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January 2019
Reviews > Book

Emil Brunner: A Reappraisal

Alister McGrath has written a masterly biography of the distinguished and influential Swiss theologian and professor, Emil Brunner (1889-1966). If you studied theology in the 1970s or 80s, Brunner’s name would have soon come up. Who then, was Emil Brunner? He was the dominant writer for the revolutionary new currents of German theology that…

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January 2019
Reviews > Book

The Ark of Safety: Is There Salvation Outside of the Church?

Tucked away in Chapter 25 of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) is a reference to ‘the visible Church… out of which there is no ordinary possibility of salvation’. To lovers of Protestant theology, this statement may sound a little, well, Roman Catholic. However, The Ark of Safety demonstrates persuasively that, when understood correctly,…

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January 2019
Reviews > Book

John G. Paton: Missionary to the Cannibals of the South Seas

This is an excellent book. John Paton left his native Scottish soil and set sail with his wife and infant son for the mission field 160 years ago. His destination was the New Hebrides: a cluster of islands in the Pacific discovered by Captain Cook in the previous century. Tragically, one of Paton’s first…

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January 2019
Reviews > Book

Scripture Reading to the end

Most of us will be familiar with the ministry of the Army Scripture Readers working under the auspices of SASRA (Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association). They have been faithfully witnessing for Christ for almost 200 years. Scripture Reading to the End is one of three books published in the 100th anniversary year of…

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January 2019
Reviews > Book

Strength for the Weary

Are you weary, fellow pilgrims? Then let the ordained writer, Isaiah, speak to you in graphic terms through Dr Thomas, especially from chapters 40-46. Upon receipt of this book, I soon became engrossed. In keeping with its title, my own sense of weariness was lifted as I read this exploration of the final chapters…

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Article

January 2019
Articles > World Mission > Africa > Kenya

North West Kenya: Growth in Reformed teaching

In Britain today we live in days when the gospel is being attacked from many sides. Some churches face decline. Some have grown.  Efforts are being made to revive declining churches and also to plant new ones. There are both discouragements and encouragements. The church is violently under attack in some parts of the…

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News

January 2019
News > Conferences

‘God’s Glory Our Joy’ conference 2018

For the last 18 years, the ‘God’s Glory, our Joy’ conference has been held in the North West of England. This year’s trio of talks was on the theme of ‘Courage and Consistency’. Mike Judge (pastor of Chorlton Evangelical Church in Manchester and editor of this august publication) gave the first talk on ‘Cultural…

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January 2019
News > Events

Grace Baptist Mission Day

‘Facing a task unfinished, that drives us to our knees, a need that undiminished, rebukes our slothful ease’. Although written almost 90 years ago these words from the hymn by Frank Houghton are as true today as they were then. Some 700 believers from Grace Baptist Churches all over the UK gathered for the…

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January 2019
News > Conferences

Almost 900 attend FIEC leaders conference

Almost 900 people attended the annual FIEC Leaders’ Conference in Torquay in November. The theme was ‘Here and now: communicating the gospel in our post-Christian culture’. Don Carson’s outstanding exposition of Isaiah 6 brought a majestic view of the holiness of God, and also a sense of reality to gospel ministry. There is a…

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January 2019
News > Conferences

Scottish Reformed Baptist Conference 2018

As Christians gather from often small and scattered churches, few things refresh and bless the soul as gathering with like-minded believers and spending time together under the ministry of God’s word. The theme of the third Scottish Reformed Baptist conference in Pitlochry was ‘Lessons for Life’. Stephen Rees, pastor at Grace Baptist Church Stockport,…

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January 2019
News > Conferences

Presbyterian Reformed Autumn conference

‘Why Creation not Evolution? The Bible and Science’ was the theme of the 2018 Autumn Conference of the Presbyterian Reformed Church in Stockton-on-Tees on 27 October 2018. Addressing the interdenominational gathering of 80 people, Pastor Roger Fay spoke from Psalm 19 and Genesis, saying that God’s revelation of Himself in creation impacts everyone everywhere.…

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January 2019
News > Conferences

Belarus: Reformation Day conference

Reformation Day was commemorated at a conference in Minsk organised on behalf of Evangelical Press Missionary Trust (EPMT). Around 40 attended the Belarus conference chaired by Pastor Slava Viazovski. The speaker was Jonathan Stobbs, chair of EPMT and pastor of Penzance Baptist Church. He spoke on Martin Luther and John Calvin, and how these…

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News

January 2019
News > Persecution

Europe: Christians marginalised across the continent

Christians across Europe, including clergy, have experienced hostility, marginalisation and violence, with 500 documented cases of intolerance and discrimination recorded in 2016-17. The finds come in a report from the Vienna-based Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination Against Christians in Europe. Its 2018 report states that since 2005, it has documented more than 2,100 cases…

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January 2019
News > International

Netherlands: Man fails in bid to legally change his age

A 69-year-old Dutchman who tried to argue he should be allowed to officially change his age because he ‘feels’ 20 years younger has lost his legal bid to do so. Emile Ratelband claims he faces discrimination as a 69-year-old. He said, ‘We live in a time when you can change your name and change…

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January 2019
News

Nigeria: Thousands of Christians slaughtered in worsening attacks

Fresh back from a fact-finding mission to Nigeria, Baroness Cox reports that thousands of Christians have reportedly been killed in escalating attacks led by Fulani militia. She visited the Anguldi Refugee Camp in Jos, Plateau State, which provides shelter to 2,600 Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs), and spoke to a number of survivors. Deaconess Susan…

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January 2019
News > Church news

Derby Cathedral ‘bans’ evangelical preacher, Melvin Tinker

An evangelical Anglican minister says he was banned from preaching at a carol service in Derby Cathedral because he had criticised the Archbishop of York for liberalising the church’s approach on gay and transgender issues. The Rev. Melvin Tinker, 63, who had been lined up by the University of Derby Christian Union to give…

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January 2019
News > Society

BBC accused of distorting news and promoting a liberal agenda

A new book by a man who worked at the BBC for more than 25 years asks whether the broadcaster is a fair arbiter of the news, or a conduit for pervasive and institutional liberal bias. In his book, The Noble Liar: How and why the BBC distorts the news to promote a liberal…

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January 2019
News > Education

Faith schools top primary league table

Faith schools account for almost half of the top 500 state primary schools in the UK, latest league tables show. Out of the top 100 state primaries 48 are faith schools. The good performance comes in the face of pressure from humanists to end the Government funding of faith schools. Professor Alan Smithers, Director…

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January 2019
News > Ethics

Young woman with Down’s syndrome campaigns against disability screening

Heidi Crowter, a 23-year-old woman from Coventry, has voiced her experience of life with Down’s syndrome and spoken out against disability screening, in an interview with The Christian Institute. Heidi said that parents ‘are being told lies’ about Down’s syndrome and she hopes that her example of life and faith will challenge the misconceptions.…

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January 2019
News > Ethics

Government launches ‘safeguarding’ consultation for Sunday schools

The Department for Education has launched an open consultation to write a draft code of practise on safeguarding in out-of-school settings, Premier Christian Radio reports. This will affect various groups like the Scouts, but it will also include any religious settings which offer education in their own faith, such as Sunday schools. The Department…

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January 2019
News > Society

School wanted boy to take part in ‘gay pride’ march. Mum told to ‘be quiet’

Christian mum, Izzy Montague, went to her child’s primary school to raise concerns that her five-year-old son had been asked to take part in a ‘gay pride’ march, but was confronted with a member staff wearing an insulting T-shirt. The T-shirt carried the slogan, ‘Why be racist, sexist, homophobic, or transphobic when you could…

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January 2019
News > Society

Pro-life groups banned by Student Unions at two Scottish Universities

Pro-life groups at universities in Glasgow and Aberdeen have been banned from affiliating with the Student Unions, denying them access to facilities and resources available to other groups. Aberdeen University Students’ Association (AUSA) says it has a pro-abortion policy and will not offer ‘funding, facilitation or platform’ to the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society. Glasgow…

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January 2019
News > Society

Church of England begins new services for transgender people

The Church of England has issued new pastoral guidance, creating baptismal-style services to welcome trans people into the Anglican faith. The guidance urges clergy to refer to transsexuals by their new name and suggests presenting them with gifts, such as a Bible inscribed in their chosen name, or a certificate. The guidance notes, ‘For…

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January 2019
News > Society

Government closes consultation on no-fault divorce

A public consultation on the government’s ‘dangerous’ new proposals to introduce radically liberal no-fault divorce laws was closed last month. The government wants to change the law in England and Wales so that married couples no longer have to prove the marriage has irretrievably broken down. Instead, the government proposes to replace the current…

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January 2019
News > Ethics

Assisted suicide appeal denied at the Supreme Court

The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt to legalise assisted suicide. The ruling by Lady Hale, Lord Kerr and Lord Reed upholds the decision by the Court of Appeal, which rejected the same arguments in June 2018. The Supreme Court’s decision means that Mr Conway’s case cannot proceed any further in the British…

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January 2019
News > Society

Consultation launched on plans to criminalise smacking in Scotland

A proposal in Scotland to criminalise parents who smack their own children is being put out to public consultation. The consultation, which ends on 25 January, asks people for their views on the ban which has been proposed by Green Party MSP, John Finnie. The government says it will support Mr Finnie’s bill —…

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January 2019
News > Ethics > Uncategorised

Peers criticise PM over failure to grant asylum to Asia Bibi

In a letter to The Times, members of the House of Lords have strongly criticised the UK government over its handling of Asia Bibi’s plea for asylum. Asia Bibi was convicted in Pakistan of blasphemy against Islam and sentenced to death, but was recently acquitted. However, there are fears she will be killed by…

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January 2019
News > Media

Roger Fay retires after 11 years as editor, succeeded by Mike Judge

Roger Fay has announced his retirement as Senior Editor of Evangelical Times, effective from this January 2019 issue, a post he has held for the past eleven years. Roger’s involvement with ET stretches back over some twenty years and he will continue as Chairman of the Board for a further period. During his time…

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January 2019
News > Society

Indoctrination not education as schools follow trans agenda

A teacher has revealed that 17 pupils at a single British school are in the process of changing gender, and most of them are autistic. The teacher felt compelled to speak out, but has chosen to keep her identity hidden for fear of dismissal, she told the Mail on Sunday. She says that schools…

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January 2019
News > Guest Column

GUEST COLUMN: Healthy Christianity: Fellowship with God in the Whole of Life

Last month we began considering the whole issue of balance in the Christian life. We are called to love the Lord our God with all our heart and soul and strength and mind. This means that the truth of God’s Word, under the blessing of God’s Spirit, needs to be grasped by the mind,…

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Article

January 2019
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: New year, new design, new editor, but some things must never change

It’s a new year, and we have a new design for ET — we hope you like it  — and myself, Mike Judge, as the new editor at the helm. But there are some things that never change. God never changes, the gospel never changes, and our commitment to the Reformed Evangelical faith will,…

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Article

January 2019
Articles > General

Introducing Compass Camps: Bible-centred summer camps

Compass Camp is a week-long activity for 11-17 year olds which is set in the heart of the Lake District. The camp combines sound Bible teaching with challenging activities, fun and appreciation of the wonder of God’s creation. It is borne out of the desire to see young people’s lives transformed through the teaching…

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Article

January 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

They shall not grow old

The Great War, the war to end all wars, seems far away from our world today. A hundred years have gone by since the end of that war and all those that could tell us about their experience, yet Peter Jackson’s film, They Shall Not Grow Old, brings their voices to our ears. The…

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January 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A view from the piano

Most people have probably never thought about what it’s like to be an accompanist, to play the piano or another instrument whilst we sing to God. That’s because most of us don’t have to do it. But even those of us who do play don’t always think carefully about what we are doing or…

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Article

January 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Are fallow seasons a normal part of the kingdom’s pattern?

Many of nature’s processes have phases to them: the timetable of the tides, the patterns of weather, the life-cycle of flowers, the four seasons. Human life has its phases too. There are those which form the overarching timeline of conception to death. There are also those which come round in regular cycles, as famously…

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January 2019
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

Islamism on the rise in France

‘The lost territories of the Republic’: this is how entire French suburbs plagued by violence and various gangs are now known. In French, the word banlieues is equivalent to the Anglo-Saxon ‘inner cities’, with their related social problems. Police forces, insufficient and inadequate in terms of numbers and equipment, do not even dare to…

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January 2019
Articles > Evangelistic

A soldier’s story

The last article in a three-part series of Gavin Dickson’s testimony I was truly sorry for my rotten sin. God sent his Holy Spirit to dwell within me, and my heart, the real me, was changed. This new relationship with God was so real. Now, of course, I know verses from the Bible that…

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