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October 2007
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News – Divorce rates

 Divorce rates The rate of divorce in England and Wales is lower than it has been for 22 years and currently stands at just over 12 for every 1000 married men and women. This second annual fall may indicate a reluctance among married couples whose own parents were divorced to inflict the same experience on…

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The book of life

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October 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

The book of life

 The book of life by Timothy Cross An envelope arrived on my mat recently containing a form for me to sign. If I hadn't signed it my name would have been omitted from the electoral roll and I would not have been eligible to vote.  Of course, if you don't vote you can't complain! So, without further…

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News – CI success over SORs

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October 2007
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News – CI success over SORs

CI success over SORsA High Court judge in Belfast has struck down homosexual harassment laws that threatened the religious liberties of Christians in Northern Ireland. The judge also made further rulings which have implications for Christians throughout the UK. The case was brought to the High Court by the Christian Institute (CI) and some…

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October 2007
Articles > Comment

Comment – Grace works

 Comment Grace works Pure and undefiled religion before God and the Father is this: to visit orphans and widows in their trouble and to keep oneself unspotted from the world (James 1:27). Some reformed Christians have problems with verses such as this. They either ignore them or accuse of legalism anyone who dares to refer to them.…

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Carnal Christians; do they exist?

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October 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Carnal Christians; do they exist?

  Carnal Christians; do they exist?by Mok Chee Cheong  The term 'carnal Christian' was popularised by Bill Bright in the 1970s and is a familiar concept specially emphasised by certain well-known ministries. But what does it signify? The essence of the 'carnal Christian' theory is that after you become a Christian you have another choice. You can…

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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia; land of paradox and dreams

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October 2007
Macedonia

Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia; land of paradox and dreams

  Macedonia; land of paradox and dreams   The present Republic of Macedonia occupies one third of the Bible’s Macedonia (much of the latter lies in present-day Greece).   It is indeed paradoxical that the nation of Alexander the Great, king of Macedonia from 336-323 BC, should now have to endure being called the…

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Count it all joy

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October 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Count it all joy

 Count it all joy by Edgar Andrews  'My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the test of your faith produces patience' (James 1:2-3) As James launches his epistle he immediately brings us face to face with harsh reality - the Christian life is not  easy. The word 'trial' can also…

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Black hole or morning star

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October 2007
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Black hole or morning star

  Black hole or morning star Stuart Fisher reviews G. R. Evans' unsympathetic biography of John Wyclif 'There is a popular fallacy that biographers fall in love with their subjects. Such a cosy presumption ... Writing biography ... can just as easily as not, be an act of contempt ... Wyclif may not be lovable, but he…

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The substance of all riches; the life of Hannah More

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October 2007
Articles > Historical

The substance of all riches; the life of Hannah More

The substance of all riches; the life of Hannah More by Nigel T. Faithfull Hannah More (1745-1833) was a remarkable woman and the friend of both John Newton and William Wilberforce. In March 2007 the Royal Mail issued a 72p stamp to acknowledge her contribution to the abolition of slavery. More published eleven volumes…

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News – Alive and well!

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October 2007
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News – Alive and well!

 Alive and well! There's something special about a group of men singing together in harmony. Many secular male chorals and choirs enjoy a broad repertoire of songs from musicals, folk, light classical and popular modern genres. However, when men sing songs of praise from redeemed hearts then that's something really special!  The unique resonance of…

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October 2007
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Human Tissue and Embryo Bill

 Human Tissue and Embryo Bill  The Human Tissue and Embryo (Draft) Bill will come before parliament in the Autumn. Christian and anti-abortion groups hope to use the opportunity to appeal for ever greater restrictions on abortion and on embryo experimentation.  When this bill comes before Parliament it is hoped that parliamentary members of both houses…

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October 2007
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News – Eritrea persecutes evangelicals

  Eritrea persecutes evangelicals  Amnesty International has called for action to secure the protection of a Protestant pastor and 10 churchgoers in Eritrea. 35-year-old Leul Gebreab who pastors the evangelical Apostolic Church was arrested in the Eritrean capital, Asmara on 12 August. To date, there has been no news of his whereabouts.  In a separate incident…

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News – Reaching South Glasgow’s children

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October 2007
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News – Reaching South Glasgow’s children

  Reaching South Glasgow's children  A week of special children's meetings entitled 'The Jesus Files' was held in August on the front lawn of South Glasgow Baptist Church. Our regular weekly meeting for these children is called 'Investigators'. So each day a leader acted as chief investigator to interview people who had 'witnessed' chosen biblical occasions. Other…

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October 2007
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News in Brief

 News in Brief  Moral decline More than four in five people believe that Britain is in moral decline, according to a survey conducted for a new BBC programme, The big questions. Of 1000 adults asked, 62% said religion was important in guiding the nation's morals, while 29% disagreed that faith had a role to play. Those…

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October 2007
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News – Equality Bill

Equality BillThe Government is proposing to introduce new gay rights laws to protect individuals from hostile or humiliating 'environments' as part of an overhaul of discrimination legislation, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. The proposals may be included in a Single Equality Bill and church leaders have warned that Christians could be…

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October 2007
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News – Africans appoint USA bishops

Africans appoint USA bishops The Anglican Church in Uganda has followed the lead of other African churches and consecrated a bishop to serve in the US. Two bishops were recently appointed in Kenya and three in Rwanda. The growing trend is calculated to widen the breach between liberals and evangelicals within the Anglican communion and…

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Sins of emission

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October 2007
Scientific (including creation)

Sins of emission

Sins of emission 'Try this experiment: go up to an environmental activist and say, “Hey, how about that ozone layer closing” or “Wow! The global warming peaked in 1998 and it's been getting cooler for almost a decade. Isn't that great?” And then look at the faces. As with all millenarian doomsday cults, good…

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Review – Letters of John Newton – Josiah Bull – Banner of Truth

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October 2007
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Review – Letters of John Newton – Josiah Bull – Banner of Truth

 Letters of John NewtonJosiah BullBanner of Truth416 pages; £5.50ISBN: 978-0-85151-951-7 The art of letter writing is becoming lost even in Christian circles. This volume reminds us of the power of the written page and the extent of John Newton's care and concern for people. It seems he never forgot or neglected contacts made through his…

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October 2007
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News – HFEAsnubs Parliament

 HFEAsnubs Parliament  The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has been criticised for laying claim to the right to licence the creation of animal-human hybrid embryos for research purposes. The Lawyers' Christian Fellowship and other groups point out that the decision comes only weeks after the Joint Committee considering the upcoming Human Tissue and Embryo…

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Review – Overcoming spiritual depression – Arie Elshout – Reformation Heritage

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October 2007
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Review – Overcoming spiritual depression – Arie Elshout – Reformation Heritage

 Overcoming spiritual depression Arie ElshoutReformation Heritage Books104 pages; £8.50ISBN: 978-1-892777-93-5 This book has been translated from the Dutch by the author's son, Bartel. Taking Elijah's post-Carmel experience as his framework, Elshout explores the roots, nature and treatment of discouragement, burnout and spiritual depression. Often he works directly from 1 Kings 19 (e.g. Elijah's need for…

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Spiritual food for starving people

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October 2007
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Spiritual food for starving people

 Spiritual food for starving people by Mark Richards 'Cast your bread upon the waters, for after many days you will find it again' (Ecclesiastes 11:1) The proverb may have its origin in sea-faring trade, shipping corn on the high seas, but it is framed in such a way as to emphasise the need to engage in risky…

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Review – Teenagers; what every parent has to know – Rob Parsons – Hodder & Stoughton

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October 2007
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Review – Teenagers; what every parent has to know – Rob Parsons – Hodder & Stoughton

 Teenagers; what every parent has to knowRob ParsonsHodder & Stoughton232 pages; £7.99ISBN: 978-0340-86276-6 I found this book immensely difficult to assess. On one hand it is a very easy and enjoyable read, and contains plenty of wise and helpful practical advice on the immensely demanding business of parenting teenagers. On the other hand, although it…

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Major Ian Thomas

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October 2007
Obituaries

Major Ian Thomas

 Major Ian Thomas Major Ian Thomas, 92, entered heaven to be with Christ on 1 August from a hospital bed in Colorado, USA, where he had been living for over 20 years. Born in Hampstead, London, in 1914 to Albert and Jennie Thomas, Ian was educated at Merchant Taylor's School, after which he attended St Bartholomew's…

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October 2007
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News – Retirement of Brian Freer

Retirement of Brian Freer On Sunday 5 August, Westgate Chapel in Bury St Edmunds held a day of worship and thanksgiving to mark the retirement from the full-time pastorate of Brian Freer. The formidable Doctor Kevan, his principal at London Bible College, delivered the charge to the young pastor on his ordination at Letchworth Baptist Church…

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News – Rev. J. Elwyn Davies

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October 2007
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News – Rev. J. Elwyn Davies

 Rev. J. Elwyn Davies It is with sadness that the Evangelical Movement of Wales announces the death of Rev. J. Elwyn Davies after a long illness. He was one of the chief founders of the movement, leading the work as its General Secretary for over thirty years. Following the Second World War a number of Welsh…

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Review – The church’s ruling elders – George Hutton – Free Presbyterian Bookroom

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October 2007
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Review – The church’s ruling elders – George Hutton – Free Presbyterian Bookroom

 The church's ruling elders: their history,warrant and workGeorge HuttonFree Presbyterian Bookroom, 133 Woodlands Rd, Glasgow.152 pages; £7.00 This book is written for the ordinary church member and gives a most helpful overview of the office and functions of the ruling elder. Its brief chapters, straightforward style and consistent reference to Scripture helps in this aim.…

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October 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

Thankfulness

Thankfulness'Come ye thankful people, come ...' So runs the traditional harvest hymn and this is the time of year when many churches hold 'harvest thanksgiving' services. But whether we follow this practice or not we would all agree that Christians should be thankful people. After all, unthankfulness is a prime characteristic of  unbelief (Romans…

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Review – Can we be good without God? – John Blanchard – EP

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October 2007
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Review – Can we be good without God? – John Blanchard – EP

 Can we be good without God? John BlanchardEvangelical Press40 pages; £14.95 (pack of 10)ISBN: 978-085234-6518 How can we bridge the gap and find common ground with unbelievers in order to share the gospel with them? In this clearly-argued 40 page booklet, John Blanchard finds common ground with unbelievers in our shared awareness of right and wrong.…

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News – Rev. Ian Paisley

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October 2007
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News – Rev. Ian Paisley

Rev. Ian PaisleyAfter a five-hour presbytery meeting on 7 September, Dr Ian Paisley announced he would step down as Free Presbyterian of Ulster moderator in January. The Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader also said he intended to continue his work as a clergyman.  Speaking later to his congregation at Martyrs' Memorial Church in Belfast,…

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Review – Beyond amazing grace – J. Todd Murray – EP

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October 2007
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Review – Beyond amazing grace – J. Todd Murray – EP

Beyond amazing grace J. Todd Murray Evangelical Press 282 pages; £9.95 ISBN: 978-0-85234-653-2 This book arrived for review on my birthday - and it certainly makes an excellent present for a Christian! The front cover says it contains 'timeless pastoral wisdom from the letters, hymns and sermons of John Newton'. This is true, but…

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October 2007
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News – Unwanted babies in India

 Unwanted babies in India The gruesome find of almost 30 bags full of babies' body parts at a waste dump near a maternity clinic, in the eastern Indian state of Orissa, shocked everyone.  Just a week earlier media reports stated that seven female foetuses had been thrown into a garbage dump in another area in…

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October 2007
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News – Induction at Cheltenham

 Induction at Cheltenham It was a delightful day on Saturday 25 August. The sun shone and the presence of the Lord was truly felt at Providence Baptist Chapel, Cheltenham, where 140 people gathered for the ordination and induction of Pooyan Mehrshahi to the Christian ministry. The morning service of ordination was chaired by the former pastor…

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Review – Jesus himself – Marcus Loane – Banner of Truth

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October 2007
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Review – Jesus himself – Marcus Loane – Banner of Truth

 Jesus himself; the story of the resurrectionMarcus LoaneBanner of Truth126 pages; £8.00ISBN: 978-0-85151-948-7 Always appreciating the writings of Marcus Loane, I anticipated this small volume with not a little relish. But, expecting vintage Loane, I was sorry to be disappointed. Perhaps I should have been more prepared, for the author himself says in his introduction…

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October 2007
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News – London’s religious communities

London's religious communities A study by the University of East London indicates that the British capital is more segregated by religious distinctions than racial differences. Researchers have created a map showing the city as a patchwork of religious enclaves with minority religions in some areas making up as much as 80% of the population. According…

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October 2007
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News – Ivory Coast

Ivory CoastPaul and Marina Briggs from Northern Ireland work with the Loron people of West Africa.  Until 2002 they were located in the Ivory Coast, but with civil unrest there New Tribes Mission thought it wise to withdraw their missionaries. Paul and Marina, along with other NTM missionaries, moved across the border to Burkina…

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October 2007
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News – South Korean captives return home

 South Korean captives return home 19 South Koreans have returned home from Afghanistan after being freed by their Taliban kidnappers. The group was part of a Christian aid group held captive by the Taliban for 40 days before being released under a deal between their captors and the South Korean Government. The deal struck between South…

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Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia today

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October 2007
Macedonia

Missionary Spotlight – Macedonia today

  Macedonia today   The ancient province of Macedonia existed during the Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Empires. In 1913, after the Balkan wars, the Bucharest Treaty divided Macedonia between Greece, Serbia and Bulgaria. Eventually, after World War II, the part of Macedonia ruled by Serbia emerged as one of the six Republics of Yugoslavia.…

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Review – How to run children’s clubs and meetings – Steven Walker – Day One

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October 2007
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Review – How to run children’s clubs and meetings – Steven Walker – Day One

 How to run children's clubs and meetingsSteven WalkerDay One Publications144 pages; £7.00ISBN: 978-1-84625-060-6 An eye-catching title - such an important area in church life today - but less than eye-catching content, I'm afraid. This book aims to encourage those who are new to this area or who are already involved but want to be more…

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Guest Column – Spirituality: up or down?

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October 2007
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Spirituality: up or down?

 Guest Column Spirituality: up or down? David F. Wells Today we have a choice between two kinds of spirituality. One starts from 'below' and the other starts from 'above'. One sees saving spirituality as natural to the self. The other sees it as given to the self. One starts with human experience, the other with divine revelation.…

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October 2007
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News – LCM reaching the world

 LCM reaching the world John Nicholls, chief executive of London City Mission, describes London as a mission hot-spot in the latest issue of LCM's magazine, Changing London. He says: 'In London's old East End, a Russian congregation is now part of the day-to-day life of a local Baptist church.       'In Ealing, an Arab church…

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October 2007
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News – Cromer carnival outreach

 Cromer carnival outreach Over 14-16 August, friends from near and far gathered at Cromer Baptist Church in Norfolk to support an evangelistic outreach during the town's carnival week. This is an annual witness commenced some years ago by Pastor Howard Spencer, who recently went to be with the Lord. Each day began with a devotional prayer…

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Missionary Spotlight – Personal work in Macedonia

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October 2007
Macedonia

Missionary Spotlight – Personal work in Macedonia

    Personal work in Macedonia   Macedonia is the most southern of the Balkan countries, sharing borders with Albania, Greece, Bulgaria and Serbia. Its long history reaches back to New Testament days. I walked the old Roman road that led to it  – probably the very road travelled by the Apostle Paul.  …

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News – Cheltenham Bible Festival

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October 2007
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News – Cheltenham Bible Festival

Cheltenham Bible Festival It was an amazing providence that enabled the first Cheltenham Bible Festival to go ahead at the beginning of August as scheduled.  The severe floods which hit the headlines for many days had knocked out the region's main water treatment plant. The army had occupied the racecourse site until the week before…

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News – Moving back in

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October 2007
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News – Moving back in

 Moving back in Five years after withdrawing from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) due to fighting and increasing insecurity, Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF) is moving back in. In September 2002, MAF's base in Nyankunde was the site of heavy fighting between two tribal factions. An estimated 1200 people died in the fighting. As a result,…

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A line in the sun

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October 2007
Cults and other religions

A line in the sun

  A line in the sunRichard Bennett & Michael de Semlyen On 10 July 2007, Pope Benedict XVI released a new decree1 in which he restates his conviction that the Roman Catholic Church is the one Church founded by Jesus Christ, and that other churches are either defective or not churches at all. What is…

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