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Historical

May 2015
Articles > Historical

Andrew Fuller, theologian of love

Andrew Fuller (1754–1815), an indefatigable and fearless Baptist theologian and minister, was an outstanding theologian, with qualities that make him one of the most attractive figures in Baptist history.

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May 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Redefining marriage

The push to present a positive image of same-sex families has hidden the devastation on which many are built. We must stand for marriage - and for the precious lives that marriage creates.

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Affinity Conferences – Theological Study Conference

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May 2015
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Affinity Conferences – Theological Study Conference

The King’s Park Conference Centre, Northampton, was the new venue for the biannual Affinity Theological Study Conference, and the theme was ‘Union with Christ’. The centre served us well, with excellent facilities and good food. The unique strength of the conference is its structure. The papers are made available through Dropbox a few weeks…

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May 2015
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Persecution – Bangladesh

Extreme vulnerability A local mob attacked a Christian couple after they were baptised on 2 February, in Gobindagonj, in the Gaibandha district of northern Bangladesh. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the incident was reported to the police, but the mob returned to attack the Christian cell group leader, who had baptised a man,…

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May 2015
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Persecution – Pakistan

The South Asian Forum (SAF) of the Evangelical Alliance has joined with the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) to lobby the Pakistani government to take action against rampant persecution. In March, suicide bombers reportedly left at least 17 people dead in attacks on two churches in Lahore. Local church leaders reported that despite threats…

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May 2015
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Ashers Baking Company vs The State

The co-owner of Northern Ireland’s Ashers Baking Company told a court that she could not decorate a pro-gay marriage campaign cake, because she seeks to please God in the way she lives her life. Karen McArthur, who owns and runs Ashers with her husband Colin and son Daniel, was speaking during the Equality Commission…

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May 2015
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Persecution – Pakistan

The South Asian Forum (SAF) of the Evangelical Alliance has joined with the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) to lobby the Pakistani government to take action against rampant persecution. In March, suicide bombers reportedly left at least 17 people dead in attacks on two churches in Lahore. Local church leaders reported that despite threats…

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May 2015
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Mary Jones Prize

A woman from Bala, Wales, has been awarded the inaugural Mary Jones Prize, in memory of the young girl who walked 26 miles to get a Bible. Mary Thomas was given the award at the Mary Jones World visitor centre at Llanycil, near Bala, by James Catford, group chief executive of the Bible Society.…

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God’s Dynamite

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May 2015
Articles > Comment

God’s Dynamite

God’s dynamite ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek’ (Romans 1:16). The word for ‘power’ in this verse in the Greek is dunamis, which is variously translated ‘strength’, ‘power’…

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Why did Christ die?

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May 2015
News > Youth Features

Why did Christ die?

'Jesus died, and we crucified him'; 'if Christ is who he says he is, and if his sacrifice on the cross was necessitated by the problem of sin that we all share, then whether we were there pounding the nails or not, we are still responsible' (The way of Jesus, by Rebecca Manley Pippert).

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May 2015
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Affinity Conferences – Courageous Christianity

The social issues team of Affinity organised a one-day conference at Carey Baptist Church, Reading, on Saturday 14 March on the theme ‘Being a courageous Christian in a secular society’. The conference explored some of the factors that can unsettle us and how to combat them in our increasingly secular and anti-Christian society. Peter…

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Magna Carta at Christian Heritage Centre

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May 2015
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Magna Carta at Christian Heritage Centre

We look forward to a special event, on Saturday 27 June, to commemorate the signing of the Magna Carta in June 1215. This will be at the Christian Heritage Centre, Rowley Regis (B65 9LU). We are privileged to have as speaker, Michael Gray, lecturer in history and politics at Harrow School, London. Over the…

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May 2015
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Sex education

Children at primary schools are just not ready for sex education, the deputy leader of UKIP has said. Paul Nuttall, spokesman for UKIP on education issues, responded to a question from a Guardian newspaper reader, and criticised a culture which exposes children to ‘things they’re not always developmentally ready for’. He said he could…

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May 2015
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

True democracy?

The BBC's Today programme celebrated 20 January 2015 as 'Democracy day' in commemoration of the first Westminster Parliament in 1265. But some Christians who have lost their jobs or businesses might not think that there is much to celebrate in British democracy today.

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May 2015
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Dolce and Gabbana

High-end fashion designer Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have hit back over threats of a boycott following comments they made about gay couples having children. As reported in The Guardian, the pair, who had been in a relationship together for 20 years before breaking up and finding new partners, commented that same-sex couples were…

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News

May 2015
News > Youth Features

Holiday Bible clubs at Norwich and Needham Market

On Saturday 14 February, from 1.00pm until 4.00pm, a team from Norwich Evangelical Free Church (NEFC) was able to make use of Antingham Gospel Hall for a second time, to hold a holiday Bible club. This was again preceded by some door-to-door visiting on the surrounding Heartsease estate, as well as the opportunity to take another assembly at the nearest primary…

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Article

May 2015
Evangelistic

Whose side are you on?

On Monday 5 June 1944, almost every soldier aboard the British troop ship, Princess Ingrid, gathered for a church service. The next day was D-Day, the beginning of the liberation of Europe.

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May 2015
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Recruiting RE teachers

The Religious Education Council of England and Wales (REC) has launched a campaign to encourage graduates and career changers to train as RE teachers. Called Beyond the ordinary, the campaign will highlight the benefits of a career in RE teaching and raise awareness of the re-introduction of bursaries that will be made available to…

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May 2015
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Indiana boycott

The governor of Connecticut, USA, has signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to Indiana as part of a state boycott over Indiana’s new laws for business owners. Dan Malloy, who announced his plans on Twitter, said Connecticut would officially boycott Indiana because of the state’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA). The act, signed…

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May 2015
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Marylebone Project

Local schools and churches donated chocolate eggs to give to homeless women living at the Marylebone Project over the Easter weekend. James Marlow, fundraising officer for the Marylebone Project, said local churches and faith schools had been so generous to offer help for its ‘Real Meaning of Easter’ project. Each egg had its packaging…

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May 2015
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Siloam in Bulgaria

Seasonal Bible camps held across Bulgaria have been making a significant impact on the lives of children in the country, the UK director of Siloam Christian Ministries Richard Norton says. Siloam claims that the camps have influenced church and community leaders in a country which is the poorest in the European Union. ‘Seasonal Bible…

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May 2015
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Burmese oppression

The government of Burma (Myanmar) has moved one step closer to approving a set of four so-called Race and Religion Protection bills as law, after its Lower House approved two bills on 19 March. According to a report from Barnabas Fund, the four bills will make it harder to practise religion freely, as they…

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May 2015
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Echoes of war

May 2015 marks the anniversary of two significant military events - the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, and victory in Europe in 1945.

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Historical

May 2015
Articles > Historical

The forgotten John Wesley (4)

The fourth reason we should not forget John Wesley is because of his unique impact on our nation.

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News

May 2015
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Nigerian presidential election

Former military ruler General Muhammadu Buhari has become the first opposition candidate to win the presidential election in Nigeria. Gen. Buhari’s party said his opponent, incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, had admitted defeat and congratulated him, after Mr Jonathan lost by 12.8 million votes to 15 million. According to news reports from the BBC’s Nigeria correspondent…

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‘Running on empty’ –  Ministers’ wives conference 2015

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May 2015
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‘Running on empty’ – Ministers’ wives conference 2015

The ministers’ wives conference 2015 held on 7 February, at Trinity Road Chapel, Tooting, surpassed my expectations. Its title was ‘Running on empty’. As it was my first time attending, I had thought it might be full of much older women. However, to my surprise, there were a good number of young ladies in…

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May 2015
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Nigeria – Missionary released

A Christian missionary who had been kidnapped by masked gunmen in central Nigeria has been released. According to a BBC report, US citizen Phyllis Sortor had been seized from where she was working, in the Hope Academy compound in Kogi state, on 23 February. Kogi state police said she had been rescued and returned…

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May 2015
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Islamic State

Militant terror organisation Islamic State has released images showing militants destroying churches in northern Iraq with sledgehammers. In addition to raiding the Iraqi museums and smashing priceless antiquities, photos show the fighters removing crosses and bells from the tops of churches and replacing them with the insurgency group’s emblematic black jihadist flag. One photo…

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Article

May 2015
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Cherish your church!

'And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the day drawing near' (Hebrews 10:24-25).

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May 2015
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Muslim women

Baroness Cox has called for a judge-led inquiry into Sharia courts, claiming there is widespread religious discrimination against Muslim women across Britain. Her comments came at the launch of her report, A parallel world: confronting the abuse of many Muslim women in Britain today, published in association with Conservative think-tank The Bow Group. In…

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May 2015
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Poolewe and Aultbea – Induction of Rev. Dan Paterson

Rev. Dan Paterson is set to move to Poolewe and Aultbea Free Church of Scotland after accepting a unanimous call to become its next minister. The Wester Ross congregation has been vacant since the departure of previous minister Rev. Jeremy Ross to Dunfermline last summer. For the past 18 months, Mr Paterson has been…

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Article

May 2015
Articles > Guest column

The day the church forgot

The past 30 years have witnessed huge moral and spiritual changes, not just in the life of our nation but also of the church. Much of that change is a reflection of the cultural revolution that started to sweep through the Western world when the so-called Baby Boomers of the late 1940s and 1950s…

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News

May 2015
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Presbyterianism – Introducing the IPC

If you were to survey the British and European church landscape at the moment, I doubt that the International Presbyterian Church (IPC) would stand out. Few Christians, I think, have heard of us. We are a very small denomination, comprised of two presbyteries along language lines.  Growing presbytery The English-speaking presbytery has nine congregations…

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May 2015
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Oakhall Church

After several years of work and plenty of prayer, planning permission has been given to Oakhall Church to build a new church. The new Oakhall Church building was finally granted planning permission by the Tandridge Planning Committee, and work has begun on the old Aon brownfield site in Caterham, Surrey. There will be maximum…

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May 2015
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Black Church manifesto

On Saturday 14 March, more than 300 people gathered in a church building called Transformation House, in south-east London, to celebrate the launch of the first-ever political manifesto representing a Black Christian voice. The Black Church political mobilisation: a manifesto for action, published by the National Church Leaders Forum (NCLF), aims to mobilise church…

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News

May 2015
News > Youth Features

Give something that will last! The story behind Beyond beans on toast

‘Can you help me? My grandson is about to start university and I’m planning to give him a gift as he goes. ‘As part of my gift, I want to find something with a Christian message. I’m so concerned that he hasn’t made a commitment to Jesus, neither will he let me sign him…

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Article

May 2015
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Lovewise

Are you concerned for the purity of our young people? Our children are born into perilous times. Thankfully the threat to their physical health and lives is less than in past generations. However, today there is an urgent threat to their sexual purity from immoral messages which come to them as part of formal…

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News

May 2015
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Trafficking

Anti-trafficking campaigners have called on the Scottish government to strengthen its Human Trafficking and Exploitation Bill, by making it a criminal offence to pay for sexual services. At a meeting in March, Lord Morrow, the peer behind the creation of Northern Ireland’s Human Trafficking Act, gave a speech to MSPs and elected officials and…

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Article

May 2015
Scientific (including creation)

Prayer and birdwatching

Prayer and watching birds may not seem obvious activities to combine, but for me as a Christian who enjoys watching birds, there are special occasions when they do. Afterwards, I am left with memories of special moments when I felt in awe of God and especially thankful of his love.

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News

May 2015
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Pastor Training International in Thailand

During January, missionary Jim Winter from Pastor Training International (PTI) spent a week teaching the Bible to 20 Burmese ‘Barefoot Doctors’. They were returning to Chiangmai, Thailand, as part of their yearly 10-week training programme in evangelism and medicine, which is part of a three year course.  According to the March newsletter from PTI,…

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Historical

May 2015
Articles > Historical

William Chalmers Burns (1815–1868) (2)

Part 1 is here.   From December 1839, Burns spent several months at Perth. He travelled by coach and ‘gave tracts to all on it and in it (a practice which I intend to follow, wherever I go)’. The congregations were solemn, and many were in tears. He witnessed everywhere he went — on…

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News

May 2015
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Tackling extremism

The Home Office has stated that it will protect people’s right to legitimate religious belief and faith, despite concerns that the Conservatives’ proposed Extremist Disruption Orders (EDOs) could be used against legitimate religious expression. In a letter from James Brokenshire MP, Immigration and Security Minister, to Tom Brake MP for Carshalton and Wallington, Mr…

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Article

May 2015
Interviews

Alan Craig and election politics

Last month (ET, April 2015) Evangelical Times interviewed Christian MPs in each of the three main parties. This month it interviews a Christian politician supporting another political party.

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‘Hope for better days’ – North of England Church Officers’ Conference 2015

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May 2015
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‘Hope for better days’ – North of England Church Officers’ Conference 2015

The inspiring North of England Church Officers’ Conference, on the theme ‘Hope for better days’, was held in the new Dewsbury Evangelical Church premises. David Meredith of Smithton Free Church, Inverness, was the principal speaker. His first address, ‘Gospel hope’, demonstrated from Ezekiel 37 hope for the gospel today, which shines brightly against secularism.…

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May 2015
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Christian street preacher convicted

A judge has convicted a Christian street preacher and taken him to task for referring to the wrong passage of the Bible, after he was urged into a conversation about homosexuality in the street. Michael Overd, who regularly preaches in Taunton, south-west England, said he was preaching the gospel one day in the street…

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Historical

May 2015
Articles > Historical

Selections from the works of Andrew Fuller

These three selections from Andrew Fuller’s works have been made by Professor Michael Haykin, see also ‘Andrew Fuller, theologian of love‘. (1) ‘The qualifications and encouragement of a faithful minister illustrated by the character and success of Barnabas’. My dear brother, It is a very important work to which you are this day set apart…

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May 2015
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General election

Christian organisations and charities have launched several resources to help Christians decide how to vote in the upcoming general election. As soon as Prime Minister David Cameron handed in his official resignation to HM the Queen, Christian Concern tweeted that it would be launching a set of its own resources to ‘help you use…

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May 2015
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Letter from America – The price of orthodoxy

On 4 December 1973, 382 delegates representing over 260 congregations met in a crowded sanctuary at Briarwood Presbyterian Church in Birmingham, Alabama, to form what was briefly called the National Presbyterian Church. This new denomination was renamed a year later as the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA). It had formed as a separate church…

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May 2015
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Pilgrim Homes

There were representatives from six local churches and two had travelled from further afield, in Kent, to the session of ‘Brain boosting for seniors’, at Stanhope Baptist Church, on 16 March. Trainer Janet Jacob has been running these sessions for individuals living independently at our housing complex in Yorkshire (Royd Court) for over a year…

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May 2015
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OM Ships

Operation Mobilisation (OM) Ships have completed its Power Up project and re-launched the Logos Hope into active ministry. The three main aspects of the project have been to replace two of the vessel’s generators; replace the main switchboard to cope with the increased electrical load; and installing a heat recovery system. This will ensure that…

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May 2015
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Germanwings Flight 9525

Mental Health charities have called on the media to be sensitive in its ongoing commentary over the tragic Germanwings flight in March. After it was revealed that co-pilot Andreas Lubitz had suffered a severe depressive episode in 2009 and been signed off work on the day of the doomed flight, the media was quick…

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May 2015
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Kenya atrocity

Students and supporters marched in downtown Nairobi, soon after Easter, to honour the 148 young people, many of them Christians, who died at the hands of al-Shabab terrorists at Garissa University College, Kenya. According to a report from Al-Jazeera, the crowd also called on the government for better security, in the wake of the killings, as…

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News

May 2015
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Christians bullied

Christians and other believers have been bullied in the workplace, harassed in public, picked on in school, and denied access to goods, services and events, a wide-ranging study has found. These and other issues were made evident in the 226-page consultation Religion or belief in the workplace and service delivery: findings from a call…

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May 2015
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Church demolitions in China

Officials in China have ordered an end to a protracted anti-church demolition campaign which has seen at least 400 churches in Zhejiang facing total or partial destruction. According to a report in The Telegraph, there has been an internal order calling for an end to the demolition of churches and their crosses. Quoted in…

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Review

May 2015

Before you say ‘I don’t believe’

In his usually clear and easy-to-read manner, Roger Carswell sets out to encourage non-Christians to ‘consider a little of the evidence for Christian belief’. Following his previous book, Grill a Christian, this new title aims to address a society pervaded by professing atheists, agnostics and sceptics. Seeing 34 chapters listed on the contents page…

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Review

May 2015

Spurgeon’s sorrows

Here is a book that addresses a severe problem concerning which there seems to be greater awareness these days: that of depression, both spiritual and psychological. The author tackles the issue by way of illustrations from the life and ministry of Charles Haddon Spurgeon. It may come as a surprise that this highly gifted…

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Review

May 2015

Signposts from the Past

In the early 1990s, Reg Burrows’ Anglican congregation in Newcastle was wrestling with deep questions about its relationship with the Church of England. This followed the denomination’s consecration of female vicars and its general marginalisation of evangelicals. Signposts from the past consists largely of addresses that Burrows delivered to his church during that period.…

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Review

May 2015

Something must be known and felt (a missing note in today’s Christianity)

Those who know Stuart Olyott as a preacher or author will know that he is not given to reckless flights of fancy. This should be kept in mind while reading this book, which addresses the place of feeling in the life of the believer. His contention is that biblical Christianity is a holy compound…

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