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Review

June 2019
Reviews > Book

Christianity: Is it True?—Answering questions through real lives

This is a really interesting small book consisting of twelve biographies of Christian heroes of faith. They begin with the earliest, St Columba of Iona, then work through history, including John Bunyan and William Wilberforce on the way, before finishing with Joni Eareckson Tada. Each biography covers eight to ten pages with the aim…

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June 2019
Reviews > Book

Five Half-Truths—Addressing the most common misconceptions of Christianity

This helpful little book aims to help navigate people though confusions that contemporary society generates, and which so often derail those who engage with Christian teaching. It also serves to clearly ground believers in the faith, especially as they seek to help others explore it. The ‘Five Half Truths’ are: 1) The Bible was…

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Review

June 2019
Reviews > Book

Journal of the Seminary of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), Volume 4.

This edition of the Journal contains seven articles, six by contemporary Free Church (Continuing) ministers who have lectured at the seminary, and one by a nineteenth-century Free Church of Scotland theologian, George Smeaton. The work could have done with better editing. There are too many spelling mistakes and examples of incorrect grammar, and occasionally…

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News

June 2019
News > Conferences

Male and female roles considered at Free Church (Continuing) conference

A good number of folk gathered in brilliant sunshine for the annual Spring Conference of the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), which was held at Culloden-Balloch Baptist Church, Inverness, earlier this year. The speaker was Mr Nigel Kenny, Scotland Officer for the Christian Institute. His topic was the role of male and female in…

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News

June 2019
News > Church news

Christian Prison Resourcing open day held

Christian Prison Resourcing (CPR) enjoyed an informative and inspirational Open Day at Elmstead Baptist Church, Chiselhurst, on Saturday 13 April. The day began with training for CPR chaplains and associates, led by senior men in the prison service: James Ridge, the chaplain general; Bob Wilson, the faith adviser to the Free Churches; and Phil…

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News

June 2019
News > Conferences

Translation update from Trinitarian Bible Society

An annual deputation meeting of the Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) has been held at the Presbyterian Reformed Church, Stockton-on-Tees. Several evangelical denominations were represented and Dr David Allen spoke for the TBS. We began with a heart-warming exposition of Ephesians 3:20 (‘Now to him who is able…’). It was wonderful to be reminded of…

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News

June 2019
News > Conferences

‘Not man’s wisdom that saves’ says Mark Stocker at Birmingham Conference 2019

Ebenezer Chapel in Old Hill, Birmingham hosted this year’s Birmingham conference. Approximately 90 people gathered in March to hear Timothy Nelson (Ballynahinch), Mark Stocker (Southampton) and Tom Yates (Devizes). The conference is arranged by the committee behind the Christian Worship hymnbook. Pastor John Thackway provided us with a history of this hymnbook and its…

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News

June 2019
News > Conferences

Banner of Truth youth conference attended by 300

Held over the first weekend in April, this year’s Banner of Truth conference took place at Yarnfield Park Training and Conference Centre in Staffordshire. It was heartening to see 300 people, aged 16 to 30, in attendance; the number has been increasing year on year. The conference is intended to encourage young Christians and…

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News

June 2019
News > Persecution

Global rugby stars under siege

Polynesian Christian rugby players have spoken out against the draconian manner in which Australian rugby star Israel Folau has been treated over an Instagram post. Mr Folau – an international player with 73 caps – looks set to be kicked out of the sport by Australia’s rugby authorities after posting an Instagram image which…

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News

June 2019
News > International

Kenya: Bible translation pledge

The Deputy President of Kenya, Dr William Ruto, has pledged that the government of Kenya will stand shoulder to shoulder with Bible translators ‘until every citizen of this country will read the Word of God in their mother tongue’. This promise came during a speech he gave in April, in Kilifi, to celebrate the…

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News

June 2019
News > Persecution

Canada: Asia Bibi reunited with family

Pakistani woman Asia Bibi who was imprisoned for nine years on baseless charges of insulting the prophet Mohammed, has finally been freed to join her family in Canada. Asia Bibi had first been arrested on the false charges of blasphemy in 2009 after sharing a cup of water with Muslim farmworkers, who called her…

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News

June 2019
News > International

India: Decisive victory for religious freedom

A pastor of a small Indian village in Madhya Pradesh was acquitted of the charges held against him under disputed anti-conversion laws, according to religious liberty group ADF International. In 2016, Pastor Balu, his wife, his son, and members of his congregation were violently attacked, later detained by the police and falsely accused of…

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News

June 2019
News > International

Sri Lanka: Churches rebuild after Easter bombings

Churches and Christian communities have begun to rebuild after the devastating Easter weekend attacks by Muslim extremists, which saw 253 killed and more than 500 hospitalised. The Islamic State terror group said it had carried out the attacks, with some social media posts claiming this was done in retaliation for the much-publicised Mosque shootings…

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News

June 2019
News > International

Yemen: Christians in desperate need

Yemen’s tiny Christian population is in desperate need as the humanitarian crisis worsens in the country. According to various news reports, the Saudi Arabian military intervention in Yemen, which has been ongoing since 2015, has created a ‘staggering’ scale of suffering engulfing Muslims and Christians alike. Data from Tearfund suggests there are 24 million…

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News

June 2019
News > International

US: Indiana ushers in pro-life laws

The governor of the US state of Indiana has signed two new pro-life bills into law, protecting the lives of the unborn and the conscience rights of medics. The first piece of legislation bans the use of ‘dilation and evacuation’ (D&E) abortions, which are the most common form of abortion between 13 and 24…

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News

June 2019
News > Persecution

Prince Charles speaks up for persecuted Christians

Prince Charles has spoken out on behalf of persecuted Christians worldwide, claiming he has been ‘moved and humbled’ after meeting some victims. Writing in The Telegraph, the Prince of Wales stated he had been overwhelmed by the knowledge that approximately 245 million Christians worldwide have faced persecution. He wrote, ‘The most vulnerable are the…

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News

June 2019
News > Religious liberty

Christian school worker sacked for Facebook posts questioning sex education

A Christian school worker is to challenge a Gloucestershire school academy’s decision to dismiss her for gross misconduct. Kristie Higgs was dismissed after she shared two Facebook posts that raised concerns about Relationships and Sex Education (RSE) at another school in the same village, her own child’s Church of England Primary School. Kristie, mother…

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News

June 2019
News > Ethics

Abortion report undermines Northern Ireland devolution

A report on abortion law in Northern Ireland makes recommendations that will undermine devolution and bypass the Northern Ireland Assembly, public policy charity CARE has warned. At the end of April, the Women and Equalities Committee (WEC) Report on abortion law in Northern Ireland recommended that devolution be by-passed, and abortion legalised in Northern…

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News

June 2019
News > Religious liberty

Street preacher arrest prompts petition

Christian Concern is petitioning the Home Secretary asking him to review the guidance to police officers regarding street preachers following yet another arrest in London earlier this year. So far, thousands have signed the petition, but Christian Concern has urged for more names to ‘add pressure’ on the Home Secretary and the police to…

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News

June 2019
News > Ethics

Pro-life speech shut down across Scotland

A pro-life student university group has launched a legal challenge against the University of Aberdeen after its attempts at affiliation were repeatedly rejected by the Students’ Union, based on their policy barring pro-life societies on campus. According to the Christian Legal Centre, which is supporting the Aberdeen Life Ethics Society (Ales), the case is…

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News

June 2019
News > Ethics

Beware of plans to regulate the internet, groups warn

Government proposals to police the internet by imposing fines on websites which fail to tackle ‘online harms’ have come under criticism from free speech groups. Five civil liberties organisations have written a joint letter to the press saying the plans, if enacted, would make China’s state censors proud. The five groups are English PEN,…

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News

June 2019
News > Society

Parents ‘undermined’ by sex education plans, say Lords

Peers in the House of Lords have expressed their deep misgivings about government plans to make Relationships and Sex Education compulsory in schools. During a debate, a number of Peers said that the plans undermine parents and must not ‘indoctrinate’ children. However, despite the concerns, the House of Lords approved the proposals. During the…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > World Mission

What in the world is happening to missions? Evaluation, accountability and priorities

This is the third in a series of four articles in which experienced missionary Will Niven asks some searching and important questions about the current evangelical approach to missions. In my previous two articles, I highlighted what I perceive to be some of the problems within the current evangelical approach to missions. I have…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Thinking it through… the wisdom of withholding judgement

Oh no. I dread phonecalls like this. It’s from a friend. Ian’s ringing to tell me that he and his wife have left the church they’ve been attending for the past twenty-odd years. It’s a sad story. They were pillars in that church, working faithfully, doing the jobs no one else wanted to do,…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks… Pastor vs psychiatrist?

Am I in conflict with myself? I am not referring to Romans 7 and wrestling with my sin, but rather to a potential role conflict. As both a serving elder with some pastoral responsibility and a practising consultant psychiatrist, do I experience a tension between these two roles? Do I find that my ‘psychiatrist…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Guest column

How I am is not who I am

Struggling for the right words, the prop forward tried to answer the question. Talking about his feelings obviously didn’t come easily. ‘I really loved my wife and children’ he said, ‘but then I started to have these urges – and I had to be true to my urges’. The BBC interviewer obviously approved –…

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Article

June 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Saviour from sin, not just from hell

Jesus Christ offers himself as the Saviour for sinners. As Christians it is our privilege to proclaim this glorious message to mankind. But it is important that all pastors, evangelists, and Christian workers propose salvation on the terms which Christ himself intended. I have a particular point to make in this article relative to…

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Article

November 1997
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pray for your pastor

Preaching is the chief means of advancing the kingdom of God: 'God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe' (1 Corinthians 1:21). It is through the preaching of God's Word also that Christians grow in grace. That being so, those involved in this vital business will be…

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