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September 2006
News

Britain’s addiction

A new report says almost 20% of adults across England binge drink at least double the daily recommended level in one or more sessions a week. Experts say Britain has gone from a nation 'enjoying a harmless tipple' to one developing 'a dangerous alcohol addiction'.The biggest binge drinkers live in the North East and…

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September 2006
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Baptist Insurance – read the small print

Treasurers of independent Baptist churches who insure their premises with the Baptist Insurance Company PLC (BIC) may soon find themselves members of an inclusive organisation under the presidency of the Bishop of London.Unless they opt out, the church insurance group is making all its policy holders members of the Association of Church Treasurers and…

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Keswick Convention 2006

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September 2006
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Keswick Convention 2006

Peter Maiden, Chairman of the Keswick Convention council and Director of Operation Mobilisation, preached at the first meeting of the 2006 Convention. The conference theme was 'The church in the power of the Spirit'. 'Are our churches cross-centred?' he asked. Are we just becoming a bit more religious, adding a layer of piety to…

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Exciting progress in PNG

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September 2006
Papua New Guinea

Exciting progress in PNG

Missionaries Bob and George Walker and Jack Housley hiked in to visit the Bisorio people of Papua New Guinea, 24 years to the day they first presented the gospel to them in 1982. Today New Tribes Mission no longer has missionaries working among the Bisorios. The work was completed in 2000. The Bisorios express…

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Passive obedience

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September 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

Passive obedience

'To obey is better than sacrifice' (1 Samuel 15:22) While struggling to learn New Testament Greek, I was taught to distinguish between the 'active' and 'passive' voices. My tutor's explanatory illustration has stayed with me - Active voice: think, 'Jesus healed the leper'. Passive voice: think, 'The leper was healed by Jesus'.At the very centre…

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A lifetime ministry – W. B. Forsyth at 100

Historical

September 2006
Articles > Historical

A lifetime ministry – W. B. Forsyth at 100

It is 1932 in north-east ­Brazil. A young missionary is facing a hostile crowd summoned by the Roman Catholic priest to stop him preaching. The priest calls out ‘What bishop ordained the preacher?’ The firm reply comes back, ‘The Lord Jesus Christ who said, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel” ……

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Should Christians gamble?

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September 2006
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Should Christians gamble?

Some time ago the front page of one of Singapore’s tabloids reported that a dishwasher lady had gambled away $92,000 of her family’s money (from the sale of a flat) by playing the jackpot and had resorted to begging from strangers to feed herself.   According to an Inland Revenue source, jackpot machines here…

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The paths of righteousness

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September 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The paths of righteousness

'He leads me in the paths of   righteousness' (Psalm 23:3)The Lord our shepherd leads his sheep into all righteousness. From the moment of our new birth as children of God and at each key juncture of our pilgrimage through this world - at the dawn of each new day and at every single step…

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September 2006
Book

Africa Bible Commentary

A new Bible commentary written exclusively by African theologians has been launched in Kenya. The commentary is the work of 70 contributors from 25 African countries and is designed to explain the Bible from an African perspective.The one-volume commentary is not a replacement for the Bible, says editor Tokunboh Adeyemo, but seeks to make…

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September 2006
Lebanon

MERF and Lebanon

In 1971 Lebanon was a prosperous, democratic multicultural haven in the Arab world — a centre for business, education and tourism. But sadly, the 50,000 Lebanese Protestants identified in an early 1950s census had dwindled to barely 3000 regular churchgoers. Three young believers in Beirut, of various nationalities, met regularly for prayer, Bible study…

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September 2006
News

Chinese demolish house church

The Chinese government's official news media reports that about 3000 Christians have been involved in clashes with the police over the demolition of an unofficial church building. The report says two people were arrested but gives no numbers of those injured. This follows claims by the Hong Kong-based Information Centre for Human Rights and…

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ROBERT MURRAY M’CHEYNE A book worth reading

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September 2006
Reviews > Book

ROBERT MURRAY M’CHEYNE A book worth reading

It was 1993 and I was in my final year of studies at York. A friend and I were perusing the Christian biographies in a bookshop when he took down a small paperback simply entitled Robert Murray M'Cheyne. He told me I should read it, as this man's life was special. I stored the…

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Scientology

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September 2006
Cults and other religions

Scientology

'The fastest growing religious movement on earth' - that is what Scientology claims for itself. It is a staggering claim and there is no firm evidence to substantiate it. However, the official web-site reports that Scientology has 'more than 3,200 churches, missions and groups in 154 countries'.In Great Britain they claim a membership of…

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Bracknell church bids farewell

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September 2006
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Bracknell church bids farewell

On Sunday 23 July, Easthampstead Baptist Church in South Hill Road, Bracknell, said goodbye to its senior minister, Rev. Dane Baker, and his wife Blanche and family after sixteen years of faithful service to the church and the town.The church was full for the service, which included a 'This is your EBC Life' event…

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Article

September 2006
Articles > Comment

Comment God speaks; do we listen?

Evangelicals can never remind themselves enough of the centrality - not just importance - of Scripture. The Bible is the only book in which God has spoken (Hebrews 1:1-2). In no other place are the 'unsearchable riches' of Jesus Christ displayed and salvation found. The Scriptures are God's self-revelation in a verbal form. They…

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Evangelicals in Lebanon

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September 2006
Lebanon

Evangelicals in Lebanon

There are an estimated 20,000 Protestants in Lebanon. These comprise Presbyterians, Congregationalists, Baptists, Church of God, Nazarene, Brethren and Charismatics. The Presbyterian and Congregational churches are similar, and form 75% of the Protestant community. The Presbyterian Synod covers Lebanon and Syria (there are several thousand Presbyterians in Syria also). The evangelical missions that established…

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September 2006
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Wars and rumours

Violence and political instability have dogged the Middle East for generations. The bitterness runs deep. Arabs and Israelis have conflicting views of history and strive for irreconcilable futures. Politicians seem no more able to resolve the issues than generals. The turbulent mix of nationalism, religion and mutual suspicion looks set to ferment for years…

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The struggle for Lebanon

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September 2006
Lebanon

The struggle for Lebanon

This month’s missionary spotlight demonstrates that in the past Lebanon has played a unique role in Christian mission in the Middle East – surely a point not lost on Satan either. In this article we chart the conflicts that have raged over the last 60 years as Islamic forces have struggled to take control…

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At the eleventh hour -John Cowper

Historical

September 2006
Articles > Historical

At the eleventh hour -John Cowper

My mother! When I learnt that you were dead,Say, were you conscious of the tears I shed?In these words the poet and hymn writer William Cowper recalled his grief over the death of his mother in 1737. The loss left deep scars on the sensitive six-year-old, for Ann Cowper, only thirty-four when she died,…

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Joyful service at the Llangollen Eisteddfod

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September 2006
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Joyful service at the Llangollen Eisteddfod

The smiling faces of the outreach team matched the sunny weather that the Lord gave us during the week of the 60th Llangollen Eisteddfod. A Christian team has been present for 58 of those 60 years. The four stations where the team worked were kept busy throughout the week. The schoolroom of the chapel…

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September 2006
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140 to sue Catholic children’s home

Around 140 men are planning to sue the Roman Catholic Church for damages over alleged physical and sexual abuse suffered while in care. The action is being taken against the organisations responsible for running St William's Community Home in Market Weighton, East Yorkshire over a 20-year period. If successful, damages could run into millions…

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Hezbollah

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September 2006
Lebanon

Hezbollah

Hezbollah (Hizbullah, Arabic for ‘party of God’) is an Islamic political party and militia group ­functioning within Lebanon. It was founded during the Lebanese civil war of 1975-1990. In June 1982 Israel invaded Lebanon and sided with one of the country’s ‘Christian’ factions against the many other, mostly Muslim, factions. Other powers, including Syria…

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LTS end-of-year service

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September 2006
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LTS end-of-year service

Another hot summer's day for the June end-of-year service at the London Theological Seminary! Fifteen men were finishing the two-year course at the seminary, and testified to the Lord's goodness and blessing on their time there. Six men were from Britain, and others came from Eastern Europe and the Far East. One came from…

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The water of life 2. The Spirit and the church

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September 2006
Articles > Biblical/theological

The water of life 2. The Spirit and the church

Last month I argued that there can be no real evangelism without the Holy Spirit. Now I want to show that without the Holy Spirit there can be no true church.  The concern that underlies these articles is that many Reformed churches are neglecting the Holy Spirit. We have right views on his person…

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Wings like a dove: the courage of Queen Jeanne D’Albret

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September 2006
Book

Wings like a dove: the courage of Queen Jeanne D’Albret

Christine FarenhorstP&R Publishing (Distributed by Evangelical Press)207 pages; £7.95Wings like a dove is the story of the only daughter of the King and Queen of the tiny kingdom of Navarre - born in the year 1528 in a Roman Catholic France that was being challenged by the rediscovery of biblical Christianity. Princess Jeanne, a…

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The church – divine and human

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September 2006
General

The church – divine and human

When it comes to ecclesiology (the doctrine of the church) it is ­important to make one thing clear from the very start – according to the Bible the church is both a divine and human organism. This is why Holy Scripture presents the church as a body, having a head and members. The divine…

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News

September 2006
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Black church leaders speak out

A letter protesting against the Labour Government's sexual orientation regulations appeared in the Telegraph newspaper in July. The letter was signed by 177 pastors of black churches and helpfully highlighted the discrimination felt by many Christians at attempts being made by the Government to impose an obligation on Christian organisations to accept homosexuality as…

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September 2006
Lebanon

Lebanon profile

Lebanon is located north of Israel at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea and shares a border with Syria. It is a beautiful land of plains and mountains, with about 3.8 million inhabitants, nearly all Arab. Lebanon was once wealthy — an economic centre of the Middle East — but decades of war…

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