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Feed my sheep (2)

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July 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Feed my sheep (2)

Feed my sheep (2) Paul Brown Jesus didn't say to Simon Peter 'expound my word' (John 21). Rather, he said, 'feed my sheep'. Of course, that is a false contrast, and yet worth making, because it puts the emphasis in the right place. Expounding the word of God is not an end in itself; it is…

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July 2010
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News – Java

Java  Christians have been targeted by Muslim extremists in the Bogor regency of West Java, Indonesia, with an educational building being burned down.     Tensions mounted after Muslim villagers accused the educational foundation of trying to build a chapel on the site by deception, although the foundation's leaders said this was not the case.      According…

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July 2010
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News – Care for Bradford

Care for Bradford Christian charity CARE has responded to the serial killings of prostitutes in Bradford with deep concern. Rachel Davies, spokesperson from CARE, said: 'This tragedy further highlights the need for the government to adequately resource projects that address the needs of people in prostitution and offer help to exit for those who wish…

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Thanksgiving service

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July 2010
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Thanksgiving service

Thanksgiving serviceOn Saturday 24 April an emotional thanksgiving service was held to mark the retirement of Pastor David Steere, after a 34-year ministry at Fressingfield in Suffolk.      Rev. Steere, along with his wife Joyce and two young daughters, came to Fressingfield in early 1976 to a church of just nine members, four of…

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Three bad dads of the Bible (3)

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July 2010
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Three bad dads of the Bible (3)

Three bad dads of the Bible (3) Guest Column Anthony Selvaggio, JD, MDiv In the first two instalments, we've seen the failure of Eli, who refused to correct his sons, and the failure of Jephthah, whose spiritual ignorance sacrificed his daughter. While both permissiveness and ignorance are common problems today, there is a third problem that plagues…

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With Moravians in Tanzania

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July 2010
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With Moravians in Tanzania

With Moravians in Tanzania   Some time ago I met a student from Tanzania studying here in the UK. His name is Willey Mwasile. He is a member of the Moravian denomination. When he returned to Tanzania he was appointed principal of Utungule Bible College.      He invited me to spend a couple of…

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July 2010
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News – Pilgrim Homes rebrand

Pilgrim Homes rebrand A new name with a long history in the Christian sector emerged in April, as the 203-year-old Pilgrim Homes restructured and became part of the newly-formed Pilgrims' Friend Society.      The charity needed to move from being a single entity to a group charity structure, because of the growth of the organisation…

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July 2010
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News – Call for Action

Call for Action More than 350 Christians gathered in Belfast to declare that they would stand with the persecuted church - which may increasingly include the UK.      Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, keynote speaker at the Call for Action conference held at St Anne's Cathedral, said there were many reasons for Christians being persecuted in many…

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July 2010
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News – Heading to Huddersfield

Heading to Huddersfield           Rev. Lewis Allen, his wife Sarah and five young children are leaving West London to set up an evangelical church plant in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. The town, of nearly 150,000, is the tenth largest in England, and is situated between Bradford and Manchester.      Huddersfield has a large student population, a…

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News – Personal view 1: Stemming the flow

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July 2010
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News – Personal view 1: Stemming the flow

Personal view 1: Stemming the flowHow can we stop the haemorrhaging of churchgoers? Robert Lightowler outlines a strategy.  Evangelicals today have many legitimate concerns, including aging congregations, less active memberships and the need for leaders. Perhaps one third of our churches are without suitable leadership.      The statistics are shocking. We are witnessing a…

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July 2010
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John Calvin An appreciation by Erroll Hulse

In the aftermath of last year’s 500th anniversary of John Calvin’s birth, I would like to express three ways in which Calvin has been an inspiration to me. First Calvin is an inspiration as a pastor/preacher. He was a pastor for 27 years. He served at St Peter’s Church in Geneva from 1536-1538. Here…

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Review – Bible and church conference – Dr Peter J. Williams, Dr Dirk Jongkind, Dr Simon J. Gathercole – Tyndale House

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July 2010
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Review – Bible and church conference – Dr Peter J. Williams, Dr Dirk Jongkind, Dr Simon J. Gathercole – Tyndale House

DVD reviewBible and church conferenceDr Peter J. Williams, Dr Dirk Jongkind, Dr Simon J. GathercoleTyndale House; 138 minutes; £17.50 (More details from www.bibleandchurch.com) Three NT scholars spoke at Westminster Chapel in June 2009 seeking to provide Christians with reliable scholarly evidence for the historical basis of the Christian faith. The hope was that Christians would…

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News – T4G

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July 2010
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News – T4G

T4G The third 'Together for the gospel' conference was held on 13-15 April at the International Convention Centre in Louisville, Kentucky.      The previous two conferences were held in 2006 and 2008, and numbers have grown steadily to the 7000 attendees present this year.      T4G is the result of a friendship between four men:…

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News – A. W.  Tozer – ‘a man of God’

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July 2010
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News – A. W. Tozer – ‘a man of God’

A. W.  Tozer – ‘a man of God’   P. D. Johnson reports on the eleventh annual church history lecture at Cowley Hill Free Church, Borehamwood.     As every homeowner knows, when building work needs to be done it is best to call in a workman whose honesty and competence has been proved…

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Review – Let’s study Matthew – Mark E. Ross – Banner of Truth

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July 2010
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Review – Let’s study Matthew – Mark E. Ross – Banner of Truth

Let's study Matthew Mark E. RossBanner of Truth; 352 pages; £9.00; ISBN: 978-1-84871-007-8 Judging by the title and book cover, Let's study Matthew is intended to be an introductory survey. So let's study its commentary on 2:13-23 as a specimen of the whole, and see if it really introduces this passage.     Professor Ross chooses to discuss…

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Review – Fire from heaven – times of extraordinary revival – Paul E. G. Cook – EP Books

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July 2010
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Review – Fire from heaven – times of extraordinary revival – Paul E. G. Cook – EP Books

Fire from heaven - times of extraordinary revival Paul E. G. CookEP Books; 143 pages; £8.99; ISBN: 0-85234-709-X Shortly after arriving in London from my native west Cornwall 25 years ago, while working for a few months at the Evangelical Library, I was thrilled to discover Paul Cook's Westminster Conference paper on 'The forgotten revival'. The…

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Gower initiative

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July 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Gower initiative

Gower initiative A few months ago, one of Penclawdd's chapels - Bethel, a Welsh Independent church in the north part of the Gower peninsula - lost its minister. This left its congregation quite discouraged.  We go to the Calvinistic Methodist Tabernacle, in Penclawdd. Our youth group has been growing over the past year, in depth…

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Worship and the Great Commission

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July 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Worship and the Great Commission

Worship and the Great Commission Edgar Andrews If asked, most Christians would say that evangelism and worship are two quite different things. The Great Commission requires us to address man, while in worship we address God. In that sense, of course, evangelism and worship are indeed distinct. But at a different level there is a close…

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July 2010
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News – FCC commemoration

FCC commemoration  The Free Church of Scotland (continuing) met in May to welcome a new moderator and celebrate 450 years since the birth of the Scottish Reformation.     Rev. Timothy McGlynn, minister at Aberdeen, gave the address, drawing attention to the legacy of the Scottish reformers. He said, 'The nation was changed not simply by…

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July 2010
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News – Graham cold-shouldered

Graham cold-shouldered Evangelist Franklin Graham, son of Rev. Billy Graham, had his request to pray in the Pentagon turned down because of remarks he had made about other religions.     Mr Graham had been invited into the Defence Department for national prayer day but, according to the Washington Times, this was withdrawn after an interview in…

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Just start somewhere!

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July 2010
News > Youth Features

Just start somewhere!

Just start somewhere!  We all need to read our Bibles, right? For me, towards the end of 2009 everyone seemed to be 'moaning' at me that I should read my Bible more, but I never knew where to start.  I had several daily devotional books, but they only had about one verse in, so…

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ET Comment – Has Dr Venter created artificial life?

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July 2010
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ET Comment – Has Dr Venter created artificial life?

ET Comment - Has Dr Venter created artificial life? Announcing his 'creation' of the first synthetic life-form, geneticist Craig Venter declared on 20 May 2010: 'This is the first synthetic cell that's been made, and we call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of…

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Why the Bible matters to me

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July 2010
News > Youth Features

Why the Bible matters to me

Why the Bible matters to me  If I was to ask the question to people walking down the street today, 'What does the Bible mean to you?' I wonder what their answer would be. To many, the Bible is just a book; it is simply ink and paper.  What does the Bible mean to…

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Review – The trellis and the vine – Colin Marshall & Tony Payne – Matthias Media

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July 2010
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Review – The trellis and the vine – Colin Marshall & Tony Payne – Matthias Media

The trellis and the vine Colin Marshall & Tony PayneMatthias Media; 196 pages; ISBN: 978-1-921441585 This is a book that will challenge the reader to examine seriously the methods his or her church is following as it makes disciples of Christ in obedience to the Great Commission of Matthew 28:19.      The thrust of the book…

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News – WEST

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July 2010
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News – WEST

WEST WEST's thanksgiving service, which marks the end of the school year, was held on Saturday 22 May, on a beautiful sunny day in the pleasant Bryntirion grounds.      The marquee (with all its sides turned up!) was full with 200 students, staff and supporters. WEST's Chairman, Peter Milsom, led the service; David Ollerton, Director…

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July 2010
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News – Online gaming

Online gaming Parentline Plus has launched a series of top tips for parents whose children may be addicted to online gaming.     It has created a microsite, www.gotateenager.org.uk/onlinegaming, that it hopes will help parents develop strategies to tackle this phenomenon. Tips include having the computer in a public room, checking the content of a game before…

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News – Banner of Truth

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July 2010
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News – Banner of Truth

Banner of Truth This spring saw 250-300 ministers and Christian workers gather at the three-day Banner of Truth Leicester Ministers' conference, at the University of Leicester.      Wyn Hughes, pastor of Heath Evangelical Church in Cardiff, opened the conference with a clear, warm challenge from Romans 1:16. Paul was obsessed with the gospel. Are…

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July 2010
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News – Church? No thanks!

Church? No thanks! Men in Britain would rather go to a hospital, library or even follow their partners into a ladies' clothing shop than go to church, a new survey reveals.       Research conducted for Sorted magazine and Christian Vision for Men said that nearly 60 per cent of 18 to 24-year-old men do not consider…

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‘I believe in … the holy catholic church; the communion of saints’

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July 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘I believe in … the holy catholic church; the communion of saints’

'I believe in … the holy catholic church; the communion of saints' Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed  There is a vital communal aspect to the Christian faith, often overlooked. Whilst individual, personal faith in Christ is indispensable for salvation, the idea of Christians choosing to remain isolated from other Christians is foreign to…

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July 2010
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News – Nigeria

Nigeria Believers are hopeful that professing Christian Goodluck Jonathan will restore peace and balance to the troubled country, after he was sworn in as leader of the country in the run-up to elections in 2011.     The hotly-contested leadership battle, that has caught up many villages in violence and reprisals, started in November last year when…

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DVD Review – Flywheel; Facing the giants; Fireproof – Sherwood Pictures

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July 2010
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DVD Review – Flywheel; Facing the giants; Fireproof – Sherwood Pictures

DVD review                                     Flywheel; Facing the giants; Fireproof Sherwood Pictures If you are in the habit of sitting down of an evening to watch a DVD with family or friends then you may have come across one or more films produced by an American group called Sherwood Pictures (not to be confused with Sherwood Films, a quite…

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Review – A shelter in the time of storm – meditations on God and trouble – Paul David Tripp – IVP

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July 2010
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Review – A shelter in the time of storm – meditations on God and trouble – Paul David Tripp – IVP

A shelter in the time of storm - meditations on God and trouble Paul David TrippIVP; 159 pages; £7.99; ISBN: 978-1-84474-376-6  'Self-sovereignty is the dream of every sinner. It's hard for us to trust ourselves to the wisdom, power, and control of another. We want to write our own dramas, and we want to be…

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News – Evangelical Library reopens

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July 2010
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News – Evangelical Library reopens

Evangelical Library reopens The Evangelical Library's excellent new premises in Bounds Green, London, were opened officially on 17 April. Nearly 100 people gathered to attend the opening, chaired by Pastor Gary Brady.     The proceedings commenced outside in beautiful spring sunshine, where the library's new sign was unveiled by Mrs Wendy Sheehan, who declared the library…

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July 2010
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News – Why on earth?

Why on earth?Author John Blanchard has won the best Christian resource award for his booklet Why on earth did Jesus come? published by EP books. The award was presented in May at the 'Christian Resources Awards 2010', held at the Christian resources exhibition in Esher, Surrey. Other award-winning authors included Timothy Keller.

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July 2010
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News – Ian Paisley

Ian Paisley Ian Paisley, former first minister of Northern Ireland, has been made a peer in the dissolution honours list. Lord Paisley, who was described by the former first minister as 'a giant of politics in Northern Ireland and throughout the UK', will join his wife Eileen in the House of Lords. Lady Paisley…

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July 2010
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News – Modernity is lonely

Modernity is lonely The Mental Health Foundation has found that 10 per cent of people in the UK admit to frequent feelings of extreme loneliness.     In a representative survey of the UK, called The lonely society, the research showed that 48 per cent think people are getting lonelier, while 10 per cent - representing 6.6…

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Review – Follow me: becoming a liberated disciple – John Valentine – IVP

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July 2010
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Review – Follow me: becoming a liberated disciple – John Valentine – IVP

Follow me: becoming a liberated disciple John ValentineIVP; 155 pages; £7.99; ISNB: 978-1-84474-394-0 I began reading this book cautiously; the subtitle worried me. However, as I read it, I became increasingly impressed. The book is full of commonsense realism, accompanied by recognition of the importance of Bible reading, prayer and active membership in the church.     The…

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July 2010
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News – Abortion and health

Abortion and health Canadian research has found an association between undergoing an abortion and the tendency to drug or alcohol abuse.     A study at the University of Manitoba revealed that there is a link between abortions and substance abuse disorders. The research does not claim causality but said that women who have had an…

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Christian Identity thinly disguised anti-Semitism (2)

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July 2010
Articles > Historical

Christian Identity thinly disguised anti-Semitism (2)

Christian Identity thinly disguised anti-Semitism (2) Dr Richard V. Pierard, Scholar in Residence and Stephen Phillips Professor of History at Gordon College, Wenham, Massachusetts (2000-2006), concludes his exposé of racist ideas that have been infiltrating right-wing evangelicalism. There are three strains of racial anti-Semitism building on British-Israel ideas, although the mixture of these varies among Identity…

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July 2010
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News – Pakistan

Pakistan Release International's petition calling on the Pakistan government to protect its Christian minority is gaining momentum.      The campaign from the Christian charity follows an investigation which has detailed brutal persecution at the hands of extremists. According to reports from Release, Christians in Pakistan have been burned alive by militants in a prolonged period…

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Review – True love – understanding the real meaning of Christian love – James M. Renihan – EP Books

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July 2010
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Review – True love – understanding the real meaning of Christian love – James M. Renihan – EP Books

True love - understanding the real meaning of Christian love James M. RenihanEP Books; 144 pages; £8.99; ISBN: 08-5234-713-8 This is one of the best books I've read for a long time. True Love - understanding the real meaning of Christian love does exactly what it says on the cover. It is a verse-by-verse and phrase-by-phrase…

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Heartcry in Argentina

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July 2010
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Heartcry in Argentina

Heartcry in Argentina   There are various reasons for expecting that a meeting in Argentina dealing with the doctrines of grace would turn out a complete failure. Firstly, there is much ignorance on this subject, among churches and church leaders; and even a lack of interest in historic Christianity.      Secondly, the speaker chosen…

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News – Light in New Age darkness

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July 2010
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News – Light in New Age darkness

Light in New Age darkness  Dwayna Litz of Lighting the Way International (LTW) describes a recent outreach at Little Five Points, Atlanta, Georgia. LTW is a unique ministry to New Agers and others. I sure met a lot of hurting people on this first day of apologetics outreach in Atlanta. 'Jesus' was popular; it seemed…

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Review – God’s people in the wilderness – the church in Hebrews – O. Palmer Robertson – Christian Focus

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July 2010
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Review – God’s people in the wilderness – the church in Hebrews – O. Palmer Robertson – Christian Focus

God's people in the wilderness - the church in Hebrews O. Palmer RobertsonChristian Focus; 149 pages; £9.99; ISBN: 978-1-84550-477-9 Here is an unusual and timely book. It is unusual in that it tackles a subject that commentators often miss, and timely because its conclusions challenge Christians concerning the nature and mission of the church.     As its…

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News – New Word Alive

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July 2010
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News – New Word Alive

New Word Alive Are we too cynical? This was a question posed during one of the evening sessions at the recent New Word Alive conference. The speaker was Rev. Richard Coekin of Dundonald Church, and he was expounding the meaning of Psalm 103.      The great work of salvation has been done - our souls…

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News – Bible by the beach

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July 2010
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News – Bible by the beach

Bible by the beach A record 1200 Christians flocked to Eastbourne this May for a weekend of teaching, worship and fellowship at Bible by the Beach - an annual conference set up by Rt Rev. Wallace Benn, Bishop of Lewes.     His concern was to provide thoughtful Bible teaching, with the Holy Spirit applying it to…

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July 2010
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News – Marie Stopes ad

Marie Stopes ad                                               Leading Christian organisations have written to TV watchdog Ofcom to complain about the Marie Stopes advertisement. Shown just after the watershed, the advert for the abortion and contraception advice clinic has sparked outrage.     In an open letter to Ofcom and the advertising standards agency (ASA), J. J. Scarisbrick, national chairman…

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July 2010
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News – Christianity sidelined

Christianity sidelined  An Ofsted report has revealed that schools in the UK are marginalising Christianity in a way that is potentially discriminatory.     According to the weekend Telegraph, Independent and Sunday Times newspapers, the report found that 20 per cent of all schools in the UK had sub-standard teaching of RE in lessons, while other…

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Review – A guide to Christian living – John Calvin – Banner of Truth

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July 2010
Reviews > Book

Review – A guide to Christian living – John Calvin – Banner of Truth

A guide to Christian living John Calvin (trans. by Robert White) Banner of Truth; 149 pages; £10.00; ISBN: 978-1-84871-040-5 This was originally a stand-alone chapter from Calvin's Institutes of the Christian religion, published in 1552 as a pocket-sized French edition. The Banner of Truth has now made it available in an attractive gift edition,…

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July 2010
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News – Small but powerful

Small but powerful The Christian bookshop run by Dunstable Baptist Church, in Bedfordshire, has received the Small Retailer of the Year Award 2010.      The bookshop, managed by John Keeble, is a literature ministry of the church reaching out into the community, resourcing the church and individual Christian believers to grow in Christ.      A…

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News – Mark Ashton (1948-2010)

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July 2010
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News – Mark Ashton (1948-2010)

Mark Ashton (1948-2010)Over 1000 people gathered at one or other of the two services of thanksgiving that were held for Mark Ashton at St Andrew the Great in Cambridge on 23 April. At the end of the services, everybody was offered a copy of Mark's booklet On my way to heaven, which had just…

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July 2010
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News – Street preacher to sue

Street preacher to sue Street preacher Dale Mcalpine has been granted the right to take his case against the Cumbria police to the European Court of Human Rights, claiming wrongful arrest, unlawful imprisonment, and interference with his right to free speech and religious liberty.     Supported by the Christian Institute's legal defence fund, Mr Mcalpine has…

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Hello from Borneo!

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July 2010
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Hello from Borneo!

Hello from Borneo!   Rhian Roberts shares her impressions while nursing in a Christian village in Borneo   I left UK on 28January and after two flights, two buses and a truck journey arrived in the Living Waters Village (LWV), near a village called Manggala.      The 13-hour bus ride was an experience. About…

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What every parent should know about the Internet (8)

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July 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What every parent should know about the Internet (8)

What every parent should know about the Internet (8) News & views Nearly 100 years ago, on Tuesday 16 April 1912, the London Times reported that 'the White Star liner Titanic, which left Southampton on Wednesday [10 April] on her maiden voyage to New York, came into collision with an iceberg some distance from Cape…

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Review – The end of Christianity: finding a good God in an evil world – William Dembski – Paternoster

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July 2010
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Review – The end of Christianity: finding a good God in an evil world – William Dembski – Paternoster

The end of Christianity: finding a good God in an evil world William DembskiPaternoster; 254 pages; £16.99; ISBN: 978-1-84227-682-2 According to Richard Dawkins (The greatest show on earth, p.  92), 'Theologians worry about the problems of suffering and evil, to the extent that they have even invented a name, “theodicy” … for the enter­prise of trying…

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Personal view 2: Think about paganism!

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July 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view 2: Think about paganism!

Personal view 2: Think about paganism! No, not the range of pagan practices resurgent in our nation, from superstition, astrology and divination, through to overt worship of Satan. Rather, pagan thinking of which we are guilty, for we are as yet imperfectly sanctified sinners; and wrong thoughts of God - pagan thoughts - are endemic…

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July 2010
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Whatever happened to sin?

Whatever happened to sin? Churches across Cumbria held outdoor vigils and memorial services for the victims of early June's tragic shootings. These left 12 victims dead and 11 injured across a 25-mile radius.  Prime Minister David Cameron visited the region, trying to bring condolence to families and communities stunned by the violence, as the scale…

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July 2010
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News – Wayne Grudem

Wayne Grudem Author and Bible scholar Wayne Grudem, who worked on the English Standard Version and authored Systematic theology, toured the UK in June to discuss whether political involvement distracts from the gospel.      Packed-out events, held in locations such as Peterborough, London, Liverpool, Sheffield, Cambridge and Chessington were arranged by the Christian Institute (CI). Dr…

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