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All News from January 2016

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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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

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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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

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January 2016
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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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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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January 2016
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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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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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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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January 2016
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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

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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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

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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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January 2016
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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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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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