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Historical

July 2013
Articles > Historical

Jonathan Edwards on Revival

On 20 May 2013, Rev. Graham Harrison, formerly minister of Emmanuel Evangelical Church, Newport, in Wales, was called into the presence of his Saviour. An obituary follows in August’s ET, but readers will appreciate the reminder of Mr Harrison’s powers of intellect, discernment and communication, as well his deep desire for revival, afforded by…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ to a godless generation

Our nation is spiritually bankrupt. Perhaps you are wondering how we will ever make Christ known, and whether we should try new methods? Well, Acts 17 is a good place to go for the answers. Here, it is roughly AD 50 and Paul is mid-way through his second missionary journey. He arrives at Athens…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > World Mission

Islamist militancy in North Africa

As violent Islamism poses a growing threat to post-Arab Spring Libya, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo, International Director of Barnabas Fund, reflects on its growing power and the menacing implications for Christians in North Africa and beyond. Earlier this year a church building in the eastern Libyan city of Benghazi was attacked by Islamist gunmen. Two…

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News

July 2013
News

Bible by the beach

Blue skies and sunshine greeted Christians from churches and denominations across the UK at this year’s ‘Bible by the beach’ convention. The convention, held at the Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, has quickly acquired a reputation for its Bible teaching, music and inspiration, offering a range and depth of teaching. Speakers included Hugh Palmer, Rector of…

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The ‘Hellenists’

Article

July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The ‘Hellenists’

‘The Hellenists’ Theodotus, son of Vettanos, a priest and ruler of the synagogue son of a ruler of the synagogue grandson of a ruler of the synagogue, built the synagogue for the reading of Torah and for teaching the commandments; furthermore, the hostel, and the rooms, and the water installation for lodging needy strangers.…

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News

July 2013
News > Youth Features

A heart-breaking ministry

Leaving behind a comfortable life one freezing Scottish January I went to live in a poverty-stricken country half way round the world. It couldn’t have been a bigger change for me as a British teenager. I recently spent ten months with Christian Compassion Ministries (CCM), a ministry of Cubao Reformed Baptist Church seeking to…

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News

July 2013
News

Fight right to die

Anti-euthanasia organisation SPUC Pro-Life is vowing to fight against a Bill to legalise assisted dying. The Bill, introduced by Lord Falconer in the House of Lords in May, has been described by SPUC as a ‘new onslaught on disabled and vulnerable people’.       The organisation says that previous attempts to undermine the right to…

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News

July 2013
News

Christians lose in European court

Three UK Christians lost their legal challenges over workplace discrimination at the European Court of Human Rights in May.       Gary McFarlane, Shirley Chaplin and Lillian Ladele had requested a referral after losing their appeals to the Strasbourg court in January.       They appealed to the court alongside check-in worker Nadia Eweida, who won…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Reflections on the debate over the same sex marriage bill in the House of Lords

From an anonymous observer: I was present in the House of Lords on Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June. Predictably, to listen to the whole debate on the same-sex marriage Bill gave a very different picture to that presented by the media afterwards. A long series of devastating criticisms were made of the Bill:…

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News

July 2013
News > Youth Features

Sharing the good news of Jesus in North Wales

Llandudno’s weekend Victorian Extravaganza in May again saw a UBM team witnessing to the tens of thousands of holidaymakers and day visitors in this North Wales resort.   The United Beach Mission team of 25 ran open air meetings and a market stall in one of the main streets. At the evening events, Professor…

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Changing our society

Article

July 2013
Articles > Comment

Changing our society

Wilberforce is famous for the abolition of slavery. But not many people realise that he had an even greater passion — to see a radical change in eighteenth century society, especially among the upper classes.       A year or so after his spiritual awakening, he declared: ‘God Almighty has placed before me two great…

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News

July 2013
News

Digging deep on marriage and the family

The vital importance of marriage and of committed parenting in the context of stable family life were spelled out in two thoroughly researched papers, given at the annual conference of the Family Education Trust, in central London on 18 May. In a well reasoned and compelling paper, Sharon James from the Coalition for Marriage…

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News

July 2013
News

Scottish Reformed Conference

On Saturday 11 May the 24th annual Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) took place at Hamilton College, Glasgow. Conference delegates were greatly blessed through the guest speakers, Bill Hughes and Martin Allen, both experienced pastors and preachers. Bill Hughes spoke on Hebrews 1, about Christ’s eternal being and atoning work, reminding everyone that the ‘word…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > World Mission

God’s longsuffering

My wife had an accident in our car. It was not a bad accident and thankfully no one was hurt, but the insurance company decided that our eight-year-old Ford was a write-off. It was scrapped. What if God was to say about mankind, ‘Enough is enough! I have had enough of their atheistic ideas…

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News

July 2013
News

Handover at Pantiles

  After 25 years of service, David Levell is finishing as pastor of Pantiles Baptist Church, Tunbridge Wells. Special services were held on 5 May to mark the handover of the pastorate, after Gareth Jones accepted the invitation to be the new pastor, from the church and deacons.       Andrew Hannan, deacon, said, ‘We…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Guest column

Motherhood

  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a perfect child? Can you imagine a child who never threw selfish tantrums or scowled at the meal you set before him? But here’s a reality check — if you did have a perfect child, life as a mother would still be…

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News

July 2013
News

Wheelock Heath

On 4 May Paul Gibson was inducted into the pastorate at Wheelock Heath Baptist Church, Cheshire.       Paul came to faith at Oxford University and worked as a teacher in Maidenhead. He later became an apprentice at Danbury Mission Evangelical Church, where he completed the Cornhill training course.       While studying at Oakhill Theological…

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News

July 2013
News

Angel wings for South Sudan

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been donated a Cessna 182 light aircraft, which is set to be an invaluable help in its work in South Sudan.       After a whistle-stop tour of the UK last month, the plane headed for South Sudan to work with over 100 partners. Using a network of 90 dirt…

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News

July 2013
News

EMF open day

On Saturday 27 April European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) celebrated the 49th anniversary of its School of Biblical Studies. The intensive six month course covers all aspects of theology, and is taught by lecturers and pastors working in full time ministry. About 150 friends attended the two meetings, held at Welwyn Evangelical Church. This year,…

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News

July 2013
News

Llantrisant

On Saturday 4 May, Tabor Baptist Church in Llantrisant, South Wales, held a service of recognition for Rev. Andrew Love as interim pastor.       Andrew has been appointed for up to 18 months, while on extended furlough with his family from his work with the Unevangelised Fields Mission (UFM) in Brazil.       The service…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Heidelberg Catechism at 450 years

    For the past 450 years the Heidelberg Catechism (1563) has served to instruct, encourage, and profoundly comfort the faith of Christian believers the world over. It is a precious jewel in the crown of Protestantism. This sixteenth century confession has been affectionately referred to as the church’s ‘Book of Comfort’. Some have…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Developing church leaders (1)

The spiritual life and progress of a church depends largely upon the quality of its leaders. Even with an outstanding minister, leaders who don’t share his faith and vision can seriously hinder the work. But, equally, a minister without vision or who isn’t a ‘team-player’ can frustrate progress. Therefore, a team of leaders need…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Marriage and divorce (2)

Last month we explored the teaching of the Old Testament and Jesus on this and concluded that where marriage ends in divorce for illicit sexual activity, the divorcing partner is free to remarry. Although Jesus condemned the divorce practice of his day, he accepted the current concept of divorce, which was derived from the…

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News

July 2013
News

Syrian crisis

God is at work in Syria in the midst of the tragedy and suffering, according to OM. The mission reports several stories of ministry to Syrian refugees in Lebanon and Jordan, where care given by Christians, both nationals and expats, is opening hearts and providing opportunities to share the gospel.       One report said…

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Article

July 2013
France

Praying for France

The population of France is around 65 million, 20 per cent living in the Paris area. Public life in France is ruled by the republican idea of liberty, equality and fraternity. This means neutrality with regard to religion, which is absent from politics or education.       Laws exist regulating religious practice, and minority groups…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > World Mission

Communicating the gospel to the Islamic world

The recent World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) report on behalf of Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT), on translating the Bible for Muslim readers, should be seen in the context of some continuing controversies. The 33-page report, released in April 2013, can be accessed at http://worldea.org/news/4212/wea-independent-bible-translation-review-panel-concludes-its-work-issues-report-with-ten-recommendations-for-wycliffe-and-sil It begins: ‘In the spring of 2012, the World Evangelical Alliance…

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News

July 2013
News

French protests continue

Thousands of supporters of marriage continued protesting against the French government’s same-sex marriage legislation at a rally in Paris on 25 May.       Legislation permitting same-sex marriages and homosexual adoption was signed into law by Prime Minister François Hollande, the week before the rally, amid strong opposition from members of the public, religious leaders…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > World Mission

Bless this house!

The growth of the church in Israel, since the rebirth of the country in 1948, has been remarkable. When the modern state of Israel came into being, there were, significantly, just twelve Jewish believers in the land. Twenty years later, in 1968, the number of Israeli Jews who believed in Jesus was less than…

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News

July 2013
News

Affinity churches and mission day

On 20 May, Affinity held its annual churches and mission day at Highbury Baptist Church in London.       One of the aims of Affinity is to provide opportunities for churches to come together for encouragement and co-operation. Various churches attended the conference, along with ten mission agencies and two theological colleges.       The main…

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Article

July 2013
Cults and other religions

Aggressive atheism

Recently, I read again the story of the encounter between David and Goliath in the Valley of Elah, and how the champion of the Philistines taunted the people of God. Goliath was arrayed in impressive armour of bronze and heavily armed. But David, who declined to wear the armour of King Saul, approached his…

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News

July 2013
News

Absent fathers

Britain’s lone parent families are increasing at a rate of more than 20,000 a year and will exceed two million by 2015, according to a new report The report from the Centre for Social Justice, which accuses the government of turning a blind eye to its commitment to promote family stability, says that at…

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Historical

July 2013
Articles > Historical

Can a Christian really be sure of his salvation? (2)

Last month (June ET), we answered this question with an emphatic ‘Yes!’, since this is the clear teaching of the Bible. The Puritans are particularly helpful in explaining and applying the doctrine of Christian assurance in a pastorally warm and helpful way. Typical of their teaching are the writings of Ezekiel Hopkins, bishop of…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

House of Lords backs gay marriage

Disregarding nationwide protests, the House of Lords voted for the Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Bill on 4 June. The Lords’ majority decision (390 to 148) was preceded by a Commons majority in favour (366 to 161), on 21 May.       During the Lords’ two-day debate, the Bill came in for harsh cross-party criticism. Lord Dear,…

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News

July 2013
News

Thornton Heath Evangelical Church

The grand opening of Thornton Heath Evangelical Church’s (THEC) building took place on the 18-19 May, in its 125th anniversary year.       Pastor Gordon Bull cut the tape and 90-year-old former pastor Harry Waite prayed for blessing on the church. A service followed, attended by over 300 people from all over the UK and…

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News

July 2013
News

WEST thanksgiving

On Saturday 18 May, Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) held its annual thanksgiving service.       In January, a partnership began with the Porterbrook network, which has opened up worldwide opportunities. Since February, church-planting students from Operation Mobilisation Europe have trained at WEST. Former student, Sean Rossi, was reported as being instrumental in this…

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Article

July 2013
Costa Rica

Compassion in Costa Rica

He’s split up fights with street gangs in Costa Rica, but Keith Holder says his most terrifying experience came recently in England. The missionary was awarded an MBE in 2011 for the work he and his wife Joy have done in Costa Rica for the last 20 years.      Keith (63) says, ‘It was…

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News

July 2013
News

Madagascan pastor dies

On 29 May the funeral took place in Madagascar of Ravaka Rajo, a Baptist pastor and college principal, and father of two young children.       Ravaka was hit by a motorcycle near his home and suffered a head injury. He was taken to hospital, but doctors were unable to help him. He was in…

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News

July 2013
News

Save our babies

Eight million babies have died since the Abortion Act kicked in 45 years ago, but the church can yet change things, says Christian Concern (CC).       The organisation is urging Christians to repent of their apathy over the loss of so many little human lives. In a statement, it said, ‘We as a nation…

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News

July 2013
News

Farewell to faith

The future pattern of religion in England and Wales is starkly set out in new figures from the 2011 census, published by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) in May. These latest statistics (see p. 4) describe a religious demography increasingly different from the traditional pattern of nominal Christianity which had characterised twentieth century…

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News

July 2013
News

PTI conference

On 11 May the second Pastor Training International (PTI) and Christian Books Worldwide (CBW) conference took place.       PTI provides teaching and resources for pastors in the poorest parts of the world. This includes training conferences, a distance mentoring programme, and study materials.       CBW provides evangelistic and teaching books in many languages for…

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Article

July 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The righteousness God gives

Some scriptural truths are of such fundamental importance that, if they do not form the core of your convictions, the question arises whether you can call yourself a Christian at all. Consequently, it is truly disconcerting when I meet good and loyal churchgoers, only to realise that many of them do not understand the…

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Review

July 2013

Not so secret

Not so secret Graham Orr IVP 160, £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-591-3 Star Rating: 3 Graham Orr worked for a number of years in Japan with OMF before moving to Northern Ireland, where he now trains church members and missionaries in evangelism.      Orr has gone through the experience of returning to his country of birth…

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Review

July 2013

Old, but not out!

Old but not out! James TaylorDay One, 108 pages, £6.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-306-5   This is a short but encouraging book for Christians who have reached the later part of life. It is especially relevant to those who have reached retirement from a life of Christian service and pastoral leadership.      James Taylor writes from an…

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Review

July 2013

A Puritan Theology

A Puritan Theology Joel Beeke & Mark Jones Reformation Heritage Books 1056, £60.00 ISBN: 978-1-60178-166-6 Star Rating: 5 Stimulating, dynamic and exciting! These are worthy words to describe this new title on the Puritans.      It is an original contribution, because Joel R. Beeke and Mark Jones have attempted to systematise puritan thought along…

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Review

July 2013

Grace Transforming

Grace transforming Phil Ryken IVP, 128 pages, £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-606-4   One of the encouraging trends in recent years has been the number of books on the greatness of God’s grace in the gospel. I am personally grateful for this, as, in spite of my acceptance of it, in practice I easily lose sight…

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Review

July 2013

God is impassible and impassioned

God is impassible and impassioned Rob ListerIVP Apollos, 288 pages, £16.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-601-9Star Rating : 5  This is an important book because the question of God’s impassibility touches on so many other theological issues, not least the understanding of God and suffering.      Traditionally, the church held the view until the twentieth century that…

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Review

July 2013

Same-sex marriage: is it really the same?

Same-sex marriage: is it really the same?  Mark ChristopherDay One, 123 pages, £6.00ISBN: 978-1846251634 Star Rating: 3   This book is a mine of information about this current, controversial topic, and an eye-opener for those who see only what the media presents.      The author admits that he has written ‘a brief treatise on…

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Review

July 2013

Debating same-sex marriage

Debating same-sex marriage John Corvino and Maggie GallagherOxford University Press, 294 pages, £10.99, ISBN: 978-0199756315Star Rating : 3   This book, published in the US, has a simple format. John Corvino (gay professor of philosophy) argues the case for same-sex marriage (SSM) for 90 pages; then Maggie Gallagher (Catholic co-founder in the US of…

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