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June 2007
Reviews > Book

Experiencing the Spirit

A few years ago the Holy Spirit was sometimes referred to as ‘the forgotten person of the Godhead’ – such was the neglect of his person and work. In more recent times this has changed through preaching and publications, not all of which reflect a consistently biblical content. However, this book merits attention because…

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News – Shrewsbury Evangelical Church

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June 2007
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News – Shrewsbury Evangelical Church

Shrewsbury Evangelical Church 'Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom' were the words of worship from Psalm 145 that opened the ordination and induction service of Paul Yeulett on 14 April. A joyful congregation of 200 joined Shrewsbury Evangelical Church (SEC) to recognise the beginning of Paul's…

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June 2007
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News – Who goes there?

Who goes there?An Edinburgh bus company is to ask Muslim women wearing the veil to show their faces or else produce a passport or driving licence to prove their identity before travelling on their vehicles. Lothian Buses claims the request is designed to deter fare cheats and stop travellers using other people's passes. The…

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News – Cardiff outreach

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June 2007
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News – Cardiff outreach

Cardiff outreach For the average Briton, the Easter weekend is all about chocolate eggs and a few days off work, but in Cardiff each Easter the Open-Air Mission holds an event in the city centre.From Good Friday to Easter Monday this year a team of eleven were in Queen's Street to make known the…

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June 2007
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News – RC child abuse in Ireland

RC child abuse in Ireland Figures issued by the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland revealed the extent to which priests in its Dublin archdiocese may have abused children since 1940. Allegations have been levelled against almost 150 priests and members of religious orders. Some 400 victims of abuse have already been identified. The Dublin…

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Film Review – Amazing Grace

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June 2007
DVD

Film Review – Amazing Grace

Film review: Amazing Grace 109 minutes; Cert. PGStarring Ioan Gruffudd (William Wilberforce), Albert Finney (John Newton) and Benedict Cumberbatch (William Pitt)Amazing Grace is about Wilberforce's 20-year political struggle to abolish the slave trade throughout the British Empire, culminating in the parliamentary Act of 25 March 1807. Ioan Gruffudd portrays Wilberforce as a man of…

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News – Libanus Evangelical Church

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June 2007
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News – Libanus Evangelical Church

Libanus Evangelical ChurchAs Stuart Olyott commenced preaching at the induction of Stuart Dainty to the pastorate of Libanus Evangelical Church, Morriston, on 17 March, he reminded the congregation of 300 that even a church with twelve apostles in its membership experienced problems (Acts 6). When the 'murmurings' of the Grecians against the Hebrews had…

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June 2007
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News – Hoylake Evangelical Church

Hoylake Evangelical ChurchOn Saturday 31 March Hoylake Evangelical Church in Cheshire inducted their new pastor, Ray Trainer. About 200 people gathered for the event.The service was led by church elder Carson Kinnaird, who later conducted the act of induction. Church secretary John Davies gave a history of Ray's call and, in reply, Ray gave…

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News – Reformed Baptists in Kenya

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June 2007
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News – Reformed Baptists in Kenya

Reformed Baptists in KenyaThe Reformed Baptist churches of Kenya held their annual meeting from 26 February to 1 March in the rural area outside Machakos. This is about 2 hours' drive from Nairobi. The venue was a church in Kiatuni - one of several churches grown out of the ministry of Trinity Baptist Church,…

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Article

June 2007
Turkey

Martyrs for Christ

Martyrs for Christ Three evangelical Christians have been murdered in Malatya, eastern Turkey, as they met for Bible study at the offices of a small Christian publishing company. The victims, a German missionary and two Turkish converts, were tortured before being killed. Ten Muslim religious students, all aged 19 or 20, have been arrested.…

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June 2007
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News – UCCF and Spring Harvest part company

UCCF and Spring Harvest part companyThe Universities and Colleges Christian Fellowship (UCCF) and Keswick Ministries have ended a 14 year partnership with the Charismatic holiday organisation Spring Harvest, bringing to an end their joint Bible Study weeks, aimed at young people, called Word Alive. In a statement issued by UCCF, the reason for the…

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Review – Word to the World – William S. Barker – Christian Focus

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June 2007
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Review – Word to the World – William S. Barker – Christian Focus

Word to the worldWilliam S. BarkerChristian Focus (Mentor)320 pages; £11.99ISBN:1-84550-050-4These collected writings seek to show the relevance of the Word of God to a variety of social, ethical and church historical issues. The author examines some complex topics, and presents them generally in a straightforward and interesting manner. While the essays handling biblical passages…

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June 2007
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News – Poverty amongst minorities

Poverty amongst minoritiesUp to 40% of people from ethnic minority backgrounds in the UK are living in poverty, according to the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. The figure is twice as high as it is for white people, and rises to 65% for those of Bangladeshi origin. The charity's research also suggests that minorities continue to…

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Missionary Spotlight – Wales land of revival – Spencer Cunnah

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June 2007
United Kingdom

Missionary Spotlight – Wales land of revival – Spencer Cunnah

Wales land of revival       Wales – land of revival, mighty preachers of the gospel, hymn writers, hymn singing, and chapels! Surely the Principality’s great Christian heritage must mean that the spiritual temperature there is higher than in the rest of the United Kingdom? The answer, sadly, is otherwise. Although there are…

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Sport and the Christian Part 2 – John W. Keddie

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June 2007
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Sport and the Christian Part 2 – John W. Keddie

Sport and the Christian - Part 2 At the end of last month's article we came to the heart of the matter - what principles apply to a Christian's practice of sports? Here I try to provide some answers.These principles view sport as it should be played - while recognising that in a sinful world…

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Review – Hebrews – Richard D. Phillips – P&R Publishing

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June 2007
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Review – Hebrews – Richard D. Phillips – P&R Publishing

Hebrews Richard D. PhillipsP&R Publishing656 pages; £17.85ISBN: 978-0-87552-784-0 This third 'Reformed Expository Commentary' has four aims common to the series, namely, to be biblical, doctrinal, redemptive-historical and practical. I hope that doesn't put you off, because this exposition of Hebrews is also highly readable! It consists, in fact, of 52 sermons first preached by the…

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Guest Column – Support the ministry – Robert Letham

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June 2007
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Support the ministry – Robert Letham

Support for the ministryBy Robert LethamLast month I stressed the need for an educated ministry, warning against the dangers of belittling the use of the mind. In this, church authorities have a vital part to play. It is imperative that congregations should recognise the need to nurture and develop the capacities of their ministers.…

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News – Singapore conference 2007

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June 2007
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News – Singapore conference 2007

Singapore conference 2007Shalom Church (Reformed Baptist), Singapore, recently held its fourth church leaders' conference. Stuart Olyott was the main speaker. Speakers in previous years were Richard Belcher (2004), Martin Holdt (2005) and Conrad Mbewe (2006). The subject on this occasion was 'preaching'; the conference aim twofold - to equip church leaders to rightly handle…

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June 2007
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News – School uniforms

School uniforms  Headteachers will not breach children's human rights by stopping Muslim pupils from wearing Islamic dress, says the Lord Chancellor, Lord Falconer. However, teachers should use common sense and take local community feelings into account when making decisions.The National Association of Headteachers' annual conference was told recently that teachers who act properly should not…

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June 2007
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News – Turkey struggles with popular Islam

Turkey struggles with popular IslamThe deaths of three Christian believers at the hands of young Muslim radicals in Turkey broke only a few days before a huge demonstration on the streets of Istanbul, when hundreds of thousands rallied in support of secularism in Turkey. The uneasy balance between Islam and secularism in Turkey is…

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Missionary Spotlight – Northern Ireland today – Steven Curry

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June 2007
Northern Ireland

Missionary Spotlight – Northern Ireland today – Steven Curry

Northern Ireland today Northern Ireland has a population of less than 1.6 million. Its people are characterised by warmth and friendliness. It is a place of ‘compact natural beauty’ with easy access to a rugged coastline, fresh-water lakes and the spectacular scenery of a rich, fertile countryside. The two main cities of Belfast and…

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Review – Preaching Christ in all of Scripture – Edmund P. Clowney – Crossway Books

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June 2007
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Review – Preaching Christ in all of Scripture – Edmund P. Clowney – Crossway Books

Preaching Christ in all of ScriptureEdmund P. ClowneyCrossway Books189 pages; £12.99ISBN: 978-1-58134-452-3This important little book comes with the endorsement of leading reformed Evangelicals such as Al Mohler, Tim Keller, Bryan Chappell and Wayne Grudem. Deservedly, for Ed Clowney is passionately concerned that in preaching we set forth 'the full drama of redemption and its…

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Clarifying the call – Christopher Ash

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June 2007
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Clarifying the call – Christopher Ash

Clarifying the callIn summer 2005 Generation Next conducted a survey of 400 men who were either in or contemplating the gospel ministry. The results showed significant confusion about what constituted a 'call'. This is a practical and important question - how do I know that Christ has called me to 'prayer and the ministry…

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Review – A method for prayer – Matthew Henry – Christian Focus

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June 2007
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Review – A method for prayer – Matthew Henry – Christian Focus

A method for prayerMatthew HenryChristian Focus304 pages; £7.99ISBN: 1-85792-068-6 This book was first published in 1712. 'The aim of the republication of this old work', writes the editor Ligon Duncan, 'is to assist and encourage modern Christians in both public and private prayer'. I'm sure that noone reading this review would doubt that we are…

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June 2007
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News – Japan considers military role

Japan considers military role Japan's Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe, has used the 60th anniversary of the country's constitution to call for a new era for Japan and a review of the pacifism imposed on it after World War II. The government hopes to allow Japan to take a larger role in global security. However, the…

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News – Christian education conference

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June 2007
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News – Christian education conference

Christian education conferenceOn 24 March Ashford Congregational Church in Middlesex hosted a one-day conference on Christian education. Many young parents were present, concerned about the devastating effects of peer pressure in schools and the increasingly aggressive secularism that is impacting UK education.In the opening address, Ali McLachlan, pastor of Belvidere Road Church in Liverpool,…

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News – EP outreach in the French-speaking world

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June 2007
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News – EP outreach in the French-speaking world

EP outreach in the French-speaking world 2006 marked 20 years of Europresse (the French arm of Evangelical Press' missionary outreach through literature, correspondence courses, radio broadcasts and conferences work), and 2007 the 15th year of Europresse's quarterly newspaper Les Échos de la Vérité. It has been a joy to see God's Word change lives…

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June 2007
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News – Human rights and China’s Olympics

Human rights and China's Olympics As part of its efforts to secure the Olympic Games, China has promised to improve its record on human rights. The country has reformed its laws on the death penalty and allows greater freedom to foreign journalists.However, the human rights group Amnesty International believes these changes have been overshadowed by…

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Save our hymnbooks! – David Kingdon

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June 2007
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Save our hymnbooks! – David Kingdon

Save our hymnbooks! When I began my ministry in 1960, congregations without exception used hymnbooks in their public worship. Today quite a number of churches have abandoned them for hymns projected either on a wall or a screen. In other churches hymnbooks are supplemented by books of choruses, some locally compiled, others published by commercial…

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Review – Growing up… growing wise – Lovewise

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June 2007
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Review – Growing up… growing wise – Lovewise

Growing up …growing wise (CD-ROM) Dr Chris Richards Lovewise; £50 This CD-ROM contains six lessons on friendship, puberty, love and marriage from a Christian perspective - a much-needed resource in a world that has abandoned biblical values on love, marriage and sex. Each lesson lasts under an hour. The material is aimed at children…

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The Muslim’s prayer – Don Haddleton

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June 2007
Cults and other religions

The Muslim’s prayer – Don Haddleton

The Muslim's prayerWhile browsing in a second-hand book shop, I came across the following extract from the novel Palace walk.¹ 'He washed in cold water, as he did every morning, summer and winter. Then he returned to his room with renewed vitality and energy. He took the prayer rug ... and spread it out…

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June 2007
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News – Abortion time limit

Abortion time limit The forthcoming changes to the law on fertilisation and embryology may be used by pro-life campaigners as an opportunity to reduce the time limit on abortions from its current level of 24 weeks, to 21 or 20 weeks.Caroline Flint, the public health minister, is preparing to publish her draft Human Tissue…

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Review – Gentle rain on tender grass – Sharon James – EP

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June 2007
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Review – Gentle rain on tender grass – Sharon James – EP

Gentle rain on tender grassSharon JamesEvangelical Press252 pages; £8.95ISBN: 13 978-0-85234-630-3 To maintain a consistently close walk with the Lord, the Christian needs to spend time alone with him each day in worship and in studying his Word. We all know this and yet many of us find it difficult to maintain such times and…

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June 2007
Articles > Comment

Two limbos

Two limbos For 800 years the Roman Catholic Church has taught that the souls of babies who die unbaptised are consigned to limbo - an intermediate state pending final judgement. Now this 'unofficial' teaching has been declared erroneous by the Vatican's own Theological Commission. In January Pope Benedict XVI authorised a 41-page report from the…

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Small flat bugs – Edgar Andrews

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June 2007
Scientific (including creation)

Small flat bugs – Edgar Andrews

Small flat bugs'Found, a planet like Earth but 5 billion years away', ran The Times page 3 headline on 25 April - 'Best chance yet of extraterrestrial life'. Later the same day, a BBC TV news correspondent solemnly declared that the new planet might be inhabited by 'small flat bugs'.The 5 billion years was…

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June 2007
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News – John Stott retiring

John Stott retiring Rev. Dr John Stott has announced his decision to retire from public ministry at the age of 86. His final engagement will be an address at the Keswick Convention in July. Dr Stott founded the Langham Partnership International, and was chairman of the Church of England Evangelical Council from 1967 to…

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Review – Sermons on the Beatitudes – Banner of Truth

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June 2007
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Review – Sermons on the Beatitudes – Banner of Truth

Sermons on the Beatitudes John Calvin Banner of Truth 128 pages; £9.00 ISBN: 0-85151-934-2   This is a modern translation by Robert White of five sermons preached by Calvin in Geneva in 1560 covering Matthew 5:1-2, Mark 3:13-19 and Luke 6:12-26.   The excellent introduction illuminates the historical and literary background and asserts that…

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News – Cambridge martyr remembered

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June 2007
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News – Cambridge martyr remembered

Cambridge martyr rememberedSunday 1 April was the beautifully sunny although breezy day on which fifty people gathered on Jesus Green, Cambridge, to honour the memory of the only Cambridge martyr actually put to death in the city. John Hullier was burned for his faith in Christ alone, on 2 April 1556, on Jesus Green.Educated…

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Review – Sin, salvation and Shadowmancer – G.P. Taylor – Zondervan

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June 2007
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Review – Sin, salvation and Shadowmancer – G.P. Taylor – Zondervan

Sin, salvation and ShadowmancerG. P. TaylorZondervan256 pages; £12.99ISBN: 0-310-26739-0Graham Taylor shot to fame in 2003 with his first novel Shadowmancer, a Gothic fantasy set in the eighteenth century on the North Yorkshire coast, in which Christian themes are woven into a powerful story of good and evil. Shadowmancer was released on the same day…

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The ministry of gospel tracts – Andy Banton

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June 2007
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The ministry of gospel tracts – Andy Banton

The ministry of gospel tractsThe Lord Jesus Christ looked out over a vast crowd and was 'moved with compassion for them' (Matthew 9:36). But is it possible that the very familiarity of these words has bred contempt for them in our often cold hearts? As we go about our lives we often find ourselves…

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Review – Overcoming the world – Faith Cook – EP

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June 2007
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Review – Overcoming the world – Faith Cook – EP

Overcoming the worldFaith CookEvangelical Times79 pages; £4.00 (direct from publisher)ISBN: 978-0-9500129-4-0This is the fourth in a series of booklets that bring together articles on related themes that have appeared in Evangelical Times.The articles in this booklet have all been written by Faith Cook and appeared in Evangelical Times from 1999 to 2006. They are…

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Should we preach the sovereignty of God – Edgar Andrews

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June 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Should we preach the sovereignty of God – Edgar Andrews

Should we preach the sovereignty of God? Evangelicals believe in the sovereignty of God yet are often reluctant to preach it explicitly. This article and its sequel argue that we should clearly proclaim that God is sovereign in all things.  Let us try to define the word 'sovereignty' as it applies to God. For me…

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A superb pastor – P. D. Johnson

Historical

June 2007
Articles > Historical

A superb pastor – P. D. Johnson

A superb pastorA synopsis of Geoff Thomas' church history lecture John Newton, the supreme pastor delivered at Cowley Hill Free Church, Borehamwood, on 17 March 2007.John Newton was the subject of a godly mother's prayers. Her life was dogged by physical weakness, but as soon as her young 'Samuel' was old enough she not…

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June 2007
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News in Brief

News in Brief Palliative care for childrenResearchers from Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital believe too few seriously ill children are receiving palliative care in their final weeks, with the number dying in intensive care increasing over the last decade. The study also suggests guidance on managing symptoms, rather than embarking on invasive care, is not…

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June 2007
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News – How to defend your University CU

How to defend your University CUFollowing recent attempts to de-register some University Christian Unions, the Christian Institute has published a concise guide aimed at helping CUs defend their legal rights. It was written by a CI full-time researcher, Alasdair Armour, who himself was involved in defending his CU while he was at university.Exeter, Birmingham…

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June 2007
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News – Don Carson to visit West Country

Don Carson to visit West Country Christians in the west of England are looking forward to a visit this summer from Dr Don Carson, Research Professor of New Testament at Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois. He will be the speaker at the annual Bath Bible Week, from 10-13 June, at Widcombe Baptist Church, Bath. His…

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News – Banner of Truth conference – Daniel Grimwade

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June 2007
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News – Banner of Truth conference – Daniel Grimwade

Banner of Truth conference One of the first things to go into my diary for a given year are dates for the next Banner of Truth ministers' conference. This was my seventh occasion to attend Leicester, and once again it did not disappoint. I have returned to my labours refreshed and helped. Fellowship: There…

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Amen! A plea from the pulpit – John Woolley

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June 2007
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Amen! A plea from the pulpit – John Woolley

AMEN!a plea from the pulpit A ministerial friend of mine shared with me recently his discouragement while leading public worship. He likened the worship service to a graveyard because of the deathly silence that followed his leading in public prayer. 'There was no audible response. There was no Amen from God's people', he lamented. Indeed,…

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June 2007
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News – Dignity in Dying

'Dignity in Dying'A legal challenge under the Trademarks Act 1998 is being brought against the Voluntary Euthanasia Society (VES) by a number of organisations. Christian Medical Fellowship, ALERT, and the British Council of Disabled People are objecting to VES changing its name to brand itself with the phrase 'Dignity in Dying'.The challenge is based…

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