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March 2008
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News – Open letter and Call

Open letter and CallSince the publication of An Open letter and Call from Muslim religious leaders on 13 October 2007, the Yale Center for Faith and Culture, Yale University, has issued a response. It is entitled Loving God and neighbor together. In it the respondees, who include a number of senior evangelical leaders, apologise…

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March 2008
Zimbabwe

Missionary Spotlight – Zimbabwe’ a nation falling apart

Zimbabwe’ a nation falling apart How does one describe Zimbabwe today? We no longer pay close attention to inflation figures – November’s were quoted as 10,000-14,000% (yes, the zeroes are correct!). There is no end in sight to the economic collapse. The street assessment is that those in power are making so much corrupt…

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March 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Getting out of debt

It is a sad proverb, but so true: 'The borrower becomes the lender's slave' (Proverbs 22:7). Tossing and turning through the night, the heavy borrower is a depressed soul. He dresses with prison clothes every morning and lugs his shackles to work - that job that offers so little hope for setting him free.…

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March 2008
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News – Cannabis

CannabisThe Government wants to return cannabis to its 'class B' status, according to Whitehall sources quoted in The Times. The drug was controversially downgraded to a class C bracket in 2004 by the then Home Secretary, David Blunkett. Since then, mounting evidence of mental health risks, and fears that the move sent out the…

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March 2008
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News – Penzance

PenzanceRev. Hywel Roberts has retired after 35 years' ministry at Penzance Baptist Church. Mr Roberts comes from Pwllheli in North Wales, and he was a lecturer in statistics before being called to the ministry. He and his wife Elizabeth are returning to Southampton to live.He has chaired the ministers' fraternal in West Cornwall and…

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Youth Supplement – Religious freedom

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March 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Religious freedom

Religious freedom Who cares?Politics - not exactly the most riveting subject, especially for teenagers. Most of us don't much care what these boring men in grey suits think. After all, politicians are all the same, aren't they? And what Gordon Brown and David Cameron say and do isn't really going to make much difference…

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March 2008
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News – Bishop threatened

Bishop threatenedBishop of Rochester, Dr Nazir-Ali, has been warned that he will not 'live long' and will be 'sorted out' if he continues to criticise Islam, following his claim that parts of Britain had become 'no-go' areas for non-Muslims.Police have launched inquiries into phone calls made to his home and put him and his…

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March 2008
Scientific (including creation)

Hybridising humans

Hybridising humansA series of parliamentary votes in January opened the way for the creation of animal-human hybrids for research purposes. Researchers will be allowed to insert human DNA into empty animal eggs in order to create a hybrid embryo. This embryo can be experimented upon but must be destroyed within 14 days.Christian lawyers have…

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March 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – The anointing

Comment: The anointingWhat makes a true believer abide in the doctrine of the apostles and not fall away from following Christ? Having described some who had departed from the faith, John declares that those who persevere 'have an anointing from the Holy One' (1 John 2:18-27). They embraced the apostolic faith because they had…

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March 2008
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News – Carey Conference

Carey Conference'Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails' (Proverbs 19:21). This verse summed up the programme this year. On arrival we learned that two speakers were unable to come and another hadn't arrived. In fact, the latter only arrived the day before the end of…

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A visit to China Part 2

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March 2008
China

A visit to China Part 2

A visit to China   In January’s ET Jack and Angelina Sin described their visit to China. Here they provide some historical background to gospel and missionary work in that great land. Famous preachers in China Robert Morrison (1782-1834) was sent out to China by the London Missionary Society in 1807. He remained there…

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Dominionism goes global

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March 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Dominionism goes global

Dominionism goes globalDominionism teaches that the gospel of salvation triumphs by setting up the kingdom of God as a literal and physical kingdom to be 'advanced' on earth in the present age. Last month I reviewed the rise of dominionism and described the three main movements that propagate dominion theology within evangelicalism today. I…

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March 2008
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News – Lords vote for inhumanity

Lords vote for inhumanityAn amendment to the Abortion Act to end discrimination against disabled foetuses has been rejected in the House of Lords. Baroness Masham's amendment would have repealed the current law, which says an unborn child may be aborted up to the point of birth if it may suffer from a 'serious handicap'.…

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Guest Column – Pressing on in the work of ministry

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March 2008
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Guest Column – Pressing on in the work of ministry

Pressing on in the work of ministryLast month Roger wrote about adjusting back to Britain after many years serving as a missionary in Pakistan with his wife Diana. This month he considers Pressing on in the work of ministry.In the Bible the word 'retire' is never used to describe the cessation of work. There…

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Youth Supplement – Stuck in the mud

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March 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Stuck in the mud

YOUTH SUPPLEMENTStuck in the mudOften in our Christian lives we seem to be walking through a bog: a bog made of all the relationships, activities and commodities that constantly jostle for the top slot in our lives. That slot, of course, should be God's, and God's alone. But we're struggling to move forward because…

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March 2008
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News – John Keddie

John KeddieThe Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) has announced that the Moderator-designate of their next General Assembly will be Rev. John W. Keddie, currently minister at Bracadale in Skye. Mr Keddie is expected to take up his new duties in May.John Keddie was born in 1946 and educated in Edinburgh. He first professed faith…

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March 2008
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News – British attitudes

British attitudesA survey of social attitudes in Britain suggests that British people are becoming more tolerant and liberal in their view of sex, marriage and alternative lifestyles. However, attitudes towards poverty and people of another race is hardening.The British Social Attitudes Survey produced by National Centre for Social Research interviewed a cross-section of 3000…

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News – Coping with the culture

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March 2008
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News – Coping with the culture

Tribal Christians are as much influenced by their culture as we are; especially those who are newly converted. The difficulty for many tribal people is that often they only have portions of the Word of God and there are so many aspects of their culture that they have to evaluate, amidst pressures from non-believers…

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Don’t lose your bearings with the golden compass

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March 2008
DVD

Don’t lose your bearings with the golden compass

Don't lose your bearings with the golden compassThe Golden Compass, which hit the big screens recently, is a PG rated blockbuster that was touted as a must-see event for 2008. This much acclaimed movie tries to make evil look attractive and witchcraft seem heroic (there are powerful animal creatures and other occultic icons that…

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March 2008
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News – Akinola speaks out again

Akinola speaks out againTwenty-one bishops of the Church of England have urged conservative, mainly African, bishops planning the Global Anglican Futures Conference (GAFCON) to reconsider their plan to boycott this year's Lambeth Conference in place of a seven day conference of conservative Anglican bishops and leaders, to be held in Jerusalem in June 2008.The…

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Youth Supplement – Drawing the line

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March 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Drawing the line

Drawing the line'But Daniel purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself with the portion of the King's delicacies, nor with the wine which he drank; therefore he requested … that he might not defile himself' (Daniel 1:8).I've found that as I've grown older, it's got harder to live a Christian life,…

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News – Thank God for UBM

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March 2008
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News – Thank God for UBM

Thank God for UBMAs a small independent church on the west shore of Llandudno, we have looked forward to the visits of United Beach Missions each summer.Firstly, their help with our children's work has been tremendous. For some 10 weeks from June to August we have been able to take our Sunday school to…

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Youth Supplement – New start, same baggage

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March 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – New start, same baggage

New start, same baggageI'm writing this as we enter 2008. It's easy to get carried away with the idea of new starts but we always carry around the same old baggage. As Christians we have a new nature but the old nature (Paul calls it 'the flesh') hangs on. We shall only cope as…

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News – Kenya’s violence

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March 2008
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News – Kenya’s violence

Kenya's violenceMore than 600 people have been killed and 750,000 made homeless by political and tribal conflicts following December's elections. One church was firebombed killing dozens, and mission centres have been invaded by mobs.'The question before us now is, will the violence cause damage for generations to come or can the church speak boldly,…

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News – Spiritual warfare in Nigeria

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March 2008
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News – Spiritual warfare in Nigeria

Spiritual warfare in NigeriaFetish priests in the town of Egbe, Nigeria, recently announced their plan to perform a live human sacrifice to their deity in the town centre. Further, they dared the church to try to stop them.Local Christians responded with a summons to community prayer. The gathered believers soon overflowed the prayer venue…

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Youth Supplement – Doubting

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March 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Doubting

DoubtingI was about nine years old when I told my dad I was a Christian, and I was baptised at fifteen. But from then to just the end of 2007 - that's about two years - I was attacked by terrible doubts and worries that I wasn't a Christian after all. I was terrified…

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Born again

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March 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Born again

Born againWhat is the new birth? What does it mean to be 'born again'? Most people know it is a religious term, but few really understand it. To some, it is a brand of Christianity, like a denomination. To others it is a subjective religious experience. A few years ago a survey showed that…

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March 2008
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News – Sharia

ShariaRowan Williams is an intelligent man with university degrees to prove it. Yet when it comes to plain speaking, and public awareness, the Archbishop of Canterbury's touch seems to desert him.Recently, Dr Williams spoke about the role of Islam under English law. He claimed it 'seems unavoidable' that aspects of Sharia, or Islamic law,…

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News – Scotland’s child criminals

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March 2008
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News – Scotland’s child criminals

Scotland's child criminalsLaw and order statistics released as part of a Freedom of Information request indicate that children as young as four years old are involved in criminal activity such as house-breaking and petty assault. Figures compiled by Grampian police show that during a single year nearly 10,000 crimes were committed by children under…

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Introducing Jonathan Edwards

Historical

March 2008
Articles > Historical

Introducing Jonathan Edwards

Introducing Jonathan EdwardsHow would you introduce Jonathan Edwards to a seventeen year old?', I was asked in 2003 on the tercentenary of the great man's birth. I am not sure if a particular seventeen year old was in mind, but as we remember Edwards again 350 years after his death, I would like to…

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March 2008
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News in Brief

News in BriefObama's affirmation Presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama has talked of his personal Christian faith, in an effort to dispel rumours that he is a Muslim. The Democratic candidate spoke to the religious website beliefnet.com and Christianity Today magazine. 'I have been a member of the same church for almost 20 years, and…

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March 2008
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News – Christians murdered in Pakistan

Christians murdered in PakistanTwo Christians were killed in Pakistan during January, says a Barnabas Fund report. On 9 January, Simon Emmanuel was murdered by Islamic extremists, who reportedly mistook him for his brother Younis Tasadaq who had fled the country after having been accused of 'blasphemy' in 1998.Younis returned to Pakistan to visit his…

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Youth Supplement – Spiritual gifts

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March 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Spiritual gifts

Spiritual giftsThere is much confusion about spiritual gifts in today's churches - whether charismatic or reformed. There is disagreement about the biblical evidence (if any) that gifts like speaking in tongues or healing are in use today - and how we can best glorify God with respect to these things.It seems obvious that we…

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Youth Supplement – Chocolate cake

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March 2008
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Chocolate cake

Chocolate cakeA certain girl had eaten too much over the festival of Christmas and was thus on a calorie restrictive diet. One day her mother came to her and said, 'Verily, I am departing to the megamall. Behold, in yonder kitchen is a chocolate cake which thou must not touch; for it is full…

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March 2008
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News – Welshpool induction

Welshpool inductionOn Saturday 1 December 200 people attended the ordination and induction of Oliver Gross as minister of New Street Evangelical Church (NSEC) at Welshpool in mid-Wales. The service was held at the Welsh Congregationalists' Chapel. The meeting was chaired by Geoffrey Thomas (pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth). Mr Gross was converted…

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