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Everything in May 2007 issue

Coping with diversity

Article

May 2007
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Coping with diversity

Leeds Reformed Baptist Church (LRBC) has a thriving Persian-speakers fellowship (PSF) of between 60 and 70 men, women and children. The work began as a small 'home group' of 3 or 4 people in the late 1990s. Of the present number, 25 are members of LRBC and another 20 or so are in the…

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The church in Scotland

Article

May 2007
United Kingdom

The church in Scotland

If we compare the church in Scotland today with that of the 1950s we see great changes. In the postwar years, God and his Word had a central place. Membership of the national church, the Church of Scotland, stood at a record high of 1.32 million. Family religion was strong and the Lord’s Day…

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Primitive Methodism

Historical

May 2007
Articles > Historical

Primitive Methodism

May 2007 marks the 200th anniversary of the beginning of Primitive Methodism, which played such a significant part in my own life. I came to faith in Christ aged 15 or 16 and read Joseph Ritson's The romance of Primitive Methodism about two years later. It did more to set the ambitions and direction…

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Bart Ehrman vs. the Bible

Article

May 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Bart Ehrman vs. the Bible

Bart D. Ehrman is chairperson of the Department of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a renowned AmericanNew Testament scholar who is currently running a high-profile campaign against orthodox Christianity. Given his age, he has every potential to match or surpass Richard Dawkins in his use of…

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Article

May 2007
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A new morality

Following the enactment of the Sexual Orientation Regulations (SORs), in which the House of Lords voted 168 to 122 in favour of the Government measure, Andrea Williams of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship wrote, 'The vote … marks the imposition of a new morality'.She continued, 'It is a clear sign that, despite saying they were…

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The road to Mandalay

Article

May 2007
Burma

The road to Mandalay

The invitation came out of the blue. Addressed to the church website, it spoke of a recently formed group of churches founded on the doctrines of grace. ‘We feel we are still so young in the Reformed faith. We need more training. Please come and teach us’. Such are the wonders of modern communications…

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Dawkins deliverance

Article

May 2007
Scientific (including creation)

Dawkins deliverance

I read with interest your comment concerning Richard Dawkins on page 1 of a recent ET : ‘Even Richard Dawkins’ efforts to ridicule God have backfired — leading even fair-minded atheists to reject his simplistic arguments’. I was one of those who rejected his ideas — a lapsed Anglican calling myself an atheist, though in reality…

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The State of the Union

Historical

May 2007
Articles > Historical

The State of the Union

On 1 May 2007 Great Britain is 300 years old. In the Act of Union of 1707, Scotland and England agreed to sink their bitter, age-old rivalries 'and forever after be United into One Kingdom by the Name of Great Britain'.Much of the Act was mundane and obvious - a single coinage, common taxes and…

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Article

May 2007
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The price of peace

Often, in the foggy world of politics, things are not always what they seem. Over the years Northern Ireland has seen many false dawns in the efforts to establish peace between divided communities. Now hopes are high that the latest steps in the peace process will really herald a new day in the politics…

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Total truth

Article

May 2007
Book

Total truth

Why is Christianity so severely marginalised in our society today? Where has our 'true for you but not for me' culture sprung from? What has relegated the Christian faith to a purely private sphere of relevance?Total truth by Nancy Pearcey (Crossway) offers some answers. It is a book about worldviews - how we and…

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Sport and the Christian

Article

May 2007
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Sport and the Christian

The disappearance of so many playing fields in the United Kingdom in recent years may mean that fewer young people now engage in active sports. Nevertheless, in general terms, sport is 'big business' today and assumes a prominent place in many people's lives. Sport makes some of its participants millionaires - a few of…

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The inevitable chips!

News

May 2007
News

The inevitable chips!

Over a bridge and down a winding lane populated by chickens and sheep-dog puppies; over a railway track, through a gate, and there you are - standing on the brink of a week's adventure. Sometimes it's raining, and there's been more than one force 8 gale in our field. But mainly we remember the…

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An educated ministry

Article

May 2007
Articles > Comment

An educated ministry

Recently I returned to Britain after 17 years' ministry in the United States. In all, I have lived on the other side of the Atlantic for 28 years of my adult life. During that time the Christian church in the UK has taken a battering. Many Evangelicals are losing hold on central doctrines such…

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Pray for London because it is:

Article

May 2007
United Kingdom

Pray for London because it is:

The national capital Like it or not, what happens here affects the whole of the UK, sooner or later. If the gospel triumphs in London, ripples extend far and wide. A populous place where few inhabitants are believers It should move us to think of so many sheep without a shepherd. Many millions in…

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