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In God’s name

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July 2008
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In God’s name

In God's nameWere you watching ITV's Channel 4 on Monday 19 May at 8pm? If so, you would have seen Dispatches: In God's Name. Dispatches is the flagship documentary unit which specialises in tackling issues others prefer to ignore. Last year it highlighted the plight of Muslim converts in the UK. Earlier this year it…

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Youth Supplement – School CUs; why bother?

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July 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – School CUs; why bother?

School CUs; why bother?All over the country there are hundreds of Christian Unions in schools and colleges. They rarely get much publicity - after all, they are likely to be small and struggling compared to the university CUs. And if this is the case, what's the point in having a CU at this lower…

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News – Bulkington induction

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July 2008
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News – Bulkington induction

Bulkington induction A three year vacancy in the pastorate of Bulkington Congregational Church, near Nuneaton in Warwickshire, came to an end on 31 May with the ordination and induction of Peter L. Mackenzie.     Peter Mackenzie, who with his wife Sue has moved down from Dumfriesshire, was formerly a civil servant and has been studying…

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Youth Supplement – Why pray?

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July 2008
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Youth Supplement – Why pray?

Why pray? If God knows everything, why should we ask him for things he already knows we need? The Bible gives us many examples of God's people at prayer. 'Hear my prayer, O Lord, listen to my cry for help' (Psalm 39:12). 'They all joined together constantly in prayer' (Acts 1:14). 'I have not…

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July 2008
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News – Algerian crack-down

Algerian crack-down An Algerian Christian woman, Habiba Qawider, who converted from Islam to Christianity, may face three years' imprisonment for 'practising a religion other than Islam without official authorisation'.     Habiba, who is in her 30s, had first been detained by the police on 29 March when they found Bibles and Christian literature in her bag…

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Missionary Spotlight – Captive audience, with liberty to stay away

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July 2008
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – Captive audience, with liberty to stay away

Captive audience, with liberty to stay away!   Gerard Chrispin discusses a unique prison double mission   During DAYLIGHT’s Easter Mission at HMP Verne and Young Offenders Institute (YOI) at Portland, one inmate called Bert (all prisoners names changed) declared that the Christianity Explored (CE) course – modified for prison use – had ‘filled…

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Missionary Spotlight – Christ in postmodern Albania

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July 2008
Albania

Missionary Spotlight – Christ in postmodern Albania

Christ in postmodern Albania   Children are not only a most wonderful gift from God but a most welcome distraction from the pressures of modern living. They have a tendency to see things in black and white and are often very perceptive.   One seven-year-old described a towel as ‘the thing you clean your…

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July 2008
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News – Police silence evangelists in ‘Muslim area’

Police silence evangelists in 'Muslim area' Two church workers from a church in Birmingham are seeking an apology from West Midlands police after they were told by a police officer - 'you can't preach here, this is a Muslim area'. The Christian Institute is backing claims that their religious liberties have been infringed.      The…

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Youth Supplement – University Christian Unions

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July 2008
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News – EPC leader prays with Pope

EPC leader prays with Pope Allen Roes, the moderator-elect of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in the USA, recently attended a prayer meeting hosted by Pope Benedict XVI in New York City. Despite the EPC's claim to be both evangelical and presbyterian, Mr Roes was clearly impressed by Pope Benedict.     He writes, 'What a great experience…

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News – Cromer Convention

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July 2008
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News – Cromer Convention

Cromer Convention It is a blessing for a church with a small core congregation to welcome visitors. Cromer Baptist Church's Spring Convention on 24-26 May was such an occasion.     We were glad to welcome to our pulpit Daniel Peters from Newcastle and Richard Brooks from Matlock. Dan preached on our Lord's great cry, 'It is…

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July 2008
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News – Eastwood Road Evangelical Church, Rayleigh

Eastwood Road Evangelical Church, Rayleigh  On Saturday 10 May, Christians from all over south Essex gathered at Eastwood Road Evangelical Church, Rayleigh, for the 85th anniversary of the church building.      Although the chapel was built in 1923, the origins of the fellowship go back to 1891, when the Peculiar People (now called the…

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News – Expelled – the documentary

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July 2008
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News – Expelled – the documentary

Expelled - the documentaryBen Stein's documentary film Expelled: no intelligence allowed is showing in local theatres in the USA and I recommend that everybody who can should go to see it. This film has already entered the top fifteen on the all-time list of documentaries.The thesis of this movie is that a significant aspect…

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July 2008
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News – Convert numbers

Convert numbersConverts from Islam to Christianity are increasingly concerned about recent reports that have cited astounding statistics on conversion, writes Patrick Sookhdeo of Barnabas Fund. It is true - and a matter for thankfulness to God - that more Muslims are now coming to Christ than at any other time in history.     However, they…

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July 2008
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News – US soldiers suspended

US soldiers suspended A US marine in Iraq has been removed from duty following claims that he handed out coins inscribed with biblical verses in Arabic. Residents in Falluja had complained that the coins were being distributed at a checkpoint, the US military said. US troops are forbidden from proselytising any religion.      A…

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Guest Column – Humble love

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July 2008
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Guest Column – Humble love

Humble loveIn 1960, C. S. Lewis wrote his famous book The four loves. These are essays on four different Greek words for 'love'. The Bible also uses several Greek and Hebrew words that are all translated 'love' in the English versions. Clearly, to quote the song, 'Love is a many splendoured thing'. In May's ET…

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Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of song

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July 2008
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Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of song

Frances Ridley Havergal: The ministry of song What has a woman living in Victorian England in the 19th century to offer to people in the 21st century? The answer has to be 'a great deal'. Frances Ridley Havergal was one of the significant figures of the Victorian age. She took little part in public…

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July 2008
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News – CofE postpones debate

CofE postpones debate  A debate about seeking to convert followers of other faiths, scheduled for discussion at the General Synod of the Church of England, has been postponed to 2009. The debate would have taken place just weeks before the ten-yearly Lambeth Conference and could have proved controversial.     The motion called on the House…

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Youth Supplement – No lightning flash!

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July 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – No lightning flash!

No lightning flash!Hi! My name is Rosanna McCurrie and I am a Christian. I believe that everything in the Bible has been inspired by God and is the truth!I've always believed in God, as I've gone to church and Sunday school all my life. I was brought up in a Christian family and knew…

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July 2008
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News – Pakistan’s blasphemy laws

Pakistan's blasphemy laws Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has called upon Pakistan to repeal blasphemy laws used to oppress Christians and other non-Muslim minorities. CSW National Director Stuart Windsor welcomed a recent decision by the Pakistani government to endorse the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), but noted the obligations of nationals under the…

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July 2008
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News – ‘Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me’

'Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me'This February,

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July 2008
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News – Tell-A-Tourist

Tell-A-Tourist Tourist hot spots in London include Piccadilly Circus, the Tower of London and South Bank. The gospel is presented each summer to passers-by in these and other areas by Tell-A-Tourist - an outreach of the London City Mission and OAC Ministries (Open Air Campaigners). Full time evangelists are joined by volunteer team members of…

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July 2008
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News – Turkish martyrs

Turkish martyrs A year after the martyrdom of three Christians in Malatya, Turkey's tiny Christian community gathered recently to honour their memories and pray for their sorrowing families. Turks Necati Aydin and Ugur Yuksel and German Tilmann Geske were tied up, taunted for their faith in Christ, tortured and then killed with knives in…

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News – WEST – Kerry Orchard

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July 2008
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News – WEST – Kerry Orchard

WESTOnce again we were favoured with splendid weather for the annual meeting on Saturday 10 May. The preacher was a former student from 20 years ago, Colin Tamplin of Monyhull Evangelical Church, Birmingham. He preached powerfully from 2 Kings 3, drawing contemporary lessons from this account of: an unholy alliance between godly Jehoshaphat and…

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News – South Essex Bible Convention

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July 2008
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News – South Essex Bible Convention

South Essex Bible Convention Fryerns Baptist Church at Basildon was the venue in early June for the annual meeting of the South Essex Bible Convention. Some 35 people representing eight evangelical churches were drawn together to hear Paul Taylor of the 'Answers in Genesis' movement deliver two seminars.      The first seminar, on the subject…

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Through Western eyes (2)

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July 2008
Cults and other religions

Through Western eyes (2)

Through Western eyes (2) Robert Letham draws a vivid and striking picture of a church that is a complete stranger both to the Western world and to Protestants who live in the East. The Eastern Orthodox church is presented to readers through the centuries, revealing many cultural differences and political misunderstandings. Robert Letham's book impels…

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July 2008
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News – Australian woman bishop

Australian woman bishop Australia's first woman bishop, Kay Goldsworthy, was consecrated in St George's Cathedral in Perth, in May. Twenty-one Anglican bishops from Australia and New Zealand were among a congregation of more than 800. Opponents of the ordination of women, including the head of the Sydney diocese, Archbishop Peter Jensen, did not attend the…

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July 2008
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News – Outreach Calendars

Outreach Calendars Many churches ask, 'How can we achieve our evangelistic aims and reach more people? How can we get God's message into the heart of our community?' Outreach Calendars help answer these questions by equipping churches with an affordable way to take God's Word to people in their homes. These quality calendars offer…

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News – MAF returns to Chad

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July 2008
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News – MAF returns to Chad

MAF returns to Chad Following evacuation this February, Mission Aviation Fellowship's team has returned to Chad and flying has resumed. After rebel soldiers failed in their attempt to seize the capital N'Djaména, relative peace has now returned to the country. Jill Vine, wife of MAF pilot Greg, writes, 'It is unlikely the rebels will…

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Youth Supplement – Marathon Man

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July 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Marathon Man

Marathon ManOn 5 May 2008 I surpassed my own sporting expectations by completing the Belfast Marathon in 4 hours and 49 minutes. After a couple of days sleep, and recovering from sun stroke and aching limbs, I thought I might share some of the lessons I learnt from the experience.No pain, no gainBelieve it…

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July 2008
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News – Student cheating

Student cheatingCheating by students on courses and in exams in British universities and colleges is on the increase, according to official university returns. Blame for the rise is partly due to the widespread availability of essays and answers on the internet that can easily be downloaded and submitted as a student's own work.     The…

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Youth Supplement – The point of it all

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July 2008
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Youth Supplement – The point of it all

The point of it all Chris woke up one morning, and with some annoyance hit the 'snooze' button on his alarm clock. He rolled over in bed and thought, 'It's yet another day - what's the point in getting up? Why go to school? Why am I here? What's the purpose of my life?'Some of…

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News – Ivory Coast

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July 2008
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News – Ivory Coast

Ivory Coast

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July 2008
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News – Church and state at odds

Church and state at odds A hard-hitting report from senior leaders of the Church of England accuses the Government and Labour party of discriminating against Christian Churches in favour of other faiths, of 'deep religious illiteracy' and of having 'no convincing moral direction'.      The 180-page report describes the Government as moral, but lacking a…

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July 2008
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News – GM children

GM children  Children whose genes have been modified to prevent certain hereditary diseases will be born soon, scientists have predicted. A child with three genetic parents could be born within the next three years. Already a team of scientists from Newcastle University have successfully created embryos containing DNA from one man and two women.    …

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Youth Supplement – Review – Smart dating – I kissed dating goodbye – Multnomah

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July 2008
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Youth Supplement – Review – Smart dating – I kissed dating goodbye – Multnomah

Smart dating A review of I kissed dating goodbye by Joshua HarrisPublished by Multnomah; 228 pagesISBN: 1-57673-036-0Even the title is provocative, isn't it? The book is even better. In fact, I highly recommend this book to anyone who is affected by the dating game. Joshua Harris wrote it as a young, unmarried, single man. In…

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July 2008
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News – Scotland’s Muslim police

Scotland's Muslim police A Police Association for Muslims is being set up by Strathclyde police in Scotland in an attempt to recruit and retain more young Muslims to the force. Police authorities hope the group will help tackle Islamophobia and improve understanding of Islam.     Strathclyde Police, which has more than 7000 officers, is said…

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July 2008
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News – London Theological Seminary

London Theological Seminary London Theological Seminary (LTS) has announced the appointment of Dr David Green as it new Vice-Principal. Dr Green, who lectures at LTS in Old Testament and Hebrew, will take up this position on 1 September.     Principal Robert Strivens said: 'I am delighted at David's appointment. We are planning some significant developments at…

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Youth Supplement – Spooks

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July 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Spooks

SpooksAs a medical student I guess my favourite television programme should be ER or House, but the one programme I can never miss is Spooks. In fact I think 'love' might be an understatement when describing how I feel about it. Not only do I have all the DVDs, know where all the characters…

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July 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – Waking up to God

Waking up to God Jehoshaphat, the godly king of Judah, was suffering thirst - along with the kings of Israel and Edom. Their armies, bent on punishing Moab for rebelling against Israel, had marched for seven days through the wilderness of Edom without finding water to sustain them (2 Kings 3:1-9). But this was Israel's quarrel,…

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July 2008
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Fatherhood

Fatherhood Fathers have been much in view recently. In June, Harriet Harman, Leader of the House of Commons, was forced out of her London home when two 'Fathers4Justice', dressed as comic-book characters, climbed onto her roof to campaign for better access to their children. In May, a father rescued his two-year-old son who had fallen over…

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July 2008
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News – Turkey’s struggle

Turkey's struggleAn ongoing power struggle between religious and secular movements in Turkey has taken another twist, with the country's highest court blocking government moves to allow college students to wear Muslim headscarves.      Until recently the wearing of headscarves was banned under provisions designed to allow women to study, uninhibited by Islamic religious practices.…

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July 2008
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News – David Steele & ‘abortion on demand’

David Steele & 'abortion on demand'An architect of Britain's abortion law, Lord Steel, wants to scrap the need for two doctors to give permission for early abortions. Under the existing law, introduced by Lord Steel when he was an MP in the 1960s, two doctors must agree to a termination.     Abortions are allowed for…

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The Spirit and the Word in preaching

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July 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Spirit and the Word in preaching

The Spirit and the Word in preachingIn the last few decades there has been a welcome recovery of expository preaching in the UK. In both the Free Churches and the Church of England, men are being trained to teach the Bible.It is right that preachers should give attention to accurate exegesis, biblical doctrine, sermon…

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Youth Supplement – Really forgiven?

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July 2008
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Youth Supplement – Really forgiven?

Really forgiven? Even as Christians, we are still sinners. We constantly fall short of what God requires of us. The penalty for sin is death, and that is what we deserve. But 2000 years or so ago, a man named Jesus walked on the earth and died that we might have eternal life. By dying…

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Missionary Spotlight – Cyprus – meeting place of the nations

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July 2008
Cyprus

Missionary Spotlight – Cyprus – meeting place of the nations

Cyprus’ meeting place of the nations   Cyprus, the easternmost island of the Mediterranean, is encircled by Turkey, Syria, Lebanon, Israel and Egypt. It is a popular holiday destination for many Europeans and Middle Easterners, and is also a regional business centre.   There is much to see and do. Within walking distance of…

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July 2008
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News – Scotland’s child drinkers

Scotland's child drinkersA Scottish National Health Service study has revealed that 633 children, including 15 under the age of 12 and as young as eight, were taken to hospital casualty units between April and June 2007 after drinking too much alcohol. They had consumed, on average, the equivalent of six pints of lager in…

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The power to save

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July 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

The power to save

The power to save'For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ for it is the power of God unto salvation to them that believe' (Romans 1:16). We must be clear what the Bible is saying here. It is not saying that the gospel leads to power. The gospel itself, the Bible declares, is…

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Through Western eyes

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July 2008
Cults and other religions

Through Western eyes

Through Western eyes Nick Needham (this page) and Georgi Viazovski (p.29) review Robert Letham's recent book, Through Western eyes. Eastern Orthodoxy: a Reformed perspective (Christian Focus; Mentor; 2007). Eastern Orthodoxy is an unknown quantity to most British Evangelicals. We tend to lump Orthodoxy together with Roman Catholicism as a religion of ritualism and works-righteousness. To remedy…

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July 2008
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News – Messianic Testimony

Messianic Testimony Messianic Testimony - an evangelical ministry that reaches Jewish people around the world - has strengthened its senior leadership team with the appointment of Dr Sam Gordon as Director of Ministries, working alongside Rev. Colin Leyshon and Tom Mayr-Lori.     Sam writes: 'This is a ministry close to my own heart, but surely it's…

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July 2008
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News – Christians killed in Somalia

Christians killed in SomaliaFour Christian teachers, two of them converts from Islam, were murdered by Islamic militants in April, in Beledweyne in south-central Somalia. Daud Assan Ali (64), Rehana Ahmed (32), both of Somali origin, and two Kenyans were shot and killed when militants stormed the school where the Christians were sleeping.      Both…

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Missionary Spotlight – Kenya

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July 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Kenya

Kenya   We continue this series on Pokot, Kenya, with another Cliff Barton article explaining graphically what is involved in missionary work in remote tribal areas.   Here in Kasepa, where gospel preaching began in 1980, they have built a church in true Pokot style – a rectangle of upright sticks, and sticks and…

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July 2008
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News – The Bible and Bananaman!

The Bible and Bananaman! 'The words of men sound so clever, but only God's word lasts for ever' - so chanted the 200 young people at 'Sorted Nano' this May.     After 8 years of events for 14-18 year olds, Capital Youthworks (the charity behind 'Sorted' and the youth worker lunches) piloted a brand new…

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July 2008
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Just looking!

Just looking! Churchgoers were stunned when three men wearing balaclavas and gloves were let off by police after being caught red-handed on their church roof. Recently removed lead rolled up for removal was found nearby but the three men were only cautioned after officers told parishioners: 'They could claim they climbed on to the church…

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