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Review

January 2016

Fighting Satan

Some people perceive so much demon activity that personal responsibility is undermined. Others so totally ignore Satan that they effectively deny his reality. Joel Beeke avoids both extremes, and offers a balanced attitude. He points out that demon possession was fairly frequent during the ministry of Jesus, less prominent in the book of Acts,…

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Review

January 2016

Staying pure online

Many Christian parents need to wake up to the scale and horror of online pornography. Church leaders who care about the purity of their congregations need both to be alert to the temptations of the 21st century and how to equip their people to avoid sexual sin. Staying pure online is a book which will help leaders…

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Review

January 2016

Martyrs of Malatya

This book is both an easy and difficult read. It is easy because the storyline is gripping and well written. It is difficult because the story is about the gruesome murders of three fine Christian men. The story takes place in 2007 and is based in Malatya, eastern Turkey. It begins with the murder…

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Article

January 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Mindless ‘mindfulness’

On 21 September 2015, during his visit to Britain, the Dalai Lama met with Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Sikh and Buddhist representatives. This multi-faith occasion was sponsored by an organisation called ‘Action for Happiness’ of which the Dalai Lama is patron. Action for Happiness’s website claims it ‘has helped over 100,000 people take practical action…

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News

January 2016
News

Letter from America: South Carolina’s floods

‘Surely in the rush of great waters, they shall not reach him. You are a hiding place for me; you preserve me from trouble; you surround me with shouts of deliverance’ (Psalm 32:6-7). Bible passages like these became incredibly relevant in the light of October 2015’s flooding that hit South Carolina (SC). Meteorologists called…

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Article

January 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘On this rock’ (1)

The question of the church’s foundation is a crucial one. On what is the church of Jesus Christ built? What forms her basis, giving her stability and security? Biblically, there is, in fact, more than one answer to this question about the foundation of the church. But one particular answer that has attracted much…

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News

January 2016
News

Youth – Whitby Bible School

On the first weekend of September 2015, 25 young people arrived in Whitby for the annual September Bible School. The group was exploring the theme of ‘living as a Christian in the modern world’. We enjoyed having Andy Patterson (FIEC missions director) and Phil Heaps (Grace Church, Yate) as speakers. It was also a…

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Is God a she?

Article

January 2016
Articles > Comment

Is God a she?

In an interview with The Guardian newspaper (24 October 2015), the new Bishop of Gloucester, Rachel Treweek, joined others who are saying that the Church of England should use both male and female pronouns when referring to God. She personally prefers, we’re told, to say neither ‘he’ nor ‘she’, but ‘God’. ‘Sometimes I lapse,…

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News

January 2016
News

Event – FIEC Next Generation

More than 25 youth and children’s workers gathered in London during October 2015 for a consultation about their work with the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC). Most who came serve in FIEC churches across the country, and the purpose of the consultation was to discover how the FIEC can best support ministry among…

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A view through the roof

News

January 2016
News

A view through the roof

There’s a story in the Gospels, recounted by both Mark and Luke, about a paralysed man who can’t get to Jesus without some assistance. So four of his friends pick up the mat on which he lies and carry him through the streets to the house where Jesus is teaching and preaching. But on…

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News

January 2016
News

Conference – Stockton-on-Tees Autumn Conference

On 21 October 2015, the Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees, held its first Autumn Conference. People attended from as far afield as Carlisle and Whitehaven and a good time of fellowship was enjoyed. There were three addresses with associated question times. Protestantism Philip Tait, director of ministry of the Protestant Truth Society, spoke on ‘The…

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News

January 2016
News

Youth – Chilli Children

A group of enterprising Christians in South Lanarkshire are going the distance — 112 miles to be precise — for an African charity, as they seek to raise funds to help orphaned and chronically sick children. The Chilli Children project, founded by Christian missionary Pat Gilmer, is based in Uganda and supports orphaned, disabled…

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News

January 2016
News

Conference – Revival

Rev. Maurice Roberts (Inverness) and Rev. William Macleod (Glasgow) were guest speakers at the Salisbury Conference, held at Emmanuel Church, Salisbury, from 2-3 October 2015, on the theme of revival. Mr Roberts opened the conference, speaking on ‘God’s astonishing work in revival’, with special reference to the revival of 1859. Outlining that revival, he…

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Event – East Leake Evangelical Church

News

January 2016
News

Event – East Leake Evangelical Church

For the vast majority of its 30-year existence, East Leake Evangelical Church has met in East Leake’s village hall, and it was here that our 30th anniversary thanksgiving service was held, on 17 October 2015. About 70 people gathered, including representatives of other churches and of the local council. After an opening hymn, Jim…

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Article

January 2016
Obituaries

Susan Heaps – a woman made beautiful by the grace of God

There can be few more painful or faith-testing experiences for a man than to see his wife of 43 years being lowered in a coffin into a deep, clay-lined chasm in the ground. Such was my experience two days ago (on 6 November 2015). My Sue had died just 10 days earlier, aged 65,…

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Article

January 2016
Armenia

Armenians, ‘experts in the art of dying’ – and also in the art of living (2)

Continued from Armenians, ‘experts in the art of dying’ — and also in the art of living (1) Christian evangelist Roger Carswell has provided this edited version of a booklet first penned by his grandfather, Rev. Sisag Manoogian, at the time of the Armenian genocide (1915–1917). Sisag continues: I keep a small photo which…

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News

January 2016
News

Ethics – Hate attacks

Muslims targeted by hate attacks are reluctant to report incidents of abuse and often receive little support from onlookers. This was the finding of a study commissioned by Tell MAMA (Measuring Anti-Muslim Attacks). Researchers from Birmingham City University and Nottingham Trent University found an example of a woman having alcohol poured over her receiving no support from other passengers on a…

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News

January 2016
News > Youth Features

Ten ways to smash an idol

John Calvin famously said, ‘Man’s nature, so to speak, is a perpetual factory of idols. Man’s mind, full as it is of pride and boldness, dares to imagine a god according to its own capacity’ (Institutes, 1.11.8). At this year’s Contagious youth conferences, young people from all over the UK, and beyond, met together…

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News

January 2016
News > Youth Features

Salt Youth Conference

Praise God for his presence with us at SALT (‘Serious about loving truth’)this summer! This was our tenth conference in five years. As older ones move on, we were thrilled to have a number of first-timers. Jeremy Walker, Conrad Pomeroy and Ali McLachlan spoke on the Bible’s inspiration, infallibility, authority and sufficiency. It was…

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News

January 2016
News

Mission – ACTS warehouse

Christian book mission Africa Christian Textbooks has given thanks for everyone who has been praying and giving generously towards its warehouse project. Last year, it was reported how ACTS faced a series of difficulties over its bookshops and mobile shops, with the book van being subjected to a malicious attack, and the closure of…

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Article

January 2016
Evangelistic

The great question, and the equally great answer

Today’s society seems filled with a vast number of unhappy and unfulfilled men, women and young people. There seems to be such gloom and doom on the faces of so many. This is not just some passing judgement, but, I believe, a startling fact. As someone who works on the front end of a…

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Article

January 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

A visit to Israel (11–23 May 2015) (4)

Continued from A visit to Israel (11–23 May 2015) (3) Wednesday 20 May: We saw more of Jerusalem today. The bus took us to the top of the Mount of Olives, or Olivet, which is an elevated ridge to the east of Jerusalem, known for its groves of olive trees. We had a group picture…

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Article

January 2016
Articles > World Mission

Diaspora – where migration and mission meet

Do we believe that God is sovereign over migration patterns? And are we ready to respond? Steve Bell introduces the phenomenon of diaspora ministry. There are a variety of reasons people find themselves in diaspora, or living outside of their original homeland. For some, it’s because of a ‘pull’ dynamic — people who voluntarily…

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News

January 2016
News

Conference – Coram Deo

In November 2015, Coram Deo, an Italian publishing and church planting organisation, held one of its two annual conferences in Sicily, by invitation of local pastor Giuseppe Prinzivalli. For the weekend, the conference focused on ‘The family — God’s idea’. The three speakers were Jerry Marcellino from Audubon Drive Bible Church, Laurel, Mississippi; John…

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News

January 2016
News

Persecution – Religious freedom

A Christian NHS worker who was disciplined for giving a Christian book to her Muslim colleague has won permission to appeal against an employment tribunal’s ruling against her. Victoria Wasteney, who has been supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), is head of forensic occupational therapy at a London hospital. She was suspended for…

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News

January 2016
News

New church – London FCC

The Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has begun holding services every Lord’s Day in London. Its first meeting was on 25 October, when Rev. Maurice J. Roberts preached. Requests had been coming to the FCC, for some time, to start services in the capital. While there are many churches in London, we believe there…

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Article

January 2016
Articles > Guest column

The historical Adam (2): Facing all the arguments

In November’s issue of Evangelical Times we introduced the debate now taking place among professedly evangelical theologians about the historicity of Adam. Debate This debate has been fuelled by scientific advances in the fields of genetics, population studies and palaeontology. But how compelling are the arguments? Genetic data Our knowledge of genomes has expanded rapidly in…

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News

January 2016
News

Mission – The Derwent Project

On November 2015, Keswick Ministries’ board of trustees publicised their development plans, known as the Derwent Project. This involves using the recently acquired, former pencil factory site in the Lakeland town of Keswick. The decision to purchase this came as a result of Keswick Ministries’ continued growth and a desire to see the annual,…

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Article

January 2016
Interviews

Turning back to our Christian roots with Ade Omooba

Prolific social entrepreneur, co-founder of Christian Concern and pastor, Ade Omooba wants to see the United Kingdom return to its Christian faith. Ade also co-founded the Christian Legal Centre, defending Christians’ civil rights. He serves as a trustee for Global Day of Prayer London and is a member of the Apostolic Team of Connection…

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News

January 2016
News

Event – Golden jubilee at Aberystwyth

300-400 people gathered in Bethel Baptist Chapel, Aberystwyth, on Saturday 14 November to acknowledge God’s goodness to Geoff Thomas, in sparing him for 50 years of ministry in Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth. The furthest visitor came from Germany. Others came from Inverness, London, Yorkshire and South Wales. Fellowship in ministry Geoff sought to…

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Ordination and Induction – New minister for Hardwick

News

January 2016
News

Ordination and Induction – New minister for Hardwick

The ordination and induction of Matthew Oliver to the pastorate of Hardwick Baptist Church, Stockton-on-Tees, took place on 3 October 2015, after a short interregnum of seven months. Mr Oliver worked with the Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) as a staff worker for Sunderland, Stockton and Teesside from 2007 to 2012. He then…

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News

January 2016
News

Event – Jan Hus anniversary lecture

‘“But the holy catholic — that is, universal — church is the totality of the predestinate or all the predestinate, present, past and future”. This definition follows St Augustine, who shows how it is that one and the same church of the predestinate, starting at the beginning of the world, runs on to the…

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Article

January 2016
Evangelistic

The gift of ‘now’

I recently attended a service in a local church which had, in times past, been a regular preaching house for the famous Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It was attended by only a handful of people and I could not help wondering what the mighty Spurgeon would have felt, considering that in his day it would…

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News

January 2016
News

Event – Pastor’s anniversary

Wigmore Evangelical Free Church in Medway, Kent, recently celebrated a happy weekend of thanksgiving services for Pastor Timothy Wood, who has served the Lord there for 25 years. To have served the Lord for a long time in the same church is remarkable, but Pastor Wood commented that he saw no reason to leave…

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Event – Dr Lloyd-Jones Memorial Lecture, 2015

News

January 2016
News

Event – Dr Lloyd-Jones Memorial Lecture, 2015

Bruce Lee, the late martial arts film star, is not a name you normally associate with Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones,LTS, or Scripture. Nevertheless, it was with a quotation from him that Dr Iain Duguid began his lecture, on 6 October, at London Theological Seminary (LTS). He quoted: ‘Love is like a friendship caught on fire.…

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News

January 2016
News

Conference – 550 gather for FIEC leaders’ conference

More than 190 Independent churches were represented at the annual leaders’ conference, organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) in November. The theme of ‘Ready, Eager, Devoted’ was taken from the book of Titus and encouraged leaders to think about discipleship — both their own and the way they disciple people in…

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Historical

January 2016
Articles > Historical

Richard Baxter of Kidderminster (2)

Although Richard Baxter was a chaplain in Cromwell’s Model Army (Continued from ET, November 2015), he was at heart a Royalist. At Coventry he declared his allegiance to the parliamentary cause, but later said that he was sorry he had done so and wrote a 32 point apology for it! He gave as a reason…

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News

January 2016
News

Politics – Free speech alliance

The Christian Institute has joined with the Peter Tatchell Foundation and other human rights organisations to fight the government’s crackdown on free speech. The Peter Tatchell Foundation, set up by the human rights campaigner and LGBT rights activist, is one of several organisations, including the National Secular Society, who believe the Extremism Disruption Orders…

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News

January 2016
News

On the front line

God is still working his purposes out in every nation, as the New Year comes in. A round-up from some Middle East mission organisations highlights what some of these might be, in war-torn lands. Hundreds of thousands of people have fled from Syria, Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan to the West, migration on a scale…

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Article

January 2016
Articles > World Mission

Understanding the Muslim’s struggle for identity

Throughout Western Europe, Muslim communities are facing their greatest challenge for decades. It is relevant to Europe as a whole. The issue causing turmoil within Muslim communities is, ‘What is our true identity within the European social, political, religious and cultural context?’ It has, for many, become a ‘jihad’ (struggle) experience and a personal…

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Article

January 2016
Articles > World Mission

‘All things work together for good’

God never holds an emergency committee meeting because something’s happened that took him by surprise. He knows what he’s doing! While Christians may be more afraid of radical Islam, most of our Muslim friends are more open than ever to the gospel. Most are embarrassed by the brutality and the recent beheading of Christians…

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The privileges of belonging

Article

January 2016
Evangelistic

The privileges of belonging

When a forgiven sinner enters God’s house, he is welcomed through the front door — and he doesn’t stay at the entrance! He’s invited inside to enjoy all the privileges of family membership. Here are a few of the great things in store for a believer. His life in the world from now on…

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News

January 2016
News

Mission – Free Church and MAF

A Free Church of Scotland congregation on the Isle of Lewis has entered into a 12-month mission partnership with Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) in Uganda. The partnership with Back Free Church was formally launched at the congregation’s annual evangelism conference in November 2015, at which Major Iain Alasdair Macdonald spoke on ‘Prayer: a call…

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Article

January 2016
Obituaries

Lillian Ladele (1960–2015)

Lillian Ladele, the Christian registrar whose court battle to protect freedom of conscience became the UK’s leading case on the issue, died at home last year of natural causes. She was just 54. Miss Ladele faced a long-running legal battle, supported by the Christian Institute’s legal defence fund, which went all the way to…

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Review

January 2016

Travel with the Pilgrim Fathers

We don’t think of books in practical terms, but Travel with the Pilgrim Fathers (part of the ‘Travel with’ series of Day One) is a sturdy wee guide, just asking to be put in your pocket. The title of the publication gives the impression that it is a guidebook tracing the footsteps of the…

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Review

January 2016

Gamechangers – key figures of the Christian church

In this unusual book, Robert Letham explores the influence of twelve individuals who have had a lasting impact on the theology or organisation of the church. Inevitably, his choice of figures is a personal one. It is no surprise to see Augustine, Luther and Calvin; less obvious, perhaps, are Charles the Great, Heinrich Bullinger…

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Review

January 2016

NIV Proclamation Bible

The dust jacket of this NIV Bible asserts that this is ‘the clearest and most accurate modern English Bible translation’. It has the recently updated 2011 text. However, it was believed by the translators that there had been such a shift in the English language that a new, gender-inclusive revision of the NIV was…

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Review

January 2016

Ephesians for You

‘Read your Bible, pray every day and you’ll grow, grow, grow.’ What a delightful and true Sunday school reminder this is! Scripture is an essential part of Christian life; understanding its message is of utmost importance for this life and the next. There is, sadly, a contrasting modern trend which impugns the relevance and…

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Review

January 2016

How should we develop biblical friendship (Kindle Edition)

The aim of the authors is to answer this question by examining relationships described in the Scriptures and in church history. This booklet is a useful publication; its style and expression make it very accessible, although more emphasis could have been given to the supreme friendship which exists between the Persons of the Trinity,…

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Review

January 2016

PT Resources – Teaching 1 Kings

This helpful guide to 1 Kings is part of a series published by Christian Focus in conjunction with the Proclamation Trust. It is mainly designed for expository preachers or small group leaders intending to teach the book consecutively. It would also be useful for any intending to use it in daily devotions. There is…

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Article

January 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Sad departures

The Banner of Truth Trust has just published A sad departure — why we could not stay in the Church of Scotland, by David J. Randall (216 pages, £7.50; ISBN: 9781848716612), on recent upheavals in the Church of Scotland. Its foreword, by Sinclair B. Ferguson, is edited and used here with permission. If you…

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