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June 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Perseverance

There is a tale told about a farmer whose mule fell into a well. After many unsuccessful attempts to haul the mule out of the hole, the farmer decided the situation was hopeless. With sadness, he instructed his boys to fill truck-loads of soil and bury the old mule right there in the well.…

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Review

June 2017

A Time for Confidence

This is an easy book to read. Its subject matter is not so easy to practice. The theme, as the title suggests, is ‘confidence’. We are reminded that the word itself comes from two Latin words: con, meaning ‘with’, and fides, meaning ‘faith’; hence, with faith. Faith is the hallmark of the Christian. We are saved by faith,…

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Review

June 2017
Reviews > Book

Be still my soul: embracing God’s purpose and provision in suffering

Be still my soul is a collection of extracts from sermons, essays and books by contemporary and classic theologians, writing on the problem of pain. Writers include Joni Eareckson Tada, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie ten Boom, John Calvin, J. I. Packer, John Piper, Charles H. Spurgeon, Helen Roseveare, Martin Luther, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Jonathan Edwards, Timothy J. Keller, Sinclair B. Ferguson, Abraham Kuyper,…

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News

June 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Banner of Truth minsters’ conference 2017

In a new departure for a conference that has always met at Leicester, this year’s conference from 24-27 April took place at Yarnwood Park in Staffordshire. Yarnwood is also used as a BT training centre. It is comfortable, with a high standard of catering and accommodation. There is plenty of related space for attendees…

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News

June 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Luther and Scotland

Martin Luther and Scotland was the theme of a Scottish Reformation Society (www.scottishreformationsociety.org) conference on 7-8 April, organised for the quincentenary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 theses to the church door at Wittenberg on 31 October 1517. Although John Knox was later destined to direct the Church in Scotland in the direction of Geneva rather…

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News

June 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – EMW pastors’ wives

From the evening of 5 May to Saturday 6 May, Gwydion and Catrin Lewis welcomed approximately 20 ladies to the EMW pastors’ wives conference in Bryn y Groes, Bala. With the theme ‘Keep on keeping on’, the conference was hosted delightfully by Marcia McLean, and the wives came together to learn from Tim and…

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News

June 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Reclaiming marriage

The picturesque view overlooking the Beauly Firth towards the Black Isle once again delighted those who attended the annual spring conference of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing). Held at the Kingsview Christian Centre, in the Kinmylies area of Inverness, about 100 attended to worship God and receive instruction from his Word. This year’s…

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News

June 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Birmingham conference

On Friday 24 and Saturday 25 March, a record number gathered for the eighth Birmingham Conference at Ebenezer Chapel, Old Hill, Cradley Heath. This conference is organised by the committee of the Christian Worship Trust. The aims include strengthening one another in the great doctrines of the faith, against a background of increasing secularism…

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News

June 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Banner of Truth youth

Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre witnessed around 200 young people descend on it for the annual Banner of Truth youth conference (21-23 April 2017). Many nationalities were represented, including Nigeria, Czech Republic, Canada and Brazil. Also in attendance were representatives from the Christian Institute, Edinburgh Theological Seminary and European Mission Fellowship (EMF). The…

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News

June 2017
News > Education

Education – EMF student intake

Students on this year’s European Mission Fellowship course are predominantly from the UK, with just one each from France, Luxembourg, Poland and the Ukraine, and two from Portugal. From France, 22-year-old David Jaeg from Morschwiller-le-Bas (Mulhouse), was recommended to the school by his pastor of La maison de l’Evangile, Olivier Favre. The church, which…

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News

June 2017
News > Church news

Church – Further, Faster UK

A new conference for church leaders seeking to re-shape their church to reach their communities has been launched in the UK by the team at US-based church, North Point Ministries. Called ‘Further, Faster UK’, the conference, running from 7-8 July 2017 in Berkshire, will share experiences from North Point Ministries in Atlanta, USA, where…

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News

June 2017
News > Mission

Mission – Bible translations

In 2016 Bible Societies assisted in the completion of translations in 61 languages, spoken by over 428 million people. According to Bible Societies, last year was ‘a first’ for no fewer than 30 languages, spoken by more than 95 million people. This means 17 communities now have their very first Bible, six have a…

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News

June 2017
News > Church news

Induction – Netherland induction

On 2 April 2017, Crossroads International Church formally inducted ASR William Wade, previously of the 16 Air Assault Brigade, as lead pastor. Rev. William Wade, who has been working with the Soldiers and Airman Scripture Readers’ Association (SASRA), began as lead pastor in May. More than 400 people were gathered at the church in the Hague,…

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News

June 2017
News > Events

Event – Psalmody class

The Presbytery of Skye and Lochcarron held its annual psalmody class on Saturday, 29 April. The class was held in Portree and taken by Rev. and Mrs Bill Scott. The congregations of Portree, Snizort and Lochalsh and Strath were represented by young and old. After worship, the class began in earnest, with Mrs Isobel…

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News

June 2017
News > Events

Events – John Newton commemoration

During March 2017, the John Newton Project celebrated a series of events, with an exhibition each working day at St Andrew by the Wardrobe, London. The exhibition included additional material on Newton’s links with previous rectors of this church — William Romaine and William Goode — and on the Eclectic Society and Church Missionary Society (CMS), which met at the rectory of St…

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News

June 2017
News > Events

Events – Royd Court, Mirfield, 10th anniversary

On 18 March 2017, a thanksgiving service was held at the Salvation Army hall in Mirfield, to acknowledge the Lord’s goodness in the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Royd Court scheme, which was completed and opened in 2007. This date also happened to be 200 years since the work of the Aged…

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News

June 2017
News > Events

Events – Royal visit for Scripture Union

HRH Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, gave the royal seal of approval to Scripture Union, as he officially opened its new office on 27 April 2017. Prince Edward, whose wife Sophie has been open about her Christian faith, visited the new office in Milton Keynes for the unveiling. ‘Christ’s love is relevant today and…

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News

June 2017
News > Events

Events – Tamworth anniversary service

On 4 March 2017, Tamworth Road Baptist Church held a thanksgiving service to mark the 150th anniversary of the first use of the current building. It was good to see the chapel well filled, with 150 people, as the regular congregation welcomed friends from far and wide. It was especially good to renew fellowship…

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News

June 2017
News

Reformation – Reformation opportunity

Churches across the UK are being urged to buy and give away a just-published short introduction to the Reformation. It is hoped that Freedom movement — 500 years of Reformation will have the same success and impact The servant Queen and the King she serves did. Published in 2016 to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s…

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News

June 2017
News

Scotland – Renovations for Free Church congregations

Two Free Church of Scotland (FCoS) congregations are giving thanks for completed renovations that will help them in their ministry among their communities. Partick Free Church in Crow Road, Glasgow, recently opened their newly renovated hall facility. This is the latest in a line of renovations, led by minister Rev. Alex Cowie, who has…

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News

June 2017
News > Media

Media – Beware ‘normalisation’

Disney has joined the ranks of other film studios and TV networks in creating characters that are either openly gay or feature characters that fit certain such stereotypes. While our society may be happy to put a growing emphasis on homosexuality, Christian authors and evangelists Ken Ham and Avery Foley have warned Christians to…

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News

June 2017
News > Media

Media – BBC mocks politician over cross

Carol Monaghan, SNP member of parliament for Glasgow North West, was subjected to censure and mockery by the BBC after she was filmed wearing an ashen cross on her head. Ms Monaghan had come straight from an Ash Wednesday service, where traditionally a small ash cross is marked on the forehead at the start…

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News

June 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Sunday shopping

Northern Ireland’s family life will suffer if shops in Belfast could open all day on Sundays, the UK’s major shopworkers’ union (USDAW) has warned. Belfast City Council has been holding a consultation on allowing all-day opening on 18 days a year, but John Hannett, general secretary of USDAW, warned workers would come under ‘additional…

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News

June 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Man becomes ‘elf’

Argentine Luis Padron, 25, has spent the equivalent of £25,000 on trans surgery, enlisting the help of top surgeons to turn himself into an ‘elf’. The man, who says he considers himself ‘trans-species’, has had liposuction on his jaw, a nose job, full body hair removal and operations to change his eye colour. This is…

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News

June 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Tim Farron hounded

British people back the right of politicians to say ‘gay sex is a sin’, a survey from the Christian Institute has found. The survey was in response to the public backlash facing Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron, who was hounded for his views on homosexuality, after he was felt to have been ‘evasive’ on…

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News

June 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Transgender rape

A man who self-declared as a woman has been charged with two counts of rape against a man. Katie Brannen, formerly Gavin Brannen, of Newcastle, is set to face trial in December 2017. According to reports in The Independent, Brannen appeared in Newcastle Crown Court accused of two offences of rape, after allegedly attacking…

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News

June 2017
News > Ethics

Shocking disclosures for Christian churches

Churches in England, Scotland, South Africa and Zimbabwe have been left reeling by several devastating disclosures within the last few months. These forcibly remind us that every professing Christian must truly have been born again and strive to live close to Christ in holiness of life, lest we bring dishonour upon our Saviour and…

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News

June 2017
News > International

Morocco softens blasphemy law

Morocco’s High Religious Committee (HRC) has decreed individuals who leave Islam should not face the death penalty for apostasy. This ruling reverses the classical sharia legislation that has stood since medieval times. According to a Barnabas Fund statement, this ruling is all the more significant, given that the same HRC issued a book just…

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News

June 2017
News > International

Cape Town prayer

Hundreds of thousands of South African Christians gathered for a prayer meeting in Bloemfontein in April 2017 to pray for the country. According to a report from South African news agency Eyewitness News (EWN), the organisers of the ‘It’s Time’ prayer meeting had been expecting at least 1.7 million people to attend. Well known…

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News

June 2017
News > International

The Church in Hong Kong 20 years on

Twenty years ago, on 1 July 1997, Hong Kong (HK) citizens waved goodbye to HK’s status as a British dependency, as the country was handed over to the Chinese. However, while a sense of democracy and openness prevails among its people, particularly at universities, HK has inevitably come under the influence of the centralised…

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News

June 2017
News > International

UK upsets Australia

The UK High Commission in Australia is promoting same-sex marriage in defiance of Australia’s parliament, which continues to reject the redefinition of marriage. According to BBC reports, consulates in Australia have carried out dozens of same-sex ceremonies in a flagrant attempt to undermine the sovereignty of another country. Colin Hart, spokesman for the Coalition…

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News

June 2017
News > Persecution

India – Hindu nationalism threatens India

Attacks against Christians in India have been rising at an alarming rate, according to reports from Christian advocacy group Release International. Reports from the Hindu-majority country have described an ‘upswing’ in politically motivated attacks since the March 2017 elections, which saw a landslide victory for Hindu nationalists. According to a statement from Release, the…

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News

June 2017
News > Persecution

Pakistan – Blasphemy laws

Pakistan’s parliament has called for a reform to its controversial blasphemy laws, following yet another death at the hands of an angry, fanatical mob. The student, from Abdul Wali Khan University in north-western Pakistan, was allegedly set upon and lynched by Muslims for his views on sufi-Islam and socialism. He was killed by the…

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News

June 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Doll Olyott

What a delightful experience it was to be at a Christian funeral which was ‘weighty, but not heavy’. Along with the sorrow that comes from the death of a loved one, there was joy and hope in great measure. On Tuesday 9 May 2017, many people, family and friends came from near and far…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Guest column

Suffering — a real problem

One thing common to all humanity is the perplexing experience of suffering. Notable examples, like wars and earthquakes, make the news headlines, but most suffering is not on the ‘news’. Yet it is known to all as it walks among our friends, family and communities: the loss of a spouse, the death of a…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Comment

Make it simpler?

Sometimes people urge preachers to make their preaching and Bible teaching simpler. Those who ask for this simplicity mean well. They think that, because our age is visually orientated and biblically illiterate, it will not readily grasp intricate biblical ideas and themes. They rightly want the gospel to be accessible. But is their analysis…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Youth Features

‘Safe spaces’ and how to escape from them

Now before you read this article, I’d better issue you with a warning. You see, I live in a carefully policed, ideological ‘safe space’. I am not able to tolerate the slightest difference of opinion that gets me upset’. If you disagree with what I say and write a letter to the editor or…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Contentment

The boss has just told you that you will receive an immediate 5 per cent pay increase. Would you be content with that? In these days when the average increase is more like 1-2 per cent, you might be very pleased, and as a Christian thank God for it. At least, I hope you…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Scientific (including creation) > Uncategorised

Evolution: Scripture and Nature say ‘No!’

Simon Turpin reviews Denis O. Lamoureux’s Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes! (Zondervan; 2016; ISBN: 9780310526445). Over recent years, influential evangelical theologian and scientist Dr Denis Lamoureux has been actively promoting evolutionary creation. In his new book Evolution: Scripture and Nature say Yes! Lamoureux offers a number of explanations to justify his belief in evolutionary creation. This review…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Look at the fields’

Thank God for every effort being made to reach our nation with the gospel! May these endeavours greatly increase in number! Yet there are very many people not being reached with the greatest news that could fall on human ears. Our nation is very different from 50 years ago. Most of our children come…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Mornings

‘I hate people who sing in the morning’, muttered Snoopy the dog. Perhaps Charles Schulz got the idea from Proverbs 27:14, which says, ‘He who blesses his neighbour with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing’? Mornings. They can be a thermometer of where we are at. The…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

Preaching Christ

For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified (1 Corinthians 2:2). Paul the apostle was a man of determination. Before he was converted, he was a fiery zealot for the law of Moses and persecuted those who did not agree with him. After he met Jesus, this…

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Article

June 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Why do good men sin?’

A question that perplexes and confuses most of us is, ‘Why do good men sin? We see a man we have always respected and admired make a mess of his life and commit some terrible sin. We find it unbelievable and it confuses us. It almost shakes our faith and we ask, ‘How could…

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Historical

June 2017
Articles > Historical

‘These 50 years’ (3)

A sermon preached at the thanksgiving service on the 50th anniversary of Evangelical Times (Hayes Town Chapel, 4 February 2017): ‘The righteous shall see it and rejoice: and all iniquity shall stop her mouth. Whoso is wise and will observe these things, even they shall understand the lovingkindness of the Lord’ (Psalm 107:42-43). Someone…

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News

June 2017
News

Snap election — divisive or decisive?

A general election that we were promised wouldn’t happen is only a few days away. But with broken promises from politicians of all kinds, an uncertain economy and a seriously weakened political opposition, what does the general election mean for Christians? Politicians come even lower down the popularity ratings than journalists. Last December’s Ipsos…

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