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June 2013
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Lewis Christian Conference

The Lewis Christian Conference will hold two conferences in 2013. The first takes place from 5-8 July, when the speaker is Dr William Goligher, senior minister of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, since May 2011. The second is from 8-11 November, when the speaker is Dr Dale Ralph Davis, from Mississippi.      Mr Goligher previously…

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June 2013
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Cancer test

Cancerous tumours release into the bloodstream DNA that contains specific signals about the tumours, research has found.      According to a statement from Cancer Research UK, there is a growing hope that analysing these DNA fingerprints could provide a quick, simple ‘liquid biopsy’ to track tumours’ progress.      Earlier this year, researchers at the…

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June 2013
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Inaugural Toon Lecture

The former Bishop of Rochester, Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, has given the first Toon Lecture, which was established in honour of the late Dr Peter Toon, who died in 2009.      Peter Toon was a Yorkshireman, Anglican minister, theologian and church historian. He served at various times as librarian at Latimer House in Oxford, curate…

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June 2013
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Birmingham Conference

Despite the adverse weather conditions, some 70 ministers, church workers and their wives gathered for the fourth annual Birmingham Conference. Although the snow came down heavily outside, hearts were warmed as God’s Word was faithfully preached over the two days. The speakers were Rev. John J. Murray (Inverness), Pastor Pooyan Mehrshahi (Cheltenham) and Rev.…

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June 2013
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Arthur Hildersham commemoration

2013 marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Rev. Arthur Hildersham, a celebrated puritan minister. On Wednesday 1 May, a lecture on him was held in St Helen’s Church, Ashby-de-la-Zouch.       Hildersham ministered at this church for over 40 years, in the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, and was buried there. Over…

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June 2013
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Nigerian integrity

A diplomatic controversy has erupted after the Nigerian UN representative refused to accept references that supported abortion and ‘reproductive rights’ in the Commission on Population and Development’s draft document.      Joy Ogwu, Nigeria’s permanent representative at the UN and first chair of the UN Women Committee, had objected to the terms ‘sexual and reproductive…

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June 2013
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Addictions

The dictionary defines ‘addict’ as ‘to devote or surrender (oneself) to something habitually or obsessively’. It gives as one example — addicted to gambling. Usually we think of an addiction as being dominated by a drug such as alcohol or heroin, but obviously addictions can be psychological as well as spiritual. A couple of…

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June 2013
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Street pastors

Street Pastors Kingston is recruiting ambassadors to represent the team at local churches. It is also planning to attend farmers’ markets, speak in local services, attend Freshers’ Weeks events and hold its eight-year celebration at Surbiton Hill Methodist Church.      On 9 June, the group is holding a special Street Pastor Sunday, to celebrate…

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June 2013
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Wycliffe Bible Translators

Wycliffe Bible Translators (WBT) has issued a report outlining principles for translating the Bible, particularly with a Muslim readership in mind. This can be seen in full on its web site.      In a 33-page report, commissioned by WBT and overseen by Dr Robert Cooley and the World Evangelical Alliance’s (WEA) independent panel, WBT…

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June 2013
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Yorkshire Camps

April saw the start of a new initiative to reach children and young people in Yorkshire. This county (population 5.5 million), with a rich Christian heritage, now has fewer Christians per head of population than Japan, and very few children have any contact with the Christian message.      Andy and Hannah Peace have been…

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June 2013
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Prison update

The work among Welsh prisons is showing signs of blessing, a newsletter from Daylight Prison Trust has said. The latest letter highlighted the increased numbers of men attending Christianity Explored courses and a Discipleship Bible study in Cardiff.      The newsletter said, ‘Also give thanks that prisoners are sharing what they have learned with…

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June 2013
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Port Harcourt update

Christian work in south Nigeria has seen significant growth and challenges. According to Pastor Ani Ekpo, some of these outposts in Akwa Ibom State — one of which has become a Reformed Grace Baptist Church, about 200km from Port Harcourt — have been meeting a lot of opposition from Charismatic churches.      At Abak,…

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June 2013
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Libya

A violent, radical Islamist tide is posing a ‘threat to post-Arab Spring Libya’, Dr Patrick Sookhdeo has warned. The international director of charity Barnabas Fund said this had ‘menacing implications for Christians in North Africa and beyond’. He pointed to reports earlier this year, in which a church building in the eastern Libyan city…

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June 2013
Obituaries

Edith Schaeffer (1914-2013)

Christian author Edith Schaeffer, co-founder of L’Abri Fellowship, has died at the age of  98. The author of 17 books, and widow of pastor and author Francis Schaeffer, she was born in 1914 to missionary parents in Wenzhou, China.      She met her husband-to-be at the First Presbyterian Church in Germantown, Philadelphia, in 1932.…

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YOIs failing

Schools in the UK may be excluding ‘problem’ children illegally. A report by the Children’s Commissioner for England has suggested that several hundred schools in England may be excluding children illegally, affecting thousands of children every year.      The research also found that 88 per cent of young men aged 15-18 in Young Offenders’…

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June 2013
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Sinn Fein proposal defeated

A motion brought by Sinn Fein to introduce same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland has been defeated by 53 votes to 42.      According to a BBC report, 50 unionist MLAs (Members of the Legislative Assembly) and three Alliance members voted against the measure. Those in support included 37 nationalist and three unionist members.     …

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June 2013
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Banner of Truth

More than 250 pastors, missionaries and ministry students gathered in Leicester, in April, for the 2013 Banner of Truth Ministers’ Conference. Its theme was ‘The gospel: what it is and why it matters’.      At first sight this theme may seem rather elementary for a ministers’ conference. But while the gospel is elementary, it…

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June 2013
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Iran

An Iranian pastor has been warned that, unless he denies Christ and returns to Islam, he will not be released, even after he has served his sentence.      A report from the Barnabas Fund has called on Christians worldwide to pray for Saeed Abedini, an Iranian-American pastor who is serving an eight-year prison sentence…

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June 2013
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European resolution

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe has passed a resolution to accommodate religious beliefs and safeguard Christians and members of other faiths in their employment.      In a resolution passed in April, it called on the 47 member states to accommodate religious beliefs in the public sphere, by guaranteeing freedom of thought…

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June 2013
Obituaries

George Beverly Shea (1909-2013)

At the ripe age of 104, the former insurance clerk turned gospel singer George Beverly Shea went to be with the Lord. Often to be found at the Billy Graham crusades in the USA, the Canadian-born singer had been associated with the evangelist’s work for more than 50 years.      According to the New…

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June 2013
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Second marriages

People who marry a second time, after divorce or bereavement, have claimed their marriages are more stable, a survey by the Marriage Foundation has revealed.      According to a report from the think-tank, second marriages are more stable than first marriages, challenging the widely held belief that couples who remarry are doomed to repeat…

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June 2013
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Irish abortion law

The Irish government has published a draft bill on abortion, which has been branded ‘worse than Britain’s 1967 Abortion Act’, by a spokesman for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC).      Speaking after the publication of the bill, called ‘Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill 2013’, Pat Buckley, Ireland’s SPUC representative,…

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June 2013
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Evangelical Times newsletters

The ET newsletter is now being sent out once each month, in the middle of the month, to everyone who subscribes for it. This newsletter does not replace your usual monthly hard copy ET delivered to your church or by ordinary post (the normal ET is also available as online pdfs, to those specifically…

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June 2013
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Andy Mac in America

The strong interest that some churches have shown in Creation ministry meant many people were drawn to hear Professor Andy McIntosh speak on creation during his recent tour in America.      Prof. McIntosh spent a valuable time in Ballston Lake Reformed Baptist Church and in Albany Baptist. He said, ‘Both churches have taken a…

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June 2013
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Back to basics

There has never been a time when God’s Word has been so far from the minds of our nation’s youth as it is today. We live in a generation where society scoffs at the Bible and neglects the inspired Word of God.       There are all manner of assaults on the Scriptures and much…

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June 2013
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Nine-A-Day

The Christian’s journey to Christlikeness may be long, but all it takes is one step at a time, walking in the Word of God, the latest Nine-A-Day blog has said.      Continuing the 2013 ‘Nine-a-Day’ campaign, initiated by All Soul’s Church, Langham Place, London, and the Langham Partnership, the latest post has drawn on…

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