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John Henry Newman: Becoming Rome’s first ecumenical saint

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September 2010
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John Henry Newman: Becoming Rome’s first ecumenical saint

The German-born Pope Benedict XVI is due to carry out a state visit to the UK from 16-19 September. The climax of this visit is a Mass in Coventry at which the Pope will beatify John Henry Newman (1801-1890). Newman believed in baptismal regeneration and turned away from his Anglican ministry. He joined the…

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September 2010
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Protestant petition

Protestant petition Several Protestant groups have joined forces to protest against the pope's visit to the UK this month. A joint statement put out by a coalition, which includes the Protestant Truth Society, was sent to government ministers, reminding them of the history of the church in Britain.     The statement read: 'Remembering Martin Luther's historic…

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September 2010
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News – Keswick Convention

Keswick Convention Giving the first of this year's Keswick Convention lectures, Dr Don Carson warned his audience of the dangers of pursuing spirituality for its own sake, divorced from Christ.      'I don't want you to think that Christians today should be robustly doctrinal and not emotional, or without any sense of the mystical experience…

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Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti

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September 2010
Haiti

Missionary Spotlight God’s Word in Haiti

God’s Word in Haiti   After visiting Haiti in November 2009 and February 2001, I returned in June 2010 to see how best to help gospel preachers and the literature outreach of Europresse (French EP) there after the earthquake. I found Port-au-Prince dramatically changed. Everywhere there were collapsed buildings and rubble, much of which…

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Should we litigate?

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September 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Should we litigate?

Should we litigate? New South Wales is now second only to California so far as litigation is concerned. A part-time masseuse has sued her employer because her clients' whingeing made her depressed. She was awarded $26,000 as a result.  A basketball referee sued the Mt Isa Basketball Association because she tripped over while running backwards.…

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Hardships create opportunities

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September 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Hardships create opportunities

Hardships create opportunities Does God use adverse circumstances in our lives to create witnessing opportunities for Christ? Have you ever wondered why that pain was a necessity? 'And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose' (Romans 8:28).     …

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September 2010
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News – War on Christianity

War on Christianity Militant Islamist groups in West Java, Indonesia, have joined forces to plan a roadshow that will encourage a 'war against Christianisation' in the Bekasi municipality.     According to reports from Barnabas Fund, nine members of different Islamic organisations have recommended that each mosque should have its own armed militia and that the Bekasi…

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September 2010
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News – 300 years left

300 years left Former environment minister Michael Meacher has faced a storm of criticism after an interview published in theEcologist suggested that creation, not evolution, held answers to mankind's problems.     In the article, Mr Meacher claimed that humanity had 200-300 years left on earth, thanks to a variety of factors such as climate change. He…

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Article

September 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is it genuine revival?

Is it genuine revival? It is undeniable that there have been authentic revivals both in biblical times and often in church history (for example, the eighteenth-century awakening in England and America). But what about the frequent talk of 'revival' that has been circulating in Charismatic circles for the last 20 years? From Toronto, Brownsville, Pensacola, and…

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J. H. Newman and authority

Historical

September 2010
Articles > Historical

J. H. Newman and authority

J. H. Newman and authority   With the pope poised to canonise J. H. Newman (1801-1890) as a 'saint' this September, Rev. Dr David Phipps exposes Newman's heretical thinking concerning the authority of the church.   On 9 October 1845, John Henry Newman, Oxford don and former vicar of the University Church, was received…

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Reviews – Raised with Christ – Adrian Warnock – Crossway

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September 2010
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Reviews – Raised with Christ – Adrian Warnock – Crossway

Raised with Christ   Adrian Warnock Crossway 271 pages, £12.99 ISBN: 978-1-4335-0716-8   This is one of those books that addresses something that is blindingly obvious in the Bible, but which has been persistently overlooked in the church. The book's subtitle (drawn from a Tim Keller quote) says it all - 'How the resurrection…

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September Bible School 2010

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September 2010
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September Bible School 2010

September Bible School 2010  The September Bible School (SBS) has been held annually in the picturesque setting of Whitby, on the north-east coast of England, since 1991. This year's school is from 3-5 September.      The original aim, set out by founder Rev. Peter Brumby, was to encourage Christian young adults (late teens and…

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September 2010
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News – Afghanistan

Afghanistan A Christian-based medical aid agency has denied Taliban accusations that its eight foreign aid workers, murdered by insurgents, were spreading Christianity.     The team from International Assistance Mission (IAM), which included UK Dr Karen Woo, together with two Afghan colleagues, were gunned down by militants early in August while travelling back from a two-week mission…

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Reviews – Spurgeon’s practical wisdom – C. H. Spurgeon – Banner of Truth

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September 2010
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Reviews – Spurgeon’s practical wisdom – C. H. Spurgeon – Banner of Truth

Spurgeon's practical wisdom C. H. Spurgeon, Banner of Truth, 317 pages, £16.00IBSN: 978-1-84871-051-1 This beautifully produced book with the original illustrations is a collector's item. It contains articles written by C. H. Spurgeon and published in The sword and trowel, under the pseudonym 'John Ploughman'. As John Ploughman, Spurgeon plays the part of a wise farmhand…

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Guest Column – Blessed assurance

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September 2010
Articles > Guest column

Guest Column – Blessed assurance

Blessed assuranceGuest Column There is no more relevant subject than that of salvation. Am I an heir of eternal life or am I a lost sinner on my way to an eternity of torment in hell?  That the Scriptures promise eternal life to repentant sinners is clear. 'Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but…

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Missionary Spotlight – Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh, Morocco – a personal tribute

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September 2010
Morocco

Missionary Spotlight – Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh, Morocco – a personal tribute

Mommies Doran and Coats of Ain Leuh,Morocco’ a personal tribute   In 1951 Ellen Doran and Emmagene Coats purchased a simple Moroccan home on a mountainside near the Middle Atlas village of Ain Leuh.   Although they had come to Morocco from the USA in 1939 as missionary partners, by bringing to them unbidden…

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Singleness

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September 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Singleness

Singleness The subject of Christian singleness is often discussed among Christians. The gender imbalance in many churches (usually in favour of females) is a matter of grave concern.  As a Christian, how can one know whether singleness is the Lord's will for you? The answer is not found in human philosophy or secular psychology, but…

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September 2010
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News – Fight for life

Fight for life Leading lights at Westminster are mobilising a nationwide petition against the Assisted Dying legislation.     A lobby group called Not Dead Yet UK has launched The Resistance campaign in the UK for equality of access to healthcare and in opposition to legislation that is seen as a weakening of the laws on euthanasia.        …

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Reviews – Wise counsel: John Newton’s letters to John Ryland Jr – Edited by Grant Gordon – Banner of Truth

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September 2010
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Reviews – Wise counsel: John Newton’s letters to John Ryland Jr – Edited by Grant Gordon – Banner of Truth

Wise counsel: John Newton’s letters to John Ryland Jr   Edited by Grant Gordon Banner of Truth, 411 pages, £16.50 ISBN: 978-1-84871-053-5   This volume brings together 83 letters from John Newton to John Ryland Jr, most of which have not been previously published. The editor, Grant Gordon, has done a great deal of…

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The sword of the Spirit

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September 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

The sword of the Spirit

The sword of the Spirit   Of all the armour of God mentioned in Ephesians 6, the most 'offensive' is the sword. 'Take ... the sword of the Spirit' (Ephesians 6:17b). There is this one offensive weapon in the Christian soldier's armoury, and Paul states clearly that this sword is 'the Word of God'.…

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September 2010
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News – Run to the stars!

Run to the stars! Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking has warned humanity to populate outer space or risk the human race dying out.      Following his comments earlier this year in a Discovery Channel programme that humans must be careful about communicating with hostile aliens from other planets, Prof. Hawking has now warned that unless we…

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Article

September 2010
Evangelistic

The end of the journey

The end of the journey Now, while they were thus drawing towards the gate [of the Celestial City], behold a company of the heavenly host came out to meet them: to whom it was said by the other two shining ones, These are the men that have loved our Lord when they were in the…

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September 2010
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News – Fair care

Fair care A leading provider of residential care has called for an immediate response to the plight of the elderly in Britain's care homes after a BBC Panorama special uncovered shocking levels of abuse.     Tony Banks, chairman of Scotland's Balhousie Care Group, said the coalition government must act now to redress the funding deficit facing…

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News – Jyoti Chakravartty

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September 2010
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News – Jyoti Chakravartty

Jyoti Chakravartty On 20 June, Jyoti Chakravartty was ordained at New Cross Road Baptist Church (NCRBC), London. Jyoti's work is based in the Indian state of West Bengal and he is a Reformed Baptist by conviction.     Clergymen in West Bengal were willing to ordain him, but their opposition to Reformed theology made Jyoti uneasy. Yet,…

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September 2010
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News – Thornton Heath EC

Thornton Heath EC When the Lord's work expands beyond the walls of the church hall and forces the need for more space, what can you do? Do a Nehemiah!       Members of Thornton Heath Evangelical Church (THEC) have agreed to press ahead with a complete rebuild and renovation of the halls and church after years of…

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September 2010
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News – Global flooding

Global flooding The United Nations has warned that the recent flooding across Asia is on a disaster level exceeding that of the Boxing Day Tsunami and the Haitian earthquake.      At time of going to press, 2000 have been killed and more than 14 million people displaced in Pakistan alone, in what the UN secretary's special…

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Wisdom

Article

September 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Wisdom

Wisdom Job asks a question still vitally relevant today: 'But where can wisdom be found? And where is the place of understanding?' (Job 28:12).     There is no shortage of self-styled prophets, ranging from scientific humanists to the gurus of the New Age movement, ready to provide their misleading answers. Isaiah denounced all such 'experts'…

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News – Holbrooks Evangelical Church

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September 2010
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News – Holbrooks Evangelical Church

Holbrooks Evangelical Church On Saturday 3 July, the ordination and induction service for Holbrooks Evangelical Church's new minister, Ben Holmes, took place.       Approximately 300 people came together for this special occasion. These included members and friends who worship with Holbrooks regularly, pastors and friends from other churches, and a group from London Theological Seminary (LTS)…

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September 2010
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News – Children and witchcraft

Children and witchcraft Christian groups have rallied to respond to a Channel 4 Dispatches documentary, stating that it presented an unbalanced view of African churches in Britain.     A joint statement from the EvangelicalAlliance (EA), Churches Together in England and the Churches Child Protection Advisory Service, responded to the 'Britain's witch children' documentary, stating that the…

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Who’s really in charge?

Article

September 2010
Cults and other religions

Who’s really in charge?

Who's really in charge? Thursday 16 to Sunday 19 September will witness the first ever papal state visit to the United Kingdom. Arriving in Scotland, Pope Benedict XVI will meet the Queen and members of the Royal family at Holyrood House before flying south to meet the Archbishop of Canterbury and delivering an address at…

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September 2010
Articles > Comment

ET Comment – Making the best of it

Making the best of it Pope Benedict's visit this September - the first ever state visit to the UK by a pontiff - is another marker of Britain's declension from vital Christianity. This declension has continued steadily for well over a century.  While we acknowledge that a pluralistic society allows free access of religious leaders…

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September 2010
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News – Sowing the seed

Sowing the seed Farming Christian Link and the Open-Air Mission took a stand at the Hertfordshire County Show on one of the wettest weeks of early summer.     Bernard Hicks of FCL said it was the first time that the organisation had taken a stand at the weekend show, which saw thousands of people from across…

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September 2010
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News – Pakistan

Pakistan Release International is calling for more supporters to sign its petition to Pakistan after news reports from Compass revealed that five more Pakistani Christians have been shot and killed.      As the Christians came out of their church building in Sukkur, in Sindh Province, a dozen masked men gunned down Pastor Aaron John and…

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News – Merger

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September 2010
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News – Merger

Merger EP Books has entered a new chapter in its history, with a merger with US-based Cumberland Valley Bible Book Service (CVBBS). The new entity will be called Grace Distribution Inc., a non-profit organisation dedicated to the production, sale and distribution of Christian books across the US and Canada.     Grace Distribution will also have a…

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News – School of theology

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September 2010
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News – School of theology

School of theology Worldly or godly? This was the stark choice attendees were given at the 35th annual school of theology, held at the Metropolitan Tabernacle in July.     Throughout the week, a team of able and gifted speakers, led by the Met Tab pastor Dr Peter Masters, showed us from the Scriptures that in order…

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Missionary Spotlight – Rocks and Pebbles

Article

September 2010
Philippines

Missionary Spotlight – Rocks and Pebbles

Rocks and Pebbles   The writer of the book of Hebrews instructs us to consider how to ‘stimulate one another to love and good deeds’ (Hebrews 10:24). The apostle Paul encouraged churches to trust and serve God, to give generously, to be faithful and an example to other churches.      I would like, therefore,…

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God’s special day

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September 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

God’s special day

God's special day Some people live for today; the Bible talks about those who say, 'Let's eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die'. Others live for yesterday; they look back to when things seemed better. And others live for tomorrow; they hope something better is going to turn up. But Jesus shows us…

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News – Valedictory for Stephen and Fiona Bignall

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September 2010
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News – Valedictory for Stephen and Fiona Bignall

Valedictory for Stephen and Fiona Bignall Over 80 friends and well-wishers from near and far gathered at Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City, on Saturday 7 August for a valedictory service for Stephen and Fiona Bignall, and their 10-year-old daughter Jessica.      After 12 years as pastor of the church, Stephen is returning to his native…

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Reviews – A sweet & bitter providence – John Piper – IVP

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September 2010
Book

Reviews – A sweet & bitter providence – John Piper – IVP

A sweet & bitter providence John PiperIVP, 159 pages, £7.99, ISBN: 978-1-84474-424-4 'Sex, race and sovereignty in the Book of Ruth' - so reads this book's subtitle. Of the three themes highlighted, the one which came across most strongly for me was God's sovereign providence over every event, whether pleasant or painful.     Piper explains that…

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News

September 2010
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News – Reformation in Nigeria

Reformation in Nigeria The recent troubles in Nigeria should not cloud the world's eyes to the wonderful work of the gospel in the country, according to Pastor Obialor Umozurike of Trinity Reformed Baptist Fellowship, Umuahia.     Pastor Umozurike came to faith in 1983, at 12 years old, in a gathering of high school students led by…

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News – Mind your language, please!

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September 2010
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News – Mind your language, please!

Mind your language, please! The Daily Telegraph of 31 July contained a feature on Rev. Michael Land, vicar of St Mary the Virgin in the village of Burghill, Herefordshire. Rev. Land is quoted as saying, 'The church must be more street-wise and use language most people use today'.     Shockingly, Rev. Land was also reported as…

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Reviews – The message of Esther – David G. Firth – IVP

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September 2010
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Reviews – The message of Esther – David G. Firth – IVP

The message of Esther David G. FirthIVP, 140 pages, £8.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-444-2 Two of the Old Testament's smaller books are named after women. Everybody loves Ruth, but Esther is often less appreciated. Yet the Book of Esther has an important message for today.      David Firth has given us a fine exposition. He shows the Book's relevance…

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‘I believe in … the resurrection of the body’

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September 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘I believe in … the resurrection of the body’

'I believe in … the resurrection of the body' Timothy Cross continues looking at the Apostles' Creed The last two lines of the Creed are concerned with the Christian's future hope. 'Hope', in the Bible, refers to something certain and sure - a confident expectation based on the unbreakable promises of God.      Christians have true…

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Reviews – Christian Worship – Christian Worship Publishing Trust

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September 2010
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Reviews – Christian Worship – Christian Worship Publishing Trust

  Hymn book reviewChristian Worship Christian Worship Publishing TrustWords edition £9.50  ISBN: 978-0-9564195-0-7Tunes edition £19.00  ISBN: 978-0-9564195-1-4 The two volumes, words-only (coloured red) and music-only (green), both contain the same preface by the publishing committee and foreword by Vernon Higham. The aim is to provide a 'traditional hymnbook in a contemporary form' to serve 'traditional evangelical…

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News

September 2010
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News – Who made God?

Who made God? Who made God? (EP Books), by Prof. Edgar Andrews, has had its fourth printing in 10 months and has been advertised in the Daily Telegraph. The pictures show Prof. Andrews being interviewed recently about his book by Revelation TV.

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Youth Column – A change for good

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September 2010
News > Youth Features

Youth Column – A change for good

Youth Column A change for good This autumn, 460,000 eighteen-year-olds will be leaving home for the first time and starting a new life at university or college. It's an exciting time that brings more independence, lots of friends, a new bedroom, a wealth of social activities, countless textbooks, the challenge of student cooking … the list…

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September 2010
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News – Foster parents refused

Foster parents refused Lancashire Council has rejected a Christian couple's application to become foster parents because of their strongly held views on marriage.     Rev. John and Colette Yallop, from Blackburn, told the council that they were Christians and were initially informed this would not prevent them from being foster parents.     However, according to the Christian…

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Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Port Harcourt

Article

September 2010
Nigeria

Missionary Spotlight – Encouragement in Port Harcourt

Encouragement in Port Harcourt   We are grateful to God that he had led us through the first half of 2010, although the Niger Delta is troubled by renewed kidnapping attempts.   Here, in the south of Nigeria, everything and everyone has been Christianised. One newspaper wrote this ‘Christian’ comment from ‘Mike’ about the…

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Where are you heading?

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September 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Where are you heading?

Where are you heading? 'A highway shall be there, and a road; and it shall be called the highway of holiness. The unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for others. Whoever walks the road, although a fool, shall not go astray. No lion shall be there, nor shall any ravenous beast…

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September 2010
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News – Marie Stopes

Marie Stopes  Lobby groups have piled pressure on the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) after it ruled that the controversial Marie Stopes TV adverts did not promote abortion services.        National pro-life charity LIFE, together with the Christian Institute and Christian Legal Centre - a member of the Alive and Kicking campaign - have raised a…

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September 2010
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News – New director for Affinity

New director for AffinityPeter Milsom has become the new part-time director of the Affinity network to help galvanise churches and agencies to evangelise the UK and Ireland.       Mr Milsom served as chairman of Affinity's forerunner, the British Evangelical Council, from 1990 to 1993, and has been a director of UFM since 1997. He is…

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Reviews – Johnny Cornflakes: A story about loving the unloved – Denise George – Christian Focus Publications

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September 2010
Book

Reviews – Johnny Cornflakes: A story about loving the unloved – Denise George – Christian Focus Publications

Johnny Cornflakes: A story about loving the unloved Denise GeorgeChristian Focus Publications, 139 pages, £7.99ISBN: 978-1-84550-551-6 This story, which is based on fact, illustrates how God can work in the most unexpected ways through the most unlikely people. The author tells of how God began to teach her to see others the way that God did.…

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News – Dare to care

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September 2010
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News – Dare to care

Dare to care On 23 June, Homelands Free Church in Frinton, Essex, was full to overflowing at a thanksgiving service to mark the merging of the Ernest Luff Homes with the Pilgrims' Friend Society. Pilgrims' Friend supporters, trustees and directors came from all over the country for the service. They were joined by staff and…

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