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Guest Column – What’s the big idea?

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October 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – What’s the big idea?

What's the big idea? Poor John Lennon. He believed that if we could all imagine there was 'no hell below us' and 'above us only sky', the world would 'live as one'. It was easy if we would only try, Lennon assured us, and the song still has the power to turn eyes misty. But the…

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Battling over the Bible

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October 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Battling over the Bible

Battling over the Bible   It is more than thirty years since Harold Lindsell coined the phrase 'Battle for the Bible' in the title of a book about the inerrancy of Scripture. Leaving aside what he said for the moment, his choice of title captured the real sense of conflict within the evangelical community…

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Review – Faith comes by hearing – Ed. Christopher W. Morgan & Robert A. Peterson – Apollos IVP

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October 2008
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Review – Faith comes by hearing – Ed. Christopher W. Morgan & Robert A. Peterson – Apollos IVP

Faith comes by hearing Ed. Christopher W. Morgan and Robert A. PetersonApollos - IVP ; 254 pages; £12.99ISBN: 978-1844742523 Is general revelation in any sense sufficient to lead to saving faith? Can anyone be saved because of their sincere adherence to another belief system? These are among the questions addressed and answered in this excellent book.    …

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October 2008
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News – Suicide in S. Korea

Suicide in S. Korea South Korea has one of the highest suicide rates in the developed world, a statistic considered by many South Koreans as a national disgrace. Reasons for the high rate are said to include the nation's rapid social change and growing economic divisions in the country.      Government officials are particularly concerned…

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October 2008
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Indian Christians attacked

Indian Christians attacked Thousands of Indian Christians in the Indian state of Orissa have been attacked and forced from their homes in the past few weeks. Reports suggest over sixty people have been killed, including four church leaders, and women have been raped. Scores of church buildings have been demolished and hundreds of homes destroyed. Christians…

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Dignity in growing old

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October 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Dignity in growing old

Dignity in growing old Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 is a magnificent statement and a poetic masterpiece. It begins: 'Remember your creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”...' But we are so familiar with this passage that we often…

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The Downgrade Controversy of the 21st century

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October 2008
Scientific (including creation)

The Downgrade Controversy of the 21st century

The Downgrade Controversy of the 21st century I have just finished reading Denis Alexander's new book Creation or Evolution; do we have to choose? and have realised just how sophisticated we Evangelicals have become in justifying our disbelief. I have no doubt that Denis is sincere in his view that Genesis 1-3 is some sort…

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October 2008
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News – Pull the other one

Pull the other one Birmingham Cathedral is proposing to open wine bars in the city in the hope that selling alcohol could help churches to reach out to the wider community. A cathedral spokesperson said it was looking at 'alternative ways' of engaging with people who do not normally go to the cathedral.     The Cathedral…

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October 2008
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News – Juvenile executions

Juvenile executions  International human rights organisations have condemned the execution of juvenile offenders in Iran. Six executions have taken place so far in 2008 for crimes committed while the offender was under 18 years of age.     Behnam Zare was convicted of murder after killing another young man in a street fight three years ago.…

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Review – The law of kindness – Mary Beeke – Reformation Heritage

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October 2008
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Review – The law of kindness – Mary Beeke – Reformation Heritage

The law of kindness Mary BeekeReformation Heritage; 247 pages; $13.00; ISBN: 978-1601780294 The law of kindness is divided into three sections, in which Mary Beeke examines the idea of kindness, shows how it is developed, and gives helpful advice for putting it into action. There are 13 chapters including some addressed specifically to husbands, wives, parents,…

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October 2008
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News – Offensive statue

Offensive statue On Tuesday 2 September at Gateshead Magistrates' Court, lawyers for Emily Mapfuwa, supported by the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), commenced a case against the Baltic Flour Mill Visual Arts Trust known as the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art following the exhibition of an obscene statue.      The statue, which was displayed between September…

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Missionary Spotlight – The greatest need of Latin America

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October 2008
Americas

Missionary Spotlight – The greatest need of Latin America

The greatest need of Latin America   I have become increasingly concerned about unhealthy trends in Costa Rican and Guatemalan Protestantism. True, solid, faithful Bible study and Bible teaching are needed here, more urgently than ever.   Perhaps partly due to powerful media influences, we’re bombarded with rare doctrinal novelties and heresies. Among the…

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Missionary Spotlight – Costa Rica at a glance

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October 2008
Costa Rica

Missionary Spotlight – Costa Rica at a glance

Costa Rica at a glance   Costa Rica is a mountainous Central American nation. Nine per cent of its four million inhabitants profess to be evangelical; 85% are Roman Catholics.      Most Costa Ricans are Spanish or mestizo (mixed European-Amerindian); 3% are of black African origin (largely, English-speaking descendants of 19th-century Jamaican immigrants). Spanish…

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Missionary Spotlight – Learning Spanish

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October 2008
General

Missionary Spotlight – Learning Spanish

Learning Spanish   Sometimes the most routine job has eternal consequences. Just ask Julie Chamberlain. She is the director of the Spanish Language Institute in San José, a school that has taught Spanish to between 13,000 and 14,000 evangelical missionaries since it was founded in 1942.   ‘People who have graduated from here have…

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Review – Growing up … growing wise@home – www.lovewise.org.uk

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October 2008
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Review – Growing up … growing [email protected] – www.lovewise.org.uk

Growing up … growing [email protected] www.lovewise.org.uk; £10 This CD-ROM contains a PowerPoint presentation and accompanying script and is produced by Lovewise, a Christian organisation working with schools and youth groups to encourage young people to make good relationship choices.     The material is designed for parents to use with their children to present and discuss puberty, relationships,…

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His Lordship first

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October 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

His Lordship first

His Lordship first The book of Acts reveals how the gospel was first made known to people who were, initially at least, not Christians, be they Jews or Gentiles. The epistles, however, were written to churches or people who at least professed faith in Christ. It should be clear, therefore, that to learn how to present…

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News – Cumnock Baptist Church

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October 2008
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News – Cumnock Baptist Church

Cumnock Baptist Church It was with great pleasure and a sense of anticipation that we welcomed Rev. Alastair McLachlan to the pastorate of Cumnock Baptist Church in Scotland on Saturday 30 August.      The church was full to capacity and it was heartening to have so many friends from local churches, as well as those…

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Holiness

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October 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Holiness

Holiness There is a book of Scripture entirely devoted to holiness. Can you think which it is? No, it's not 1 John or Romans but Leviticus - hear chapter 11, verse 4: 'I am the Lord your God ... You shall be holy for I am holy'. I suppose the idea of holiness is odd to…

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October 2008
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News – Turning a blind eye

Turning a blind eye  Calls have been made for radical changes to policing and the UK's legal system following research showing that British people are the least likely in Europe to be 'have-a-go heroes' and get involved if they witness a crime. The public policy group Reform says that Britons have become 'passive bystanders'…

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October 2008
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News – ‘Back to the basket…!’

'Back to the basket...!' Teaching creationism in schools, as an alternative view to the theory of evolution, has been raised as a serious option by Professor Michael Reiss, Director of Education at the Royal Society, one of the UK's leading scientific organisations.      Speaking at the British Association's Festival of Science in Liverpool, Professor Reiss…

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Pastoring with both eyes open (2)

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October 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pastoring with both eyes open (2)

Pastoring with both eyes open (2)   Most conservative pastors spend hours every week studying the Word for sermons and Bible studies. They sincerely believe that the Scriptures are inerrant, infallible and necessary for salvation and godly living. But when it comes to the real problems of life and conflict resolution, they often leave…

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October 2008
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News – Child cruelty

Child cruelty  A Shia Muslim man was convicted of child cruelty after he forced two boys to flog themselves during a religious ritual in Manchester. The man told the boys, aged 13 and 15, to beat themselves with a zanjeer zani, a wooden-handled whip with five curved blades.     The implement is used during a…

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Christians & Muslims together

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October 2008
Cults and other religions

Christians & Muslims together

Christians & Muslims together  Reflections by Barnabas Fund on the Final Declaration of the Yale Common Word Conference, July 2008.  The 'Common Word' process is an interfaith dialogue initiated in October 2007 by a letter from 138 Islamic scholars to the Pope (see ET, February 2008, p.1). As a continuation of this process, and following…

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October 2008
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News – Prostitution

Prostitution Efforts to curtail trafficking in women and children would be helped if paying for sex was made illegal, say researchers. Willingness to pay for such services fuels the demand for young women and children, who may be smuggled into the country to work in the sex industry.     The Poppy Project investigation, using newspaper adverts…

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October 2008
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News – Iraq wants refugees back

Iraq wants refugees back Iraqi security forces in Baghdad are evicting squatters from houses abandoned by people who fled sectarian violence following the US-led invasion in 2003. The government is trying to re-establish mixed neighbourhoods and entice refugees, among them almost 400,000 from the Christian community, to return home.     More than two million people are…

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Review – Young, restless, Reformed – Colin Hanssen – Crossway

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October 2008
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Review – Young, restless, Reformed – Colin Hanssen – Crossway

Young, restless, Reformed Colin HanssenCrossway; 156 pages; £9.99;ISBN: 978-1-58134-940-5 Young, restless, Reformed has just started making waves in the UK. I heard about it from a friend who had been told, 'You must read this book - it's about you!' And true enough it is about him, and many other twenty-somethings I know. In fact, as…

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News – New Tribes Mission

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October 2008
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News – New Tribes Mission

New Tribes Mission   In the Manjui tribe of Paraguay one of the believers is learning the meaning of sacrifice.   A Manjui Christian lady came to NTM missionaries Jamie and Char Hunt and told them her story. 'There is something I want to tell you. I finally found my goat. My aunt stole…

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October 2008
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News – Dead Sea Scrolls go online

Dead Sea Scrolls go online The Israeli authorities are taking digital photographs of the Dead Sea scrolls, the earliest known copies of the Hebrew Bible, and planning to put them online for public view. The project will take more than two years to complete, said the Israel Antiquities Authority, which looks after the 2000-year-old documents.    …

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October 2008
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News – Censorship by fear

Censorship by fear  Plans by Random House in the USA to publish a new novel about the Prophet Muhammad and his child bride have been shelved for fear of offending Muslims. The Jewel of Medina, by Sherry Jones, provides an imaginary insight into the life of A'isha sometimes referred to as Muhammad's favourite wife,…

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October 2008
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News – Charles Wesley’s diaries

Charles Wesley's diaries  Coded sections of Charles Wesley's 270-year-old diary have been deciphered by an Anglican priest and professor at Liverpool Hope University. The Rev. Professor Kenneth Newport was the first to crack the cipher and spent nine years transcribing the 1000-page, hand-written manuscript held at John Rylands Library in Manchester.      The previously…

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October 2008
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The Shack

The Shack A recent controversial phenomenon is the success of first-time self-published Christian author William Young, with his book The Shack. He wrote it in 2005 and published it a year ago. It has now climbed to the No.1 spot on the NY Times bestseller list as a paperback fictional novel. There are 880,000 copies…

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October 2008
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News – Hamas leader’s son converted

Hamas leader's son converted Mosab Hassan Yousef, son of Hamas leader Hassan Yousef, has become a Christian, according to sources in the USA. Brought up as a Muslim, Mr Yousef said his decision to abandon his Muslim faith and denounce his father's organisation has exposed his family to persecution in his home town of Ramallah…

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Review – Remember, remember – Andrea Marshall – The Good Book Company

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October 2008
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Review – Remember, remember – Andrea Marshall – The Good Book Company

Remember, remember Andrea MarshallThe Good Book Company; 64 pages; £8.00; ISBN: 978-1905564750 Remember, remember is filled with ideas on how to teach children memory verses from the Bible. The book's aim is excellent - learning and treasuring God's Word. It is intended for use with children aged three to eleven, and would be a useful resource…

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Review – Prophecy today – a further word from God? – Jim Thompson – EP

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October 2008
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Review – Prophecy today – a further word from God? – Jim Thompson – EP

Prophecy today - a further word from God? Jim ThompsonEvangelical Press; 110 pages; £6.95ISBN: 978-0852346730 The Christian world moves from one bizarre scene to another - following manic laughter in Toronto, we now have angelic surgery in Florida. Against the background of the confusing times in which we live, there is a great need for a…

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October 2008
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News – Consumer pressure

Consumer pressure A children's book by Jacqueline Wilson is to be altered after parents complained it was inappropriate. Publisher Random House says it received three complaints about a vulgar term used in My Sister Jodie, which is aimed at children aged 10 and over.      Dame Jacqueline, creator of Tracy Beaker and former Children's Laureate,…

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October 2008
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Horror in Angola

Horror in Angola   Muslim extremists recently attacked the Christian community in the town of Andulo. In a horrific incident, the school-age daughter of a deacon at one of the churches was decapitated. Forty believers were assaulted or tortured, and one of them needed 20 stitches in his head. The mob burned three church…

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Missionary Spotlight – Coping with upheavals in Costa Rica

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October 2008
Costa Rica

Missionary Spotlight – Coping with upheavals in Costa Rica

Coping with upheavals in Costa Rica   The twentieth century witnessed two upheavals, the first being the growth of urban communities. Early in the century 14% of the world’s population lived in cities; today 50% are urbanites.1      If we bear in mind that over the same century world population has more than tripled,…

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October 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – The challenge from within

The challenge from within This month's comment is adapted from an article by Singapore missionary Mok Chee Cheong, who has been pastoring a Reformed church in London and has recently returned to missionary work in Kenya.  The history of the Christian church in nineteenth-century Britain, with its unflagging missionary endeavour, was a glorious one. But…

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October 2008
General

How shall they hear?

How shall they hear?   Good question. The apostle Paul asked it in Romans 10:14 and we should still be asking. Exactly how will they hear — those folk in the shopping mall; those teenagers hanging round the town square; those tower-block residents round the corner; those mums at the school gate waiting for…

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News – Cromer outreach

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October 2008
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News – Cromer outreach

Cromer outreach Cromer Baptist Church held its annual witness during the town's carnival from 19-21August, and once again an encouraging number of Christians from near and far took part.     The prayer meetings were well attended. They began with devotions from Psalms 78 and 108, and Luke 24. The last of these focused on the heart…

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Review – The living church; convictions of a lifelong pastor – John Stott – IVP

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October 2008
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Review – The living church; convictions of a lifelong pastor – John Stott – IVP

The living church; convictions of a lifelong pastor   John Stott IVP; 192 pages; £8.99; ISBN: 978-1-84474-183-0   Hailed by Billy Graham as 'the most respected clergyman in the world today', John Stott retired last year at the age of 86. The subtitle of this, his latest book, is self-explanatory. There are eight chapters.…

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October 2008
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News – Eric Liddell’s abiding witness

Eric Liddell's abiding witness UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown met with Running the Race author John Keddie in Team GB Athletes' lodge, at the Beijing Olympic Games. John Keddie was there to launch the Chinese translation of Running the Race.      Gordon Brown said he had 'read the book with appreciation and long admired the…

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October 2008
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News – Gay priest as bishop?

Gay priest as bishop?  Dr Jeffery John, the present the Dean of St Albans, has been revealed as a possible candidate for the position of Bishop of Bangor, following the death of Bishop Tony Crockett. If appointed Dr John, 55, will become Britain's first openly gay diocesan bishop.      Archbishop Rowan Williams forced Dr…

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October 2008
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Evangelical Times

Evangelical Times ET has this summer appointed a new management board. The committee will be responsible for overseeing the ongoing ministry and editorial direction of all Evangelical Times products - including its monthly newspaper, web site, quarterly international edition and Perspectives booklet series.     The board consists of Roger Fay (chairman), Paul Garner, John Lodge, Philip…

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The heart of China

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October 2008
China

The heart of China

The heart of China   Colin Nevinconcludes his China travelogue   It was the last day of my journeying before heading back to Beijing and I visited Kaifeng, the ancient capital during the Northern Song Dynasty, to investigate the history of an enigmatic Jewish Community who had settled there some 1,000 years ago.  …

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October 2008
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News – Catholic abuse

Catholic abuse A priest who sexually abused boys at a Manchester Catholic school in the 1970s and 1980s has admitted 27 assaults on children aged between eight and 16. Father William Green took physical education classes at St Bede's College in Alexandra Park, Manchester, when the assaults happened.      A spokesman for the Catholic Church…

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News – Emmaus Christian School, Trowbridge

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October 2008
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News – Emmaus Christian School, Trowbridge

Emmaus Christian School, Trowbridge This year Emmaus Christian School near Trowbridge in Wiltshire celebrated its 10th birthday. The end-of-year service was an opportunity to thank God for all his provision and goodness. The hall was packed with pupils, staff, parents and friends for a moving and memorable evening.      The school choir sang 'Great indeed…

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Missionary Spotlight – Dispelling the image

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October 2008
Costa Rica

Missionary Spotlight – Dispelling the image

Dispelling the image   As one of very few Reformed churches in Costa Rica, our small denomination (comprised of four congregations) swims against a current set by the Roman Catholic Church and the many ‘evangelical’ churches that have sold out to ‘health and wealth’ neo-Pentecostalism.      This makes for slow going, but God is good…

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October 2008
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News – Chinese crackdown feared

Chinese crackdown feared The Beijing Olympics have won international praise, but Christians fear pressure could again mount as the world's eyes turn away from scrutinising the country's human rights practices. Several high-profile Christians have had run-ins with Chinese officials during the games - and they are now bracing themselves for a 'new crackdown' planned for…

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October 2008
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News – We already knew it!

We already knew it! Widespread anti-Christian bias in the media means that groups like The Christian Institute face an 'uphill struggle' for fair coverage, says a Sky News journalist. Journalists select the information they wish to report based on a largely anti-Christian ideology, says David Blevins, a former Washington correspondent for Sky News.     Mr Blevins…

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