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July 2018
Articles > World Mission

Creation in the UK and Europe

Professor Andy McIntosh reports on creation ministry in the UK and Europe from April to May 2018. He also shares an encouraging email from Indonesia. Italy (30 March–1 April) It was a privilege to serve in Southern Italy again, with the Association of Biblical Creation, and good friends Antonio and Antonietta Cicerale, along with…

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July 2018
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Southern Asia > Afghanistan

Broadcasting the gospel to Afghans

During the first few decades of OM, special prayer was promoted for nine countries with no known believers. Today, there is no country without followers of Jesus, although there hasn’t been a viable church in Afghanistan for centuries. Gordon Magney was obsessed with changing that, first going to Afghanistan in the 1960s. When Mel…

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July 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

What is man (3): The image of God — why Man is unique

The third edited extract from Edgar Andrews’ new book What is Man? Adam, alien or ape? In a previous chapter we considered how humans are unique among animals. In this chapter we shall see why we are unique. Previously we assessed Man’s relationship with the biosphere; now we must explore his relationship with God.…

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July 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Missionary support: Let’s talk about money

Let’s talk about missionary support —  or, rather, let’s not. I think we have a problem with vocabulary and the language of ‘support’ is not adequate to describe the relationship between a church and the people who it sets aside for ministry. Friends and families support missionaries; they provide finance, they pray, and they…

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Historical

July 2018
Articles > Historical

The Haldane brothers and the quest for evangelical unity (1)

Link to Article 2 Link to Article 3 The remarkable Scottish brothers Robert and James Haldane lived at a time of significant spiritual awakening in Protestant churches in Britain. Born in the 1760s and converted in the 1790s, they ministered at a time when Protestant evangelicalism was expanding rapidly in the wake of the…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

Determined to Believe: The Sovereignty of God, Freedom, Faith, and Human Responsibility

Lennox is a professor of mathematics at Oxford University and has become well known in evangelical circles for his books and debates with atheists. One tribute honours him as ‘one of today’s finest evangelical minds’. Lennox states that his objective in writing is ‘to challenge deterministic arguments that claim to be based on something…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

Warlike Christians in an Age of Violence: The Evangelical Case against War and for Gospel Peace

 ‘War is sin’ (p.2). This introductory statement accurately gives the thesis of this book, which it seeks to prove from Scripture. The writer repeatedly refers to the ‘gospel of peace’. This phrase is used to mean more than peace with God or peace between Christians. It is extended to mean peace as an absence…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

History Revealed in Advance

This book is subtitled ‘Predictive prophecy in the Book of Daniel’. Daniel and Revelation are commonly misapplied by cults to justify their bizarre theories; such is not the case here. The author seeks to expound the prophetic passages of Daniel according to biblical principles of interpretation, albeit acknowledging that his views on prophecy have…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

All That Is in God: Evangelical Theology and the Challenge of Classical Christian Theism

James E. Dolezal has served the church well with this new book. In recent decades, there have been both subtle and overt attempts to reshape the doctrine of God for the church. This book attempts to recover lost ground by restating ‘classical Christian theism’ (p.1), in contrast to what the author calls, ‘theistic mutualism’…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

Daily Readings-the Early Church Fathers

Although the fourth in a series of ‘Daily readings’ by Christian Focus, this one may be unique. I’ve never come across readings taken from the writings of the Early Church Fathers. There are many Christians (including ministers) for whom these Church Fathers are unexplored territory. This is a huge omission, especially for those who…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

Turning the Tide: Reclaiming Religious Freedom in the UK

This is a booklet that every Christian ought to make an hour or so to read. It distils so much of what is vital to the preservation of Christianity in our nation today and will save many hours of research on the historical background, recent cases and constitutional issues. Its purpose is stated: ‘This booklet…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

Theology Made Practical: New Studies on John Calvin and His Legacy

This book is a series of essays written by three different men on various aspects of Calvin’s life and theology. Its aim is to demonstrate the practical relevance of his theology. Some of the essays were more successful than others in this regard. There are four sections: Calvin’s biography, systematic theology, pastoral and political…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

Prayers of the Bible: 366 Devotionals to Encourage Your Prayer Life

Books of daily devotional readings are not for everyone. Many such books are already available and this one may seem intimidating at over 700 pages. Readers should not be put off, however. It distils more than 30 years of prayer meeting addresses by Gordon Keddie. This is a worthwhile and helpful volume, containing a…

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Review

July 2018
Reviews > Book

The Spirit of the Age: The 19th Century Debate Over the Holy Spirit and the Westminster Confession

In the late nineteenth century, mounting pressure developed among churches adhering to the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) for a revision of some of its statements. In the USA, this was led by C. A. Briggs and Philip Schaff. Briggs’ antipathy extended across the WCF’s teaching on God, the Trinity, creation, anthropology, Christology and sin.…

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Historical

July 2018
Articles > Historical

150 years of beach missions

In 1850 Llandudno was laid out as a watering-place for holiday-makers. 18 years later, on 26 August, a small man with thick black whiskers was sauntering along the beach. Heavy bathing machines were either standing or being dragged towards the sea by cart horses, as ladies were taking their dip in flouncing bathing gowns.…

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Article

July 2018
Articles > Guest column

GUEST COLUMN: Oiling the hinges of the lion’s cage

C. H. Spurgeon famously likened the Bible to a caged lion. To defend it, he said, all we need to do is let it out. But this requires us to open the cage door, and that is no trivial task. Last month (extending Spurgeon’s allegory) I suggested that to open the door involves three…

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July 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Sexuality: identifying Our identity

At present, two popular —  yet antithetical — positions about sexuality and identity exist within the orthodox Christian community. In their recent book Transforming Homosexuality, authors Denny Burk and Heath Lambert identify these as the traditional and neo-traditional positions. Both of these positions exclude from acceptable Christian behaviour sexual acts that are outside of…

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July 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

How to be a successful church planter

With all due respect to the various people who write about church planting in the UK, I thought that it was time that I did everyone a favour by writing a short guide on how to be a successful church planter. The first thing to do is to define what we mean by success.…

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July 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Preacher and Politics: Seven Thoughts

This post is addressed to preachers and is about preachers. While many of the reflections may be useful for all Christians, I’m writing specifically with my fellow pastors in mind. [Note from the ET editors: this article was first published within an American context, but the principles are equally applicable here in the UK].…

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News

July 2018
News > Society

Royal wedding sermon was lively but empty

The energetic sermon preached at the royal wedding of Harry and Meghan drew praise from many in the secular elite, but strong criticism from others. Bishop Michael Curry spoke on the subject of ‘love’. The style of the American was very lively, more so than one would normally expect at a stiff British royal…

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July 2018
Articles > Youth Features

YOUTH FEATURE: Dores Youth Conference Spring 2018

The Dores Youth Conference was held on 24 March. It was well attended, with 19 young people from many parts of Scotland, including Lewis, Skye and Inverness. As we arrived in dribs and drabs, there were snacks available for the hungry travellers. Rev. Davide Ratti opened with a short time of worship. After worship,…

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News

July 2018
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA: The US military chaplaincy

As Christians live hemmed in on every side by the world and its cultural agendas, we know we are in a battle. Paul stated that we do not fight against flesh and blood, but ‘against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil…

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News

July 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Teachers’ freedom threatened

The freedom of teachers to disagree with same-sex marriage is under threat in schools, with draft government guidance threatening to shut down debate and block pupils from hearing an alternative view. A consultation on the guidance closed on 5th June 2018. The draft guidance says that a school will not meet requirements if its…

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News

July 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Sharia review implementation

Baroness Caroline Cox has challenged the government to respond urgently to the findings of the independent review of the application of sharia law in England and Wales, published in February 2018, according to Christian Concern. The review stated that ‘no one disputed that sharia councils engage in practices which are discriminatory to women’.  Baroness…

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News

July 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution: Myanmar – Kachin Christians escape

Two thousand Kachin Christians, who were trapped in the jungle in northern Myanmar following attacks by the Myanmar (Burmese) army in April, have now reached safety, travelling on foot and by elephant. Barnabas Fund reports that although they are now free and safe, many are still in desperate need and thousands have taken shelter…

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July 2018
News > International

International: Mali – Harvest failure

Christians and others in Mali are in desperate need of food, due to a lack of rain in the crop-growing areas of landlocked Mali last season and subsequent harvest failure in a country where subsistence farming dominates the economy. According to Barnabas Fund, crop failure in this vast and landlocked country on the edge…

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July 2018
News > International

International: Eritrea – Crime against humanity

Jack Phillips, an American Christian baker who politely declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage, has won his case at the US Supreme Court. In a 7-2 ruling the judges decided Phillips had faced ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ for his religious beliefs from the state of Colorado. However, the court stopped…

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July 2018
News > International

International: USA – Victory for US baker

Jack Phillips, an American Christian baker who politely declined to create a wedding cake for a same-sex marriage, has won his case at the US Supreme Court. In a 7-2 ruling the judges decided Phillips had faced ‘clear and impermissible hostility’ for his religious beliefs from the state of Colorado. However, the court stopped…

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COMMENT: Sexual sin amongst church leaders

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July 2018
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COMMENT: Sexual sin amongst church leaders

Both here and in America, there have been a number of cases of evangelical church leaders caught in, or accused of, sexual sin. There have been allegations of affairs, cover-ups, cases of abuse and hypocrisy. Some of them have been proven. Others not. It’s all very sobering and heartbreaking. All sin is serious. But…

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Historical

July 2018
Articles > Historical

Patrick Hamilton: first Scottish martyr of the Reformation (2)

The trial of Patrick Hamilton for ‘heresy’ took place in St Andrews Cathedral in Scotland on 29 February 1528. For an eye-witness description of the occasion, we are indebted to one Alexander Alane (Alesius) (1500-1565). Alane had previously spoken out against Lutheran teaching and consequently been sent by Archbishop Beaton to convince Hamilton of his…

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News

July 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Obituary: Dr Theodore C. Danson

Dr Theodore C. Danson Smith of Edinburgh went to be with Christ on May 8th 2018, having been in hospital for some months. Theodore trusted the Saviour at five years of age, and went on to have a lifetime of Christian service until his health declined. He was manager of B. McCall Barbour Christian…

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News

July 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Local perspective on Guernsey’s rejection of assisted dying

One church pastor on the channel island of Guernsey tells us about the recent decision to reject proposals to introduce assisted dying. If the proposals had gone ahead, pressure for similar measures in the UK would have seriously increased. For twelve weeks during February to May this year, the usually quiet, safe island of…

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Trinitarian Bible Society – Bibles needed and provided

News

July 2018
News > Church news

Trinitarian Bible Society – Bibles needed and provided

Dr David Allen of the Trinitarian Bible Society visited the Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees on Tuesday 22 May. Folk attended from six local churches including the host church. Dr Allen preached from Romans 1:16-17 where Paul affirms that he is ‘not ashamed’ of the gospel of Christ. We were reminded that Peter was three…

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July 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Grace Baptist Assembly 2018

There are plenty of practical steps that pastors and churches can take to help people suffering mental health issues, Professor Alan Thomas told the Grace Baptist Assembly. Meeting at the Hayes Conference Centre, Swanwick, Derbyshire, the Assembly heard Professor Thomas deliver two outstanding sessions. The first session, entitled ‘Mad, Bad or Sad?’, took a…

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News

July 2018
News > Education

Education – Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide Library

Tucked away at one end of the Westminster College in Cambridge sits a small but fabulous library collection in the Cambridge Centre for Christianity Worldwide. This library is open to the public and well worth a visit. Although aimed at providing print and archive materials for research scholars and students at Cambridge University and…

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News

July 2018
News > Church news

Church – Tebbit shuns canon

Former Conservative party chairman Norman Tebbit came under fire in May after saying he would not be attending services in St Edmundsbury Cathedral, in Bury St Edmunds, conducted by the newly-appointed Rev. Canon Joe Hawes, who is gay. Canon Hawes, 52, who will be installed in post as the new dean at the Suffolk…

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July 2018
News > Church news

Church – Christians donate time

The value of the time given by the UK Church to the community each year is worth more than £3 billion, according to the Cinnamon Network, which researched the impact of churches on the health and well-being of communities. ‘The church’s impact on health and care’ findings, released in May 2018, reveal that faith…

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News

July 2018
News > Conferences

Sunday School – National Day and Parade

On 12 May, Beeches Road Baptist Chapel in Blackheath, hosted Crown Christian Heritage Trust’s fifth National Sunday School Day and Parade. This year’s was the largest yet with over 20 Sunday schools represented. Hundreds of children and workers gathered from across England for this day to celebrate the work of the Sunday school. Many…

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News

July 2018
News > Mission

SASRA – 100 days of prayer

Members of the general public are not permitted ‘behind the wire’ at military establishments, but the uniformed members of the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) have formal access to the men and women of the British Army and the Royal Air Force on their bases. SASRA’s mission is now in its 180th…

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News

July 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Scottish Reformed Conference 2018

Saturday 12 May marked the 29th Anniversary of the Scottish Reformed Conference held in Hamilton.  This year the keynote speakers were Dr Steven Lawson and Rev. Kenneth Stewart.  Around 400 people of all ages gathered to sit under the ministry of God’s Word and were greatly encouraged and blessed by thoughtful worship and uplifting…

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Church – Berean Baptist Church Formed

News

July 2018
News > Church news

Church – Berean Baptist Church Formed

On Saturday 12 May, Berean Baptist Church in Harrogate, North Yorkshire was formally constituted.  The service was conducted by Pastor Chuck Hunt of Pleasant View Baptist Church in Bromley, Kentucky, USA. He along with his wife were in attendance for this special event as were about 25 friends from churches in the area.  The…

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News

July 2018
News > Church news

Church – Church Society annual meeting

There was overwhelming support for the merger of Church Society with Reform and the Fellowship of Word & Spirit (FWS) at the Church Society AGM. At a packed meeting, former chairman of Reform, Bishop Rod Thomas, was elected President of Church Society to succeed Wallace Benn. A new council was elected, unopposed, with members…

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News

July 2018
News > Education

Education – New Reformed Baptist Seminary

Around 50 Christian men and women gathered at London’s Barbican Centre on Saturday 21 April, their interest sparked by news of a new Reformed Baptist seminary in the USA.  The purpose of this UK launch event, and of the subsequent events planned for Sydney, Auckland and Los Angeles, was to raise awareness worldwide of…

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Conference – setting up Christian schools

News

July 2018
News > Education

Conference – setting up Christian schools

Setting up Christian schools that will preach and proclaim the Bible is well within the grasp of ordinary Christians from all walks of life, and is instrumental in evangelising the nation, according to the founders of a heavily oversubscribed evangelical secondary school in west London. Alex Wade, chairman of Fulham Boys School (FBS), told…

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News

July 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Christians engaging with others

Why are we so poor at telling the gospel? What makes objections so hard to combat? These were the thoughts that led the organisers of the Argyll Convention to set up a day conference in May of this year. The speaker was Andy Bannister of SOLAS Centre for Public Christianity. By the way, their…

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Event – Bible in the Dales

News

July 2018
News > Events

Event – Bible in the Dales

Over a sunny May Bank Holiday weekend, Yorkshire Camps hosted the third ‘Bible in the Dales’, at their home, Netherside Hall, in the beautiful Yorkshire dales. In a marquee on the lawn, there were three days of Bible teaching, gospel presentations and sharing about the year-round work of Yorkshire Camps. A number of people…

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News

July 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Abortion buffer zone

In a letter to the Times, secular free speech campaigners criticised a London council’s decision to introduce the UK’s first abortion clinic buffer zone. Following Ealing Council’s unanimous vote to introduce a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO), barring protestors from within 100m of a Marie Stopes abortion centre, the campaigners argued that ‘the construction…

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July 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Abortion

There have been two major developments regarding abortion in the north and south of Ireland. The UK Supreme Court rejected an attempt to liberalise the law banning abortion in Northern Ireland, but meanwhile the Republic of Ireland has voted in favour of legalising abortion in the south. The result of the referendum in the…

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News

July 2018
News > International

Persecution: Pakistan – Christian teen murdered

A young Christian woman, 17, who worked as a maid for a Muslim family in Pakistan, was murdered on 6 May 2018, ‘for not cleaning the house properly’. Kainat Masih came from a poor Christian family in Gujranwala, Punjab. Her father, Salamat, went to the house where she worked to meet her on the…

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