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November 2007
Reviews > Book

Making the most of the rest of your life

John Chapman wrote this in his 75th year while living in an Australian retirement home, but the long title to his short book is a challenge to people whatever their age. The large print will be helpful to readers whose sight is no longer what it was, but the book deserves to be read…

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Review – The cross – Peter Jeffery – EP

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November 2007
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Review – The cross – Peter Jeffery – EP

The crossPeter JefferyEvangelical Press106 pages; £6.95ISBN: 978-0-85234-642-6The title The cross, and the subtitle 'The reality of the cross for today', leaves us in no doubt about the purpose of this little book - it is to explain the necessity of Christ's crucifixion to atone for the sins of fallen people like you and me.Peter…

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November 2007
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News – Donations for abused African children

 Donations for abused African childrenTwo charities are donating £450,000 to help African children in the UK who are accused of witchcraft and demon possession. It is hoped that the money will help improve child protection and provide a family support centre. Traditional African customs involving exorcism of those thought to be demon-possessed have followed…

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November 2007
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News – Lethal injections

Lethal injectionsHuman rights group Amnesty International (which opposes the death penalty in all forms) has urged doctors and nurses in countries which maintain the death penalty for convicted criminals not to participate in executions by lethal injection as it breaches their ethical oath.The group claims that drugs used in the process are not always…

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November 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

A heart for the gospel

A heart for the gospel'Moved with compassion' is a telling phrase. The Lord Jesus was thus moved as he surveyed the sad spiritual state of those around him. The words reveal something of the motivation that drove him to teach, preach and heal in 'all the cities and villages' of Galilee (Matthew 9:35-36).In the…

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Review – Temptation; resisted and repulsed – Banner of Truth

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November 2007
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Review – Temptation; resisted and repulsed – Banner of Truth

Temptation; resisted and repulsedJohn OwenBanner of Truth, 118 pages; £5.00ISBN: 978-0-85151-947-0There is a surfeit of 'how to' books today, but here is a 'how to' book with a difference - for it is not about techniques but about the means of grace. John Owen is widely regarded as the greatest Puritan theologian and much…

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November 2007
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News – Evolutionists cry foul

Evolutionists cry foulDutch scientists who support evolution have complained to the BBC after versions of Sir David Attenborough's award winning natural history programmes were edited by a creationist group and broadcast in Holland. The cut-down programmes were broadcast by public broadcast company Evangelische Omroep without references to evolution, speciation, descent and timescales of millions…

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John Newton and us

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November 2007
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John Newton and us

John Newton and usMarylynn Rouse presents an edited extract from Tony Baker's recent St Antholin's lecture, published by the Latimer Trust.John Newton, who died 200 years ago in December 1807, is best known for his part in the abolition of the slave trade and for his pastoral labours, letters and hymns (see ET June…

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November 2007
Articles > Comment

Comment – The joy of the Lord

CommentThe joy of the LordCan a believer ever be carefree and happy in the face of a malicious devil, a hostile world and a consciousness of remaining indwelling sin? One popular model of sanctification has it that the believer at his best will constantly be beating his breast - always parading before his conscience…

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November 2007
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LCF calls for abortion rally

LCF calls for abortion rallyThe Lawyers' Christian Fellowship (LCF) called on Christians to rally outside the Houses of Parliament at the end of October in a show of opposition to abortion, on the 40th anniversary of the Abortion Act. The LCF said that this autumn the church was 'facing one of the most critical…

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November 2007
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News – CI strikes a chord

CI strikes a chordThe Christian Institute has produced a ten-minute video programme on the successful religious liberty case involving Joe and Helen Roberts. The Lancashire couple were originally interrogated by police for daring to voice concern about pro-homosexual literature from their local council. The case defended vital principles of free speech and religious liberty.…

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November 2007
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News – Anglican stand-off

Anglican stand-offEpiscopal Church leaders in the United States have agreed to halt the selection of gay priests as bishops, in an attempt to head off a split in the Anglican Church. In addition, the church will no longer approve prayers to bless same-sex couples. The US bishops made the concessions after being threatened with…

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Review – Pierced for our transgressions – IVP

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November 2007
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Review – Pierced for our transgressions – IVP

Pierced for our transgressions;rediscovering the glory of penal substitutionSteve Jeffery, Mike Ovey, Andrew SachIVP, 373 pages; £16.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-178-6In this substantial paperback the authors present a well-informed defence of penal substitution. This doctrine - which Evangelicals have always considered to lie at the heart of the atonement - teaches 'that God gave himself in the…

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News – Zambia – wish you were here!

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November 2007
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News – Zambia – wish you were here!

Zambia - wish you were here!This year the Zambia Reformed Family Conference and School of Theology lasted from 27-30 August, ending a day earlier than usual. This was to accommodate the earlier Sola 5 Conference (see p.7). Since many were interested in attending both, it was like attending one seven-day reformed conference - a…

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News – School in theology

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November 2007
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News – School in theology

School in theologyThe Free Church of Scotland (Continuing) held its annual School in Theology from 10-13 September at Carronvale, Larbert. About thirty men attended including brethren from Northern Ireland, Wales, Ghana, Sri Lanka and South Korea. It was an encouraging and profitable time. The lectures were of a high standard and gave rise to…

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News – Nigel Lacey (1942-2007)

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November 2007
Obituaries

News – Nigel Lacey (1942-2007)

Nigel Lacey (1942-2007) On 15 September a thanksgiving service was held at Stowmarket for the late Pastor Nigel Lacey, who went to be with his Lord on 14 August. It was led by Pastor Colin Grimwood (Grundisburgh) who preached on Philippians 1:21 - 'To me to live is Christ and to die is gain'. This…

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November 2007
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News – Egyptian media protest

Egyptian media protest  Over a dozen newspapers in Egypt refused to publish their normal editions recently as a protest against government restriction of press freedoms. The press protest follows a number of arrests in recent months of journalists and bloggers, culminating with the security court trial of Ibrahim Issa, a well-known critic of the government.…

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November 2007
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News – New pastor for Warboys

New pastor for Warboys The sun shone from cloudless skies all day - to the relief of those using the church garden for a buffet meal. The occasion was the induction of Nigel Graham to the pastorate of Warboys Grace Baptist Church, Cambridgeshire, on Saturday 15 September. We were particularly encouraged by the presence of…

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Review – Walking as he walked

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November 2007
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Review – Walking as he walked

Walking as he walked Joel Beeke Reformation Heritage Books & Bryntirion Press 134 pages; £6.95 ISBN: 978-1-60178-010-2 Joel Beeke, a minister in Grand Rapids, USA, gave four messages on 'Walking as he walked' (1 John 2:6) at the Evangelical Movement of Wales annual conference at Aberystwyth in August 2006. This book consists of these…

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Review – The Dawkins letters

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November 2007
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Review – The Dawkins letters

The Dawkins lettersDavid RobertsonChristian Focus, 143 pages; £4.99ISBN: 978-1-84550-261-4The God delusion by Richard Dawkins has generated a considerable amount of interest and the responses to it in both books and reviews are many and varied. To these responses is now added this welcome book that confronts with glee some of the 'atheist myths' that…

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November 2007
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News – Muslim ethical concerns

Muslim ethical concerns   Doctors' leaders have expressed concern about the growing number of students and practitioners who refuse to conduct certain medical procedures for religious reasons. Some Muslim medical students have refused to attend lectures or answer exam questions on alcohol-related or sexually transmitted diseases because they claim it offends their religious beliefs.  The religious…

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Review – Her husband’s crown

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November 2007
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Review – Her husband’s crown

Her husband's crownSara LeoneBanner of Truth, 48 pages; £2.00ISBN: 978-0-85151-946-3This book is written by a pastor's wife in America to provide what she felt was lacking - a book of advice and encouragement for other pastors' wives.The first few chapters deal with the wife's relationship with her own husband. Is she providing a 'quiet,…

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Review – Meet the Puritans – RH

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November 2007
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Review – Meet the Puritans – RH

Meet the Puritans Joel R. Beeke & Randall J. Pederson Reformation Heritage Books 896 pages; £20.95 ISBN: 978-1-60178-000-3   Often described as 'the last of the Puritans', C. H. Spurgeon's rich ministry owed much to those spiritual giants. As a boy he had read their writings avidly. But following his death in 1892 interest…

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Review – A consuming fire; the piety of Alexander Whyte

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November 2007
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Review – A consuming fire; the piety of Alexander Whyte

A consuming fire; the piety of Alexander WhyteMichael A. G. HaykinReformation Heritage Books135 pages; £7.95ISBN: 978-1-60178-002-7This slender volume is one of a series of 'Profiles in Reformed spirituality' and contains a 16-page biographical sketch of Alexander Whyte (1836-1921) followed by 27 selections from his writings. Whyte was a minister in the Free Church of…

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The Reformed recovery in Wales

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November 2007
Articles > Historical

The Reformed recovery in Wales

The Reformed recovery in WalesJohn J. MurrayThis year marks the 50th anniversary of the first English Conference of the Evangelical Movement of Wales. It was held in Sandfields, Aberafan, and Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones was the main speaker. To mark this key event we reproduce here an edited extract from John J. Murray's forthcoming book…

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November 2007
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News – Protestant work ethic lives on

 Protestant work ethic lives onCountries where the main religion is Protestant Christianity have higher employment rates than those where other religions are dominant, according to research published in the American Journal of Economics and Sociology. In published his findings, Dr Horst Feldmann of the University of Bath (UK) allowed for factors like labour market…

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News – SOLA 5, Zambia

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November 2007
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News – SOLA 5, Zambia

SOLA 5, ZambiaThe third SOLA 5 Conference had as its theme 'biblical love' - a subject rooted in an exposition of 1 Corinthians 13. Whatever we may fail to be or have, we must not fail to have the distinguishing marks of the church as outlined in 1 Corinthians 13:4-7. Voddie Baucham, Jeff Noblit, Christo Beetge (Brackenhurst…

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November 2007
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News – Oak Hill College

Oak Hill CollegeOak Hill College, London, has appointed Charles Anderson to teach New Testament along with New Testament Greek and biblical Hebrew. The appointment follows the return of David Peterson to Australia. Charles is completing a doctorate of philosophy at the University of Cambridge, where he was also Undergraduate Tutor in the Faculty of…

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November 2007
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News – Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church

Herne Bay Evangelical Free ChurchGlorious sunshine greeted the induction of new pastor Keith Hoare at Herne Bay Evangelical Free Church on Saturday 1 September. Over one hundred gathered for the service including at least a dozen from the church where Keith grew up in Ashford, Middlesex.The service was chaired by previous pastor Patrick Hawes.…

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November 2007
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News in Brief

News in BriefDog collar watchNational Churchwatch, a security firm which provides personal safety advice to members of the clergy, advises ministers not to wear a dog collar when they are on their own, to reduce the risk of being attacked. Apparently, ministers of religion are attacked more often than other professions such as GPs…

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November 2007
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News – Burma

BurmaGlobal Care, a UK-based charity, says that Burma's economic crisis and recent military clampdown are making it almost impossible for ordinary people to survive. Global Care supports a small orphanage, a Bible school for trainee pastors, and a day centre with nursery for very poor pre-school children in Rangoon.The day centre and Bible school…

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News – Britain’s young offenders

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November 2007
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News – Britain’s young offenders

Britain's young offenders  Murders involving teenagers are in the news repeatedly these days. British youth behaviour must be among the worst in Europe. Teenage pregnancies are at an unprecedented level. Binge drinking spawns immorality and criminality, and youngsters now boast about their drug habit. Yet there is pressure to lift the age of criminality…

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November 2007
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News – Science teachers’ dilemma

Science teachers' dilemmaThe Head of Science at London's Institute of Education, Professor Michael Reiss, has warned that teaching evolution in UK schools is becoming increasingly difficult because some teachers - fearful of entering the creation/evolution debate - prefer to avoid the subject altogether. Professor Reiss says the rise of creationism is partly down to…

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November 2007
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News – Muslim violence

Muslim violence   A recent Dispatches programme on Channel 4 TV claimed to have uncovered evidence of the 'violence and intimidation facing Muslims who convert to Christianity in Britain'. In the programme, Dispatches reporter Antony Barnett met former Muslims - including a family driven out of their home and a convert whose brother was beaten…

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News – Peter Naylor (1936-2007)

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November 2007
Obituaries

News – Peter Naylor (1936-2007)

Peter Naylor (1936-2007) Around midday on 15August I answered the telephone to hear a voice saying, 'This is Peter Naylor from a hospital in Stirling. I have an inoperable heart condition and have only a few days to live. I would like you to take the funeral service and I want you to preach the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Chapel Library

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November 2007
United States of America

Missionary Spotlight – Chapel Library

Missionary Spotlight Chapel Library a grace-exalting ministry Mount Zion Bible Church (MZBC) in Pensacola, Florida, oversees six gospel ministries. The best known is Chapel Library which reprints and distributes tracts, booklets and paperbacks free of charge. Chapel publishes literature by great preachers and writers of the past, such as Charles Spurgeon, Arthur Pink, the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Kenya reaching the Pokot people

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November 2007
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Kenya reaching the Pokot people

Kenya – reaching the Pokot people   West Pokot is in northwest Kenya. It is over 300 miles from Nairobi and close to the Ugandan border. Its people have traditionally been cattle raiders. There is little water available in their communities and no electricity. Light at night is provided by hurricane lamps. There are…

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November 2007
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News – Calvin09 prepares for Calvin’s jubilee

Calvin09 prepares for Calvin's jubileeA website commemorating the 500th anniversary of the birth of reformer John Calvin in 1509 has been launched by the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches (FSPC). The churches plan to mark the anniversary with a number of events under the auspices of Calvin-Jubilee-Year 2009.The interactive portal - which features information…

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News – Stanton Lees

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November 2007
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News – Stanton Lees

Stanton LeesIt is 36 years since I first went to the Chapel Anniversary and Bible School at Stanton Lees, Derbyshire. During that time many dear saints who used to meet there have gone to be with Christ. So we understood John Wesley's emotion, quoting his brother's hymn shortly after Charles' death, 'My company before…

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Brave as a lion

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November 2007
Articles > Historical

Brave as a lion

Brave as a lionThe 300th anniversary of Charles Wesley's birthThere are two main reasons why the preaching of Charles Wesley is often overlooked. Firstly, most people focus on the ministry of his older brother John, a spiritual colossus in his own right who usually takes centre stage. Many books magnify John's role in the…

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November 2007
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News – Muslim leaders court Christians

To mark the end of Ramadan this year 'An Open Letter and Call from Muslim Religious Leaders' was published dated 13th October 2007. The letter called A common word between us and you was addressed to Pope Benedict XVI and 26 other named heads of Christian denominations as well as to 'leaders of Christian…

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