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June 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Flood theology: why does Noah’s Flood matter? (1)

The account of creation in Genesis 1 and 2 comprises 56 verses, while the account of the Flood in Genesis 6–9 comprises 81 verses — nearly 50 per cent more. Many volumes have been written on the theology of creation, but very little on the theology of the Flood. Sermons on creation are far more common…

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June 2015
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Kenya: massacre trauma

Students affected by post-traumatic stress after the Kenyan massacre in April are being given specialist counselling by Barnabas Fund’s partner organisations. In the horrific, day-long siege on Kenya’s Garissa University, where masked Al-Shabaab gunmen killed 148 people, Christians in particular were singled out. One aid worker on the scene told Barnabas Fund, ‘Everyone seemed dead.…

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June 2015
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Infiltration

The Churches Child Protection Advisory Service (CCPAS) has warned churches that abusers may be infiltrating them in the guise of employees or volunteer workers. In a statement, the service warned that DBS checks alone were insufficient to ensure children’s safety, and said that many places of worship were not currently following safer recruitment practices.…

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June 2015
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Egyptian petition

Christian advocacy organisation Release International has launched its ‘Egypt: every right’ campaign, to help protect and encourage persecuted Christians in the country. The organisation has created a petition form, addressed to the Egyptian ambassador in the UK, which is calling on the Egyptian government to put proper mechanisms in place to enforce the rights…

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June 2015
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Scottish conferences: Islands Study Conference

More than 100 people gathered at the 33rd Islands Study Conference in Tarbert. There were attendees from Rosskeen to Raasay, Sleat to Shawbost, North Tolsta to North Harris, as well as large contingents from other island congregations. The speakers at this year’s conference were Rev. Dr Sinclair B. Ferguson and Rev. Alasdair M. Macleod. Not…

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June 2015
Ukraine

Making a difference in Ukraine – Reaching families for Christ in Ukraine

Our desire is to bring people (parents and kids) into a relationship with God. We realise that to do this we have to build long-term relationships and also show, through godly everyday living, what being a Christian is. When we first had the idea for an English Summer camp, to reach the children in…

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June 2015
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Education: Same-sex brainwashing

A major educational trade union has called on the government to make same-sex relationships an intrinsic and positive part of sex education. In April, the National Union of Teachers (NUT) backed the promotion of ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender [LGBT] History Month’ and called on attendees at its Harrogate conference to vote to include LGBT…

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June 2015
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Scottish conferences: Isle of Lewis

The Lewis Christian Conference committee has confirmed that the 2015 event will, God willing, take place this month, between Friday 19 and Monday 22 June.  The speaker will be Dr Charles Price, senior pastor of the People’s Church in Toronto, Canada. Dr Price has been in this role since September 2001, with a congregation of more…

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June 2015
News > Youth Features

Holiday Bible club at Bedworth

Children and adults alike had a great time at an Easter Holiday Bible club at Zion Baptist Church, Bedworth, Warwickshire. The theme was ‘A beach adventure’, and the team based the outreach on being wise or foolish. There was a play, giving a modern take on the parable of the five wise and five foolish…

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Overcoming addiction

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June 2015
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Overcoming addiction

A church in Cardiff has launched a drop-in centre for people struggling to overcome addiction, as part of its evangelistic outreach into the community. Called ‘Highway to Recovery’, the Bethel Evangelical Presbyterian Church of England and Wales, Cardiff, will host the meeting on the first and third Saturday of the month. The group is not…

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June 2015
Moldova

Ministry in Moldova

The following report was sent by Donald J. Morrison, a Free Church (Continuing) evangelist based in Inverness, following a recent 10-day missionary trip to Moldova in Eastern Europe. In the midst of continuing political and social trouble, Moldova remains a fertile mission field, where evangelical churches, albeit much in need of Reformed teaching, are…

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June 2015
News > Youth Features

Truth 4 Youth conference

We asked Natalie, a new believer, to describe her time at Truth 4 Youth’s conference this February. Last year, she gave her life to the Lord and, on 11 November 2014, was baptised as a believer in her Plymouth church. One year on, she gave her impressions of the 2015 Truth 4 Youth conference.…

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June 2015
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UK persecution: ‘Made to look crazy’

Christian health worker Victoria Wasteney has told the BBC that she was made to look ‘crazy’, and accused of ‘grooming’, after she was disciplined by the NHS for helping a Muslim colleague.  Ms Wasteney, 37, was accused of religious harassment and of attempting to force a Muslim colleague into Christianity — an accusation which…

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June 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Holy Spirit power

When Jesus said that without him we can do nothing (John 15:5), he was stressing the need for a power beyond our natural abilities. That power is Holy Spirit power.

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June 2015
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Scotland: Named Person clash

The Court of Sessions in Edinburgh has ruled that the Scottish Parliament is entitled to insist that a named person from outside the family is assigned to every child in Scotland. In a written judgement issued in January, 10 weeks after a four-day judicial review hearing, Lord Pentland determined that promoting and safeguarding the…

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June 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Praying always

‘Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, being watchful to this end with all perseverance and supplication for all the saints’ (Ephesians 6:18) All of God’s children look for answers to their prayers, but do they always pray ‘in the Spirit’? This must be their goal, but how to attain it…

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Historical

June 2015
Articles > Historical

William Chalmers Burns (1815–1868) (3)

William Chalmers Burns (1815–1868) (3) In February 1849, William Chalmers Burns set his face towards the ‘regions beyond’ in mainland China and left for Canton. Foreigners were assumed to be rich, so he could become a prey to robbers. He carried a light purse and was even reluctant to have a Bible with a…

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June 2015
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Nigeria: Port Harcourt News

The seminary and day school of Christ’s Reformed Baptist Church, Port Harcourt, reopened on 12 January. We had up to 30 new intake to the seminary, and many students and pupils joined the school. The Sunday school reopened on 18 January, with Maciek Stolarski from Grace Baptist Church Southport, UK, as our guest. He…

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Saved2Serve conference 20

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June 2015
News > Youth Features

Saved2Serve conference 20

At the end of March over 80 people — most of them aged 15-25 — met at All Nations Christian College in Hertfordshire for Saved2Serve, a weekend for Christian young people. The conference, sponsored by the Association of Grace Baptist Churches (South East), was filled with Bible teaching, practical seminars, worship, and fellowship. This…

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June 2015
Articles > Guest column

Rest and restoration

A recurring error of evangelical Christianity is to dislocate itself from the evangel, the gospel. That is, despite its claim to be gospel- and grace-centred, it slips all too easily into being law-centred, and grace becomes the casualty.  To say this is in no way to imply that God’s law is not important or…

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June 2015
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Go into prayer cards

Christians across Great Britain are being encouraged to pray for areas of the nation where there are few evangelical churches — or even none at all — by using Go into prayer cards. Launched by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC), the cards are designed to encourage churches to pray for 50 towns and cities…

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June 2015
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UK Persecution: Ashers Baking Company

A judge has ruled against Ashers Baking Company, after it was taken to court in March for declining to decorate a pro-gay marriage campaign cake. On 19 May, Judge Isobel Brownlie ruled in favour of the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland, which claimed that the McArthur family, who own and run Ashers, broke political…

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June 2015
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UK persecution: Sinister editorial

The Christian Institute has condemned a sweeping editorial in The Guardian which claimed there is no reason for Christians to be ‘hysterical’ over imagined persecution in the UK. Simon Calvert, spokesman for the Christian Institute, claimed the editorial was minimising the reality of life for UK believers and endorsing the right of other groups…

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June 2015
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Hateful Holocaust denial

From the start of 1945, as Allied forces converged around Nazi Germany, the death camps were unveiled to the world. One by one the concentration and work camps were liberated: Auschwitz in January 1945, and then, in April 1945, Bergen-Belsen and Dachau. Even Germans who denied — or claimed they never knew of — the…

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June 2015
Articles > Comment

Facing upheavals

In AD 410 the city of Rome was sacked by the Goths. Rome was already drastically weakened by self-indulgence, and its social structures, heavily based on slavery, were falling apart. It had become easy prey to the invaders. In the minds of Roman citizens the sacking was, of course, a catastrophe. And to the Christians…

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June 2015
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When Nepal shook

Nepal has been hit by two huge earthquakes — on 25 April and on 12 May. The first one was particularly devastating. Most Christians in Nepal were in church when the first one struck. They generally meet for worship on Saturdays as Sunday is a working day in Nepal. Violent shaking Eyewitnesses spoke of…

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June 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

God-honouring evangelism (1)

If we were to ask the question ‘What is the most important aim in evangelism?’ we would no doubt say it is seeing souls coming to know the Lord Jesus as their Saviour. That is indeed a great aim to keep in mind and heart. It is such a wonderful thing when lost souls are…

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June 2015
News

Keep involved in politics!

Christians must not sink back into political passivity now the general election has come and gone, Nola Leach, chief executive of charity CARE has said. Following the surprise majority Conservative win in a closely contested election, she applauded the work of churches in getting their members involved in politics. Some 69 per cent of…

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June 2015
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Unwanted attraction

A conference on the controversial and topical issue of unwanted same-sex attraction took place in London at the Emmanuel Centre.  Speaking at the conference called ‘Transformation potential: is change possible?’ was Mike Davidson of the Core Issues Trust, as well as biblical scholars from the US and UK, experienced counsellors, and therapists and academics…

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June 2015
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Mosque into politics

A mosque in Dalston, London, has faced questions by the Charity Commission over a political slogan posted across its roof before the General Election. A report from local paper The Hackney Citizen revealed that the mosque in Shacklewell Lane, Dalston, which is home to the UK Islamic Trust, had a message emblazoned across its…

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June 2015
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Persecution: Pakistan’s mobs

Christian advocacy organisation Release International is calling on Pakistani authorities to step up security for Christians, to prevent mob violence from escalating in the country. Protesters have already clashed with police after suicide bombers struck at two churches in Lahore earlier this year, killing 15 and wounding 80. According to Release, the death toll…

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June 2015
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Gender abortion cases in the UK

A doctor who agreed to the gender abortion of a baby girl could be struck off by a panel being convened by the General Medical Council (GMC). According to reports in the Telegraph, which revealed that possible female infanticide was being practised in the UK, Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan is set to face a ‘Fitness…

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June 2015
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Ukraine: Camps amid crisis

‘This war worries not only the people of the Ukraine but, I believe, the whole world’, observed Roman Bevz of the Chernigov region. ‘It was even announced on the news that we should be ready to evacuate. Many families have lost their fathers, husbands or sons. People live in fear of the unknown’.  Yet…

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June 2015
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Conferences: EMF North West Conference

At the European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) North West England Conference in March, Pastor Mike Judge of Chorlton Evangelical Church took us back to Acts 16. Here, Paul and his friends were led to preach the gospel for the first time on mainland Europe. Through them people were converted and churches planted, and God continues…

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June 2015
Ukraine

Making a difference in Ukraine – Troubled nation: gospel opportunity

Ukraine is much in the news today, since the annexing of Crimea by Russia and with the continuing conflict on Ukraine’s eastern borders. Its politicians struggle with an economy that has been devastated by the loss of its eastern industrial base resulting in a free falling GDP, heavy currency devaluation and rising gas prices…

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June 2015
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Conferences: Birmingham Conference

On Friday 27 and Saturday 28 March, many gathered for the sixth Birmingham Conference, at Ebenezer Chapel, Old Hill, organised by the Christian Worship Trust. The aims include strengthening one another in the great doctrines of the faith, against a background of increasing secularism and compromise, encouraging heartfelt experiential devotion and promoting vigorous evangelism.…

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June 2015
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Kenya: Trans World Radio in Kenya

International broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR) is using its network of FM stations in the Lamu and Garissa areas of Kenya to spread messages of peace and reconciliation in the wake of continuing violence in the region.  The danger faced by TWR Kenya staff was illustrated in June 2014 when staff at the local…

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June 2015
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Suicide review

The High Court has granted permission for a judicial review of the Director of Public Prosecutions’ (DPP) action in amending the assisted suicide prosecution policy. According to a statement from the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), two members of the public, Nikki and Merv Kenward, sought the judicial review, because they believe the DPP’s action…

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Historical

June 2015
Articles > Historical

‘The English church shall be free!’

Medieval historian, Andrea Ruddick, looks at the spiritual dimension of Magna Carta, on its 800th anniversary.

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June 2015
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Persecution: Islamic oppression in Tanzania

Christians in Tanzania have come under intense persecution after legislation was passed to allow Islamic courts in the country’s judiciary. According to reports from advocacy organisation Barnabas Fund, Prime Minister Mizengo Pinda promised to review the government’s decision after Christian MPs in the country expressed strong opposition. However, despite his promise to review, churches…

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June 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Cherish your church! (2)

Continued from Cherish your church (1) ‘And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together,  as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near’ (Hebrews 10:24-25). Last month we saw four significant reasons…

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Review

June 2015

God dwells among us: expanding Eden to the ends of the earth

For two reasons, I am writing this review in a worried frame of mind. First, I found it challenging to fully comprehend. There are some tightly argued theological points with plenty of follow-up references. Second, I found myself frequently disagreeing with the authors (worrying, because one is an eminent professor, while the other is…

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Review

June 2015

Staying fresh: serving with joy

Staying fresh: serving with joy Paul Mallard IVP 224, £10.99 ISBN: 978-1-78359-193-0 Star Rating: 4 There are few preaching experiences worse than delivering a lively sermon to a receptive congregation while feeling spiritually parched oneself. It’s encouraging to read this book and realise that such occasions are not unprecedented. Paul Mallard writes with disarming…

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Review

June 2015

Survey of Church History (DVD)

Have you ever felt that your grasp of church history is patchy at best? You read of great events in the past, but are uncertain where they fit into the whole canvas of God’s interventions and acts in previous days. Well, Dr Robert Godfrey, president of Westminster Seminary, California, and professor of church history,…

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Review

June 2015

Heroine of the Holocaust – Corrie Ten Boom

Heroine of the Holocaust – Corrie Ten Boom Anita Kosciecha Day One Publications 64 pages, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84625-421-5 Star Rating: 4 This little gem is a great summary for children of Corrie Ten Boom’s original classic The hiding place. Using concise narrative, with a large font, the story of Corrie’s life is told with…

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