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October 2021
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Good news for the Philippines

500 years ago at the Diet of Worms, one man – Martin Luther – took a stand against his many accusers and famously declared: ‘My conscience is captive to the Word of God… here I stand!’ It was in that very same year, 1521, that another significant event was taking place. On the other…

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October 2021
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None Else: 31 meditations on God’s character and attributes

Meditating upon God through his Word is essential for developing a deep walk with him. The Bible is not just a book about facts and historical happenings. It reveals to its reader the person of God: who he is and what he is like. How do we get to know that God? How do…

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October 2021
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Brownlow North: His life and work

Brownlow North was an outstanding 19th century evangelist, but he is sadly almost forgotten today, when the lessons of his life are needed. Born into the landed aristocracy, his father was a clergyman in the Church of England. Brownlow was only 15 when his father died. He was left in the care of his…

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October 2021
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A Christian’s Pocket Guide to Eastern Orthodox Theology: An evangelical perspective

For centuries, Orthodoxy had little impact in the West, but following the expulsion of leading theologians from Russia by the Bolsheviks and the rapid growth of population mobility and communications, this has changed. However, most Western Christians consider that Orthodoxy differs little from Rome. This is a misperception. Due to historical developments, the Greek…

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October 2021
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Jesus in Jerusalem: Prelude to the cross

This is a most helpful and informative book in which, from all four Gospels, Robert Bashford examines the last week of Jesus’s ministry in Jerusalem. In a useful introduction, he suggests a chronological timetable and deals convincingly with the alleged differences to be found in the synoptic Gospels. The four or five days under…

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October 2021
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Thomas Chalmers: The chief Scottish man of his time

What do you know about Thomas Chalmers? Have you even heard of him? If not, this booklet gives an opportunity to learn about the life and work of a man who was a leader in 19th century Scottish church life, and one of the leading personalities in Scottish life in general. In my younger…

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October 2021
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The Church in Wales’ decision affects us all

So yet another mainstream church denomination has fallen to the LGBT juggernaut. The Church in Wales has voted to bless same-sex unions. It hasn’t yet gone the whole way and completely redefined marriage, but that is surely just a question of time. In truth, the Church in Wales has been drifting away from the…

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October 2021
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Church in Wales allows same-sex blessing services

The Church in Wales has overwhelmingly voted in favour of allowing same-sex marriages to be blessed in church services. The bishops passed the bill unanimously, the clergy by 28 to 12 with two abstentions, and the laity by 49 to 10 with one abstention. It allows same-sex couples who are already legally married or…

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October 2021
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Families fight back against radical trans ideology

Families across the UK have pushed back against changes made by local councils to promote transgender ideology. In Scotland, the Highland Council was forced to reverse a decision to install same-sex toilets at Culloden Academy in Inverness. In Wales, local council Rhondda Cynon Taf had to withdraw its transgender guidance for schools after teachers…

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October 2021
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First Christian street preacher to be prosecuted for breaching the Covid lockdown has his fine dropped

The Crown Prosecution Service has dropped its case against open-air preacher Mike Overd, who had become the first Christian preacher to fall foul of coronavirus laws during the first English lockdown. Mr Overd, who is no stranger to controversy, had been carrying out his street ministry in Taunton town centre, Somerset, during March and…

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October 2021
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Church leaders ‘at risk of prosecution’ under ban on conversion therapy, says Welsh government

Church leaders are ‘at risk of prosecution’ if a ban on conversion therapy goes ahead, says a report published by the Welsh government. The document, which is an equality impact assessment of a draft gay rights plan, also admits that a ban could ‘restrict religious freedom’. Outlawing so-called ‘conversion therapy’ would make it illegal…

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October 2021
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Ofcom cuts ties with Stonewall scheme as Simon Callow says the charity is turning ‘tyrannical’

Ofcom, the UK’s media regulator, has become the latest agency to withdraw from Stonewall’s controversial ‘diversity scheme’. In a statement, Ofcom said it would still take part in the LGBT lobby group’s Workplace Equality Index, but has decided to distance itself from Stonewall’s ‘Diversity Champions’ programme. Ofcom’s departure is the latest in a string…

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October 2021
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Reports of child-on-child abuse double

Reports of children sexually abusing other children have doubled from 2017 to 2019, according to official data. BBC Panorama submitted Freedom of Information Act requests to 38 police forces in England and Wales. The results showed there were 7,866 reports of sexual abuse among children between April 2016 and March 2017. But, two years…

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October 2021
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Inaugural graduation service at Salisbury seminary

Saturday 3 July was a milestone for Salisbury Reformed Seminary as the institution’s first two students graduated. Kevin Armstrong and Alex Clarke had successfully completed their three-year course, and a thanksgiving ceremony was held. Revd Malcolm Watts, principal of the seminary, spoke of the history of the institution. It began with a parking problem…

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October 2021
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Owen vs Goodwin: Puritan controversy at Protestant Truth Society conference

Is Jesus Christ the Redeemer of sinners, or merely a facilitator of salvation? This vital question lay at the heart of July’s Protestant Truth Society Study Day, held at Kensit Evangelical Church, Finchley. The speaker was Benedict Bird, ThM, and the subtitle was ‘John Owen vs John Goodwin and the Doctrine of Perseverance’. Goodwin’s…

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October 2021
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Obituary: Peter Wheeler (1928–2021)

Born to Christian parents in Essex, Peter came to faith at an early age. He felt called to ministry and studied at Matlock Bible College and at the University of London. Aged 23, Peter left England to serve the Lord in France. It was a step of faith: he disembarked at Le Havre with…

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October 2021
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BBC ‘bias’ and gender ideology discussed at Family Education Trust conference

The danger that radical gender ideology poses to children, as well as BBC bias, were the themes of this year’s Family Education Trust conference in July. Dr Sharon James (Christian Institute) outlined how the transgender lobby takes advantage of the impressionable nature of children to teach them a series of lies: that gender is…

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October 2021
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Tom Hayward inducted at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel

In July, Tom Hayward was inducted to the pastorate at Ebenezer Baptist Chapel in Cradley Heath, West Midlands. The history of Tom’s call to the church was given by Paul Stonelake, church secretary and deacon. He traced God’s providence in leading the church to a new pastor. Tom Hayward also related his response to…

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October 2021
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Obituary: Roy Thornton (1925–2021)

Aged 96, an ‘old soldier’ has gone home. That old soldier was Mr Roy Thornton of Blackpool. He joined the Royal Army Service Corp, became a Staff Sergeant Major, served in India and Egypt, completed 22 years’ full-time service, and then 7 more as a reservist. Roy was every inch the soldier, from his…

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October 2021
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Seeing Christ in all Scripture at teen summer camp

After being forced online in 2020 due to the pandemic, Compass Camp was back with a bang in 2021! Aimed at 11 to 17-year-olds, Camp is held each August at Coniston in the heart of the Lake District. The week-long get-together includes Bible teaching, small-group discussions, prayers, outdoor activities, and indoor crafts and games.…

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October 2021
News > International

US: John McArthur’s church wins $800,000 Covid-19 settlement

Grace Community Church in Los Angeles has won an out-of-court settlement over the Covid-19 restrictions on indoor worship. The church, led by Pastor John McArthur, argued that County and State officials have no right to ban gathered worship. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to authorise a $400,000 payment to settle the…

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October 2021
News > International

Afghanistan: Senior UK figures plead for Afghan Christian converts to be allowed to settle in Britain

Senior leaders in Christian organisations, including former Archbishop of Canterbury Lord Carey, have called on Boris Johnson’s government to bring Christian Afghan converts to the UK for their safety. According to Lord Carey, ‘The British government and its allies have contributed to the dangers faced by Afghan Christians and have a moral responsibility towards…

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October 2021
News > International

US: Supreme Court backs Texas heartbeat abortion law

The US Supreme Court has upheld a new law which limits abortion in Texas despite pressure to block it. The law, nicknamed the ‘Heartbeat Act’, was signed into the Texas legislature in May this year, and makes abortion illegal from six weeks into pregnancy. The act means that any individual can sue a doctor…

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October 2021
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Belarus: Christian crackdown continues as Pentecostal church is evicted

Officials in Belarus have continued to crack down on Christians in the country amid growing international concern over human rights violations in the country. One church, the New Life Pentecostal Church, was evicted from its own building in February this year. The church had bought a disused cowshed 15 years ago, renovated it, and…

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October 2021
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Canada: ‘Dangerous’ euthanasia laws will soon include people with mental illnesses

Canada’s assisted suicide and euthanasia laws have expanded to the killing of people with disabilities and mental health conditions, a leading academic has warned. In a paper published in the BMJ Journal of Medical Ethics, Professor Tom Koch of the University of British Columbia, Canada, said that the law had been creeping in scope…

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October 2021
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Haiti: Church buildings destroyed by earthquake and storm

Many church buildings have been destroyed in Haiti following a huge earthquake. A big tropical storm followed just two days later, leaving the impoverished country reeling from the double disaster. Many towns and at least one city are now left without a single church building for believers to gather in for worship or spiritual…

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October 2021
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Sowing the seed

Once again God has blessed our undeserving nation with a good agricultural harvest: ‘While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease’ (Genesis 8:22). This is a blessing we should never take for granted, even as the petition ‘Give us this day our…

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October 2021
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Thinking it through: Come, ye thankful people, come!

As I write this, summer is coming to its end. We’re moving into autumn. Very soon the church here will be holding our Harvest Thanksgiving services. And I imagine that many of your churches will be doing something similar even if Covid precautions mean that it will be more low-key than in the past.…

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October 2021
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A shrink thinks: Covid-19 and the search for immortality

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed important truths about our society, truths which are troubling, but which, to those who know their Bible, are not surprising. I have noted previously the overreaching and intrusive laws passed by our UK government. That similar laws have been passed in many other countries is beside the point that…

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October 2021
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God the righteous Judge

In his final moving words recorded for us in 2 Timothy, the Apostle Paul exhorts his younger co-labourer to steadfastness in the face of great difficulties. He predicts that ‘in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,…

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October 2021
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Family Matters Part 2: How to fix broken relationships

In this series, Pastor Alan Hill considers what the Bible has to say about family life. ‘Which film shall we watch tonight?’ It starts so innocuously. In our series on family matters, we come to a most important subject: relationships. All of us struggle here, don’t we? There are some people with whom we…

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October 2021
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Facing death: Have the humanists got something to teach us?

The second week of May was ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’, an initiative of Hospice UK. Death is indeed a serious subject worthy of reflection, and with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ at the heart of our faith, we as Christians have the best perspective on the topic. Or at least we should.…

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October 2021
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The modesty conversation we need to have

Once when I was a college student, some friends and I spent some time reading and discussing Wendy Shalit’s A Return to Modesty: Discovering a Lost Virtue. Shalit, a Jewish philosopher, argued that a culture of sex without limits is harmful and that female modesty is good for both women and for society as…

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October 2021
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When we fail

The XXXII Olympic Games were recently held in Tokyo after a one-year delay. Many Japanese people were unhappy that the Games were held amid the Covid pandemic, and at most events there were very few spectators present. More than 10,000 athletes from 206 nations competed in 33 different sports. Preparations for these Games were…

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October 2021
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Am I too traditionalist in my response to modern hymns at my daughter’s church, or missing out on something accessible?

Let’s not confuse the question of antiquity versus novelty (the old as opposed to the new) with the basic question of quality and the related question of accessibility (is it any good and do we understand it?). Assuming that we will sing hymns and not only psalms, every hymn (and every psalm, for that…

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October 2021
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A walk with Mr O: What about addressing modern issues?

Mr O, may I ask you a question? Of course, that’s what these walks are for. What’s on your mind? In my walks with you, all that we ever seem to talk about is the inner life – things like listening for the voice of Christ during preaching, meditating on the Scriptures, having personal…

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