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July 2017

Daddy tried: overcoming the failures of fatherhood

(5 Star) With good reason, theologian John Frame calls this ‘the best book on fathering currently in print’. Tim Bayly is an American pastor with over 30 years’ experience. He addresses fatherhood in the home, church and public square, with application to fathers, ministers and all men. Daddy tried begins with ‘Fatherhood lost’, rooting…

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Review

July 2017

Journal of the Seminary of the Free Church of Scotland (Cont) Volume 2

In producing this journal, the FCS (Continuing) has demonstrated the necessity and benefits of sound study articles as a means of nurturing a godly ministry. Such ministry is greatly needed today. This volume has worthy articles on matters of interest to all, not just ministers. They range from Christological issues, like Christophanies in the…

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Review

July 2017

God’s Word and Your Life

This comes from Christian Focus’ CF4.K range. The small print on the back cover gives an age range of ‘Read to me: 6-8’ or ‘Read by myself: 8-12’. I would say it is ideal for those aged 11-plus. The principles in the book are pertinent to those younger, but as a tool for understanding…

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Review

July 2017

Is the Lord’s Day for you

In this addition to the ‘Cultivating Biblical Godliness’ booklet series, Joseph Pipa (President of the Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary in South Carolina) sets out the biblical basis for the abiding relevance of the fourth commandment. In short compass, Dr Pipa demonstrates how God established the Sabbath principle of a weekly day of rest, by…

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Review

July 2017

How can I practice Christian Meditation

The 21st century is witness to an information revolution not seen since the invention of the printing press. The challenge for Christians today, faced with vast amounts of images, news feeds, social media and web surfing, is to keep all these secondary to God’s Word. Daily time with the Word of God is vital…

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Review

July 2017

Pulpit Aflame

This is an excellent book. It should be put into the hands of every man feeling called to preach. It is also helpful for those who, by God’s grace, have been preaching for many years. There are still things to learn which this book can teach. It takes the form of essays on preaching…

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Review

July 2017

People in the Bible – The Life of Abraham

Malcolm Maclean was the managing editor for Christian Focus Publishing and now ministers in the Free Church of Scotland. As may be expected, he has written this short study on Abraham with clear biblical exposition and heartfelt, practical application. Do not expect to have your questions about Melchizedek or other difficult areas answered. While…

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Review

July 2017

The Unquenchable Flame

How easy it is to hear of certain great events in the story of the Christian church and yet be unsure of the exact place of that event in the grand drama of God’s unfolding purposes. This year sees the 500th anniversary of 31 October 1517, when Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to…

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Review

July 2017

Surprised by the commandments

Graham Beynon confesses that he once considered the Ten Commandments ‘predictable, negative and irrelevant’ (p.xi). After preaching through them, however, he was surprised to discover an unexpected ‘depth and richness’ (p.xii). He dedicates one short chapter to each commandment, writing in a simple and conversational style. He offers valuable insights and his practical applications are…

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Review

July 2017

Devoted to God: blueprints for sanctification

In spring 1991, a gathering of pastors in Leicester were listening intently to a preacher expounding the doctrine of sanctification. Their hearts burned within them as in three sessions he gave a masterly overview of his subject and drove home his message with real conviction. What particularly riveted their attention was the way that…

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Review

July 2017

Radical Church

In this book, John Caldwell gives a brief analysis of what has gone wrong with the church and the world. David Robertson writes in the foreword, ‘There is very little in this wee book that is new. You can find more detailed analysis of current cultural trends, contemporary church issues, historical developments and in-depth…

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Review

July 2017

The World on our Doorstep

This book is described as a resource aimed at helping UK churches engage with those of other faiths who live ‘on our doorstep’ rather than in distant lands. Much is packed into 200 pages, with many examples of churches and missionary groups finding new ways of reaching adherents of other religions. The tone is…

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Review

July 2017

Why Noah’s Ark is gospel truth

The author of this little book is the minister of Penn Free Methodist Church in Buckinghamshire. It is designed for evangelistic use and was written after Peter Simpson and his wife visited the recently opened ‘Ark Encounter’ in Kentucky. The Ark Encounter is used by the author as a springboard to discuss the veracity…

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Review

July 2017

Content yet contending

This book stems from two series on Jude that the author preached in his home church. It seems aimed at ministers who might consider preaching through this book, although its appeal is wider than this. In the preface Hyde explains the reason for the title: to encourage, as did Jude, Christians to be content in…

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Review

July 2017

Born Slaves – The Bondage of the Will

This is an excellent introduction to an essential doctrine, sadly, opposed by John Wesley and many professed evangelicals. Luther states clearly in the preface, ‘Man is born a slave to sin! He is not free’. He then goes on to oppose Erasmus’ doctrine (to whom the book is a response), point by point, expounding…

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Review

July 2017

The crisis of evangelical Christianity: roots, consequences and resolutions

Keith Sewell (Professor of history at Dordt College, Iowa) brings his extensive knowledge of the history of Christianity to an assessment of evangelicalism today. He points out the early and ubiquitous influence of Platonism on the post-apostolic church. He remarks how ‘notions of holiness consisting in a constant abstemiousness with respect to ordinary, creaturely…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > Youth Features

‘I’m a creationist … get me out of here! How to handle evolution at school or college

So you’re a Christian young person studying science? You believe in creation because that’s what the Bible teaches, but you’re wondering how to handle the issue at school or college. You have some difficult decisions to make. Will you openly challenge what you’re being taught about evolution, or will you keep quiet? Will you…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Faroe Islands

Jewels of the North Atlantic

Great Britain came very near to owning the Faroe Islands. King Henry VIII was twice offered the 18 small, mountainous islands located between Scotland and Iceland, as security for a loan, but both times he turned them down. By default, the Faroes archipelago became part of Denmark’s crown jewels. As far back as the…

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Article

July 2017
Uncategorised > Faroe Islands

The quiet revival in the Faroes

The Faroe Islands lie about 180 nautical miles north west of the Shetlands. Recent archaeological digs suggest long-term settlements were established there in the 4th century AD. These were probably from Celtic people — suggested by today’s place names and hand-sized, stone crosses. Around 860AD the Vikings arrived, which brought the Faroes under Norway.…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Romania

Făclia Publishing House publishing good Christian books in Oradea, Romania

Let me tell you my story: I was born into a loving evangelical Christian family in a harshly communist country that suffered for so long under the cruel dictatorship of Nicolae Ceausescu. But, in our town of Oradea in Romania, we had the privilege of attending a fine gospel preaching church, Emanuel Baptist Church,…

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News

July 2017
News > Education

Education – Forty years of London Seminary

London Seminary celebrates 40 years of training men for pastoral ministry this year. Established under the leadership of Martyn Lloyd-Jones and others in 1977, London Theological Seminary (as it then was) had one aim: to prepare men called by God to preach the gospel and pastor Christ’s people. As its constitution puts it, the…

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News

July 2017
News > Events

Induction – Stornoway induction

There was a large attendance in the Stornoway Town Hall on 28 April for the ordination and induction of Stephen McCollum as the new pastor of Stornoway Reformed Presbyterian (RP) Church. Many had travelled from Northern Ireland and the mainland for the occasion, and there were representatives from other congregations on Lewis. Stephen, from…

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News

July 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Cycle of shame

Christian women in the persecuted world have to endure a cycle of shame, attendees at an international conference in Belgium have heard. According to the conference, the church must learn to listen in a radical new way to Christian women who have been driven to silence by persecution and shame, and not leave them…

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News

July 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – William Perkins Conference

‘Imagine studying the Reformation without access to the works of Luther or Calvin. Well, stunningly, when we consider the monumental Puritan period, the works of its ‘father’, William Perkins, have not been published since the early seventeenth century. Thankfully, our lack of access to one ‘justly esteemed by his contemporaries as a master in…

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News

July 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Grace Baptist Assembly 2017

‘Barriers are broken down by proclaiming the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth!’ This final sentence was the fitting conclusion to the 2017 Grace Baptist Assembly (GBA). We met at the Hayes Conference Centre, from 9-11 May, for our 14th year as a residential conference. Malcolm and Jean…

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News

July 2017
News > Mission

Mission – Beighton, Sheffield

Crystal Peaks Church (CPC), a plant from Wycliffe Church, Sheffield, was coming up to four years of age and didn’t have two pennies to rub together, let alone £175,000. But the church suddenly became aware that God was slowly but surely leading us to become established in Beighton village, where a Primitive Methodist church…

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News

July 2017
News > Education

Education – New principal for London Seminary

The board of London Seminary has appointed Bill James, pastor of Emmanuel Church in Leamington Spa, as the next principal of the seminary. He will take up the post in January 2018. He follows in the footsteps of current principal Robert Strivens, who is to step down from the post at the end of…

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News

July 2017
News

Society – Sunday trading turned down in NI

Councillors have voted against increasing Sunday trading in Belfast, following concerns that family life would suffer. Belfast City Council’s strategic policy and resources committee rejected the proposal in May by twelve votes to three. The proposal was to designate Belfast as a ‘holiday resort’, under the Northern Ireland’s Shops Order 1997 and allow all-day…

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News

July 2017
News > Media

Media – Academic nonsense exposed

Gender studies’ status as an academic field has been kiboshed once again after an academic journal published a hoax article. Its authors have admitted the paper was ‘meaningless nonsense, designed to expose the absurdity of gender studies’. The paper was published in the Cogent Social Sciences academic journal. The authors, Peter Boyle and Jamie…

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News

July 2017
News > Media

Media – ‘Quote Jesus’

Bus advertising campaign ‘Quote Jesus’, which aims to get advertising on the side of London buses, has gained momentum. According to the campaigners, new figures suggest the adverts have been seen by 6.5 million people in the first three months of the campaign. This is more than double the number of regular churchgoers in…

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News

July 2017
News > Youth

Youth – Sunday school day

Sunday schools that only started in the past year joined dozens of others, some more than a century old, from around England and Wales at the fourth annual ‘National Sunday School Day and Parade’. A yearly event, sponsored by the Crown Christian Heritage Trust, the parade, was held on 13 May at Beeches Road…

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News

July 2017
News > Youth

Youth – Children at risk

The normalisation of underage sex has left children and young people in serious risk of sexual exploitation, a report from the Family Education Trust has found. The 152-page report, called Unprotected: how the normalisation of underage sex is exposing children and young people to the risk of sexual exploitation, analyses high-profile cases of child…

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News

July 2017
News

Science – Black holes

Two huge black holes have merged, sending out a burst of gravitational waves, which essentially are warping space-time, according to reports. The signals of the gravitational waves were picked up by the Advanced Ligo facilities in the USA, marking the third time that the labs’ laser instruments have been perturbed by the warping of…

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News

July 2017
News > Politics

Politics – IS attacks Britain

Christian leaders have condemned the Islamist terrorist attacks in Manchester and London, calling on Islamic leaders to take more responsibility. Dr Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury, stirred controversy when he told leaders of Britain’s Muslim communities to do more to bear responsibility and take action to prevent extremism. He told the BBC Today programme…

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News

July 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Care for trafficking victims

Britain’s support system for victims of trafficking is full of ‘inexcusable failures’, a report from the cross-party Work and Pensions Committee has declared. According to May 2017’s report, after an initial 45-day ‘reflection and recovery’ period in a safe house, the system left many victims destitute and their traffickers unpunished. MPs on the committee…

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News

July 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Tawney Dialogue 2017

In Evangelical Times March 2017, Shirin Aguiar reported on the Conservative Christian Fellowship’s Wilberforce Address. In April, Shirin also attended Labour’s ‘Christians on the Left’ annual address — the Tawney Dialogue; here, she reports on its two keynote speeches. The Tawney Dialogue is named after Christian Socialist R. H. Tawney. At the 2017 event,…

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News

July 2017
News > Events

Events – Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) assembly

The 2017 General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) (FCC) met in Liberton Kirk, Edinburgh, on Monday 22 May. During the meeting, the FCC committee presented its report to the General Assembly, in which it said governing authorities should not spy on the population. It argued it was not the role of…

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News

July 2017
News > Events

Event – European School open day

On 6 May 2017, the European School of Biblical Studies (formerly the EMF School of Biblical Studies) held its annual open day at Welwyn Evangelical Church. As the guests flooded in, so did the extra seats to accommodate the 200 or so guests who had come to hear from this year’s students and from…

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News

July 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Gay cake hearing set for October

Northern Irish bakers at the centre of the ‘gay cake’ legal controversy have been granted the right to take their appeal to the UK Supreme Court in October 2017. The ‘gay cake’ case is to go before judges sitting in the highest court in the land, to consider a possible appeal by the Belfast-based…

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News

July 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Teenage pregnancies fall

Sexual health service cuts have contributed, surprisingly to some, to a fall in teenage pregnancies across the UK. Between 1999 and 2010, the government ran a teenage pregnancy strategy, which handed out contraceptives and provide sex and relationships education. When funding for this was cut in 2010, critics warned this would have a direct…

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News

July 2017
News > International

International – Australian Christians targeted

Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has spoken out after being targeted by LGBT extremists during one of its events. The group was holding an event at a Melbourne hotel, during which some of the speakers would be discussing transsexualism and Australia’s ‘Safe Schools’ programme. Lyle Shelton, managing director of ACL, described the forceful obstruction of…

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News

July 2017
News > International

International – Global warming

America has joined Nicaragua and Syria as the only three countries outside the Paris Accord agreement on protecting the climate. In June, the 45th president decided to walk away from the US’s involvement in committing to clean energy and developing renewable sources of energy. At the Paris climate conference (COP21) in December 2015, 195…

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News

July 2017
News > International

International – Pakistani callousness

A Pakistani Christian sanitary worker has died after a doctor refused to treat him because the patient was covered in sewage. Thirty-year-old Irfan Masih died on 2 June, when a doctor at Umerkot Hospital, Lahore, refused to touch his sludge covered body, because the doctor was fasting for the month of Ramadan. According to…

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News

July 2017
News > International

International – Amnesty condemns Indonesia

Amnesty International has slammed the decision by Indonesian authorities to imprison the governor of Jakarta. Governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, better known as ‘Ahok’, was accused of blasphemy. The prosecutor demanded the judges sentence Ahok for one year’s imprisonment for ‘insulting or making hostility’ towards a certain group in public, under Article 156 of the…

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News

July 2017
News > International

International – Gay t-shirt court ruling

A Christian printer who declined to make shirts for a US gay pride event has won his court case. According to the Christian Institute, American Blaine Adamson was sued after turning down the order, because it promoted a message that conflicted with his ‘sincerely held Christian beliefs’. In 2012, Mr Adamson declined to take…

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News

July 2017
News > International

International – Egypt

Egyptian Christians have been slaughtered by Islamists as they travelled to a monastery in May 2017, at the start of the Islamic fast of Ramadan. The ambush killed 29 and injured 22. Men were taken off the buses, their identity cards checked to see they were Christians and then told to recite the Islamic…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > Guest column

Right and wrong answers to suffering

Suffering is a reality we all experience. Although it is used by some to reject God’s existence, when properly understood, it confirms just how much we need God. But what kind of a God do we need? It is important that we find a thoroughly biblical answer to this question, because many sincere people…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > Comment

Bad news or good news?

Sometimes the news confronting evangelicals seems particularly bad, even appalling. Regular readers may have felt that way when reading, in last month’s Evangelical Times, the article entitled ‘Shocking disclosures for Christian churches’ (p.11). This article named names and reported on some serious sins and failings committed by previously respected Christians in leadership roles. In…

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Historical

July 2017
Articles > Historical

Robert Haldane (1764–1842)

Life is full of surprises, it is often said. That is certainly true of the life story of Robert Haldane. Very few, one imagines, would have been able to claim that the path to their conversion to Christ began with the French Revolution! Yet Robert Haldane made precisely that claim. This momentous event ‘aroused…

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Historical

July 2017
Articles > Historical > Uncategorised

Jane Austen (1775-1817)

The highly talented novelist Jane Austen died 200 years ago, on 18 July 1817. Was she a Christian? Only God knows for sure, but believers reading her novels will ask this question. Jane Austen wrote brilliantly within her own sphere of life, although there were many matters she did not cover. Carol Shields, in…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

The heavenly session of the Lord Jesus Christ (1)

The heavenly session of the risen, ascended Jesus Christ is often neglected, even when thoughts of his glory are considered. However, this subject is relevant to prayer and essential to the spiritual joy and peace of all God’s people. J. C. Ryle noted, ‘If we are Christians, we shall find it essential to our…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

Federal Vision

Justification by faith, where vile sinners are counted as righteous before God for the sake of Christ, is often polluted by the waters of moralism. Martin Luther is said to have described this justification as ‘the article by which the church stands or falls’. It was this that brought him to faith in Christ,…

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Historical

July 2017
Articles > Historical

150 years of Brixton Tabernacle

Due to the work of the Holy Spirit in an expanding London, the 1860s saw a number of new churches start in South London, including what was to become Brixton Tabernacle. Although a comparatively unusual designation for a church these days, the term ‘Tabernacle’ was once common, perhaps taking its cue from Whitfield’s Tabernacle.…

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Historical

July 2017
Articles > Historical

The surprising story of David Michell (2)

In September 1943, the children and staff of the China Inland Mission school at Chefoo were forcibly moved by the Japanese to Weihsien Internment Camp on the north-east coast of China. David Michell, a 9-year-old at the school, was caught up in all this. He recalled: ‘One of the first arrivals had described Weihsien…

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Article

July 2017
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

‘He shines in all that’s fair’

Psalm 24:1 proclaims, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it’. Our world was made by God and belongs to him. The evidence of our Creator is all around us. As Romans 1:20 says, ‘For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have…

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News

July 2017
News

Pray for our leaders, whoever they are

The fallout after one of the most disastrous elections for the Conservatives has left MPs — and the nation — uncertain about what the new political order will look like. Theresa May’s general election gamble just days ahead of starting Brexit negotiation did not pay off, with 13 seats lost by the Conservatives and…

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