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Reaping the whirlwind

News

September 2011
News

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.…

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Joseph Spoor – aflame for God

Historical

September 2011
Articles > Historical

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…

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Article

September 2011
Islam

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…

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GRATITUDE FOR GRACE

Article

September 2011
Articles > Guest column

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…

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Praying for Syria

News

September 2011
News

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…

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Heath church development

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September 2011
News

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…

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Muhammad and the origins of Islam

Article

September 2011
Islam

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.…

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

Historical

September 2011
Articles > Historical

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…

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To be like Jesus

Article

September 2011
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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…

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News

September 2011
News

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…

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Daniel Webber

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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…

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September 2011
News

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…

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‘Bash’

Historical

September 2011
Articles > Historical

‘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…

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September 2011
News

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…

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Harold Crowter (1924-2011)

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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…

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September 2011
News

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…

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News

September 2011
News

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…

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How much should I give to mission?

Article

September 2011
Articles > Comment

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…

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The big interview

Article

September 2011
Interviews

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…

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Healthcare encounters

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September 2011
News

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…

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Contextualisation

Article

September 2011
General

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…

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News

September 2011
News

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…

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

Article

September 2011
Evangelistic

‘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…

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How Saudi Arabia treats Christians

Article

September 2011
Saudi Arabia

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…

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News

September 2011
News

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…

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Norway – what next?

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September 2011
News

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,…

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William Carey – a light for India (2)

Historical

September 2011
Articles > Historical

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…

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Life is simple

Article

September 2011
Evangelistic

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…

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The big interview

Article

September 2011
Interviews

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…

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End of the World

News

September 2011
News

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…

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The life and work of Brownlow North

Historical

September 2011
Articles > Historical

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…

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News

September 2011
News

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…

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The call to serve Christ

News

September 2011
News > Youth Features

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…

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September 2011
News

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…

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News

September 2011
News

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,…

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Valuing life’s veterans

Article

September 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

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,…

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Dragons or Dinosaurs? –  Cloud Ten Pictures

Article

September 2011
DVD

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…

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Review

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…

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Review

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…

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Review

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…

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Review

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,…

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Review

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…

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Review

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…

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Review

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…

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