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July 2016
Articles > World Mission > Africa

French West Africa

Jean-Claude Souillot, managing director of Evangelical Press Missionary Trust (EPMT), describes recent ministry and further plans for extending the gospel into the French-speaking world. At the end of January 2016, I flew to Cotonou, Benin. Philip Hynes, who is the other preacher here in Chalon, France, came with me to take part in the…

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July 2016
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Conference – Thrive 2016

Jane McNabb was the main speaker at this year’s Thrive Conference, entitled ‘Supportive and encouraging’, an annual event organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), for women who serve in church-based ministry positions. More than 30 women gathered in Worcestershire to hear Jane speak on Psalms 15, 16 and 17. Now in…

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Historical

July 2016
Articles > Historical

John Flavel (1628-1691)

It was a privilege to be part of the Christian Union at Aberystwyth in the mid-1960s. A highlight, apart from the eminent preachers, was when books were put out for display on the book table.  Once a year the Banner of Truth took orders for ‘damaged’ books at only 40 per cent list price.…

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July 2016
Articles > Comment

Let us pray for our nation

•  What is my own personal standing before the Lord? For God to hear my prayer, I myself need to be in a right relationship with him. We come before God’s throne of grace, not trusting in our own righteousness, but in his mercy. •  Pray most especially for the nation’s repentance and that people…

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July 2016
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Event – Sunday school procession

The annual procession of Sunday schools through Blackheath, Halesowen, took place in early May. The revival of what was once a great Black Country tradition has become a popular annual event. The day began with a special children’s service in Beeches Road Chapel, which was almost filled to capacity. Dr Stephen Stonelake played the…

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July 2016
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International – Calling ISIS to account

Iraq has formally requested the UN Security Council’s assistance in preventing ongoing atrocities against Christians and other minorities. Mohamed Ali Alhakim, permanent representative for Iraq to the UN, outlined the struggle his government is facing in combating the terrorist organisation ISIS/Daesh, which controls particular areas of Iraq. He asked for help with prosecuting the…

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July 2016
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International – Pakistan’s brick kilns

‘Run with it’ may be a term casually used by many, yet one couple have bravely chosen to ‘run with patience the race that is set’ for them (Hebrews 12:1) and to run that race in Pakistan. Rev. J. (initial only, for security) says, ‘It’s not enough to just talk about faith. When you…

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July 2016
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Induction – Skye

Rev. Ross Macaskill was inducted to the Associated Presbyterian Church congregation of Skye and Harris on 29 April. Rev. John Davidson, Dundee, preached from Colossians 2. During his sermon, he highlighted the mystery, knowledge and treasure to be enjoyed in the gospel. Later, Dr John C. A. Ferguson addressed the newly inducted pastor from…

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Historical

July 2016
Articles > Historical

Christianity in Cornwall

County of ‘saints’, Celtic crosses, ‘holy wells’ and oratories. There is reason to believe that Cornwall received the gospel in the first century AD. The Cornish language became virtually extinct when Coverdale’s Bible and Cranmer’s Prayer Book in English replaced the Latin liturgy and mass. In 1661 and 1662, the Church of England in…

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July 2016
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Event – Bible in the Dales

Yorkshire camps have launched a new venture, ‘Bible in the Dales’. The aim is to bring good Bible teaching and Christian fellowship to the rural communities of the Dales and their surrounding communities. The event was held over the early May bank holiday, just a few miles from Grassington, with people attending from all…

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July 2016
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Scottish Reformed Conference 2016

This year’s Scottish Reformed Conference (SRC) was held on Saturday 14 May at Hamilton College, near Glasgow. The SRC is an event where believers of all ages and denominations gather to praise God and hear his Word taught by internationally renowned Bible teachers. It is a conference growing in attendance and reputation. This year…

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July 2016
Nigeria

Creation teaching in Nigeria

In April 2016, at the two African Pastors Conferences (APC) in Nigeria — one in Abuja, and the other in Kaduna State — we had a very valuable time. It was extremely hot, 35oC and above, with little aircon. But it was a great blessing to reach eager pastors willing to preach the biblical…

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July 2016
News

Conference – Thrive 2016

Jane McNabb was the main speaker at this year’s Thrive Conference, entitled ‘Supportive and encouraging’, an annual event organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), for women who serve in church-based ministry positions. More than 30 women gathered in Worcestershire to hear Jane speak on Psalms 15, 16 and 17. Now in…

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July 2016
Articles > World Mission

Women missionaries (5)

Elinor Magowan, who is women’s pastoral worker at UFM Worldwide, talks to Rosie Crowter. Rosie is a UFM missionary in Papua New Guinea. Her sending church is Hambro Road Baptist Church in Streatham. Can you tell us where you are living and working, and a little about your personal circumstances? My name is Rosie…

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July 2016
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Media – BBC ‘too Christian’

An internal review has concluded — somewhat surprisingly and very unconvincingly — that the BBC is too Christian in its religious output. The review said that the network should diversify to fit ‘the religious make-up’ of British society. Aaqil Ahmed, head of BBC’s religion and ethics department, has filed a report with the company’s…

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July 2016
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Mission – 50 not out

It is rare for a relatively modern Christian book to need regular reprinting 50 years after its original publication, and even rarer for the author to be as busy in God’s service as he was half a century ago, but Read Mark Learn and John Blanchard buck the trend. John moved from his native…

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July 2016
Obituaries

Dr Enid Parker (1920-2016)

On 8 April 2016, Dr Enid Parker, known as ‘Asamolta’ or the ‘Red lioness’ to the Afar people of East Africa, went to be with the Lord she had served so passionately, for so many years. Born in Edenfield in Lancashire in 1920, her childhood was a sad one. Her father’s health was ruined…

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July 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘You are the Son of God!’

In the language of another time, George Hutcheson (d. 1678) observes that ‘private conference and mutual edification are notable means for advancing the kingdom of Christ, for by these means Christ gathered his disciples’. Today, we might casually call this ‘networking’ or ‘sharing’. It has been variously called personal, conversational, and even lifestyle evangelism.…

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July 2016
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Induction – Shepshed

In early April 2016, Ian Hilder was inducted as co-pastor of Shepshed Word of Life Church, Leicestershire. Ian was formerly pastor at Copse Chapel in Clevedon. In Shepshed, the church had agreed to look for an additional pastor, preferably an older man, with experience and proven ability, who was looking to move on from…

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July 2016
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Charity – Mercy Ships and Volunteers’ Week

Mercy Ships, the international charity that operates the world’s largest floating hospital, thank the thousands of volunteers who have helped the charity, while taking part in Volunteers’  Week over the years. Over 21 million people in the UK volunteer at least once a year, contributing an estimated £23.9bn to the UK economy. Volunteers’ Week,…

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July 2016
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What do we really think?

On 13 April, Channel 4 took a deep breath, risked the inevitable charge of being ‘Islamophobic’ and aired on screen its study of UK Muslim attitudes, What British Muslims really think. The broadcaster’s choice of person to front the programme was Trevor Phillips, erstwhile Chairman of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission. He had…

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What else matters?

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July 2016
News > Youth Features

What else matters?

‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and loses his own soul?’ (Mark 8:36). What else matters? Profit is something that I am sure will occupy the minds of us all sooner or later. No one can maintain any human enterprise unless it is profitable in one way…

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July 2016
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: Gender confusion

The mantras of today’s world are little different from Paul’s day. The truths clearly explained in God’s holy Word have been traded for lies and the result is confusion, chaos and destruction of souls (Romans 1:24-27). While ‘gender confusion’ may not have occurred in recent world history, the sinful desire of man to create…

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July 2016
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Church – Encouragement at Partick

The Partick Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC) congregation is delighted to announce that, from Wednesday 1 June, the congregation is worshipping in new premises. After a time of discussion, reflection and prayer, the congregation reached a formal agreement with the kirk session of Partick United Free Church of Scotland (UF) to share their spacious and well appointed premises (at 2-4…

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July 2016
Philippines

Grace Ministerial Academy, Philippines

31 March 2016 was a special day for Grace Ministerial Academy (GMA), as nine men completed four years of study in the academy. They came from various locations in the Philippines, and most will be returning to the churches they are from, although some will take up pioneering work in different situations. GMA is…

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July 2016
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Event – Zacharias Trust’s ‘Why series’

Being involved in itinerant Christian work gives the opportunity to see God’s people at work in a wide variety of contexts and be encouraged by what’s going on. Events organised by the Zacharias Trust are refreshingly different from most, given their focus on apologetics. Their recent ‘Why series’ event on suffering was another encouraging…

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July 2016
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Abortion challenged

Pro-life groups have reacted with dismay at the latest batch of abortion statistics for England and Wales, and with outrage over a recent media interview given by Professor Cathy Warwick of the Royal College of Midwives. The Department of Health statistics show that 185,824 abortions were carried out in England and Wales, during 2015,…

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July 2016
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International – Trauma healing

Over 30,000 refugees in the Middle East are receiving psychological support from a Bible-based trauma healing programme. Adults and children in Jordan, who have fled from Syria and Iraq, are receiving support from Bible Society, as they come to terms with the devastating effects of war across the region. Many are suffering trauma-related issues…

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July 2016
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International – Tanzanian churches attacked

In early May 2016, a church was burnt down in north west Tanzania, the third arson attack on a church in the area this year. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the attack. Since 2013, there have been over 13 such attacks on churches in the area and no one has yet been…

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July 2016
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Induction – Hope Church, Ferndown

On 30 April, Giles Woodcraft was inducted to the pastorate at Hope Church, Ferndown, which is near to Bournemouth. The Heatherlands Centre in Ferndown was packed for the occasion. Giles will be the pastor for evangelism, working as co-pastor alongside Stuart Fisher, who is pastor for teaching. During the service there was a real…

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Article

July 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The worst day of my life

The best day of my life (apart from becoming a Christian) was 22 July 1978, when I married Maureen Margaret Ann Taylor at Cosheston in Pembrokeshire. The worst day of my life was 25 November 2014 when Maureen, my wife for 36 years, died peacefully at home. Earlier that day, a district nurse had…

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July 2016
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Induction – Owlerton Evangelical Church

On Whit Monday 1861 the foundation stone for a new Sunday school and preaching room was laid at Owlerton, which was then a village about a mile from Sheffield. Owlerton Evangelical Church, as it is known today, began as a Wesleyan Reform Union chapel.  The late Brian Cocker was lay pastor of the church…

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July 2016
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International – Justice matters

Traidcraft, the UK’s leading fair trade organisation, is launching its Justice Matters campaign, to highlight the urgent need for justice in international trade The campaign intends to shine a light on the exploitative behaviour of some British companies overseas and asking the government to do something about it. There is currently a gap in…

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Article

July 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

In six days (1)

Are you concerned that the ‘c’ word is creeping into the church? Not the awful ‘c’ word (cancer) that we’re increasingly familiar with these days. This other ‘c’ word is one we should not want anywhere near our churches, publishing houses, theological seminaries or mission agencies. I am referring to the compromise of the…

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July 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Overcoming your doubts

Mr Doubtful couldn’t believe it! There he was standing at the entrance to the Celestial City. Was it all a dream? Had he really been summoned to live with Prince Emmanuel and his people? Were they all expecting him? Would he be welcomed or turned away? He stood frozen to the spot. Suddenly, the…

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News

July 2016
News

Event – 50 years of Blythswood

On 19 May, at least 100 people gathered to celebrate 50 years of humanitarian work by Blythswood Care. Blythswood is a Christian charity working in many countries, particularly Eastern Europe. It provides emergency aid to those who suffer sudden crises; long-term projects for the sick, the elderly and children; and shoeboxes — a Christmas…

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July 2016
Articles > Guest column

The Trinity and Evangelism

Without dispute, Jesus is the name upon which men and women must call in order to be saved. In the very early stages of the church’s development, it is clear that the name of Jesus was the chief stumbling block to those opposed to the gospel. The Jewish religious leaders were ‘greatly annoyed because…

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July 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Mass migration

In ET, July 2004, I wrote an article entitled, ‘The stranger within our gates’. Our Stockton congregation, like others, was experiencing an influx of asylum seekers. Some of the challenges included providing food, helping with accommodation and attending appeals against deportation. The situation impacted upon our worship and we ended up providing sermon notes…

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Review

July 2016

The Face of Jesus Christ

In the introduction, the publisher states, ‘It is hoped that young preachers will be here helped to see the kind of preaching that has led so many to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ’. We were made aware of a biography of Archibald Brown (1844-1922) at a recent Banner of Truth conference. These sermons…

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Review

July 2016

You can pray

Do you struggle to pray? Does your mind go blank as soon as you begin to pray? Often our personal experiences can be so negative, but this book is very positive about prayer — as the title suggests, ‘You can pray!’ The book is split into three sections: why prayer is easy (how we…

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Review

July 2016
Reviews > Book

Jonathan Edwards and the Psalms

If you are interested in preaching or the theology of Jonathan Edwards, biblical exegesis or the Psalms, then this book will interest you. It is well researched and well written. The author arranges his material around seven key topics in relation to his subject: ‘The Psalter in Edwards’ world’; ‘God and Scripture’; ‘Humanity and…

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Review

July 2016

The Whole of Life for Christ

Comprised of seven Bible studies, this book explores real discipleship. Each aspect is presented as affecting the whole of the disciple’s life. There is a whole-life gospel, whole-life wisdom, whole-life purpose, and so on, through fruitfulness, mission, hope and worship. The studies are excellent. Introduced by a theme, each study explores an appropriate biblical…

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Review

July 2016

The Bible – an authentic book

This book is mainly an apologetic for the Bible itself. Edwards previously co-authored the large, glossy, coffee table book, Evidence for the Bible. This smaller book is good value for money. Its approach is pastoral and there is little overlap in material when comparing the two books. Edwards wants everyone to take the Bible…

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Review

July 2016

Martyn Lloyd-Jones – his life and relevance for 21st century

There are those whose eyes would roll in exasperation at the title of this volume. Shouldn’t we be confronting today’s challenges instead of looking back to a man who died 35 years ago? Such a response would be unwarranted. Indeed, many of our present difficulties stem from rejection or ignorance of the biblical principles…

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Review

July 2016

Vine Journal (Issue 2)

This journal replaces The Briefing, which has now ceased publication. Its aim is to stimulate thought on biblical and theological issues and encourage practical application of the same. Each issue comprises six essays by contemporary Christian leaders, each 2,000-5,000 words in length. The target readership is: keen Christians who want to deepen their knowledge…

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Review

July 2016

Fight the Good Fight

John Broom was commissioned by the Bible Society to undertake research on the First World War and the importance of the Bible in war. He is currently researching for a PhD on ‘Connections between the Second World War and Christian culture in Britain’. Fight the good fight is not an explicitly evangelical book. It…

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Review

July 2016

Seven words from Calvary

The back cover endorses this book as a masterclass in opening up the Saviour’s words from the cross. It is also claimed to be a valuable study, which will better our understanding of our salvation. Seeing it is offered as a devotional exposition, I feel that a balanced assessment of this good little book…

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Review

July 2016

A Sad Departure

Written by a former Church of Scotland minister, this is an account of the secession of 40 ministers from that church due to the acceptance of homosexuality in its ordained ministry. It is graciously written and far from triumphalist. It is more a lament on behalf of those who reluctantly left the denomination, as…

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Review

July 2016

The Passionate Preaching of Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Here is the latest in ‘The Long Line of Godly Men Profiles’ by the series editor. The series seeks to explore how key historical figures have been used by God to influence their generation and further Christ’s work. The quotation that introduces the first chapter indicates why Lloyd-Jones was chosen. John MacArthur describes ‘the…

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Review

July 2016

The New Bible Hymn-Book

This work is a labour of love, compiled by Dr Waters over many years. The underlying idea is brilliant. The book consists of a selection of hymns, each connected with a particular passage or verse of Scripture, arranged in biblical order. Since some hymns echo several biblical texts, the allocation is often somewhat arbitrary.…

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