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November 2019
News > Church news > News in brief

Obituary: Glyn MacAulay (founding member of Tearfund)

Tearfund’s first Chairman of the Board, Glyn MacAulay, passed away on Tuesday, 3rd September 2019, aged 82. Tearfund CEO, Nigel Harris said: ‘We are saddened by the news of the passing of Glyn MacAulay. Glyn was one of Tearfund’s founding members and his accountancy skills and expertise were invaluable in establishing Tearfund as a…

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November 2019
News > Church news

Stornoway pulpit filled after 7-year gap

On Thursday, 29th August at 72 Keith Street, Stornoway (on the Isle of Lewis), a 7-year pulpit vacancy was filled when Rev Jonathan Baxter was ordained and inducted to the local congregation which includes a preaching station in the Isle of Harris. While studying for a degree in aeronautical engineering, Jonathan began to feel…

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Review

November 2019
Reviews > Book

CH Spurgeon Forgotten Public Lectures: Forgotten early articles, sermons and public lectures

Where do you start when reviewing C. H. Spurgeon? And is it permissible to rate the ‘Prince of Preachers’ at anything but five stars? Perhaps the key factor in assessing this collection is to decide on the intended readership. Everything Spurgeon-related has a ready market, but this volume is not a typical compilation of…

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November 2019
Reviews > Book

From the Psychiatrist’s Chair: Selected Works of Dr Monty Barker

This is a collection of essays by a Christian psychiatrist who originally delivered them as lectures, sermons and papers in different contexts. There are twenty chapters, each of about ten pages, divided into different sections, reflecting its disparate genesis: the family, health, the workplace, the pastoral ministry and cross-cultural mission. Thus a wide range…

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November 2019
Reviews > Book

Grace Defined and Defended: What a 400-Year-Old Confession Teaches Us about Sin, Salvation, and the Sovereignty of God

This year sees the anniversary of the Synod of Dort which concluded its deliberations in May 1619. Much has been written about this, mainly from a Reformed perspective which rightly views its findings as worthy of being set alongside other Confessional statements. Kevin DeYoung has produced a very accessible summary of Dort, helped along…

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Review

November 2019
Reviews > Book

Hidden Evil — A biblical and pastoral response to domestic abuse

If only this book wasn’t needed; sadly, it is. Domestic abuse is far more common in our churches than many realise. Hidden Evil is an apt title. Dr Davies has compiled stories from sufferers that help us understand how abuse starts, the fear and shame of finding oneself in an abusive relationship, and why…

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November 2019
Reviews > Book

Between Life and Death: A Gospel-Centered Guide to End-of-Life Medical Care

Dr Kathryn Butler is a Christ-centred trauma and critical care surgeon with years of experience caring for patients in the intensive care unit. She has observed relatives struggle to reconcile what is happening with their faith, asking questions such as ‘why is God allowing my loved one to suffer?’, and crucially, ‘when is it…

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November 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Vera Khorev (1935-2019)

Many ET readers may recall praying for Vera and her husband Mikhail, both from Moldova. They made a courageous Christian stand during Stalin’s cruel reign over the USSR, enduring much suffering for maintaining an underground church in the shadow of Communism. Following marriage to Mikhail in 1961, Vera’s time was often spent taking leave…

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November 2019
News > Mission

New manager appointed by the Open-Air Mission

In September, the Open-Air Mission welcomed Joe Bailey on to its staff as Administration Transition Manager and Evangelist. Initially, Joe will assist in updating administrative functions of the mission. David Fielding, OAM Chairman, said, ‘Joe’s experience, gained in a modern commercial business over recent years, will be vital to us as we move forward’.…

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November 2019
News > Conferences

Grace Baptist conference navigates the difficult problem of suffering

The eighth annual Grace Baptist Partnership conference was held in August at the Hayes Conference Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. ‘I walked a mile with sorrow – lessons learned in the school of personal difficulty’ was the challenging title. All Christians are called to walk with sorrow and those who addressed the conference all had…

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November 2019
News > Conferences

When the Bible confronts the culture we find out what we really believe, says Begg

Over 1,000 people attended the first ever London conference of Ligonier Ministries, held at the end of September in Central Hall, Westminster. The speakers were Alistair Begg, Albert Mohler, Sinclair Ferguson, Michael Reeves, Mark Johnston, and Burk Parsons. Ligonier Ministries is the teaching fellowship of R.C. Sproul. It broadcasts, publishes, and teaches reformed truth…

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November 2019
News > Conferences

Students attend inaugural ‘Truth in Science Summer School’ in Solihull

Nearly 30 students gathered for the first Truth in Science Summer School in St. Swithin’s House, near Solihull on 6 and 7 September. They heard sessions on Medicine (particularly Medical Ethics), Biology, Geology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Education and Theology. Experts in all these fields then spoke to smaller groups of students in these same areas.…

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November 2019
News > International

Italy: Court rules euthanasia and assisted suicide is not always a crime

Italy’s highest Court has handed down a ruling in favour of a right-to-die activist which says euthanasia and assisted suicide is not always a crime. According to the judgment, those people who facilitate the suicidal intention of a patient kept alive by treatments and suffering from an ‘irreversible pathology’ should not be punished. The…

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November 2019
News > International

Nigeria: Fulani crisis worsens

Christians are being systematically wiped out in the north of Nigeria, while pastors and church leaders are being killed and kidnapped. The United Nations has claimed that religious violence in the African country is ‘spiralling out of control’, describing a ‘pressure cooker of injustice’ in Nigeria. Release International has warned that the Fulani militia…

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November 2019
News > International

Finland: MP investigated by police for quoting the Bible

Finnish politician Päivi Räsänen, a member of the Christian Democrats party and a former Minister of the Interior, has been investigated by the police for quoting the Bible on Facebook. She criticised her own Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland for endorsing events linked to Helsinki Pride 2019. Räsänen is a pro-life advocate and doctor…

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November 2019
News > International

UN: President Trump calls for global religious freedom

Donald Trump has become the first sitting US president to ever convene a meeting at the UN on the issue of religious freedom. ‘That’s very sad in many ways’, Trump said. The President called the issue one of his ‘highest priorities’. ‘Today, with one clear voice, the United States of America calls upon the…

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November 2019
News > Society

Family wins the right to give their daughter chance of survival in Italy

The family of a seriously ill girl has won the right to take her to a hospital in Italy to receive treatment. Doctors in the UK wanted to end the life support of Tafida Raqeeb, aged five, but her family refused. The case ended up in court and the judge, Mr Justice MacDonald, sided…

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November 2019
News > Education

Parents in Wales could lose sex lessons opt out

Parents in Wales could lose their right to remove their children from sex and relationship classes under Welsh Government plans. The proposal is currently part of an eight-week consultation. A previous consultation found that 89 per cent of respondents backed the right of parents to take children out of the classes. But Education Minister…

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November 2019
News > Society

Controversial ‘named person’ scheme dropped

Plans to give every child in Scotland a state-mandated guardian – undermining the role of parents – have been dropped by the Scottish Government. Five years after the scheme was first proposed, Deputy First Minister John Swinney announced in Holyrood that it would not be going ahead. The original proposal tasked state guardians with…

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November 2019
News > Society

Hundreds of adults seek gender change reversal

Hundreds of young adults who were assigned a new gender while teenagers, are seeking to get a medical reversal back to their birth sex. According to a report from Sky News, a new charity is being set up to help people make the change back after undergoing gruelling gender conversion therapy. Charlie Evans, founder…

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November 2019
News > Education

Christian couple hits national headlines following ET sex education interview

A Christian couple have hit the national headlines after they shared their story in September’s Evangelical Times of how they made a principled stand against their school’s sex education programme. Following ET’s publication of an interview with Matthew and Naomi Seymour in September a number of national media organisations picked up on the story.…

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November 2019
News > Society

No-fault divorce Bill dropped as Parliament is prorogued

A Bill to make divorce quicker and easier has fallen before it can become law following the proroguing of Parliament. The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill was dropped as it had failed to pass all its parliamentary stages before the parliamentary session was wrapped up. Pro-family groups have welcomed the news. However, the plans…

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November 2019
News > Society

Poll shows majority against new abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Most people are against the forced and undemocratic imposition of new liberal abortion laws on Northern Ireland, a recent survey shows. The poll, weighted to reflect Northern Irish society, revealed a majority of 52 per cent oppose new laws being brought in, with fewer than 40 per cent in favour. Westminster politicians voted in…

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November 2019
News > Society

MSPs vote to outlaw smacking

Scotland has become the first country in the UK to criminalise parents who smack their own children. The ban on all physical punishment was backed by 84 votes to 29 in the Scottish Parliament. The ban was opposed by the Scottish Conservatives, who said the bill was bad legislation that risks criminalising ‘good parents’…

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November 2019
News > Religious liberty

Extremism report is welcomed

A new report by the Extremism Commission has been cautiously welcomed by free speech campaigners. Under original proposals there were real fears that evangelicals – among others – could be labelled as extremists just because they hold certain unfashionable beliefs. But campaign group Defend Free Speech which includes Christian and secular organisations welcomed the…

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November 2019
News > Society

Court says Bible verse is ‘incompatible with human dignity’

In a shocking decision, an employment tribunal has ruled that a Christian doctor’s belief in Genesis 1:27 is ‘incompatible with human dignity’. Dr David Mackereth told his employer he would not use transgender pronouns as people’s chosen sex as it went against his Christian faith. He then claimed his employer – the Department for…

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Article

November 2019
Uncategorised

Waiting for the Lord’s Return

I grew up with some very mixed-up ideas about the Second Coming. I hope I have a clearer understanding of the subject than I had then. Of course, I still have lots of unanswered questions about the great event. But the question I ask myself more than any other is this: ‘how much do…

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November 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A shrink thinks: Is it a sin to be anxious?

Jesus declared ‘Do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on’ (Matthew 6:25) and Paul similarly stated ‘Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known…

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November 2019
News > International

Joshua Harris, author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye, divorces

In July 2019, Joshua Harris, a popular American author and pastor announced on social media that he and his wife Shannon would be divorcing. ‘We’re writing to share the news that we are separating and we’ll continue our life together as friends. In recent years, some significant changes have taken place in both of…

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November 2019
Articles > Guest column

How can older Christians glorify God? Through their legacy

In the last two columns I’ve tried to show that old age doesn’t mean the end of your Christian usefulness. Older saints are particularly well positioned to glorify God, through your trials and through your prayers. In this final instalment we’ll think about how you can do so through your legacy — and I’m…

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November 2019
Articles > Comment

Begging the question

At Ligonier Ministries’ London conference Alistair Begg said many people say they believe in the Bible, but it’s when the Bible confronts the culture of the day that you find out what people really believe. How right he is. And it begs the question – if you’ll pardon the pun – what do you…

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November 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Dear church, abortion is child abuse

In the Sahara desert, dunes are constantly blown about and reshaped by the wind. This is also characteristic of 21st century British morals – ever changing and evolving. Sadly, the church has often failed to stand firm against shifting trends, despite following a God who does not change and whose Word stands forever. Not…

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November 2019
Articles > General

An interview with Phil Johnson

GraceLife London hosted the Summer Institute in August. During the conference, Raj Sahota interviewed Phil Johnson, a speaker at the event and Executive Director of Grace To You ministries. Can you tell us about the ministry of Grace To You? For over fifty years, Grace To You has existed to use mass media to…

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November 2019
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Darwinism may be a ‘brilliant and beautiful theory’, but it is also profoundly wrong

David Gelernter, a leading US academic and Professor of Computer Science at Yale University has changed his mind about Darwin’s theory of evolution by natural selection. In an essay in the Claremont Review of Books, Gelernter wrote: ‘The origin of species is exactly what Darwin cannot explain’. He knows he is challenging the origins…

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