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Tony Bickley’s testimony (2)

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January 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Tony Bickley’s testimony (2)

Tony Bickley’s testimony (2) Having come to faith in Jesus Christ, believing on him in my heart (see December 2011 ET), I was enabled, along with my wife, to confess Christ with my mouth, at a Billy Graham rally in Birmingham. That day, 4 July 1984, was significant in more than one way. For…

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Pressing on

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January 2012
Articles > Guest column

Pressing on

Guest Column      PRESSING ON Have you ever been ‘apprehended’ by the strong arm of the law? Thankfully, that has never been my experience, though we have all witnessed it happen to others, at least on TV. But, the fact that you are reading these words suggests you have been — or perhaps are about…

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WEST dedication

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January 2012
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WEST dedication

WEST dedication ‘Be very careful to love the Lord your God’ was Rev. Brian Edwards’ text, from Joshua 23:11, preached on at WEST’s dedication service on Saturday 24 September.     His first application was to the students. What could be more important to remember in an institution dedicated to the instruction of future Christian…

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January 2012
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Pastor for Parkstone

Pastor for Parkstone On Saturday 8 October, Simon Patterson was inducted to the pastorate at Parkstone Free Evangelical Church in Poole, Dorset.     The church, a member of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches, recently celebrated its 78th year in Poole, and had been praying and seeking a pastor for a number of years.  …

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Glory and joy

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January 2012
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Glory and joy

Glory and joy ‘God’s Glory, Our Joy’ conference was held at Emmaus Church Centre in Warrington, on loan to us from the Orford church. The facilities are superb and we have to say ‘thank you’ to the ladies from Chorlton Evangelical Church for looking after us throughout the day.    This year the theme was…

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January 2012
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Faithfulness

Faithfulness Christian and secular organisations are throwing their weight behind a campaign called Faithfulness Matters.    The campaign, a joint effort involving such groups as think-tank Theos, the Evangelical Alliance, the Jubilee Centre and Restored — which seeks to end violence against women — aims to prevent people making money from breaking up relationships.    Faithfulness…

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January 2012
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Barnabas victory

Barnabas victory Barnabas Fund has welcomed a response from the UK Charity Commission (UKCC) that cleared the Christian advocacy group of complaints that it is ‘divisive’.    According to a statement from Barnabas Fund, the UKCC received a complaint after a lay reader in the Church of England took exception to an article in the…

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January 2012
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False healings

False healings A Sky News investigation has discovered that at least six people have died in Britain after being told that they had been healed of HIV by a Charismatic church.    The news agency sent three undercover reporters into the Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN), which is based in Southwark, south London, pretending…

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A new year’s resolution from the fall of Babylon

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January 2012
Articles > Comment

A new year’s resolution from the fall of Babylon

‘Babylon’ in the Bible is a symbol of the apostate community with false religion at its heart. Priesthood and ceremonies were not add-ons to Chaldean society, but permeated it. Medieval society replicated this pagan alliance, except that the priesthood and ceremonies had a Christian veneer. Such a union is still found in many states…

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January 2012
Obituaries

David Rushworth-Smith

David Rushworth-Smith Rev. David Rushworth-Smith died peacefully at home on 8 November, aged 84, following nine months of illness with multiple myeloma.     David, together with his wife, Doreen, was pastor of several churches, including Braughing and Puckeridge Chapels in Hertfordshire, Westbury Avenue Baptist Church in London N17, and Crich and Milford Chapels in…

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January 2012
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Amish attacks

Amish attacks Seven men have been charged with religious hate-crime in the US state of Ohio following a number of hair-cutting attacks in the Amish community.    According to the US Department of Justice, Amish men and women have had their beards and hair cut in a spate of assaults. The attacks have been blamed…

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January 2012
Articles > Historical

Welsh Calvinistic Methodism – a denomination and a declaration

Statue of Daniel Rowland at Llangeitho, Ceredigion (Roger Kidd) / CC BY-SA 2.0   Welsh Calvinistic Methodism — a denomination and a declaration It was an occasion that passed largely unnoticed outside Wales, but 2011 marked the anniversary of an event of great significance for the Welsh Calvinistic Methodists. Two hundred years ago, they…

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January 2012
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Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia A series of incident reports leaked to advocacy groups has revealed the Saudi authorities are targeting citizens — some as young as 13 — with live ammunition and arrest.    According to non-governmental organisation the Islamic Human Rights Commission, Saudi security forces are engaged in a systematic campaign targeting youngsters on motorcycles with…

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January 2012
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Female succession

Female succession Prime Minister David Cameron has announced the beginning of the end of male primogeniture in relation to the Crown.    In October, the Commonwealth countries agreed to change the rules of royal succession, meaning that women are now counted as being in line for the throne of England. It means any potential daughter…

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Joseph Hart (1712-1768)

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January 2012
Articles > Historical

Joseph Hart (1712-1768)

Joseph Hart (1712-1768) Joseph Hart was born in London 300 years ago. He became a pastor and hymn-writer, his most notable hymns being ‘Come ye sinners, poor and wretched’, ‘A Man there is, a real Man’, and ‘How good is the God we adore’. Having parents who were Calvinistic Independents, ‘I imbibed’, says Hart,…

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January 2012
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Abortion mistake

Abortion mistake A healthy 32-week-old foetus was aborted ‘by mistake’ in a tragic mix up at an Australian hospital.    According to the Herald Sun newspaper, the mother, who was expecting twin boys, was told by doctors that one of the babies had a serious congenital heart defect. She decided to have him aborted, despite…

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January 2012
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Gay marriage

Gay marriage The Government plans to issue its consultation on redefining marriage to create same-sex marriage later this year.        The move is another nail in the coffin for marriage, politically speaking, and follows on from the votes held early December in the House of Lords over registering civil partnerships in churches.    Baroness O’Cathain…

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No prayer – no power – no fruit

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January 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

No prayer – no power – no fruit

No prayer – no power – no fruit We see in Acts 4:23-31, after Pentecost’s initial blessing, that the church came under intense persecution and the spread of the gospel was seriously threatened. The church’s immediate response was to call out to the sovereign Lord in urgent, passionate prayer that he would intervene and…

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Recognition at Haslemere

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January 2012
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Recognition at Haslemere

Recognition at Haslemere Hope Baptist Church, Haslemere, gave public thanks to God, on 8 October, that after nearly twelve pastor-less years the Lord has given them a pastor, Thomas Yates. The church and many visitors rejoiced in God’s goodness.    Charles Sleeman led the service, opening with an expression of thanksgiving for letters of encouragement…

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Serious Christians

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January 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Serious Christians

Serious Christians During the 1970s when our church was experiencing a period of rich blessing, with frequent conversions and rapid growth, several other churches in town grew jealous and rumours about us began to spread. It was being said that our growth was due to us being sheep stealers. One of our elders had…

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Chester outreach

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January 2012
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Chester outreach

Chester outreach Chester City Mission has formed a new outreach venture in a second-hand Christian bookshop.    Its aim is to have mission doors open each day of the week, to allow another point of contact and follow up to street evangelism that we do in the city. We are located in the middle of…

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Zimbabwe Partnership Trust

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January 2012
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Zimbabwe Partnership Trust

Zimbabwe Partnership Trust In the last decade the people of Zimbabwe have been staggering beneath a yoke of despair. Unemployment statistics are now at close to 90 per cent. The population has faced poverty, successive droughts, and economic disaster.     In July 2008, hyperinflation resulted in the total collapse of the Zimbabwean currency. These…

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The great ship Titanic

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January 2012
Evangelistic

The great ship Titanic

The great ship Titanic Oh they built the ship Titanic, to sail the ocean blue; And they thought they had a ship that the water would n’er leak through But the Lord’s almighty hand, knew that ship would never stand. It was sad when that great ship went down. One of the greatest tragedies…

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God at work in Saudi Arabia

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January 2012
Saudi Arabia

God at work in Saudi Arabia

God at work in Saudi Arabia ‘Saudi women to be allowed to vote for the first time’; ‘Saudi woman sentenced to ten lashes for driving is later pardoned by the king’. Saudi Arabia can generate headlines like none other. With the Koran as its constitution, and as keeper of the two holiest sites in…

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January 2012
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Business as mission

Business as mission The US Centre for Faith & Global Education (CFGE) has announced it will launch a ‘business as mission’ (BAM) training project for Christian university students in the Middle East and other selected countries around the world.    At a time of global recession and when every government acknowledges the need to support…

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The apple of my eye

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January 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The apple of my eye

The apple of my eye The expression ‘You are the apple of my eye’ has entered popular poetry and song. The term is used to describe someone very dear and special to us. Think, for instance, of a couple on their wedding day, making their marriage vows. There are millions of women in the…

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The big interview – Robert Musgrave

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January 2012
Interviews

The big interview – Robert Musgrave

The big interview Since the 1950s, Providence House (formerly Providence Chapel) has served families of Battersea in London through its youth work. Robert Musgrave joined Providence House on his gap year 38 years ago and is still there. Sheila Marshall caught up with him before he received an MBE, which he was nominated for…

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News

January 2012
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Greek to me

Greek to me Tyndale House has made 1370 ancient texts available for free download, to help students of New Testament Greek and Latin.    According to a statement, the Perseus collection of Greek and Latin texts, most with translations, are now available for download together with superb software, free of charge.    For example, the role…

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Party witness

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January 2012
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Party witness

Party witness Each year, the UK’s main political parties hold their annual conferences in Manchester, Liverpool and Birmingham. Over the past few years, a small number of Christians have held a Christian witness outside these events.     The pattern of approach has usually been to offer evangelistic literature to passers-by, conduct open-air preaching, and seek…

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Mark time – The Book (4 CD set)

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January 2012
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Mark time – The Book (4 CD set)

Mark time — The Book (4 CD set) Gerard Chrispin Day One Publications, 176 pages, £15.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-284-6 When Rico Tice, author of the Christianity Explored programme which is based on Mark’s Gospel, says that from now on this is the first commentary he will reach for, you know it will be good. Your…

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Pilgrim Tabernacle

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January 2012
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Pilgrim Tabernacle

Pilgrim Tabernacle     The Pilgrim Tabernacle’s 24th church and pastor’s anniversary service was held on Saturday 10 September in Wood Green, North London.    It was attended by more than 70 people from many ethnic backgrounds. The preacher, Rev. Maurice Roberts from Inverness, expressed his emotion at seeing so many believers representing many languages and cultures…

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Through a lens, darkly

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January 2012
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Through a lens, darkly

Through a lens, darkly Media intrusion into celebrities’ lives has escalated, precipitated by the development of new technology. But how far is ‘too far’? The Leveson Inquiry has heard from at least 28 public figures who claim investigative journalism has gone way beyond the bounds of decency and bordered on the criminal. Will press…

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Memories of Duncan Campbell

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January 2012
Articles > Historical

Memories of Duncan Campbell

Memories of Duncan Campbell The name Duncan Campbell is always associated with the remarkable revival that occurred in the Isle of Lewis, off the west coast of Scotland, from 1949 to 1952. Those truly were glorious and wonderful days, when the community was saturated with the presence and power of God. There are scores…

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EMW (South Wales) day

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January 2012
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EMW (South Wales) day

EMW (South Wales) day 150 people gathered on the first Saturday in October for the annual South Wales Evangelical Movement of Wales day. There were preaching services and seminars, with young and old coming together for fellowship and good ministry.     The venue was Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Newport. The two main speakers were Mike…

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Russian EP conference

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January 2012
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Russian EP conference

Russian EP conference The 12th annual Evangelical Press Russian-language conference was held in Belarus on 3-4 November 2011.     It was a joy to return to Belarus for the first time since 2001. About 50 delegates attended, drawn mainly from Belarus, but also some from Ukraine, Russia and Kazakhstan.     Nearly all the addresses…

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January 2012
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Churchless Afghanistan

Churchless Afghanistan The US state department has reported that there are no Christian churches or schools in Afghanistan.    According to a report from Mission network news (MNN), the US state department report on religious freedom indicates there is no Christian church open to the public in Afghanistan and there are no Christian schools.   …

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Bible and science

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January 2012
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Bible and science

Bible and science Roughly 250 people attended ‘The Bible, science and society — today!’ conference that took place at the Derby Assembly Rooms on Saturday 29 October 2011.    In this 400th anniversary year of the King James Bible, the event was organised by Castlefields Church, Derby, to be a help to Christians of all…

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The apostle Paul’s great aim

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January 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The apostle Paul’s great aim

The apostle Paul’s great aim ‘Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ’ (Colossians 1:28). Herein was the grand purpose and passion that motivated Paul’s apostolic life. The driving force behind all he did, wrote and taught, and the way he lived, was…

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January 2012
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Population policy

Population policy A senior UK academic has called for an ‘active population policy’ to be set in place in Britain, after official figures indicated the UK’s population would grow to 73.2 million until 2035.    Dr Thomas Renstrom, senior lecturer in economics at Durham University Business School, pointed to figures from the Office for National…

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Club to worship centre

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January 2012
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Club to worship centre

Club to worship centre On Tuesday 11 October, the Presbyterian Reformed Church had an open evening in its new venue in Frederick Street, Stockton-on-Tees.    It followed three years of purchase formalities, design discussions, renovations and decoration. What was a gymnasium is now a centre for the worship of God, in a residential area at the…

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January 2012
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Fair Brits

Fair Brits The UK has more consistent Fairtrade customers than any other developed nation, according to a global survey from the charitable organisation.     Despite the recession, the survey showed public support for Fairtrade goods was still on the rise worldwide, with shoppers increasingly expecting businesses to be more accountable and fair in dealing…

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January 2012
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Unrealistic

Open letter The London Theological Seminary (LTS) has written an open letter to Damian Green, Conservative MP for Ashford and immigration minister, appealing for a rethink about new even tighter regulations for the ‘educational oversight’ of visa students.     The Government’s intention is to ensure that the UK’s educational system is not abused to…

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Christianity or ‘i-anity’?

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January 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Christianity or ‘i-anity’?

Christianity or ‘i-anity’? The apostle Paul was not in doubt about what he should preach. He put it very clearly: ‘I am determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Corinthians 2:2). It’s obvious that Paul was a preacher of Christianity. The word ‘Christianity’ has Christ in it,…

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Life at home in South Sudan

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January 2012
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Life at home in South Sudan

World Mission Life at home in South Sudan I realise how far I have journeyed to be able to join together the words ‘at home’ and ‘in Sudan’. I remember when we arrived five years ago. I was in our aracuba, the temporary grass shelter we lived in as we constructed a hut to…

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News

January 2012
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The way to San Jose

The way to San Jose People around the world must be told there is no international right to abortion, according to the creators of the San Jose Articles.    The San Jose Articles, formed in March 2011 and launched in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on 26 October, by Anna Záborská MEP and Alojz Peterle…

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David Obbard: 1922-2011

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January 2012
Obituaries

David Obbard: 1922-2011

David Obbard: 1922-2011 David Obbard passed quietly from this world on Saturday morning, 1 October 2011, at the age of 89.    He was born at Bullingstone Farm, Speldhurst, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent on 7 July 1922, the youngest son of a smallholder and farmer. He moved with his family to Cherry Gardens Farm,…

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The hymns of Charles Wesley

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January 2012
Articles > Historical

The hymns of Charles Wesley

The hymns of Charles Wesley The Charles Wesley hymns that we find in our current hymnbooks and other sources are so popular, especially when set to rousing tunes, that it is hard to understand why so few are in current use. There does appear to be some misunderstanding among producers of modern songbooks. It…

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Gospel preaching

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January 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Gospel preaching

Gospel preaching Preaching the gospel faithfully should be the number one concern of all serious Christians and churches, and especially of those set apart as ministers of the gospel. I want to call on all such to proclaim a full-blooded gospel message and to use a biblical methodology in outreach. That way our efforts…

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Review

January 2012

What to look for in a pastor

What to look for in a pastor Brian Biedebach Day One Publications 210, £0.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-2686 Star Rating: This book comes with warm commendations from, among others, Wayne Mack and John MacArthur. It is easy to understand why, for it deals helpfully with an important subject rarely addressed, namely how a church should proceed…

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January 2012

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals

Conduct Gospel-Centered Funerals Brian Croft & Phil A. Newton Day One 106 pages, £5 ISBN number: 978-1-84625-266-2 Star rating: 4   The conduct of funerals is a duty that few ministers relish.  While the funeral of one who was clearly a believer can be a blessed occasion, others can pose a considerable challenge.  Yet,…

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January 2012

John Knox and the Reformation

John Knox and the Reformation D Lloyd-Jones & I Murray Banner of Truth Trust 132, £5.50 ISBN: 978-1-84871-114-3 Star Rating: 2014 will mark the 500th anniversary of the birth of John Knox. Has the culture of any nation been shaped by one man quite as much as Scotland’s has by John Knox? Her educational…

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January 2012

John MacArthur – Servant of the Word and Flock

John MacArthur – Servant of the Word and Flock Iain H. Murray Banner of Truth Trust 250, £14.50 ISBN: 978-1-84871-112-9 Star Rating: 0 The author calls this book ‘little more than a “sketch”’ and adds, ‘It is not the time for a full biography while a person’s life is still in progress.’ While the…

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January 2012

John Stott – A portrait by his friends

John Stott – A portrait by his friends Ed Chris Wright IVP 224, £0.00 ISBN: 978-1-84474-516-6 Star Rating: This is a delightful book; as the blurb simply says: ‘Thirty five of John’s friends open their hearts and share memories of a unique man and a truly special friend. Many brush strokes, one portrait’. Published…

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January 2012

Everyday Church – mission by being good neighbours

Everyday Church – mission by being good neighbours Tim Chester & Steve Timmis IVP 200, £9.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-520-3 Star Rating: Tim Chester and Steve Timmis appear to be carving out a popular brand of the church. However, their vision for ‘gospel communities’ amounts to a radical reshaping of traditional beliefs about the church. This…

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January 2012

Mark Time – The Book (4 CD set)

Mark Time – The Book (4 CD set) Gerard Chrispin Day One Publications 176, £15.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-284-6 Star Rating: undecided: good content, unhelpful format When Rico Tice, author of the Christianity Explored programme which is based on Mark’s Gospel, says that from now on this is the first commentary he will reach for, you know…

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