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Knowing God

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Knowing God

Knowing God It is almost four decades since J. I. Packer wrote his classic Knowing God. Today this theme is as important as ever, since knowing God is essential to having eternal life. Jeremiah knew God. In his day, the Assyrian empire had collapsed and the Babylonian empire was growing. Jeremiah was ordained and…

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Ken Howard (1928-2012)

Article

July 2012
Obituaries

Ken Howard (1928-2012)

Ken Howard (1928-2012) Ken Howard pastored a congregation in Farnborough, Hampshire, for 17 years and then became pastor at Stretham, near Ely in Cambridgeshire, from 1983 until his retirement in 1999. He served both churches while working firstly as an accountant and then as a personnel manager. He was born on 21 December 1928…

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Knowing God

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Knowing God

Knowing God It is almost four decades since J. I. Packer wrote his classic Knowing God. Today this theme is as important as ever, since knowing God is essential to having eternal life. Jeremiah knew God. In his day, the Assyrian empire had collapsed and the Babylonian empire was growing. Jeremiah was ordained and…

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News

July 2012
News

FCC assembly

FCC assembly Passing legislation to allow same-sex marriage would create great persecution against Christians, Rev. James Gracie has warned.    In his moderatorial address to the General Assembly of Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), which met in Edinburgh, Mr Gracie cautioned the Scottish government that bringing in such legislation would be the means of introducing persecution…

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India’s oppressed Dalits find hope

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July 2012
India

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope

India’s oppressed Dalits find hope ‘Shining and incredible’ are the adjectives India’s authorities use to describe their nation’s newfound economic confidence. Whilst the country’s Gross Domestic Product is growing fast, the welfare of a nation’s citizens cannot be summarised by economic statistics. India’s 250 million Dalits still live in poverty and suffer from every…

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So many mysteries!

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

So many mysteries!

So many mysteries! To many of us a sneeze is a mystery! And falling in love; and the workings of a washing machine or a mobile phone; and the sowing of seed, the reaping of a harvest; and so on! What a mass of mysteries life really is. What is our life? What is…

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News

July 2012
News > Youth Features

The race is on !

Soon after trusting Christ in my early twenties, I worked the night shift at a plywood company mainly with Hispanics. We enjoyed each other whether we fought or not. I worked on an 8-man crew (four teams of two men on a team) that off-loaded huge crates of fifty 4ft x 8ft sheets of…

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News

July 2012
News

Homophobia

Homophobia The European Parliament has voted on a joint resolution on the fight against homophobia in Europe, but the issue has been clouded by ‘cloak and dagger’ agendas, European Dignity Watch has claimed.    In a blog post, the political advocacy group said, ‘As often happens when it comes to lesbian, gay, bi-sexual and transgender…

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July 2012
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Confidence

Confidence The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has launched a national initiative to help develop confidence in the gospel and it is looking for 12 UK churches to be ‘lead learners’.    Krish Kandiah, executive director of churches in mission, for the EA, said this initiative, ‘Confidence in the gospel’, would help ‘find effective ways to help…

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Article

July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Starting blocks

Starting blocks The fanfare and flair of the opening Olympic ceremony will live on in many people’s minds. But, for one man, the Games is the start of something even more amazing, for people of all nations. In March, ET reported on the Grace2London mission and its preparations ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games.…

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News

July 2012
News

African terrorism

African terrorism Christians in Africa are coming under greater threats from terrorist groups, a report from the World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has claimed.    Citing figures from Christian prayer organisation Window International Network, the WEA said Christians in the 10/40 Window especially are facing a dramatic rise in persecution in the form of abduction, torture…

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News

July 2012
News

Economy

Economy Greece is at the ‘worst stage’ of its economic crisis, a leading investment bank report has claimed.     In an analysis note from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, written in the lead-up to the emergency election in June, experts warned: ‘The risks of a coalition government against the austerity programme, or no agreement…

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Moroccan church on the rebound

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July 2012
Morocco

Moroccan church on the rebound

Moroccan church on the rebound Since the expulsions of a large number of expatriate mission workers in 2010 and subsequent harassment of local believers, Moroccan churches have been temporarily weakened.     Some cities were hit harder than others by the government’s action, with many local believers coming under increased scrutiny. Some underwent daily questioning…

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News

July 2012
News

CofE concerns

CofE concerns The Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA) is bracing itself for tough times ahead in the Church of England (CofE).    In a statement presented by Bishop John Ellison, chairman of the FCA UK Panel of Bishops and Rev. Paul Perkin, chairman of the FCA for UK and Ireland, the FCA warned of possible…

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News

July 2012
News

Excavation

Excavation Artefacts that may date back to the time of King David’s nemesis, Goliath, have been unearthed, according to news from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.    As reported in NBC News, a five-year archaeological dig near Goliath’s biblical hometown of Gath has yielded evidence of Judean religious practices 3,000 years ago.    This gives more…

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Children in crisis

News

July 2012
News > Youth Features

Children in crisis

Children in crisis Millions of children are in crisis all over the world. It is a symptom that something is terribly wrong. Why are children suffering? It was God’s design from the beginning that every child should be in a loving home where they are safe, clean, trained, fed nutritiously and nurtured. Sadly, many…

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News

July 2012
News

Unholy row

Unholy row St Paul’s Cathedral gave the police permission to remove Occupy protesters forcibly from the cathedral steps on 28 February, the City of London Police Commissioner has revealed.    It is understood that this contradicts claims made by the cathedral authorities, who had denied they gave the police permission to remove people. But a…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3)

Historical

July 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (3) The early English abolitionists faced fierce opposition from church and state. But they had set their course and, on 17 June 1783, the London Yearly Meeting of Quakers presented to Parliament the first ever petition against the slave trade. Following that, in 1787,…

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News

July 2012
News

Dr Michael Cassidy

Dr Michael Cassidy The Lausanne Movement Board of Directors has unanimously approved the appointment of Dr Michael Cassidy (Pietermaritzburg, South Africa) as Honorary Chair of the Movement.    The movement’s Executive Chairman Doug Birdsall said Cassidy ‘is a global statesman and advocate for reconciliation and for Christian unity, while at the same time a persuasive…

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News

July 2012
News

Facebook witness

Facebook witness UK Christians are using social media to share their faith online, a new survey by Christian Vision, in partnership with Premier Christian Media, has found.     In a survey on attitudes to online mission, the majority (84 per cent) of respondents agreed that the online space is a huge mission field, with…

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In the school of suffering

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of suffering

In the school of suffering I have on my fridge door the photograph of a beautiful baby girl. She was the long-awaited daughter of friends of ours. She lived for 7½ months — in intensive care — her parents constantly at her side. This is what they wrote when God chose to take her…

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Article

July 2012
Czech Republic

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic

John Blanchard in the Czech Republic When John Blanchard preached in the Czech Republic recently, exactly 30 years had passed since he last did so. He first visited the country (then part of Czechoslovakia) in 1968, when he preached at the 70th anniversary services of Brno Baptist Church.    He recalls a packed church for…

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Putting unity first

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July 2012
Articles > Comment

Putting unity first

Putting unity first Unity is a common theme in the New Testament. Paul spoke of it in 1 Corinthians 1:10: ‘I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same…

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Olympic cheats – and others

Article

July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Olympic cheats – and others

Olympic cheats — and others Most athletes would say that the greatest prize in sport is an Olympic gold medal. Some are so anxious to win one that they resort to drugs to help them, and this has become a plague at recent Games. It is getting worse and the 2004 Olympic Games in…

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News

July 2012
News

Law Society prevents free speech

Law Society prevents free speech Christian Concern (CC) and the World Congress of Families, along with the National Organisation for Marriage, held their marriage conference as planned, this May, but only finding a venue less than 24 hours before the event.    The colloquium had been cancelled by the Law Society for allegedly breaching its…

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The big interview

Article

July 2012
Interviews

The big interview

The big interview Financial education charity Credit Action is part of the Question of Trust campaign, which seeks to rebuild public trust in financial service institutions. Credit Action’s founder Keith Tondeur spoke to Sheila Marshall about his journey from being a City stockbroker to becoming a national financial educator. ET: Which came first, faith…

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News

July 2012
News

Sudan warning

Sudan warning The threat of an all-out war between Sudan and South Sudan is putting Christians in both nations in great danger, Barnabas Fund has warned.    Clashes in the oil-rich territory over the past month have been described as the worst fighting since South Sudan gained independence in July 2011.    According to a statement…

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News

July 2012
News

Psychological trickery

Psychological trickery The Christian psychiatrist at the centre of a legal row over counselling a gay client has been stripped of her hard-earned qualification, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has announced.    The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) informed Christian counsellor Lesley Pilkington that, following her appeal, she will still lose her senior…

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News

July 2012
News

Financial ethics

Financial ethics Recently launched in the UK is the Question of Trust campaign, which aims to restore public and professional trust in the financial services. One of its key backers is Keith Tondeur OBE, founder of Credit Action (see p.30 of this ET issue for the Big Interview).    In another call for a more…

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Work and leisure

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July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Work and leisure

Work and leisure How do we strike a right balance between work and leisure? Both are God’s gifts to us, but our attitudes to them are too often dominated by society’s secular and pragmatic outlook.     The gradual decline of moral and spiritual values in our culture is particularly reflected in how people spend…

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The Barnabas Company

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July 2012
Romania

The Barnabas Company

The Barnabas Company The Barnabas Company (not to be confused with the Barnabas Fund) is to finish its support for Hungarian Christians in Romania.     This ministry was founded by Stephen and Joan Clifford of Belper, in Derbyshire. Its purpose was to encourage believers who were poverty-stricken but rich in faith, and help them…

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Self-sufficiency – a new way of doing mission

Article

July 2012
Articles > World Mission

Self-sufficiency – a new way of doing mission

Self-sufficiency — a new way of doing mission ‘It is really difficult for us to manage the shortage of cash we are facing … we struggle to pay basic bills like electricity, gas…’ Sounds familiar? Just a few lines from a missionary’s e-mail in my inbox on Sunday morning. Mission projects are feeling the…

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News

July 2012
News

Egypt elections

Egypt elections Christians have been praying for the safety of believers in Egypt after radical Islamic group the Muslim Brotherhood surged ahead during the elections in May.    According to news reports, the Muslim Brotherhood group’s candidate Mohamed Morsi led the way, far ahead of former military leader Ahmed Shafiq, during Egypt’s first free presidential…

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Ministry up north

News

July 2012
News

Ministry up north

Ministry up north The North of England Conference 2012, which was held in March in Mirfield, was a ‘unique’ conference. It has normally been open for leaders and potential leaders in the churches, until this year when women were openly encouraged to come.     This is a wonderful recognition of the role these women…

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Olympic cheats – and others

Article

July 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Olympic cheats – and others

Olympic cheats — and others Most athletes would say that the greatest prize in sport is an Olympic gold medal. Some are so anxious to win one that they resort to drugs to help them, and this has become a plague at recent Games. It is getting worse and the 2004 Olympic Games in…

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Article

July 2012
Obituaries

Phyllis Bowman

Phyllis Bowman The founder and director of anti-abortion and anti-euthanasia lobby group Right to Life has died. The funeral of Phyllis Bowman, at the forefront of campaigns to protect the rights of the unborn child, took place in a Catholic service in May.    Although her Catholic beliefs could never be upheld by Evangelicals, yet…

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News

July 2012
News

OAC Ministries

OAC Ministries The Stourbridge Open Air Campaigners (OAC) Ministries in the West Midlands have been focusing on those who are ‘on the edges of church life or outside it’, John Heywood has said.    Speaking of the work of his teams in reaching people of different ethnicities, and the marginalised, the poor and those with special…

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News

July 2012
News

Railway Bibles

Railway Bibles The Bible Society has given Bibles to signalmen and other staff on railways in Wales, helping to fulfil a 143-year-old legacy request.    In April, Rev. Ron Keen, Railway Mission chaplain, presented 12 Bibles to staff at stations in Cardiff, Barry and Radyr.     He said, ‘It’s a terrific thing to do, because…

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GBP Scotland

News

July 2012
News

GBP Scotland

GBP Scotland Grace Baptist Partnership (GBP) Scotland has much to praise God for, not just in terms of well-attended conferences but also in outreach opportunities and launching a dedicated Facebook page.    The Rebuild and Certain Sound conferences were a blessing to many, and the audio resources have been downloaded many times since from www.gbpscotland.org/resources/audio-resources…

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News

July 2012
News

Autism link to chemicals

Autism link to chemicals Contamination from chemicals found in common, everyday items may have a link to autism, research has claimed.    Online US newspaper Huffington Post reported that even women who took every precaution possible while pregnant gave birth to children with varying stages of autism, which could be linked to migraine medicine, contaminants…

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Reaching theological liberals

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July 2012
Articles > Guest column

Reaching theological liberals

Reaching theological liberals – Guest Column How might we reach out to those with a liberal mindset infected with anti-supernaturalism? How might we reach liberal pastors even, of the old mainline denominations? If an ongoing opportunity should present itself, what methods might we use to reach these men and women? This is what I…

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A cross-shaped life

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July 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

A cross-shaped life

A cross-shaped life When he hung on the cross, Jesus was experiencing what the Old Testament considered to be the ultimate curse, the epitome of a repulsive, feared fate, the fate reserved for the worst criminals… ‘Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law,’ wrote Paul, ‘by becoming a curse for us, for…

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So many mysteries!

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

So many mysteries!

So many mysteries! To many of us a sneeze is a mystery! And falling in love; and the workings of a washing machine or a mobile phone; and the sowing of seed, the reaping of a harvest; and so on! What a mass of mysteries life really is. What is our life? What is…

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In the school of suffering

Article

July 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of suffering

In the school of suffering I have on my fridge door the photograph of a beautiful baby girl. She was the long-awaited daughter of friends of ours. She lived for 7½ months — in intensive care — her parents constantly at her side. This is what they wrote when God chose to take her…

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News

July 2012
News

Forced marriages

Forced marriages Extreme hunger has forced many parents to coerce their little girls into arranged marriages, charity World Vision has warned.    Esperance Klugan, national director for World Vision Niger, said the West Africa food crisis was forcing children out of school and into the role of breadwinner or wife, from as young as seven.  …

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Article

July 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Cambridge Declaration

The Cambridge Declaration The directors and editors of Evangelical Times warmly commend to our readers The Cambridge Declaration, drawn up by the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, in the USA. It has this year been formally adopted by ET as expressing its own doctrinal stance (along with what is common to the Westminster Confession, Savoy…

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Review

July 2012

Altar to an Unknown Love

Altar to an Unknown Love Michael John Beasley The Armoury Ministries 144 pages, £6.97 ISBN: 978-1-935358-08-4 Star Rating: 3   Michael Beasley has written this book to draw attention to a hypocrisy that evangelicals are probably unaware of. He stands firmly with those whose ire has been raised by the ‘Love Wins’ book written…

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Review

July 2012

Toxic Ideas Polluting your Mind

Toxic Ideas Polluting your Mind Anthony Selvaggio P&R Publishing 128 pages, £7.51 ISBN: 978-1-59638-196-4 Star Rating: 4   An earlier generation warned believers of the dangers of worldliness. Anthony Selvaggio does much the same thing here. But whereas Christian preachers and writers may once have been content to call upon Christians to stop drinking at…

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Review

July 2012

The Message of Kings

The Message of Kings John W. Olley IVP 378 pages, £12.99 ISBN: 978-1844745500 Star rating: 3 stars   The stated aim of The Bible Speaks Today series is to expound books of the Old and New Testaments so that Christians may: ‘hear what the Spirit is saying to them through his ancient, yet ever…

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Review

July 2012

The Intolerance of Tolerance

The Intolerance of Tolerance D A Carson IVP 192 pages, £12.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-405-3 Star Rating: 4   The benefits department of Dudley Council in the West Midlands apparently once banned all representations of pigs from its offices, for fear of upsetting Muslims. The Co-op Bank requested the organisation Christian Voice to close their accounts with…

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Review

July 2012

Loving the way Jesus Loves

Loving The Way Jesus Loves Phil Ryken IVP ISBN:978-84474-565-4 224 pages, £8.99 Star rating: 5 Stars   Do not read this book unless you are prepared to be searched and challenged! This is a remarkable exposition of 1 Corinthians 13 that every Christian ought to buy and read but do not read it if…

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Review

July 2012

The Appearing of Jesus

The Appearing of Jesus Leslie Land Transcribed by Professor Ian Shaw 86 pages, £7.50 Star Rating: 3   I confess to never having heard of Leslie Land before being asked to review this book. However, having read the book I would have loved to have met him or listened to his ministry.       The…

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Review

July 2012

Holy, holy, holy – proclaiming the perfections of God

Holy, Holy, Holy – Proclaiming the Perfections of God Thabiti Anyabwile, Alistair Begg, D. A. Carson, Sinclair B. Ferguson, W. Robert Godfrey, Steven J. Lawson, R. C. Sproul, R. C. Sproul Jr., Derek W. H. Thomas Reformation Trust 149 Pages, £13.99 ISBN: 978-1-56769-205-1 Star rating: 5 stars   I have often seen publicity for a…

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