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June 2014
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Sharia Watch

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair has called for greater recognition of the threat that Islamism poses across the globe. Speaking at the launch of Sharia Watch at the House of Lords, Mr Blair stated that Islamism ‘is destabilising communities and even nations. It is undermining the possibility of peaceful coexistence, in an era of…

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June 2014
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Pakistan’s persecuted women

Every year, more than 1000 girls and young women — mostly Christians — are estimated to be kidnapped and forced to marry into Islam, a report has claimed. The 36-page report, Forced marriages and forced conversions in the Christian community of Pakistan, published by human rights organisation the Movement for Solidarity and Peace in Pakistan…

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June 2014
People

‘Out of the overflow of the heart, the mouth speaks’ – Personal view

How shocked would you be if a local minister said to you, ‘Oh, we don’t really bother about women in our church; they’re too complicated, we don’t really understand them’?   Or: ‘To be honest, we’re not interested in engaging with non-white people. The cultural differences are so great, we don’t see how we…

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Historical

June 2014
Articles > Historical

John Calvin and his relevance for today (2)

This year marks the 450th anniversary of the death of John Calvin (1509–1564). In this continued article, we look at the relevance of Calvin’s teaching for our situation today. In our times we, sadly, see the church proffering a rather confused vision of Jesus. Some say that he is a great example for us…

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June 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

God’s way with a dysfunctional family

In Genesis 27, we see a godly home, yet one where love and trust are missing. How can a family that began so well have come to this? How prayerful had Isaac been when childbirth had been delayed for 20 years! How earnestly Rebekah had prayed when the promised pregnancy proved so difficult! Seventy-seven…

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Let there be light!

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June 2014
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Let there be light!

‘”Let there be light” said God in his might. And light was created, so simply complicated’. This was just part of a poem, written and performed by an Emmaus School pupil, at Staverton, Wiltshire, for the creative event, ‘Let There Be Light’, devised by art teacher Mrs Hannah Pittman. The event allowed the pupils…

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June 2014
News > Youth Features

Saved2Serve

From 4-6 April, a group of around 70 young people met for a weekend, on the site of All Nations Christian College in Hertfordshire, to consider ways of getting involved in evangelism and mission. Saved2Serve, which is put on annually by Grace Baptist churches in south-east England for Christian young people aged 15-25, celebrated…

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Article

June 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Thoughts on the Lord’s Supper (2)

There is another Christ-centred aspect to the Supper (see also ET, May 2014), which we sometimes do not pay sufficient attention to. It is that the wine symbolises the blood of the new covenant (Matthew 26:28; Luke 22:20), a covenant sealed by the blood of Christ. There is a clear reference here to Exodus…

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Historical

June 2014
Articles > Historical

The Great War and 1904

The Great War of 1914-1918 emptied villages, towns and cities of their young men as they went to France to fight against the aggression of the German Kaiser. But what effect, if any, did this have on the nonconformist revivals that began a decade earlier? The great revival of 1904 to 1905 in Wales,…

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June 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Who was Adam?

Who was Adam? Some people are especially remembered because they are the first to do something. Neil Armstong’s name cannot be mentioned without thinking of the event for which he is most famous- the first moonwalker! Adam is to be remembered as Adam the first! He was the first in countless different ways but…

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June 2014
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Palestine

A young Palestinian woman and her family have been threatened after a YouTube film of her calling for freedom of speech and women’s rights in her homeland went viral. Known as Christy, the woman, who was born in Bethlehem but lives in the UK, said she and her family members received death threats in…

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June 2014
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Colliery closure

The Bishop of Durham led a service at St Edmund’s Church, to commemorate the 30th anniversary of a village pit closure. The service, at which Rt Rev. Paul Butler presided, rededicated a newly restored miners’ memorial plaque, in memory of those who died in the pit between 1872 and 1984. Bishop Paul told the…

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June 2014
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Free CofE mission

The Free Church of England (FCE) has received three Anglican congregations in Brazil. The three are registered under the name Igreja Anglicana Reformada (IARB). According to a statement, this is the first step towards the development of the FCE in that country and the expansion of the FCE mission to new countries for the…

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Banner of truth youth conference

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June 2014
News > Youth Features

Banner of truth youth conference

On 25-28 April, around 150 people gathered together to study God’s Word, and for fellowship, at the Banner of Truth Youth Conference. There were opportunities to receive good, helpful teaching through the talks, and from books and recordings. This year the speakers were Stuart Olyott, Euan Murray, José Moreno and Jonathan Watson. Euan Murray…

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June 2014
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Christian librarians

Saturday 5 April marked the official re-launch of the Librarians’ Christian Fellowship as the Christians in Library and Information Services (CLIS). At a conference entitled ‘Moving forward’, held in the Hughes Parry Hall, in Cartwright Gardens, London, the guest speakers were Dr Neil Hudson and Dr Peter Brierley. Dr Hudson, director of the Imagine…

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Article

June 2014
Cults and other religions

The new Mormon statement on Race and the Priesthood

In December 2013, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) published a statement on its website, entitled Race and the Priesthood, explicitly disavowing doctrines taught by Mormons in the past, that people of black ancestry were under a curse.   Although the statement was clearly intended to improve the LDS Church’s image,…

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June 2014
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Law Society

The Law Society has fanned the flames of controversy after announcing it will run formal training courses in Islamic sharia law. The course, which will be open to all high-street lawyers across the UK, and is likely to take the form of a one-day summer training event, is to be the forerunner to a…

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June 2014
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Whitby Evangelical Church

In June last year, Whitby Evangelical Church, North Yorkshire, and many friends gave thanks to the Lord for 40 years of faithful ministry in the region. If this was a bitter-sweet moment, it was that we had been without a minister for four years and our pastoral search was beginning to dry up, as…

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Article

June 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Reflections on a reunion

In November 2013, about 70 church members ‘freely, joyfully and solemnly’ covenanted together to form a new church in Shepshed; a union of the Belton Street Baptist and the Free Evangelical churches in the town. This was the culmination of a seven-year journey. When we set off, we had no idea how long and…

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June 2014
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Canonised popes

Two former popes have been declared ‘saints’, with their work to improve relations between Catholics and Jews noted particularly, as they were canonised at a special service in the Vatican. Pope Francis praised the two men, John Paul II and John XXIII, at the service which was also attended by Pope Emeritus Benedict, who…

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June 2014
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Christian Worship Trust

Ebenezer Chapel in Old Hill was again the kind host of the Birmingham Conference, organised by the committee of the Christian Worship Trust. Attendance has steadily increased since its inauguration, and this year the chapel was well filled with pastors and their wives, together with other church leaders and believers from across the country.…

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June 2014
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Nigeria

The work of the gospel at Port Harcourt in Nigeria is showing strong signs of God’s blessing, according to Pastor Ani Ekpo in his latest prayer letter. According to Mr Ekpo, the year opened with a prayer conference for missions, entitled ‘The challenge of missions’, during which both clothes and funds were raised to…

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June 2014
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Overseas council turns 40

A small Christian ministry with a global footprint turns 40 this year, and there is reason to celebrate. Forty years ago, a small team of businessmen from the American Midwest found their way to Seoul on a missions trip that was intended, among other modest objectives, to support the Seoul Theological Seminary (STS). The…

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June 2014
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Gay marriage

The dean of York has stirred up controversy within the Church of England after announcing she would be prepared to bless gay marriages. In an interview with the Radio Times, Rev. Vivienne Faull accused the Church of England of ‘driving people away’ with its historic position on same-sex marriages. In the interview, she said…

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June 2014
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King’s College, New York

Greg Thornbury has been installed as the sixth president of King’s College in New York City, USA. King’s College was founded 75 years ago by the evangelist Percy Crawford and has had a distinguished history. It is fair to say that the modern school was the brain child of Bill Bright, founder and president of…

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June 2014
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Compassion in Harrogate

Harrogate has bold plans to do what no other town has done before, to see 1000 children sponsored and a further 1000 families given access to safe water through Christian child development charity Compassion. The initiative was launched in January by Guy Donegan-Cross, vicar of St Mark’s, in this picturesque North Yorkshire town. Having…

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June 2014
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Pilgrim Homes

Pilgrims’ Friend Society (PFS) has won an award from Building Magazine for Pilgrim Gardens, the Christian care homes charity’s latest development in Evington, Leicester. The award, for Best Housing Project of the Year, was announced at the trade magazine’s 2014 Building Awards, at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London. Eight projects…

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Article

June 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Child trafficking

Imagine you are in another country; somewhere you don’t speak the language and know no one. What would you do if you had an emergency and desperately needed help? Who would you turn to for advice and support? Now imagine that you are a teenager sent abroad to work to pay off debts owed…

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Article

June 2014
Articles > Biblical/theological

Recovering the gospel

We must ask ourselves this question, ‘How can I know I have been born again, that I am truly a child of God? How can I know that I have believed unto eternal life?’ The relevance of these questions becomes apparent as we consider that we live in an age when many claim to…

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June 2014
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EA loses patience with Oasis

The Evangelical Alliance (EA) has discontinued the EA membership of church-based charity the Oasis Trust after its founder, Steve Chalke, continued to support same-sex marriages. Oasis Trust had been part of the membership of the EA, but since January 2013, when Mr Chalke wrote an article expressing his view that Christians of integrity should…

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June 2014
News > Youth Features

United Beach Missions Postal Bible Club party

During each summer, United Beach Missions (UBM) encourages children to sign up for the Postal Bible Club (PBC). In 2013, that meant processing 500 applications. Each month, three large sacks of worksheets get mailed to children to complete and volunteers to mark. For many of these children, this is the only contact they have…

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June 2014
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Berlin progress

In September 2012, the Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales began to hold a monthly church-planting Bible study in Berlin. The work began through the friendship of Rev. Dr Kevin Bidwell and two young Germans aboard the MV Doulos. Kevin Bidwell led a voluntary Bible study on the book of Romans, and the…

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Historical

June 2014
Articles > Historical

Henry Havelock – ‘every inch a soldier and every inch a Christian’ (3)

Over the last two months, we have sketched Havelock’s military career. But what was it that marked him out as a model for public Christianity? The first noteworthy feature of Havelock’s life was his commitment to the highest standards in his chosen profession. Always an assiduous scholar, from his earliest days in the 95th…

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June 2014
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CFAA

The Cornerstone Fostering and Adoption Agency (CFAA), a Christian fostering and adoption agency, is seeking to expand its operations across the UK. Pam Birtle, general manager of the agency, said that the CFAA has only been able to continue its work with the help of the Christian Institute (CI), following a concerted effort in…

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June 2014
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Atheist handbook

The British Humanist Association (BHA) has started to issue a secularist text called The young atheist’s handbook to every secondary school in England and Wales. According to Colin Hart, director of the Christian Institute, the BHA, which campaigns for a secular state, claims to be distributing the book so that pupils can ‘encounter the…

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Article

June 2014
Somalia

Somali witness

For many centuries, the vast majority of Somalis have professed Islam. Like other East African Muslims, most have little knowledge of the Arabic language and therefore little understanding of their religion. They tend to follow different forms of folk Islam that include elements of ancestral pagan religions. In the Horn of Africa, the cause…

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June 2014
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Northern Ireland

A closely contested vote in the Northern Ireland Assembly saw a same-sex marriage bill defeated for the third time. In May, members of the Assembly voted 51 to 43 to reject a motion calling for the introduction of legislation to introduce same-sex marriage. This was the third time in 18 months that such a…

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June 2014
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WEST partnership

The Wales Evangelical School of Theology (WEST) has teamed up with the North West Partnership to help students study jointly at the Partnership’s centre in Liverpool. The arrangement will see students studying together for WEST’s graduate diploma and Masters level degree programmes. Justin Mote, chairman of the North West Partnership, said he was excited by the partnership,…

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June 2014
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Inclusivity

A major disability- and dementia-friendly church conference is to take place on 3 June, in Birmingham, to bring greater awareness of the issues. In 20 years there’ll be more than 0.5 million people in the UK aged 100 or over. A new report by the Alzheimer’s Society points to the ‘loneliness, alienation and segregation’…

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June 2014
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Jesus’ wife a forgery

Former Tyndale scholar Christian Askeland has found the ‘smoking gun’ that proves a 2012 Gospel of Jesus’ wife document is a forgery. In a newsletter from Tyndale House, Dr Askeland explained why he disagreed with attempts by Harvard Theological Review’s Dr Karen King to affirm the genuine nature of the Coptic fragment, which was…

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Four words God loves to hear

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June 2014
Articles > Comment

Four words God loves to hear

I assume that each one reading this comment earnestly wants to be heard by the Lord; and, if so, needs to know what words to use, what feelings to express and what attitudes to assume, in order to be heard by God. Well, here are four words we need to understand and sincerely adopt:…

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June 2014
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Lewis conference

The Stornoway High Church is set to host the 2014 Lewis Christian Conference from 27-30 June. The speaker is Dr Sinclair B. Ferguson, who retired in 2013 as senior minister of First Presbyterian Church in Columbia, South Carolina, and returned to his native Scotland. Before this, he served Church of Scotland congregations in Unst…

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Article

June 2014
Articles > World Mission

Sending missionaries costs money!

It takes money to get dedicated people to the mission field, and yet more money to keep them there and provide the tools they need for the job. Faithful stewardship of time, talent and money are called for, if the work of God around the world is to move forward. As Christians, we cannot…

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June 2014
Articles > Guest column

A Christian country?

A Christian country? The debate has been engaging the air-waves and print-runs again. Is Britain a Christian country? Or was it ever? Of course, it all depends on what we mean by ‘Christian’. There was never a time when every Briton was a Christian; nor even when the majority of Britons attended church. Even…

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Review

June 2014

Sovereign Service — the story of SASRA 1838–2013

Sovereign service — the story of SASRA 1838–2013Brigadier Ian DobbieSoldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association, 172 pages; £5.00ISBN: 0-9512486-0-XStar Rating : 4 This is the second edition of Brigadier Dobbie’s history of SASRA, first published in 1988 and now updated in time for SASRA’s 175thanniversary. The first edition foreword (also included in this edition)…

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Hope in an Age of Despair

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June 2014

Hope in an Age of Despair

Hope in an age of despair: the gospel and the future of life on earth Jonathan Moo and Robert White IVP, 219 pages, £11.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-877-8 Star rating : 3 This is a book of two distinct parts. The first describes the global environmental concerns that many express, from within the scientific community and wider…

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Review

June 2014

Time travel to the Old Testament

Time travel to the Old Testament Chris SinkinsonIVP, 208 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-904-1Star rating : 4 When my wife and I plan to travel to a country new to us, we consult a guidebook such as in the ‘Lonely Planet’ series. We like those books, because they are not compiled by companies who want…

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Kingdom Come

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June 2014

Kingdom Come

Kingdom Come Phil Ryken IVP 144, £7.99 ISBN: 978-1-78359-022-3 Star Rating: 3 In the preface, Phil Ryken explains that this book originated as a series of messages at Wheaton College, where he is president. He directs our thoughts to the coming of Christ and his kingdom. Important theological points are made, but in a…

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Review

June 2014

Living by Revealed Truth

Living by revealed truth: the life and pastoral theology of Charles Haddon Spurgeon Tom Nettles Christian Focus 700 pages, £29.99 ISBN: 978-1-78191-122-8 This labour of love from the pen of Tom Nettles has at least three strengths. The first is the author’s evident sympathy with his subject. He has genuine affection and deep appreciation,…

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Review

June 2014

Equipped to serve

Equipped to serveRichard BewesChristian Focus Publications224 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-286-7 This book is a pleasure to read from start to finish. The brief introduction brings a smile and also a challenge and sets the tone for the whole book, which is a manual to help us in our service for the Lord. Richard Bewes is…

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