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Central Baptist retirement service

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October 2013
News

Central Baptist retirement service

On Sunday 14 July, a day of thanksgiving was held at Central Baptist Church, Walthamstow, for Pastor Roger Neil ahead of his retirement at the end of August.     Mr Neil was saved at university while training as a teacher. He and his wife Pat joined Sutton Bonington Baptist Church, where they learnt much…

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October 2013
Asia

Tibet’s well-sold lie

The sky burial site was a disturbing scene. The sweet smell of rotting flesh filled the man’s nostrils, stimulating his salivary glands so that he felt sick yet hungry at the same time. Around a group of flat stones, he could see bloodied hatchets lying on the ground amidst torn clothes and human bones…

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October 2013
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Reeth Evangelical Congregational Church

Rev. David Levell was inducted to the pastorate of Reeth Evangelical Congregational Church this July.    The service was chaired by John Little (deacon), who spoke of how the church had been led to call David and his wife Mary. Mark Rowcroft, pastor of Geneva Road Evangelical Baptist Church, Darlington, read the Scriptures.     Andy…

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October 2013
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Anglican cleric takes on Archbishop Welby

A diagnosis by the Archbishop of Canterbury of the crisis within Anglicanism has received a stinging critique from Rev. Canon Phil Ashey, chief operating officer of the American Anglican Council.    In a sermon delivered in Mexico on 13 August, Justin Welby had said that the Anglican Communion was moving in the opposite direction to…

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Historical

October 2013
Articles > Historical

David Brainerd (1718-1747) (2)

Last month’s article on David Brainerd highlighted Jonathan Edwards’ esteem for his friend as an exemplar of authentic Christianity. Although dying when only 29, Brainerd was a classic role model for how the kingdom of God is extended. In 1729 Jonathan Edwards had become pastor at Northampton, Massachusetts, then a town of about 1000…

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Article

October 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Indulgences today (2)

In September’s ET we observed that the Vatican had recently proclaimed an ‘indulgence’ for ‘contrite’ Catholics for attending the Catholic World Youth Day, held in Rio de Janeiro; or for following the Youth Day on Twitter. We saw that the long established Catholic practice of indulgences is a denial of the true gospel. The…

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Article

October 2013
Belarus

Belarus’s first Summer School of Reformed Theology

On 25-27 June, the first Summer School of Reformed Theology took place in Minsk. It was a small but new event for my country.     Our goal is to change the ethos of Christian conferences in Belarus. We are not obsessed with numbers, but focussing on a different kind of fellowship. The aim is…

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News

October 2013
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Educational failure

White working-class British boys are falling further behind other groups of children at GCSE, despite initiatives designed to boost the performance of disadvantaged pupils.    A new study by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) of the roots of educational failure in England found that, from 2007-2012, the gap in performance between poor white boys…

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Article

October 2013
Scientific (including creation)

Pseudoscience and the stifling of debate -What promoters of climate change and evolution have in common

Much effort is currently being expended to persuade the general public that lavish investment in ‘green energy’ (such as wind farms) is vital for our planet’s future and is also scientifically justified.       My purpose here is not to argue for or against the claims of pro-climate-change scientists and politicians, but to look at…

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The persecuted church

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October 2013
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The persecuted church

A meeting, aimed at highlighting the conditions and needs faced by the persecuted church, was held in July, at Ebenezer Reformed Baptist Church, Brighton.    The speakers were Pastor Pooyan Mehrshahi from Cheltenham and Pastor Haile Emiru from London. Information was shared regarding the persecution of Christians in the Middle East, with a particular focus…

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October 2013
Interviews

The big interview: Breaking slavery’s legacy

Sarah de Carvalho MBE, founder of Happy Child International, will soon celebrate 20 years of ministry. Happy Child has rescued and restored over 9500 children from the streets and places of risk and reintegrated them back into family and community. Beginning with a 24-hour shelter in Belo Horizonte, in south east Brazil, the charity…

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Article

October 2013
Education

Students away from home

For many students who will shortly leave home to go away to college or university, this can be a difficult and dangerous time in their Christian lives. To come from a secure, even sheltered, Christian home and be plunged into the quicksands of modern student culture, can prove to be too much for some.…

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October 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The glory of Christ (3)

God made us as complex beings. We have heads and hearts (and wills too); that is, each one of us has both a centre of understanding and a centre of emotion. We are not robots, but flesh and blood. But not mindless flesh and blood; we are to be guided by truth. We rightly…

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Article

October 2013
Obituaries

Rev. Raymond Gregory (1928-2013)

Rev. Raymond Gregory entered the Lord’s presence on 20 July. For the last years of his life he could not wait to see his Lord and Saviour. He died peacefully while sleeping in his chair.     Raymond became a Christian whilst serving in the army at Saton camp, Chester. A visiting representative of the…

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October 2013
Evangelistic

Amazing love!

‘For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life’ (John 3:16). As we prepare to reach out with the gospel again this Christmas, let us think once more about our relationship to the God of love.        No…

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Historical

October 2013
Articles > Historical

Final curtain

Can Her Majesty the Queen refuse the Royal Assent for a parliamentary Bill? This became a live issue in relation to the recent Marriage Act. To answer this question, it is necessary to turn to the 1688 constitutional settlement. Those well versed in history will know that the seeds of the 1688 settlement were…

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News

October 2013
News

Isle of Dogs café

St John’s Park is a small green space on the Isle of Dogs, East London. Just a few years ago, it was a place no one dared to enter, because of the gangs, drugs and high levels of crime. Now it is a vibrant community hub, where parents and children gather to enjoy time…

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October 2013
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Ending abortion

Ending abortion became a little more of a reality, as 55 people from around the country and abroad joined together in London for the Clarkson Academy.    Organisers from the Centre for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) UK and Christian Concern were pleased with the feedback from delegates.    Andrew Stephenson from CBR UK, who runs the public…

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Article

October 2013
Articles > Guest column

The ‘yes-man’

Sometimes it’s good to be a ‘yes-man’. Let me tell you about one; his name was Arch. That’s his real name, and a few readers may have known him. He was a deacon and church secretary of the first church I pastored and one of the best men I have ever known. He was…

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Historical

October 2013
Articles > Historical

Dangerous Compromises – Reflections on the Life of Renée of France

When Evangelical Press first suggested I write a book for their series of Bitesize Biographies, I immediately thought of Renée of France, and that for several reasons. Mostly, I had recently written a semi-fictionalized biography of Olympia Morata (Weight of a Flame, the Passion of Olympia Morta, P&R 2012) and my research had left…

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The UK concert of prayer

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October 2013
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The UK concert of prayer

On 5 October, churches around the country plan to meet in united prayer gatherings to plead with God for an outpouring of the Spirit and the revival of his work, in our desperately needy nation. This will be the twelfth such occasion in the past three years. This ‘Concert of prayer for revival’ began…

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October 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Forgiveness (2)

The most important thing of all is to experience God’s forgiveness, through Jesus Christ (September ET). And we must then forgive those who sin against us. Consider first the forgiveness Christians should show to one another. This should mirror God’s forgiveness of us — ‘forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you’ (Ephesians…

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October 2013
United Kingdom

Stretched to the limit, but giving God all the glory!

I have to admit that when I first signed up to do Weymouth beach mission, it wasn’t all about serving God and sharing the gospel. I did want to do those things but there were other reasons too! My brother-in-law and sister had been encouraging me to come for some time and I was…

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October 2013
France

What can be done?

Fiona Steward, a missionary with UFM Worldwide and Grace Baptist Mission, has been reaching out to students in Bordeaux, France, for the last 8 years. She shared her inmost motivations in a recent prayer letter. What can be done without God? An obvious question, but one that our sinful, self-reliant, self-glorifying hearts need to…

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News

October 2013
News

Sudan exodus

Barnabas Fund has moved almost 5000 stranded Christians to South Sudan and is appealing for help in rescuing more from the overwhelmingly Muslim north.    After South Sudan was created in 2011, people of South Sudanese origin living in the north were stripped of their Sudan citizenship and given a deadline to leave Sudan. Hundreds…

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October 2013
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Arab Israeli pastor tours UK

Ten years ago, in the Israeli city of Haifa, a tragic but remarkable event took place. A 20-year-old Palestinian man boarded a bus full of schoolchildren in Haifa and blew himself up, killing 17 and injuring 53.     Hamas took credit for the massacre and Saddam Hussein sent a $25,000 reward to the family…

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October 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The Christian and fantasy fiction

How should a Christian think of fantasy fiction?  Opinions seem to range from extreme caution to enthusiastic promotion.  Of course, when this range of opinions is regarded as a mere matter of taste very little need be said about it.  But sometimes deeper issues either are, or are said to be, at stake. Sometimes,…

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Historical

October 2013
Articles > Historical

Daniel Rowland – man of truth and power (1)

Daniel Rowland was born in 17131 at Pantybeudy in the parish of Llancwnlle, near Llangeitho, Cardiganshire. He had an elder brother, John, and both sons were intended for the ministry by their father, who was the vicar. On the death of his father in 1731, his elder brother John succeeded him, while Daniel completed…

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October 2013
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Geoff Thomas festschrift

This month, Dr Geoff Thomas, pastor of Alfred Place Baptist Church, Aberystwyth, for the last 48 years, turns 75.     He was ambushed during August’s Evangelical Movement of Wales annual conference in Aberystwyth, when he was presented with a book of essays that is to be published on 15 October to celebrate his long…

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October 2013
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Open airs in Oxbridge

United Beach Missions (UBM) ran ‘Christian Answer’ teams across the country during the summer months. Oxford and Cambridge proved once again to be unique missions, with unrivalled opportunities for gospel preaching in the open air.     What marks them out is the desire not to attack or ridicule, but to listen and genuinely consider…

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October 2013
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EP Books appoints next chairman

After five years of sterling service as chairman of the board of Evangelical Press, Roger Fay has stepped aside, in accordance with EP’s constitutional practice. Roger has led the board during difficult times and we are grateful that he will remain as a board member, to continue to share his enthusiasm and experience in…

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October 2013
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Tackling pornography

A conference aimed at equipping pastors and parents to deal with porn will be held in Watford on 18-19 October.    Porn Scars is aimed at equipping pastors and parents to deal with porn, which organisers say is often an unspoken struggle for many Christians, given its corrosive nature.    Organisers say that the conference, aimed…

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Article

October 2013
Obituaries

Oliver Barclay (1919-2013)

Oliver Barclay, second General Secretary of IVF/UCCF, died at his home in Leicester on 12 September 2013, aged 94.     He was born in Kobe, Japan, on 22 February 1919, the son of Joseph Gurney Barclay (who served with what is now the Church Mission Society). His great grandfather was the MP Thomas Fowell…

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October 2013
News

Al Qaeda targets Christians

As President Obama talked tough on Syria, attacks on various Christian denominations there continued, including an assault by Al-Qaeda-linked rebels on the mountain Christian village of Maaloula, 40 miles north east of Damascus, on 5 September.    Some of its 2000 residents still speak a version of Aramaic, the language once spoken by Jesus. Around…

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Historical

October 2013
Articles > Historical

The Amish (2) Anabaptist origins

On the last day of October 1517 Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Church in Germany. The Reformation had been launched. By the beginning of 1522, Ulrich Zwingli was established as leader of the Reformation in Zurich, with a group of young men under his tuition. Among them…

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News

October 2013
News

Creation in California

Professor Andy McIntosh recently spoke at two meetings at churches in California. The first was in Redding, near California’s northern border.     The pastor who ran the meeting, Al Franklin, has a huge collection of fascinating fossils, so the subject of rocks and fossils was close to his heart. He showed Prof. McIntosh crabs,…

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News

October 2013
News > Youth Features

Camping MaDness – faith, fun & friendship

From 27 July – 3 August, around fifty 10-16 year olds, some of whom were from non-Christian families, spent a week on a Christian summer camp based in Talybont, North Wales.    MaD camp, organised by Mirfield and Dewsbury Evangelical Churches, has been running for 19 years. Approximately 85 campers and staff, such as cooks…

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October 2013
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Norwich pastor not Intimidated

A Norwich pastor who sent Christian tracts, including one called Good news for gays, to a gay organisation is awaiting a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service on whether he will be prosecuted for homophobia.    But Rev. Dr Alan Clifford, who is pastor of Norwich Reformed Church, told Evangelical Times that he has received…

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October 2013
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Aberystwyth Conference

Car packed? Rooms booked? Satnav charged and set? Off we go! It’s August and time for ‘Aber’.     The Aberystwyth Conference, arranged by the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW) and run now for 50 years or so, has a distinctive ethos of its own. A shade more traditional than other conferences perhaps, and certainly…

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News

October 2013
News

Egyptian attacks

Christians in Egypt have become the target of Islamists since the removal of former President Mohammed Morsi.    Over 60 churches have been attacked since 14 August, when the Egyptian army cracked down on Muslim Brotherhood supporters who were protesting Morsi’s removal. Morsi’s Muslim supporters blame Coptic Christians for his overthrow.    Most of the churches…

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Review

October 2013
Reviews > Book

Suffering & sovereignty — John Flavel and the Puritans on afflictive providence

Suffering & sovereignty — John Flavel and the Puritans on afflictive providence Brian H. Cosby Reformation Heritage Books, 164 pages, £20.00, ISBN: 978-1-60178-197-0 Star Rating : 3 ‘If anyone tells me that the death of my child is God’s will, I’ll scream!’ This is an understandable reaction to sudden extreme suffering. The Puritan, John…

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Review

October 2013
Reviews > Book

The Life of John Calvin

The Life of John Calvin W. J. Grier Banner of Truth, 166 pages, £6.00 ISBN: 978-1-84871-181-5 Star Rating : 5 This is an excellent introduction to the life of John Calvin. It also leads us, to some extent, into the heartbeat of the movement of God that we know as the Reformation. It is…

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October 2013

The History of Providence

The history of providenceAlexander CarsonBanner of Truth, 248 pages, £7.50ISBN: 978-1-84871-175-4Star Rating : 3 I write this at a time of family bereavement and following serious family illness and conflict in the Evangelical Reformed scene. Belief in a sovereign God and his providential purposes is a firm anchor.     What does providence mean? This 150-year-old…

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Review

October 2013

The Big Ego Trip

The big ego trip — finding true significance in a culture of self-esteemGlynn HarrisonIVP, 224 pages, £9.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-620-0Star Rating : 4 Glynn Harrison, an experienced Christian psychiatrist, pinpoints what has become a huge cultural development in the Western world, namely the influence of ‘the self-esteem movement’. He sees what he calls ‘boosterism’ as…

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Review

October 2013

Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert

Secret thoughts of an unlikely convertRosaria Champagne-Butterfield Crown & Covenant Publications 128 pages, £5.99 (Kindle edition)ISBN: 978-1884527388 Star Rating : 5 This book is unusual. It’s a memoir of a former English professor at Syracuse University, New York, who specialised in Gay and Lesbian studies but who now finds herself a Christian, a home-schooling…

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October 2013

Encouragement for Today’s Pastors

Encouragement for today’s pastorsJoel Beeke & Terry SlachterReformation Heritage Books, 216 pages, £16.00ISBN: 978-1-60178-220-5Star Rating : 4 Pastors (and others) are often in need of encouragement and this book will do just what it says on the cover — it will encourage you, and it will do so with the help of fine pastors…

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Review

October 2013

The Cross in the Experience of our Lord

The cross in the experience of our LordR. A. FinlaysonChristian Focus Publications, 112 pages, £5.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-149-5Star Rating :5 This book consists of a series of six messages originally given by Professor Finlayson at a Welsh Bible convention in 1954. It is printed under the ‘Christian Heritage’ imprint of Christian Focus, which aims to reprint…

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October 2013

The Great Ejection

The Great EjectionGary BradyEP Books, 176 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-0-85234-802-4Star Rating : 5 Who governs the church, Jesus Christ or the state? In practical terms, what determines the doctrine and practice of the church? Is it the Bible or is it public opinion? Throughout the long history of the church, Christians have had to face…

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October 2013

Freeing Tangled Hearts

Freeing tangled heartsDolores KimballEP Books160 pages, £7.99, ISBN: 978-0-85234-910-6Star Rating : 4 If you often feel controlled by the confusion caused by the interplay of emotions, hormone cycles and frequent unhelpful thinking (which most women recognise), this book will begin to direct your thinking along more biblical lines. It is addressed to women, although…

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