fight against Christianity.           In the wake of a recent BHA poster campaign extolling the 'freedom' of living without religion, it was reported by Premier Christian Radio that the two children portrayed in the BHA poster actually…

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January 2010
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News – Derby, Darwin and dinosaurs!

Derby, Darwin and dinosaurs! The weekend of 13-15 November was an exciting time for the members of Castlefields Church in Derby. Seizing the opportunity of the 2009 Darwin anniversaries, the church hired the prestigious 'Darwin Suite' in the city centre as a venue to host their creation outreach weekend.      The room is actually dedicated…

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January 2010
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News – Cohesion

Cohesion Faith schools have promoted community cohesion, rather than fostered division, according to new research from the Church of England.     In what can be seen as a fact-based swipe at humanists, who claim that faith schools promote non-integration and active discrimination, the study found that schools run by faith groups scored 11 per cent more…

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Guest Column – Timing the pass

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January 2010
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Guest Column – Timing the pass

Timing the pass - Guest ColumnPeter Milsom It's encouraging to see the Lord raising up a new generation of pastors. In recent years, two-thirds of evangelical churches in the Associating Evangelical Churches of Wales have called a new pastor. If these men, and others like them, are to exercise fruitful ministries, we need prayerfully to…

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January 2010
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News – Warning for America

Warning for America The US must look and learn from Christians' experience of the legal culture in the UK, a leading religious rights barrister has warned.     Barrister Paul Diamond, standing counsel to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), gave a speech in Washington last year in which he advised the US to beware of creeping anti-Christian…

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January 2010
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News – The good ship Doulos

The good ship Doulos Overseas Mission's (OM's) boat ministry on the good ship Doulos has ended. The boat, named after the Greek word for 'servant', has had to be grounded owing to the exorbitant costs of repairs needed.     In a survey by ship classification society RINA, it was found that the amount of work needed…

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January 2010
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News – Chipper at Chippenham

Chipper at Chippenham About 90 people gathered in Chippenham, Wiltshire, for the seventh Young Adults Conference. Jointly organised by Tabernacle Cardiff and Emmanuel Church, Salisbury, the conference has been held biannually since its launch in November 2006.     Chippenham, located roughly half way between Cardiff and Salisbury, provided a convenient setting with meetings taking place…

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January 2010
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News – Bibles confiscated

Bibles confiscated Malaysian authorities are withholding 15,000 Bibles in the Bahasa Malaysia language, claiming they are prejudicial to public order. This is despite the confiscation being an infringement of Malaysian law.     According to the Christian Federation of Malaysia (CFM), to confiscate and hold the Bibles is against the constitutional right that, under Article 11 of…

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January 2010
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News – Down’s syndrome

Down's syndrome  A controversial medical breakthrough, which aims to help pregnant mothers see whether their unborn babies have Down's syndrome, has been met with strong resistance by pro-life groups.     As reported in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), new tests can discover genetic anomalies leading to Down's syndrome in foetuses at a much earlier age.…

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News – All change at Greenwich

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January 2010
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News – All change at Greenwich

All change at Greenwich It was with thankfulness to God that the church at Devonshire Drive, Greenwich, met on Saturday 10 October for the induction of Jonathan Gravil as the new pastor. As former pastor Bill Gardner and his wife Maureen retired from their work of the last 18 years, the Lord led Jonathan and…

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January 2010
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News – Lords under pressure

Lords under pressure  The House of Lords is set for a political brouhaha over its 'free speech defence'. In November last year, it defeated the Government's attempt to curtail free speech in its Coroners and Justice Bill.     In a vote of 179 to 135, the Lords overturned the Government's vote to remove Lord…

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News – Truth4Youth

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January 2010
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News – Truth4Youth

Truth4Youth February 2010 will bring the 6th year of the Truth4Youth conference at the Heatree Conference Centre in Devon, for young people with a concern for biblical Christianity.     Truth4Youth grew out of concern over the liberal and charismatic fad movements of the 1990s, affecting many evangelical churches and leaving little sound teaching for the teenagers…

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John Calvin’s 500th anniversary in Belarus

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January 2010
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John Calvin’s 500th anniversary in Belarus

John Calvin’s 500th anniversary in Belarus   It happens only once in very few lifetimes — the 500th anniversary of John Calvin! For the Reformed churches in Belarus also, 2009 was the birthday of the great Reformer.   On 10 July we gathered in the small church building of a Reformed church in Minsk,…

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January 2010
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News – Charity guide

Charity guide  The Evangelical Alliance has welcomed guidance from the Charity Commission that will help faith-based charities to work more effectively in their communities.     The publication, Faith in good governance, was created to help charities establish strong trustee bodies and good practice. It is aimed at the 30,000-plus faith-based charitable organisations on the register…

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Church planting in York

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January 2010
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Church planting in York

Church planting in York Tim Davies interviews Matthew Roberts about a Gospel Partnership church plant in York Matthew and Kate Roberts have recently moved to York to start work on a church plant there. Until this summer they were with Christ Church, Heaton, a three-year-old church in Newcastle-upon-Tyne that is part of the North East Gospel…

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January 2010
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Cooling it

Cooling it In December, world leaders met in Copenhagen to discuss solutions to climate change. What should the Christian's response be to calls for better stewardship of the earth? Last month's meeting of leading United Nations members in Copenhagen was 'the most important conference ever staged on climate change', according to the Financial Times.      The…

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January 2010
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News – Iranian women released

Iranian women released The two Christian women being held in an Iranian jail have been released without bail.     The women, Maryam Rustampoor and Marzieh Amirizadeh, had been in prison for 259 days since they were arrested on suspicion of anti-state activity in May, and had their homes searched and Bibles confiscated.     Attempts to force the…

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John Laski (1499-1560)

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January 2010
Articles > Historical

John Laski (1499-1560)

John Laski (1499-1560) 2010 marks the 450th anniversary of the death of Poland's greatest Reformer, John Laski. He was highly esteemed by Calvin and Melanchthon, a friend of Cranmer and Bucer, and looked to by numerous Reformers. As a Reformer, John Laski1 would play a key role in the Netherlands, England and Poland. And yet today…

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January 2010
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News – Movers and shakers

Movers and shakers World Vision UK has appointed Justin Byworth as its new chief executive officer (CEO). After acting as CEO for the international aid and advocacy organisation for six months, Mr Byworth was interviewed rigorously before being accepted as permanent CEO. David Saunderson has taken over from Sir Christopher Wates as chairman of the…

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January 2010
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News – Bookstore in trouble

Bookstore in trouble While Wesley Owen's parent company (IBS-STL) might be in financial trouble, another religious charity bookshop has got troubles of its own.     Last year Eastern Orthodox bookshop chain St Stephen the Great Charitable Trust had ten of its shops taken into possession by interim manager Begbies Traynor while the financial company deals with…

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January 2010
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News – Home Office ignores convert

Home Office ignores convert An Iranian man who converted to Christianity is set to be deported from the UK, according to press reports. The unnamed man, who is being called 'Amir', is an illegal immigrant. He was converted at a church in the north of England.      He has appealed against being deported to Afghanistan, claiming…

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January 2010
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News – Sheena Gillies (1948–2009)

Sheena Gillies (1948–2009) A thanksgiving service was held on 2 November to celebrate the life of Sheena Gillies, who died suddenly on 16 October 2009. Representatives of many Christian organisations and churches gathered at All Souls Church, Langham Place, with Sheena's three sisters, other family and friends, to give thanks for her life and many…

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January 2010
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Questions by the million – the remarkable story of Ultimate questions!

Questions by the million -  the remarkable story of Ultimate questions! When he attended the 1987 Carey Ministers' Conference held at Liverpool University, John Blanchard had with him the manuscript of a proposed evangelistic booklet, provisionally titled The Ultimate Questions. Anxious to get feedback from a trusted friend, he asked Rev. Geoff Thomas from Aberystwyth to…

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January 2010
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News – Cambridge debate

Cambridge debate A packed audience of 200 people - students and guests of the East of England Faiths Council - gathered to hear a debate at Cambridge University's prestigious debating society. The motion was: 'This House believes that faith has an essential role in democratic debate'.      The proposition was put by Shayk Ibrahim Mogra,…

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Film Review – 2012

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January 2010
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Film Review – 2012

2012 - Film Review   Columbia Pictures; Director and producer: Roland Emmerich; Starring: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet, Oliver Platt and Thandie Newton (PG-12A in UK; PG13 in USA)   There is no denying that 2012 is a disaster movie on an epic scale. Director Roland Emmerich's stated aim was to top all…

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What every parent should know about the Internet (2)

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January 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What every parent should know about the Internet (2)

What every parent should know about the Internet (2) 1. Part 1 2. Part 2 3. Part 3 4. Part 4 5. Part 5 6. Part 6 7. Part 7  8. Part 8 Last month we noted that the Internet can be used for good or ill. This month, we look in detail at…

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News – Plodding or procession?

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January 2010
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News – Plodding or procession?

Plodding or procession? About 70 people gathered in Carlisle for 24 hours this November for the Borders Banner of Truth Conference, the theme of which was 'Encouraging God's flock'.     There were two sessions on the Friday evening. Ian Hamilton spoke from 2 Corinthians 2:12-17 of the Christian always being led in Christ's triumphal procession, and…

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January 2010
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News – Pope plays to gallery

Pope plays to gallery Leading Anglican clerics have expressed dismay at the meeting between Pope Benedict XVI and Archbishop Rowan Williams in Rome in November, claiming that the Pope is playing to the gallery while seeking Catholic expansion.     The meeting came hot on the heels of press announcements that Pope Benedict will welcome disaffected Anglican…

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January 2010
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News – Who made God?

Who made God?  Who made God? by ET's former editor and chairman Professor Edgar Andrews is already creating waves. A decisive riposte to the New Atheism, the book (EP Books; hardback, £9.95; ISBN: 978-0-85234-707-2) is a bestseller in most UK Christian bookshops and is going in the same direction in the USA.     A…

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News – God’s glory, our joy

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January 2010
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News – God’s glory, our joy

God's glory, our joy 'God's glory, our joy' is a Christian conference that has been running every autumn since 2000. Organised by churches in north-west England, its aim is to build biblical churches for the 21st century.     This year's conference began with a session for church leaders, at which Chris Hand, pastor of Crich Baptist…

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January 2010
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Typhoon aftermath

Typhoon aftermath Typhoon Ondoy hit Manila on 26-27 September. Then on 3 October Typhoon Pepeng hammered northern Luzon. By 25 October, the death toll had risen to 850, with 1.3 million living in flood conditions.  Action International Ministries (ACTION) has 38 missionaries serving in Manila, among them registered nurse Pami. Here are extracts from Pami's…

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What is a Christian?

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January 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

What is a Christian?

What is a Christian? This question can be answered by examining the Bible's first use of the word 'Christian'. Acts 11:26 says, 'And the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch'.  The Roman dictators of the first three centuries AD expected people to worship them as Caesar. There are many so-called 'saviours' in this world…

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Looking and walking

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January 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Looking and walking

Looking and walking  Discord was as intolerable to Abram as sand in the eye. He could not and would not live with it. Therefore, in Genesis 13:14-18 he proposed that Lot and he go their separate ways.  Generous and gracious man that he was, Abram allowed Lot to have the choice of which direction…

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News – Equality Bill

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January 2010
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News – Equality Bill

Equality Bill  An amendment to the Equality Bill to protect the religious liberty of churches was voted down in the House of Commons on 3 December amid accusations of EU interference.     Currently, religious groups can restrict employment to Christians whose private conduct is consistent with the Bible's teaching on sexual ethics. These posts must…

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Saints and angels

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January 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Saints and angels

Saints and angels Christians are worshipping saints and angels like never before. What's going on? Their worship or adoration goes back many centuries. The Roman Catholic and the Eastern Orthodox Churches have extensive histories of honouring and praying to angels and saints in heaven.      They have long taught that each person has a guardian angel…

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