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Airline

Article

June 2011
Evangelistic

Airline

Airline   Living on an island I am very aware of comings and goings. As a child, my friends and I would watch the ferry appear round the headland and we’d know we had time to head to town and watch the ferry dock and unload.   We’d lean over the railings and have…

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It’s not about the music – A journey into worship – Dan Lucarini

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June 2011
Reviews

It’s not about the music – A journey into worship – Dan Lucarini

It’s not about the music — A journey into worship Dan Lucarini EP Books, 220 pages, £7.99, ISBN: 978-0-85234-727-0   It is one of the tragedies of our day that one of the major disagreements among evangelical believers concerns how we worship God. Instead of worship being a unifying factor, it is a bone…

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The King James Bible

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June 2011
Articles > Historical

The King James Bible

The King James Bible   At a time when many in the evangelical world have abandoned the King James Version (KJV) of the Bible — or Authorised Version, as it is called in Britain — we find radio and television documentaries, newspaper articles and special exhibitions waxing eloquent in praise of this seventeenth century…

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June 2011
News

Bill victories

Bill victories The House of Commons has voted 67 to 61 in favour of a ‘Ten Minute Rule’ Bill introduced by Conservative MP Nadine Dorries to ensure that sex education for girls includes ‘information and advice on the benefits of abstinence from sexual activity’. According to Christian Concern, the Bill comes in light of…

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Article

June 2011
Interviews

Church planting in Ukraine

Church planting in Ukraine   Recently, Andy, a gospel worker from the UK managed to grab an hour with the pastor of a newly established city church in Ukraine and to interview him. Pastor Sasha Donchenko is 51 years old, and married, with two children and two grandchildren.   Andy: How long have you…

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Banner of  Truth ministers’ conference 2011

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June 2011
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Banner of Truth ministers’ conference 2011

Banner of  Truth ministers’ conference 2011   Our time at the University of Leicester was, as always, one of faithful, challenging and encouraging Bible ministry. We heard of gospel work from around the world and the UK, including a moving report from Bill Berkeley, a missionary translator working in Brazil for 53 years.     …

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June 2011
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GCU memories

GCU memories   ET readers write:   It was lovely to read the ‘Chain of grace’ (April ET) about the work of the Girl Crusaders’ Union for 95 years.      I joined the Penarth class soon after it started at the age of 9, little realising then how the Lord would use my life…

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News

June 2011
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Sunday trading

Sunday trading Belfast City Council has turned down an attempt to scrap Northern Ireland’s Sunday trading laws, according to the Christian Institute (CI).      Sinn Fein councillor Conor Maskey had lobbied the council to support total deregulation, in response to the launch of a consultation from Stormont on whether Sunday trading hours should be…

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June 2011
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What Next

The world is waiting to see what will happen in the Middle East after the death of Al-Qaeda's leader Osama bin Laden.

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June 2011
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A chilling Column

Old people who are a drain on society's resources should do the right thing and agree to euthanasia, according to a chilling column in the Sunday Times.

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June 2011
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Big questions

Big questions   Christians and Christianity — together with the Catholic faith — have been lambasted in a recent topical issues series of BBC1 programmes.      Entitled Big questions and hosted by Nicky Campbell, the series aimed to explore a range of topics with a panel of experts and selected audience each week. Many…

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News

June 2011
News

400-minute Bible

400-minute Bible A special social network project saw the King James Version of the Bible read eight times in 400 minutes as part of its 400th anniversary celebrations.      According to a statement on website www.youversion.com/kjv400, Christians all over the world were invited to sign up and, at 11.00am US Eastern Time, to read…

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News

June 2011
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Global Audience

More than two billion people worldwide watched the royal wedding. But amidst the glitzand glamour, was the name of God glorified?

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In the school of God’s grace

Article

June 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

In the school of God’s grace

In the school of God’s grace   We had driven down to Cornwall many, many times, but this time was different. Arthur was touching the kerb as we went across the roundabouts and didn’t seem able to stay in a straight line.   It was all very jerky and uncoordinated. I felt nervous and…

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150th children’s book

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June 2011
Reviews

150th children’s book

150th children’s book   The day Carine Mackenzie wrote her first book was a typical one in her household. Two girls had been packed off to school and a little red-headed toddler was crawling around on the floor.   She was a bit noisy and constantly demanding her mother’s attention, but there was something…

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Parliament’s Christian heritage

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June 2011
Articles > Historical

Parliament’s Christian heritage

Parliament’s Christian heritage   For more than a thousand years, Parliament and the Christian church have been bound together by geographical ties. The very name ‘West-minster’ announces that aspect of heritage.   The Benedictine monks arrived there first and founded the great abbey which has been at the centre of our national life for…

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News

June 2011
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Family matters

Family matters   The Government’s Sex Education Forum (SEF) is trying to redefine the science curriculum in order to impose sex education on primary schools, the Family Education Trust (FET) has warned.      In its latest newsletter, the FET highlights how the SEF’s website information is misleading in what it says should be taught…

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June 2011
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Belief survey

Belief survey   The majority of people across the globe believe in a god-figure and an afterlife, according to a wide-ranging Ipsos/Reuters poll.      Fifty-one per cent of the 18,829 people from 23 countries who took part in the Reuters survey said they were convinced there is an afterlife and a divine entity, while…

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Article

June 2011
Reviews

Servant of the Word and flock – An extract from Iain H. Murray’s latest book, on Dr John MacArthur

Servant of the Word and flock – An extract from Iain H. Murray’s latest book, on Dr John MacArthur   Through more than forty years, John MacArthur has opened and taught the Word of God in one local congregation, Grace Community Church, Los Angeles. Consequences have followed which no one anticipated, and which the…

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The Genesis Flood – 50 years on (3)

Article

June 2011
Scientific (including creation)

The Genesis Flood – 50 years on (3)

The Genesis Flood — 50 years on (3)   Like any book dealing with scientific matters, some of the arguments in The Genesis Flood have had to be reconsidered based on further study.   The book was published before the theory of plate tectonics revolutionised the earth sciences in the late 1960s, which means…

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Article

June 2011
Interviews

Meet the ministers – 50 years of preaching (2)

Peyton Jones discusses preaching with Peter Jeffery.

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News

June 2011
News

Birth miracle

Birth miracle A German baby born after only 21 weeks and five days in the womb has equalled a world record for surviving premature infants. According to a report from Associated Press, when Frieda and her brother Kilian were born on 7 November, she was the only survivor.      At the time, she measured…

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Stronger than the sword – Faith Cook

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June 2011
Reviews

Stronger than the sword – Faith Cook

Stronger than the sword Faith Cook EP Books, 188 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-0-85234-787 As I am familiar with Faith Cook and her excellent books, it was with a great sense of anticipation that I began reading her novel Stronger than the sword.      The novel is set during the time of the English Civil…

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Nairobi conference

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June 2011
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Nairobi conference

Nairobi conference     More than 50 pastors and other delegates gathered from all over Kenya to attend the annual Reformed conference for ministers, sponsored by Trinity Baptist Church (TBC), Nairobi.      All the attendees had a strong appetite for, though in some cases an inadequate understanding of, Reformed theology.      The main subject was regeneration.…

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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (3)

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June 2011
Articles > Historical

William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (3)

William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible April 2011 (1) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (2) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her…

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What good is God? – Philip Yancey

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June 2011
Reviews

What good is God? – Philip Yancey

What good is God? – On the road with stories of grace Philip Yancey Hodder and Stoughton, 272 pages, £12.99, ISBN: 978-0-340-99614-0 Picking up this volume, I knew only that lots of people read Yancey, and I never have.      Here we follow the author to Mumbai slums and Cambridge conferences, stopping at gatherings…

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News

June 2011
News

School Bibles

School Bibles   Two schools have stopped the Gideons handing out Bibles in the 400th anniversary year of the King James Version. Abbot Beyne School and Paget High Schools, near Burton-on-Trent in Staffordshire, are reported to have told the Gideons that the Bibles may offend people from other faiths. Canon Dr Ann Holt, OBE,…

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June 2011
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Attack on faith schools

Attack on faith schools   A Church of England bishop has attacked faith schools for being havens for the faithful instead of serving the wider community.      According to an article in the Times educational supplement, the Rt Rev. John Pritchard, Bishop of Oxford, delivered an Easter message in which he said that schools…

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New Word Alive

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June 2011
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New Word Alive

New Word Alive   More than 5000 people gathered at the seaside resort of Pwllheli for NWA 2011, many of whom came to praise God and learn how to move forward in their Christian walk.      Of these, 1000 were young people and children, many of whom had not yet met the Saviour for…

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Cumnock Baptist Church

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June 2011
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Cumnock Baptist Church

Cumnock Baptist Church   On Tuesday 19 April, 168 ladies from Cumnock and the surrounding churches attended this year’s Easter rally.      The numbers were most encouraging on a lovely, warm spring evening for an event which has been running for the past 30 years. The singing trio ‘One way’ ministered to the gathering…

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June 2011
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Playing God?

Playing God?   The more we know about genetics, the more we must be careful, according to a comment posted on the site of religious think-tank Theos.      In a piece called Genetic screening: playing God?, Francesca Henbest, a theology student at the University of Durham, said that once the door was opened to…

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The big interview – a team player

Article

June 2011
Interviews

The big interview – a team player

The big interview — a team player   Putting your faith first isn’t always easy but, as BBC sports presenter and family man Dan Walker tells ET, those who honour God find that he honours them.   ET: Which came first — faith or football? Dan Walker: Definitely football. I was obsessed from an…

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Global positioning

Article

June 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Global positioning

Global positioning   Many of us live such hectic and stressful lives that we fail to take time and notice God’s presence.   It can be an arduous task to simply slow down, because we are immersed with balancing work schedules, children, and confronting other deadlines. Why have we allowed ourselves to get off…

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What is righteousness?

Article

June 2011
Articles > Guest column

What is righteousness?

Guest Column    Erroll Hulse What is righteousness? In Romans 1:16-17 the apostle proceeds straight to the subject of righteousness: ‘I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentile.’ ‘For in the gospel righteousness from…

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News

June 2011
News

Birthday celebration

Birthday celebration John Stott, a Bible teacher, preacher, writer, pastor and mission-leader, has recently celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends.      Rev. Stott, who is Rector Emeritus of All Souls Church, Langham Place, president of the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity and founder-president of the Langham Partnership International (LPI), has authored many…

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News

June 2011
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Be an advocate

Be an advocate   Release International is calling for church members to consider writing letters on behalf of our imprisoned brothers and sisters in Christ. To help people and churches, the charity, which campaigns on behalf of and supports Christians persecuted for their faith worldwide, has produced an Advocates’ Pack (www.releaseinternational.org/adpack).

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June 2011
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Bus of fools

Bus of fools   This November, renowned atheist Richard Dawkins and TV presenter Dr Francesca Stavrakopoulou are planning to join forces to ‘de-evangelise Britain’, according to religious web site ‘Ship of fools’.      The celebrities will visit 30 UK towns and cities with a multi-media presentation called Shaking the foundations, in a convoy of…

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Prophets foretold him – Timothy Cross

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June 2011
Reviews

Prophets foretold him – Timothy Cross

Prophets foretold him   Timothy Cross Gospel Folio Press, 99 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-9267652-4-2   Many of us, I’m sure, have been faced with the challenge of: ‘Prove to me the Bible is true’. Or with a similar question: ‘How do you know the Bible is the Word of God?’      What would be…

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Relationships don’t just happen

News

June 2011
News > Youth Features

Relationships don’t just happen

Relationships don’t just happen   When you become a Christian it is the start of a relationship with the living God, who speaks stars into existence; the one who knows every fibre of your being, who loves you with a love impossible to change or destroy. It is the start of the most incredible…

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News

June 2011
News

Arab revolution

Arab revolution   The ‘Arab Spring’ sweeping across North Africa, the Gulf and Middle East has continued to claim countless lives, as the war rages on in Libya, and Syria teeters on the brink of civil war.      On 7 May, Associated Press revealed that the United Nations was preparing to send a team…

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June 2011
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Cross victory

Cross victory A Christian van driver who was facing possible disciplinary action has been allowed to keep his job — and his cross.      Colin Atkinson, who works for housing association Wakefield District Housing (WDH), was facing dismissal before Easter over a row that escalated over a small palm cross.      For the entire…

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GCU swan song – a further report

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June 2011
News

GCU swan song – a further report

GCU swan song — a further report   The magnet in the bookshop at High Leigh bore the legend: ‘Faith is not believing that God can, but knowing that he will’, and this seemed to reflect the theme of the last ever GCU conference.      Celebrating its 95 years of work in the Lord’s…

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News

June 2011
News

Church buildings survey

Church buildings survey   A critical number of church buildings in the UK need support in undertaking repairs and maintenance, according to the National Churches Trust Survey.      The survey, open to all of the estimated 47,000 churches, chapels and meeting houses in the UK, found that while most buildings are in good or…

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Rapping hard on the door

Article

June 2011
Articles > Comment

Rapping hard on the door

Rapping hard on the door   I was asked recently by an experienced minister, ‘In a prayer meeting, after you’ve asked God for something, what more can you do?’      The question reflects the accepted norm in many, if not most, contemporary church prayer meetings. People take it in turn to bring their requests…

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If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism

Article

June 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism

If the foundations are destroyed … Descent into barbarism   Democracy cannot long survive without moral foundations. The second president of the United States, John Adams, is noted — and sometimes resented — for his observation in 1798 that ‘Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate…

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News

June 2011
News

Chinese crackdown

Chinese crackdown   Calls for the Chinese people to adopt a Jasmine revolution have sent its government into a state of crackdown against a host of groups, including churches.      Following a spate of increasingly weird diktats, including the official ban on any TV programmes showing time travel — in case it causes disaffection…

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The Narnia code – Michael Ward

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June 2011
Reviews

The Narnia code – Michael Ward

The Narnia code   Michael Ward Paternoster, 193 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-84227-722-5   I grew up with C. S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia and am looking forward to introducing them to my children, especially teaching them about Christ through their spiritual symbolism.      So it was with great intrigue that I began reading this…

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