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November 2017

WCS – Hebrews: The Name High over All

The letter to the Hebrews is a part of Scripture particularly rich in devotional subject matter. It is fitting, then, that this recent commentary in the Welwyn Commentary Series is warmly devotional in its style. In equal measure, it is reassuringly thorough and scholarly. The introduction deals with such matters as the authorship of…

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November 2017

Death in Adam, Life in Christ

In the 500th year since the onset of the Reformation, this book is timely. Its focus is on one particular aspect of the doctrine of justification by grace through faith, namely the concept of imputed righteousness. The title encapsulates this biblical truth, rooted in the reality of the two Adams: the first from the…

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Review

November 2017

Looking for Love

Joanne Gilchrist has worked with Youth With A Mission in New Zealand and is now involved in youth work in England, particularly mentoring young women. Joanne clearly loves the Lord and has a high view of marriage. This book is written as a testimony to what God has done in her own life and…

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November 2017

What the Bible really says about The Days of Creation

In this small booklet, Simon Turpin (general manager and speaker for Answers in Genesis UK) sets out in simple terms some answers to common questions about Genesis 1-9. He gently shows the connection from Genesis to our need of Jesus Christ, while offering proofs of Jesus’ deity. Clearly asserting a literal 6-day creation, Turpin…

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Review

November 2017

Bible Studies – Work.Life – Finding purpose in your everyday

This is a helpful series of eight studies aimed at small groups. It lays out biblical principles and encourages a God-honouring attitude towards work. It would probably be best used with university student groups or a church’s men’s group, though the principles would be beneficial for all. The blurb states that, whatever your employment,…

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November 2017

How shall they hear?

This is a moving account of the life and ministry of a faithful preacher living in a rural context. John Mollitt speaks of his early days when he first preached to his twin brother. He outlines his conversion and call to preach, initially in the context of a Methodist circuit. His conversion resulted in…

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Review

November 2017

The Decalogue

There are few sections of Holy Scripture that have received more attention than the Ten Commandments. What else could be written to add to the available resources? But, having read this volume, I humbly suggest it is a valuable addition to the existing corpus. Both the title and subtitle (‘Living as the people of…

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Review

November 2017

Confronting Porn

There is nothing new about sexual temptation. There have always been adulterers at large, seeking to lure their prey into sin. But since the advent of printed media, photographic imaging and film, adultery or fornication has appeared increasingly in print and on screen in the form of pornography. Technological advances present fresh challenges, with…

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Article

November 2017
Articles > World Mission > Asia

Increased persecution in the Maldives

Christians in the Maldives have few rights, but until now at least the courts would protect those rights. Now, however, the government is increasingly controlling the courts and simply ignoring the law, leaving Christians in an even more vulnerable state. The Maldivian government has just suspended one-third of all lawyers in the islands, after they tried…

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Article

November 2017
Articles > Asia > Mongolia

Building for the future in Mongolia

Welcome to Mongolia: a country with as many people as Wales, spread across an area four times the size of Germany and almost seven times the size of the UK! Perhaps you’ve never noticed Mongolia on a map, enveloped by borders with Russia and China, and yet it’s time to start taking note of…

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News

November 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Joe West (1941-2017)

On 26 July, Joe West went to be with the Lord, aged 76. On 10 August, family and friends joined together at Providence Baptist Chapel in Dilton Marsh, Wiltshire, to mourn his passing and give thanks for his life of service. He was saved while a teenager and baptised at Totnes Gospel Hall in…

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News

November 2017
News > Youth

Youth – September Bible School (SBS), Whitby

This year’s SBS, held at Whitby Evangelical Church, saw its largest number of attendees in over a decade. Thirty-six young people came for a weekend of biblical teaching and fellowship, from as far afield as Newcastle in the north and Milton Keynes in the south. ‘Keep on keeping on’ was the theme of the…

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News

November 2017
News > Induction

Induction – Welcome Hall welcomes evangelist

On Saturday 9 September, more than 150 people gathered for the induction of Peter Sherwood as evangelist at Welcome Hall Evangelical Church (WHEC), Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. The weekend also marked the church’s 78th anniversary and 5th anniversary of Jeremy Brooks’ pastorate. Speaking on behalf of WHEC, Pastor Brooks explained how the elders had been seeking…

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News

November 2017
News > Induction

Inductions – New pastor at Leamington Spa

A new chapter began for Emmanuel Church, Leamington Spa, with the induction of their pastor James Midwinter, on Saturday 9 September. Mr Midwinter worked as a lawyer before being called to the ministry and training at Reformed Theological Seminary in Charlotte, North Carolina. He was assistant pastor to Ray Evans at Grace Community Church, Bedford,…

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News

November 2017
News > Induction

Inductions – Dudley Baptist Church

Many met together on Saturday 2 September to witness the induction of Conrad Pomeroy to the pastorate of Dudley Baptist Church. People came from as far as Wick and Dundee. There was plenty of sun, plenty of people, plenty of food and plenty of blessing from the Lord. It was a day most of…

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News

November 2017
News > Induction

Induction – FCC induction in Atlanta

On 14 July 2017, the presbytery of the United States inducted Rev. Brent C. Evans as the new minister of the Atlanta congregation. Mr Evans was received into the Free Church (Continuing) (FCC) as a minister, by the FCC’s general assembly, in May 2017. He was ordained to the ministry in 2008 by the…

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News

November 2017
News > Events

Event – Brixton Tabernacle 150th anniversary

On 24 June many people gathered to help us celebrate this special anniversary. We had a lovely day, including seeing some faces that we hadn’t seen at the chapel for some time. Many had travelled great distances to be there. The services themselves were truly special. It was good to sing hymns which we…

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News

November 2017
News > Events

Event – Farewell at Hanney

It was a bitter-sweet weekend for members of Hanney Chapel, Oxfordshire, when they moved into their newly extended and refurbished building in September. It was also the occasion of a farewell tea in honour of Bob and Gwyn Pritchard, a couple who have played a key part in the transformation of the village chapel. The new…

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News

November 2017
News > Events

Event – Keith and Kristyn Getty

Christians gathered in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft, in the Houses of Parliament, to celebrate the power of singing and hymn-writing in the Christian faith. The event was led by Keith and Kristyn Getty and hosted by Christians in Parliament, partly to thank God for the OBE Keith Getty had received in June…

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News

November 2017
News > Science

Science – Victory for creation scientist

An Australian geologist who was refused permission to research in the Grand Canyon has won his case in the US. According to the latest Creation Update from the Creation Resources Trust, Dr Andrew Snelling was denied permission in 2013 to do field work in the national park. However, supported by advocacy group Alliance Defending…

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News

November 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Transgender regret for teen

Australian teenager Patrick Mitchell has decided to return to his birth sex, years after making a transition to be a girl. In an interview with an Australian TV show, Patrick, who had believed he was a ‘girl trapped in a boy’s body’, opened up about his experience of being diagnosed with gender dysphoria aged…

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News

November 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Church same-sex wedding

The Anglican Communion has started action against the Scottish Episcopal Church for hosting a same-sex church wedding, the first ever by a mainstream denomination in the UK. According to The Times, St. John’s Church in Edinburgh recently hosted the wedding of Peter Matthews and Alistair Dinnie. However, as this runs counter to the Church…

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News

November 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Parents in trans child row

Isle of Wight parents Nigel and Sally Rowe have been subjected to public and private vitriol after taking their child out of a church school and seeking legal advice about it. The parents were told on national TV they ‘had a problem’ and their religious ideals were ‘as extreme as people like Islamic State’,…

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News

November 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Embryo factory warning

Embryo factories could be set up in the UK to provide fodder for ‘research’, a genetic scientist has warned. Professor Jennifer Doudna, who pioneered a gene-editing technique called Crispr-Cas9, warned that such facilities could end up churning out human lives in the name of medical research. Speaking after the Francis Crick Institute in London…

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News

November 2017
News > Society

Society – ‘Like punching Nazis’

A radical pro-transsexual group has welcomed violence against feminists who voice opposition to transgender rights. A 60-year-old woman, Maria MacLachlan, was punched and kicked in London’s Hyde Park as she met with other concerned feminists to discuss government plans to allow people to legally self-identify their gender. Following widespread outrage at the attack, a…

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News

November 2017
News > Society

Society – Church schools vs. belief

Most British millennials have no faith or religion, a wide-ranging study has claimed. The British Social Attitudes Survey, published in September, revealed 71 per cent of all 18-24 year olds polled said they belonged to ‘no religion’. In the study, 53 per cent claimed they were not religious. Of the remaining 47 per cent,…

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News

November 2017
News > International

International – How will they hear?

Serving in Mission (SIM) has spearheaded a campaign to take the gospel to migrants and refugees. Mission partners include Greater European Mission, European Christian Mission International, DMG, Evangelical Alliance Mission and SIM in Europe. The campaign, called #HowWillTheyHear, was launched on 14 October with 14 days of prayer to mark the start of an…

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News

November 2017
News > International

International – Back-pedalling on the Reformation

A global coalition of Reformed churches has signed up to an ecumenical statement with the Roman Catholic Church to ‘overcome divisions’ from the time of the Reformation. The World Communion of Reformed Churches (WCRC), representing 80 million Christians, signed a joint declaration on the doctrine of justification, at a church in Wittenberg, the town…

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News

November 2017
News > International

International – Myanmar appeal

UK aid agencies have launched a joint fundraising appeal to help the hundreds of thousands of people fleeing their homes in Myanmar. According to the 13 Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) members, the people are in critical need of shelter, medical care, water and food. Over the summer, more than half a million people, mostly…

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News

November 2017
News > International

International – Penn State cross row

Atheists have won a case to remove a cross from an historic Pennsylvania county seal. According to a story in the Christian Post, a federal judge ruled in September that the seal was ‘unconstitutional for including a cross’. US District Judge Edward Smith released a decision against Lehigh County’s seal, arguing that having a…

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News

November 2017
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Double standards at Sheffield University

Sheffield University has been accused of ‘appalling double standards’ over LGBT, Islam and Christian beliefs. During a hearing at which Christian student Felix Ngole sought to appeal against the university’s decision to expel him after he expressed his belief in Christian marriage on Facebook, new evidence was submitted to the High Court showing there…

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News

November 2017
News > Society

Society – The fight against abortion: ‘green shoots of life’ in Sheffield

Can you believe that there have been over one billion abortions worldwide? The latest UK figures, alone, demonstrate that more than one in five pregnancies end in abortion meaning that on average 523 abortions were carried out every day in England and Wales. It is truly shocking, but how do we even begin to…

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News

November 2017
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA: Coping with hurricanes

Late on Friday 25 August 2017, Tropical Storm Harvey made landfall as a category 4 hurricane in south Texas, after gathering force in the Gulf of Mexico. With wind gusts of 130 mph, it hit Rockport, Texas, and then moved back into the Gulf, only to make a second landfall in Corpus Christi as…

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Article

November 2017
Guest Column

GUEST COLUMN: Seeing Jesus in an unexpected place

Being a Christian means that we know the Lord. This is part of the New Covenant, set out in Jeremiah and quoted in Hebrews 8:10-12: ‘This is the covenant I will establish with the people of Israel after that time, declares the Lord. I will put my laws in their minds and write them…

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Historical

November 2017
Articles > Historical

Why the mediaeval church needed reforming (2)

In mediaeval Europe, various ‘nonconformist’ groups emerged, such as the Bogomils, Cathars, Albigenses and Waldensians. There were also individuals who tried to make a difference from within the Catholic church. Marsilius of Padua (1270-1342) was one. He held almost pure Protestant teaching. Such teaching was spreading like wildfire among students in the universities, among…

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News

November 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Erroll Hulse —a beautifully proportioned life

The September 2017 edition of Evangelical Times reported on the homecall of Pastor Erroll Hulse (1931-2017). Dr Tom Nettles has written this tribute. Erroll Hulse was a major force in the rejuvenation of life among Reformed Baptists in England. He was indefatigable in his labours for the gospel, passionate in his love of truth,…

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News

November 2017
News

The precious life of a baby boy, saved by the amazing providence of God

How true are William Cowper’s words about providence: ‘God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform’! Little did I think, when I wrote a letter to the local and national Scottish press, about the desperate need to repeal the Abortion Act, that it would save someone’s life far away in the Gambia.…

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Historical

November 2017
Articles > Historical

It was 50 years ago

The Beatles rose to the heights of fame and fortune with an image of youthful naivety and charm, but it came at a cost. When private remarks by John Lennon were taken as self-aggrandising blasphemy in the USA (Lennon denied this was his intention), church youth groups rallied at concert venues to burn Beatles…

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Historical

November 2017
Articles > Historical

John Rogers, Reformation martyr

Over 460 years ago, on 4 February 1555, John Rogers was tied to a post in Smithfield, London, firewood was heaped around him, and he was burned to death — because he was an evangelical Christian. In the next three and a half years, nearly 300 more martyrs died in the same way. Our…

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News

November 2017
News > Ethics > Society

The Christian Institute comments on a shameful anniversary

On 27 October 1967, the Abortion Act was passed by Parliament. For 50 years, it has been legal in England, Wales and Scotland to kill an unborn child in the womb. The Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC) was formed in 1966 to campaign against the Act, followed by LIFE in 1970.…

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News

November 2017
News > Ethics > Society

Christian Concern comments on the grim realities of abortion

27 October 2017 marks 50 years since abortion in certain circumstances became legal according to British law. While the Abortion Act (1967) currently only allows abortions when the mother or child’s physical or mental health is at risk of permanent damage, the law is rarely honoured, even in its flawed current form, and reports…

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Historical

November 2017
Articles > Historical

The life and legacy of Amy Carmichael

People-trafficking is not new. But, born 150 years ago this December, one single, often sick, missionary woman from Northern Ireland dared to challenge it in India. Hinduism encouraged the temple slavery of children. It was prostitution perpetrated in the name of that ancient religion, where little girls and boys were sold to ‘marry’ the…

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Article

November 2017
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Euthanasia for disabled babies? — another fruit of evolutionary thinking

Professor Jerry Coyne is an evolutionary biologist at the University of Chicago, a prominent critic of creationists and author of Faith vs. fact: why science and religion are incompatible.1 In his blog (which goes under the name ‘Why Evolution is True’), he recently argued for the euthanising of severely disabled new-born babies.2 Coyne asks, ‘If…

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News

November 2017
Articles > Cultural and Ethical > News > Ethics > Society

50 years of shame

Anniversaries are how we mark out our history. Some are welcome, others are not; some are humdrum, others are special. This year, two are extra special: a 500th and a 50th. Both changed our world. The first ushered in the wonderful gospel freedoms of the Protestant Reformation. The second is the passing of the…

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News

November 2017
News > Ethics

Action against abortion continues

In 1967 — 50 years ago — the UK Abortion Act was passed by Parliament. It was passed in October 1967 and came into effect in April 1968. Since then, although some are pushing for even more liberal legislation, increasing numbers of ordinary people are calling for a radical reversal. Since 1967, according to…

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