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March 2017
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Ethics – Lord Shinkwin’s Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill

Baron Shinkwin, a disabled member of the House of Lords, has introduced a private member’s bill, The Abortion (Disability Equality) Bill. This proposes that the time limit for abortion of foetuses, where there is a ‘substantial risk’ of ‘serious handicap’, should be brought into line with the time limit for non-disabled foetuses.  The bill…

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Hybrid religion

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March 2017
Articles > Comment

Hybrid religion

‘They feared the Lord, yet served their own gods’ (2 Kings 17:33) A hybrid is something that is a mixture or combination of two different elements. For example, a mule is a hybrid union of a donkey and a horse. A hybrid car is one that combines the use of both gasoline and electric…

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Article

March 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Hindered by Satan

Paul makes an amazing statement in his first letter to the Thessalonian church: ‘We wanted to come to you — I, Paul, again and again — but Satan hindered us’ (2:18). Can Satan hinder the work of God? Let’s note some other Scriptures. Before Paul had good news from Timothy that the believers in…

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March 2017
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International – Help for Holocaust survivors

Christians Care International (CCI) opened a new senior care services programme in Bila Tserkva, Ukraine. The programme will give critical care and support to over 150 senior citizens, many of whom are Holocaust survivors. This will include daily meals, exercise therapy, health screenings, psychological services, social and intellectual stimulation, medical assistance and the opportunity…

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March 2017
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Ethics – Both Lives Matter

A report launched in January estimates that 100,000 people are alive in Northern Ireland (NI) today, because the 1967 Abortion Act was not implemented there. Leading economist Dr Esmond Birnie said, ‘There is obviously no absolute certainty about what “an alternative Northern Ireland” would have looked like, if the 1967 abortion legislation had been…

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March 2017
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Conferences – Hub Conference

Over the past five years, more than 500 people have attended the Hub Conference to explore routes into Independent church ministry. It takes place each January and is organised by the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches. It is an opportunity for those training for ministry or exploring the call to come together for a…

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Historical

March 2017
Articles > Historical

The Surprising story of David Michell (part1)

In 1957 David Michell was appointed ‘House Chairman’ at London Bible College a position something like Head Boy at a school. To all appearances just a stable and mature Christian, able to take on this position of trust. However, what most of his peers did not know was the surprising story of what had…

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Historical

March 2017
Articles > Historical

50 years of Evangelical Times

The material below summarizes the information in the Powerpoint presentation that was given at the Thanksgiving. A recording of the whole service is available here. The very first issue of Evangelical Times was sent out in February 1967:   This first issue had been the result of a huge amount of preparatory work and…

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Historical

March 2017
Articles > Historical

Jane Haining (1897-1944)

Jane Haining was a Church of Scotland missionary to the Jews, from Dunscore, Dumfries. She worked in Budapest, where she was arrested by the Nazis in 1944. She died in the concentration camp at Auschwitz later that year. We know that everything has a beginning. The Bible tells us of the very first beginning:…

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Article

March 2017
Obituaries

Mike Ovey (1958-2017)

Rev. Dr Mike Ovey, principal of Oak Hill Theological College, died suddenly on 7 January 2017. Mike was 58 years old and is survived by his wife Heather and their three children. Mike’s sudden death has left the Oak Hill community in shock and mourning. Dr Ovey studied at Oxford and worked as a…

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March 2017
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Politics – 2016 Wilberforce Address

The Wilberforce Address is the annual keynote address of the Conservative Christian Fellowship and attracts high profile speakers from Westminster. Previous speakers include William Hague, Iain Duncan Smith, Michael Gove, Stephen Crabb and David Cameron. Baroness Philippa Stroud gave the 2016 address on ‘The future of social justice’ in Westminster in December 2016. Speaking about her life, career…

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Article

March 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

Children, fathers, youths (2)

Continued from Children, fathers, youths (1) ‘I write to you fathers because you have known him [God] who is from the beginning’ (1 John 2:13). Clearly, every believer knows God, even the most recent convert. Indeed, this is particularly true of ‘children’ because the kind of maturity implied by this statement stems from an…

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March 2017
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Thanksgiving at Lancaster

​ About 130 people gathered from around the North West and further afield on 25th February to give thanks for the ministry of Phil Arthur at Grace Baptist Church, Lancaster.   Phil will be having a 6 month sabbatical and then continuing to serve the church in a part time capacity.   For over…

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March 2017
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International – World Vision in Somalia

International children’s charity World Vision has warned that hundreds of thousands of children in Somalia are facing starvation amidst the continued conflict and drought. World Vison Somalia’s national director, Simon Nyabwengi, urged the international community to provide an immediate response to help save the lives of the most vulnerable children. He said, ‘The crisis…

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Article

March 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The single Christian and romance

Stuart Burgess responds to Trevor Baker’s Evangelical Times (January 2017) Personal View of his book, God’s way for romance: getting back to biblical courtship, published by Day One (112 pages, £6.00; ISBN: 978-1-84625-497-0). I am not surprised that Trevor Baker disagrees with my book God’s way for romance, because he takes a very different…

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March 2017
Articles > World Mission

Carey Outreach Ministries

‘So, Ray, what does it mean to be born again?’ said the young man as he settled down on our settee in the living room. His question has remained a vivid memory to speaker and hearer alike for over 40 years. That conversation proved to be one of the final stages in Bob’s search…

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March 2017
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Persecution UK – Church youth and Sunday school inspections

The government has confirmed that their plan remains to introduce a system of regulation for Sunday schools and Christian youth teaching. This comes one year after its consultation on out-of-school educational settings, which would include Sunday schools and other church activities. The plans would require registration for all groups, with the possibility of inspection…

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Article

March 2017
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christianity stands or falls on the historical accuracy of Genesis

Thomas Huxley (1825–1895) was a prominent nineteenth century agnostic, and a friend and supporter of Charles Darwin. Regarding biblical authority, he wrote: ‘I am fairly at a loss to comprehend how anyone, for a moment, can doubt that Christian theology must stand or fall with the historical trustworthiness of the Jewish Scriptures…’ He continued: ‘If…

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Article

March 2017
United Kingdom

Gideons at Exeter University

We read in Judges 6-7 that God gave Gideon a vital task to fulfil with only a tiny number of men. So it was that, at the end of October 2016, an even tinier number of Gideons from local branches undertook the task of witnessing to the students of Exeter University and offering them…

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March 2017
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Society – Strengthening brain connections and tackling loneliness

A new study has shown for the first time that cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) strengthens specific connections in the brain and leads to long term reduction in mental symptoms and in recovery. The study, by King’s College London and the Maudsley NHS Trust (http://www.kcl.ac.uk/ioppn/news/records/2017/January/Study-reveals-for-first-time-that-talking-therapy-changes-the-brain’s-wiring.aspx) looked at people with specific mental health issues, but it’s…

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March 2017
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Event – Thirty years’ ministry in Hatfield

On Sunday 29 January, Evangelical Baptist Church celebrated 30 years of ministry in Hatfield with a special service and lunch together, around the theme ‘God is faithful’. The congregation were joined by friends and neighbours to a service to mark the day, with one of the founding pastors, Ken Houghten and his wife Dawn.…

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March 2017
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Persecution: UK – Evangelist cleared

A Scottish evangelist has been cleared of all charges, after being arrested on the streets of Irvine. Gordon Larmour was charged with behaving in a ‘threatening or abusive manner, aggravated by prejudicing relating to sexual orientation’ and ‘assault’. Mr Larmour often hands out Christian leaflets to people in Irvine. He offered a leaflet to…

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March 2017
News > Youth Features

Pure love

Christian, your body is for the Lord! It is the temple of the Holy Spirit, whom you have from God; and you are not your own (1Corinthians 6:19). And that mind of yours is not for just anything; it is for loving the Lord your God (Mathew 22:37). Uncleanness is not for you. You…

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March 2017
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Global persecution

Christian organisations are warning that global persecution shows no sign of letting up during 2017, with new anti-Christian legislation planned in super-powers China and Russia. Persecution of Christians is on the rise after years of sustained pressure in countries such as China, Christian organisations have warned. As figures from the Centre for Studies on…

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March 2017
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Event – Evangelical Times’ 50th anniversary thanksgiving

Saturday 4 February at Hayes Town Chapel proved a joyful occasion, with about 80 people, including Evangelical Times directors, editors and journalists, as well as many friends of ET’s ministry, meeting together to thank God for his kindness and faithfulness over the past 50 years. February 1967 saw the newspaper’s initial launch, with Peter…

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March 2017
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Induction – 220 years of gospel witness

On 28 January 2017, Bethlehem Chapel in Richmond, Surrey, celebrated 220 years of God’s faithfulness, and the public recognition of their new pastor, Robert Goodgame. The service was attended by around 80 people, who shared in this time of celebration. The service started with a call to worship from Hebrews 10:16-22, followed by a…

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March 2017
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International – Pope welcomes ‘big bang’

Pope Francis has declared that the theories of evolution and the ‘big bang’ are real, saying that God is not ‘a magician with a magic wand’. In an address at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences, Pope Francis explained that both scientific theories were not incompatible with the existence of a creator; rather, they ‘require…

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Right with God?

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March 2017
Evangelistic

Right with God?

In the run-up to Christmas, Marks and Spencer were selling a children’s jumper on which was the slogan, ‘Dear Santa, define good’. The children who wore it probably wouldn’t like God’s definition, or they would never receive any presents. God’s definition not only reveals what is right, but that we are wrong. Christ our…

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Historical

March 2017
Articles > Historical

Address at the thanksgiving service for 50 years of Evangelical Times.

Date: 04-02-2017 pm Speaker: Iain Murray Title: These Fifty Years Reference: Psalm 107:42-43 Please click here to download the mp3   This is a recording of the entire thanksgiving. Iain Murray’s address begins at 38:42

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Historical

March 2017
Articles > Historical

Britain’s decline and fall (4)

Continued from Britain’s decline and fall (3) The word ‘decadence’ (as with ‘decay’) implies decline from a previously held high moral standard. In the first three articles, we have seen how the high moral tone of nineteenth century Britain, set by evangelicalism, had sharply deteriorated by the middle of the twentieth century. This trend has…

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News

March 2017
News

Conferences – Reformation Bible Conference

This year’s Reformation Bible Conference, held at Hilltop Chapel in Sheffield, on 6-7 January, was a spiritual feast. The theme was ‘Christ our Head, Husband and Bridegroom’. Two questions at the beginning of the conference epitomised where we were heading: ‘Who is the master of our life?’ and ‘Where do our chief affections lie?’…

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Historical

March 2017
Articles > Historical

The life and legacy of William Bradford (1590-1657)

Puritanism has never been a popular ideology for most modern Westerners. Mention the word ‘Puritan’ or ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ to any American and the image comes to mind of a dour, black-garbed, Bible-thumping man. At best, someone might recall it was the Puritans that first made a substantial settlement in New England.  J. I. Packer…

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Article

March 2017
Articles > Guest column

Why every Protestant should be catholic

This year is a big one for Evangelicals. 31 October will mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther nailing his 95 Theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. That event sparked what we call the Protestant Reformation. Luther and his friends rediscovered the gospel. At its heart is the glorious reality…

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Article

March 2017
Israel

Encouragement in Israel

On 20 October 2016, the Grace and Truth Christian Congregation, Rehovot, celebrated its 40th anniversary. It was an historic event, not only for this congregation, but also for the body of Christ in Israel.   Not many congregations in Israel were established before 1976, and this was certainly a sure sign of the faithfulness…

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Review

March 2017

30 Day Devotional – 1 Thessalonians

Review combined with 2 Timothy: 30-day devotional by Alec Motyer IVP has added two new entries to the teeming field of daily devotional literature. These are part of a planned series based on messages from past Keswick Convention speakers. There are related teaching CD packs available (essentialchristian.com). The authors are two Anglican clergymen. Alec…

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Review

March 2017

30 Day Devotional – 2 Timothy

Review combined with 1 Thessalonians: 30-day devotional by Alec Motyer IVP has added two new entries to the teeming field of daily devotional literature. These are part of a planned series based on messages from past Keswick Convention speakers. There are related teaching CD packs available (essentialchristian.com). The authors are two Anglican clergymen. Alec…

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Review

March 2017

Biblical Church Revitalization

There has been much emphasis on church planting in recent years, and rightly so. Where villages, towns or cities are without a gospel church, planting one is a vital means of discipling believers and reaching the local community for Christ. But what of places where, though there already is a gospel church, the work…

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Review

March 2017

The One True Story

This book aims to show that the events of the first Christmas mark the climax of the historical and prophetic narratives of the Old Testament. These commenced at creation and in the Fall of Adam, continuing on at the appearing of the ‘last Adam’. Beginning in Genesis, the ‘Hope of the Nations’ is described…

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Review

March 2017

NSBT – Unceasing kindness — A biblical theology of Ruth

What more could possibly be squeezed out of the well loved, much-studied-and-expounded book of Ruth? Well, Bible students, teachers and preachers of God’s Word will be interested and surprised at the content of this work. It is not merely another commentary on Ruth. Although it builds on the close study of the text that…

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Review

March 2017

BST The Message of Spiritual Warfare

The concept of ‘spiritual warfare’ sometimes gets a bad press. Lurid descriptions of demons battling for air supremacy over cities and towns were very much du jour in the 1980s, catapulted into prominence by the runaway success of Frank Peretti’s fantasy novel, This present darkness. Lengthy and loud prayer meetings given over to binding…

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Review

March 2017

Coming home to dad: a journey from childhood trauma to wholeness

This book has been published by a publishing house claiming they are ‘passionate about addressing diverse social issues from a kingdom perspective’. It is the autobiography of a woman who suffered domestic abuse and neglect at the hands of a stepmother and emotional abuse from her father when she was young. The book is…

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Review

March 2017

Seeking Allah, finding Jesus

Does it delight you to know of Muslims coming to Christ? If so, you will enjoy this book. You will be invited into a loving, happy Muslim home in America, where Muslim education begins on the day of birth, as the call to prayer is whispered into the baby’s ear, and continues daily thereafter.…

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