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Testing the spirits

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May 2011
Articles > Comment

Testing the spirits

A response to David Robertson's Fleabytes broadcast on the Pope's visit.

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Who made God? at Tenterden

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May 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Who made God? at Tenterden

Who made God? at Tenterden Despite the early spring chill, over 80 people including about 30 unbelievers gathered at Trinity Baptist Church in the Kent Weald on Saturday 5 March.     They came for a sit-down meal and to hear Prof. Edgar Andrews expound the subject of his recent book Who made God? (EP…

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Being a missionary kid (MK)

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May 2011
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Being a missionary kid (MK)

Being a missionary kid (MK) It is true that many ‘missionary kids’ are put off their parents’ religious beliefs, because it can sometimes feel like it’s been shoved down our throat. We suffer at the hands of our parents’ decisions, and that leaves us feeling like we had no choice in the matter. Having…

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May 2011
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Peace, hope and healing for the sexually abused ‘ introducing Christian Action on Sexual Abuse (CASA)

Peace, hope and healing for the sexually abused — introducing Christian Action on Sexual Abuse (CASA) A woman is raped every ten minutes in the UK (Department of Health, 2010); 21 per cent of girls and 11 per cent of boys experience some kind of child sexual abuse (Home Office, 2007). The problem is…

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May 2011
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Bomb victim

Bomb victim A British woman killed in a bomb blast in Israel was an evangelical Christian on a six-month course in the country. According to reports in the Guardian, Mary Gardner, aged 55, was studying Hebrew before returning to Togo, where she had been a missionary for 20 years. Thirty others were wounded when…

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Retirement service

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May 2011
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Retirement service

Retirement service                The congregation of Inverness Westhill Free Church (Continuing) and friends gathered in Culduthel Christian Centre, Inverness, to mark Rev. Maurice J. Roberts’s retirement from pastoral ministry.    The evening event, held in December 2010, provided an opportunity to express our appreciation for the long work and ministry of Mr Roberts.  …

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May 2011
Tanzania

Gospel work among the Datooga

Gospel work among the Datooga In 1998 a church adopted the Datooga people group in Tanzania and covenanted to pray for them. Today, the Datooga are coming to know who Christ is and how he can change their lives.    ‘It was some experience to sit under the trees with the villagers and hear them…

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May 2011
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Budget round-up

Budget round-up The Budget got a mixed reception from Christian organisations, with some praising the lifting of millions out of poverty and others criticising the lack of commitment to marriage.    John Scott, chief executive of Christian prison charity Daylight, said the moves to simplify gift aid and allow charitable giving out of one’s estate…

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Building for Banchory

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May 2011
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Building for Banchory

Building for Banchory A new church building has been unveiled for Banchory Christian Fellowship, near Aberdeen. This has been meeting in a local school for ten years, since its first service was held.     God has blessed the work and on the last Saturday in March, the fellowship rejoiced in God’s gracious provision, as…

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Prayer for revival

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May 2011
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Prayer for revival

Prayer for revival On Saturday 26 March, more than 100 people from over 22 churches all over Yorkshire gathered at City Evangelical Church in Leeds. They came to pray specifically for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on our churches, region and nation. Some travelled 60-70 miles to be there.     The gathering was…

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Douglas Malton

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May 2011
Obituaries

Douglas Malton

Douglas Malton One of the pioneers of international Christian broadcasting, Douglas Malton, has died of heart failure, aged 82, at his Hampshire home.     He was co-founder of FEBA, Britain’s first missionary radio station, which grew from his spare bedroom in Surrey to a global network reaching millions in places such as Iran and…

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Bounds Cross, Biddenden

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May 2011
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Bounds Cross, Biddenden

Bounds Cross, Biddenden On Saturday 12 March a recognition service was held at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel to mark the goodness of our faithful God in the call of Philip J. D. Hopkins to the pastorate. We were encouraged by the good number of friends who gathered from near and far.    Philip’s father, Phillip Hopkins,…

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May 2011
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Bible Burning

Bible Burning Christians and UN workers in Afghanistan have been killed and many more put in danger of their lives, when Muslims took to the streets as a direct result of a US pastor burning copies of the Koran.    After controversial Florida pastor Terry Jones finally pressed ahead with his Koran burning, there were…

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May 2011
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Bye Buy Childhood

Bye Buy Childhood The Mothers’ Union has submitted a petition to Prime Minister David Cameron, calling on the Government to prohibit sexualised media and marketing to children under 16 years of age.     The petition of more than 18,500 signatures was presented to No. 10 Downing Street on 14 March by Rosemary Kempsell, worldwide…

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Thank you, King James

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May 2011
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Thank you, King James

Thank you, King James James HastingsDay One Publications, 160 pages, £6, ISBN: 978-1-846252-32-7 This is the gripping yet harrowing story of the life of Robert Hicks. It is a remarkable account of how the King James Bible came to the rescue of a boy from the slums.    It begins with a prologue, which is…

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May 2011
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Plea for civilians

Plea for civilians The United Nations must not forget that its prime duty is protect civilians in Libya, as it intervenes in the war between Colonel Gaddafi and Libyan freedom fighters, the Evangelical Alliance (EA) has urged.    As the country approaches three months of war, Steve Clifford, general director for the EA, said that…

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May 2011
Obituaries

Ken Curtis (1939-2011)

Ken Curtis (1939-2011) The John Newton Project (JNP) has paid tribute to Christian film-maker Dr A. Kenneth Curtis, who died in January after a long battle with cancer.     Mr Curtis, who was also the founder of Vision Video, Gateway Films and the Christian History Institute, had a life marked with sorrow, yet dedicated…

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If the foundations are destroyed… Maintaining the myth

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May 2011
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If the foundations are destroyed… Maintaining the myth

Continued from Living with an echo The Dome of the Rock, erected on the site of the Jerusalem temple, has inscriptions on it from the Qur’an that declare: ‘Praise be to the God who begets no son, and has no partner’; and ‘He is God, one, eternal. He does not beget, he is not…

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Reach out or die

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May 2011
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Reach out or die

Reach out or die Castle Hall School, Mirfield, was again the venue for the North of England church leaders’ conference held on 11-12 March. More than 150 men and women came together to explore the theme of ‘Reach out or die’.    The main speaker was David Meredith from Smithton Free Church in Inverness. He…

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Elders’ study days

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May 2011
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Elders’ study days

Elders’ study days There are many conferences and fraternals for pastors, but few opportunities for elders to be refreshed by biblical and practical ministry on their church work. That need is now addressed by a new series of ‘Elders’ study days’ at the John Owen Centre, which is part of London Theological Seminary (more…

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Wessex Conference

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May 2011
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Wessex Conference

Wessex Conference On 19 February, Spring Road Evangelical Church hosted the Wessex Conference — ‘Vital concerns for today’s local church’.    Pastor Alec Taylor gave the afternoon paper, entitled ‘The need for discernment’, on the life and ministry of John Angell James. Mr James was a true example of zeal and gospel faithfulness. He prayed…

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Entrusted with the gospel ‘ fan the flame!

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May 2011
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Entrusted with the gospel ‘ fan the flame!

Entrusted with the gospel — fan the flame! Ed. D. A. Carson IVP, 160 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-8447-4489-3 This contains six expositions of 2 Timothy delivered at the national conference of the Gospel Coalition in Chicago, in April 2009. The preachers were John Piper, Philip Ryken, Mark Driscoll, Edward Copeland, Bryan Chappell and Ligon…

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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (2)

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May 2011
Articles > Historical

William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible (2)

William Tyndale knew that he was not the first Englishman to attempt the task of translating theScriptures out of the original languages into English.

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May 2011
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While there’s life…

While there’s life… Renowned atheist Christopher Hitchens has turned to an evangelical Christian doctor in his fight against cancer.    Reports in the Daily Mail revealed that outspoken author and humanist campaigner Mr Hitchens has sought the professional help of his friend, evangelical Christian Dr Francis Collins, the former director of the National Human Genome…

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May 2011
Tanzania

Tanzania fact file

Tanzania fact file Area: 365,000 square miles, including the islands of Pemba and Zanzibar. Environment: The climate varies from tropical along the coast to temperate in the highlands. Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa (5,895 m). Borders: Tanzania is bordered by Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia and Democratic Republic of Congo.…

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Big Brother

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May 2011
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Big Brother

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Catching fire!

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May 2011
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Catching fire!

Catching fire! It is widely agreed among Christians that we are not praying as we should be, and yet like rabbits caught in the headlights of a car we seem paralysed and unable to re-engage with God in serious prayer. How then can we break this paralysis? We must be convinced about the primacy…

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Remaking a broken world

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May 2011
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Remaking a broken world

Remaking a broken world Christopher AshAuthentic Media, 240 pages, £8.99, ISBN: 978-1-85078-873-7 The author’s thesis is that ‘the ordinary local Christian church contains within itself the seeds, or the DNA, of a remade world’ (p.xi). His aim is ‘to persuade us to commit ourselves wholeheartedly to belonging to, and serving God in the fellowship…

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May 2011
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Just what is going on in Egypt?

Just what is going on in Egypt? The recent civilian uprising in Egypt, which has resulted in the end of the Mubarak regime, has yet to define the exact nature of the next ruling authority. But the military council, to which Mubarak surrendered presidential powers before his resignation, is composed of military leaders that…

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May 2011
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Gender Bible

Gender Bible The latest translation of the New International Version has stirred up controversy both sides of the Atlantic, according to reports from Associated Press (AP).    The gender-neutral language version, brought out this year, drew criticism from many organisations, such as the US Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood.    The changes include taking the…

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May 2011
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Relief for Japan

Relief for Japan Churches in Japan are praying for God’s blessing as they rebuild their places of worship, with some congregations suffering extreme personal loss of loved ones and livelihoods.    According to Barnabas Fund, there are more than 300 churches in the area affected by the tragic events of the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear…

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May 2011
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A good thing

A good thing The institutions of the monarchy and marriage are both a ‘good thing’, according to evangelist J. John.    Speaking in advance of the marriage of Prince William and Kate Middleton, J. John of the Philo Trust said that the royal occasion was an opportunity to celebrate marriage on a grand and public…

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May 2011
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‘Hell on earth’

‘Hell on earth’ Release International has launched a campaign called One Day to call on North Korea to protect the human rights of Christians in that country.     According to reports from the CIA, North Korea is considered to be one of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Christians can be detained,…

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An open door in Tanzania

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May 2011
Tanzania

An open door in Tanzania

An open door in Tanzania I left for Tanzania on 15 February 2011 and returned to UK on 11 March. It takes three days to travel to and from Mbeya, so that left me 19 full days for ministry. During those days, the Lord opened the door for me to preach eight times on…

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May 2011
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Counting heads

Counting heads The Government has been busy these past few months collating data about every man, woman and child in the UK. But what will this information reveal to the policy-makers? On 27 March 2011, an estimated 62 million people were questioned in the latest census. The census sparked particular controversy over its inclusion…

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Three men on a hill

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May 2011
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Three men on a hill

ET COMMENT Three men on a hill The situation was not good. The children of Israel had just crossed the Red Sea and were on their way to Mount Sinai. They were still new to the idea of being free from captivity and being a nation in their own right.     Excitement and fear,…

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May 2011
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From scepticism to faith in Christ ‘a Nobel Laureate’s journey

From scepticism to faith in Christ — a Nobel Laureate’s journey Richard (Rick) Errett Smalley (1943-2005), M.A. Ph.D. (Princeton), was the Hackerman Professor of Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy at Rice University.¹ He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1996 for his discovery of (and his research on) a totally new allotrope (form)…

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May 2011
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Paedo ring busted

Paedo ring busted Europol has busted what the European police agency believes is the largest ever international online paedophile ring, which had up to 70,000 members.    According to reports from MSNBC, Europol’s Operation Rescue has identified 670 suspects and taken at least 230 abused children in 30 countries into safe custody.    More children are…

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The serving school

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May 2011
Articles > World Mission > Africa

The serving school

The serving school ‘Haven of Peace Academy —  leadership, stewardship and service’ reads the logo of this international school in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, which educates 350 students from over 30 countries.    The school provides Year 1-13 education which culminates in IGCSEs and A levels, allowing students to fit back into schools, colleges or…

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Roger Nicole remembered

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May 2011
Obituaries

Roger Nicole remembered

Roger Nicole remembered On 11 December 2010, Swiss theologian Dr Roger Nicole died; the day before had been his 95th birthday. Not an up-front leader so much as a behind the scenes scholar, Nicole was the subject of the biography Speaking the truth in love by David W. Bailey (from which the facts behind…

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May 2011
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Crucifix ban overturned

Crucifix ban overturned A European court has ruled that schools are allowed to put crucifixes up in classrooms, as this does not infringe on people’s human rights.    The higher chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) overturned a 2009 ruling, when a parent, Soile Lautsi, took a case against the Italian state,…

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May 2011
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New edition of Christianity Explored

New edition of Christianity Explored Since Christianity Explored (CE) was first launched ten years ago, many have become Christians as a result of doing the course.    Now translated into 20 languages, it is estimated that at any one time 5000 CE courses are being held around the world. Locations vary widely, from church missions…

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Keeping God’s Earth: The global environment in biblical perspective

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May 2011
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Keeping God’s Earth: The global environment in biblical perspective

Keeping God’s Earth: The global environment in biblical perspective Noah J. Toly and Daniel I. Block (eds)Apollos (IVP), 300 pages, £16.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-450-3 This is a challenging book about environmental issues, to wake evangelicals up to their responsibilities in caring for God’s creation.     This is sorely needed, at a time when environmental concern…

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May 2011
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Mark Ashton ‘ Facing death with Christ

Mark Ashton was Rector of St Andrew the Great in Cambridge. In 2008 he was diagnosed with cancer and died last year. Here he writes about dealing with death and the hope he had in Jesus. In spring 2007, while on sabbatical in New Zealand, I first had pains roughly in the area of…

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May 2011
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The Genesis Flood ‘ 50 years on

The Genesis Flood — 50 years on Looking back today, one cannot help but be impressed by the courage of John C. Whitcomb and Henry M. Morris, authors of The Genesis Flood (Presbyterian and Reformed, 1961). This was a lonely time to be a creationist and there were virtually no resources to help. Yet…

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May 2011
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Critical Religion

Critical Religion The University of Stirling and liberal theological think-tank Ekklesia have joined forces to launch a blog called Critical Religion, which will research and debate hot topics.    According to a statement from Ekklesia, the project aims to bring together researchers from a wide range of backgrounds to explore the way ‘religion’ is employed…

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Be reconciled

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May 2011
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Be reconciled

Be reconciled Recently I was shocked. A mother told me that her son would not speak to her. He has not been in touch for months. She tried to phone him, but he would not accept her phone calls. She tried emailing, but there was no response. Mother and son are both professing Christians.…

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May 2011
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Egyptian referendum

Egyptian referendum Demonstrators who led the revolution in Egypt have been left disappointed by the results of the latest referendum on suggested changes to the constitution.    According to reports, Egyptians turned up in droves to vote; 78 per cent said ‘yes’ to see elections to parliament, senate and the presidency taking place in the…

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May 2011
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Christianity and Parliament

Christianity and Parliament On 29 March, over 120 invited guests gathered in Portcullis House, Westminster, to celebrate the publication of a new Day One travel guide, entitled Travel through the Houses of Parliament — cradle of democracy.    The special meeting was hosted by Gary Streeter MP, Chairman of the Parliamentary Christian Fellowship. Mr Streeter spoke…

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Guest Column  – Union with Christ

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May 2011
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Guest Column – Union with Christ

Union with Christ Guest Column   The Bible had its beginning when the Lord spoke to Moses out of the burning bush on Horeb, the mountain of God (Exodus 3). The call of Moses to his unique ministry included the work of writing and editing the first five books of the Bible. The burning bush…

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May 2011
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Royal approval

Royal approval Prince Charles has hailed the Authorised Version of the Bible as ‘part of the very architecture of our culture’.    According to the Bible Society, HRH the Prince of Wales has written the foreword to a special 400th anniversary edition of the KJV Bible. In it, he says the Bible is ‘a benchmark…

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Heart cries to heaven: A book of prayers

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May 2011
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Heart cries to heaven: A book of prayers

Heart cries to heaven: A book of prayersDavid CampbellDay One Publications, 112 pages, £5.00, ISBN: 978-1-84625-229-7A way to prayMatthew Henry, Edited by O. Palmer RobertsonBanner of Truth, 417 pages, £14.50, ISBN: 978-1-84871-0870Prayers on the psalms from the Scottish Psalter of 1595Banner of Truth, 150 pages, £3.25, ISBN: 978-1-84871-0955This clutch of books on prayer is…

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The lordship of Christ

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May 2011
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The lordship of Christ

The lordship of Christ It is important that professing Christians are not just converts but disciples, fully surrendered to the lordship of Christ in all things. Jesus Christ should be:  Lord of our thinking  Many Christians have a mind sound in truth, but often fail because they let negative or evil thoughts rule their…

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