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November 2014
Articles > Historical

Lessons from the life of George Whitefield

George Whitefield was one of the most influential preachers at the heart of the eighteenth century revivals in Britain and America. 27 December this year marks the 300th anniversary of his birth. An Anglican minister and itinerant preacher, he died in September 1770. If both Britain and America are considered together, George Whitefield was…

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November 2014
News

Youth camp, Lincolnshire

‘That was the best camp ever’ and ‘Only 358 days to go to next year’s camp’ were two of the comments made by young people attending our Christian youth camp this summer in the small village of South Kelsey. The camp was born four years ago, when a Polish family with teenage children asked…

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November 2014
Articles > Historical

Reaching soldiers with the gospel during World War 1

When war was declared in August 1914, the Soldiers’ Christian Association (SCA) had 2000 serving members and 2000 associates (see ET August 2014 for earlier article). It is appropriate to ask how the missioners who staffed the SCA huts went about their task of endeavouring to help men come to faith in Christ. The…

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November 2014
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Study conference

Every two years, Affinity organises a theological study conference that, for many people, is unlike any other conference they ever attend. Carl Trueman, one of the 2011 speakers, described it as, ‘probably the most helpful I have ever attended’. One key aim is to theologically equip pastors, preachers and other gospel workers, so that…

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November 2014
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Festival of Grace, Gaulby

The 15th annual Festival of Grace was held at St Peters Parish Church, Gaulby, on Saturday 13September. The event was inaugurated in 2000 by the late Rev. Ashley F. B. Cheesman (rector until his untimely death in 2010). The Reformed fellowship at Gaulby is one of the few remaining Church of England parishes in…

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WFM away day

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November 2014
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WFM away day

Opening with 184 women singing praise to God, ‘Keep on keeping on’ was the title of the biennial Free Church of Scotland Women for Mission (WFM) away day. The day was held at the National Christian Outreach Centre, in Perth, Scotland, on 20 September. WFM brings together women from across Scotland to support mission…

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November 2014
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Rainhill, Merseyside

On Saturday 6 September, Rev. David Wilkinson was inducted to the pastorate of Trinity Evangelical Church, part of the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC). Mr Wilkinson left the Church of England (CofE) 11 years ago and was, prior to moving to Rainhill, an antiquarian bookseller and pastor of an Evangelical Free Church in…

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Article

November 2014
Articles > Guest column

Jeremiah – a man for our times

I have never been to Israel, and have no burning desire to go. But, if I did, I would want to visit Anathoth. It was there that my Old Testament hero was born. Called as a young man to leave an obscure, restricting, yet predictable ministry of maintaining the status quo (he grew up…

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November 2014
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Rugby Evangelical Free Church

Saturday 20 September, saw the induction service for Ashley Jones to the pastoral ministry of Rugby Evangelical Free Church. About 140 people came, including many good friends of the church, men who had preached during the interregnum and some from Caterham Baptist Church, where Ashley Jones had previously ministered. Peter Everett, Rugby’s church secretary,…

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November 2014
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Colportage Society

Colportage has been carried out for the past 220 years. In 1793 the work was founded by Rev. John Campbell. His aim was to distribute tracts, free of charge, to as many people as possible in order to spread the gospel. The work developed and came under the control of the Edinburgh Religious Tract…

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November 2014
Articles > Historical

The Open-Air Mission in World War 1

We have heard much about World War 1 recently. It certainly fills us with great sadness to know the awful carnage that took place on many a battlefield, resulting in so many lost lives. What joy it should give us, by contrast, to hear of many who actually ‘gained’ their lives during the Great…

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November 2014
Articles > Historical

George Whitefield and the Calvinistic Baptists

Not surprisingly, many Calvinistic Baptists had deep reservations about the Evangelical Revival, since it was uniformly led by Anglicans. A few of these Anglican preachers were Arminian in theology, like the Wesley brothers, and thus definitely beyond the pale for the Calvinistic Baptists. However, Whitefield was a Calvinist. Yet, he was still an Anglican.…

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November 2014
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Creation

From 4-6 September, the UK Creation Mega-Conference took place at the Bethel Convention Centre in West Bromwich, Birmingham. Entitled ‘Together for truth’, it was organised by Answers in Genesis (AiG). The conference brought together nine speakers from five different organisations, for 15 sessions, addressing biblical authority, creation and evangelism. Foundational On the Thursday evening, Rev. Ian McNaughton, chairman of AiG…

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News

November 2014
News > Youth Features

Don’t waste your life – follow God fully! (2)

What does it mean for a true Christian to follow God fully? It means following the Lord: Consistently There are many who follow God in fits and starts. Their lives include periods of zeal and holiness, but also periods of laziness and sinfulness. They are not consistent in their walk with God. Their spiritual…

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November 2014
Articles > Historical

George Whitefield’s ministry in Scotland

Many might think of George Whitefield’s connections with Scotland in terms of his part in the Cambuslang Revival (1742) and sad dispute with Ralph and Ebenezer Erskine of the Associate Presbytery. It is not so well known that Whitefield visited Scotland on no less than 14 occasions between 1741 and 1768. He preached to…

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November 2014
Articles > Historical

Why remember George Whitefield?

When British Christians seem to be making little progress against the destructive tendencies of humanism, and false religions of various sorts appear to be capturing popular attention, why should we spend time considering a preacher born 300 years ago? Perhaps obsession with contemporary issues swamps our attention and we forget our need to study…

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November 2014
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Wellington, Shropshire

On 21 September, Grace Church Wellington (GCW), an independent evangelical church, was launched in Wellington, Telford, in Shropshire. Believers gathered at the new church, whose preaching is committed to God’s Word, the Bible.  According to a statement, GCW is convinced that church is more than merely starting a service or filling a building on…

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November 2014
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Ken Huxtable (1939–2014)

Following a protracted period of illness, Rev. Ken Huxtable passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord on Wednesday 27 August 2014. A funeral and burial service at Newhouse Baptist Church in Devon on Monday 8 October was followed by a thanksgiving service at Waterford House Evangelical Free Church in Strood, Kent on Friday…

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Article

November 2014
Scientific (including creation)

Cedar of Lebanon

In this article, we are looking not so much at trees themselves, as sourcing the wood for Solomon’s great temple, and also seeing what we can learn from a discovery 30 years ago. This discovery was the substantial remains of a first century fishing boat, in the mud of the Sea of Galilee. Boats…

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November 2014
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Assisted suicide

The number of people going to Switzerland for an assisted death has doubled in the past four years, the British Humanist Association (BHA) has claimed. Citing a study published in the Journal of medical ethics, the BHA said that British citizens account for much of that increase, with neurological conditions, such as paralysis, motor neurone…

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November 2014
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Stanton Lees 50th anniversary

On August bank holiday the 50th anniversary of the Stanton Lees Bible School was celebrated. Back in 1964, Mr Laurie Cook was a member at Stanton Lees Wesleyan Reform Chapel, tucked away in the Derbyshire hills. Troubled by the evident decline in the knowledge of scriptural doctrine, he conceived the idea of a series…

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November 2014
Articles > Historical

Perceptions of war today

The Armistice between Germany and the Allies, at 11.00am on 11 November — the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month — 1918, is remembered every year. The war began when Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, on 28 July 1914. Britain entered the conflict just over 100 years ago, on 4…

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News

November 2014
News

Another threat to freedom of speech

New proposals by the Home Secretary could destroy civil and religious liberties in the UK, the Christian Institute has warned. Theresa May MP has put forward proposals for Extremist Disruption Orders, which, if passed into law, could undermine any outdoor preaching, curtail political activity and gag the performing arts. In the light of reports…

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November 2014
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An extraordinary life

Unionism, yet separation from the world; ‘No surrender!’, yet full surrender to Christ — these are part of the extraordinary legacy of the most politically influential UK Christian leader of our time. Coming on 12 September, just six days before Scotland voted on the future of the union between Scotland and the rest of…

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Historical

November 2014
Articles > Historical

George Whitefield – the American connection

When George Whitefield stepped ashore in Savannah, Georgia, in May 1738, he had already preached to throngs in Bristol and London — preaching which ‘startled a nation’, as his biographer Dallimore put it. He came to Savannah in response to John Wesley’s plea for missionaries to Georgia, at which ‘my heart leaped within me’,…

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November 2014
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World Evangelical Alliance

The general secretary of World Evangelical Alliance (WEA) has commented on a controversial decision made a few years ago to move towards ecumenicalism. Dr Geoff Tunnicliffe commented on how a historic document put together by the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue of the Roman Catholic Church, the World Council of Churches and the WEA…

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November 2014
Articles > Historical

‘The fields are white ready unto harvest’ – the preaching of George Whitefield

George Whitefield was always an avid reader. A few months after his conversion in spring 1735, he began to prayerfully peruse the biblical commentaries of William Burkitt and Matthew Henry. Both these Puritan authors had died at the beginning of the eighteenth century. Henry actually died the summer before Whitefield was born. Their commentaries…

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November 2014
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Letter from America

For any Christian within the southeastern United States, the name S. Truett Cathy immediately brings to mind the best boneless chicken sandwich, from a business that honoured the Lord’s Day. Mr Cathy’s faith and hard work ethic took a humble post-war diner in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia, to a prosperous private company with…

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November 2014
News

Reall

Reall, the UK charity dedicated to alleviating living conditions in slums throughout the developing world, has unveiled a new strategy to help counter the world’s poverty crisis. The charity, formerly known as Homeless International, supports the development of specially selected, community-based enterprises to deliver affordable housing and basic services in a sustainable manner, in…

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November 2014
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Hong Kong protests

Churches in Hong Kong have been using October’s demonstrations to carry out evangelism, reports have claimed. According to Australian paper Business spectator, the pro-democracy protests have uncovered an ‘older tension’, that of Christianity and Communism. The paper claimed that churches in Hong Kong were offering food and shelter to demonstrators, while several of the…

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November 2014
News

WFM away day

Opening with 184 women singing praise to God, ‘Keep on keeping on’ was the title of the biennial Free Church of Scotland Women for Mission (WFM) away day. The day was held at the National Christian Outreach Centre, in Perth, Scotland, on 20 September. WFM brings together women from across Scotland to support mission…

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News

November 2014
News

Grove Chapel, Camberwell

Saturday 6 September was a sunny day in south-east London and Grove Chapel, as members met with many friends and brethren for the induction of Paul Yeulett as their tenth minister. The service, which marked the end of a four year inter-regnum, was led by Stephen Taylor, one of the elders. An early and…

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Lessons from the launch of the Persian Bible

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November 2014
Articles > Comment

Lessons from the launch of the Persian Bible

Recently I went to Elam Ministry’s service of dedication, to mark the translation of the whole of the Bible into modern Persian. Immediately I was captivated and lifted in my spirit. My first impression was the sheer beauty of the Iranian people, all dressed as befitted coming before a king — King Jesus! Oh…

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News

November 2014
News

40th anniversary at Aix

The John Calvin Seminary in Aix-en-Provence, France, celebrated its 40th anniversary in September. The weekend was marked by several events. An open lecture with discussion on the theme of the future of the Reformed faith was given by guest speaker Gerald Bray from Cambridge and by Paul Wells. This was followed by the official…

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Review

November 2014

Worshipping with Calvin

Worshipping with Calvin Terry L. JohnsonEP Books, 434 pages, £14.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-936-6Star Rating : 5 The question of how a church worships God in public services is one which has been debated vigorously in recent years. This book is an important and well-researched contribution to the topic. Rejecting the term ‘traditional’, Johnson argues for what…

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Review

November 2014

Fruitfulness on the Frontline

Fruitfulness on the frontline Mark Greene, IVP, 208 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1783591251Star Rating : 3 Perhaps due to the modern English idiom, I struggled to easily get into this book. However, once overcoming that, I began to appreciate the purpose of the book, as conveyed by the title word, ‘frontline’. What does the term mean? Simply,…

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Review

November 2014

Gospel assurance & warnings

Gospel assurances and warnings Paul WasherReformation Heritage Books252 pages, £11.89ISBN: 978-1601782946Star Rating : 4 Some books have enticing titles and eye-catching covers, only for the content to be disappointing. This book is the opposite; the nondescript cover and title belie the excellent content within. This is the third book in a series called ‘Recovering…

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November 2014

The wondrous cross

The wondrous cross Iain D. CampbellEP Books, 60 pages, £4.99ISBN: 978-1-78397-002-5Star Rating : 4 Nothing should thrill the heart of the Christian more than hearing of the cross of Jesus Christ. Without the cross we have no love of God expressed, no forgiveness of sin offered, no mediator provided, no punitive death for sin,…

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Review

November 2014

Bitesize Biography – Joseph Addison Alexander

Joseph Addison Alexander Allan M. HarmanEP Books120 pages, £6.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-960-1Star Rating : 3 Joseph Addison Alexander is not so well known as his contemporaries Charles Hodge and Robert L. Dabney, but this book provides a basic introduction to his life and ministry. The introductory chapters to this Bitesize Biography give useful background to the…

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November 2014

Evangelical Holiness

Evangelical holiness, and other addresses Iain H. MurrayBanner of Truth178 pages, £6.00ISBN: 978-1-84871-319-2Star Rating : 5 An author as influential as Iain Murray always deserves a hearing. Few would argue with Geoff Thomas’s commendation on the back cover, ‘All that Iain Murray writes is lucid, compelling and of consequence for the church’. That is…

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November 2014

Finishing our course with joy

Finishing our course with joy, ageing with hope J. I. PackerIVP, 106 pages, £6.33ISBN: 978-1-78359-089-6Star Rating : 4 This is a timely book, given that a recent survey polled seven out of ten people as no longer considering the prospect of death. Presumably this means they choose not to think about growing old. Living,…

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November 2014
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WEST dedication

Saturday 13 September perfectly illustrated Paul’s statement in 1 Corinthians 16: 9, where he speaks of a ‘wide door for effective work’, alongside ‘many adversaries’. The dedication service included interviews with the biggest intake of undergraduate and master’s students for several years. A further group of distance learning students are studying together for the…

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