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June 2008
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News – Free speech victory!

Free speech victory! The Government backed down in the face of opposition in the House of Lords and allowed a free speech protection to be written into its proposed 'homophobic hatred' law in its Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill.      The decision came after the Government was defeated for a second time in the Lords.…

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News – Banner of Truth Conference 2008

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June 2008
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News – Banner of Truth Conference 2008

Banner of Truth Conference 2008 Describing the Banner conference is like trying to describe a chocolate muffin. It needs to be experienced to be truly appreciated!      The Holy Spirit overruled and drew the themes of the various conference addresses together. Perhaps the dominant emphasis was: 'Ministering in the presence and power of God'. This…

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June 2008
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News – PTS Director of Ministry

PTS Director of Ministry The Protestant Truth Society has announced that Jeremy Brooks will be its first Director of Ministry. Mr Brooks is currently pastor of Salem Baptist Church in Ramsey, Cambridgeshire. He is 33 years old and the son of Rev. and Mrs Richard Brooks.      Jeremy worked for six years with Evangelical Press…

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When ball becomes Baal

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June 2008
Cults and other religions

When ball becomes Baal

When ball becomes Baal Here in the USA, it's rare to see kids playing sports in the neighbourhood anymore. We're now organised and 'professionalised' - including uniforms, state-of-the-art facilities, endless trips to the field, competitive coaches, equally competitive parents, and the after-season tournaments designed to give parents 'bleacher bottom'. In addition, you've got to pay…

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June 2008
Montenegro

Missionary Spotlight – Why Montenegro?

Why Montenegro?   Montenegro is one of the least evangelized countries in Europe, with the lowest proportion of evangelical Christians. About 8% of the population is Muslim. Muslim Montenegrins are concentrated in certain regions, and here they form the majority of the population. There is a Roman Catholic presence, primarily on the coast.  …

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June 2008
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News – Jim Packer splits with Canadian Anglicans

Jim Packer splits with Canadian Anglicans  James I. Packer, one of the world's most famous theologians, is reported to have left the Anglican Church of Canada because he believes many of its bishops are 'arguably heretical' for adhering to 'poisonous liberalism'. He said he hesitated before using harsh terms to describe the Anglican bishops,…

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News – Lakeland Bible school

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June 2008
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News – Lakeland Bible school

Lakeland Bible school  The Lakeland Bible School (LBS) for young people, which meets in Keswick in mid-June, is now approaching its fifth year. It was originally intended, with the encouragement of the late Rev. Peter Brumby, to complement the September Bible School which meets in Whitby.      In its first year it was a…

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News – Outreach to deaf people

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June 2008
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News – Outreach to deaf people

Outreach to deaf people Two new groundbreaking titles have recently been published by Wakeman Trust to help evangelical churches reach out to deaf people.     It is estimated that there are 8.7 million people living in the UK who are deaf or hard of hearing: about 1 in 7 of the population. Over 50,000 people use…

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News – Caring for Life meets Riding Lights

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June 2008
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News – Caring for Life meets Riding Lights

Caring for Life meets Riding Lights  On Saturday 19 April supporters of the Leeds-based, Christian charity Caring for Life (CFL) met up with Stephen Guy Daltry and Selina MacDonald - two members of the York-based, Riding Lights Theatre Company. Riding Lights aims at communicating Christian truth through theatre (www.ridinglights.org).      CFL was walking the…

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The problem and management of pain

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June 2008
Scientific (including creation)

The problem and management of pain

Pain and suffering are part and parcel of human existence. The Bible speaks of only two periods during which neither pain nor death exist on earth. The first was in the Garden of Eden and lasted until Adam fell. The second is after God ushers in the new heaven and new earth when 'there…

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News – Something to sing about

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June 2008
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News – Something to sing about

Something to sing about The committee of the new Christian Hymns is pleased to announce that the hymn book is now available in MP3 format. After unavoidable delays, and problems with copyright permission, patience has been rewarded. We now have, so to speak, something to sing about!     Every hymn in the new book and each…

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News – Iraq’s Christians suffer

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June 2008
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News – Iraq’s Christians suffer

Iraq's Christians suffer In late March the Red Cross issued a report that spoke of the immense sufferings of Iraqi minorities. Coinciding with the kidnap and murder by Islamic militants of the Catholic archbishop of northern Iraq, the report emphasised that Iraqis of all Christian denominations live in fear for their lives.      Last year…

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June 2008
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News – UK’s dwindling churchgoers

UK's dwindling churchgoers  The decline of church attendance in Britain is highlighted in Religious Trends, an analysis published recently by Christian Research. The research group forecasts that  regular churchgoing (attendance once per week) in Britain will have declined so much that around 4000 churches will close before 2020.      However, the Church of England…

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June 2008
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News – Ethiopian atrocity

Ethiopian atrocity Islamic radicals attacked two churches in the village of Nensebo Chebi in the Oromia region of Ethiopia, in April, injuring 17 Christians and killing one, says Barnabas Fund.Muslims entered the churches during Sunday worship and locked the doors behind them. They shouted 'God is great' and started indiscriminately attacking men, women and…

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June 2008
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News – BPAS’s pernicious influence

BPAS's pernicious influence The number of twelve-year-old girls becoming pregnant and having abortions is increasing, and 'society just has to come to terms with that', a leading abortion provider says.      In 2004 there were 15 girls aged twelve who had abortions; up from 10 in 2003, according to figures obtained from the Department of…

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Missionary Spotlight – The story so far

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June 2008
Montenegro

Missionary Spotlight – The story so far

The story so far   Both my parents were born in Montenegro. I was born in Los Angeles and grew up attending an Eastern Orthodox church. When I was young I had no love for Christ and no hatred of sin, although I believed I was a Christian. I was converted in 1979 during…

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News – Carmarthen Evangelical Church

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June 2008
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News – Carmarthen Evangelical Church

Carmarthen Evangelical Church Saturday 5 April was a big day for Carmarthen Evangelical Church, as it saw the induction of our third pastor, Chris Rogers. The service was well attended, with around 140 present.      Carmarthen elder Brian Halliday welcomed everyone and gave a history of the call, to which Chris Rogers responded.     Winford Thomas,…

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News – Dominic Stockford

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June 2008
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News – Dominic Stockford

Dominic Stockford On Monday 5 April Dominic Stockford, minister of Christ Church, Teddington, was consecrated as bishop for the Evangelical Connexion of the Free Church of England. The service took place at the Hayes Centre Chapel in Swanwick.     Bishop Arthur Bentley Taylor conducted the simple yet dignified service. His brother Rupert Bentley Taylor, President of…

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News – Creation in India

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June 2008
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News – Creation in India

Creation in India I joined Prof. Andy McIntosh on Monday 24 March at Chennai airport for the long drive to Pondicherry. In the evening, he gave a talk on dinosaurs to a group called Samaritan Helps.     The next day went unexpectedly. Two lectures had been arranged in advance -the afternoon one at the Regional Engineering…

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Missionary Spotlight – Precious souls – Manila

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June 2008
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Precious souls – Manila

Precious souls – Manila   Recently while on an early morning walk in Manila, I noticed an older, filthy, mentally-handicapped man surrounded by his meagre possessions. I felt compelled to speak with him – at least show some measure of kindness.   There was no response, just glazed, lifeless eyes, not even focusing on…

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June 2008
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News – Chinese Bibles

Chinese Bibles A new printing press is due to open in China which will make it one of the biggest Bible producing countries in the world. According to a report in The Guardian newspaper the 48,000-sq metre factory in an industrial park in Nanjing will employ 600 non-Christian locals producing 23 Bibles a minute.     …

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June 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Meet Matthew – tax collector, disciple, gospel writer

The Bible records how Jesus ‘saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax office. And he said to him “Follow me”. And he rose and followed him’ (Matthew 9:9). In this concise account of Matthew-Levi’s call to follow Christ there is more than meets the eye. It actually contains implicit evidence for the…

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Lawless or righteous?

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June 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Lawless or righteous?

Lawless or righteous? Imagine a city divided into two parts by a river. On the South Bank live a tribe called 'lawless' and on the North a tribe called 'righteous'. There is a single bridge across the river joining its two sections - a bridge called 'the work of Christ'. Traffic crosses the bridge only…

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Thirsting for God

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June 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Thirsting for God

Thirsting for God One of the delights of my boyhood was to play in the woods and the nearby caves of an old ochre mine about a mile from where I lived in Long Ashton. The snag was the very steep hill, called Providence Lane, which had to be climbed first. Near the top it levelled…

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Robert Schuller Evangelicalism’s Humpty Dumpty

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June 2008
Cults and other religions

Robert Schuller Evangelicalism’s Humpty Dumpty

Robert Schuller Evangelicalism's Humpty Dumpty   When Alice was conversing with Humpty Dumpty, she rebuked him for misusing words. Humpty replied, 'When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean - neither more nor less'.   Alice protested, asking if she could really make words mean different things, to…

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Missionary Spotlight – Fifty years of Grace Baptist Mission radio

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June 2008
General

Missionary Spotlight – Fifty years of Grace Baptist Mission radio

Fifty years of Grace Baptist Mission radio   Radio was anathema to some Strict Baptists of the 1950-60s. The pastor of one church I visited in 1963 told me in no uncertain terms that he hoped I wasn’t intending to speak about my radio ministry because, ‘Radio is the devil’s instrument’.   Looking back…

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Has Rome changed?

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June 2008
Cults and other religions

Has Rome changed?

Has Rome changed? Many Evangelicals will tell you, 'The Catholic Church has changed'. This is because the Catholic Church has enticed Evangelicals - calling them 'separated brethren' and dialoguing with them as if it respected their beliefs.  Quite a number of people who call themselves Evangelical accept as fact that Papal Rome has changed and…

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June 2008
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News – Discrimination against sisters

Discrimination against sisters  Two elderly sisters have lost their battle to enjoy the same tax benefits as same-sex couples who register for civil partnerships. Joyce Burden, 90, and her sister Sybil, 82, have lived together in the same house for years, caring for older family members and now for one another.      Concerned that…

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Guest Column – Revolutionary love

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June 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Revolutionary love

Revolutionary love Guest Column When I was a child some of the first words I learned were by Charles Wesley: 'Gentle Jesus, meek and mild, look upon a little child; pity my simplicity, suffer me to come to thee'. That was part of the prayer my mother taught me to say each night before I went…

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News – FCC, Inverness

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June 2008
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News – FCC, Inverness

FCC, Inverness The congregation of Greyfriars Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) in Inverness, after waiting nearly nine years for a building, have completed the purchase of Copperfield House for their place of worship. This building is located in the Westhill district of Inverness, on Culloden Road.      The congregation are very grateful to God to…

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June 2008
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News – Women drunkards

Women drunkards The number of women arrested for being drunk and disorderly is rocketing, new figures show. Police blame all-day drinking laws for fostering a binge culture.      West Midlands saw the biggest jump in numbers, rising more than twelve-fold from 59 in 2003/4 to 731 in 2007/8. Numbers were up by 50% or more…

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June 2008
Burma

Burma’s agony

Burma’s agony   When Cyclone Nargis smashed into the rice-growing Irrawaddy Delta in the south of Burma on 3 May, Karen state bore the brunt of its destructive force, though four other regions have also been officially declared disaster zones by the country’s ruling military junta.   As we go to press, the extent…

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June 2008
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News – Malaysian precedent

A Muslim court in Malaysia has allowed a previous convert to Islam to reconvert back to her original faith of Buddhism. The case is being seen as a landmark ruling, because of the unusually liberal interpretation being applied to Sharia law. Penang's Sharia court ruled that Siti Fatimah Tan Abdullah was free to return…

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News – Christ and fanaticism

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June 2008
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News – Christ and fanaticism

Christ and fanaticism The Arabic service of the BBC has a popular interactive weekly radio programme called Al-Ra'u el-Akhar (Differing Viewpoints). Recently it dealt with the subject of religious fanaticism and violence. This was in the light of recent tit-for-tat killings of Palestinians and Israelis culminating in a suicide bombing in a Jewish religious school…

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June 2008
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News – No intelligence allowed!

No intelligence allowed! A new documentary-style film Expelled: No intelligence allowed, which highlights the intelligent design (ID) controversy, opened in the USA recently.      The Truth in Science website reports that the actor, game-show host and former presidential speech writer Ben Stein interviews scientists and journalists across the world about the ID debate. He meets scientists whose…

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June 2008
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News – Castlefields Church, Derby

Castlefields Church, Derby Saturday 19 April was truly a 'church family day' at Castlefields, Derby, when the church was filled to capacity for the service of recognition of David Fielding as full-time elder and pastor.      David has worked in the insurance profession and been a regular preacher at Castlefields. Most present were from the…

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Comment – The ever-present God

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June 2008
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Comment – The ever-present God

The ever-present God 'Am I a God who is only close at hand?' says the Lord. 'No, I am far away at the same time. Can anyone hide from me in a secret place? Am I not everywhere in all the heavens and earth?' says the Lord (Jeremiah 23:23-24). The God we worship is the…

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No separation from God’s love

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June 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

No separation from God’s love

No separation from God's love In the preface to Pilgrim Homes' new book Could it be dementia? Dr Gaius Davies writes, 'I recall hearing Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones telling us medical students that the Christian believer, however much disease of body or mind later affect him, was still “in Christ”'. That isn't 'pie in the sky'…

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June 2008
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News – Papal T-shirt

Papal T-shirt The Scottish Premier League (SPL) is considering disciplinary action again Celtic Football Club following an incident when Celtic's goalkeeper Artur Boruc displayed a 'God bless the Pope' T-shirt on the pitch.      Boruc revealed the shirt, with its image of the late Pope John-Paul II, after his side beat Glasgow rivals Rangers 3-2…

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June 2008
Montenegro

Missionary Spotlight – Montenegro Fact File

Montenegro Fact File   Montenegro’s name dates from the Middle Ages when it was under Venetian rule. Monte negro means ‘black mountain’. This refers to the dark forests once covering the slopes of the Dinaric Alps, as seen from the Adriatic Sea.       Area: 5382 square miles.     Neighbouring countries: Croatia,…

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