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All Articles from June 2014

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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News

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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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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Banner of truth youth conference

News

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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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
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
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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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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News

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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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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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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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
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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