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May 2008
Reviews > Book

Yours is the kingdom

The Lord’s Prayer is probably the best known part of the Bible – even by unbelievers of the Christian gospel. But its common use in church liturgy is meaningless if these inspired scriptures are not properly understood. The author of this book believes that if the rich meaning of the Lord’s Prayer is to…

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May 2008
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News – Free Church wants schools back

Free Church wants schools back The editor of the Free Church's Monthly Record magazine has called for the return of Presbyterian faith schools, in an open letter to Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond.      David Robertson said the Free Church of Scotland, along with others, handed over their schools to be run by the state…

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May 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Jesus preached Christ

Jesus of Nazareth preached Christ, and him crucified. It sounds strange but it is true. The central aim and object of the Messiah's preaching was himself, the Eternal Son. Many books today rightly discuss the obligation of preaching Jesus Christ, but few investigate how the Son of Man preached, specifically how he preached about…

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May 2008
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News – British youth in crisis

British youth in crisis 'Unhappy, unloved and out of control' is the scathing analysis of Britain's young people offered by the well-known American magazine, TIME. In an extensive article entitled 'Britain's Mean Streets' the magazine highlights how British young people are caught up in a crisis of binge drinking, underage sex, drug abuse and violence.    …

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May 2008
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News – Act of Settlement

Act of Settlement  A report in the Daily Telegraph suggests that the Government may look at abolishing the 307-year-old Act of Settlement because it is 'antiquated' and discriminates against a section of society. Under the 1701 Act, Roman Catholics are prevented from marrying into the Royal Family or becoming king or queen.      Jim Devine,…

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Where do we go from here?

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May 2008
Evangelistic

Where do we go from here?

As far as their future is concerned, there is one question - and only one - that ultimately concerns every human being on our planet. Old or young, rich or poor, educated or otherwise, robustly healthy or seriously ill, black, white or any other colour, we all face an issue that can be put…

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May 2008
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News – The true cost

The true cost Thousands of teenagers are regularly binge drinking, having sex which they later regret, and getting involved in drunken violence, a new study has found. The alarming figures show that teenagers are drinking the equivalent of three pints of beer or nearly a whole bottle of wine each week.      Of the teenagers…

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News – North of England Conference

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May 2008
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News – North of England Conference

North of England Conference On Friday evening 7 March at Mirfield, the North of England Church Officers' Conference settled into its first session, 'Seeing God's vision for the church'. In this, Bill Dyer focused our attention on Philippians 2:1-11. Church leaders are to be meek and able to govern by Scripture, not tradition. They are…

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Moses and the power of faith

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May 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Moses and the power of faith

Moses and the power of faith Consider the following scriptures:     Matthew 17:20: 'Jesus said to them ... if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, “Move from here to there” and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you'.     Acts 6:8: 'And Stephen, full of faith and…

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Sin denounced, lives changed !

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May 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Sin denounced, lives changed !

Sin denounced, lives changed ! Our English Bible is often called The Holy Bible, but whatever the age-honoured reasons for this title, one of the most striking things about the Bible is that it is holy! So, do we all stand back from it in awe, hardly daring to turn its pages? No, that sort of…

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May 2008
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News – Family breakdowns

Family breakdowns A senior family court judge has highlighted what he calls an 'epidemic' of family failure and a 'wholesale collapse' of family life which is pushing children into drugs and crime. Mr Justice Coleridge, a Family Division judge for England and Wales, said urban family life is 'in meltdown' and the Government is doing…

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Missionary Spotlight – Serving in Cambodia

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May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Serving in Cambodia

Serving in Cambodia   When I became a born-again Christian my goals were completely turned around. From that time, I began to share the truths of my new-found faith in Christ with whoever I met. I shared them with my family members, relatives, friends, fellow office staff and church.   When I was appointed…

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May 2008
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News – Covenanting times

Covenanting times A series of lectures about the Covenanters have been organised by Sixmilewater Cultural Society (Ballyclare, Co Antrim, Northern Ireland) in Ballyrobert Orange Hall. The lectures commenced on Thursday 28 February, with Robert Campbell (Ballygowan Free Presbyterian Church) giving a general overview of 'The Covenanters'.      The second lecture took place on 11 March.…

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May 2008
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News – Robot used to commit suicide

Robot used to commit suicide An elderly Englishman living in Australia's Gold Coast killed himself by programming a robot to shoot him in the head. He built the machine from plans downloaded from the internet. Francis Tovey, who was 81, lived alone and was found dead in his driveway.      Notes left by Mr Tovey…

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News – Spirit of the Puritans

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May 2008
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News – Spirit of the Puritans

Spirit of the Puritans On Saturday 9 February, over 200 people descended on Whiteabbey Congregational Church (CC) for Northern Ireland's inaugural Reformed Bible Conference. The speakers were Stuart Olyott and Geoff Thomas.     The conference opened with a lively and interesting 'Introduction to the Puritans', given by Stuart Olyott. In the second session Geoff Thomas spoke…

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News – Kos update

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May 2008
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News – Kos update

Kos update The Bible tells us that people are the church and not the building in which they meet. Working on the Greek island of Kos this past year has brought home this reality to us.     Each Sunday morning the regular process begins of loading the car; driving 30 miles to a hotel; placing church…

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May 2008
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News – London churches need space

London churches need space Charismatic groups and Pentecostal churches in London, many of which have a majority of black and ethnic members, are complaining that restrictive planning regulations have left worshippers crammed into small and inadequate buildings. An estimated 350 London churches are said to want bigger premises.      BBC religious affairs correspondent Robert Pigott…

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May 2008
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News – Zimbabwe starves

Zimbabwe starves  The desperate plight of the people of Zimbabwe has hit the world media, in the context of Zimbabwe's recent elections. Zimbabwe has the world's highest inflation and lowest life expectancy. There is virtually no food in the shops; few can afford to buy food, anyway.     Zimbabwe's starving population is dependent on aid,…

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May 2008
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News – NI disagrees!

NI disagrees! Plans to lower the age of consent in Northern Ireland are opposed by 73% of the population, a new poll shows. The survey was conducted by polling company ComRes on behalf of The Christian Institute.     The Northern Ireland Office is proposing to lower the age of consent from 17 to 16 in the…

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News – Reformed conference in Germany

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May 2008
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News – Reformed conference in Germany

Reformed conference in Germany  We are thankful for another richly blessed conference - held in Basel in Switzerland. The Verax Institute was founded to study and disseminate Christian apologetics, and spread the Reformed faith in Germany and German-speaking Switzerland.      This year's conference theme was 'Planting and leading churches'. The speakers were: Pastor Andreas…

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May 2008
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News – ‘Brain dead’ recovering

'Brain dead' recovering A man who was declared brain dead by doctors and about to have his organs removed for transplanting is recovering well at home. Zach Dunlap, 21, says he remembers hearing doctors pronouncing him dead on 19 November last year at a hospital in Texas. But then he started showing signs of life…

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News – ‘Would you wait eleven years for a pastor?’

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May 2008
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News – ‘Would you wait eleven years for a pastor?’

'Would you wait eleven years for a pastor?'  This was the question asked by Peter Hiles, secretary of Bradley Road Evangelical Baptist Church in Wrexham. The occasion was the induction of Andrew Graham to the church's pastorate. Peter's resounding answer was 'Yes … for the right man in God's timing!'     Bradley Road Evangelical Baptist…

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News – Reaching teenagers

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May 2008
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News – Reaching teenagers

Reaching teenagers As the UK enters what looks alarmingly like a new 'Dark Age' of biblical illiteracy and moral anarchy, perhaps the most vulnerable social group is that of teenagers. Yet how is the evangelical church to communicate the unchanging gospel to the ever-changing world of adolescent culture?      How can we begin to connect…

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May 2008
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News – Abortion and mental health

Abortion and mental health The Royal College of Psychiatrists says that having an abortion can damage a woman's mental health and women should be told the risks before proceeding. This represents a significant shift in policy for the RCP. In 1994 it said that the mental health risks associated with abortion were far less than…

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May 2008
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Carrying the Torch

Carrying the Torch From its introduction at the 1928 Amsterdam games, the Olympic Torch has become an iconic symbol of the Olympic Games. It is intended to convey a promise of hope, peace and unity among the athletes and participating nations of the world. Every four years a flame is carried by relay runners from Athens,…

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News – Wessex Conference

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May 2008
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News – Wessex Conference

Wessex Conference The conference subject this year was the Charismatic Movement, and the speaker Chris Hand. Having been involved in the 'Toronto Blessing' when it first came to England, Chris was able to bring clear scriptural views to the subject.     In the afternoon he overviewed the movement's history and highlighted its teachings. In the early…

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May 2008
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News – Tony Blair speaks up for ‘faith’

Tony Blair speaks up for 'faith' In his first speech on faith since becoming a Roman Catholic former prime minister Tony Blair has called for faith to be given a central role in tackling the world's problems. Speaking to an audience of 1600 at Westminster Cathedral Mr Blair said faith should be rescued from extremism…

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Missionary Spotlight – One Sunday morning

Article

May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – One Sunday morning

One Sunday morning   I want to tell you what I saw one Sunday in Cambodia – not so much ‘what’ but ‘who’. Every week we attend two services on Sunday morning, the first in Khmer at Shalom Phnom Penh and the second in English at Shalom Tuol Kork.   The first person to…

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Living the Lord’s Prayer

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May 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Living the Lord’s Prayer

Living the Lord's Prayer 'Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name', we briskly intone. Then we may rattle off the rest of 'The Lord's Prayer' as if we were ticking off a list of memorised play parts. Have you ever stopped to think about the Lord's Prayer? One time I finally paid attention…

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May 2008
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News – Record low in marriages

Record low in marriages The proportion of men and women getting married is below any level found since records began nearly 150 years ago, according to the Office of National Statistics. The number of weddings held in 2006 was the smallest since 1895, when the population was little more than half its present level.     …

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May 2008
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News – Easter thanksgiving

Easter thanksgiving Before Easter, Christians in Indonesia had received threats from the Al-Qaeda-linked terrorist organisation Jemaah Islamiyah which was planning to target Christians in attacks over the Easter period.      Jemaah Islamiyah has been responsible for many attacks in the past. It is believed to have organised the Bali bombings in 2002 and 2005, and…

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Charity law update

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May 2008
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Charity law update

Charity law updateSpecific consultation for religious groups on 'public benefit'Andrea Minichiello Williams, Public Policy Director of the Lawyers' Christian Fellowship/Christian Concern for our Nation, urges churches to respond to the Charity Commissioners' new consultation on the 2006 Charities Act.The Charities Act 2006 is an attempt by the Government to create a level playing field…

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Guest Column – Devoted to one another

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May 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Devoted to one another

Devoted to one another - Guest Column 'Love is the sweetest thing' - so sang Ray Noble in the 1930s. Huge numbers of popular songs speak of romantic love but it is not only in the world of 'popular entrainment' that this quality is emphasised; the Bible also has a great deal to say about…

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Willow Creek’s big adventure [part 2]

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May 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Willow Creek’s big adventure [part 2]

Willow Creek's big adventure [part 2]   Last month I described how Greg Hawkins, an executive pastor at Chicago's Willow Creek megachurch, has looked in detail at the achievements of the church and its associates over 30 years and has published the findings in a book,Reveal: where are you?   The book's conclusions cast…

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May 2008
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News – Newcastle scientists jump the gun

Newcastle scientists jump the gun Scientists in Newcastle have created the UK's first part-animal part-human embryos, even though MPs have not yet voted to make the research lawful. The embryos were created by inserting human DNA into cows' eggs. The embryos did not survive beyond three days, according to reports.     The scientists acted under a…

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia

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May 2008
Cambodia

Missionary Spotlight – Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia

Encouraging God’s servants in Cambodia   Cambodia is a member of ASEAN (the Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and a growing nation in Indochina. Khmer is its main language and Buddhism its religion. Its population is 14.8 million, comprised largely of the Khmer, as well as Vietnamese and Chinese minorities. Its capital city is…

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May 2008
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News – Care homes going PC

Care homes going PC Government inspectors have ordered care homes to check that new staff have a positive attitude towards homosexuality before they are taken on, according to a report from The Christian Institute. They also want care homes to stop referring to husbands and wives. 'Neutral' words such as 'partner' should be used instead.…

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Street crime and the community

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May 2008
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Street crime and the community

Street crime and the community With all the recent national media spotlight on youth and street crime, one might ask, 'What approach should the Christian take on these matters?'  The Bible - our basis for all instruction and guidance - clearly encourages us to participate actively as opportunist 'good Samaritans' and impact communities with the…

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May 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – Only Oil

Only oil  The prophet's widow was experiencing hard times. Not only had she lost her husband and fallen into debt, but her creditor was threatening to take her two sons into slavery as repayment. She cried to Elisha for help in her distress and poverty (2 Kings 4:1-7). Perhaps we have here a portrait of…

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May 2008
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News – Welsh reject women bishops

Welsh reject women bishops The Church in Wales has rejected proposals to allow women priests to become bishops. The controversial bill was defeated by only three votes at the 140-member body meeting in Lampeter, despite being backed by the Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan.      Dr Morgan urged backing for the bill saying he…

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Christian contentment

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May 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christian contentment

Christian contentment We live in a discontented world, and it is all too easy for the Christian to share its spirit of murmuring and complaint. The Bible is the only book that remedies this spiritual disease in practical and effective ways. I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content, writes Paul in…

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Israel after sixty years

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May 2008
Israel

Israel after sixty years

Israel after sixty years   The State of Israel was founded on 14 May 1948 and recognised by the United Nations the same day. The new State was the focus of Jewish hope. Hounded, humiliated, abused and misused by the nations for 2,000 years, the Jewish people would at last be an accepted member…

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May 2008
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News – Google faces court

Google faces court Internet giant, Google, is facing legal action in British courts because it will not allow adverts for web sites which contain 'abortion and religious-related content'.      The well-known search engine blocked a pro-life ad for The Christian Institute's web site, christian.org.uk, because it is a 'religious' web site. Lawyers for the Institute…

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May 2008
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News – Pope baptises Muslim writer

Pope baptises Muslim writer The Pope has continued to emphasise the distance between Roman Catholicism and the Islamic world by baptising a Muslim journalist who describes Islam as intrinsically violent and characterised by 'hate and intolerance'.      In a surprise move at the Easter vigil at St Peter's, Pope Benedict XVI baptised Magdi Allam, 55,…

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