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June 2018
News > Youth

YOUTH FEATURE: Scottish youth conference

This was my first time at the Free Church Youth Conference (FCYC) and there were three main areas that stood out to me. The first was the Bible-centred teaching. Rev. Iver Martin, principal of Edinburgh Theological Seminary, was the main speaker for the weekend, taking us through the Reformation. We started initially with a history of this event, but Iver’s main focus was on why the Reformation matters and how it actually impacts our daily walk. If this had not been enough to challenge us, then there were several fantastic seminars focusing on topics as diverse as bioethics, the Old Testament, and how to read...

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June 2018
News > Events

Event – OAM open day

James Seddon’s challenging hymn, ‘Go forth and tell’ was the title for The Open-Air Mission’s (OAM) training day on Saturday, April 14, in Bromsgrove. Open to anyone involved or interested in open-air evangelism, we were so encouraged to have 160 attending from different parts of the country and all walks of life. We benefitted from helpful ministry and practical instruction. Following registration and an opportunity to browse information and book stalls over coffee, the main session began. After the singing of ‘Go forth and tell’, 2 Corinthians 5 was expounded by Mike Mellor (one of the committee overseeing the work of OAM). He tackled the...

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June 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Birmingham conference

The Birmingham Conference, organised by the Christian Worship Trust and hosted by Ebenezer Chapel in Old Hill, Birmingham, has become a regular fixture in the diary, with this year (23-24 March) seeing record numbers in attendance. In two addresses, Robert Dickie from Michigan, USA, tackled aspects of the downgrade in public worship that have tragically come into the evangelical world. He demonstrated how embracing a worldly culture leads to a casual approach to worship and devastating effect on the life of the church. From 1 Timothy 3:15, he showed that ministers bear great responsibility for upholding godly and reverent conduct, by personal example as well...

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June 2018
News > Youth

Youth – Holiday Bible Club in Wigan

A happy and noisy time was had by the children who attended Jireh Baptist Church’s annual Holiday Bible Club. As usual, it was held the week after Easter Monday. The club began at 10.00am, for three mornings, with a parents’ evening on the Friday evening. The theme this year was the story of Daniel from the Old Testament. Each day a short drama told the story to the 78 children who attended during the week. This was followed by activity sheets, craft and games. In the break time everyone enjoyed a drink and a cake. For the craft sessions the children decorated a tumbler, made...

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June 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Cheshire church launched

A new church was launched in Sandbach, Cheshire on Easter Sunday (see ET, January 2018). Grace Church Sandbach is a church plant involving about 50 members from Wheelock Heath Baptist Church in Winterley, Cheshire. Sandbach is a pleasant and prosperous market town (which still needs Jesus!), just one mile from the M6. It has been ‘discovered’ in recent years, attracting many new cafes and restaurants and large housing developments. Historically its claim to fame is the home of Foden Trucks, now sadly disappeared, and two large stone crosses in the cobbled market square dating from around the 9th century and elaborately carved with biblical scenes,...

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June 2018
News > Mission

Mission – New opportunities for Carey Outreach Ministries

Carey Outreach Ministries began in 1997 through an invitation from Romania to Bob Penhearow to train spiritual church leaders. Since then, Carey has expanded rapidly in response to the desperate need around the world for solid biblical training. After being established in Canada, offices have opened in the UK and the USA. Cutting-edge ministry Carey has always aimed to be a cutting-edge ministry, not content to work in places where theological resources are readily available. Instead, we advance by faith into countries which can sometimes be difficult, such as Nepal, Mongolia, Cuba and Egypt, to spread Reformed truth in areas without established theological training. Our...

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June 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Christian witness at Hay Festival

During the first weekend of the Hay Festival, Friday 25 May to Monday 28 May 2018, Bethesda Evangelical Church and others will go to the festival to provide a Christian witness. The Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) and Show Jesus are co-ordinating a Christian witness to this internationally renowned literature festival. The outreach is centred at a location opposite the Hay-on-Wye fire station, half way between the town centre and festival site.

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June 2018
News > Church news

Church – Cornwall gets a new church

The opening service of Carrick Free Baptist Church in Falmouth took place on 4 February, when Mike Lynch and Tom Hill were recognised as elders. A small group of believers in the Lord Jesus Christ have covenanted to walk and work together, to be a witness to the power of the Holy Spirit, and bring honour to our Father God. We meet at the Bosvale Community Centre, TR11 4HQ, at 10.45am on Lord’s day mornings and in the evenings at 6.30pm. Tom Hill 

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June 2018
News > Induction

Ordination – Induction at Poolewe & Aultbea

After nearly four years without a minister, the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) congregation of Poolewe & Aultbea praised God for the ordination and induction of Rev. Murdo Maciver. The service took place on the evening of Friday 13 April at the Gairloch Community Centre. Nearly 200 people gathered from a wide area to join with the congregation and Inverness presbytery on the happy occasion. The service was led by Rev. James Clark, Greyfriars, Inverness, who preached from Acts 20:28. Afterwards, the customary questions were put to Mr Maciver and he duly signed The Formula. The new minister was addressed by Rev. Davide Ratti, Duthil-Dores,...

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June 2018
News > International

International – Syrian Bible club

A children’s club for local Arab children, as well as Syrian Muslim refugee children, started at a local church with initially ten Syrian children. Within two months it grew rapidly to 66. OM team member George (name changed here) saw that a number of the refugee children were unable to read or write and began teaching them literacy skills. Afterwards, some of the children encouraged their parents to go to the church, despite some of the adults’ objections. ‘These are great people and they talk about Jesus the Messiah’, they said. A mother and her children were deeply touched by the teaching and outpouring of...

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June 2018
News > International

International – ET International in the Philippines

Pastor Ricarte Ligutan, from Manila in the Philippines has written to thank Evangelical Times for copies of ET International. He wrote, ‘We would like to thank you once again for your ministry through ET magazines, which is very useful to us here. I always share it to my fellow pastors and it inspires them, especially the messages that have been written there and the Reformation teaching. ‘It really helps us in our spiritual growth and moves us to pray for our brethren around the world’. Editor’s note: We thank the many ET readers whose generous support helps toward the much appreciated international ministry of ETI

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June 2018
News > International

International – Carcassonne church inauguration

After four years of searching for a new building, plus one year of administration and renovation work, Carcassonne Reformed Baptist Church, France, had the immense joy of inaugurating our new church premises. This took place in November 2017, accompanied by local residents and elected officials, friends and representatives of other churches in the region, France and the UK. We celebrated the grace of God, his faithfulness and goodness towards his people. The inauguration weekend gave us an opportunity to thank all those who participated directly or indirectly in the realisation of this project, and to trace the history of our church and its proposed activities....

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Article

June 2018
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

What is man (2): What’s it like to be a bat?

The second of three edited extracts from Edgar Andrews’ new book What is Man? Adam, alien or ape? How would you like to live in an ultra-modern high-tech house? It has a basement; ground-floor living accommodation; a mezzanine entertainment-suite; and a top-floor bedroom level. On the ground floor, windows look out on the world around you. The same is true of the mezzanine level — except that there the window glass is coloured, affecting the way you see the wider outside world. The bedrooms have video wall displays that can be changed at the touch of a button. The basement contains things you seldom use,...

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June 2018
News > Society

Society – Parents likened to Nazis

Parents discussing gender dysphoria online have been compared to Nazis fomenting hatred of Jews. Transsexual journalist India Willoughby, writing for gay news website Pink News, slammed the Mumsnet website, comparing it to a ‘Nuremberg rally’. This came after female users of the Mumsnet forum asked questions about how to deal with transsexualism, spurring trans activists to start targeting and threatening advertisers on the site. As reported in the Daily Mail, the row escalated, with cabinet minister Liz Truss incurring the wrath of the transgender community after she praised the open forum, free speech ethic of the Mumsnet site. In April, when she posted a magazine...

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June 2018
News > Society

Society – Explicit apps for children

Sexually explicit and violent apps have been approved by Apple and Google as being suitable for young children, an investigation by The Times has revealed. According to the newspaper, there were many games available featuring adult themes aimed at twelve-year-olds, with some even rated as low as for ages four and above. The investigation involved a reporter signing up for an ‘anonymous chat’ app, which has been certified as suitable for ages 12 and above. However, he was soon accosted by other members with profile pictures of topless teenage boys, asking him for nude photos. According to the report, consumer tech giants Apple and Google...

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June 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Confidentiality putting girls at risk

Sexual health clinics’ privacy policies may be obstacles to protecting girls from sexual exploitation, a hard-hitting report has found. As reported in the Family Education Trust’s (FET) April bulletin, the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board’s latest report has revealed confidentiality policies could even be helping the perpetrators carry out abuse without risk of pregnancy or disease. According David Spicer, the report’s author, research into sexual health services in Newcastle found that 85 per cent of victims of sexual exploitation had accessed sexual health services. There were many instances of abused girls using the clinics to obtain contraception, but despite providing their name, age and frequency of...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Ashers’ case

Daniel McArthur, general manager of Ashers Baking Company, has spoken of Jesus’ sustaining power during the difficult four years of legal challenges. Addressing journalists assembled outside the Royal Courts of Justice, as the Supreme Court prepared to hear their case, Mr McArthur said the issue of ‘compelled speech’ is central. Ashers’ owners are defending themselves against an Equality Commission for Northern Ireland charge, after they declined to decorate a pro-gay marriage campaign cake. Daniel McArthur said: ‘Good morning. Thank you all for coming. Four years ago, my family came under attack for exercising our basic right to live by our beliefs, to live as Christians. We...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Faith cap rule

Former education secretary Justine Greening, has said she disagrees with the government’s proposal to abolish the 50 per cent faith cap rule. This cap means that new faith schools are not able to select more than half of their pupils on religious grounds. Ms Greening, speaking to the Times Educational Supplement, said abolishing the cap would not help schools ‘bring children together’ or prepare them for life in modern Britain’. Although she said the 50 per cent discrimination cap had some shortcomings, she told the magazine she did not think it should be removed. In September 2017, a report into integration by the All Party...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Lords weigh in on British values debate

The government must reverse its lack of commitment to citizenship policies in the UK, and commit to making changes for a more cohesive society, a select committee has warned. The House of Lords select committee on Citizenship and Civic Engagement, after a nine-month inquiry on shared values of British citizenship, said there was need to define these values. It also stated these values should be given more prominence in government departments and faith schools. The committee’s report said: ‘The government claims to be committed to the promotion of fundamental British values, but has blunted their impact by identifying them to such an extent with the...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Call for protection of religious freedom

Christian charity CARE has called for greater recognition of the right to freedom of religion and belief. In CARE’s submission to the Scottish parliament’s Equalities and Human Rights Committee, it cited how the Scottish parliament failed to ‘have a fully informed and nuanced discussion of human rights, prior to policy and legislative initiatives being brought forward’. For example, Dr Gordon Macdonald, CARE for Scotland’s policy officer, highlighted the information-sharing provisions of the Children and Young People (Scotland) Act 2014, which was considered as a bill by the Scottish parliament in 2013/14. In 2013, CARE provided written evidence to the then Education and Culture Committee, in...

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June 2018
News > Politics

Politics – Censorship zones

Mothers challenging a decision to criminalise prayer and support outside abortion clinics have joined together outside the High Court after filing the challenge. At the end of April, Alina Dulgheriu, a mother who was supported by a pro-life vigil outside a London abortion clinic, filed a high court challenge to the Ealing ‘censorship zone’. This censorship zone would criminalise prayer and support outside an abortion clinic and prevent pro-life vigils from taking place within a wide exclusion zone. Ms Dulgheriu told the media: ‘I am here today because I have confidence in the truth. I am here today because I have confidence in the facts,...

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June 2018
News > International

International: USA – Iowa bans abortions of babies with a ‘foetal heartbeat’

A new law has been passed in the U.S. state of Iowa banning abortions where a foetal heartbeat can be detected, usually around six weeks of pregnancy. Exceptions for rape, incest, foetal abnormalities, and to save the life of the mother are included in the new legislation. It means Iowa now has one of the most protective laws for the life of the unborn child in any country where abortion is legal. The Bill was passed by Iowa’s legislature and signed into law by the state’s Republican governor, Kim Reynolds. Reynolds said, ‘I believe that all innocent life is precious and sacred, and as governor,...

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Article

June 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Should we celebrate the sabbath on Saturday or Sunday?

Recently hearing a disturbing sermon from an elderly brother, I was constrained to respond to the things he was saying. This is how this article came to be written. He was a dear brother, a good-hearted man, who seems to have been shaken not by old Adventist arguments but by a new group, who are part of a modern Judaising movement. Their main argument is that, for the Saturday observance of the sabbath to be changed to Sunday, a new commandment is required. Fourth Commandment The day of ‘rest’ was established at the completion of the first creation, based upon the Lord’s cessation from his...

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June 2018
Articles > Guest column

GUEST COLUMN: Spurgeon and the caged lion

Asked how he would defend the Bible, C. H. Spurgeon famously likened it to a caged lion. He declared: ‘Open the door and let the lion out; he will take care of himself … He no sooner goes forth in his strength than his assailants flee. The way to meet infidelity is to spread the Bible. The answer to every objection against the Bible is the Bible’ (at British and Foreign Bible Society meeting, 5 May 1875). Let me say immediately that I agree totally with the great preacher, but his wisdom is misapplied if we respond with passive inaction when the Bible comes under...

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June 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

God is no man’s debtor

In the 1960s I was engaged to a young lady whose father was a self-employed mechanic. He purchased a plot of land and obtained permission from the local planning authority to construct a garage complete with car showroom, vehicle repair workshop, MOT testing facility and petrol sales forecourt. He entered into a financial agreement with the Mobil Oil Co., whereby, in return for exclusively selling that company’s petrol and oil products, Mobil would provide a loan that would cover the cost of building and equipping the garage. The loan was to be repaid through a sales incentive bonus, which required a minimum quantity of petrol...

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June 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: Millennials are failing the church

A recent press release landed in my inbox suggesting that churches were failing millennials. On the contrary, I believe millennials are failing churches. For those of you who don’t know, ‘millennials’ are young people reaching adulthood in the early 21st century. Research for the Church of England says this group is the ‘hardest to reach’. The picture may or may not be different in independent evangelical churches. Premier, a media company with various Christian radio stations, has announced that 52 per cent of its audience is made up of millennials. Justin Brierley, one of Premier’s presenters, says millennials tune in to his programme because they...

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June 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Too busy to rest?

Some time ago, I was talking to some colleagues from the organisation I worked for before I joined Mission Aviation Fellowship. One had come from Australia and said that, because of his work, he spent half his life with his family, and the rest travelling between various countries. After a detailed account of his physically exhausting itinerary, he concluded by saying, ‘And after that I return home’. ‘Well, try and get some rest,’ I replied. ‘Rest?’ he exclaimed somewhat disapprovingly, ‘What’s that?’ I was about to respond, when my other workmate chimed in, ‘It’s a four-letter word!’ They both laughed, though I didn’t. It may...

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Historical

June 2018
Articles > Historical

Patrick Hamilton: first Scottish Reformation martyr (1)

St Andrews in Scotland is today famous for its golf course and the magnificent beach that featured in the film Chariots of Fire. Its university is famous as the place where Prince William and Kate Middleton met. In the sixteenth century, St Andrews was the seat of power for the Catholic church in Scotland and boasted the supposed relics of its patron saint, namely an arm, three fingers, a kneecap and a tooth! On the cobblestones near St Salvator’s College the initials ‘PH’ are engraved, and not far away the initials ‘GW’. These stand for Patrick Hamilton and George Wishart, and mark the places of...

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News

June 2018
News > Mission

Mission – New opportunities for Carey Outreach Ministries

Carey Outreach Ministries began in 1997 through an invitation from Romania to Bob Penhearow to train spiritual church leaders. Since then, Carey has expanded rapidly in response to the desperate need around the world for solid biblical training. After being established in Canada, offices have opened in the UK and the USA. Cutting-edge ministry Carey has always aimed to be a cutting-edge ministry, not content to work in places where theological resources are readily available. Instead, we advance by faith into countries which can sometimes be difficult, such as Nepal, Mongolia, Cuba and Egypt, to spread Reformed truth in areas without established theological training. Our...

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Article

June 2018
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

God’s Word in a Wikipedia World

I was taken aback by a conversation I had recently following a Sunday service. In the course of the sermon I had made reference to the Great Fire of Rome.  I quoted a Roman historian by the name of Tacitus. Tacitus wrote about the Emperor Nero’s attempts to blame Christians for the fire and detailed the persecutions Nero unleashed against them.  And in passing, Tacitus mentioned that these Christians derived their name from Christ, a criminal who was executed by Pontius Pilate, governor of Judaea during the reign of Tiberius. After the service a visitor approached me. He had found my reference to Tacitus interesting,...

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Historical

June 2018
Articles > Historical

Billy Graham: 1918 – 2018 Part Two: 1949–2018

Had Billy Graham’s life ended before September 1949, he would have died virtually unknown. But, the Christ for Greater Los Angeles rally changed all that. Billy called it a ‘watershed’. From the success of those meetings, Graham and the team embarked on more than a half century of ministry, bringing the gospel to more people in more nations than anyone in history. As well as some extraordinary success, the rest of Billy’s life includes controversy. Some critics said his ministry was ‘not of God’; some admirers seemed to disapprove of any criticism at all. A balanced approach is needed.1 Crusades ‘Crusade ministry’ would be Graham’s...

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News

June 2018
News > International

God’s Word in the White House

The US Cabinet now has a Bible study group, which meets in a conference room every Wednesday in Washington DC. According to a report from the BBC, the group, which is ecumenical in composition, welcomes professing Christians from many denominations, including Vice President Mike Pence. In an interview with Indiana Monthly in 1994, Mr Pence has described his faith by saying, ‘I made a commitment to Christ. I’m a born-again, evangelical Catholic’. While President Donald Trump does not attend the meetings, the group is sponsored by 10 cabinet members. President Trump receives the notes from each meeting. The report claims that, while not everyone can...

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June 2018
News > Persecution

US evangelical pastor stays in Turkish prison

American pastor Andrew Brunson continues to be held behind bars in Turkey following yet another postponement in the controversial trial against him. The Turkish authorities have accused Brunson of terrorism and espionage related offences, and prosecutors are seeking a 35-year prison sentence. However, his legal team says he is innocent of any wrongdoing. Brunson, aged 50, was arrested during the purges which occurred after the failed 2016 military coup. In the purges, thousands of people have been rounded up and detained with little or no evidence against them. He is the pastor of a small evangelical church in the Turkish city of Izmir. The case has...

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