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Antinomianism – Reformed Theology’s unwelcome guest?

Review

March 2015

Antinomianism – Reformed Theology’s unwelcome guest?

Antinomianism – Reformed Theology’s unwelcome guest? Mark Jones P&R publishing 172, £12.99 ISBN: 978-1596388154 Star Rating: 0 This book is timely, incisive, warm and well researched. My initial impression in reading through these nine chapters is that my was soul refreshed. Reading this book was like a “breath of fresh air” spiritually speaking. There…

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News

March 2015
News

Page Three

Christians have called for The Sun newspaper to be banned, after a publicity stunt earlier this year in which Rupert Murdoch’s paper claimed to be ditching its controversial page 3 feature. After a long campaign to put pressure on The Sun to put an end to showing a topless young woman in the so-called…

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News

March 2015
News

Politics: Poverty in UK society

The plight of the poorest in UK society is likely to affect the way Christians vote in the forthcoming general election. The wide-ranging survey from the Evangelical Alliance — with a membership of more than 2 million ­people — was conducted among more than 2000 professed evangelicals. According to the survey’s findings, more than…

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Article

March 2015
Madagascar

Mandritsara Good News Hospital, Madagascar

In ET, May 2014, World Mission featured the strategic work of Mandritsara Good News Hospital, Madagascar. This month, Dr David Mann, recently retired from many years missionary medical work there, shares about his colleagues. Readers unacquainted with this thriving work will readily understand that most successful ministries, including the apostolic ministry within Acts, have…

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News

March 2015
News

OAC: beyond the theatrical

Growing up in a church environment, Kevin Welch knew about God yet became disillusioned with the church. As a teenager, he wanted no part of what he considered ‘institutionalised religion’. Other matters took on importance, especially amateur theatre which became his main interest for 16 years.  But one night in 2008, a party and…

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News

March 2015
News > Youth Features

Challenge your comfort zone

Are you willing to step out of your comfort zone for God? Many of us are content in our spiritual lives and don’t welcome change or disruption in our daily routines. Perhaps feelings of anxiety, discomfort and lack of confidence in ourselves inhibit us from stepping out of our comfort zones? Have you ever…

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Historical

March 2015
Articles > Historical

Spurgeon in Wales (4)

C. H. Spurgeon visited Llandudno on Thursday, 8 September 1870, where he delivered two powerful open-air discourses.

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News

March 2015
News

UK Persecution: Ashers Baking Company prosecuted for discrimination

The prosecution of a small Christian bakery for allegedly refusing service to a customer is malicious persecution and will affect freedom of conscience, Revd Robert Johnston has said. In an open letter, the convenor of the public morals committee of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church has called on Christians to pray for Ashers Bakery in…

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News

March 2015
News

Adoption row

Social workers have targeted Christian parents with claims of cult practices and smacking, in order to take away their adopted children, campaign group Christian Concern has warned. Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said, ‘We are seeing a worrying trend whereby Christian parents are being treated with suspicion because of their faith’. Her…

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News

March 2015
News

Politics: University Christian Unions

The UK government has responded to concerns over proposals in its Counter-Terrorism and Security Bill, after universities and organisations claimed some measures could curtail freedom of speech. The Bill, which seeks to prevent extremism in colleges and universities in England and Wales, had also included measures to vet speakers and presentations given at Christian…

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Article

March 2015
Education

Ofsted aggression

Pupils and teachers have voiced their strong support for a Christian school which has been earmarked for closure by Nicky Morgan, Education Secretary. According to a report from the Christian Institute, Ms Morgan has pledged to close down the Durham Free School after claims of homophobic bullying. One of the parents backing the school,…

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News

March 2015
News

Protestant Truth Society

Rev. Philip Tait has joined the Protestant Truth Society (PTS) as its new director of ministry, bringing with him years of experience in ministry, management and publishing. Qualified in English language and literature, he worked for the Department of Health and Social Security for 14 years, before training for the ordained ministry with the Evangelical…

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Article

March 2015
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Personal view: How to watch a ‘biblical’ movie

With the recent release of Exodus: gods and kings, following the earlier Noah movie, why and how should Bible-believing Christians consider engaging with a film based on any Bible story?

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Article

March 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

The God who knows our name

In Psalm 147:4 we read that almighty God ‘determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names’. Then, in John 10:3, it is said of the Lord Jesus, the Good Shepherd, that ‘the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out’.…

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News

March 2015
News

Easter Ross – Induction of Rev. Roddy MacRae

A former Church of Scotland minister has joined a thriving Easter Ross congregation and will be helping strengthen links with the local community, as well as disciple new members. Rev. Roddy MacRae, who previously ministered in Glenelg in Wester Ross, is assisting ministerial duties in Rosskeen Free Church, which has seen a 40 per…

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News

March 2015
News

Remembering Gallipoli

A campaign that seemed to be a just enterprise - to put an end to the Ottoman Turks' so-called holy war - ended up with devastating defeat for Allied troops.

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News

March 2015
News

Gender abortion

Two doctors may face separate trials after a pro-life charity worker brought criminal charges of illegal gender-based abortions against them. In January, Dr Palaniappan Rajmohan appeared before Birmingham Crown Court, charged with allegedly offering an illegal abortion because the unborn child was female. In February, female doctor Prabha Sivaraman was due to enter a…

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Article

March 2015
Obituaries

Stanley and Etta Todd

Stanley and Etta Todd (hereafter Dad and Mum) recently passed away, after serving the Lord in Nigeria, Ghana, Northern Ireland and Liberia.  Several years of increasing frailty meant that Mum died at the age of 91 on Boxing Day 2014 after a short illness. The next day Dad was rushed into hospital suffering from…

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News

March 2015
News > Youth Features

Christian Camps in Wales: a camper’s perspective

Every summer, for 16 years of my life, I’ve headed up to Tywyn in North Wales with my family, to spend a week camping in the middle of a field. For seven of those years, I’ve had the blessing and the privilege of being a camper on CCIW (Christian Camps in Wales), a Christian…

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Article

March 2015
Articles > World Mission

The Trinitarian Bible Society (TBS) made exciting progress during 2014

In the past six months, the New Testament in both Shona and Thadou has been published, as well as John's Gospel in Chinese (web-only edition).

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Article

March 2015
Education

Creationism in Scotland

The Free Church of Scotland has been campaigning against concerted plans to remove creationism from schools across the country. Rev. David Robertson, who is to become Free Church Moderator in May, has voiced his concern that the Scottish Secular Society (SSS) has succeeded in getting a petition to decision-makers in the Scottish government. His…

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Article

March 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Seeing things as they really are

'Once upon a time', a young girl was sitting by herself in a city centre play park. She was wearing a worn dress and was barefoot and dirty. All the other children playing in the park ignored her and even the adults passed her by, never pausing to see if she was alright.

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Article

March 2015
Nigeria

Nigeria

More than a million people have fled their homes in terror as a result of incessant attacks from Boko Haram militants in north-eastern Nigeria. According to reports from Christian advocacy group Barnabas Fund, victimisation and violence have become part of everyday life for many people there, particularly Christians. Alongside Boko Haram, Christians in northern…

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Article

March 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Revisiting the New Calvinism

This article is a somewhat reluctant and brief follow-up to my short book, The New Calvinism considered: a personal and pastoral assessment (EP Books). The request to write it arose out of the departure of Mark Driscoll from Mars Hill in Seattle, and how Reformed evangelicals might or should respond to this event.

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News

March 2015
News

Letter from America

The Presbyterian Church in America and the Insider Movement

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March 2015
News

HSBC

Prominent churchman Lord Green has faced calls to step down after it was revealed that mass tax evasion had been taking place at banking giant HSBC. In February, Downing Street was forced to defend Prime Minister David Cameron’s appointment of the former HSBC chairman as trade minister in 2011. According to a report in…

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News

March 2015
News

Prince Charles

HRH the Prince of Wales has claimed he will maintain his mother’s title as ‘Defender of the Faith’ in a BBC interview. The Heir Apparent had been widely expected to alter the title when he accedes to the throne, calling himself ‘Defender of all faiths’. However, in the interview with BBC Radio 2’s The…

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Historical

March 2015
Articles > Historical

The forgotten John Wesley (2)

In October 1735 John Wesley was on board The Simmonds, bound for Savannah (see ET, February 2015). He was a fully fledged Anglican clergyman, and a missionary to Georgia, commissioned by the Society for the Propagation of the Gospel.

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News

March 2015
News

Reflections on the Charlie Hebdo massacre

On Wednesday 7 January 2015, France was plunged into shock. The attack at the offices of the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper left 12 people dead; and five more were killed the following two days. How should Christians react to such events? Here are some things we should bear in mind. First, we must ‘weep…

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News

March 2015
News

Dewsbury – Induction of Adam Beattie

Dewsbury Evangelical Church (DEC), West Yorkshire, appointed a new assistant pastor in January 2015. Originally, the church had two co-pastors, Graham Heaps and Daniel Grimwade. However, Mr Heaps’ retirement in December presented the need to find an assistant pastor.  Adam Beattie, 31 — recently graduated from George Whitefield College, South Africa — has been…

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News

March 2015
News

European Council

Christians in Europe may be given better protection after a special resolution was passed by the Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly. The resolution, called ‘Tackling intolerance and discrimination in Europe with a special focus on Christians’, was brought by Christian Democrat politician Valeriu Ghiletchi, who is also a Baptist pastor from Moldova. The resolution…

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Article

March 2015
Articles > Biblical/theological

Repentance

We live in a world of many voices. Politicians, sociologists, scientists and educationalists are all clamouring for our attention. But who do we listen to? Who is reliable? Who can give us what they say they can?

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Article

March 2015
Articles > Guest column

Hosea – a servant of God

The book of Hosea relates the story of a man with a divine message that was out of sync with the outlook of his age - and yet very suitable for his age.

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News

March 2015
News

Isle of Skye – Induction of Rev. Calum Smith

A crowd of well over 150 joined the Presbytery of Skye and Lochcarron, Free Church of Scotland Continuing, on Friday 7 November for the ordination and induction of Rev. Calum Smith to Bracadale and Duirinish. Rev. A. J. MacInnes (Lochalsh and Strath) presided and preached from Joshua 1:1-2. He showed from the passage the…

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News

March 2015
News

Conference: Timeless truth in contemporary culture

‘Timeless truth in contemporary culture’ was the title of a day conference, on 9 January, organised by Christian Concern. Its brief was to present an extended apologetic for Christian engagement in public life.  Key speakers for the day were Bishop Michael Nazir-Ali — also chairman; Andrea Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern and the…

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News

March 2015
News

Premier Radio petition

Christians across the country have been signing a petition to keep Premier Radio on the DAB radio, after it was revealed that it could be ousted to make room for yet another music station. MPs such as Labour minister Stephen Timms and concerned celebrities have called on the government to maintain the licence for…

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Suffering for Christ

Article

March 2015
Articles > Comment

Suffering for Christ

What we lack in the Western church today — Australia and New Zealand included — is a practical theology of personal and corporate suffering for the cause of Christ. Putting it simply, we Western Christians are often averse to the thought of suffering for our faith! Many Western believers have only a hazy idea…

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News

March 2015
News

Droylsden, Manchester – Induction of Dr Ian Densham

The call of Rev. Dr Ian Densham to become pastor of Droylsden Independent Church was greeted with much joy and enthusiasm, for the church has been praying for a new pastor for 15 years.  At the commencement of the induction service on 10 January 2015, presiding minister, Mike Plant (Evangelical Fellowship of Congregational Churches),…

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Article

March 2015
Kenya

Shooting in Mombasa

A church official called George Karidhimba Muriki was gunned down by unidentified assailants on a motorbike, just inside the church entrance gate, during January. The attack, in the Majengo neighbourhood of Mombasa city, was the latest in a string of anti-Christian activities that had happened in the nominally Christian country. According to reports from…

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Article

March 2015
Bhutan

Arrests in Bhutan

A pastor arrested in Bhutan has been released from prison after paying an extortionate fine, Christian charity Open Doors has reported. Pastor Tandin Wangyal had been arrested in Dorokha village in the Samtse district of Bhutan as a result of his faith in March 2014, and was only released in January this year after…

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Review

March 2015

The Truth about Racism

I found this book hard to review. This was not because I disagreed with the arguments of the author, but simply because of the book’s highly emotive subject matter. While I agreed with much of what was written, there were times I felt Asante was perhaps overstating his case. Nonetheless, he has challenged my…

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Review

March 2015

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones & Evangelicals in Wales

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones & Evangelicals in Wales Dr Eryl Davies Bryntirion Press 442, £14.99 ISBN: 978-1-78397-056-8 Star Rating: 4 Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones’ influence on evangelicalism in Wales did not wane when he moved from the ‘Land of his Fathers’ to become minister of Westminster Chapel in London in the 1930s. In some ways his…

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Review

March 2015

The Blessed and Boundless God

My interest in reviewing this book was enhanced by a comment from a reviewer on the back cover, who contrasted its brevity with Stephen Charnock’s tome The existence and attributes of God, through which I am slowly reading. I decided the best way to read it was perhaps only a chapter per day, and…

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Review

March 2015

The Gospel in the Marketplace of Ideas

What is the significance of Paul’s famous address to the Athenian philosophers in Acts 17? One of Paul’s biggest blunders? Or rather a blueprint for successful, cross-cultural ministry in a multi-cultural world? A teacher of philosophy (Copan) and a teacher of New Testament (Litwak) have teamed up to tell us the answer. Perhaps their…

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Review

March 2015

American Apocalypse

This book reviews the history of evangelicalism in America from the turn of the nineteenth century to today. It outlines its evolution from radical evangelism, through the fundamentalism of the 1920s, to the evangelicalism of modern times. Its particular emphasis is on the development of an apocalyptic evangelicalism stressing pre-millennialism. The author’s main contention…

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Review

March 2015

Confessing the Faith

This companion volume for readers of the Westminster Confession of Faith (WCF) is heartily welcomed. Chad Van Dixhoorn is a renowned expert on the minutes and papers of the Westminster Assembly, and is an ordained minister and church practitioner. He certainly has not written this volume with a detached view of theology. His writing…

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Review

March 2015

First Wives’ Club

Why would we want to read about the lives of sixteenth-century wives? One good reason is that, although living in a completely different world to ours, they had the same human nature, strengths, challenges and frailties as we do. We can be enlightened and encouraged as we read these accounts of six ordinary women…

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Review

March 2015

Christian Marriage

Christian MarriagePaul E. BrownGrace Publications128, £5.99ISBN: 978-1-91013-705-5Star Rating: 5 I have now reviewed several good books for ET but this is the first one I felt merited the “outstanding” accolade.  It may be just a short volume but it contains excellent biblical advice which is sane, nuanced and pastoral.  It is what it says on the…

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Review

March 2015
Reviews > Book

John Knox – Fearless Faith

After the fanfare given by many respected reviewers, I was expecting the biography of the decade! To be fair, while this book did not reach such giddy heights, it certainly was a well-crafted and excellent introduction to the life of John Knox. This is probably its great strength. It is a no-nonsense, readable account…

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Review

March 2015

Why are you here?

It cannot be often that Kim Kardashian, Karl Popper and King Solomon are all quoted in the same book. Nonetheless, these three are among the 800-plus references in John Blanchard’s new exploration of the old philosophical question, ‘Why are we here?’ As ever, he writes in an erudite yet conversational tone. His style is…

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Review

March 2015

Salt, Light and Cities on Hills

This book, subtitled ‘Evangelism, social action and the church: how do they relate to each other?’, is a useful discussion of the relationship between evangelism and social action. After a brief historical overview, the author moves on to the apparent retreat from social action by evangelicals in the early twentieth century, which was partly a…

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Review

March 2015

Remembered mercies recorded

This is a beautiful book, redolent of Christ and breathing that rare candour and humility which in spiritual autobiography we associate with such works as Augustine’s Confessions or the diaries of Kenneth A. MacRae. It is a riveting read, steeped with spiritual food. Some of the writer’s experiences will bear out the old saying that…

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Review

March 2015

George Műller

This is a further addition to the excellent ‘Bitesize Biographies’ series and a good introduction to George Műller. The later years of Műller’s life are well known to many through his work with orphans in Bristol. However, many will be less familiar with his early days in Germany. There he lived a wayward life…

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