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July 2021
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Bone of Contention

In this introduction to the creation/evolution debate, Sylvia Baker explains how she became a creationist as a biology undergraduate because of the lack of evidence for evolution. She covers the development of evolution, fossils, genetics, the age of the earth, and human history. However, there are some significant weaknesses, which would be obvious to…

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July 2021
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Not Uninformed: Sure and certain hope for death and dying

Have you ever found it hard to bring up the subject of death? Maybe you know someone who has a terminal illness, or a friend who has suicidal thoughts? Let’s highlight some key chapters of this book so you can follow the train of thought. Chapter 2, on ‘Changes and Challenges’, is quite tricky…

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July 2021
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Opening Up 1 John

Ian McNaughton has done us a service in producing this short commentary. There is much truth concentrated here, but it is given in a clear and simple way. It is designed to help the ordinary Christian understand a book whose structure can seem complicated, and it breathes throughout a spirit of devotion. McNaughton begins…

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July 2021
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Hope in Hard Times: Ninety biblical meditations to strengthen the heart

This book was written day by day through the first Covid lockdown. Each page is like a pastoral visit, with a biblical meditation to encourage the reader. There are some books you are glad to have for the sake of one page that blessed you, even one sentence. This book has multiple pages like…

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July 2021
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Free at Last

Asia Bibi will be a name familiar to many Christians who followed the news stories of this Pakistani woman who was sentenced to death for blasphemy and insulting the Prophet Mohammed. This book was written with French journalist Anne-Isabelle Tollet, who took up Bibi’s cause and publicised her case worldwide. Free at Last tells…

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July 2021
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Flawless: Looking for stardom, finding Jesus

It’s rare in these days to see someone coming to Christ ‘from out of the world’. But Victoria Kulczycka’s testimony of her conversion in 2011 is a welcome proof of God’s power to save whomever, whenever, and however he chooses. The author’s story featured in last December’s Evangelical Times, but is here fleshed out…

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News

July 2021
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Edinburgh Council says sorry and pays £25,000 damages for cancelling church conference

Edinburgh Council has apologised and paid £25,000 in damages for cancelling a three-day Christian conference. The council cancelled the event because it didn’t like the religious beliefs of one of the speakers. But the council now accepts it did not properly take into account laws that protect freedom of speech and religious liberty. The…

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July 2021
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Cracks appear in Stonewall as public and private bodies back away from its diversity scheme

Britain’s biggest LGBT campaign group has been criticised for being too aggressive in pushing the transgender agenda, and several public and private bodies are backing away from its diversity scheme. Organisations pay upwards of £2,500 plus VAT to subscribe to the lobby group’s programme, which rewards employers for promoting LGBT ideology inside and outside…

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July 2021
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Scottish Christian politician Kate Forbes speaks out about her faith

Scotland’s finance secretary Kate Forbes has spoken about her Christian faith to the BBC. Forbes, 31, who is a member of the Free Church of Scotland, was speaking to the BBC’s Nick Robinson for the Political Thinking podcast. ‘To be straight, I believe in the person of Jesus Christ,’ she said. ‘I believe that…

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July 2021
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NI ‘Conversion therapy’ ban could be challenged in court, as Wales also backs a ban

The Northern Ireland Executive has been told it will be taken to court if a ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ interferes with religious liberty. The Christian Institute has said it ‘will not hesitate’ to take legal action if the ban limits the free exercise of belief. LGBT activists want to ban any type of…

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July 2021
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Case dropped against Christian volunteer who helped the homeless

Prosecutors have dropped their case against a Christian volunteer who helped the homeless during the lockdown. Jan Niedojadlo, 56, from Taunton was fined £60 by Avon and Somerset Police in early April 2020 for telling homeless people where they could get food during lockdown and for preaching from the Bible. The Crown Prosecution Service…

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July 2021
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Surge in sexual harassment of school children blamed on porn inaction

Christian group CARE says the government’s failure to curb children’s access to porn sites has contributed to the shocking increase in sexual harassment in schools. A devastating report by schools’ regulator Ofsted found that sexual harassment has become ‘normalised’ among school-age children. It found that boys are sharing nude photos and girls are experiencing…

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July 2021
News > Church news

Obituary: Dr John Blanchard (1932–2021)

On 21 March this year, John Blanchard was the guest on ‘Before they leave the stage’, a YouTube series from Heath Church in Cardiff interviewing older men who have served the Lord faithfully in their generation. Approaching his 89th birthday, John was as clear as ever: recalling his childhood, his conversion, and the Lord’s…

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July 2021
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Andrew Roycroft inducted in Portadown

On 11 April 2021, Portadown Baptist Church in Northern Ireland inducted Andrew Roycroft as their new senior pastor, following a pastoral vacancy of almost three years. The service was led by Paul Wright (elder), with the other members of the eldership team (Raymond Pollock, Carl Sands, Stephen Archer, and Anthony Irwin) leading the Act…

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July 2021
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Pastor protests BBC racism allegations

A pastor of a Welsh Baptist church staged a four-day protest against the BBC in April. Revd Peter Cho of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newbridge, Caerphilly, took issue with a BBC television programme which, he felt, unjustly stereotyped Christians as racist. The broadcast in question was an episode of Panorama (the BBC’s current affairs…

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July 2021
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Obituary: Sinclair Horne (1927–2021)

Sinclair Horne was born in Port Seton, East Lothian, on 9 March 1927. At the age of 14, he pursued his childhood dream of going to sea. He became a cabin boy on a boat acquired by the Army to move troops and supplies around Scotland. The trip ended in Oban, and after the…

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July 2021
News > Church news

Oban minister retires after 31 years

Tributes have been paid to Revd James Beaton who retires this year after serving the FCS congregation at Oban for 31 years. Revd Robert Macleod said it was both a ‘privilege and poignant moment, as it seemed like bidding farewell to the backbone of ministry in rural Argyll after such a long, faithful, and…

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July 2021
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40 years for Creation Resources Trust

2021 marks forty years since the founding of Creation Resources Trust. Based in Somerset, the ministry provides resources and organises events which advocate biblical creation and critique the theory of evolution. The ministry was founded in 1981 following a talk by chemist and former atheist Dr A. J. Monty White at West Camel Methodist…

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July 2021
News > Church news

Peter Mackenzie is the new pastor at Melbourne Hall

In April, Peter Mackenzie was inducted to the pastorate of Melbourne Hall Evangelical Church in Leicester. Church elder and secretary Cliff Harries spoke of pastor Mackenzie’s call to the pastorate at Melbourne Hall. He becomes the ninth pastor since 1878, the first being F. B. Meyer. Peter himself also spoke of a sense of…

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July 2021
News > International

Spain: Twitter suspends politician’s account for saying men cannot get pregnant

The Twitter account of a politician in Spain was temporarily suspended after he tweeted that a ‘man cannot get pregnant’ because he has ‘no womb or eggs’. Francisco José Contreras was tweeting in response to an article about the first transgender male to have given birth in Spain. The now-deleted tweet said, ‘This is…

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July 2021
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Love one another

We all have ‘others’ in our lives – friends, family. Many readers belong to a church family. Most of the time we take these ‘others’ for granted. They are part of our scenery, part of the backdrop of our lives. They’re always there. We depend on that to help us feel comfortable in the…

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July 2021
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Freedom restored! The importance of sharing a meal

I’m writing this on the 17th of May. A date long-awaited by our family. As from today, we are allowed to invite guests into our home to eat with us. Not many of them, admittedly. The government has decreed that up to six folk can meet in a home, or more than six providing…

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July 2021
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State overreach sets a worrying precedent

Christians have long recognised three legitimate authorities under God: government, church, and family. Each of these has distinct domains of authority and associated powers. These distinctions are not absolute, as if churches are allowed to say nothing about family life and governments can say nothing relevant to churches. Nonetheless there are boundaries, and intrusion…

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July 2021
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Church history and cultural engagement

What can we learn from the history of the church for our engagement with our own culture today? Let me begin with a caution: we should not read the stories of the great figures of church history to feed our fantasy of becoming them and reproducing their cultural context. Not only would that be…

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July 2021
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Don’t substitute your pastor with a screen

Screens have been a problem since long before Covid was an issue. The problem is that, because of accessibility, many Christians are quick to make famous pastors their pastors. While there are many great things we can learn online from people like Alistair Begg, John Piper, Mark Dever, John MacArthur, Ligon Duncan, and others,…

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July 2021
News > International

Global: MAF is flying Covid vaccines to world’s poorest and most remote places

Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) has been working with local agencies to deliver much-needed Covid-19 vaccines to the world’s poorest countries. The Christian ministry has also been helping with the delivery of testing kits and personal protective equipment. MAF has been working in several countries, including Guatemala, Madagascar, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, and South Sudan.…

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July 2021
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Scottish teaching union promotes play featuring a transgender Jesus

A teaching union in Scotland is set to promoted a play featuring a transgender Jesus in order to ‘celebrate’ LGBT pride at the end of the school year. ‘The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven’ is written by Jo Clifford, a man who identifies as a woman. Excerpts from the play are set…

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July 2021
News > International

Finland: Prosecution of Christian MP is an ‘act of oppression’

Law professors from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and other respected institutions are calling on the US to intervene in the prosecution of a Finnish MP over her views on marriage and sexuality. As previously reported in ET, Päivi Räsänen is facing up to six years in prison for ‘inciting hatred’ after expressing biblical views on…

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July 2021
News > International

Iran: Christian convert with Parkinson’s faces prison

An Iranian Christian convert from Islam, who has Parkinson’s disease, faces a jail sentence along with his wife because they belong to a house church in Iran. Homayoun Zhaveh, who is 62, and his wife Sara Ahmadi, 42, were sentenced in November 2020 to two and 11 years in prison, respectively for membership and…

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July 2021
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Kenya: Atheist leader resigns after coming to faith in Christ

A leader of an atheist organisation in Kenya has resigned because he has come to faith in Jesus Christ. Seth Mahiga had held the role of secretary in the Atheists In Kenya Society, but the group announced on Twitter that he was stepping down. The organisation said, ‘Seth’s reason for resigning is that he…

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July 2021
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Pakistan: Couple facing death for ‘blasphemy’ are acquitted

Lahore High Court has acquitted Shafqat Emmanuel and his wife Shagufta Kausar, two Christians sentenced to death under Pakistan’s blasphemy laws. According to International Christian Concern, the acquittals end a nearly eight-year legal struggle that saw the Christian couple jailed separately on death row. After the acquittal, the couple’s lawyer, Saif-ul-Malook, said, ‘I am…

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July 2021
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Love your enemies

Sadly, there are many examples of hatred in our world today. Hatred between peoples leads to conflict, such as the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas. In Africa, inter-tribal conflicts blight the lives of many people. The systematic persecution of the Uighur Muslims in China seeks to rob them of their human dignity. Many…

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July 2021
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Devoted to doing good – Christian care homes amid Covid-19

Challenges faced by care homes have featured prominently in news coverage of Covid-19. Fatality figures among residents, recriminations about government policy, as well as the vexed question of visitation rights have often hit the headlines. However, little attention has been given to care home workers and their front-line efforts. Examples abound of remarkable sacrifices,…

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July 2021
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‘Worthy of respect’ Belief that biological sex cannot change is worthy of respect in a democratic society, judge rules

A woman who lost her job for saying people can’t change their biological sex has won her case on appeal. The appeal judge said the belief that biological sex is fixed and unchangeable is worthy of respect in a democratic society. The decision means people should have more confidence to speak freely about their…

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July 2021
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Why is error so easy to slip into?

Jude 4 tells us that error creeps in unnoticed. Obvious error is relatively easy to reject. But are we over-confident in our ability to spot the less obvious error and to avoid subtle shifts in our thinking? We are susceptible to teachings that allow us to fit in with the world by softening the…

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July 2021
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That’s worth thinking about! Subjects for Christian meditation

From time to time you hear of people commending the benefits of meditation. Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Novak Djokovich – they all say they find it a tremendous help. Are they to be followed? Is it something Christians should engage in? When we scratch below the surface, we find that the sort of meditation…

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July 2021
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By all possible means to save some

Historically, two of the most common approaches to gospel outreach across a wide variety of Bible-believing evangelical churches have been door-to-door calling and street evangelism – sometimes alongside open-air preaching. This has brought churches into contact with people from many different backgrounds and ethnicities, rich and poor, religious and non-religious, asylum seekers, and those…

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July 2021
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Why our church will unplug from streaming

When Orlando Grace Church launched its first livestreamed service on 5 April 2020, it seemed a great blessing that people could worship from their homes. We did the right thing then, and we would do it again, but those were unique circumstances. We believe it is time to cut the feed. The point of…

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July 2021
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A walk with Mr O (4) I’m struggling in my prayer life

Thank you, Mr O, for the three walks we’ve had so far. I’ve really benefitted from them, but I’ve especially looked forward to this one. Why is that? It’s because we agreed that today we would talk about prayer and, to be frank, right now I’m really struggling in my prayer life. People often…

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July 2021
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I am a Christian

In Esther 3, we read of the rise of Haman, whose newly-obtained lofty position grants him the favour of the king to such a degree that he is to receive not only bowing, but also reverence from the members of the palace. His pride is wounded by Mordecai, who will neither bow nor reverence…

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