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Review

January 2011
Book

Dig Deeper: Tools to Unearth the Bible’s Treasure

This is a reprint in a new format of a book first published in 2005. It sets out a series of sixteen ‘tools’ to enable Christians, and especially students, to interpret and understand the Bible better. Some of these are expected: ‘The author’s purpose tool’, ‘The context tool’, ‘The vocabulary tool’. Others are intriguing…

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News

January 2011
News

William and Kate

William and Kate News of a royal engagement has set hearts aflutter around the world, but will William and Catherine become the kind of king and queen this country really needs? When Clarence House announced on Tuesday 16 November that Prince William had become engaged to ‘one of the people’ Kate Middleton, it caused…

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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (3)

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January 2011
Articles > Historical

The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (3)

The Moravian connection -Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (3)On 24 May 1738 John Wesley wrote in his journal, 'Wednesday, May 24. In the evening I went very unwillingly to a society in Aldersgate Street, where one was reading Luther's preface to the Epistle to the Romans'.'About a quarter before nine, while he was describing…

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The double portion

Article

January 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

The double portion

The double portionMany of God's servants have served the Lord valiantly and faithfully in their time. They blazed a glorious gospel trail, hard to follow. They fought the good fight, finished the course and kept the faith, and received their crown of righteousness. We read about them, marvel at the great things they attempted…

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January 2011
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News – Big society

Big societyChristians, particularly older women, are blazing a trail by volunteering in their local communities, according to the Evangelical Alliance (EA).     A survey from the congregations of EA member churches revealed that evangelical Christians have already exemplified Prime Minister David Cameron's idea of a 'Big society'.      The EA survey showed that its member church…

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Article

January 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Suggestions for personal Bible reading during 2011

Suggestions for personal Bible reading during 2011Has your Bible reading become a chore? Do you find that you get to the end of the chapter and yet cannot remember a single thing about what you have read? Is it something you do to avoid feeling guilty on the way to work?  If we are…

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News – FIEC leaders

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January 2011
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News – FIEC leaders

FIEC leaders On 20 October, more than 300 delegates gathered for the second FIEC leaders' conference at the Hayes conference centre, Swanwick. The purpose, as Colin Tamplin, new trust board chairman put it, was 'to further the cause of the gospel through our churches'.     The past two years have seen big changes in the structure…

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The triple cure – part 2

Article

January 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

The triple cure – part 2

The triple cure - part 2 Jesus Christ is our prophet, priest and king. The priestly office of Christ occupies a major place in the New Testament and this subject includes not only a discussion of the office itself, but also of Christ's sacrificial death to redeem sinners from their sin. The key passage in…

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News

January 2011
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News – School worship

School worshipSo-called faith groups and humanist organisations have called upon the education minister Michael Gove to end compulsory worship in schools.     Several teaching unions, religion and belief groups, as well as lobbying organisations such as the British Humanists Association (BHA), wrote an open letter to the Secretary of State for Education, calling him to…

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‘If the foundations are destroyed…’

Article

January 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

‘If the foundations are destroyed…’

About a thousand years before the coming of Christ, King David asked: ‘If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ (Psalm 11:3) But he knew the answer to his own question: ‘The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test, the children…

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The best is yet to come

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January 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

The best is yet to come

The best is yet to come'Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the Lord said to him: You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed' (Joshua 13:1).'Youth is a blunder; manhood a struggle; old age a regret', wrote Disraeli, 19th century British Prime Minister. Sir…

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Article

January 2011
Obituaries

News – Rev. Colin Davies (1940-2010)

Rev. Colin Davies (1940-2010) Colin Davies was known by many people in Wales and beyond for his love of God and encouragement of young and old alike. He was also renowned for his faithful preaching of the gospel and huge role in looking after and equipping Christian camps for young people in Wales.      Born…

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Youth Feature – Not a tame lion

News

January 2011
News > Youth Features

Youth Feature – Not a tame lion

Not a tame lionC. S. Lewis' Narnia books are among the best-loved children's books of all time. In a list of best-selling books, The chronicles of Narnia has sold more than 120 million copies, coming in behind other popular series like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.1But, it is not just children who…

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News – OAM encouragements

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January 2011
Articles > Historical

News – OAM encouragements

OAM encouragementsFor a week in October, an Open-Air Mission (OAM) team went to centres in Darlington, Middlesbrough and Sunderland to witness alongside local evangelical churches.     There were five full-time OAM evangelists and a local associate worker who preached each day. There was also great support for the work from other local believers.      At…

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January 2011
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News – Ebenezer, Brighton

Ebenezer, BrightonAfter 4 years 8 months being out of its own building, the church that meets at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel, Brighton, returned on Saturday 21 August. Over 150 people visited through the day, and there was time for visitors to look around the new building.      Due to the many delays we have faced…

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January 2011
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News – Call for commission

Call for commissionBishop Michael Nazir-Ali has appealed to the UK government to set up a commission on bioethics to replace the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).     Bishop Michael, who is a former chairman of the Ethics and Law Committee of the HFEA, which is soon to be abolished, said that it was vital…

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January 2011
News

News – King James Version

King James Version Leading British figures have hailed the contribution that the Authorised Version of the Bible has made on our society.     Speaking as the King James Version enters its 400th year - from 1611-2011 - the Mayor of London Boris Johnson said it was one of the 'greatest pieces of world literature'.     In…

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News – EP Russian conference

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January 2011
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News – EP Russian conference

EP Russian conferenceThe 11th Evangelical Press Russian-language pastoral conference was held on 4-5 November 2010 near Moscow.      It was encouraging to see nearly 90 delegates from several countries within the former Soviet Union. Some even travelled for 50 hours to get to the conference; such was their appetite for the Word of God…

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Reviews – Exemplary spiritual leadership – Jerry Wragg – Day One

Article

January 2011
Book

Reviews – Exemplary spiritual leadership – Jerry Wragg – Day One

Exemplary spiritual leadershipJerry WraggDay One, 152 pages, £7.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-200-6Reading this book brought to mind an old saying concerning leadership, particularly in the church - 'It takes a steady hand to hold a full cup'. Clearly the aim of the book is to highlight for leaders and potential leaders in the church the need…

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News

January 2011
News

News – Wellbeing

Wellbeing The Relationships Foundation has welcomed British Prime Minister David Cameron's speech on wellbeing in society, which put the family at the heart of the 'Big society'.     Michael Trend, executive director of the foundation, said that since the coalition government came to power last year, the foundation had been concerned at the lack of…

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Big Ben’s chimes

Article

January 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Big Ben’s chimes

Big Ben's chimesLondon's Big Ben must be one of the most iconic landmarks in the UK. When I was 8 years old, my father and I were taken up Big Ben. We climbed the tower's 334 steps - it has no lift. With hindsight, I realise that I was very privileged; security being what…

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January 2011
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News – Not ashamed

Not Ashamed Lord Carey, the former Archbishop of Canterbury, presented his leaflet 'I'm not Ashamed' at the House of Lords on 1 December, as part of the nationwide Not Ashamed campaign.     Lord Carey of Clifton, who sits in the chamber alongside many pro-gay activists and atheists, read from the leaflet in the House on the…

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January 2011
News

News – Defections to Rome

Defections to Rome Five leading bishops and 45 other clergy have defected from the Church of England (CofE) to join the Roman Catholic Church.      According to a report in theTelegraph on Sunday, the Catholic Church announced that the Vatican was making plans to welcome the former CofE ministers.     The move was in response to…

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News – Getting through

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January 2011
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News – Getting through

Getting throughMore than a hundred people gathered at the end of September at the John Owen Centre at London Theological Seminary in Finchley, North London. They were present for the annual Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones memorial lecture.      The chairman was director of the centre, Dr Garry Williams. This year's lecturer was Dr Stuart Olyott,…

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January 2011
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News – Human rights

Human rightsA Christian doctor has had her appeal quashed at the end of a two-day employment tribunal in Leicester.     In November, Dr Sheila Matthews went to the tribunal to ask whether professional medical advice regarding the best interests of the child is really a contravention of homosexual rights. She had hoped to take her…

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January 2011
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News – Religion’s image

Religion's imageThe former Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, Lord Blair of Boughton, has said that the image of religion needs to change.     Talking at the 2010 Theos annual lecture, hosted by the religious think-tank, Lord Blair said that religion had been demonised and that this image was being perpetuated by a few dangerous individuals…

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World Mission – African pastors’ conferences

Article

January 2011
Articles > World Mission > Africa

World Mission – African pastors’ conferences

African pastors’ conferences   North Africa was full of churches in the first centuries after the apostles. Churches, Bible schools, libraries and missionary enterprise flourished across the Mediterranean coast of North Africa.      Before the apostles set foot in Europe, the church in Africa was advancing. It grew for 600 years. Then suddenly in…

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News

January 2011
News

News – Adultery online

Adultery onlineA pastor in the US is coming under fire for suggesting that worldwide social network phenomenon Facebook is encouraging adultery.     According to Associated Press in America, Rev. Cedric Miller of Neptune, New Jersey, asked his congregation to delete their accounts, after 20 couples at his church ran into difficulties after a spouse reunited…

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Review – Micah – an EP study commentary – Dale Ralph Davis – EP Books

Article

January 2011
Book

Review – Micah – an EP study commentary – Dale Ralph Davis – EP Books

Micah - an EP study commentary Dale Ralph DavisEP Books, 189 pages, £12.99, ISBN: 978-0-85234-717-1 How many churches have recently heard a series or even a sermon drawn from the prophet Micah? How many Christians would recognise even the better known phrases of the man of Moresheth? He lurks among other prophets quickly overlooked as 'minor',…

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News

January 2011
News

News – Justice for Burma

Justice for BurmaThe world celebrated on 17 November when Nobel Prize winner and freedom fighter Aung San Suu Kyi was released as part of a concession before rigged elections in Myanmar (Burma).     For 15 of the past 21 years, since her party swept to victory in the last free elections held in the country…

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News – Truthful, varied and bold!

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January 2011
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News – Truthful, varied and bold!

Truthful, varied and bold! What words would you use to summarise the characteristics of biblical preaching? These were the three words that Stuart Olyott, an experienced Bible expositor, chose as the basis of his sessions at a 'Handling the Word' day conference in Leicester on 25 November.     Organised by United Beach Missions, the aim of…

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World Mission – The Romas of Bulgaria

Article

January 2011
Bulgaria

World Mission – The Romas of Bulgaria

The Romas of Bulgaria   We have recently heard of the expulsion from France of great numbers of Romanian Romas (Gypsies). This reminded us of the two summers we spent in Bulgaria, in response to the invitation by the pastors of several Bulgarian churches for my husband to preach to the Roma people in…

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Reviews – Francis Schaeffer: A mind and heart for God – Bruce A Little (Ed) P&R Publishing

Article

January 2011
Reviews > Book

Reviews – Francis Schaeffer: A mind and heart for God – Bruce A Little (Ed) P&R Publishing

Francis Schaeffer: A mind and heart for God Bruce A. Little (Ed.) P&R Publishing, 108 pages, £9, ISBN: 978-1-59638-161-2 It is sobering to see how quickly those who have contributed so much to life and culture in our world are nearly forgotten by the generation that succeeds them. It calls to mind the rather…

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News – Ordination at East Leake

News

January 2011
News

News – Ordination at East Leake

Ordination at East LeakeSumming up the ordination of Paul Brunning at East Leake Evangelical Church, the church said, 'Throughout, we have had the wonderful sense of God's mighty, yet gracious, hand at work. The Lord has given us his joy and spiritual anticipation for the future as we come to this day. May all…

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Precious faith

Article

January 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

Precious faith

Precious faithThe art world was stunned when on 12 November 2010 a discarded Chinese vase was sold at a small London auctioneers for a world record £43m. The 18th century vase, made for the Emperor Qianlong, was found by a brother and sister who were clearing out their late uncle's bungalow. The potential value…

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From faith to fear – and back again

Article

January 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

From faith to fear – and back again

From faith to fear - and back againThe Christian life is a journey, but we sometimes stray from the Lord's side like foolish sheep wandering from the shepherd. Abram (Genesis 12:9 - 13:4) had been learning to walk with his Lord by faith. He had been called out of his previous life to new…

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World Mission – In Russia too, you are what you read

Article

January 2011
General

World Mission – In Russia too, you are what you read

In Russia too, you are what you read   Books are nearly as important for the spiritual development of a believer as listening to preaching. Being raised in an atheistic home, I was converted to the Christian faith in 1992 in a Baptist church in Minsk, Belarus.      In the first year of my…

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Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562)

Historical

January 2011
Articles > Historical

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562)

Peter Martyr Vermigli (1499-1562)The English Reformation normally evokes images of Henry VIII, Thomas Cranmer, Edward VI and Lady Jane Grey. Few remember another protagonist who brought both raging controversy and theological clarity to 16th-century England - Peter Martyr Vermigli.It was the summer of 1542 in Italy. After the previous year's disappointing attempt to conciliate…

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News

January 2011
News

News – Too hot

Too hotThe Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has upheld complaints that an advert for pop diva Beyoncé's new perfume, Heat, was considered too steamy for daytime TV.     The Christian Institute was one of the groups that voiced concern over sexually explicit advertising after the advert was pulled back until after 7.30pm for being 'sexually provocative'…

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January 2011
News

News – Halifax

HalifaxThe Grace Baptist Church at Norton Tower, Halifax, is giving thanks to God for his continued guiding through recent years, especially now for a stronger leadership team. The church welcomed Luke Jenner as co-pastor, alongside Peter Stead, on 16 October.      Numerous churches were represented during a service at a local school, as nearly…

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News – Reformation celebrated

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January 2011
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News – Reformation celebrated

Reformation celebratedWith Reformation Day falling on a Sunday, Emmanuel Church, Canterbury, took advantage of the occasion to hold a special service, dramatisation and tour.     The last day of October marked the 493rd anniversary of the day Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the university chapel in Wittenberg. Those meeting in…

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January 2011
News

News – Free worship

Free worshipThe Free Church of Scotland has voted to allow hymns and instruments to accompany worship during services.     At a groundbreaking plenary assembly in Edinburgh last November, commissioners of the church voted by 98 to 84 to allow the singing of hymns and musical accompaniment for the first time in 160 years.     The church,…

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World Mission – A remarkable mission field

Article

January 2011
South Africa

World Mission – A remarkable mission field

A remarkable mission field   More than half the 6.6 billion people on our planet already live in cities, and this proportion is set to increase to 70 per cent of the world population by 2050.      According to United Nations forecasts, the number of megacities – metropolises with a population of more than…

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News – Zoar Baptist Church, Ipswich

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January 2011
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News – Zoar Baptist Church, Ipswich

Zoar Baptist Church, Ipswich On Saturday 11 September a full congregation of around 250 people met for the ordination and induction service of James Paton. The service was led by David Piper, administrator of Grace Baptist Churches East Anglia and the address given by Malcolm Laver (Wetherden). Also taking part were Tom Chapman (James'…

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Reviews – Last things first – Graham Beynon – IVP

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January 2011
Book

Reviews – Last things first – Graham Beynon – IVP

Last things firstGraham BeynonIVP, 174 pages, £7.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-412-1Christians are sometimes warned about the danger of being so heavenly-minded that they are of no earthly use. Yet C. S. Lewis maintained (in Mere Christianity) that the witness of history is that those who did most for the present world were those who thought most…

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Reviews – Life lessons – Glenn Myers (Ed) – Christian Focus Publications

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January 2011
Book

Reviews – Life lessons – Glenn Myers (Ed) – Christian Focus Publications

Life lessons Glenn Myers (Editor)Christian Focus Publications, 112 pages, £6.99, ISBN: 1845505554This book is written by nine people who have been, or still are, missionaries with WEC International.      In each chapter a different person testifies about something that has had a deep impact on him or her. They all write honestly about the…

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Reviews – A Christian’s pocket guide to Islam – Patrick Sookhdeo – Christian Focus

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January 2011
Book

Reviews – A Christian’s pocket guide to Islam – Patrick Sookhdeo – Christian Focus

A Christian's pocket guide to Islam Patrick SookhdeoChristian Focus, 137 pages, £3.99, ISBN: 978-1-84550-572-1 This is an Islam 'espresso', perfect for the 'I've-got-a-Muslim-colleague' Christian on the go! (Also perfect for those revising for an RE exam, with two hours available.)      Patrick Sookhdeo concisely describes a religion poised to feature importantly in Europe's 21st century. In…

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News – Lausanne

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January 2011
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News – Lausanne

Lausanne                                 The Third Lausanne Congress on world evangelism, held in Cape Town, was attended by nearly 4,500 participants from 190 countries.     Many churches and organisations attended, including Action International, which sent four missionaries, from India, Belgium, the US and Cambodia. In each major session, the attendees sat in groups of 4-6 at more…

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News – Tyndale House, Cambridge

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January 2011
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News – Tyndale House, Cambridge

Tyndale House, CambridgeOvidiu Hanc is a Baptist pastor in Arad, Romania, and is doing his PhD through Queen's University, Belfast. His thesis is on the Roman Empire in the New Testament. He is married to Emanuela and they have one child Iosua who is 5.      Ovi says, 'The Tyndale House motto “Doorway to…

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News

January 2011
News

News – Defend the poor

Defend the poorControversial US pastor and civil rights activist Rev. Jesse Jackson has told Premier Radio that the church must be the defender of the poor and the conscience of government.     Speaking in an interview with the Christian broadcaster, Jesse Jackson said, 'The work of the church is to defend the poor and deliver…

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Reviews – Catholicism: East of Eden – Richard Bennett – Banner of Truth

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January 2011
Book

Reviews – Catholicism: East of Eden – Richard Bennett – Banner of Truth

Catholicism: East of EdenRichard BennettBanner of Truth, 323 pages, £8.50, ISBN: 978-1-84871-083-2With the recent visit of the pope to the United Kingdom, this republished work (formerly by Berean Beacon Press, 2005) is to be welcomed. The author writes from the advantage of personal experience, and not mere academic insight, having served for 22 years…

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January 2011
News

News – Rev. Simon Reynolds

Rev. Simon ReynoldsThe Rev. Simon Reynolds, one of the leaders in the Pentecostal Calvary Church of God in Christ (COGIC), has died after a short illness.      Superintendent Reynolds served in a number of key positions and administrative roles within COGIC, which was started in the UK in 1948. His last role was as pastor…

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A future and a hope

Article

January 2011
Articles > Biblical/theological

A future and a hope

A future and a hope'For I know the thoughts I think towards you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope' (Jeremiah 29:11).Jeremiah wrote this wonderful promise during the Babylonian exile, in a letter addressed to all the people of Israel - including elders…

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January 2011
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News – Section 5

Section 5The Christian Institute (CI) has issued an open letter to the churches in the UK, calling on all Christians as individuals to lobby their MPs.     It reads: 'Do you remember Ben and Sharon Vogelenzang? They are the Christian couple from Liverpool who stood trial last year because a Muslim woman felt “insulted” when…

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News – Release International

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January 2011
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News – Release International

Release International'After what we heard this morning, everything else pales into insignificance. I was in tears when I heard that girl from Korea speak'.     This was one of the comments made during the Release International annual conference, held in London's Salvation Army Regent Hall on 6 November.      Called 'Strong together', the conference sought…

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Reviews – Why Johnny can’t preach  – T. David Gordon – P&R

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January 2011
Book

Reviews – Why Johnny can’t preach – T. David Gordon – P&R

Why Johnny can't preach T. David GordonP&R Publishing, 107 pages, £7.50, ISBN: 978-1-59638-116-2In some senses, this book could be regarded as a potential 'last will and testament' of its author, who, at the time of writing, was undergoing treatment for cancer with only a 25 per cent likelihood of success.      Mercifully, David Gordon…

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News

January 2011
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News – Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM)

Australian Indigenous Ministries (AIM)Stephen and Fiona Bignall have settled into the bush in their new Australian community, making the bungalow a home, unpacking boxes, getting their youngest daughter, Jess, into school and meeting their new neighbours.     The couple write, 'Our month opened with the first weekend of worship with our aboriginal brethren, during which…

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Article

January 2011
Articles > Comment

ET Comment – Tyndale’s legacy

Tyndale's legacy In 1611 the Authorised Version of the Bible was completed. Four hundred years on, we stand back, and in this article by Rt Rev. John B. Taylor, admire a marvellous translation largely achieved through William Tyndale's sacrificial labours. 'What finally do we say of Tyndale's legacy to the English-speaking world? First and…

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