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Everything in October 2017 issue

Review

October 2017

A Christian’s pocket guide to Mary: Mother of God?

This short, readable book is profitable not only for presenting the problems surrounding the subject, but also because it is edifying. It begins with a biblical portrait of Mary. It then explores how the relatively brief biblical references can be twisted into Mariology, not only in teaching but in devotion. It concisely presents the…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Youth Features

Reformation Timeline

If Methuselah died in 2017, he would have been born in 1048 and could have fought at the Battle of Hastings. He would have lived through the whole of the Reformation period and into the present day. Not being Methuselahs, it isn’t like that for us! For us, the Reformation began seven or eight…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Moldova

‘These wheels are my “legs”!’

These were the words of Ivan, a village pastor and evangelist in north Moldova, as he looked proudly at the little motorcycle, purchased and presented to him by Slavic Gospel Association (UK) as part of its transport project ‘The Gospel on the Move’. What he means is that he can go further (and reach…

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News

October 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Peter Jeffery (1937-2017)

Peter was born in 1937. In 1955, aged 17, he became a Christian, even though that same day he had vowed, ‘I will never become a Christian!’ He married his high school sweetheart, Lorna, at the age of 21 and they had their first child two years later. Nine days after the birth, the…

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News

October 2017
News > People > Obituaries

Leslie Jarvis (1938 – 2017)

On 27 July 2017, the funeral and thanksgiving service for Leslie Jarvis was held at the Baptist chapel in Market Street, Hailsham. The chapel was full, with family, friends and Christian brothers and sisters from many of the churches that Leslie had helped through his preaching and pastoral ministry. The spirit of thanksgiving and…

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Induction – Shettleston welcomes James Haram

News

October 2017
News > Induction

Induction – Shettleston welcomes James Haram

The district of Shettleston in Glasgow is known as a socially deprived area. It was said, some years ago, that the life expectation of a Shettleston man was 58 years. It has suffered not only social deprivation, but also diminution of evangelical witness. Within the presbytery of the Church of Scotland in the area…

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News

October 2017
News > Induction

Induction – Dundee church plant

In September 2017, Dundee saw the ordination and induction of Andrew Robertson take place at St Peter’s Free Church. Rev. David Court preached and presided over the service. Andrew is the son of former Free Church Moderator Rev. David Robertson and a graduate of Edinburgh Theological Seminary. He will be leading a new church…

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News

October 2017
News

Singapore – Bible Presbyterian churches remember the Reformation

From 9-12 August, about 800 people from many Bible Presbyterian (BP) churches and more than 10 countries, gathered together for a conference to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation. The conference was organised by nine BP churches from Singapore and Malaysia, and held at Calvary BP and Life BP Churches in Singapore.…

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News

October 2017
News > Conferences

Conference – Argyll Convention

‘The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed’. That was our experience at this year’s Argyll Convention. Several people came to the speakers afterwards and commented on how the messages had spoken into their lives. We also met a number of tourists who came to the event having seen…

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News

October 2017
News > Events

Event – Yateley holiday at home

For the fourth year running, members of Yateley Baptist Church organised an event for elderly folk in our community who have little opportunity for a holiday of their own. We collected our guests each morning from home and had coffee before we began our structured programme of activities. Given that in 2017 we have…

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News

October 2017
News > Youth

Youth – Greenbelt moves towards multifaith

Arts festival Greenbelt has gone even further from its Christian roots and hosted a major Muslim presence with a full programme of performances. Taking place on 25-28 August, in the grounds of Boughton House in Northamptonshire, it partnered with Amal, a British grant-giving fund supporting British Muslim art and culture. Christian and Muslim artistry, ideas, conversation…

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News

October 2017
News > Youth

Youth – EMF European Huddle

The Huddle is an event in which brothers and sisters in Christ from many nations and languages meet together. Every year, people aged between 20 and 30 camp in the beautiful grounds of Guessens in Welwyn and have opportunity to hear fine speakers, such as Pal Borzasi and Lindsay Brown.   At this year’s…

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News

October 2017
News > Mission

Mission – Slave to servant

Because the biblical account of Joseph is so much like his own life, Joseph Mutabula loves it. A special calling has overcome his mistreatment as a suffering child. Genocide in Rwanda marred Joseph’s early life. His mother hid him and escaped with him to Uganda, but soon died. As a seven-year-old little boy, he…

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News

October 2017
News > Ethics

Ethics – Marie Stopes squalor

Around eleven women have had to be taken to hospital from Marie Stopes abortion clinics over the past three months, it has emerged. Of these, one needed surgery to repair her cervix, two received blood transfusions and another had a bacterial infection. Marie Stopes has already come under fire for a number of health…

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News

October 2017
News > Society

Society – Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor

Roman Catholic Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor has died at the age of 85. According to the BBC, he served as a priest for more than six decades, having begun in Hampshire in the 1950s. It is reported that he was a personal friend of Pope Francis. He eventually went on to lead the Roman Catholic…

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News

October 2017
News > Society

Society – Humanist support

A ‘Non-Religious Pastoral Support Network’ (NRPSN), has been launched. The network has more than 150 trained and accredited carers, supported by Humanists UK. According to Humanists UK, 45 per cent of people who are not religious responded to a poll from the organisation and said they would choose to have a non-religious pastoral support…

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News

October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – NI same-sex union cases dismissed

Belfast’s High Court has dismissed two cases seeking to have same-sex marriage introduced to Northern Ireland (NI). In one case, an anonymous man known as applicant X, who entered into a homosexual marriage three years ago, sought a declaration that this union is valid under NI law. In the other, two couples who are…

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News

October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – Scotland must drop Named Person law

Clan Childlaw, a children’s charity has called for the Scottish Government to drop its watered-down Named Person law. It claims the law, which has had to be reworked due to intense lobbying, still fails to address criticisms from the UK Supreme Court. Clan Childlaw, which intervened in the successful court case spearheaded by the…

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News

October 2017
News > Politics

Politics – DUP ‘resolute’ on ethical matters

Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) leader Arlene Foster has told a conference that she will reject pressure to introduce same-sex marriage and abortion in Northern Ireland. Currently marriage is between one man and one woman in Northern Ireland and abortion remains illegal, except to preserve the life of the mother. As reported by the Christian…

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News

October 2017
News > Persecution

Persecution: UK – Street preacher freed

Christian street preacher, Ian Sleeper, has been released after being held in a cell for 13 hours for sharing the truth about Islam. Mr Sleeper was arrested outside Southwark Cathedral on 23 June. He was at the time displaying placards depicting love for Muslims and criticising the ideology of Islam. However, he was informed…

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News

October 2017
News > International

International – Sierra Leone mudslides

Mothers’ Union in Sierra Leone has responded to the needs of those affected by the mudslides that hit the country’s capital, Freetown, in August 2017. According to news reports, scores of people were killed and about 600 people reported missing, with thousands of people left destitute and at risk. Victoria Wilson, Mothers’ Union’s diocesan…

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News

October 2017
News > International

International – Spring Harvest partners Mercy Ships

Christian charity Mercy Ships has been chosen as the official charity partner for Spring Harvest 2018 and 2019. This marks the first time that Spring Harvest has partnered with Mercy Ships, an international charity that operates the world’s largest non-governmental hospital ship. Peter Martin, group chief executive at Essential Christian, which runs Spring Harvest,…

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News

October 2017
News > International

International – Huge storms

In Asia and the Americas there have been catastrophic storms, sea surges and flooding during August and September. India, Bangladesh and Nepal have seen possibly their worst ever monsoon flooding, with entire towns swept away and more than 1200 people losing their lives. Reaching as far as Mumbai, the rains forced millions of people…

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News

October 2017
News > International

International – Nepal to clamp down on Christians

Nepal has passed an ‘anti-conversion’ bill in its parliament which could make Christian witnessing illegal in the country. The bill criminalises ‘the hurting of religious sentiment’. According to Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW), a religious freedom charity, the move is ‘deeply concerning’. Anyone from Nepal caught committing an offence faces up to five years in…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Guest column

Still not known

It is the glorious privilege of every believer to be able to say, ‘I know the Lord’. But how well do we know him? That is the issue we began to look at last month. The Saviour is ever with us, as he promised, and his Spirit is ever active within us. Yet our…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Comment

Reformation 500

It is exactly 500 years since 31 October 1517, the day when Martin Luther placarded 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. This seemingly obscure event was arguably the flame that lit the touchpaper and the beginning of the sixteenth century Reformation. Luther’s theses went viral in Germany and Switzerland.…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Sola Scriptura and ten reasons we need a Genesis Reformation

In nailing his 95 theses to the church door on 31 October 1517, Martin Luther was not only condemning the Roman Catholic Church for selling indulgences, but also calling for an examination of what Scripture taught about indulgences. Luther was convinced that Scripture alone is the final arbiter of what we should believe. Today,…

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Historical

October 2017
Articles > Historical

Why the mediaeval church needed reforming (1)

In the early years of the New Testament church, the pattern for doctrine and worship was laid down in a clear, unambiguous way. It was laid down in the Old Testament and made clear in the New. But gradually this pattern of clear teaching in the Bible was challenged and altered by an erring…

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Historical

October 2017
Articles > Historical

Pierre Viret (1511-1571) — another forgotten Reformer (1)

Some years ago, my wife and I were able to take a vacation in Switzerland. This was the first time either of us had been there, and a highlight was visiting the scene of some of the great heroes of the sixteenth century Protestant Reformation. Most people have heard of Martin Luther and John…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Reformation 500: ‘Here I stand!’

On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther nailed his famous 95 theses on the door at the Castle Church, Wittenberg, Germany. Thus began the Reformation. As we will be celebrating the 500th anniversary of his act this year, it is a good opportunity to reflect on why the Reformation was needed and what message it…

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Historical

October 2017
Articles > Historical

The Scottish Reformation — a work of God’s grace

The Reformation in Scotland in the sixteenth century was essentially a rediscovery of grace and a notable work of the Holy Spirit in the nation. Invaluable in providing a clear understanding of the ideals of the Reformers in doctrine, church order and practice are documents associated with the Scottish Reformation, especially The Scots Confession…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The very practical Reformation

When people today think of the Reformation, they tend to picture Luther in monastic robes nailing a large amount of paper to the Castle Church door in Wittenburg. Or, they think of the wonderful ideas of the Reformation: justification by faith alone; Scripture alone as our supreme authority; salvation by grace alone. These ideas…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

North America and Reformation in the Netherlands

Perhaps the Reformation’s most lasting impact on the American church has come from the Netherlands. The Reformation came later to the Netherlands than Germany and England, perhaps because of extreme persecution. The German states retained some autonomy, but there was no such protection in the Netherlands. During the Reformation era, over 50,000 Protestants were…

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Historical

October 2017
Articles > Historical

William Tyndale: the man who gave England her Bible

William Tyndale came from Gloucestershire, from the Vale of Berkeley, probably from Slimbridge, and the best estimates suggest that he was born in 1494. Educated at Oxford, at Magdalen Hall, he returned to his native county to become tutor to the two sons of Sir John Walsh, at Little Sodbury Manor, in 1522. His…

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Historical

October 2017
Articles > Historical

The Reformation in Europe

It is difficult today to grasp the psychic trauma caused by the Reformation in sixteenth century Europe. As well as a religious renewal, it had profound historical, social and cultural effects. The Reformation’s benefits are largely ignored by our contemporaries, who are mesmerised by ‘latest is best’ ideology and technical progress, invariably traced back…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Cults and other religions

Roman Catholicism: then and now

The Council of Trent (1545-63) defined Rome’s response to the challenge of the Reformation. Three great problems stand out in the teachings of Trent: the doctrines of revelation and justification, and the church’s worship. Trent’s position on each of these demonstrates why the Reformation was necessary at the time. But it is often said…

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Historical

October 2017
Articles > Historical

The Reformation in England

Inevitably, the debate about indulgences raised by Martin Luther’s protest rapidly became one about the personal understanding of Scripture, over against the church’s claim to be Scripture’s final and authoritative interpreter. The debate became furious and could not be contained within Germany, but widened, helped by the widespread use of Latin in scholarly circles…

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Article

October 2017
Articles > Evangelistic

Justification by faith — a personal testimony

At this 500th anniversary of the Reformation we come to one of the main pillars, if not the pillar, of that Reformation: justification by faith alone, in Christ alone. Martin Luther wrote, ‘When the article of justification has fallen, everything has fallen’. He declared, ‘This is the chief article from which all other doctrines…

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