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News – Defence of Calvinism

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October 2010
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News – Defence of Calvinism

Defence of Calvinism This November marks the third Defence of Calvinism conference for men at Bawtry Hall, near Doncaster.      This gathering initially developed from the idea of a young man who was training for the ministry. He expressed the desire for a conference where young men could be exposed to the fundamentals of…

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Preaching to people – confessions of a preacher

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October 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Preaching to people – confessions of a preacher

Preaching to people - confessions of a preacher Relatively early in my preaching career I had the opportunity to preach the opening sermon at a conference. The main conference speaker was a man that I consider to be one of the finest preachers of our times.  After hearing me preach, he paid me a compliment…

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The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (1)

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October 2010
Articles > Historical

The Moravian connection – Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (1)

The Moravian connection - Moravians and the Evangelical Awakening (1) In spring 1727 the small Moravian group on Count Nicholas Zinzendorf's estate in Berthelsdorf, Saxony, was deeply divided. Controversies had arisen over such issues as predestination, holiness and baptism. The Lutheran count had allowed the refugees to settle on his land five years earlier. They came…

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World Mission – Reaching street children

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October 2010
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World Mission – Reaching street children

Reaching street children   ACTION is making a special effort in its ministry of the gospel and of compassionate care, during 2010 and 2011, to street children. The following are seven points of emphasis for its ministry:   1. Make direct contacts with street children, using teams of three or more street missionaries (never…

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October 2010
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News – Football academy

Football academy About 90 children attended the Hayes Lane Soccer School from 26-30 July in Bromley, where they heard the message of salvation through the life of Jonah.     At the school, the children looked at the fundamental skills of football such as passing, dribbling, shooting and control. The Bible time material was titled 'The ultimate…

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Youth Column – Christianhood – ministry in clothing

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October 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Column – Christianhood – ministry in clothing

Youth Column: Christianhood - ministry in clothing It all started when I was at university, feeling creative with some fabric paints, having some time on my hands, and painting 'Christian' slogans onto Tesco-bought t-shirts. I came up with a name of Angel Wings and thought this was a great idea to pass some time and make some…

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News – St Kitts exhibition

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October 2010
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News – St Kitts exhibition

St Kitts exhibition The John Newton Project (JNP) has reprinted 2000 copies of Ministry on my mind, and has sent the design for a display on the life of John Newton as hymn-writer and pastor to the printers. This is for an exhibition in St Kitts.     Each of the ten banner designs depicts stages in…

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Christ in the historical books of the Bible

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October 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Christ in the historical books of the Bible

Christ in the historical books of the Bible   The books of the Old Testament that are usually thought of under the heading 'historical books' are those from Joshua to Esther in our English Bibles. They are not assigned a section of their own in the Hebrew Bible, which comprises the Law, the Prophets…

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News – Hostage released

Hostage released                     Samaritan's Purse (SP) relief worker Flavia Wagner was released on 30 August after being held hostage for 105 days by kidnappers in the Darfur region of Sudan.     'We thank God that Flavia is safe and free,' said Franklin Graham, president of SP. 'We appreciate the help of the government of Sudan…

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October 2010
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News – Air show ministry

Air show ministry                                Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church (OBFPC) prepared for its fourth annual witness at the Lowestoft Sea Front Air Festival, on 12-13 August, by considering the Lord's words to Paul in Acts 18:9-10.     These read, 'Be not afraid, but speak, and hold not thy peace; for I am with thee, and…

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News – The A-bomb

The A-bomb     Japan held moving services across the country during August as it paid tribute to more than 210,000 people killed when the A-bombs were dropped in 1945.     With 32 countries represented, a ceremony in Nagasaki observed a moment of silence at 11.02am Pacific Time, the time the bomb, nicknamed 'fat man', detonated over…

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Christmas ET – reaching everyone

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October 2010
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Christmas ET – reaching everyone

Christmas ET - reaching everyone The famous Band Aid Christmas single asked, 'Do they know it's Christmas?' Come this December, people living in the United Kingdom will hardly be able to avoid knowing that it is Christmas time.  The shops will be packed with punters buying presents for loved ones. Seasonal lights will illuminate darkened…

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October 2010
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News – Culture of impunity

Culture of impunity Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW) has underlined the need to investigate the activities of extremist organisations in India responsible for instigating violence and failings of law enforcement authorities to respond to such violence.      Its briefing, 'Communalism, anti-Christian violence and the law', focuses on the aftermath of communal violence in the east Indian…

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World Mission – ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them’ (Mark 10:14)

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October 2010
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World Mission – ‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them’ (Mark 10:14)

‘Let the little children come to me, and do not forbid them’ (Mark 10:14)   Doug Nichols, founder and director emeritus of compassionate ministry Action International Ministries (ACTION), recently wrote:   Today is my 68th birthday. What better way to celebrate than to send out a special plea for the gospel and compassionate care…

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October 2010
Articles > Comment

ET Comment – Why revivals stop

Why revivals stop Studies of revivals sometimes look at what causes revivals to stop. The usual answer given is that sins in the church like fanaticism, disunity and pride so grieve the Holy Spirit that he withdraws his gracious influences.     But that explanation has its limitations. If sin is the fundamental obstacle, although biblically relevant,…

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Suffering now, glory later?

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October 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Suffering now, glory later?

Suffering now, glory later? The 'prosperity gospel' (which is no gospel at all) is probably the most dangerous and widespread perversion of Christianity in the world today.  The message that 'if you become a Christian, your life will necessarily become easier and better now', is the default position of the 'Christian' church without the Holy…

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October 2010
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Mega-disasters mean mega-money

Mega-disasters mean mega-money The ferocity of natural disasters gets ever more intense, and resultant appeals for aid bring in ever larger donations. Donations can hit the billion dollar mark, and more. The charity Tearfund reports that extreme weather conditions this year have caused floods, landslides, drought and fires that have destroyed crops across vast areas -…

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October 2010
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News – Tyndale House

Tyndale House There's a lot going on at Tyndale House. A new DVD for home groups has been launched, based on the Bible and Church 'Authentic Gospels' day conference at St Helen's, Bishopsgate.     Three of the team members are involved in producing a new NIV Bible, due out in 2011, while the ESV translation team…

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Personal view: True worship

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October 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal view: True worship

Personal view: True worship Worship is not an event, but a lifestyle. The more we treat worship as an event, the more it becomes a caricature of God's intention and unacceptable to him. To maintain a life­style of worship we must attend to it on a daily basis. If you regulate worship to a once-a-week…

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October 2010
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News – Sheffield Presbyterian Church

Sheffield Presbyterian Church                        Sunday 19 September was the first day of public worship services for Sheffield Presbyterian Church. As the church approached its launch, Paul Brown was busy building its web site (www.sheffieldpres.org.uk).      According to church planter Kevin Bidwell, there is a real sense of mission as the church planting work takes shape.…

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News – Hope Church, Ferndown

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October 2010
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News – Hope Church, Ferndown

Hope Church, Ferndown Six months ago, a group of 25 members from Moordown Baptist Church, Bournemouth, met for their first service as a church plant.     This was a step of faith, not knowing quite what might happen but confident that there was a work to do. What would be the reaction? Was it the right…

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Reviews – I wish someone would explain HEBREWS to me! – Stuart Olyott – Banner of Truth

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October 2010
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Reviews – I wish someone would explain HEBREWS to me! – Stuart Olyott – Banner of Truth

I wish someone would explain HEBREWS to me! Stuart OlyottBanner of Truth 198 pages, £7.50ISBN: 978-1-84871-060-3 I wish I had this book by me when I preached my first sermon, 55 years ago! As always with Stuart Olyott's works, this one is crammed with solid biblical teaching. It is written in a simple, clear way, without…

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Guest Column – Learning from Jeremiah

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October 2010
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Learning from Jeremiah

Learning from Jeremiah Guest Column   Erroll Hulse At times of acute need God has called and commissioned leaders of extraordinary ability and tenacity. Moses, Isaiah, Ezekiel and Jeremiah are examples.  These leaders of exceptional spiritual stature guided God's people. They kept them informed of his will and purpose and made sure that hope was not extinguished.     …

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Reviews – Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi – Iain Duguid – EP Books

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October 2010
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Reviews – Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi – Iain Duguid – EP Books

Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi Iain DuguidEP Books, 255 pages, £16.99ISBN: 978-0-85324-712-6 This Study Commentary provides a good introduction to the place of these three prophecies in the history of the Jews as God's chosen nation.      It provides a helpful outline of the books' leading theological themes and shows that the return of the Jews from exile…

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On the edge of ministry – reaching those with dementia, intellectual disabilities or brain damage

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October 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

On the edge of ministry – reaching those with dementia, intellectual disabilities or brain damage

On the edge of ministry - reaching those with dementia, intellectual disabilities or brain damage The Westminster Confession declares that 'elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ, through the Spirit, who worketh when, and where, and how he pleaseth: so also are all other elect persons who are uncapable of being…

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News – Scarborough outreach

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October 2010
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News – Scarborough outreach

Scarborough outreach For the second year running, in association with Ryedale Evangelical Church, the Grace Fellowship Bible study group has held a series of summer meetings in Scarborough.     The study group has been taking place in Scarborough since the beginning of 2007. Some of the group worship at Ryedale Evangelical Church, Pickering, and others at…

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News – Limerick missionary

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October 2010
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News – Limerick missionary

Limerick missionary Covenant Protestant Reformed Church saw a crowd of family, friends and well-wishers gather to welcome Pastor Martyn McGeown to the Limerick Reformed Fellowship (LRF).     On Friday 30 July, Mr McGeown was ordained as a missionary with the LRF in the Republic of Ireland. The service was held in Ballymena, Northern Ireland, by the Covenant…

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‘I believe in … the life everlasting, Amen’

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October 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘I believe in … the life everlasting, Amen’

'I believe in … the life everlasting, Amen'  Timothy Cross concludes his series of studies in the simple, yet very profound, early statement of Christian truth known as the Apostles' Creed  The Bible divides time into two eras, namely the present age and the age to come. It uses various synonyms to describe the age…

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October 2010
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News – Greenbelt applauds gays

Greenbelt applauds gays Ekklesia's web site reports that gay human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell received a standing ovation at the Greenbelt Christian Festival. Tatchell was speaking on Saturday evening (28 August).      Speaking about 'the struggle for queer freedom in Africa', he attacked church leaders who condone 'homophobic abuse', but praised the 'brave, heroic Christians…

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Living in a fallen world

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October 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Living in a fallen world

Living in a fallen world In this ET issue we interview Dr Paul Tautges, Consulting Editor of a new series of booklets from Day One Publications. Paul is author of several counselling books and pastor of a church in Wisconsin, USA. Here we ask him about HELP! booklets, just released in the UK. ET: You are…

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Reviews – A day’s march nearer home – Autobiography of J. Graham Miller – Edited by Iain H. Murray – Banner of Truth

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October 2010
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Reviews – A day’s march nearer home – Autobiography of J. Graham Miller – Edited by Iain H. Murray – Banner of Truth

A day's march nearer home - Autobiography of J. Graham MillerEdited by Iain H. MurrayBanner of Truth, 328 pages, £16, ISBN: 978-1-84871-064-1 A. W. Tozer said, next to the Bible, Christian biography is the most valuable reading for Christians. A day's march nearer home is valuable and enjoyable reading.     One unusual aspect of this autobiography…

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News – Relax at Redbourn

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October 2010
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News – Relax at Redbourn

Relax at Redbourn                   A takeover this April by the Pilgrims' Friend Society (PFS) has helped provide more holiday lets for elderly or retired missionaries.     Since Gordon and Elaine Hoskings founded it in the late 1960s, the Redbourn Missionary Trust (RMT) has held a special place in the hearts of missionaries who have stayed…

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News – North Korea

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October 2010
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News – North Korea

North Korea  Three leaders of an underground church in North Korea have been executed and 20 Christians sent to a prison labour camp in Yodok.      Sources say the arrests and executions were carried out in mid-May when police raided a house in Kuwal-dong, Pyongan Province, and arrested 23 believers who were gathered there.…

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News – Dawkins on Channel 4

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October 2010
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News – Dawkins on Channel 4

Dawkins on Channel 4 Professor Richard Dawkins stirred up further controversy with his brace of TV series on Channel 4, broadcast this July to September (www.channel4.com). The scientist-turned-evolutionary apologist presented viewers with programmes clearly designed to promote evolution and denigrate religion, especially Christianity.     The first series was entitled Inside nature's giants. It was a nature…

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Reviews – Frank and Linda’s story & Worshipping with dementia – Louise Morse – Pilgrim Homes/Monarch Books

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October 2010
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Reviews – Frank and Linda’s story & Worshipping with dementia – Louise Morse – Pilgrim Homes/Monarch Books

Frank and Linda's story & Worshipping with dementia Louise MorsePilgrim Homes/Monarch Books, £8.99 and £9.99, respectively, 254 and 270 pages, respectively ISBN: 978-1-85424-930-2 and 978-1-85424-931-9, respectively Judging by what patients tell me, the possibility of having dementia frightens them more than having cancer or a stroke. It is also a fearful prospect for Christians. A failing…

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