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November 2012
Obituaries

Rev. Maurice Handford (1925-2012)

Rev. Maurice Handford (1925-2012) It is with great sadness that we report the death of Rev. Maurice Handford. For some months Maurice had been suffering from cancer. The Lord called him to himself on Wednesday September 11.    Mr Handford was an Anglican minister who unashamedly contended for true biblical Christianity and the 39 Articles…

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November 2012
News

Celebrity Scandal

Celebrity scandal On 30 September 2012, news broke that the charitable, jovial, church-going Sir Jimmy Savile, who died in October 2011, had reportedly sexually attacked at least ten women during the 1960s and 1970s.    One of the alleged victims was reported to have been aged 14 at the time; another woman came forward a…

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November 2012
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Lies from hell

Lies from hell A Republican in the American state of Georgia has stirred up a media storm after standing at a church sponsored banquet and declaring that evolutionary theories are ‘lies straight from the pit of hell’.    According to reports from MSNBC, the medical doctor Paul Broun’s views were videoed during the dinner and…

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Article

November 2012
Haiti

Serving Haiti

Serving Haiti With the lowest standard of living in the Western Hemisphere, 80 per cent of Haiti’s 8 million people languish in poverty. Two-thirds of the population are unemployed. Haitians suffer from chronic malnutrition, poor health and untreated medical conditions. Some 120,000 are living with HIV/AIDS.    Haiti was rededicated to voodoo during the bicentennial…

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November 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Caring for the elderly

Caring for the elderly When Jesus hung on the cross, he faced incredible pressures. The burden of sin weighed heavily on his holy soul; physical agony racked his body; and the cruel abuses of men and attacks of hell distressed his mind and soul. In the middle of all this, he thought about his…

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News

November 2012
News > Youth Features

The lady and the cockroach

Pastor Holmes Moore tells the following story. The famous Scottish poet Robert Burns once attended services in a beautiful cathedral. After he was seated, a fine, aristocratic woman entered the sanctuary and very proudly and slowly made her way down the aisle, until she took her seat just in front of him. Every eye…

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November 2012
News

Coedpoeth Evangelical Church

Coedpoeth Evangelical Church The officers of Coedpoeth Evangelical Church, Wrexham, had anticipated that the congregation for the ordination and induction of their new pastor, Paul Ackerley, would exceed the capacity of their regular place of worship.    This proved to be the case, as about 150 adults and children gathered in nearby Disgwylfa Chapel on…

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November 2012
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China

China Women’s Rights Without Frontiers (WRWF) has challenged a claim from All Girls Allowed (AGA) that said the Chinese government has banned forced abortion. WRWF maintains AGA has based its report on misleading government propaganda.     AGA based its statement on links to two documents and a call made to a family planning official…

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November 2012
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Welcome to Walthamstow

Welcome to Walthamstow On Saturday 15 September, about 200 people gathered at Central Baptist Church, Walthamstow, for the ordination and induction of Robert Jeffery.    Mr Jeffery had been in membership at Thornton Heath Evangelical Church for many years, having spent about seven years working for the church, before embarking on training for pastoral ministry…

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November 2012
Interviews

The big interview – Lord Bannside PC and Baroness Paisley

The big interview Rev. Dr Joel R. Beeke, of Puritan Reformed Theological Seminary in Grand Rapids, Michigan, met this September with Lord Bannside, PC, and Baroness Paisley, over private lunch. Here is Dr Beeke’s account of the occasion with Lord Bannside and Baroness Paisley (from now on in this article, Dr Ian and Eileen…

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November 2012
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Christchurch Market Harborough

On 8 September Christchurch Market Harborough (CMH) joined with friends and family for a welcome service for Andrew, Ruth and Reuben McKenna, and to thank God for theprovision of Andrew as CMH’s first full-time pastor. The service, led by John Stevens, a pastor at the church and National Director of FIEC, was held at…

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November 2012
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Pakistan

Pakistan An Anglican church in Mardan, Pakistan, along with the school attached to it has been attacked by Islamic extremists in retaliation against the anti-Islamic film that hit the news.    According to reports from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), on 21 September the protesters set fire to and looted the buildings. Anything of…

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Confronting secularism

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November 2012
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Confronting secularism

Confronting secularism Penn Free Methodist Church’s annual conference, which began in 2010, is becoming an established event. This was reflected by the noticeable increase in attendance at the High Wycombe-based church, on 15 September this year.    Continuing with the previous themes of ‘Britain’s only hope’, the speakers addressed confronting secularism from the truths of…

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November 2012
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Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff

Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff Since he graduated from WEST, Mark Fisher has been in trainee posts at Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff. His ministry has expanded to include twice-weekly open air preaching in Queen Street, Cardiff; and in Newport and Swansea, and elsewhere under the Open-Air Mission banner.     He regularly speaks in some 18…

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November 2012
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Hambleton Evangelical Church

Hambleton Evangelical Church Pic (l to r): Steve Harding, Andrew Davies, Geraint Davies, Richard Wigham, Noel Ramsey, Victor Matthews Thirsk Rural Business Centre is usually accustomed to housing farmers and livestock, but on 22 September it was the venue for the induction service of Rev. Richard Wigham as the new minister of Hambleton Evangelical…

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November 2012
Articles > Comment

Is it really too far to go to church?

Is it really too far to go to church? Travelling in various countries, I have heard some complaints that folk have to travel too great a distance to get to church on the Lord’s Day or that the journey takes too long. Hence, the person says, they are often irregular at worship services. I…

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Article

November 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

Why read the theology of the Puritans?

Why read the theology of the Puritans? This fall marks a milestone in my life. After five decades of reading the Puritans, I am excited about the publication of A Puritan theology: doctrine for life, co-authored by Mark Jones and myself. I’ve read a lot of books, and written several as well, that explore…

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November 2012
Articles > Guest column

‘And some pastors and teachers’

Guest Column   Peter Milsom ‘And some pastors and teachers’ One of the great gifts our ascended Lord gives to his churches is pastor-teachers. The ESV helpfully brings out the root meaning of ‘pastor’ when it uses the word ‘shepherd’. The apostles and prophets laid the foundations of the church; the evangelists bring the gospel…

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November 2012
Scientific (including creation)

Could this be the death of Darwinism?

Could this be the death of Darwinism? On Thursday 6 September 2012, the Guardian newspaper carried a dramatic headline on its front page, announcing that ‘Breakthrough study overturns theory of “junk” DNA’. http://genome.ucsc.edu/ENCODE/aboutScaleup.html The story was carried by many newspapers and news bulletins and soon the blogosphere was buzzing with a mixture of excitement…

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News

November 2012
News

Church weddings

Church weddings More couples are considering a church wedding, the Church of England has found. The ‘Your Church Wedding’ web site reported a nearly 50 per cent increase in visits during 2011.    This coincided with an increase in couples approaching the Church of England stand at wedding shows with questions about marrying in church.  …

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November 2012
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Christianity Explored

Christianity Explored UK sales of handbooks of the new, 3rd edition of Christianity Explored have topped 37,000 in the 12 months to July 2012. A statement from Christianity Explored said this is more than double the comparable figure for the previous year, which was just over 18,000.    Sales of the Christianity Explored DVD also…

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November 2012
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Beauty and glory

Beauty and glory God is so holy that even the sinless angels cover their faces and feet in his presence. The Father does everything for the glory of his beloved Son. In all of our spirituality we should draw near to the Father through the Son, in the Holy Spirit.     These were some…

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Personal view: How can we best support overseas brethren?

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November 2012
Interviews

Personal view: How can we best support overseas brethren?

Personal view: How can we best support overseas brethren? In recent decades, many believers in the more economically developed countries of the world have had, in God’s providence, increased opportunity for travel. Whether on business or holiday, they have been able to visit the less developed countries.     Often these travellers are taken aback…

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News

November 2012
News

Domestic violence

Domestic violence Churches in the UK can be more aware of domestic violence, respond to it and help prevent it, according to two organisations.    ‘Restored’ is an international alliance that works to transform relationships and end violence against women. ‘The White Ribbon Campaign’ is the UK branch of a global campaign to ensure that…

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November 2012
News

Who will help them?

Who will help them? With many elderly folk being unable to fund a decent level of care, what duty, if any, does the church have to its retired members? October was the conference season, but behind the politicising there was one crucial question on which all three main political parties agreed — the need…

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November 2012
News

Syrian conflict

Syrian conflict Barnabas Fund is calling on Christians to remember, pray and donate as many Christians in Syria have been pushed into refugee status by the conflict.    As the border shelling between Turkey and Syria intensifies, together with the civil war already raging within Syria’s borders, the minority Christian population is running out of…

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November 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The evangelical golden calf

The evangelical golden calf In The evangelical Cinderella we considered the downgrade of preaching increasingly to be witnessed at Christian events. At such events the preacher, if invited at all, is in the shadow of the ‘worship leader’, and music, not preaching, takes centre stage. This is a tragic and dangerous departure from biblical…

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November 2012
News

LCM thanksgiving

LCM thanksgiving Around 500 people attended London City Mission’s thanksgiving service on 27 September. The congregation gathered at All Souls, Langham Place, to celebrate all that God has been doing in London over the last year.     The service included interviews with four LCM outreach workers. John Hamilton, who carried the Olympic torch through…

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News

November 2012
News

Stanton Lees and the jet stream

Stanton Lees and the jet stream A wet August bank holiday was the setting for this year’s Bible School at Stanton Lees Chapel, Derbyshire.     The event was shortened this year from five days to three, relieving the burden on those who prepare food for the crowds. And crowds there were, especially on Monday,…

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November 2012
News

Shun individualism

Shun individualism The outgoing Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, said people should see themselves according to their relationships with others, not as an ‘atomised individual’.    Speaking at the fifth Theos annual lecture on the topic, ‘The person and the individual: human dignity, human relationships and human limits’, Dr Williams called for a ‘new…

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Historical

November 2012
Articles > Historical

William Booth (2)

Part 1 is here: William Booth (1829-1912) William Booth (2) In 1861 William and Catherine campaigned at Hayle, St Ives, Redruth and Camborne in Cornwall. Strong men shouted out, fearing hell, and in sorrow for their sins. An evil spirit troubled a woman who appeared to talk to her dead husband. The disorder disturbed…

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November 2012
News

Aborting the disabled

Aborting the disabled An alliance of pro-life campaigners and religious groups has written an open letter in a new push to restrict the 1967 Abortion Act.    The letter was written to the Daily Telegraph and signed by leading figures from such groups as Life and the Pro-Life Alliance, as well as Catholic bishops in…

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November 2012
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WEST dedication service

WEST dedication service   A good crowd met on 15 September for the WEST dedication service, held in the SaRang Thomas Centre, and afterwards for tea in Bryntirion House.     Jonathan Stephen led the service and former student, Steve Levy, of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, Swansea, preached about true Christian service in the church, from…

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November 2012
News

Jamaican New Testament

Jamaican New Testament More than 100 people gathered at the Jamaican High Commission in London on 9 October for the launch of the Jamaican New Testament. This year coincides with the 50th anniversary of Jamaican independence. The celebration concluded a 20-year academic project.    The High Commissioner, Her Excellency Aloun Ndombet-Assamba, said the publication was…

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November 2012
News

Sudanese refugees

Sudanese refugees Barnabas Fund has begun a major operation to rescue 2,000 Christian women and children stuck in Sudan.    According to the charity, the first flight took place on 19 September once practical and bureaucratic delays had been overcome, with many more planned, travelling from Khartoum to Juba.    Southern Sudanese Christians were stripped of…

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November 2012
News

School in theology — and cake

School in theology — and cake    The 60th Free Church School in Theology met from 3-6 September at Carronvale House in Larbert, bringing together ministers, divinity students and laymen from churches throughout the UK for discussion and fellowship.    The conference was opened by John J. Murray, who spoke on the Monday evening on ‘The…

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November 2012
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Wycliffe move

Wycliffe move From summer 2013, all Wycliffe’s UK training for participation in Bible translation will be offered by Redcliffe College in Gloucester.    Eddie Arthur, executive director of Wycliffe Bible Translators in the UK, said that, for the past 40 years, students from around the world have been coming to the Wycliffe Centre in Buckinghamshire.  …

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November 2012
News

Apocryphal Gospel

Apocryphal Gospel A story claiming Jesus had a wife has spread across the internet after an article published in the New York Times and other sources. The original article came from Professor Karen L. King of Harvard, writing about a fragment of fourth century CE codex. Prof. King chose to call this fragment The…

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Historical

November 2012
Articles > Historical

The Reformation

The Reformation October 31 is the anniversary of an event, which, although seemingly insignificant at the time, was the great impetus for a movement that changed the history not only of the church, but of western culture as a whole. That movement was the Protestant Reformation. The event, occurring 495 years ago this year,…

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November 2012
News

Orangefield Baptist Church

Orangefield Baptist Church ‘The Holy Spirit: walking in the Spirit’ was the theme Pastor Jack Seaton, Inverness Reformed Baptist, explored on his return to the Orangefield Baptist Church Bible Conference in Belfast, held on 22 September.    Pastor Matthew Brennan, from Clonmel Baptist Church, Co. Tipperary, Ireland, ministered on ‘Worship: what the Father seeks’ and…

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The Lord Jesus Christ: human ‘superstar’?

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November 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Lord Jesus Christ: human ‘superstar’?

The Lord Jesus Christ: human ‘superstar’? With the spiritual tide at low ebb, you might think Christians would be pleased their Saviour is receiving some attention. If the public at large will not attend a place of worship, the next best might be to hear about Christ in a place of entertainment?    But the…

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November 2012
Articles > Biblical/theological

The golden chain of salvation (3)

  The golden chain of salvation (1) The golden chain of salvation (2) The golden chain of  salvation (3) ‘And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified’ (Romans 8:30). The fourth link in the golden chain is justification. When a judge justifies an…

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Historical

November 2012
Articles > Historical

Brave soldiers of Jesus Christ

Brave soldiers of Jesus Christ Born in 1983, Michael Claydon had army blood in his veins. Possibly unaware of just how many of his forebears had been military men, Michael seemed to be naturally drawn towards army life. To an adventurous spirit like his, it appeared an ideal way of combining his newly completed…

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News

November 2012
News

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity Christian charity Habitat for Humanity has launched an appeal to raise money for its work with the 827 million people worldwide who are struggling in slums.    The charity warned that families and communities are becoming trapped in the poverty cycle due to the rapid urbanisation of cities and increasing slum conditions.…

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November 2012
News

Murdered vicar

Murdered vicar A man has appeared in Bristol crown court on two murder charges against Christians.    Prosecutor Michael Fitton QC claimed that Stephen Farrow knifed Rev. John Suddards before arranging the body on a vicarage floor.    Mr Fitton alleged that Mr Farrow had arranged pornography, condoms and party streamers around his body to ‘harm…

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Historical

November 2012
Articles > Historical

Reflections on the tercentenary of Jean-Jacques Rousseau

In this article, Richard V. Pierard, Professor Emeritus of History at Indiana State University and Gordon College, explores the seminal thinking of Rousseau. Three hundred years ago, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, one of the most complicated and enigmatic figures of the eighteenth century, arrived on the scene. Born on 28 June 1712 in Geneva to Isaac…

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Review

November 2012

Christ-Centred Biblical Theology

Christ-centred Biblical Theology – Hermeneutical foundations and principles Graeme Goldsworthy Apollos 229 pages, £12.49 ISBN 978-1-84474-562-3 Star rating: *** (three)   ‘The immediate appeal of biblical theology to preachers, teachers and ordinary Christians is that it provides a “big picture” that makes sense out of the bewildering bulk and variety of the biblical literature’…

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Review

November 2012

Eric Liddell: Pure Gold

Eric Liddell: Pure Gold David McCasland Lion Hudson 297 pages, £9.99 ISBN: 978-0-7459-5571-1 Star rating:4   With all the hype of the London Olympics, the biography of Eric Liddell has a contemporary feel. Many people know (perhaps from the movie Chariots of Fire) the stand that Eric took in the 1924 Paris Olympics not…

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Review

November 2012

Focus on the Bible – Philippians

Philippians – Rejoicing and Thanksgiving David Chapman, Christian Focus, 290 pages, ISBN: 978-1-84550-687-2 Star rating: 4 stars   The author successfully fulfils his aim: ‘This commentary is designed for pastors and other ministry workers, as well as for every interested student of the Bible.’  Using the ESV, he elucidates Paul’s original Greek ‘in ways…

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Review

November 2012

Royal Company – A Devotional on Song of Solomon

Royal Company: A devotional on the Song of Solomon Malcolm Maclean Christian Focus 236 pages, £9.99 ISBN: 978-184550718-3 Star rating: 4 stars   An excellent book written with a pastor’s heart that will strengthen the faith of all believers. It is a devotional book and will stir love and stimulate deeper devotion to the…

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November 2012
Reviews > Book

Bitesize Biography – Francis Schaeffer

Bitesize Biographies: Francis Schaeffer Mostyn Roberts EP Books 144 pages, £5.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-792-8 Star rating: 4 stars   As a young believer I purchased The Complete Works of Francis Schaeffer. In my lunch breaks at work I began to make my way through the five brightly coloured volumes. Volume 1 contained the seminal trilogy,…

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