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July 2009
Reviews > Book

The noble martyrs of Kent

This is a reprint of a book first published in 1924. It makes the reader aware of the faithful and courageous stand for the truth that cost men and women their lives, particularly in the reign of Mary Tudor, queen of England between 1553 and 1558. The book goes through the towns and villages…

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July 2009
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Let God arise

My reading of this book reminded me of the prophecy of Daniel – ‘Those who are wise will shine like the brightness of the heavens, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever’ (Daniel 12:3). The author selects people who once spread gospel light throughout Britain and were…

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News – Rev. John Waite (1925–2009)

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July 2009
Obituaries

News – Rev. John Waite (1925–2009)

Rev. John Waite (1925–2009) I first met Mr and Mrs Waite as a student in Sheffield, when I attended the homely, little, red, corrugated-clad church on Hickmott Road. They made me welcome in their home from that day on. Little did I imagine how important that church, that home, or that man was to become…

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July 2009
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News – US opposition to abortion rises

US opposition to abortion rises The latest US survey shows that the US is more opposed to abortion than for several years, marking a significant shift in opinion in recent years.     The Gallup poll, when first conducted in 1995, revealed that abortion was supported by 56 per cent of the population, with 33 per cent…

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Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka’s painful aftermath

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July 2009
Sri Lanka

Missionary Spotlight – Sri Lanka’s painful aftermath

Sri Lanka’s painful aftermath   On 19 May the President of Sri Lanka declared the 25-year-old civil war between the Sinhalese government forces and LTTE (Tamil Tigers) officially ended. The Tamil Tigers were defeated after a conflict in which more than 80,000 lives were lost and 1.2 million people displaced.   Now a major…

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July 2009
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News – Fit for a King

Fit for a King The Royal Show is in its last year, as the Royal Agricultural Society of England (RASE) cannot afford to keep the show going at its Warwickshire site.      However, witnessing for the King of kings has been strong at the Royal Show since 1971, right up to the end. The organisers…

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July 2009
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News – Christians increase vote in EU election

Christians increase vote in EU election The Christian Party and Christian People's Alliance increased their share of the vote to come eighth in the European Parliament election.      The parties, who fielded joint candidate lists, received a total of 249,493 votes, or 1.6 per cent of votes cast. In London, the Christian parties picked up…

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News – Thanksgiving at WEST

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July 2009
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News – Thanksgiving at WEST

Thanksgiving at WEST The thanksgiving service at the Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) in Bryntirion was held, to the accompaniment of heavy rain showers, on Saturday 16 May.      A large number of friends, family and supporters attended the service. The principal, Jonathan Stephen, led the meeting and referred to the passing of Rev. John…

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News – Tour to remember

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July 2009
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News – Tour to remember

Tour to rememberMore than 100 members of Italy's evangelical churches took part in a weekend tour of the places where Calvin lived and committed himself to the Reformation.     The tour, organised by the Evangelical Reformed Baptist Churches Association in Italy (CERBI), was to mark 500 years since Calvin's birth. While not worshipping the man…

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Comment – What a mess!

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July 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – What a mess!

What a mess! The news has been full of it - the scandal over MPs' excessive and inappropriate expenses claims. It has plunged Parliament into disrepute. But we're not surprised. Our nation has lost its way morally.  Basically, it has turned its back on Christianity. The Bible no longer has a place in public life.…

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The Holy Trinity

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July 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Holy Trinity

The Holy Trinity Glory be to God the Father,Glory be to God the Son,Glory be to God the Spirit,Great Jehovah, Three in One:Glory, glory,While eternal ages run! The doctrine of the divine Trinity is a fundamental Christian belief and distinctive. The doctrine is often regarded as the touchstone of Christian orthodoxy. All false religions, cults and…

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria

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July 2009
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria

Encouraging progress in south-east Nigeria   Our seventh annual Reformed Bible Conference in Port Harcourt saw 209 pastors and 60 others from twenty different churches gather together.   Before it even started, we were able to enjoy ministry from Chris Buss (Metropolitan Tabernacle, London). He preached to thirty seminary students on: ‘Teaching believers about…

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News

July 2009
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News – Trans World Radio

Trans World Radio Trans World Radio (TWR) has completed a major antenna upgrade to North Africa. This improves both coverage and signal strength, increasing the number of potential listeners in the region to 40 million people.      Prior to the modification, TWR's signal to many North African people groups, particularly those in the Northern Atlas…

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Missionary Spotlight – Western Ireland

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July 2009
Ireland

Missionary Spotlight – Western Ireland

Western Ireland   Mayo is the Irish Republic’s third largest county and well known for its beautiful scenery, rolling hills and rugged coast line. The county is home to Ireland’s ‘holy mountain’ and its premier Marian shrine.   According to tradition, the mountain just outside Westport is where Saint Patrick spent 40 days and…

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July 2009
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News – Misery for Pakistani Christians

Misery for Pakistani Christians  Aid groups estimate that nearly 2 million people have been displaced by fighting between the Taliban and the Pakistani military in Swat, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan.      Hundreds of professing Christian families are among those in need because of the discrimination they suffer in daily life and even now…

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July 2009
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News – Raised hands and firearms

Raised hands and firearms An Assemblies of God pastor in the US is inviting his congregation to bring their guns to church to celebrate the Fourth of July and the Second Amendment.      Pentecostal New Bethel Church in Louisville, Kentucky, is welcoming 'responsible handgun owners' to wear their firearms inside the church building. A church…

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Youth Supplement – Delivered from doubt

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Delivered from doubt

Delivered from doubt Because my parents are Christians, I've been going to church for my whole life and grew up hearing the gospel. I knew from an early age that I needed to be a Christian to go to heaven, and can remember praying when I was about 5 years old - 'Dear God, please…

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Youth Supplement – A shack-full of heresies

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – A shack-full of heresies

A shack-full of heresies William P. Young's book The shack (Hodder and Stoughton) has become a best-seller. Yet it is full of false teachings. Here are some of them, with the biblical antidotes! 1. God the Father was crucified with Jesus.  Because God's eyes are pure and cannot look on sin, the Bible says that God…

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Calvinism and evangelism: friends or foes?

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July 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Calvinism and evangelism: friends or foes?

Calvinism and evangelism: friends or foes? Some years ago I was leading a house party in Les Avants sur Montreux, Switzerland, when one of the guests asked what she may have thought was a 'killer question' - 'How do you reconcile election and evangelism?' I replied, 'Election is a doctrine we are called to believe and…

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July 2009
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News – NSPCC apology

NSPCC apology  The NSPCC has apologised after a spokesman suggested that home schooling may be a cover for child abuse cases such as that of Victoria Climbié.      The slur was made in February, when the children's charity commented on news that the Government was reviewing the law on home education. Vijay Patel, a…

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July 2009
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News – Anglicans hit by recession

Anglicans hit by recession The Church of England is turning away trainee clergy for the first time in its history, after losing £1.3 billion of investments in the financial crisis, according to the Daily Mail.     Up to 12 graduates of theological colleges will miss out on their ordination next month and may end up having…

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An impossible task – The gospel in Zechariah 4:6-10

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July 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

An impossible task – The gospel in Zechariah 4:6-10

An impossible task - The gospel in Zechariah 4:6-10  We know what happened. After the long reigns of David and Solomon, the nation divided into two parts - Israel and Judah - and each part went headlong into idolatry.      God sent them prophet after prophet to call them to repentance, but they refused…

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Youth Supplement – Getting to grips with Ezekiel

News

July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Getting to grips with Ezekiel

Getting to grips with Ezekiel In my Bible readings, I have recently finished working through the book of Ezekiel. This is what I have discovered.  Ezekiel was given a difficult ministry. He was called to prophesy to a 'stubborn and obstinate people' - the exiles from Israel in Babylon, who didn't heed the words of…

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News – Six hundred at Scottish conference

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July 2009
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News – Six hundred at Scottish conference

Six hundred at Scottish conference The 20th annual Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) took place at Hamilton College, near Glasgow, on 9 May. Around 550-600 people, from various parts of Scotland and representing many different denominations, gathered to hear profound expositions of the Word of God. These were given by Rev. Prof. Sinclair B. Ferguson and…

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John Calvin on piety

Historical

July 2009
Articles > Historical

John Calvin on piety

John Calvin's Institutes have earned him the title of 'the pre-eminent systematician of the Protestant Reformation'. His reputation as an intellectual, however, is often seen apart from the vital spiritual and pastoral context in which he wrote his theology. For Calvin, theological understanding and practical piety, truth and usefulness, are inseparable. Theology first of…

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July 2009
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News – Repeat abortions

Repeat abortions  This year's Government statistics reveal a record number of women having repeat abortions. One third of women who undergo abortions are on their second, third or even eighth pregnancy termination, new figures show.     The overall abortion count fell for the first time in a decade, although the Department of Health figures showed…

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News – What a weekend!

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July 2009
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News – What a weekend!

What a weekend! I am convinced that the UK needs young men more concerned about reaching the lost with the gospel than about whether the guitar is in tune or amplification working properly!      It was a pleasure, therefore, to join 80 young folk, men and women, motivated to make Christ known, at Speakers' Corner,…

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News – Grace Baptist women’s conference

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July 2009
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News – Grace Baptist women’s conference

Grace Baptist women's conference  Over 150 women gathered at Union Chapel in Bethersden, Kent, on Saturday 15 May for the 5th annual Grace Baptist Women's Association South East Women's Day Conference. Jane McNabb was the speaker and her subject 'Daylight at midnight - lessons from Esther'.     In session one, 'Setting the scene', Jane helpfully…

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July 2009
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News – BBC bias

BBC bias The BBC Trust has rejected complaints against a TV drama that showed a fanatical British Christian beheading a moderate Muslim. The offending episode of Bonekickers was aired in July 2008, sparking fresh claims of anti-Christian bias at the BBC.     The BBC Trust, a group of 'independent trustees acting in the public interest', rejected…

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Youth Supplement – Don’t listen to Rob Bell

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Don’t listen to Rob Bell

Don't listen to Rob Bell I thought I'd put my cards on the table in the title of this article. Do not listen to Rob Bell! A lot of people today are following this hip, trendy pastor of Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville, Michigan. So I decided to get into him and listen to…

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Don’t neglect the powerhouse

Article

July 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Don’t neglect the powerhouse

Don't neglect the powerhouse Prayer is the powerhouse of the church. It is said that the spirituality of a church can be measured by the substance and demeanour of its weekly prayer meeting.  We need to ask ourselves if there is a genuine evangelistic concern. Is there a heartfelt longing for the conversion of the…

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Youth Supplement – Back to the Bible

News

July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Back to the Bible

Back to the Bible   Did you ever wonder how and why the Protestant church was started? It happened when learned men of God attempted unsuccessfully to bring the Roman church back to the Bible, from which it had strayed.   John Wycliffe in England (1320-1384) insisted that Christ was the head of the…

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Guest Column – Two resurrections

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July 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Two resurrections

Two resurrections Guest Column Holy Scripture has its own rules for interpretation and only the Holy Spirit can open to anyone the true meaning of a passage or even of the whole Book. A passage may become a stumbling block if we ignore the main principle of biblical interpretation - namely, that the best interpreter of the…

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July 2009
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News – Maternal mortality

Maternal mortality New figures from the World Health Organisation (WHO) show that better standard health care is needed to improve survival rates among mothers.      The World Health Statistics 2009 Report shows that the Republic of Ireland, where abortion is banned, has the lowest maternal mortality rate in the world (1 death per 100,000 live…

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July 2009
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News – Christian upsets watchdog

Christian upsets watchdog The head of Britain's equality watchdog appears to regret appointing an evangelical Christian as an equality commissioner - because it upset gay and atheist campaigners.      Trevor Phillips, chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, was asked about the appointment of Rev. Joel Edwards during a question and answer session at…

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July 2009
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News – Abortion cover-up

Abortion cover-up The Department of Health (DoH) has claimed that the recent murder of an American doctor justifies its refusal to publish detailed figures of UK abortions for minor disabilities. Dr George Tiller, known in the US for performing late-term abortions, was shot while at church.     At an information tribunal hearing, DoH personnel circulated reports…

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News – Ida-hype

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July 2009
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News – Ida-hype

Ida-hype In the last few weeks 'Ida' has dominated the scene with even David Attenborough telling us on television that she is a key link leading back to our monkey-like ancestor.      But the evolutionary scientists are not of one mind on this point; many have stated that this remarkably preserved fossil is not a…

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July 2009
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News – Tyndale House conferences

Tyndale House conferences  Churches in the UK are being helped to counter challenges to orthodox beliefs with a new series of one-day seminars.      Cambridge-based theological research centre Tyndale House is putting together the seminars to resource the church against post-modernist, secularist and atheist attitudes.      The aim is to give the church and…

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Youth Supplement – Myths about heaven

News

July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Myths about heaven

Myths about heaven In 2008 'The Streets' released the first single from their eagerly awaited album, 'Everything is borrowed'. It was called 'Heaven for the weather' and the chorus went like this: 'I want to go to heaven for the weather, but hell for the company. I want to go to heaven for the weather,…

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News – Willis Metcalfe (1922-2009)

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July 2009
Obituaries

News – Willis Metcalfe (1922-2009)

Willis Metcalfe (1922-2009) Willis Metcalfe, a director of both Evangelical Press and Evangelical Times, went to be with the Lord on 8 June.      Converted to Christ as a twelve-year-old boy in the Methodist chapel at Snape near Bedale, he later undertook evangelistic training at Cliff College, Derbyshire, in 1947-48. He prepared for missionary work…

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News – Great Whyte Baptist Church

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July 2009
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News – Great Whyte Baptist Church

Great Whyte Baptist Church   Paul Adcock was inducted at Great Whyte Baptist Church in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday 9 May after two years of serving the church. The service began with the enthusiastic singing of Charles Wesley's hymn 'And can it be'. Peter Steward, a deacon, explained how David Woodard, an American church…

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Missionary Spotlight – French West Africa

Article

July 2009
Western Africa

Missionary Spotlight – French West Africa

French West Africa   I was recently in French West Africa. In Lomé, Togo, I had the joy of meeting Julien Naka, my Europresse (French EP Books) colleague. Paul N’Goran, from Ivory Coast, joined us the next day, along with Vincent Dua, a young preacher from his church. Vincent is quiet and shy –…

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News

July 2009
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News – Gay vicar voted in

Gay vicar voted in  The Church of Scotland has backed the appointment of divorced father-of-one and openly gay minister, Scott Rennie, to a parish in Aberdeen. The Kirk voted to uphold the appointment by 326 votes to 267, despite strong opposition by evangelicals within the denomination and a petition of 12,000 signatures.      The…

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July 2009
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News – Missionary set free in Nepal

Missionary set free in Nepal  Gospel for Asia native missionary Manja Tamang has been released from a Nepali prison after serving 9 years of a 20-year sentence. Manja was imprisoned in 2000 after being falsely accused of murder.     He was freed along with 13 others in his prison, and 120 others from jails around…

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News – Cromer Convention

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July 2009
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News – Cromer Convention

Cromer Convention  The sixth convention took place over a sunny Spring Bank Holiday weekend in May. Jon Davies, the pastor of Cromer Baptist Church, led each session welcoming the many visitors who joined the local congregation to hear pastors Achille Blaize (Stratford) and Hugh Collier (Great Ellingham) minister God's Word.     The meetings started on…

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The life and ministry of John Calvin – A quincentennial appreciation

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July 2009
Articles > Historical

The life and ministry of John Calvin – A quincentennial appreciation

The life and ministry of John Calvin - A quincentennial appreciation   John Calvin (1509-1564) was the most self-effacing of the Reformers. Only three times in his life, for instance, did he feel impelled to be autobiographical in works destined for public consumption - in his Reply to Sadoleto (1539), in the preface to…

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July 2009
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News – Nurse persecuted

Nurse persecuted  A nurse has been sacked after advising two pretend patients to find God, during a role play session on a training course. According to the Daily Telegraph, Anand Rao, who has been a nurse for 40 years, advised two women playing the roles of patients to turn to God.     He is now…

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July 2009
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News – STIs among children

STIs among children There has been a 58 per cent increase in cases of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) amongst under-16s in the last five years.     According to national health bodies, the number of STIs among youngsters rose by 58 per cent from 2,474 in 2003 to 3,913 in 2007. This significant increase among young people…

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Article

July 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Trust

Trust 'Safe as houses' they used to say. But that was in days when 'It's in the bank' was still a statement of confidence. House prices have dived and banks have gone bust. It's not a happy picture. 'Safe as houses' they used to say. But that was in days when 'It's in the bank'…

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July 2009
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News – Alcohol abuse

Alcohol abuse  Nearly 25 per cent of UK adults are risking their health through hazardous drinking, according to the NHS Information Service.     Its figures estimate that a third of men and one-sixth of women are drinking at a level which puts them at risk of physical or psychological harm.      Within that group are harmful drinkers…

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Youth Supplement – Evangelism & the law

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July 2009
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Evangelism & the law

Evangelism & the law I am fifteen years old and have grown up in a Christian home. When I was seven, my mom shared the 'gospel' with me and asked if I would like to 'pray a prayer'. As a young child, of course, I said yes and thought I was a Christian. I knew…

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