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Just a servant!

New Tribes Mission reports the death of Indonesian missionary Elisa Bowa. Graham Castle writes - he was a humble, gentle man who had a heart to serve the Lord; 'I'm just a servant!' is what he would say to me.He once told me, 'Had not missionaries come to my tribe when I was a…

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‘Sign of the cross’

Scottish prosecutors have been criticised for cautioning the Celtic goalkeeper Artur Boruc for crossing himself during a match against Rangers. Polish born Boruc was cautioned for a breach of the peace over the incident at an Old Firm match at Ibrox in February. The Catholic Church called the caution 'worrying and alarming' as the…

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Zimbabwe’s dire state

Church leaders in Zimbabwe say that almost nothing has been done to re-house 700,000 people who lost their homes and livelihoods in massive demolitions last year. At the time the Zimbabwean government said the destruction was to clean up cities, but many believe it was designed to demoralise President Mugabe's political opponents.Kirk Moderator loses…

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Solid progress in Port Harcourt

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Solid progress in Port Harcourt

The Reformed Tabernacle in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, hosted their first youth conference, on 7-8 August. Its theme was 'Biblical foundations for Christian living - in the home, church and society'. The attendance was encouraging, with 100 young people present and 17 churches represented.Pastor Alan Levy and his wife Mary, of Penyrheol Free Church, Swansea,…

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Literature evangelism – any takers?

Chester presents extraordinary opportunities for evangelism. While local people flock in regularly to the shops, a further 6 million visitors of many different nationalities pass through its historic centre each year.As one with a strong interest in world mission, especially among Moslem peoples, Ian Cameron-Swan welcomed retirement from full-time employment nine years ago as…

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Hindu temple

The largest Hindu temple in Europe has opened in the West Midlands with priests performing a number of rituals to sanctify the £6.5m Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple of the UK in Tividale. The temple's design is based on one of the holiest sites in the Hindu world, the Tirupati-Tirumala Temple in India. Scores of…

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Gay police advert under investigation

The Gay Police Association (GPA) is being investigated by Scotland Yard for an advert that blamed religion for an increase in homophobic crime. The advertisement depicted a Bible beside a pool of blood under the heading ‘In the name of the Father’. The police are believed to have received over 40,000 complaints about the…

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Lampeter Evangelical Church’s twenty-fifth

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Lampeter Evangelical Church’s twenty-fifth

On the weekend of 2-3 September special services were held to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Lampeter Evangelical Church (Eglwys Efengylaidd Llanbed), at Ceredigion in west Wales. The church was established in 1981. Although at one time it was in danger of closing, it has seen substantial growth over the last decade. The anniversary…

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Firefighters sent for ‘diversity training’

In an astonishing act of patronising PC-ness, nine Scottish firefighters, disciplined for refusing to hand out leaflets at a gay pride event, have been earmarked by superiors for a ‘diversity training’ course. One of the firefighters involved was demoted from a watch manager to crew manager with a £5000 salary cut and the others…

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Stanton Lees Chapel Bible School

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Stanton Lees Chapel Bible School

Do you ever feel like throwing in the towel and giving up your Christian commitment?Personal failure, hostility from the world and painful disagreements with other Christians may all point in that direction, yet God has given powerful encouragements in his Word to counteract setbacks and urge us on in the Christian life. That was…

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A far more positive response

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A far more positive response

Pastor Jonathan Bond recounts his church’s first experience of using ET’s evangelistic Christmas issue. Jennyfield Evangelical Church (JEC) is a small church (30-plus members) seeking to share the gospel on an estate in Harrogate (N. Yorks.) with well over 3000 homes. With the exception of a small Saturday night meeting run by the local…

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Aber 2006

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Aber 2006

The main addresses in this year's Evangelical Movement of Wales conference (August 14-18), at Aberystwyth, were given by Joel Beeke, pastor of Heritage Netherlands Reformed Church, Michigan. They were on - Jesus' cross-bearing and ours, Jesus' office-bearing and ours, Jesus' tears and ours, and Jesus' endurance and ours. His ministry led to much discussion;…

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Talking Bibles

Talking Bibles International, based in California, has sent 1000 new digital, solid-state Talking Bibles to the Bible Society in Malawi, Africa. The company believes these are the first digital Talking Bibles available in Africa.The Talking Bibles have a special arrangement of Scripture passages from the Old Testament as well as the entire New Testament…

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Holy fire in Sri Lanka

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Holy fire in Sri Lanka

The people of Calvary Reformed Presbyterian Chapel (CRPC), of Colombo, Sri Lanka, had been eagerly anticipating the visit of Dr S. H. Tow (Singapore) in August to minister the Word of God and were not disappointed. For three days he expounded the Bible's teaching on the work of the Holy Spirit. Many remarked afterwards…

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Anglican and Catholic school

The first shared faith school in Wales has begun taking students for the new academic year. St Joseph's Catholic High School in Wrexham is now known as St Joseph's Catholic and Anglican High School. The merger decision was agreed two years ago by the denominations.In what is seen as a possible precedent for future…

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Bibles in China and India

Demand is rising for Bibles in China and India despite Christians there being in the minority. The People's Republic of China has an official Bible printing house. Since 1987 its press in Nanjing has turned out more than 46 million copies of the Bible and the New Testament. Official Bible distribution figures in China…

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SNCF’s shady past

The French state railway SNCF has been asked to pay millions of euros in compensation to more than 200 families whose relatives were transported to Nazi death camps during World War II. The families have threatened to sue the company if their request is not granted. In a landmark ruling in June, a court…

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Christian Voice director arrested

The National Director of Christian Voice, a prayer and lobby group, was arrested by South Wales Police for distributing gospel tracts at a homosexual event. Stephen Green refused to stop giving out the leaflets to people entering Bute Park in Cardiff, where the 'Mardi Gras' event was being held.Mr Green was held for four…

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Madonna

A concert by US pop star Madonna, in which she re-enacts the crucifixion, went ahead in Amsterdam despite a bomb threat. Police later arrested a 63-year-old Dutch priest who confessed to making a hoax call in an attempt to disrupt the event. The mock re-enactment of the crucifixion offended some Christians when the show…

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