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Review – Habakkuk: a wrestler with God – Walter J. Chantry, Banner of Truth

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September 2009
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Review – Habakkuk: a wrestler with God – Walter J. Chantry, Banner of Truth

Habakkuk: a wrestler with God Walter J. ChantryBanner of Truth; 100 pages; £5.50; ISBN: 978-0-85151-995-1 This is a great little book about a great little book! Only 100 pages long, it is commentary, devotion and sermon beautifully weaved together.     Walter Chantry points out that Habakkuk's times were, in many respects, similar to our own, characterised by…

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September 2009
Articles > Comment

Comment – Swine flu

Swine flu Swine flu has rapidly spread around the world after emerging in Mexico last year. Experts anticipate that millions more will yet be infected, even though its first wave is now waning in certain countries.      The flu is thought to have originated in pigs. It is a respiratory disease that jumps from person…

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News – The harvest is plentiful

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September 2009
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News – The harvest is plentiful

The harvest is plentiful  Farming Christian Link (FCL), a mission to the rural community, is receiving many requests for Christian literature and Scriptures.      Started in 1934 by Rev. J. C. Williams from Kent, the mission has grown into a widely supported evangelism ministry, with a website and postal ministry to areas where there…

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September 2009
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News – Alcohol ‘worst UK drug’

Alcohol 'worst UK drug'  Nearly 33,000 people in the UK die from alcohol-related causes each year - ten times as many people as die on the roads over the same time frame. And alcohol abuse affects family and friends of the drinker, meaning the problem hurts even more people who lack support.      'There…

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News – Lowestoft air festival

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September 2009
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News – Lowestoft air festival

Lowestoft air festival Lowestoft's seafront air festival in Suffolk is now the seventh largest in Europe, offering a spectacular two-day display. This involves 35 different aircraft, including the Red Arrows, Blades and Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.     During the thirteenth show, this July, Oulton Broad Free Presbyterian Church organised a 'good news' stand on the…

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September 2009
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News – The real Bible bashers

The real Bible bashers Online 'Christian' community web site, the Ship of Fools, has launched a project called 'Textus Rejectus', offering its readers the chance to take out bits of the Bible they do not like. Votes will be taken on the verses that most offend.      The current list of biblical passages that readers…

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Missionary Spotlight – A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines

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September 2009
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines

A miracle of grace in Cubao, Philippines   One afternoon five young men armed with knives robbed a Jeepney in Cubao. It wasn’t the first time, but for at least two of them it was to be the last. The robbery went badly wrong for them when police warning shouts and bullets arrived at…

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Review – The Voyage that shook the world – DVD review – Creation Ministries International

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September 2009
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Review – The Voyage that shook the world – DVD review – Creation Ministries International

The Voyage that shook the world DVD reviewCreation Ministries International; Pre-order price £14.95 With our society being encouraged to remember the 200th anniversary of the birth of one of its secular saints, this production takes a fresh look at Charles Darwin's life and his controversial theory of evolution. The hope is that the film will be…

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Review – The new Creationism – Paul Garner – EP Books

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September 2009
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Review – The new Creationism – Paul Garner – EP Books

The new Creationism Paul GarnerEP Books; 308 pages; £8.95; ISBN: 978-085234-692-1 This title doesn't just expose the errors of evolutionary theory, but describes attempts to build creationist scientific theories to replace evolutionary explanations. Paul Garner writes, 'my main aim is to summarise the work of modern-day scholars who are seeking to restore the biblical foundations of…

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News – Uxbridge Road induction

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September 2009
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News – Uxbridge Road induction

Uxbridge Road inductionSaturday 18 July was a joyful day, when more than 200 friends joined members of Uxbridge Road Tabernacle to celebrate the induction of their new pastor Jeffrey Avery.     Two former pastors of Uxbridge, Francis Harris and Richard Mayhew, took part in the service. The church secretary recounted the sequence of events leading…

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News – Summer Conference, Pembroke

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September 2009
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News – Summer Conference, Pembroke

Summer Conference, Pembroke  'I was glad when they said unto me, let us go into the house of the Lord' (Psalm 122:1). This was the sentiment of those who gathered for the 2009 Summer Conference in Pembroke.      The main speakers were Vernon Higham (Cardiff) and Maurice Roberts (Inverness). The week began with a…

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September 2009
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News – Too much, too soon

Too much, too soon Schools may be forced to compromise their ethical and moral beliefs under government proposals for standardising sex education.     A new report from independent research charity Family Education Trust (FET) claims that schools will have discretion over subject matter removed from them, and the influence and wishes of parents will be disregarded,…

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Agape Children’s Village, Uganda

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September 2009
Uganda

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda

Agape Children’s Village, Uganda   Uganda has been hit hard by the HIV/AIDS epidemic and has the world’s highest concentration of AIDS orphans. With a population of 30.9 million, one in every eighteen Ugandans is an AIDS orphan. In 2002 there were 1.7 million AIDS orphans, out of a total of 2.4 million Ugandan…

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September 2009
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News – Ding dong, merrily?

Ding dong, merrily? The Pope is getting his vocal chords into shape for his forthcoming debut album. According to reports from the Vatican, Pope Benedict XVI is to release a Christmas album of him singing Gregorian chants and reciting passages and prayers in different languages. The Protestant Archbishop of Canterbury has not announced any plans…

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Missionary Spotlight – A great work in retirement

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September 2009
Turkey

Missionary Spotlight – A great work in retirement

A great work in retirement   While serving Christ as missionaries with European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) in Turkey, in spring 1975, David and I were privileged to be the hosts to a retired Greek pastor from Piraeus, Athens.      Stavros Delianides had been invited to preach to the few remaining Greek Protestants in Istanbul…

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September 2009
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News – Threat to democracy

Threat to democracy     A new threat to freedom of speech and democracy is being posed by secularism, according to a report from Christian think-tank, the Jubilee Centre.     The report, called Sustaining Democracy, claims that basic human rights and civil liberties, such as the ability to believe and express one's faith, are at risk from…

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Dawn at the beach

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September 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Dawn at the beach

Dawn at the beach I have seen many spectacular sights of the natural world in my day, but few move me like the view of dawn at the beach. Pick your location: it does not matter. It is fantastic anywhere. The vista from the shore is split into three layers. There is the sandy beach; the…

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September 2009
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News – Day One in Bible lands

Day One in Bible lands In an extension to its work and ministry, Day One Christian Ministries are sending parties out to explore Bible lands.     The venture started last September when 48 people went to Israel, and continued with 36 travelling there this May. Both tours were led by Paul Williams and Clive Anderson, who…

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September 2009
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News – Victory for adoption worker

Victory for adoption worker A children's doctor struck off an adoption panel for her beliefs has been reinstated as the panel's medical adviser, following a wave of support.     Dr Sheila Matthews, who had been working as a community paediatrician in Northamptonshire for more than 18 years, was dismissed by the county council earlier this year.…

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Review – Just by believing – Frank Allred – Grace Publications

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September 2009
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Review – Just by believing – Frank Allred – Grace Publications

Just by believing Frank AllredGrace Publications; 166 pages; £7.95; ISBN: 978-0-94646-275-9 This book is a helpful treatment of justification by faith. It is presented in a compelling way and is replete with homely and helpful illustrations. I would go as far as to say that anyone who grasps these clear and easily read pages will have…

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September 2009
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News – Pakistani Christians attacked

Pakistani Christians attacked Pakistani Christians recently have experienced more outrages. Eleven Christians were burned by acid when 600 Muslims went on the rampage in Bahmani Walla, a Christian village in Pakistan.       Some 117 houses were vandalised, while petrol bombs caused serious damage to 48 properties, leaving villagers without electricity or many of their possessions.…

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1859 – the year of grace

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September 2009
Articles > Historical

1859 – the year of grace

1859 - the year of grace In 1856 a lady called Mrs Colville returned home to Gateshead in a state of despondency. She had spent several months visiting homes in Ballymena, County Antrim, with the aim of winning souls for Christ and felt her work had been unfruitful. Little did she know how the Lord would…

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September 2009
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News – Church of Scotland turmoil

Church of Scotland turmoil The Christian Institute reports that 35 Church of Scotland parishes have united in a campaign of non cooperation with the Kirk's recent decision on the ordination of homosexual ministers.     In May the Kirk's general assembly voted to uphold the appointment of an openly gay man, Rev. Scott Rennie, to a congregation…

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September 2009
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News – Tyne and Wear Metro

Tyne and Wear Metro Commencing 21 September for four weeks, Message on the Move (MEMO) and Bible Text Publicity Mission (BTPM) are sponsoring a joint Scripture poster campaign on the Tyne and Wear Metro.     MEMO has booked sufficient sites for one poster to be displayed in every carriage of the trains, and BTPM have booked…

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September 2009
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News – N. Korea

N. Korea North Korea publicly executed a Christian woman on 16 June for distributing the Bible, according to an Associated Press report.      Ri Hyon Ok, 33, was also accused of spying for South Korea and the United States and organising dissidents. She was executed in the north-western city of Ryongchon near the border with…

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Memories of my father – Jock Purves

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September 2009
Articles > Historical

Memories of my father – Jock Purves

Memories of my father - Jock Purves   My father Jock was the eldest of five, and it was always with him that the wider family discussed family, professional and spiritual matters. He was similarly recognised in the village where we grew up. Although there was a godly local Presbyterian minister it was often…

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Substance abuse (2)

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September 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Substance abuse (2)

Substance abuse (2) Dr John Latham of Christian Medical Fellowship (CMF) continues his study of an urgent social problem Prevention is better than cure, when it comes to substance abuse. We are not told in Scripture about the use or misuse of opiates or cocaine. However, the wise use of alcohol is extolled.     Alcohol was the…

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Five reasons not to abandon church

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September 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Five reasons not to abandon church

Five reasons not to abandon church In recent days, some have begun to call for believers to abandon the worship of God in local churches, declaring that 'the era of the church age has come to an end'.  Throughout the history of the church, people seeking to promote their own cause and name rather than…

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September 2009
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News – Shepherd for youth

Shepherd for youthThe Centre for Youth Ministry (CYM) has appointed Nick Shepherd as its executive team leader. CYM is a consortium of training and youth work agencies committed to creating and providing courses, resources and research into Christian youth work. Members include Ridley Hall Theological College, Belfast Bible College and Youth for Christ.     The…

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September 2009
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News – Obama abortion pledge

Obama abortion pledge Barack Obama, the US President, promised Pope Benedict XVI that he would try to limit the number of abortions allowed in the USA.      At a meeting at the Vatican in July during the G20 Summit in Italy, President Obama discussed abortion - a highly charged moral and political issue in the…

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September 2009
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News – Queen in gay row

Queen in gay row Gay activist Peter Tatchell has turned his attack on HM The Queen, claiming that she was 'colluding with prejudice' for extending her good wishes to the new Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (FCA).      According to reports from the BBC, the FCA, which has stated publicly its biblical stance on marriage and…

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September 2009
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News – Selhurst scores goals

Selhurst scores goals Selhurst Evangelical Church not only won 'Church in the Corner' this year, an inter-church football tournament, but has also been seeking to win souls for Christ through football.     In July, a team from the church, led by assistant pastor Robert Pickering, held its fifth Football Academy in South Norwood, London.      On…

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Review – Maximum life – Julian Hardyman – IVP

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September 2009
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Review – Maximum life – Julian Hardyman – IVP

Maximum life Julian HardymanIVP; 192 pages; £8.99; ISBN: 978-184474-378-0 People have been executed as heretics for writing books like this! Yet on every page Hardyman expounds the fundamental scriptural truth that there is no sacred-secular divide, and he does so with simplicity and sparkle.     The first third of the book explores the biblical theology (unfolding revelation in…

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Review – Risking the truth – Handling error in the church – Martin Downes – Christian Focus

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September 2009
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Review – Risking the truth – Handling error in the church – Martin Downes – Christian Focus

Risking the truth - Handling error in the church Martin DownesChristian Focus; 247 pages; £8.99; ISBN: 978-1-84550-284-3 This is an unusual but helpful book on a neglected but vital subject. It consists of interviews with twenty leading evangelical pastors and seminary teachers on the issue of handling and refuting error in the local church.     Here pastors…

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News – ‘I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth’

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September 2009
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News – ‘I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth’

'I believe in God, the Father Almighty, maker of heaven and earth' This month Timothy Cross begins a journey through the Apostles' Creed The Christian faith begins, continues and ends with God - the one true God who made the universe and who has revealed himself in his Word.      The supreme goal of the Christian…

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September 2009
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News – Belfast Calvin conference

Belfast Calvin conference Nearly 100 people gathered for a three-day conference and exhibition held in Mount Merrion Free Presbyterian Church in Belfast to mark the 500th anniversary of John Calvin.      The speaker for the conference was Rev. Timothy Nelson, minister of Sixmilecross Free Presbyterian Church and lecturer in New Testament Greek in Northern Ireland's…

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September 2009
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News – No more ‘God bless you’

No more 'God bless you' The homelessness prevention officer suspended for talking about God with a homeless woman has now been sacked by Wandsworth Council.     Homelessness Prevention Officer Duke Amachree, who had worked for the London authority for 18 years, was formally dismissed, having been told that in his job he might not even say…

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September 2009
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News – Name and shame

Name and shame  Churches are being hauled over the coals in public for being late with their charity returns. The Charity Commission (CC) 'name and shame' tactic, employed against registered charities late with their returns, is making many Christian organisations 'bad witnesses'.     The CC shows the name and record of submission of returns and…

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September 2009
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News – Assisted suicide

Assisted suicide  The House of Lords has overturned a Court of Appeal decision on assisted suicide, meaning that families and loved ones who help terminally ill relatives to commit suicide could escape prosecution.     A hotly-contested amendment to the Suicide Act, that would have allowed relatives to accompany patients overseas to suicide clinics, was rejected…

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September 2009
South Africa

Missionary Spotlight – Street evangelism in South Africa

Street evangelism in South Africa   The January 2000 edition of ET carried a full-length article on the literature ministry of Doug Crutchley ([email protected]), in South Africa, which began in 1996. Since then, after ten years full-time evangelistic outreach, Doug has distributed many more thousands of pieces of Christian literature in such places as…

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September 2009
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News – Free Church court victory

Free Church court victory Lord Uist has found in favour of the Free Church of Scotland in a dispute over church property on the Isle of Skye.     The Free Church Continuing (FCC) had been using the Broadford church and manse since the Free Church split in 2000. The Free Church of Scotland (FC) took legal…

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Review – Environmentalism and the death of science – Exposing the lie of eco-religion – Timothy Bloedow – Freedom Press Canada

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September 2009
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Review – Environmentalism and the death of science – Exposing the lie of eco-religion – Timothy Bloedow – Freedom Press Canada

Environmentalism and the death of science - Exposing the lie of eco-religion Timothy BloedowFreedom Press Canada; 150 pages; £13.25; ISBN: 978-0-9732757-0-4 Canadian writer Timothy Bloedow's book is a powerful, full throttled exposé of the modern environmental movement. But more than that: not just critiquing a scientific movement, the book identifies a full blown politico-religious movement 'in…

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Guest Column – Battling with technopoly (2)

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September 2009
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Battling with technopoly (2)

Battling with technopoly (2) Guest Column However, we must realise that this is a common human pattern. As Derek Kidner notes: 'Cain's family is a microcosm: its pattern of technical prowess and moral failure is that of humanity'.1 We may fall prey to technopoly too. So how do we know if we are suffering from its…

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Unity and diversity

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September 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Unity and diversity

Unity and diversity Within the mystery of God's triune being there exists the unity of the Godhead and the diversity of the three persons, the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. And, notably, within that Trinity there is unity in diversity and diversity in unity. These complex realities are also present in the created order, reflecting the…

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Imprisoned (2)

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September 2009
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Imprisoned (2)

Imprisoned (2) Simon Grosvenor concludes his account of ten days spent in prison  I was woken by the daily sounds of prison noise - doors being banged and locked, walkie-talkies crackling and prisoners shouting. It was a strange feeling to wake up in prison.     Knowing the Lord had kept me my first night in prison…

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September 2009
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News – CofE to axe clergy

CofE to axe clergy Spiralling costs in this recession have brought the Church of England to consider cutbacks in the number of senior posts, including bishops. This follows reports in June that trainee ministers were being turned away after studying for the ministry, owing to the tough financial climate.     At the General Synod meeting in…

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Missionary Spotlight – Iran today

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September 2009
Iran

Missionary Spotlight – Iran today

Iran today   In the Western world, even in our low times, we are never far from a spiritual oasis of fellowship that will revive the soul. The regular experience of our brethren in Iran is so different.      Here is a family who arrived late to our small gathering. The bus trip was…

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September 2009
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News – Daylight Christian Prison Ministries

Daylight Christian Prison Ministries Daylight Christian Prison Ministries has appointed Dr John Scott as its new Chief Executive Officer.      Since 2002, John and his wife Elizabeth have served in the ministry at Chelmsford Presbyterian Church. Prior to this, he was at Netley, Southampton, and has been a minister in England since 1995.     John, who…

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Review – Writing the Rapture: Prophecy fiction in evangelical America – Crawford Gribben – Oxford University Press

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September 2009
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Review – Writing the Rapture: Prophecy fiction in evangelical America – Crawford Gribben – Oxford University Press

Writing the Rapture: Prophecy fiction in evangelical America Crawford GribbenOxford University Press; 258 pages; £16.99; ISBN: 978-0-19-532660-4 Prophecy fiction is made up of novels mostly set in the time leading up to the end of the world. The author traces the origins of this fiction to the late nineteenth century following the spread of Darby's dispensational…

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September 2009
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News – Calvin: the DVD

Calvin: the DVD A new DVD of Calvin's life and ministry has been produced by the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Ireland, in conjunction with Spinnaker Films.     The DVD aims to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his birth. In the DVD, several reformed ministers from around the world give insights into Calvin's early life and training,…

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Review – The letters to the Colossians & to Philemon – Douglas J. Moo – Eerdmans

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September 2009
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Review – The letters to the Colossians & to Philemon – Douglas J. Moo – Eerdmans

The letters to the Colossians & to Philemon Douglas J. MooEerdmans; 487 pages; £26.99; ISBN: 978-1-84474-341-4 This commentary is part of the Pillar New Testament Commentary Series, the series editor being Don Carson. Douglas Moo's previous commentaries on Romans and James have been well received and it is good to have this on Colossians and Philemon.    …

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September 2009
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News – Nigerian Muslims attack Christians

Nigerian Muslims attack Christians In early August, Muslims belonging to the fanatical Islamic sect called Boko Haram attacked police in several cities and towns in Nigeria, especially at Maiduguri in the northeastern state of Borno.      These attacks were met with a strong police response, including, it is alleged, the extrajudicial killing of the leader of…

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September 2009
Articles > Biblical/theological

Psalm 96

Psalm 96 The Lord is great, so praise his nameAnd fear him above all.He made the heavens and the earth,In praise before him fall. Honour and majesty are hisAnd strength and beauty too.So peoples of the world give himThe glory that's his due. O worship him in holinessWhose beauty is so fair,And tremble too before his throne,He…

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September 2009
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News – Iraq

Iraq Four Palestinian Christians lost their lives when a terrorist car bomb exploded near the Notre Dame church in Palestine Street, in Iraq. The blast wounded 21 people, fifteen of whom were professing Christians.      During a bloody month for Christians in this war-torn country, at least eleven other people were wounded in explosions at…

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News – Indian persecution

Indian persecution A mob has attacked a group of believers in Orissa, India, who had refused to take part in a Hindu religious festival.     The Christian community decided to stay at home instead of honouring the Hindu gods, but villagers became angry that the Christians did not contribute financially to or get involved in the…

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Ramadan

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September 2009
Cults and other religions

Ramadan

Ramadan Ramadan, the Muslims' month of fasting, starts on Saturday 22 August and continues until Saturday 19 September. Fasting during Ramadan is Islam's 'fourth pillar of worship'. Adult Muslims, except for the sick and those travelling, abstain from food, drink, smoking and sex from first light until sunset.      Ramadan brings out a feeling of emotional…

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Sooty and the universe

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September 2009
Scientific (including creation)

Sooty and the universe

Sooty and the universe   An edited extract from Edgar Andrews' forthcoming book Who made God?to be published by EP Books in September.   In an interview for the London Times, the novelist and science-fiction writer Iain Banks declared himself as follows: 'I'm an evangelical atheist; religions are cultural artefacts. We make God, not…

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September 2009
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News – Apes will never be like us

Apes will never be like us Primates may be able to imitate, but they are unable to innovate - which is why they will never become like humans, a New Scientist report has revealed.      In a blow to evolutionary scientists, who claim that humans evolved from primates, researchers in Germany have identified as 'uniquely human'…

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September 2009
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News – Sri Lanka update

Sri Lanka update Pastor K. Muraleetharan wrote some weeks ago:     Although Sri Lanka's civil war is over, we still observe some violence and threats, and abductions occurring here and there. People sometimes unaccountably disappear. Those who had links with Tamil militants are being taken to prison, including even high government officials.      The present violence…

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