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March 2010
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Haiti’s agony

Haiti's agony As aid agencies and missions carry on caring for the sick and dispossessed in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake, new troubles are springing up for the country.     Last month, ten US missionaries were arrested and detained under charges of abduction and criminal association for 'trafficking' 33 children across the border to the…

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News – Get smart on law

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March 2010
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News – Get smart on law

Get smart on law Churches and charities are asking questions such as: 'Can we still insist that the church secretary be a Christian?'; 'Does the law stop us preaching on certain topics?' and 'How should we comply with the Charity Commission's public benefit rules?'      This unease, exacerbated by recent legal cases, threatens to constrain Christian…

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March 2010
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Victory for peer pressure

Victory for peer pressure Until recently, Baroness Detta O'Cathain was relatively unknown outside Westminster. But after defending churches from certain clauses in the new Equality Bill, her name is now linked with a victory for religious freedom. Lady O'Cathain moved three amendments to the Government's Equality Bill, which had passed through the Commons and was on…

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March 2010
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Snow joke

Snow joke  Sixteen volunteers from Africa, Asia and South America got more than they bargained for when they came to the UK as part of Careforce. While on an orientation course in Windsor as part of their year's ministry to serve churches in the UK, the volunteers had their first experience of snow during…

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Meteoric Methodism (4)

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March 2010
Articles > Historical

Meteoric Methodism (4)

Meteoric Methodism (4) Roger Fay Meteors are quickly extinguished in the night sky. The history of Primitive Methodism is, likewise, one of dramatic growth followed by rapid extinction.  Such meteoric progress can be illustrated by the life of a leading, northern Primitive Methodist minister called John Watson.      Watson was born in 1832 at Ireshope Burn…

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News – Carey Conference

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March 2010
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News – Carey Conference

Carey Conference The annual Carey Conference was held on 5-7 January in snow-covered Swanwick. For some delegates, this involved several hours of travelling in difficult weather. The theme was 'Confidence in God's Word'.       Kees van Kralingen addressed the topic of the church's witness in the world from the early history of the Ephesian church.…

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Guest Column – The Trinity today

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March 2010
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – The Trinity today

The Trinity todayGuest ColumnGarry Williams, MA, MSt, PhD In last month's article I suggested that Christians face increasing questioning and even hostility in at least two areas, and I outlined the first - a challenge to the Bible's morality. The second concerns the doctrine of the Trinity. Unlike the challenge to the Bible, the challenge to…

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Book Review – Puritanism: a very short introduction – Francis J. Bremer – Oxfort University Press

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March 2010
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Book Review – Puritanism: a very short introduction – Francis J. Bremer – Oxfort University Press

Puritanism: a very short introduction Francis J. BremerOxford University Press; 109 pages; £7.99; ISBN: 978-0-19-533455-5 This book is faithful to its title and gives a clear if somewhat passionless account of Puritanism on both sides of the Atlantic. It is part of a major series by OUP of short introductions. The series is very eclectic and…

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March 2010
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News – Movers and shakers

Movers and shakers Richard Tiplady will become the new principal of Glasgow's InternationalChristian College (ICC) in August, following the retirement of Tony Sargent last year. Mr Tiplady is currently British director of European Christian Mission. Prior to this, he worked as a consultant for several Christian organisations, including Tearfund, and taught theology at Samuel Bill…

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March 2010
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News – The pill

The pill  The Government's latest campaign - 'Contraception: worth talking about' - encourages young women to choose contraception such as 'the pill' to avoid unwanted pregnancies and abortions.                  But this campaign now has an unlikely detractor in the form of the Ecologist, which reports that the pill has been found to alter…

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March 2010
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News – Plea for Birstall

Plea for Birstall A lack of committed members has put the future of the Birstall Community Church at risk, but the six members remaining believe God will bless their small, shepherdless fellowship.      The spiritual needs of the local community are considerable and there is not much evidence of other vigorous gospel work going on…

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Sex education

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March 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Sex education

Sex education Norman Wells 'You can teach the promotion of marriage; you can teach that you shouldn't have sex outside of marriage; what you can't do is deny young people information about contraception outside of marriage. The same arises in homosexuality. Some faiths have a view about what in religious terms is right and wrong -…

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The third day he rose again from the dead’

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March 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

The third day he rose again from the dead’

'The third day he rose again from the dead'           Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The earliest ever written Christian creed, encapsulating truths of 'first importance', stated 'that Christ died for our sins in accordance with the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day in accordance with…

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March 2010
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News – The dirty bank

The dirty bank Pressure groups are taking the Treasury to court for the second time in a year over a failure to assess the environmental and human rights impact of RBS.According to the Ecologist, the UK Government's £25 billion cash injection into Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) is being challenged by three pressure groups because…

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March 2010
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News – Sound of victory

Sound of victory Lambeth Council has had to climb down after attempting to slap a noise abatement ban on a 600-strong London church.      The All Nations Centre in Kennington was served with a noise abatement notice from the council on 25 September last year. This prevented the church from amplifying their music or sermons to…

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A day with Dick Gaffin

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March 2010
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A day with Dick Gaffin

A day with Dick GaffinIt is always a delight for a theological college to welcome a renowned scholar to speak on a subject of importance. Should that delight bring with it a whole day of cancelled lectures, then it is easy to imagine the anticipation surrounding such an event, particularly for those students who…

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March 2010
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A Bible college on your doorstep

A Bible college on your doorstep The Christian Ministry Training Course (CMTC) is now up and running with 16 students. While the course offers in-depth training for those considering pastoral leadership, there are no college buildings and all the students have other full-time interests.     Martin Woodier, Director of CMTC and pastor of Bethel Evangelical Church,…

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March 2010
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News – In God he trusts?

In God he trusts? The President of the US has 'appropriated Christianity for the Democrats', according to Dr Robert Beckford, who conducted a wide-ranging exploration of Barack Obama's faith for a BBC documentary.       His documentary 'God bless you, Barack Obama' was screened on 25 January and showed how faith, race and politics have combined…

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March 2010
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News – Mercy killings

Mercy killings Dr Peter Saunders, head of the Christian Medical Fellowship, has spoken out against the trend of public softening to mercy killings.       Speaking on Premier Radio about whether those who assist their loved ones to die should be protected by law, Dr Saunders said: 'Parliament has looked at this twice over the past…

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Book Review – The Plan – Sinclair B. Ferguson – Christian Focus

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March 2010
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Book Review – The Plan – Sinclair B. Ferguson – Christian Focus

The plan: how God got the world ready for JESUS Sinclair B. FergusonChristian Focus; 40 pages; £7.99; ISBN: 978-1-84550-451-9 This children's picture book tells the story of Christmas, but with a difference. Sinclair Ferguson shows how Jesus' coming into the world was part of 'the plan that began before time began'.      When I first read…

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Spiritual Warfare

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March 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Spiritual Warfare

Spiritual warfare John W. Keddie The apostle Paul concludes his letter to the Ephesians by alerting believers to the malign spiritual forces they face.  Dr Lloyd Jones once wrote: 'I am certain that one of the main causes of the ill state of the church today is the fact that the devil is being forgotten. All…

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Book Review – How shall they hear? – E. M. Hicham – Ambassador Publications

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March 2010
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Book Review – How shall they hear? – E. M. Hicham – Ambassador Publications

How shall they hear?   E. M. Hicham Ambassador Publications; 322 pages; £9.00; ISBN: 978-184030-215-8   E. M. Hicham's engaging mix of anecdote, cultural observation and biblical application will doubtless make this a 'standard text' for witnessing to Muslims. The book's readability and depth of insight make it helpful for everyone from teenagers with…

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March 2010
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News – Nigerian violence

Nigerian violence In a recent upsurge of violence in Plateau State, Nigeria, atrocities were committed on both sides. It is reported that mobs of nominal Christians attacked and killed Muslims. This happened in retaliation for Muslim attacks on Christian areas, which had led to the loss of lives, churches, homes and businesses.      Nigerian church leaders…

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Youth Supplement – Five helps with Guidance

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March 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Five helps with Guidance

Five helps with GuidanceWhether it is 'What career should I aim for?' or 'Where shall I apply for uni-?' or 'Whom, if anybody, should I marry?' or something as seemingly insignificant as 'What should I wear today?', every one of us has countless choices to make.  Every decision has consequences which can shape your…

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March 2010
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News – Caring for the elderly

Caring for the elderly  Christian charity Pilgrim Homes is compiling a resource pack to help people dealing with and caring for those suffering from dementia.      Called Helping to put the pieces together, the dementia resources pack was created after the charity conducted wide-ranging surveys of individuals and churches about their understanding of the issue,…

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March 2010
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News – Ministers martyred

Ministers martyred Two street ministers in Boynton Beach, Florida, were killed by a man to whom they were witnessing. Tite Sufra, 24, and Stephen Ocean, 23, were shot and killed in January after preaching to a man known as 'Woody'. According to police reports, quoted in theFlorida Sun Sentinel, the ministers preached to him for…

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Book Review – Revelation reclaimed – Jon K. Newton – Paternoster

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March 2010
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Book Review – Revelation reclaimed – Jon K. Newton – Paternoster

Revelation reclaimed: the use and misuse of the Apocalypse Jon K. NewtonPaternoster; 124 pages; £9.99; ISBN: 978-1-84227-612-9 No Bible book has suffered more at the hands of its would-be interpreters than the Apocalypse. Sadly, this has caused many Christians to neglect it badly, apart from chapters 1-5 and 21-22. But who would read only the introduction and…

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March 2010
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News – Doubting Darwin

Doubting Darwin Theos, the public theology think-tank has published a wide-ranging report called Doubting Darwin, exploring evolutionary and non-evolutionary beliefs in the UK today and their relationship with theism and atheism.       The survey, conducted with polling company ComRes and independent research agency ESRO, was commissioned in the light of the apparent increase of anti-evolutionary…

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News – Milnrow’s French connection

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March 2010
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News – Milnrow’s French connection

Milnrow's French connection  Milnrow Evangelical Church took two steps forward on Saturday 16 January. Hicham was recognised as a new pastor for the work in south-east France which Tony Hynes has planted and faithfully developed for many years. And to help fill the gap Hicham leaves, Julian Hurst was also recognised as a further…

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March 2010
Eritrea

Eritrea’s persecuting government

Eritrea’s persecuting government     When Eritrea won its independence from Ethiopia in 1993, it was widely hoped that the nation would become an example of good governance for the whole of Africa. Sadly, Eritrea is now regarded as one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world.   Eritrea is located in…

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March 2010
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News – Selhurst minister retires

Selhurst minister retires Over 150 friends, family and members of the congregation praised God for nearly 40 years of faithful service by the Rev. Winston Saunders, retiring minister of Selhurst Evangelical Church, in South Norwood.     Pastor Saunders, who has been the under-shepherd at Selhurst since 1970, gave a moving testimony to God's calling and continual…

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March 2010
Articles > Comment

Comment – Open-air preaching

Open-air preaching Open-air preaching in the UK has a long and noble history. Often it has met with vicious opposition from hearers, towards preachers and those willing to identify with them. But sometimes opposition has given way to striking and even numerous conversions.     Some claim that where such preaching is not happily received true evangelism…

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March 2010
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News – Care for children

Care for children Nearly 85 per cent of China's orphans in state care die before reaching adulthood, according to shocking statistics from charity International China Concern.      Founder David Gotts said that ICC was like a 'lifeboat' to these orphans, as it works throughout various provinces with children of different age groups.       To help raise…

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What every parent should know about the Internet (4)

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March 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What every parent should know about the Internet (4)

What every parent should know about the Internet (4) In the last 3 articles, we have considered both positive and negative aspects of the Internet. Sadly, there is no escaping the subject that we now need to consider – pornography There are no positive benefits with pornography, only sinful, dark and life-destroying ones. No one with…

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Book Review – Empty arms – Keren Baker – EP Books

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March 2010
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Book Review – Empty arms – Keren Baker – EP Books

Empty arms Keren BakerEP Books; 125 pages; £7.95; ISBN: 978-0-85234-704-1 Losing a child is something no parent should have to experience, but sadly in this fallen world it happens. When God allows such a tragedy to strike a Christian family, it puts their faith on the front line. When Keren Baker's family were faced with the…

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March 2010
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News – Psychology and the Bible

Psychology and the Bible Christians, the Bible and Psychology - not often are these three put together in the same sentence. But All Souls' Church, Langham Place, is running a special one-day conference on 20 March to explore these themes.      The conference will cover such topics as the world's search for truth in psychology, and…

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Book Review – Revival on the Causeway coast – Nicholas M. Railton – Christian Focus

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March 2010
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Book Review – Revival on the Causeway coast – Nicholas M. Railton – Christian Focus

Revival on the Causeway coast Nicholas M. RailtonChristian Focus; 205 pages; £7.99; ISBN: 978-1-84550-493-9 This is a stimulating book to read, particularly at a time when the church is finding it increasingly difficult to bring the gospel to a culture dominated by man, materialism and secularism.     The relevance of this account is pressed home when one…

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Book Review – The Ulster awakening – John Weir – Banner of Truth

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March 2010
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Book Review – The Ulster awakening – John Weir – Banner of Truth

The Ulster awakening - an account of the 1859 revival in Ireland John WeirBanner of Truth; 280 pages; £7.50; ISBN: 978-1-84871-037-5 As an Ulsterman I have read quite a lot about the 1859 revival in my beloved homeland. So it was good to be given the opportunity to review this book. It was first published in 1860…

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March 2010
Eritrea

Petitioning for freedom in Eritrea

Petitioning for freedom in Eritrea Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali, the patron of Release International, recently presented a petition to the Eritrean Embassy and No.10 Downing Street calling for religious freedom for Eritrean Christians imprisoned and tortured for their faith.      Tens of thousands signed the petition, after a major campaign by Release which included publication…

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Youth Supplement – Waiting on God

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March 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Waiting on God

Waiting on God We all struggle at times to be sensitive to the still, small voice of God speaking to us through the Scriptures. So did Samuel in 1 Samuel 3, as he listened for the audible voice of God.  Samuel was a young lad probably about twelve years of age, dedicated to the…

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Book Review – Sermons on Genesis – John Calvin – Banner of Truth

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March 2010
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Book Review – Sermons on Genesis – John Calvin – Banner of Truth

Sermons on Genesis - Chapters 1-11   John Calvin Banner of Truth; 867 pages; £20.00; ISBN: 978-1-84871-038-2   The translator of Calvin's sermons on the Acts of the Apostles 1-7, Rob Roy McGregor, has now given us this superb English version of 49 sermons that Calvin delivered in Geneva between September 1559 and January…

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News – New pastor for Holywell

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March 2010
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News – New pastor for Holywell

New pastor for Holywell The weather outside was frightful, but inside Holywell Free Church, Loughborough, it was delightful as 250 folk gathered on 9 January to witness the induction of Joseph Pettitt.      Attendees came from Hayes Town Chapel and Alexandra Road Congregational Church, Hemel Hempstead - churches where Joseph had previously served - to…

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News – Professor Donald Wiseman (1918-2010)

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March 2010
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News – Professor Donald Wiseman (1918-2010)

Professor Donald Wiseman (1918-2010)  The passing of Donald Wiseman on 2 February marked the end of an era for Tyndale House and the Tyndale Fellowship. Wiseman saw Tyndale's strategic potential and gave much time and thought to its affairs, serving as chairman of first the Biblical Research Committee and then Tyndale House Council from…

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Youth Supplement – Helping the depressed

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March 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Supplement – Helping the depressed

Helping the depressed Adriana Sofrac People who are depressed need help. Many will withdraw into silent isolation. Our assistance will be more valuable then, than at any other time. The Bible tells us that love is kind. If we really love a person, we will be considerate, not only when they are strong, but…

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News – Dutch find their roots

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March 2010
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News – Dutch find their roots

Dutch find their roots A group of Dutch Baptist pastors and leaders is setting up a conference and web site to call Baptist churches back to their theological roots in the Reformation. It will be called Sola 5 Baptisten (Sola 5 Baptists) based on the five 'Solas', that is (translating from Latin into English) five…

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A positive response at Carey Baptist Church in Reading

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March 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A positive response at Carey Baptist Church in Reading

A positive response at Carey Baptist Church in Reading In a society where it is estimated that 70 per cent of men and 21 per cent of women struggle with online pornography, it is not surprising that church leaders come across a number of Christians, mainly men, who want help in this matter. Some are…

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Is it worth dying for?

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March 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is it worth dying for?

Is it worth dying for?Paul SmithBelievers trembled, as well they might. In AD 303 the fires of Roman persecution were being stoked up with a new target - the New Testament scriptures.   The emperor's law demanded that all New Testament books be handed in to be destroyed. Faced with forfeiting God's word or their…

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The Geneva Bible

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March 2010
Articles > Historical

The Geneva Bible

The Geneva Bible   'To the moste vertuous and noble Quene Elizabet, Quene of England, France, and Ireland, etc. Your humble subjects of the English Church at Geneva, with grace and peace from God the Father through Christ Jesus our Lord'.   So begins the introduction to the Bible translation that was for 140…

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News – Defenders of Calvinism

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March 2010
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News – Defenders of Calvinism

Defenders of Calvinism  A men's conference called 'A defence of Calvinism' took place in December for the second year running. It was held at Bawtry Hall Conference Centre near Doncaster.      Jared Bryson from Penistone described the weekend as 'intellectually and spiritually engaging', while Marius Wahrlich from Berlin, Germany, said that it was 'challenging but…

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Book Review – Broken-down house – Paul David Tripp – Shepherd Press

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March 2010
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Book Review – Broken-down house – Paul David Tripp – Shepherd Press

Broken-down house: living productively in a world gone bad Paul David TrippShepherd Press; 223 pages; £13.95; ISBN: 978-0-9815400-6-1 On the front cover of this book is a picture of a broken-down old house. The bad news is that this is the place where God calls us to live. The good news is that God is going…

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A faithful church

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March 2010
Eritrea

A faithful church

A faithful church The Evangelical and Reformed communities in Eritrea are under much oppression and persecution, but continue to seek to be faithful to the Lord in their walk, witness and worship.      Most are Tigrinya-speaking, originating from nominal Christian backgrounds. These live in the highlands. A smaller group are Arabic-speaking and based in…

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Truth in love

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March 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Truth in love

Truth in loveAndy Banton, director of the Open-Air Mission, discusses how to go about courageous, but responsible, open air preaching, in 21st century UKIt is not enough just to preach the truth. I mean, our responsibility as churches is not met by merely saying true things. We must also give careful attention to how…

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