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July 2019
Reviews > Book

The Message of Discipleship: Authentic Followers Of Jesus In Today’s World (Bible Speaks Today Themes)

Discipleship is a vast theme, including virtually the whole life of the believer. The author is surely right when he rejects the idea of there being two classes of Christian, the believer and the disciple. We are all called to full-orbed discipleship. He breaks down his material into three sections: the foundation, the resources…

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July 2019
Reviews > Book

Take Care of Yourself: Survive and Thrive in Christian Ministry (Lausanne Library)

Whilst primarily aimed at those in full-time ministry, this book would be worth reading to help you understand the battles of those in ministry. It will fuel your prayers for them and show how you might be able to encourage them. Several books and blog articles have been written on this topic in recent…

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Review

July 2019
Reviews > Book

Breaking the Silence on Child Abuse

As a boarder in a cathedral school, Robert Stevens was abused by several of the masters. In this book he gives a very brief account, without explicit detail, of what happened. It was then some decades before he began to address the damage done to his development and personality. He speaks of injury to…

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Review

July 2019
Reviews > Book

The Preacher’s Catechism

Lewis Allen has evidently thought long and hard about the nature of the Christian ministry. The result is The Preacher’s Catechism, a collection of 43 questions and answers which bring essential truths to the preacher’s heart. Loosely following the structure of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, its subjects include the glory of God, sin, the…

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Review

July 2019
Reviews > Book

Evolution and the Christian Faith. Theistic evolution in the light of scripture (Creation Points)

The creation / evolution debate still rages, and many Christians believe it is both scientifically untenable and scripturally naïve to accept a literal account of the beginning of Genesis. Some even charge creationists with pushing a teaching that is a hindrance to conversion. In this excellent and very readable book, Philip Bell investigates how…

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Article

July 2019
Articles > Scientific (including creation) > Reviews > Book

Special Book Review: Theistic Evolution: A Scientific, Philosophical, and Theological Critique

Edited by J. P. Moreland, Stephen C. Meyer, Christopher Shaw, Ann K. Gauger and Wayne Grudem. Crossway, 1007 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1-4335-5286-1. ISBN-10: 1-4335-5286-8. BUY We live in a day when strenuous efforts are being made to persuade evangelicals to rewrite their theology to accommodate the evolutionary theory of origins.  Books advocating the harmony of…

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Article

July 2019
Articles > World Mission

What in the world is happening to missions? Cultural imperialism, tribalism, pragmatism and resources

This is the fourth and final article in a series written by experienced missionary, Will Niven, which asks some searching and important questions about the current evangelical approach to missions. In my previous three articles, I highlighted what I perceive to be some of the problems within the current evangelical approach to missions. I…

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News

July 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Warren Wiersbe (1929-2019)

Born in Chicago, Warren was the youngest of four. In 1945, aged fifteen, Warren was converted after hearing Billy Graham preach at a Youth for Christ rally. He then aspired to honour Christ by preaching the gospel, teaching God’s Word and building up the church. While studying at Northern Baptist Theological Seminary (graduating in…

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News

July 2019
News > Events

Prof. Julian Evans speaks about the role of trees in the Bible

Professor Julian Evans, OBE is a forestry expert. He studied the subject at Bangor University and later became President of the Institute of Chartered Foresters. He is also an evangelical Christian, lay preacher and author of Day One Publications’ God’s Trees. In April, Julian gave an accompanying talk at Gillingham Baptist Church, Dorset. He…

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News

July 2019
News > Church news

Exeter church marks three special anniversaries at once

On Saturday 27 April, Exeter Independent Evangelical Church marked a triple anniversary. Twenty years ago, the church was established in the St Thomas area of Exeter. Ten years later, a pastor was called. Five years after that, the church moved to its current premises in the Heavitree region of the city. From as far…

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News

July 2019
News > Conferences

‘How to be human’: Derby Bible Week

Derby Bible Week continues to grow. Following small beginnings thirty years ago, attendees have grown in number considerably over recent years. In Derby, a group of like-minded evangelical churches organise an annual series of meetings. These take place over four days each April. This year, an average daily gathering of around 400 people met…

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News

July 2019
News > Conferences

European Missionary Fellowship Spring Conference

It was delightful to welcome almost sixty people to the EMF spring conference, held in early April at Ballymoney Baptist Church, Northern Ireland. The theme for the day was ‘Building for the Future’. Two of our most experienced mission-partners – Dawid Koziol from Zywiec in Poland and Manuel Franco from Almunecar in Spain –…

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News

July 2019
News > International > Persecution

Global: religious persecution on the rise, reports claim

Global persecution of Christians and people from other minority religions is at its highest level for years, two major reports have found. The 234-page annual report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) cited appalling religious and human rights abuses in countries such as China, Pakistan, North Korea and Burma (Myanmar). It…

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News

July 2019
News > International

Eritrea: crack down on Christians

Eritrean authorities rounded up more than 140 Christians in raids ahead of its Independence Day, according to Release International. The Christian advocacy organisation claimed fourteen children were among the 141 people who were arrested at a private meeting in the Eritrean capital, Asmara. Release International partners said the streets were filled with police and…

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News

July 2019
News > International

Kurds: Bible app launched for Christians

OM International has worked with partners to create a simple Kurdish Bible app so that Kurdish people can easily download Scriptures in their own language on to their phones. Sorani Kurdish is the second most widely spoken Kurdish dialect. But for those who live in the Middle East, very few bookshops stock the Kurdish…

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News

July 2019
News > International

India: need for religious freedom

India’s recent elections, which saw Prime Minister Narendra Modi return with a bigger majority, have been taken as an opportunity to highlight the plight of Christians in the country. Release International issued a call for the nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to loosen the tightening nationalist grip on India, which has in recent years…

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News

July 2019
News > International

Pakistan: Christian couple on death row

The lawyer who supported Asia Bibi has taken up the case of another Pakistani couple who face the death penalty for alleged ‘blasphemy’. A report from international advocacy organisation, Barnabas Fund, said Saif-ul-Mulook (pictured) is to appeal against the conviction in April 2014 of Shafqat Emmanuel and Shagufta Kausar. The couple, who have four…

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News

July 2019
News > Mission

SASRA remembers D-Day scripture readers

D-Day commemorations have also honoured the 10 Army Scripture Readers (ASRs) who were deployed alongside the Allied troops 75 years ago. According to the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA), notes found in the archives revealed the names of the 10 men who joined the 24,000 British, Canadian and American troops landing in…

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News

July 2019
News > Ethics

Better protection for teachers over same-sex education

Draft guidance that threatened to silence any Christian teachers in independent schools who disagreed with same-sex marriage has been amended. The original wording of the Department for Education’s guidance for independent schools had originally suggested any schools not recognising same-sex unions would be breaking the law. This would have caught up any school run…

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News

July 2019
News > Ethics > Society

Council taken to court for prayer-exclusion zone

Legal proceedings have been launched in the High Court against Richmond Council, challenging a controversial public space protection order (PSPO) around an abortion clinic. The PSPO makes it a criminal offence to, among other things, pray or have conversations about abortion. The legal challenge has been brought by pro-life campaigner Justyna Pasek. The broadly-worded…

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News

July 2019
News > Society

Rejection of ‘Islamophobia’ definition

Westminster has rejected a proposed definition of Islamophobia, with campaigners arguing this could have brought in blasphemy laws by the back door and posed serious legal complications. Communities Secretary James Brokenshire told the House of Commons on 16 May the definition was out of line with the Equality Act 2010 and had ‘potential consequences…

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News

July 2019
News > Society

Christian charity under fire for biblical marriage stance

Scripture Union Scotland has come under fire from within the Scottish Kirk because of the charity’s theological stance when hiring volunteers. Rev. David Young, minister at Helensburgh Parish Church, told the Church of Scotland’s General Assembly, ‘A member of my staff was told she would not be welcome in helping to lead a Scripture…

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News

July 2019
News > Society

CofE must ‘intervene’ against trans lobby

The Church of England (CofE) must intervene in cases where transgender ideology is being enforced in schools with a Christian ethos, the Christian Legal Centre (CLC) has warned. Andrea Williams, chief executive of the CLC, said there was a ‘real threat posed to schools’ from organisations such as the trans lobby Mermaids. She stated,…

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News

July 2019
News > Society

Child slavery on the increase in Britain

British police are increasingly investigating a record number of modern slavery cases involving children, according to a government-commissioned report. The 151-page Independent Review of the Modern Slavery Act: Final Report found that, under the 2015 Modern Slavery Act, the number of live police investigations involving children has surged from 53 in 2017 to 475…

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News

July 2019
News > Ethics

Down’s syndrome abortions on the rise in Scotland

Scottish abortion statistics have revealed a 48 percent increase in abortion for Down’s syndrome since 2010, and campaign groups have claimed this will only get worse. People with Down’s syndrome, their families and advocacy groups expressed concern over the Scottish abortion statistics released by NHS Scotland’s information services division. The statistics revealed that there…

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News

July 2019
News > Persecution > Religious liberty

Former magistrate appeals against ban

Richard Page, a former magistrate who was removed from the judiciary for his beliefs about best interests of children has challenged the Lord Chief Justice and Lord Chancellor over his dismissal. Mr Page told an employment appeal tribunal in May that his dismissal amounted to discrimination against his Christian faith. He was supported by…

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News

July 2019
News > Ethics

Parents to be treated as ‘suspects’ if smacking ban goes ahead, top prosecutor admits

The top prosecutor in Wales has admitted that parents will be treated as ‘suspects’, if a proposed smacking ban goes ahead, adding that he can foresee ‘real difficulties’. The stark comments were made by Barry Hughes, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Wales, who was giving evidence to a Committee of the Welsh Assembly. He was…

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News

July 2019
News > Ethics

Abortions at record high in England and Wales

There were more than 200,000 abortions in England and Wales last year, the highest number ever recorded. Over the past ten years rates have been increasing among older women aged over 35, figures from the Department of Health and Social Care show. In total, there were 200,608 abortions in women living in England and…

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Article

July 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

THINKING IT THROUGH – Face to face in a faceless society

I filled my car up with diesel this morning. I pulled up alongside the pump, climbed out of the car, pushed my credit card into a slot, pressed my pin number into the keypad, started fuelling, collected my receipt from another slot, drove away. Quick, convenient — and I was in and out of…

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Article

July 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks – Facebook Preaching

Many people believed that at last the old adage ‘there is no such thing as a free lunch’ had been proven wrong. On the internet you could get lots of free things. Free emails with Google, free social media with Facebook, free online bookings and shopping. It was wonderful, it was all free. How…

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News

July 2019
News > International > Media

The pro-life movie causing abortion clinic workers to rethink

Ever since the days of Roe v Wade, the red tide of deaths of unborn children by abortion has grown astronomically. In the years 2010-2014 alone, over 56 million children were killed each year by abortions worldwide (Guttmacher Institute, March 2018). However, by God’s providence, there have been several key developments in the fight…

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Article

July 2019
Articles > Guest column

Are unwanted desires sinful?

Last month we contrasted who we are (God’s image bearers) with how we are (scarred by original sin). Rather than defining ourselves and others by the (often sinful) strongest urges we experience, we must embrace the gospel hope of the master restorer. The Spirit of God patiently restores fallen image-bearers to the glorious original:…

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Article

July 2019
Articles > Comment

The devastation of abortion

News that abortion numbers have hit a record high in England and Wales is devastating. It’s devastating to the lives that have been lost. It’s devastating to the women who have gone through those procedures. It’s devastating to society as a whole. But worst of all, its devastating in the sight of God –…

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News

July 2019
News > Conferences

Geoff Thomas to speak on the doctrine of the Trinity

Geoff Thomas is a big man with a voice and a heart to match. He exudes love for the Saviour and for the people of God. Both are illustrated by the fact that he pastored the same church, Alfred Place Baptist Church in Aberystwyth, for fifty years. His gift for preaching is matched by…

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