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Review

November 2018
Reviews > Book

Dying Well: Dying Faithfully

Referring to ‘dying’ in the title of a book is perhaps off-putting to many readers. With a title such as Dying Well, you’re also not quite sure what aspects of death the book will address. However, it’s soon apparent that this book has potential as it ventures into an area of social discourse taboo.…

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Review

November 2018
Reviews > Book

The Bible: God’s Inerrant Word (Banner Mini-Guides)

According to the back cover, this book intends to ‘provide an entry point for those who know little about the “Book of books”, but it is written ‘in such a way as to encourage those who know it better to explore it more fully’. The book begins well. The first chapter explains that our…

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Review

November 2018
Reviews > Book

The God of Creation

Writing clearly and concisely, Richard Phillips explains how a correct view of God informs a correct reading of Genesis. He shows how liberal, non-literal views of the creation account are inadmissible if careful hermeneutic principles are followed. The book summarises arguments for a literal view of Genesis. Alternatives like the framework hypothesis, which see…

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Review

November 2018
Reviews > Book

The Devil’s Music: How Christians Inspired, Condemned, and Embraced Rock ’n’ Roll

In pacey style, The Devil’s Music traces the turbulent relationship between pop music and American evangelicalism from the 1950s to the present day. The story begins in the revivalist meetings of Pentecostal churches in the southern states, characterised by shouting, foot stamping, ‘holy dancing’ and flamboyant showman preachers. This is the world in which…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Singleness

A man gives his testimony I was single until I got married in my mid-forties. I can testify to the many temptations and challenges to my purity during that time. There were times when I felt frustrated by my singleness, and jealous of the married people around me who seemed to be enjoying fulfilled…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > Youth Features

Finding the right marriage partner

Marriage might not be as popular as it once was, but many young people will still look forward to that special day when they will stand next to the person they have chosen to spend their lives with and say, ‘I do’. Indeed, in a recent survey, 72 per cent of 18 to 35…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

Ligonier survey of UK

What do professing evangelicals in the United Kingdom actually believe about God, Jesus Christ, sin, and eternity? Ligonier Ministries’ — founded by the late R.C. Sproul to support local churches in gospel ministry — recent State of Theology survey for the UK uncovers some answers. For the first time, Ligonier has taken the theological…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Asia > Central Asia

Central Asia clampdown on Christians

Christians in Central Asia are facing worship bans, arrest and torture, as Islamic nationalism gains ground in their countries. Pastors in the underground church have been describing their ordeal to Release International, which supports persecuted Christians around the world. Release has launched an appeal to help the church in Central Asia. Security police in…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Eastern Europe > Russia

To the ends of the earth!

For almost 70 years, SGA(UK) has been ministering in the former communist-dominated countries of Central and Eastern Europe, often in areas formerly unreached by the gospel. Some 20 years ago a link was forged with believers in Kazakhstan, Central Asia. Ministry engagement there led to involvement in other central Asian republics. The mission’s activities…

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News

November 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Andy Banton to leave Open Air Mission

The Open Air Mission (OAM) has announced that General Manager, Andy Banton, will be leaving in February 2019. In a statement, the organisation said: ‘Following a lengthy period of ill-health, and further to discussions between himself and the OAM committee, Andy and the committee have agreed that it is for the best of both…

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News

November 2018
News > Church news

Church – Churches merge

Two Wigan churches, Jireh Baptist Church and Pemberton Evangelical Church (EC), joined together to become Pemberton Free Grace Church on 15 September 2018, following two years of discussions and planning. Former members of both churches, who are now members of the new church, were joined in the celebrations by friends and supporters, mostly from…

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News

November 2018
News > Church news

Churches – Church votes to quit Scottish Episcopal Church

St Thomas, one of the largest churches in Edinburgh, has voted to quit the Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) over its decision to be the UK’s first Anglican body to endorse same-sex marriage. Rev. David McCarthy, rector at St Thomas, said the decision had been a ‘very painful’ one. ‘We have not done it easily. We…

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News

November 2018
News > Ethics

Churches – German RC child abuse

More than 3,700 children in Germany were assaulted by Roman Catholic priests between 1946 and 2014, with one in six cases involving rape. Researchers from three German universities found that 1,670 clerics were involved. The head of the Catholic Church in Germany apologised ‘for all the failure and pain’ following publication of the report…

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News

November 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Festival of Grace

Over 80 people attended the 19th Gaulby Festival of Grace at St Peter’s Parish Church, Gaulby, in Leicestershire, on 8 September 2018. The event was inaugurated in 2000 to proclaim and celebrate the gospel of grace, build up believers in their holy faith and encourage them in their Christian walk. It has become one of…

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Event – English Reformation lecture

News

November 2018
News > Events

Event – English Reformation lecture

Dr Lesley Rowe, Associate Fellow in History at the University of Warwick, gave the third and final lecture in her series on the Reformation in England at Little Hill Church in Wigston, Leicester, on 17 September 2018. The lecture focused on Anthony Gilby, one of the most influential Leicestershire reformers, who was known as…

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News

November 2018
News > Events

Event – Portadown young adults retreat

The Baptist Youth Missionary committee organised a weekend retreat for young adults aged 16-25, with a special emphasis on personal evangelism, in the Faith Mission Centre, Portadown, from 28-30 September 2018. At the end of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus gives his followers an astonishing command: ‘Go and make disciples of all nations’. This command wasn’t…

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News

November 2018
News > Society

Society – CAP in BBC documentary

Debt management charity Christians Against Poverty (CAP) featured in a BBC Two documentary The Debt Saviours on 5 October 2018. This followed the lives of CAP clients and frontline workers in the middle of the current UK poverty epidemic, and showed the work being done through local churches. The BBC programme information read, ‘Across…

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News

November 2018
News > Society

Society – Guide leaders axed over trans objections

Guide leaders who objected to ‘transgender’ rules which permit men to join the organisation if they say they are women have been kicked out and their units shut down. The guidelines, published in January 2017, also said boys could share tents, changing areas and shower facilities with the opposite sex if they say they…

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News

November 2018
News > Society

Society – Scottish ‘hate’ posters cause outrage

A series of posters backed by the Scottish government and the police have appeared in Scotland accusing people of faith as being bigots who spread hatred. One poster reads, ‘Dear Bigots, you can’t spread your religious hatred here. End of sermon. Yours, Scotland.’ Other posters target ‘homophobes’ and ‘transphobes’. Barnabas Fund issued a statement…

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News

November 2018
News > Society

Society – Faulty divorce reform

Critics have blasted the government’s recent proposals for quicker and simpler ‘no fault’ divorce proceedings. In September, the government launched a consultation on removing the need to demonstrate fault or wait the relevant separation period if a couple wants to divorce. But crossbench peer Baroness Deech said the plans are so full of flaws…

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News

November 2018
News > Society

Society – Six-year-olds made to write gay love letters

BBC Manchester filmed a school teacher in Warrington, Cheshire, instructing her class of six-year-old pupils to write gay love letters, and posted the video on its Facebook page, sparking a social media storm. The video shows teacher Sarah Hopson from Bewsey Lodge Primary School telling the children to imagine they were Prince Henry and…

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News

November 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Brits selecting sex of babies

Hundreds of British couples are spending thousands of pounds to choose the sex of their baby, despite the practice being illegal in the UK, a Daily Mail investigation has revealed. To circumvent UK law, some senior British doctors are seeing patients in a private clinic before sending them abroad for the procedure. There was…

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News

November 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Preacher receives police apology

Police have apologised to a Christian street preacher after threatening him with arrest and forcing him to leave Bath city centre. Avon and Somerset Police have contacted all police staff in Bath ‘to ensure that they understand the importance of freedom of expression’. The Christian Institute supported street preacher Dale McAlpine over the incident…

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News

November 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Open Doors persecution survival training

With violent persecution occurring almost daily in India and numerous churches vandalised, attacked or burnt, Open Doors is providing Persecution Survival Training to victims. The training, run by its partners, helps Christians work through questions and equip them to face the persecution that may come in the future. The group says it is a…

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News

November 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – Chinese police steal from church

More than 1,000 government agents, including police, forced their way into an unofficial church in Henan province on 14 September and removed items from the building. Church members had locked the church doors, but the officials broke into the church building, ignoring requests from church leaders to show identification. They then took away items…

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News

November 2018
News > Persecution

Persecution – US pastor Andrew Brunson released in Turkey

Andrew Brunson, the American evangelical pastor imprisoned for two years in Turkey and most recently held under house arrest, has been released and allowed to return to the US. He was accused of terrorist related offences, but he has always denied the allegations, and his supporters have said the evidence against him was spurious…

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News

November 2018
News > International

International – Tearfund and partners aid Indonesia

On Friday 28 September 2018, a powerful earthquake struck Indonesia, leading to a six-metre-high tsunami hitting the city of Palu. More than 1,400 people are confirmed dead but rescuers fear this number will rise significantly, says Tearfund. Many buildings have been badly damaged or destroyed. Thousands of homes have collapsed along with hospitals, hotels…

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News

November 2018
News > International

LETTER FROM AMERICA: A joyful church union

In recent days, the providence of God has brought about an extraordinary union between two churches in Columbia, South Carolina. The rate of church decline in the United States is staggering. Over the course of the coming year nearly 10,000 churches will close their doors. However, in spite of this, two declining congregations, both…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > Guest column

The means of grace (3)

When you are weak in your faith, where do you go for strength? When you are discouraged, what are your sources of encouragement? When you doubt, struggle and need God’s help, when and where and how do you find it? Our world, and even the church, offers many and varied solutions to our problems:…

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Historical

November 2018
Articles > Historical

Robert Roberts Clynnog — the hunchback preacher (1762-1802)

Once on a preaching tour of Anglesey, Robert Roberts was in the town of Amlwch. His preaching was in full flow, gripping the congregation. The presence of God was very real. A pale-faced youth turned to his friend in awe and whispered, ‘Is he a man or an angel?’ His friend replied, ‘An angel,…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Discerning and obeying God’s will

Many today seek guidance over such things as work, education, employment and financial planning. But Christians have an omniscient and omnipresent Consultant, ever ready to help us when we call on him. Paul warns us in Ephesians 5:15–17: ‘See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, redeeming the time, because…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

On His Majesty’s service

The Bible contains startling stories of slave girls and slave drivers, but what does it say about being a servant? My children are great, and generally do what they’re told. But there are times when, if I ask them to help, they sometimes say, ‘Not now, Dad. I’ve been working all day, I’m too…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological > Scientific (including creation)

Paul’s use of Genesis 1-3 in Romans 1

What the apostle Paul teaches in Romans 1:18-32 is central to an apologetic argument for the existence of God; and central to understanding why people reject God’s existence, and the consequences that flow from that rejection. We can see Paul working out Genesis 1-3 in Romans 1 in three specific areas — creation, spirituality…

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Historical

November 2018
Articles > Historical

The Synod of Dort

The date is Monday 6 May 1619. The place is the ‘Great Church’ in the influential city of Dordrecht (or Dort) in the central Netherlands. Since November 1618 (300 years ago, this month) the Great Synod of Dort has been meeting daily; a total of 154 sessions have been held. It is thought that…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Bible superlatives

One of the late Muhammad Ali’s catchphrases was ‘I am the greatest’. In his prime, of course, Ali was an outstanding boxer and, as a man, transcended the sport, becoming one of the most well-known men on the planet. Yet the best of men are men at best. Ali was only human, with all…

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Article

November 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

A soldier’s story (1)

At the age of 16 I probably could have joined any regiment, but I chose the Scots Guards, which is an infantry unit. However, I was very small for my age and had been bullied for it at school. I was only eight stone with a small frame. When I had my army daysack…

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Historical

November 2018
Articles > Historical

The World War One Armistice — a Christian officer’s experience

Over the last three months, the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) has helped Evangelical Times look back on the closing months of World War One with the work of ‘front line’ mission in mind. In this final article, SASRA now points us to the Armistice — that took effect 100 years ago,…

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News

November 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Dr John R. de Witt (1935-2018)

John de Witt passed into glory on Sunday 30 September 2018. The funeral service was at First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, SC, with Dr Derek W. H. Thomas and Rev. David H. Lauten officiating. I met Dick in September 1961, when he took part in the opening exercises in Philadelphia of Westminster Theological Seminary’s academic year.…

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News

November 2018
News > International

International – Pro-life doctor wins case in Norwegian Supreme Court

A pro-life doctor, who was dismissed from her job because she refused to implant a contraceptive device which may cause an abortion, has won her case at the Norwegian Supreme Court. The Court found that Dr Katarzyna Jachimowicz acted within her rights when refusing to follow through with a medical procedure to which she…

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Article

November 2018
Comment

Victory against compelled speech, but it should never have got this far

As we mark 100 years this month since the end of the Great War, it would utterly shock some of those men who gave their lives that we are living in a nation where we are fighting a battle against compelled speech. Yes, we rejoice that Ashers Bakery won their case at the Supreme…

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News

November 2018
News > Mission

We will remember them 100 years on

Evangelical churches across the country will be marking 100 years since the end of the First World War this month. SASRA, the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association, has been organising 100 days of prayer leading up to Remembrance Day. According to the SASRA website the organisation is ‘hoping that about 600 will participate…

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News

November 2018
News > Persecution

Christian bakers win ‘gay cake’ free speech case

The UK Supreme Court has ruled that a Christian bakery in Northern Ireland did not break discrimination laws when it refused to bake a cake with a slogan supporting gay marriage. The result is a major boost for freedom of speech. However, it does not overturn previous cases against Christian hotel owners or marriage…

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Review

November 2018
Reviews > Book

Daniel and his visions: The message of Daniel chapters 7-12

Based on Steve Wilmshurst’s sermons at his church in Bristol, this book succeeds in making the ‘difficult’ latter half of Daniel an enjoyable read. It doesn’t comment on every verse, which can prove disappointing in places. However, the author generally demonstrates wisdom in his summarisation, resulting in a pithy and concise guide to Daniel.…

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