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Missionary Spotlight – Myanmar’s devastation

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September 2008
Burma

Missionary Spotlight – Myanmar’s devastation

Myanmar’s devastation   UK missionary Brian Ellis has sent this report by Peter Ci Thang of a recent visit to the Irrawaddy delta, in Myanmar. Peter is a student of Grace Ministerial Academy, in Metro-Manila, Philippines.   In early June I visited a number of island villages in Myanmar to help victims of the…

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News

September 2008
News

News – UN backs down

UN backs down  The president of the UN Human Rights Council ruled on 16 June that the Council is not to criticise or evaluate religions, particularly Islamic fatwas. This ruling followed attempts by Egyptian and Pakistani delegates at the council to silence criticism of the human rights of women in Islamic countries.     A statement…

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Review – Six-day creation – Day One

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September 2008
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Review – Six-day creation – Day One

Six-day creation: Does it matter what you believe? Robert GurneyDay One Publications; 64 pages; £4.00ISBN: 978 1846250972 The author of this short book is a qualified medic who has worked as a medical missionary in Africa and as a general practitioner in Devon. For most of the time, he considered himself to be an 'old-earth creationist'…

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September 2008
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News – Chinese persecution

Chinese persecution  Bike Zhang, pastor and chairman of the Federation House Church, and his wife Xie Fenglan were forced from their home in Beijing on 6 July by Public Security Bureau officials. The couple found shelter at the home of a friend, but when Public Security Bureau (PSB) officials learned about it, they came…

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September 2008
Articles > Comment

Comment – Love, the reality check

Love, the reality check John's first epistle seeks, among other things, to delineate the marks of a true Christian. And no characteristic features more strongly than love for our fellow believers. John's teaching on this matter is well summarised in 1 John 3:10-19.  The apostle recognised that the churches to which he wrote contained both…

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Review – Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament – Baker Academic and Apollos

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September 2008
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Review – Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament – Baker Academic and Apollos

Commentary on the New Testament use of the Old Testament Ed. G. K. Beale and D. A. CarsonBaker Academic and Apollos; 1239 pages; £29.99; ISBN: 978-1-84474-196-0 Greg Beale and Don Carson, together with their sixteen-strong team of contributors, have produced a very substantial tome, fit to take its place on any bookshelf (although it will need…

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God is a missionary God

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September 2008
General

God is a missionary God

God is a missionary God   In his last letter to Timothy, Paul writes: ‘You … have followed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness’ (2 Timothy 3:10). The apostle Paul clearly knew what he was trying to achieve – hence he can write ‘my…

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September 2008
News

News – Anglican split deepens

Anglican split deepens Anglican conflict over the question of gay bishops has become sharper and more personalised since the Lambeth Conference. Writing in the Times newspaper the Archbishop of Uganda, The Most Rev. Henry Orombi, accused the Archbishop of Canterbury of 'betrayal' over the issue. In response, a number of UK bishops, led by the…

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Review – The call to joy and pain – IVP

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September 2008
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Review – The call to joy and pain – IVP

The call to joy and pain Ajith FernandoIVP; 174 pages; £9.99; ISBN: 978-1-84474-249-3 Though the subtitle of this book is 'Embracing suffering in your ministry', it is clearly aimed at (and would greatly benefit) all Christians, not just those engaged in some form of full-time ministry.   The book is really a devotional essay on Colossians 1:24–29…

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September 2008
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News – Tory ambivalence

Tory ambivalence Gay adoption and civil partnerships are 'right and moral', according to Conservative education spokesman Michael Gove in a speech to the Institute of Public Policy Research.      In a speech on the family reported by the Christian Institute, Mr Grove said that the Conservatives had been wrong in the past to oppose 'gay…

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The delights of faith

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September 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

The delights of faith

The delights of faith It is the year 537 BC and Daniel, who was taken captive by the Babylonians when he was only fourteen, is now eighty-two. But even though he himself is old, Daniel's faith is new. Stuart Olyott writes: 'Many years have passed since he last saw Jerusalem, but the old man's faith is…

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September 2008
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News – Iranian assault

Iranian assault  Iranian security police arrested a Christian couple, recent converts from Islam, in their home in east Tehran at the beginning of June. This followed a relative informing the police of the couple's Christian activities.      Tina Rad and her husband Makan Arya were taken from their home and forced to leave their…

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News – Christians at work

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September 2008
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News – Christians at work

Christians at work  On Saturday 28 June, Christians from both the UK and as far afield as Hamburg gathered in Rugby for the annual conference of Christians at Work. The topic was 'You shall be my witnesses'.      Following a time of small group prayer, our first speaker Roger Carswell preached on Acts16:20-33. Rather…

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News – Liddell story inspires the Chinese

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September 2008
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News – Liddell story inspires the Chinese

Liddell story inspires the Chinese  The launch of the Chinese version of Rev. John Keddie's biography of Eric Liddell, Running the Race (Evangelical Press), is very soon to take place amidst considerable glitz in China.      Amongst the scheduled events are photo-calls with UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Lord Sebastian Coe and British Olympic Association…

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September 2008
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News – Rwanda accuses French

Rwanda accuses French  An independent commission in Rwanda has accused France of being aware of preparations for the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and helping train the ethnic Hutu militia. Officials in the country have expressed hope that French officials named would be indicted for war crimes.      Among those named in the report are…

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September 2008
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News – Ethiopian Jews

Ethiopian Jews A thirty-year immigration project to bring Ethiopian Jews to Israel has been brought to an end despite claims from campaigners that many more people should be admitted to the country. During the 1980s and 1990s 120,000 Ethiopians of Jewish descent, sometimes known as Beta Israel, were flown to Israel from Ethiopia and Sudan.    …

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You are what you think

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September 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

You are what you think

You are what you think Mary Slessor, the courageous red-haired missionary who became known as the 'White Queen of the Cannibals', wrote home to friends in Scotland about the victorious life of a certain woman believer in Africa. She is so poor that she has not one farthing in this world but what she gets from…

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September 2008
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News – Demolition protest

Demolition protest Aid agency ActionAid has submitted an application to demolish St Paul's Cathedral in London in protest at plans by a British firm to mine a mountain in India. ActionAid put in the application to the City of London requesting the 'total demolition' of the famous landmark.      The move aims to raise awareness…

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Missionary Spotlight – Missionary work – without the glamour

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September 2008
Kenya

Missionary Spotlight – Missionary work – without the glamour

Missionary work – without the glamour   In his final report Cliff Barton shares more of the down-to-earth challenges of pastoral work among the Pokot of Kenya.   Korokou is a hilly area, yet characterised by much agriculture. We were able to drive up a rough road cut out to aid development. It takes…

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Review – The Christian charities handbook – IVP

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September 2008
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Review – The Christian charities handbook – IVP

The Christian charities handbook Paul MartinIVP300 pages; £24.99; ISBN:  978-1844742769 Are you a deacon or elder in your church? Then you are a charity trustee according to charity law. Or are you a committee member of a local community organisation? The same probably applies.        So many Christians are involved in charitable organisations, in one…

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News

September 2008
News

Lennox vs. Dawkins at Keswick

Lennox vs. Dawkins at Keswick In the first of this year's Keswick lectures, Dr John Lennox stepped beyond a robust defence of Christianity to point out that the 'New Atheism' of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens et al was dangerous to society. 'The New Atheism seriously undercuts morality. If you teach their kind of secularism to…

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September 2008
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News – Somalia

Somalia Sayid Ali Sheik Luqman Hussein, a young Christian convert from Islam, was shot dead by Islamic extremists on 10 July in the town of Afgyoye, Somalia. Mr Hussein, who was 28, became a Christian in 2004 and had been active in telling people in his community about his faith.     On 8 July, two Muslim…

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September 2008
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News – Dawkins exposed

Dawkins exposed One of the 20th century's most renowned atheists and influential philosophers has accused Professor Richard Dawkins - of The God Delusion fame - of being 'a secularist bigot' and amateur in his use of academic scholarship.      Professor Antony Flew, now 85 and Emeritus Professor at Reading University, was for decades internationally regarded…

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Oliver Cromwell – ‘God’s Englishman’

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September 2008
Articles > Historical

Oliver Cromwell – ‘God’s Englishman’

Oliver Cromwell - 'God's Englishman'   Few men have the honour of being buried in Westminster Abbey. Even fewer have the distinction of being dug up three years later and their body hung up for public derision. Such was Oliver Cromwell who died 350 years ago this year.   In life as in death,…

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September 2008
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News – US bishop heckled

US bishop heckled Gene Robinson, the US bishop at the centre of the row about homosexuality within the Anglican Church, was forced to halt a sermon at a London church after being heckled. A member of the congregation called him a 'heretic' and urged him to 'repent, repent, repent'.     The bishop began his sermon by…

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William Grimshaw 1708-1763

Historical

September 2008
Articles > Historical

William Grimshaw 1708-1763

William Grimshaw 1708-1763   'The barren wilderness rejoiced and blossomed like the rose'. So wrote John Newton in a series of letters first published in 1799. He was not referring to the arid regions of the Sahara but rather to Yorkshire in the mid 18th century. Newton was not describing an agricultural phenomenon but…

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Discovering the heart of China

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September 2008
China

Discovering the heart of China

Discovering the heart of China   China has been very much in the headlines lately, and we are often given negative impressions from the news reports we receive — whether they relate to the Olympics, the thorny issue of Tibet, or human rights and the persecution of ‘underground’ churches. China is even being blamed…

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Review – Catch the vision – EP

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September 2008
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Review – Catch the vision – EP

Catch the visionJohn J. MurrayEvangelical Press192 pages; £7.95ISBN: 978-085234-667-9 Catch the vision is a fascinating read about notable leaders - such as Dr M. Lloyd-Jones, Geoffrey Williams, Iain Murray, John Murray and others - who were used mightily by God to revive Reformed, Puritan, experiential truth in mid-20th century UK and beyond. It presents instructively the…

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News

September 2008
News

News – Golden Compass sequels in doubt

Golden Compass sequels in doubt Atheist author Phillip Pullman says Christian opposition to The Golden Compass film hit audience numbers and may have damaged plans for two sequels. The film is an adaptation of the first book in an anti-Christian trilogy called His dark materials written by Mr Pullman.      He is on record as…

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Review – Faith, power and territory – a handbook of British Islam – Isaac Publishing

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September 2008
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Review – Faith, power and territory – a handbook of British Islam – Isaac Publishing

Faith, power and territory - a handbook of British Islam Patrick SookhdeoIsaac Publishing; 360 pages; £12.99; ISBN: 978-0-9787141-3-0 Patrick Sookhdeo needs no introduction and has long been regarded as an expert in the field of Judaeo-Christian and Islamic studies. In this book, he explores the way Islam is developing in Britain today and, more importantly, its…

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News

September 2008
News

Knife crime crisis

Knife crime crisis As the death toll for London's teenagers rises further, Simoney Girard asks how those in youth work should react.  I knew that boy who was stabbed in Clapham', said Aislene. 'He was my friend's cousin'. She told us this at our local Girl Crusaders' Union (GCU) class in West Norwood last year.…

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September 2008
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News – Iran suspends stoning

Iran suspends stoning  The punishment of death by stoning has been suspended in Iran in what is seen as a possible first move to abolishing the practice. Stoning is the penalty for crimes such as adultery under Islamic law. The last such execution was reportedly last year.     According to reports from inside the country,…

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News – Edith Margaret Clarkson (1915-2008)

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September 2008
Obituaries

News – Edith Margaret Clarkson (1915-2008)

Edith Margaret Clarkson (1915-2008) Margaret Clarkson, whose rarely-used first name is Edith, was born in 1915 into, as Margaret herself described, 'a loveless and unhappy marriage', which broke up when she was 12.     In 1946, C. Stacey Woods asked Margaret Clarkson, then in Toronto, to write a hymn. Recently turned 30, Margaret was a primary…

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Review – Light on the way – Leith Books

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September 2008
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Review – Light on the way – Leith Books

Light on the way   David Bugden Available from Leith Books, 4 Eastwood Court, Thirsk, YO7 4PA 285 pages; £9.99; ISBN:  978-1893531116   In this book of daily readings for 183 days (six months), David Bugden has achieved his aim to 'lay a good foundation' for 'new converts and those young in the faith'.…

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Review – A thorn in the flesh – IVP

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September 2008
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Review – A thorn in the flesh – IVP

A thorn in the flesh Pablo MartinezIVP192 pages; £7.99; ISBN: 978-1-84474-188-5 In an age when so many are peddling cheap palliatives for the pain of life in a fallen world, people need something that goes deeper and gets to grips with core eternal issues. If a theoretical exploration of the 'problem' of suffering is what you…

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Guest Column – The theologian’s stone

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September 2008
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – The theologian’s stone

The theologian's stone Guest Column I find it both intriguing and troubling that the great seventeenth-century mathematician and scientist Sir Isaac Newton appears to have believed in the Philosopher's Stone - the fabled substance capable of turning base metal into precious gold. Many Newton scholars now concede that the celebrated author of the Principia and formulator…

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Pastoring with both eyes open

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September 2008
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Pastoring with both eyes open

Pastoring with both eyes open   What attracts men to the pastorate? It is rarely prestige, power or money (especially the latter). In most cases it is love - love for Christ, love for people and love for the Word of God.   The typical Bible college or seminary student can hardly wait to…

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Missionary Spotlight – Things we wish you knew

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September 2008
Mexico

Missionary Spotlight – Things we wish you knew

Things we wish you knew   I never dreamed my missionary calling would involve wearing so many hats – preacher, carpenter, translator, mechanic, linguist, plumber, photographer, solar electrician, conference speaker, dental assistant, grave-digger, airstrip maintenance man, and rodent extermination consultant. I’ve donned them all.      On top of that, Beth is a pharmacist, schoolteacher,…

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September 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

Running the race

Running the race A Chinese version of a new biography of Eric Liddell - the Scottish missionary and Olympic gold medal winner - was launched in China during the Beijing Olympics. Thousands of copies of Running the race in simplified Chinese have already been purchased by the official state bookstore in Beijing, where Liddell continues…

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News

September 2008
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News – Advert question

Advert question An advert from a church citing examples of healing through prayer has been criticised as 'irresponsible' by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). The ASA also concluded that the advert was not factually correct and could discourage readers from seeking qualified medical advice.     North Shrewsbury Community Church distributed a flyer containing a quote from…

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News – OBFPC outreaches

News

September 2008
News

News – OBFPC outreaches

OBFPC outreaches From 14-21 July, a mission team from Bob Jones University in South Carolina, USA, visited Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church (OBFPC). Led by speech-communication lecturer David Schwingle and his wife April, the group comprised 10 students from different states, majoring in various subjects. They were serving churches across the UK for eight weeks of…

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Missionary Spotlight – New opportunities in Romania

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September 2008
Romania

Missionary Spotlight – New opportunities in Romania

New opportunities in Romania   I first met Raul Costea on a flight from Bucharest to the UK. I had been on an assignment in Romania project-managing for a manufacturing business; Raul was a Baptist pastor from Transylvania in central Romania.      While conversing we discovered a common bond of Christian faith. He told…

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September 2008
News

News – Westminster Theological Seminary

Westminster Theological Seminary  Westminster Theological Seminary (WTS) in Philadelphia, USA, has parted company with one of its professors.      Professor of Old Testament Peter Enns was suspended in March from teaching there. This move was precipitated by Enns' book Inspiration and incarnation: Evangelicals and the problem of the Old Testament (Baker Book House).     The…

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September 2008
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News – Anti-Semitism

Anti-Semitism There were 266 anti-Semitic incidents against Jewish people or property in the UK up to June 2008, compared with 244 in the same period last year, a 9% rise according to the Community Security Trust (CST). 166 were incidents of abusive behaviour, including verbal abuse, hate mail and anti-Semitic graffiti.     Incidents involving students or…

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September 2008
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News – Iraqi Christians

Iraqi Christians  Iraq's Prime Minister has urged Christians who fled the country after the US-led invasion to return home to help rebuild the country. Nearly half of Iraq's 800,000 Christian adherents are believed to have left the country since 2003. Many of those remaining have been targeted by Muslim militias.

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Review – Opening up Proverbs – Day One

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September 2008
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Review – Opening up Proverbs – Day One

Opening up Proverbs Jim NewheiserDay One; 192 pages; £8.00; ISBN: 978-1-84625-110-8 Having heard much about this series from Day One, I was glad to receive this book to review. It is easy to read and is suitable for Christians of all ages and maturity - a very practical treatment yet rooted in solid theology. The book…

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News

September 2008
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News – Sikh bracelet

Sikh bracelet A 14-year-old Sikh girl has won a High Court claim against her school for discrimination, after it excluded her for breaking its 'no jewellery' policy. Sarika Singh, from Cwmbach, south Wales, was excluded by Aberdare Girls' School in November 2007 for refusing to take off her religious bangle.      However, the High Court…

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Older people in society and the church

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September 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Older people in society and the church

Older people in society and the church 'The righteous will flourish like a palm tree ... they will flourish in the courts of our God. They will still bear fruit in old age' (Psalm 92:12-14). Psalm 90:10 is a familiar verse to all those over 60: 'The length of our days is seventy years - or eighty,…

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News

September 2008
News

News – Pro-life votes

Pro-life votes Following the defeat of Labour at the recent Glasgow East by-election, pro-life groups were quick to point to government policy on the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill as contributing to the loss.      Jim Dobbin MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pro-Life Group, said, 'It's clear to me that the HFE Bill…

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