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Reaping the whirlwind
September 2011
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Reaping the whirlwind

Reaping the whirlwind The recent riots in London and other UK cities are not just a breakdown of law and order, but the consequences of a breakdown of morality in our society. We have all been appalled to see the shocking absence of respect for human life, for lawful authority and for private property. Why are these values so absent?     In what social institution do people learn respect for their fellow human beings? Where do people learn to respect authority? Where do people learn respect for others’ possessions? Families It is in the family that these values are passed down from one generation to...

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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God
September 2011
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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

Joseph Spoor — aflame for God Joseph Spoor (1813-1869) was a northern Primitive Methodist minister greatly used in the conversion of thousands of men and women. A full account of his ministry is given in The earnest preacher, by Rev. E. Hall (1879). By the age of 20, Joseph had already seen a powerful local revival at Appleton Wiske, in North Yorkshire (August ET).     When 22, he was ordained into the Primitive Methodist (PM) ministry at Darlington. By the end of his first three months, there was an increase of 80 members.    Rev. Ralph Shields, one of Spoor’s many sons in the gospel, recounted:...

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September 2011
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Two testimonies

Two testimonies Saudi girl I am a Saudi girl aged 25 and I live in Saudi Arabia. I was raised in a typical Muslim family that practised all the duties of religion. I began to pray at the age of 13, but then I stopped praying.    My father used to beat me to make me pray, because the Messenger said in the Hadith: ‘The Messenger of God (peace be upon him) said, Order your children to pray when they are seven years old, and beat them if they do not do so when they are ten years old’.    But Mohammed’s manner of harsh punishment to...

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GRATITUDE FOR GRACE
September 2011
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GRATITUDE FOR GRACE

Guest ColumnGRATITUDE FOR GRACEWilliam VanDoodewaard Do you have a critical, jaded spirit towards the church? In his Religious affections, Jonathan Edwards warns that, because of remaining sin, our spiritual sight is easily dulled ‘to all spiritual objects’. So, when a critical spirit rises, we should ask ourselves, ‘Is my spiritual sight clear? Am I seeing God’s supernatural, gracious work in his church?     ‘Am I rejoicing in God’s work of new creation, bringing life instead of death, beauty instead of ugliness, holiness instead of sin, love instead of selfishness, faith instead of unbelief? Do those around me hear gratefulness to God for his work? Or...

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Praying for Syria
September 2011
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Praying for Syria

Praying for Syria ‘Many Syrians have taken to the streets’ has become a familiar refrain in our news feeds. Thousands of its 18.4 million people have sipped from the cup of boldness, inspired by uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia. The Assad government has so far used force to quell the uprising. How should we pray for Syria?    Syria features prominently throughout Scripture. The capital city of Damascus is mentioned in Genesis and much of the Old Testament. The most well-known incident linked with Damascus is recorded in Acts, when Paul was approaching the city intending to arrest any who belonged to ‘the way’. A light...

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Heath church development
September 2011
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Heath church development

Heath church development One2two is the name of the complex built at 122, Whitchurch Road, Cardiff, which is next door to Heath Evangelical Church and now attached by an atrium-like feature.     The complex houses a Christian bookshop, a coffee shop, with seating also in ‘the link’, and a patio outside. Upstairs, there is a lounge for meetings of up to 30 people and a church office.    The church’s vision for One2two grew after an approach, in 2006, by the baker next door, who said he was selling up and was offering the church first refusal. This was seen as the Lord’s providential leading.   ...

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Muhammad and the origins of Islam
September 2011
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Muhammad and the origins of Islam

Muhammad and the origins of Islam The standard Muslim teaching on the origin of Islam is as follows. Islam was founded in the early seventh century in Arabia by Muhammad, a merchant born in the city of Mecca. According to the sources (which are all Muslim) Muhammad was born in AD 570 or 571.     He was employed by a wealthy widow called Khadija to manage her caravan trade, work which involved travelling and gave him the opportunity to meet with Jews and Christians.     When he was 25 Muhammad married Khadija, who was then aged 40. They had seven children, all of whom died...

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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible [6]
September 2011
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William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible [6]

William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible [6] William Tyndale – the man who gave England her Bible April 2011 (1) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (2) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (3) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (4) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible (5) William Tyndale — the man who gave England her Bible [6] Early in 1535, Tyndale was living with Thomas Poyntz and his wife in the English House, the focus of the English merchant community in Antwerp. While he...

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To be like Jesus
September 2011
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To be like Jesus

To be like Jesus How often do we read familiar passages from the Bible without much thought? But we can’t do that with Ecclesiastes, for it’s a difficult book; it seems to flip-flop between the outlook of a believer and that of a sceptic. Perhaps Solomon is sometimes reflecting on his life when he was close to the Lord and sometimes expressing the views he espoused when backslidden. Thankfully though, his conclusion is clear and obvious — ‘Fear God and keep his commandments’. Then he adds, ‘this is the whole duty of man’ (Ecclesiastes 12:13).     That last statement is a phrase we need to...

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September 2011
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Letters for prisoners

Letters for prisoners A charity set up more than 130 years ago is already starting to think about Christmas 2012.    Christmas Letters to Prisoners (CLP) sends out more than 20,000 letters each year to 25 per cent of prisons in the UK, the Republic of Ireland and Channel Islands. Some are also sent abroad for English-speaking prisoners.    Each of these letters are handwritten by volunteer copyists, then checked, enveloped, packaged and dispatched by a small team of volunteers and staff — which is why CLP has to think about Christmas so early.    Each November, CLP volunteers package the letters and send them to prison chaplains...

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Daniel Webber
September 2011
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Daniel Webber

Daniel Webber After 21 years of service, Daniel Webber formally retired from his role as mission director of the European Missionary Fellowship (EMF) at the end of July.     This has been a significant and fruitful ministry, and it seemed appropriate that something should be done to acknowledge thankfulness to God. So a special meeting was organised by EMF and held, by kind permission, at Welwyn Evangelical Church on Saturday 9 July.     There were contributions from a number of speakers, including EMF’s new director, Martin Leech; Ken Huxtable, who for many years was chairman of EMF’s executive committee; and representatives of the missionaries. These...

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September 2011
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New Stornoway church

New Stornoway church Another breakaway minister from the Free Church of Scotland has joined the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland (RPCOS). Rev. David Karoon of Arran has been taking services at their new congregation in Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis.    Mr Karoon left the Free Church earlier this year after a church assembly voted to allow congregations freedom to sing hymns in worship services or continue using exclusive psalmody.    He was accepted by the RPCOS, which has started to grow in Scotland, especially with the new church founded in Stornoway from people leaving the Free Church.     In a web site statement, the Stornoway...

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‘Bash’
September 2011
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‘Bash’

‘Bash’ On 27 July Rev. John Stott went to be with the Lord. The man responsible for pointing him to Christ as a public schoolboy was Rev. E. J. H. Nash. This article remembers this unusual, but devoted, servant of Jesus Christ. It was half an hour into the service. A man slipped quietly into church. It was not the first time he had been late. The man peered around him. People noticed his long scrawny neck and thick woollen scarf. The preacher noticed him too, and braced himself for what was to come.    Sure enough, a few days later the letter arrived: ‘I went...

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September 2011
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Farah’s struggle

Farah’s struggle A Catholic girl living in Pakistan who was allegedly kidnapped, raped and forced into an Islamic marriage has given up her freedom after deciding she could not take the pressure of a High Court trial.    Amid claims by human rights groups that Farah Hatim had received death threats against herself and her family, she told the court, when asked if she had been kidnapped, that, ‘I went of my own will’.    The judge ruled she must return to her ‘new family’, where she will now live. An eye-witness stated that Hatim ‘broke into tears’ following the judge’s ruling, and was only given a...

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Harold Crowter (1924-2011)
September 2011
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Harold Crowter (1924-2011)

Harold Crowter (1924-2011) Harold Crowter was first and foremost a preacher of the gospel, sent out to preach by Rehoboth Chapel, Coventry, in 1954, and serving many Strict Baptist churches until late in life.     He was the pastor for 32 years at Ebenezer, Old Hill, in the West Midlands, remaining happily in membership after retirement. He was a dear Christian friend to many and a loving husband for 56 years to Mary, who steadfastly served the Lord with him.    A man saturated in the Word of God, and a man of prayer, Harold walked closely with the Lord. Aware of the battle within his...

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September 2011
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Sidcup Free Grace Baptist Church

Sidcup Free Grace Baptist Church There was a sense of anticipation and joy on the evening of Friday 1 July when Pastor Mark Gladwell was formally inducted to the pastorate of Sidcup Free Grace Baptist Church (FGBC), having commenced his ministry there on 1 June.      Pastor Gladwell and his wife Marilyn had been received into membership on the first Sunday in June, and Smudge, Marilyn’s guide dog, was already at home and a great favourite with members and children alike.      The evening was chaired by Pastor John Graham, moderator of the Covenant Bible Church, Streatham, and greetings were brought by Paul Orchard, the...

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September 2011
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Living Oasis

Living Oasis  The Bookseller reports that the Nationwide Christian Trust (NCT), parent company of Christian bookstore chain Living Oasis, formally entered into insolvency on 1 August.     Along with 19 former Wesley Owen bookshops, NCT also ran courses and events at Mulberry House in High Ongar, Essex. In the previous four months, the Living Oasis shop portfolio had fallen from 19 to two, with only Harrogate and Watford branches left trading by that point.    NCT owner, Ray George said, ‘We have lost £1.2m in the last year and we are pulling out of book retailing. It is us too much for us to continue with;...

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How much should I give to mission?
September 2011
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How much should I give to mission?

ET Comment How much should I give to mission? In the ancient world the followers of the Babylonian, Greek and Roman religions gave one tenth of their income to their religions. In the Old Testament even before the giving of the law (Exodus 20), Abraham paid a tithe to Melchizedek (Genesis 14:20) and, under Moses, tithing was affirmed by God in the old covenant.     There is, therefore, an argument for saying that the least giving taught in the Bible is one tenth of a person’s income. And the challenge is: how can we as Christians give less than a tenth? Inventory Can I suggest...

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The big interview
September 2011
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The big interview

The big interview ‘It’s wooden, it’s noisy and you get to ping things. Brilliant!’ was magazine Timeout’s enthusiastic endorsement of Pucket, the elasticated table game. Sheila Marshall caught up with Pucket Enterprises team David Harvey and Ben Lewis in Battersea. SM What were you doing before Pucket? DH I analysed and valued wind farms for a finance company and was made redundant during the credit crunch. I started Pucket with the payout.BL After university, I worked for an MP on an internship and afterwards spent a short time at a think tank. I joined a graduate scheme of a large car club for two years...

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Healthcare encounters
September 2011
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Healthcare encounters

Healthcare encounters  The case of a Christian GP reprimanded by the General Medical Council (GMC) for talking about his faith to a patient1, 2 has revived interest in the appropriateness of faith-based discussion during a medical consultation.      Dr Richard Scott was accused of ‘harassment’ and told by the medical regulator that he risked bringing the profession into disrepute by discussing his religious beliefs. He has, however, refused to accept a formal warning on his record, and is arguing that he acted within official GMC guidelines.      Dr Scott, a doctor for 28 years, works at the Bethesda Medical Centre in Margate, Kent. Its six...

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Contextualisation
September 2011
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Contextualisation

Contextualisation What exactly is contextualisation? This article seeks to explain, in simple terms, to non-missionary readers what contextualisation involves and the aims of those missionaries who recommend contextualisation methods. As we do so, we will begin to understand why there is such acrimonious debate for and against contextualisation.     Although this article relates to mission to Muslims, the principles and conclusions involved are applicable for any use of contextualisation in a cross-cultural environment. We shall also seek to evaluate what is called the ‘C1–C6 contextualisation spectrum’.     John Travis writes: ‘The purpose of [this] spectrum is to assist church planters and Muslim-background believers in ascertaining...

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September 2011
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No elephant, no us?

No elephant, no us? The survival of the elephant is critical for the human race, according to Cyril Christo and Marie Wilkinson, authors of Walking thunder. They cited the ongoing destruction of the elephant population, when more than 70,000 were being slaughtered a year at the height of the killings in the 1980s, and said that without them, we and other species could be obliterated.     The African forest elephant fertilises the Congo rainforest, the second largest (after the Amazon) on earth. There is also an ‘interspecies communication’, where the fortunes of the elephant are connected to those of humans, the authors stated.

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‘I’m [not] a celebrity, but get me out of here!’
September 2011
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‘I’m [not] a celebrity, but get me out of here!’

‘I’m [not] a celebrity, but get me out of here!’ One thing I know for sure is I would never volunteer for this reality show. And not just because I’m not a celebrity! I don’t think I could do those horrendous bushtucker trials. The responsibility on the person concerned is huge as they get food for the whole camp. I don’t think I can even describe some of the things they do without feeling squeamish.    The thing about the show is that contestants always have the option of saying, ‘I’m a celebrity … Get me out of here!’ and then they’re back to a normal...

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How Saudi Arabia treats Christians
September 2011
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How Saudi Arabia treats Christians

How Saudi Arabia treats Christians Saudi Arabia is home to the two holiest Muslim sites, Mecca and Medina, and the Saudi government, with its allied religious establishment, considers itself the authoritative voice of Islam. The Saudi king’s official title is ‘Custodian of the two holy mosques’, indicating the importance that the royal family attaches to Islam.    The region once had a large Christian population, which was expelled during the reign of Caliph Umar (AD 634-644) shortly after Muhammad’s death. Today, Saudi Arabia is one of the most conservative Sunni Muslim countries in the world, following an extreme and puritanical version of Islam called Wahhabism.   ...

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September 2011
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Bad air

Bad air A report published in the Ecologist has warned that inner-city children in London are living in a health ‘time-bomb’, thanks to bad air and pollution. The ongoing study of children in east London found that air pollution is a factor in lung impairment and called the fact that London has been given yet another six years to bring its air quality up to European Union minimum levels ‘unsurprising and depressing’.

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Norway – what next?
September 2011
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Norway – what next?

Norway — what next? Everyone held their breath as news of the horrific extent of the killings in Norway emerged on 22 July 2011. The first news to break about the outrage concerned a powerful bomb in central Oslo. What was going on in Norway, of all places?     Some wept while others prayed, as the number of dead rose. The media labelled it as the day when Norway lost its innocence — an event to be spoken of for years to come. Then, the questions. What provoked Anders Behring Breivik to such atrocities? Who is he? Why Norway?    Breivik adhered to an extreme, Islamophobic,...

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William Carey – a light for India (2)
September 2011
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William Carey – a light for India (2)

This is the second part of a 2 part series. Part 1 is here William Carey — a light for India (2) After arriving in Bengal as a pioneer missionary (August ET), William Carey took paid employment in Mudnabati, learning to extract dye from indigo plants. His Christian employer allowed him time for study and preaching in the surrounding 200 villages, where up to 500 would gather to listen. But these listeners were ‘low caste’, which made them resistant to change.     By spring 1797, Carey had translated all the New Testament into Bengali, but he still waited for the first conversion. He felt his...

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Life is simple
September 2011
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Life is simple

Life is simple Jane is so busy, so loaded down with cares. She has money problems and domestic problems. And she’s not getting any younger! John is so miserable, in his job and marriage. Why is life so bad to him? He is losing sleep, losing his health and losing the will to carry on.         Do you know people like Jane or John? Can you yourself identify with them to any extent? Do you have problems and challenges in life that are getting on top of you?     Things spinning Life seems so hard, so complicated. There are relationships to maintain and relationships...

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The big interview
September 2011
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The big interview

The big interview Stephen Lungu is International Group Leader and CEO of African Enterprise. A former street child, he doesn’t proclaim ‘God has taken me from nothing to where I am’ lightly! Sheila Marshall caught up with Stephen after a recent tour of UK churches and asked him some questions. SM Stephen, what exactly is African Enterprise? SL African Enterprise (AE) is an indigenous Christian mission ministry committed to evangelising the cities of Africa through word and deed. It works in partnership with the church. AE’s holistic approach to missions involves four key areas of ministry— evangelism, aid and development, peace-building and leadership development. SM...

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End of the World
September 2011
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End of the World

End of the World Trust in the press, police and politicians has been seriously damaged by revelations over phone hacking and bribery at the News of the World. Can these agents be trusted again? At the time of writing, twelve people so far have been arrested; another journalist has committed suicide; there has been a tense government inquiry watched by millions; two of Britain’s most senior police officers have resigned; and backbenchers are baying for a probe into Prime Minister David Cameron’s previous choice of Andy Coulson as communications director.    This is some of the continuing fallout from the phone hacking scandal that enveloped the...

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The life and work of Brownlow North
September 2011
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The life and work of Brownlow North

The life and work of Brownlow North A report on the annual church history lecture at Cowley Hill Free Church, Borehamwood   We felt a great sense of expectancy as we made our way to the chapel on Cowley Hill, on Saturday 9 April, for the twelfth annual history lecture.      We all knew that while the sun might be shining on the fields and towns of south Hertfordshire, we were gathering under dark and cloudy skies as far as the spiritual and moral state of our nation is concerned.      We took our seats, praying that the Lord would enable our valued speaker, Pastor...

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September 2011
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Rev. Dr John R. W. Stott, CBE (1921-2011)

Rev. Dr John R. W. Stott, CBE (1921-2011) John Stott, former Rector of All Souls, Langham Place, in London, leader of evangelical Anglicans worldwide over several decades, pioneer in the Lausanne Movement, founder of Langham Partnership International and author of more than 50 books, died on 27 July 2011, aged 90.    Time magazine named him in 2005 as one of the ‘most influential’ 100 people in the world. Converted as a public school boy through the remarkable ministry of Rev. E. J. H. Nash (‘Bash’), John Stott’s own even more remarkable ministry spanned the second half of the 20th century and well into his 80s...

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The call to serve Christ
September 2011
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The call to serve Christ

Youth Feature The call to serve Christ One of the striking things about Matthew’s Gospel is the heavy emphasis the apostle puts on the link between Old Testament prophecies and how the events of Jesus’ life fulfil these promises. After the first four chapters introducing Jesus in this way by pointing back to the Old Testament, we now see a new generation of pastors being called to ministry, just as the Lord called prophets of old like Jeremiah, Isaiah and Amos.     The call of the disciples, according to Matthew, starts in chapter 4, verse 18. It is flagged in many Bibles with the subheading,...

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September 2011
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Dr Peter Naylor and Ezekiel

Dr Peter Naylor and Ezekiel EP Books have recently added Ezekiel, by the late Rev. Peter Naylor, to their EP Study Commentary series. This tribute to Dr Naylor was written by John Appleby, formerly a joint managing editor for Grace Publications Trust. Dr Peter Naylor was one whom I counted as a good friend and a respected Christian brother. When I had a question on the hermeneutic of a passage of the Scripture text he readily shared his expertise with me; there were also occasions when he honoured me by discussing some problem that he was grappling with.     He taught both Greek and Hebrew....

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September 2011
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An offending symbol

An offending symbol UK Christian electrician Colin Atkinson, who won the right to keep displaying a small palm cross in his work van in April, has again been suspended from work.     Atkinson’s employer, Wakefield District Housing Association (WDH), originally suspended him after he would not remove a Christian cross, made from palm leaves, from his work vehicle. He had previously displayed this for 15 years, but WDH acted after receiving an anonymous complaint.    After a public outcry, WDH agreed to let Atkinson continue displaying the cross in his work vehicle, but has now apparently reneged on the agreement. Atkinson’s work vehicle was taken from...

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Valuing life’s veterans
September 2011
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Valuing life’s veterans

Valuing life’s veterans If I were to ask who were the most neglected people in British society, I wonder what your answer would be? In fact, it is the elderly who are often overlooked and pushed to the margins of society. Although many senior citizens are physically active, psychologically alert and enjoy happy lives, a large number struggle with loneliness, ill health and neglect.     We are becoming a society that prefers not to bother with the elderly. However, it is not that long ago that they were honoured and respected. Why has this devaluation of the aged happened and what should we do about...

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Dragons or Dinosaurs? –  Cloud Ten Pictures
September 2011
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Dragons or Dinosaurs? – Cloud Ten Pictures

Dragons or Dinosaurs? Cloud Ten Pictures, 85 minutes   www.cloudtenpictures.com Young-age creationists think that dinosaurs coexisted with human beings before the Flood, and some believe that ‘prehistoric’ reptiles may even have survived into recent times. These intriguing claims are investigated in this new DVD, which ties in with a book of the same name by executive producer Darek Isaacs.    This is a well-produced documentary, although in my opinion it would have benefited from being a bit shorter. The main disappointment for me is that most of the scientists interviewed are not experts in the fields most relevant to the subject matter.     It would have been...

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September 2011

Love Wins: At the Heart of Life’s Big Questions

The Christian’s hope of heaven has unquestionably an earthly dimension. ‘In keeping with his promise’, writes Peter, ‘we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness’ (2Peter3.13). Our eternal home will not be the heaven to which our souls depart at death, but a renewed earth in a renewed universe which we shall occupy and enjoy in renewed resurrection bodies. It is this ‘earthly’ heaven that Rob Bell celebrates in Love Wins. ‘It’s almost automatic’, he says, ‘for many to think of heaven as ethereal, intangible, esoteric, and immaterial. Floaty, dreamy, hazy’ (p.56). On the contrary, ‘earth and...

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September 2011

Tell all the World

The editors of this appeal for church-based mission for the twenty-first century have brought together the thoughts of twelve different contributors. Each of them is qualified to specialise in their given subjects, and succeed in producing aninstructive insight into 150 years of cross-cultural mission. For the first century of its existence India was the focus of the Strict Baptist Mission, now known as the Grace Baptist Mission. Part 2 of this publication sets out to put Mission in context. It does so with references to modern India, France, Europe, the Arab world, Latin America, the Philippines, and Britain. Within the inevitable limitations of their part...

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September 2011

Snatched from the Fire

Snatched from the Fire by Mitch The subtitle of this book is, ‘Life with a purpose’ and it tells about the purpose of the author’s life, i.e. living for the Lord Jesus Christ and telling others about him. It is part biography and part teaching about the fundamentals of the Christian life; every page has a sharp evangelistic thrust. Keith Mitchell (Mitch) was a firefighter in Northern Ireland but is now an evangelist with Crown Jesus Ministries; an organization that wants to see the people of Ireland crown Jesus Lord of their lives. He is also an associate of J. John and the Philo Trust....

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September 2011

Dragons or Dinosaurs?

Young-age creationists think that dinosaurs co-existed with human beings before the Flood and some believe that ‘prehistoric’ reptiles may even have survived into recent times. These intriguing claims are investigated in this new DVD, which ties in with a book of the same name by executive producer Darek Isaacs. This is a well-produced documentary, although in my opinion it would have benefited from being a bit shorter. The main disappointment for me is that most of the scientists interviewed are not experts in the fields most relevant to the subject matter. It would have been good, for instance, to have had contributions from palaeontologists or...

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September 2011

God’s Names

God’s Names is designed to generate ‘an interactive dialogue between adult and child as you discover God’s character together, as revealed by his names’. It looks at 18 OT titles for God e.g. El-Shaddai, a Strong Tower, the NT address ‘Father’, 5 for Jesus Christ, and 1 for the Holy Spirit.       It’s helpful to know that the material was previously published for junior-age Sunday school, and it has been redeveloped for use in the home. It is tastefully and thoughtfully presented with a colour, hand-painted illustration for each chapter and comes complete with pronunciation guide. It would make a great basis for family Bible...

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September 2011

HELP! Living in a fallen world

This new series of pocket-sized booklets began to appear last year and there are currently sixteen titles available. All of them have been produced by different men and women who are well-qualified and experienced in their field and in some cases they are writing from personal experience. Some are pastors, many others are Christian counsellors.       As the titles suggest these booklets deal with a variety of issues covering specific sins such as pornography, slavery to food, and laziness; issues dealing with the sins of others, for example, an unfaithful spouse, teenage rebellion, abuse; issues dealing with problems like incurring debt and dating; and, finally...

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September 2011

Preacher, keep yourself from idols

This book is for preachers. Its aim is to warn them of the particular forms of idolatry to which their calling exposes them. This task it accomplishes well, on the whole. The footnotes are a mine of information about recent books on preaching.       Twelve forms of idolatry, in all, are addressed, including the more obvious ones of popularity, success, entertainment and the quest for novelty. Tidball warns of the dangers of being ‘no longer shaped by scripture, but by technique and the desire for success’. At the same time, he stresses that we must avoid being boring and predictable. He is good also on...

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