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June 2012
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Pakistan

Pakistan Christian girls in Pakistan have been raped and trapped into becoming Muslims through forced marriage, a report from independent newsletter The News has claimed.    Quoted in the report, one old lady from Essa Nagri said, ‘I saw two of my daughters being raped in front of me’.    She told The News that around…

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Was it worth it?

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June 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

Was it worth it?

Was it worth it? The southern edge of the Sahara Desert is a mysterious land with a striking landscape. Black volcanic mountains tower over emerald green oases. Cascading waterfalls and lush private gardens contrast starkly with the dramatic beauty of the desert, where sand waves roll toward the horizon. Intermittent adobe cities dot the…

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June 2012
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Wedding trends

Wedding trends People are increasingly likely to pick a partner similar to themselves, according to research by the Institute for Public Policy Research.    The research, which was reported on Channel 4, found more than half of married women born between 1976-1981 married a partner in the same social class, compared to 45 per cent…

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Avoiding silly mistakes

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June 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Avoiding silly mistakes

Avoiding silly mistakes People who claim to believe the Bible can still manage to draw false deductions from it. Over the centuries there have been some strange efforts in this regard. Sometimes the result is almost amusing — except that it is God’s Word that is being mishandled. At times an argument which contains…

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Charity CD

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June 2012
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Charity CD

Charity CD Philippa Woodcraft, a member of Potton Baptist Church, Bedfordshire, who was born blind, has produced a CD of hymns called, ‘I shall see him face to face’. It is a mixture of 12 old and new hymns, including ‘No one ever cared for me like Jesus’, ‘One day when heaven’, ‘Such love’…

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June 2012
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Creationism in the US

Creationism in the US UK scientist and creationist Professor Andy McIntosh has ‘learned great lessons’ during his time in Montana and Idaho in the US.    According to the Leeds University academic, much work has been done on dinosaur bones casting doubt over the initial readings of pro-evolutionary scientists.    He said, ‘The meetings in Bozeman,…

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The Olympic flame

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Olympic flame

The Olympic flame The tradition of lighting an Olympic flame comes from the ancient Greeks. During the ancient Olympic Games, a sacred flame was lit from the sun’s rays at Olympia, and stayed lit until the games were completed. This flame represented the ‘endeavour for protection and struggle for victory’. It was first introduced…

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Why is prayer so difficult?

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why is prayer so difficult?

Why is prayer so difficult? The Lord Jesus was an example to the disciples of a praying man. He also taught them how to pray and exhorted them to keep on praying. So you’d think that believers in God wouldn’t need any encouragement to address the living Creator. We have known the forgiveness of…

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Banner of Truth

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June 2012
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Banner of Truth

Banner of Truth This year’s Leicester conference began on a startling note, as Ted Donnelly was unable to complete his opening paper, despite having preached lucidly at another meeting the previous night. However, his paper on ‘Exalting the name of the Lord’ gave us strong reasons to exalt God together.     Mr Donnelly was…

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June 2012
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Nigerian violence

Nigerian violence People living in northern Nigeria must not only cope with religious killings, but the daily threat of gang violence, a report from Al-Jazeera has claimed.    The comments came after gunmen threw bombs and opened fire on a cattle market in Potiskum, north-eastern Nigeria, killing at least 60 people, a spokesman for the…

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June 2012
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Laos

Laos Laotian Christians in one church have stood up for religious freedom, by resisting the closure of their church building, which was among four confiscated by the authorities in one district.     According to reports from Barnabas Fund, on 5 April officials ordered the confiscation and closure of the church in Khamnonsung village, in…

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The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2)

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June 2012
Articles > Historical

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2)

The Clapham Sect and the abolition of the slave trade (2) John Wesley encouraged William Wilberforce that his fight against slavery was a ‘glorious enterprise’, but warned him that ‘unless God has raised you up for this very thing, you will be worn out by the opposition of men and devils’ (May ET). This…

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Militant secularism (2)

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June 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Militant secularism (2)

Militant secularism (2) What are the aims of secularism? Rightly understood, secularism works for the separation of political and religious institutions, so that government is free from the dominant (or domineering) influence of any particular religion. In other words, secularism asserts that religion should not be privileged by the state when the state enacts…

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June 2012
News > Youth Features

Cycling

I recently took up cycling. At first I was enthusiastic for every ride. Come rain or shine, I wanted to get out on that bike and nothing would stop me. I told everyone I met how great cycling is and how they should take it up too — ‘It’s improved my fitness levels and…

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From drug addict to missionary

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June 2012
Evangelistic

From drug addict to missionary

From drug addict to missionary Jenya, a skinny boy 10 years old, looked at his parents who were slumped across the sofa and bed, unconscious in their little wooden house. Sighing, he picked up a pen and drew a cross over the last day of the month on his calendar. His parents had been…

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Ministering to those dying without Christ

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June 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Ministering to those dying without Christ

Ministering to those dying without Christ ‘It is sad beyond words to watch mom’s health failing and see her fear and anxiety or detached numbness as she faces each day. She wavers back and forth. It is all sad and full of despair.’ ‘There is no longing for glory, no hope of future joy,…

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June 2012
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Pro-lifers excluded

Pro-lifers excluded There is still a lack of proper debate on abortion at a higher level, a blog post published on the Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) web site has claimed.    Citing an article by consultant psychiatrist Pravin Thevathasan, the post highlighted the influence of the one-sided report by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges…

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Rendille people

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June 2012
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Rendille people

Rendille people I was recently privileged to spend three months working with Nick and Lynne Swanepoel in Korr, northern Kenya. I was teaching English at the emerging secondary school there, the latest addition to the Tirrim Project.     The students in the secondary school are studying hard for their exams, and so grateful to…

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A Protestant monarchy?

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June 2012
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A Protestant monarchy?

A Protestant monarchy? The British monarchy has had much to celebrate over the last year — a royal wedding in 2011, swiftly followed by a diamond jubilee in 2012. There has been a surge of popular support for the royal family, riding high again after the crises of the 1990s.     The gift of…

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EMF open day

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June 2012
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EMF open day

EMF open day On Saturday 21 April, European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) supporters came to Welwyn Evangelical Church for the annual School of Biblical Studies open day.    During the two meetings, students were interviewed by the School’s principal, Jörg Müller, and spoke of their home churches in Hungary, Nigeria, Russia, Ukraine and the UK. We…

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Eucharistic Congress

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June 2012
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Eucharistic Congress

Eucharistic Congress Two debates have been scheduled for the end of May, to coincide with the 50th World Eucharistic Congress in Dublin in June, when there will be added focus on the Eucharist and associated doctrines.     The planned debates between Catholic priest Patrick McCafferty and Evangelical Christian Rob Zins from North Carolina will…

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June 2012
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Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan A court in Azerbaijan has ruled to close down Greater Grace Protestant Church in Baku, according to a report from Christian advocacy organisation Release International. This is believed to be the first forced liquidation of a religious group in the country since a tough new Religion Law was passed in 2009. Andy Dipper,…

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June 2012
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Baptismal insult

Baptismal insult Hindu leaders in the US have asked the Mormon Church of the Latter Day Saints for a full report on the numbers of Hindus baptised posthumously.    In a report in Third Way, the church of Mormon was said to be once again in the centre of a controversy over its mass posthumous…

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June 2012
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Marriage

Marriage Religious institutions and Prime Minister David Cameron are set to lock horns after another campaign to keep marriage special was launched in May.    High Court Judge Sir Paul Coleridge is responsible for the latest campaign, which he said was much needed in order to benefit society.    He pointed out that 500,000 children and…

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June 2012
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Stony Stratford

Stony Stratford On Saturday 31 March, Keith Plant was inducted as pastor of Stony Stratford Evangelical Free Church (EFCC).    The service was chaired by Roger March, who was moderator during the interregnum and who is former pastor of near neighbour, Wolverton Evangelical Free Church.     Gareth Williams, pastor of Bala Evangelical Church and a…

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June 2012
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Irish Catholic agitation

Irish Catholic agitation Irish Catholics have called on Cardinal Sean Brady to resign, lobbied against celibacy vows and suggested allowing the ordination of women priests.    The Association of Catholic Priests (ACP), which represents more than 850 priests in Ireland, said it was crucial to change in order to secure a future for the Catholic…

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June 2012
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John Newton Project

John Newton Project The John Newton Project has made another urgent appeal for funds, as it is still short of this year’s expenses. The recent increase in postage stamp prices has contributed much to its costs.    According to its latest newsletter, the charitable foundation needs roughly £6,000 more, despite a fundraising earlier this year…

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Stockton-on-Tees

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June 2012
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Stockton-on-Tees

Stockton-on-Tees Nearly 100 people gathered for the official opening of the Bible Centre, Stockton-on-Tees, the new location of Stockton’s Presbyterian Reformed Church. The refurbished building, a former boxing club, has already been in use for several months in the good fight of faith.     Pastor Roy Mohon, minister of the congregation, led in worship.…

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Science and faith

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June 2012
Articles > Guest column

Science and faith

Guest Column Science and faith I will celebrate my 22nd year as pastor of Grace Reformed Church later this year. And all these years have been spent in an intense study of the Bible. This has only amplified my convictions regarding the sufficiency and authority of God’s Word. Here are just a few of…

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Religious freedom

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June 2012
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Religious freedom

Religious freedom American academics have opened a debate about whether religious freedom is being threatened by the legal promotion of gay rights on both sides of the Atlantic.    It follows several cases in Britain and the US where Christians have clashed with the campaign to legalise same-sex marriage and place children with gay foster…

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The Sahara Desert Mission

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June 2012
Articles > World Mission > Africa

The Sahara Desert Mission

The Sahara Desert Mission The Republic of Niger extends over the central/western area of the Sahara Desert. It is the largest country in West Africa and lies north of Nigeria, and south of Algeria and Libya. The population of 15 million is mostly clustered in the south and west of the country, and, with…

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June 2012
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Encouragement in Lagos

Encouragement in Lagos Despite trouble in northern Nigeria, the Lord is saving souls and growing his church, according to reports from Pastor Tony Okoroh in Lagos.    In his latest newsletter Mr Okoroh said, ‘The Lord has allowed us to continue to hold meetings openly. The well publicised threat against Christian gatherings by the Boko…

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June 2012
Articles > Comment

Why read church history?

ET COMMENT Why read church history? Why should we be interested in history? The humanist studies it to celebrate human accomplishment. His is a revisionist mindset, writing God out of the frame and so manipulating the evidence to suit his agenda. But the honest student of history focuses on the facts wherever they lead…

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Unapologetic apologetics

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June 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Unapologetic apologetics

Unapologetic apologetics We don’t often use the word ‘apologetics’ in our churches, or in ordinary conversation. Its meaning though is very important. ‘Apologetics’ simply comes from the Greek verb ‘to make a defence’. It includes being able to give ‘a reason for the hope’ that we have as Christians, and ‘contending for the faith’…

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June 2012
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Executions

Executions The number of countries using capital punishment has fallen by a third in the past decade, according to Amnesty International.     In its 74-page report, Death sentences and executions in 2011, Amnesty said 20 countries carried out executions in 2011, down from 23 in 2010.    Only 10 per cent of the world’s countries…

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June 2012
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Survival story

Survival story A woman from Georgia, US, has given an account of her ‘terrifying ordeal’ a year after she was caught up in powerful tornadoes in southern US that killed 300 people and was taken for dead.    In an Associated Press report Glynis Lawson told of how the last thing she remembered was seeking…

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Review

June 2012

Strong and Courageous – Joshua simply explained

Strong and Courageous – Joshua John D Currid 271pages, £11.99 EP Books ISBN: 978-085234-747-8 Star rating: 4 stars   John D. Currid has again produced another valuable volume on the Old Testament – this time it appears in the Welwyn commentaries, the Bible simply explained. It is similar in style to Dr Currid’s EP…

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June 2012

Serving God’s Words

Serving God’s Words Ed Paul A Barker et al IVP 225 pages, £11.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-547-0 Star Rating: 4   Peter Adam is an Australian Anglican clergyman with a passion for expository preaching. He recently retired as Principal of Ridley College, Melbourne. This book was put together to mark the occasion. Each of the twelve…

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June 2012

Excellence in Preaching

Excellence in Preaching Simon Vibert IVP 174 pages , £8.99 ISBN: 978-1-84474-519-7 Star Rating: 2   Simon Vibert (Wycliffe Hall, Oxford) writes with a commendable goal: riveting preaching. His book admires Jesus’ communication style, and that of twelve popular preachers, known to any downloader of internet sermons. Speakers across the UK/US ecclesiastical spectrum (e.g.…

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June 2012

The Love of Christ

The Love of ChristRichard SibbesBanner of Truth Trust364, £6.50ISBN: 978-1-84871-144-0Star Rating: 4 This is a welcome addition to Banner’s ‘Puritan Paperback’ series. It consists of a famous series of 20 sermons on Song of Songs preached by Richard Sibbes (1577-1635). This is not an abridgement, but a reprint of the Nicol (1862) edition found…

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June 2012

Hit by Friendly Fire

Hit by Friendly Fire Michael A Milton Evangelical Press 96 pages, £4.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-776-8 Star Rating: 4   This little book is sub-titled ‘What to do when fellow believers hurt you’ and is based on a single sermon preached by the author. It comprises 7 very short chapters. The first 3 set the scene,…

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Heroes of the Faith

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June 2012

Heroes of the Faith

Heroes of the faith — role models for the Christian warfare Roy Mohon Truthzone 404 pages, £11.75 (plus £2.00 p&p, from, Truthzone Ltd, 34 Yarm Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS18 3NG) Star rating: 3 stars   This looks in detail at each of the significant figures of faith in the Old Testament, from Abel to David.…

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June 2012

The Mystery of the Last Supper: Reconstructing the Final Days of Jesus

The Mystery of the Last Supper Colin J. Humphreys Cambridge University Press 244 pages, £14.99 ISBN: 978-0521732000 Star rating: 4   The last time I can recall being as excited by a book as I was by Colin Humphreys’ The Mystery of the Last Supper was when I read John Wenham’s Easter Enigma in…

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June 2012

Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia

Clouds of Witnesses: Christian Voices from Africa and Asia Mark A Knoll and Carolyn Nystrom IVP £15.65 286 Pages ISBN: 978-0830838349 Star Rating: 3   This is one of those books that proves why e-readers will never be able to completely replace the printed book. It’s beautifully produced with an attractive cover; it’s nicely…

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