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News – West’s annual meeting

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July 2007
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News – West’s annual meeting

WEST's annual meeting With the academic year finishing in May, Wales Evangelical School of Theology's annual meeting was earlier than previous years. But the meeting on Saturday 12 May was well supported and latecomers only just accommodated in the 250-seater marquee in the grounds of Bryntirion, at Bridgend.Peter Milsom chaired. New academic staff members Bob…

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Review – The expansion of evangelicalism – John Wolffe

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July 2007
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Review – The expansion of evangelicalism – John Wolffe

The expansion of evangelicalismThe age of Wilberforce, More, Chalmers and FinneyJohn WolffeIVP235 pages; £16.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-147-2This is the second in a series of five volumes tracing the history of evangelicalism from the 1730s to the 1990s. This volume covers the1790s to the 1840s - the exciting period between the Great Awakening and the beginning of…

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July 2007
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News – Christians threatened in Pakistan

Christians threatened in Pakistan Anonymous letters demanding that Christians close their churches and convert to Islam were delivered in May to churches and Christian homes in the towns of Charsadda and Mardan in Pakistan. Some of the letters threatened bombings or executions if the Christians did not comply with the warnings within 10 days. Christians…

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Youth Supplement – When I was a child – John Chamberlain

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – When I was a child – John Chamberlain

When I was a child Churches are places that are dedicated to God and act as spiritual cash machines where one can check one's balance and make withdrawals of forgiveness if necessary' (How to be a Christian, by Guy Browning, Guardian Weekend Magazine, 28.04.07).This sad quote reflects a society obsessed with consumption. People believe they…

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News – evangelical Library West and the slave trade

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July 2007
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News – evangelical Library West and the slave trade

Evangelical Library West and the slave tradeOn a sunny afternoon in March, 150 people gathered at Widcombe Baptist Church, Bath, for the annual meeting of the ELW (Evangelical Library West). The commemoration address for the 200th anniversary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act was given by Dr Robert Oliver, lecturer in historical…

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July 2007
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News – Pro-lifers lose

Pro-lifers lose Conservative backbench MP, Ann Winterton, failed to secure parliamentary support for her 'Ten minute rule Bill' requiring counselling for all women contemplating an abortion. Her Termination of Pregnancy (Counselling and Miscellaneous Provisions) Bill was defeated in the Commons by 182 votes to 107 votes. Ann Winterton, who is Vice-Chairman of the all-parliamentary…

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The church at worship – Robert Letham

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July 2007
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The church at worship – Robert Letham

Guest ColumnThe church at worshipby Robert LethamLegem credendi lex statuit supplicandi ('the rule of faith establishes the rule of prayer'). This slogan was first coined by Prosper of Aquitaine in the fifth century and has reverberated down the centuries. It is still relevant today. In practice, it points to the fact that the way…

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July 2007
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News -‘ Unspeakable crime’

'Unspeakable crime' Scotland's most senior Roman Catholic, Cardinal Keith O'Brien, used the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Abortion Act to challenge Catholic politicians who defend abortion. The cardinal warned that pro-abortion politicians should not expect to remain full church members and invited them to consider their stance on receiving Communion. He said the abortion…

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Missionary Spotlight – Sierra Leone today

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July 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Sierra Leone today

Sierra Leone today In the centre of Freetown in the middle of the rainy season, a group of more than 40 pastors and evangelists from different tribes and churches gathered for a Bible conference organised by Truth Mission and UFM – the first reformed gathering in Sierra Leone as far as anyone could remember.…

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July 2007
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News – Jerry Falwell

Jerry Falwell (1933–2007)Jerry Falwell, founder of the Moral Majority and Liberty University died on 15 May. One of America's leading Fundamentalists, Falwell began his work at Lynchburg, Virginia, in 1956, transforming an abandoned bottling plant into what today is the 22,000-member Thomas Road Baptist Church. During the same period his Old time gospel hour…

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Youth Supplement – My Baptism – Richard Hamilton

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – My Baptism – Richard Hamilton

My baptism Before I became a Christian I mistakenly thought that baptism was just another name for a christening. I have recently experienced being baptised as a believer and now realise just how special it is, a day that remains with you for the rest of your life.Unbelievers think that being baptised means just saying…

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News – Thornbury Bible Convention

Thornbury Bible Convention The heavy skies and two days of torrential rain suddenly gave way to spring sunshine and a glorious rainbow, to remind those meeting for the annual Thornbury Bible Convention of God's promise to man in Genesis 9:13. Each year, as part of its anniversary celebrations, Morton Baptist Church in South Gloucestershire…

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Review – Homosexuality – Ed. Paul E. Brown

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July 2007
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Review – Homosexuality – Ed. Paul E. Brown

HomosexualityChristian truth and loveEd. Paul E. BrownDay One160 pages; £8.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-054-5This excellent volume is a substantially revised edition of a book first published in 1998 under the title Homosexuality: the straight agenda. This new edition begins with an excellent introduction that paints the landscape facing us on this issue in Britain today, and…

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The Banner of Truth Trust – Iain H. Murray – Part 1

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July 2007
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The Banner of Truth Trust – Iain H. Murray – Part 1

The Banner of Truth Trust – Part 2   The Banner of Truth Trust Iain H. Murray tells the story

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Youth Supplement – Snakes and doves – Chris Pountney

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – Snakes and doves – Chris Pountney

Snakes and dovesAt a recent Christian Union training day, we were reminded of Jesus' words to his disciples as he sent them out - 'Be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves'. He warned them that because they would be living like sheep among wolves, they must be both cautious and holy…

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Praying for revival – Stan K. Evers

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July 2007
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Praying for revival – Stan K. Evers

Praying for revival by Stan K. Evers Why are we not experiencing revival in the 21st century? The question was prompted in my mind when I was preparing a lecture on John Berridge, a friend of the 18th century evangelists George Whitefield and John Wesley. By revival, I mean an extraordinary sense of God's…

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A light in the darkness – Jon K. Petts

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July 2007
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A light in the darkness – Jon K. Petts

A light in the darknessby Jon K. PettsCaptivated by its austere and rugged beauty, I once spent an idyllic summer in the south of Crete, living on a remote hill-top overlooking the azure blue sea. 'Home' was a very small and much-travelled bright orange nylon tent, and I had a candle for company to…

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July 2007
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News – Splits appear over Lambeth 2008

Splits appear over Lambeth 2008 Bishops in the Church of Uganda have announced their intention not to attend the Lambeth Conference in 2008, the ten-yearly gathering of Anglican bishops from around the world.Invitations to attend have recently been sent by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. However, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda,…

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July 2007
Ukraine

Missionary Spotlight – Prison ministry in Ukraine

Prison ministry in Ukraine In November 1992, shortly after Ukraine had won independence from the Soviet Union, Vic Jackopson was asked by the Baptist World Alliance to go to Ukraine as part of a fact-finding mission. While there, he preached at the only Baptist church in the city of Cherkassy. Asked by the deacons…

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Review – Faith in the furnace by Ian Rees

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July 2007
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Review – Faith in the furnace by Ian Rees

Faith in the furnace Ian Rees Day One 205 pages; £8.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-044-6 The subtitle of this very helpful book is 'Understanding God's purpose in the trials of life'. It is encouraging, realistic, full of insight, readable, and based thoroughly on Scripture. Each chapter has a Bible passage to read before you start, drawn…

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Preaching the sovereignty of God – Edgar Andrews

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July 2007
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Preaching the sovereignty of God – Edgar Andrews

Preaching the sovereignty of Godby Edgar Andrews Last month we looked at the meaning of the term 'the sovereignty of God' and asked a question - should we preach it? We also considered briefly the views of those who answer the question in the negative. In this second article, by analysing Peter's sermon on…

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Youth Supplement – Living every moment for the glory of God – Laura Gwilt

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – Living every moment for the glory of God – Laura Gwilt

Living every moment for the glory of God Glorifying God is not just about going to church on Sunday. In Romans 12:1 Paul writes, 'present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service'. God wants us to dedicate our whole lives to pleasing him. We glorify and worship him…

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Youth Supplement – Challenged to think – Becca Bridge

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – Challenged to think – Becca Bridge

Challenged to thinkI gave my life to Jesus when I was 7 years old - in a maths lesson at school! Earlier, I had been talking about what it meant and how to do it, and then one day at school I put down my pen, closed my eyes and asked Jesus to come…

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July 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

The price of revival

The price of revival2007 is a year rich in Christian heritage. It is 300 years since the birth of Selina Countess of Huntingdon and Charles Wesley; and 200 years since the abolition of the slave trade and death of John Newton. It is 150 years since the beginning of the Great Awakening in North…

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Motorway madness – Edgar Andrews

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July 2007
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Motorway madness – Edgar Andrews

Motorway madnessby Edgar AndrewsA vigorous debate was in progress (I can't be sure but I believe it was at one of the early Puritan conferences). The chairman, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones, recognising the misconceptions of the antagonists, gave an illustration that I have never forgotten.Biblical truth, he said, is like a complete circle. It doesn't…

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After the split – Stephen Ridgeway

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July 2007
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After the split – Stephen Ridgeway

After the split by Stephen RidgewayWe know it happens. We see it happen. Yet nobody wants to talk about it. When it is over, people try to move on but acrimony often follows. Some liken it to bereavement, citing depression, anxiety attacks and guilt feelings as symptoms of its devastation.  Minors too are stung…

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Missionary Spotlight – Pastor training International

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July 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – Pastor training International

Pastor training International   Can you imagine how your Christian life would develop if your pastor had never been trained for church ministry, had few or no books, and was unable to access biblical helps on the internet? Yet this situation faces many pastors and congregations in developing countries today. Gold and hot cake…

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July 2007
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News – Child drinkers

Child drinkersAlcohol Concern, the national agency on alcohol misuse, has drawn attention to a steep rise in alcohol consumption by children, in a report entitled Glass Half Empty? Between 2000-2006 the alcohol consumed by 11-13-year-old girls increased by 82.6%, and by 11-13-year-old boys by 43.4%.The report points out that binge drinking by children can…

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Youth Supplement – Seven reasons to smile – Heidi Simms

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – Seven reasons to smile – Heidi Simms

Seven reasons to smilewhen you're the only person your age in church! The media tell us that church attendance is decreasing. Right - so an increasing number of churches have very few young people. Let's face it, this is a hard situation to be in. But despite all the negatives there are some advantages.Gospel witnessFirst,…

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News – Opposition and encouragement in India

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July 2007
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News – Opposition and encouragement in India

Opposition and encouragement in India In recent months, anti-Christian terrorist groups in southern India have attacked a number of pastors and outreach workers and many believers. Churches have been damaged; and public address equipment and furniture at evangelistic meeting sites have been destroyed.Two months ago a number of Assemblies of God pastors were physically attacked…

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Review – The expository genius of John Calvin – Steven Lawson

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July 2007
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Review – The expository genius of John Calvin – Steven Lawson

The expository genius of John Calvin Steven J. Lawson Reformation Trust 142 pages; $15.00 ISBN: 978-1-56769-085-9 In a day when many are questioning the viability of preaching as a mode of communicating the gospel, Steven Lawson, pastor of Christ Fellowship Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, has given us what amounts to a vindication of…

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July 2007
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News – New church for KL

New church for KL Evangel Bible Presbyterian Church (BPC), near Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, recently held its first thanksgiving anniversary service. More than 50 people attended. The preacher was Pastor Jack Sin of Maranatha BPC, Singapore, who preached from Acts 2:42-47 on 'Building a vibrant and growing church today'. In his sermon Pastor Sin stressed…

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Review – Moving out – Peter Jeffery

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July 2007
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Review – Moving out – Peter Jeffery

Moving out Peter Jeffery Evangelical Press 128 pages; £5.95 ISBN: 978-085234-609-9 Peter Jeffery has produced a challenging book based on the first twelve chapters of the book of Acts. It is not a commentary in the technical sense, but rather a pithy exposition with serious application to the contemporary evangelical scene. The style throughout…

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July 2007
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News – Northern Training – on the move

Northern Training - on the moveThe theological training course begun as Northern Cornhill several years ago under the direction of Hugh Palmer in Sheffield will now be moving to Leeds. It will have a new name but the same aim - to equip people for effective Bible ministry for the 21st century.Yorkshire Training will…

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News – South London church inducts new pastor

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July 2007
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News – South London church inducts new pastor

South London church inducts new pastor When our previous pastor, Geoff Coyne, indicated a year ago that he was taking up a full-time chaplaincy at the Royal Hospital, Wandsworth, our church began to search for a new pastor. We prayed and began to enquire. A few things hindered our progress, yet God worked all to…

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July 2007
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News in Brief – July 2007

News in Brief Laboratory sausageDutch researchers are trying to grow pork in a laboratory by stimulating and feeding cells. Researchers at Utrecht University hope to end the need to slaughter animals and at the same time help the environment by freeing land used for farming.Child abuse claims in ItalyThe Vatican calls child abuse by priests…

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July 2007
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News – ET Anniversary issue reprint

ET Anniversary issue reprint The special February 2007 issue of Evangelical Times celebrating 40 years in publication was rapidly sold out, but we continue to receive requests for additional copies. We are pleased to say that in the light of this demand we have done a special reprint of the Anniversary issue, and this is…

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July 2007
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News – Huiber’s Ark

Huibers' ark Dutchman Johan Huibers has built a working replica of Noah's Ark as a testament to his faith in the literal truth of the Bible and the Flood. The people of Schagen, 45 km north of Amsterdam, are amazed at the huge wooden ship nearing completion in the town's small harbour.The ark is…

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Youth Supplement – Welcome

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – Welcome

Welcome!'So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall!' (1 Corinthians 10:12). We are all living a life for a reason, however old we are. But I worry about some of the attitudes I am hearing from certain brothers and sisters - some theology (while promoted with good motives)…

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July 2007
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News – Charity concern

Charity concernThere is increasing concern that the Charity Commission may alter its stance towards Christian charities. Until recently it has been assumed that charities established for the advancement of religion are for the public benefit. However, the Charities Act 2006 removed this legal presumption; and it is now up to the Charity Commission to…

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July 2007
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News – SOR case goes to HIgh Court

SOR case goes to High Court A judge at the High Court in Belfast is currently considering the Christian Institute's case against the Sexual Orientation Regulations for Northern Ireland (NI). Over three days in June the institute's legal team argued that the regulations unduly interfere with religious liberty and were rushed onto the statute…

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Youth Supplement – Slavery here and now! – Jason Ramsey

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – Slavery here and now! – Jason Ramsey

Slavery - here and now!William Wilberforce - his name is everywhere. No doubt you could sit a GCSE exam on him and pass with an A* because you've read or heard so much.OK; most of us are glad that our nation abolished slavery 200 years ago. But then we realise that slavery went on…

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July 2007
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News – EP appoints chief executive

EP appoints chief executiveEvangelical Press has appointed Graham Hilton, an elder at Whitby Evangelical Church, as its new chief executive. EP chairman Robert Strivens said: 'We are delighted to welcome Graham to this key position. Graham's wide business experience and deep Christian commitment will help EP address the challenges of publishing quality Christian books,…

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News – Cromer Christian Convention

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July 2007
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News – Cromer Christian Convention

Cromer Christian ConventionThe fourth Cromer Christian Convention was held over the Spring bank holiday weekend at Cromer Baptist Church. What a privilege and joy it was! Readers will probably be aware that our church is still coming to terms with the recent home-call of its pastor, but Andrew Davis and Daniel Webber strengthened and…

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Review – The gospel of free acceptance of Christ – Cornelius Venema

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July 2007
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Review – The gospel of free acceptance of Christ – Cornelius Venema

The gospel of free acceptance in ChristCornelis VenemaBanner of Truth336 pages; £16.00ISBN: 978-0-85151-939-5Do you understand the new perspective on Paul? This is a common question these days. Perhaps, however, a more important question is, do you understand the old perspective on Paul?Debate abounds today in Protestant circles over the doctrines of justification, law and…

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July 2007
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Ten Tors

Ten TorsTwo months ago, on 13 May 2007, nearly 2,500 teenagers were rescued from flooded moorland after appalling weather hit the Ten Tors Challenge - an annual event on Dartmoor in south-west England. Soaking participants were airlifted and escorted from the moor in the largest such operation since 1996. The 'challenge' is a character-building…

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Youth Supplement – The pursuit of Happyness – Jason Ramsey

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – The pursuit of Happyness – Jason Ramsey

the PURSUIT of  HAPPYNESS(PG-13; Columbia Pictures & Sony Pictures)Jason Ramsey reviews the (mis-spelt) film starring Will Smith It seemed one of those safe-bet films with Will Smith, whom I always find rather amusing. But I can tell you now that the film bored my socks off. It was not the slightest bit entertaining. So I…

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The beauty of holiness – Philip H. Eveson

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July 2007
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The beauty of holiness – Philip H. Eveson

The beauty of holinessLeviticus simply explainedPhilip H. EvesonEvangelical Press 416 pages; £10.95ISBN: 978-085234-640-2 Many Christians setting out to read through the Bible get stuck in Leviticus. I was once asked by a lecturer just starting to teach in Bible college if I could recommend a way to teach Leviticus. The enquirer wanted to give the…

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Baptists and the Reformation – Alun McNabb

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July 2007
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Baptists and the Reformation – Alun McNabb

Baptists and the Reformationby Alun McNabbThe church of Jesus Christ has taken many strange turns throughout its history. The time of the Reformation was no exception. It was a time of much rejoicing and of much sorrow. This article is written not to stir up controversy but as a humble plea that we should…

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Reviews- The Rise of Paganism – Jonathan Skinner

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July 2007
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Reviews- The Rise of Paganism – Jonathan Skinner

The Rise of PaganismJonathan SkinnerEvangelical Press240 pages; £7.95ISBN: 978-0-85234-624-2 If western Christians are asked what challenges the church faces today, the likely answers are secularism, materialism, atheism, and possibly Islam. Here is a book to wake us up to the rising challenge of paganism!The old lie has received a makeover, adapted to modern sensitivities, and…

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July 2007
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News – Scottish churches edging closer

Scottish churches edging closerIn what is being billed by the Free Church of Scotland as 'a small step for a Christian, but a giant step for the Church', the General Assemblies of the Church of Scotland and Free Church of Scotland are being asked to recognise 'the scandal of the divisions in our Presbyterian…

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July 2007
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Review – Ancient Near Eastern thought and the O.T

Ancient Near Eastern thought and the Old TestamentJohn H. WaltonIVP (Apollos)368 pages; £16.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-176-2 Despite its title, little in this book has any relevance to the study of the Old Testament. Indeed, it gives no answers even to obvious questions. Who, for example, were the 'baals' (in the plural) and why was Jezebel's 'baal' worse…

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Missionary Spotlight – William Carey School of Theology Philippines

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July 2007
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Missionary Spotlight – William Carey School of Theology Philippines

William Carey School of TheologyPhilippines  It was a dull morning but the sea was calm as I emerged on deck. This was the most relaxing part of my journey. I had flown from Durham to London Heathrow, and on to Hong Kong, finally arriving in Manila on the morning of Friday 13 October 2006.…

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News – Dunstable Christian Bookshop

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July 2007
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News – Dunstable Christian Bookshop

Dunstable Christian Bookshop Dunstable Christian Bookshop (in St Mary's Gate) celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday 5 May with a thanksgiving service at Dunstable Baptist Church. Over 100 Christians gathered to hear a timely message from Romans 1:8-25 given by Pastor John Benton of Guildford; also a brief history of the bookshop's literature ministry given…

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News – Church builds care centre

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July 2007
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News – Church builds care centre

Church builds care centreWe are seeing something thrilling happening next to Bethesda Evangelical Church, Weston-super-Mare. For more than 13 years a number of us have been praying and working to build a care centre on the Bournville Estate, and now, at last, brick is being laid on brick and a building is taking shape.Some…

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July 2007
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News – Malaysia’s religious intolerance

Malaysia's religious intolerance  The Federal Court in Malaysia has rejected a Muslim convert's request to be legally recognised as a Christian. Azlina Jailani, now known as Lina Joy, has been trying for six years to have the word Islam removed from her identity card. The court's decision marks the end of her final appeal.…

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Youth Supplement – Ten reasons why I don’t eat – Becca Dresner

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July 2007
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Youth Supplement – Ten reasons why I don’t eat – Becca Dresner

Ten reasons why I don't eatI don't think I need to eat.I don't know how to eat.Eating isn't relevant for today.I was made to eat as a child.None of my friends eat.I don't understand eating.I hear other people eating on a Sunday.I don't believe in eating.I find eating boring. I can't find any food…

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July 2007
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News – John Hugh Dart (1931-2007)

John Hugh Dart (1931 –2007) John Dart was born in 1931 at Exeter to Redvers and Florence Dart. Just a few months later the family moved to north China, where his father worked as a hospital administrator and his mother as matron in a Christian hospital.John returned with his sister Jean to England in 1939…

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July 2007
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News – ‘Dr Death’ released from prison

'Dr Death' released from prison Jack Kevorkian, the man known as Dr Death, has been released from prison in the US state of Michigan after serving eight years of a 10-25 year sentence. Kevorkian helped the ill to die and was convicted in 1999 of the murder by injection of terminally ill Thomas Youk.…

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July 2007
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News – Islamic dress code imposed

Islamic dress code imposedGovernment leaders in the Nigerian state of Kano have announced their intention to enforce an Islamic dress code on private schools including Christian and non-Muslim schools. The dress code is currently compulsory in government schools.The governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, made the statement on 3 May that 'all private schools in the state…

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