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September 2013

The Road to Canterbury – Archbishop Justin Welby

Archbishop Justin Welby — the road to CanterburyAndrew AtherstoneDarton, Longman and Todd, 152 pages, £7.99 ISBN: 9780232529944Star rating : 3 Well, it’s all here — or nearly so! For those curious to know where Justin Welby really does stand theologically, Andrew Atherstone’s well researched and, in the circumstances, remarkably full account is the volume to…

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September 2013
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Evangelical Ministry Assembly

The Evangelical Ministry Assembly took place at the City of London’s Barbican Centre at the end of June. The three day conference aims to encourage those in ministry to keep going with faithful Bible preaching, and to provide a place to meet friends and be spurred on by those in the same ministry —…

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September 2013
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Truth to live by

Truth to Live By Ministries, set up by Dr Charles Somerville, came into being in order to take a stand on the inspiration, sufficiency and inerrancy of Scripture. It seeks to be obedient to the command of Christ, ‘Go into all the world and preach the gospel’. In recent months Dr Somerville has travelled…

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September 2013
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Children of courage

The children of Christians are facing hostility and discrimination in places where Christians are a persecuted minority. As important to the next generation of the church, they desperately need our prayers and support. Barnabas Fund’s Suffering Church action week 2013 will support persecuted Christian children. You can join believers around the world in remembering…

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September 2013
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Prison encouragements

Christian Prison Ministries (CPM) is reporting answers to prayer in its work in London prisons, with prisoners coming to faith and others being established as believers. Gerard and Philippa Chrispin, who run Farnham-based CPM, hold services and ‘Mark Time’ (Bible) courses in various London prisons on Sundays, with attendance ranging from 25 at a…

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September 2013
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20th anniversary of church massacre

Twenty years ago, on 25 July 1993, an Anzanian Peoples Liberation Army terrorist opened fire on the worshippers of St James Church, Cape Town. The terrorist used an AK-47 automatic weapon. Another threw two hand grenades into the church. In the bloodbath that followed 11 people died and 50 were wounded. Some died because…

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September 2013
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‘Put evangelism first’

  ‘Put evangelism first’, Lyndon Bowring urged in a lecture to the Keswick Convention in July. Mr Bowring, who is executive chairman of Christian public affairs charity CARE, said the church’s primary responsibility was evangelism, although Christians should also get involved in social action. He said, ‘We must not neglect evangelism and see it…

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September 2013
Obituaries

George Hutchinson (1938-2013)

On Monday 17 June 2013, in Uganda, Rev. George Hutchinson died following a tragic car accident. Fellow American, Herb Guthrie, and a Ugandan pastor also died. George and Herb were in Uganda on a preaching and teaching tour with Church Planting International (CPI), something they had done many times before. George was the chief…

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September 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Forgiveness (1)

Forgiveness should be a straightforward matter. When someone offends us, we are to forgive them irrespective of their response, just as we have been forgiven by God. You probably have heard many sermons on this subject. Christ responded to Peter’s question, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him?…

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September 2013
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Arms fair

A day of prayer will be held on 8 September before one of the world’s largest arms fairs opens in London, as part of a week of activities organised by the Campaign Against Arms Trade, within the Stop the Arms Fair coalition. The day, aimed at drawing attention to the destruction and waste created…

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September 2013
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Most abortions ‘illegal’

A pro-life charity chairman has said that almost all abortions carried out in the UK last year could have been illegal. According to Professor Jack Scarisbrick, the latest Department of Health statistics showed that 97 per cent of abortions were performed on mental health grounds. But he said evidence shows that women are no…

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David Brainerd (1718-1747)  (1)

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September 2013
Articles > Historical

David Brainerd (1718-1747) (1)

There are compelling reasons why Christians should study the life of David Brainerd. First, this eighteenth century missionary to indigenous Americans (‘Red Indians’) was one of the greatest cross-cultural missionaries the world has ever seen. Although dying of tuberculosis at only 29 years old, he blazed a trail across succeeding generations of Reformed missionary…

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London surprise

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September 2013
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London surprise

Church attendance in London is significantly on the rise, bucking the trend of a steady decline in churchgoing across the nation over the past 30 years. While England has lost 2.2 million churchgoers since 1979, London attendances rose by 98,500 to 721,500 between 2005 and 2012 — an increase of 16 per cent. The…

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September 2013
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Porn block

On 22 July, the Prime Minister announced plans to automatically block access to online pornography, after warning that explicit images available on internet websites are ‘corroding childhood’. In a speech to the NSPCC, David Cameron said that internet users wanting access to pornography will be required to ‘opt-in’ under the new regime, unless they…

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September 2013
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Cardiff to host International Conference of Reformed Churches

From 28 August to 4 September, the eighth International Conference of Reformed Churches (ICRC) will be held in South Wales. Over 100 representatives of Reformed and Presbyterian Churches from every continent will gather in Cardiff. They will be hosted by two congregations of the Evangelical Presbyterian Church in England and Wales, Immanuel and Bethel.…

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September 2013
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Oxford professor draws crowds

There is no conflict between science and the Christian faith, declared Oxford University mathematician Professor John Lennox at this July’s Keswick Convention.       Prof. Lennox, who gave the daily Bible talks, said that Bill Phillips, a physicist who won the Nobel prize for his work, is a Christian. He added: ‘The battle is not…

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September 2013
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Unborn baby saved

An unborn baby was saved in Brighton after Christian pro-life volunteers spoke to a woman outside an abortion clinic. Abort67 volunteers Pauline Peachy and Kathryn Attwood were outside the Wistons abortion clinic when a young woman came out and spoke to them. Ms Peachy said, ‘She hadn’t taken the pill. She took some leaflets,…

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September 2013
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Campus Church

On Saturday 22 June, Chris Davies was ordained and inducted as assistant pastor of Campus Church, Welwyn Garden City. Around 110 people attended, including visitors from Newark Evangelical Church where Chris and his wife Abigail were members; London Theological Seminary (LTS) where Chris is studying; and other churches in Hertfordshire. Professor Edgar Andrews welcomed…

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September 2013
Articles > World Mission

Jesus Christ and the Jews

Ten principles continue to determine the relationship of Jesus Christ to the Jews. 1. The coming of Jesus was the fulfilment of God’s promise to Abraham This promise is not postponed. That Christ will bless the nations of the world has been fulfilled in the worldwide spread of the gospel and in the conversion…

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September 2013
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Syria

Christian minorities are bearing the brunt of the war in Aleppo, Syria, according to Barnabas Fund. A Christian doctor reports mortar shells falling on the quarters of the city inhabited mainly by Armenian Christians. In July, a 14-year-old boy scout died from shrapnel while at home; an eight-year-old girl suffered a splinter in the…

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Greater works than Jesus (2)

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September 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Greater works than Jesus (2)

The key which unlocks the meaning of John 14:12 — ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do, because I go to the Father’ — is to be found in the purpose of John’s…

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September 2013
News > Youth Features

Why read church history?

I noticed in a homeschool blog an interesting comment from a young boy to his mother. He had just read some books (including one of mine) on church history, so he asked her: ‘Mom, why do people make it so complicated? All God wants is for us to love him and believe him.’ Anyone…

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The heir to the throne

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September 2013
Articles > Comment

The heir to the throne

The birth of the Prince of Cambridge on 22 July brought intense, worldwide media coverage. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, William and Catherine, had a son who is third in line to the British throne. The prince was born at 16.25 hrs, and the announcement was made about four hours later. The next…

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September 2013
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Creation debate

Professor Andy McIntosh took part in a debate in July, on Premier Christian Radio, with Dr Robert Asher, lecturer and curator of the Museum of Zoology at Cambridge University.      There were two interviews and discussions and for both it was important to have read Dr Asher’s recent book Evolution and belief. Dr Asher…

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September 2013
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Rehoboth Baptist Chapel, Bromley

On Monday 3 June, about 35 gathered for the pastor’s 40th anniversary service from Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Kent and Surrey, with two coming from ‘across the pond’ (Minnesota). This fellowship of Strict and Particular Baptists first met together in 1908 in a private house, when 19 people assembled for worship. They formed a church…

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September 2013
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Grace in the Sky

At Christmas 2003, a 38-year-old woman named Joyce Vincent died in her flat in ‘Sky City’, a housing estate on top of the Mall shopping centre in Wood Green, London. With the television and heating on, her body lay decomposing and undiscovered for around three years before it was discovered by housing officers. Why…

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September 2013
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Record Keswick attendance

Up to 15,000 people attended the Keswick Convention for Bible study and worship over three weeks in July. The convention saw its highest attendance in its 138-year history. Week two saw a record attendance of around 3700 at the Bible readings to hear Oxford University mathematician Professor John Lennox. A special showing of the…

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September 2013
Articles > Historical

Indulgences today (1)

31 October 1517 is a date long neglected by most Christian churches. But we need to commemorate and recollect the spiritual legacy of that life-changing event of 496 years ago. On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther, an Augustinian monk and lecturer in Wittenberg University, nailed his 95 theses to the castle door of Wittenberg…

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September 2013
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The church at the crossroads

‘Thus saith the Lord, stand ye in the ways and see and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls’ (Jeremiah 6:16). Some people have a nostalgic view of the past — nothing is to be compared to ‘the good old…

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September 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The Amish tragedy

In 1985 the Harrison Ford film The Witness went on general release and brought images of the Amish to cinema and TV screens around the world. This furthered a fascination with a quiet and reserved people, which began a century earlier and has never gone away. Today, parts of Pennsylvania first settled by the…

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September 2013
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Progress in Port Harcourt

On 26 May, Elele Gospel Reformed Baptist fellowship, Nigeria, celebrated their first anniversary with their first communion service. There were 20 members present, ten of whom were newly baptised. The church has been supported by donations from Port Harcourt. During the service, Pastor Chigozie Chinwo spoke about how the fellowship began and Deacon Adindu…

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September 2013
Articles > Guest column

How to avoid falling away

I was converted just a few weeks before going up to university 40 years ago this month. In my first week there, two Christian girls living in the same halls discovered I was a new Christian and made it their job to encourage me, integrate me into the Christian Union and a church, and…

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September 2013
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LTS thanksgiving

A large number of people attended the London Theological Seminary (LTS) annual thanksgiving service during June. The event was organised by chairman of the LTS’s board, Irving Steggles. It provided a great opportunity to hear stirring testimony and an excellent sermon. Rupert Bentley-Taylor, from Bath, spoke on 2 Timothy 4. He reminded students of…

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September 2013
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Indian atrocity

Four girls were abducted from a Christian school in India and gang-raped by around 25 armed men in a case that has renewed outrage over rising sexual violence against women in India. The incident at the residential school run by the Evangelical Church of India in the village of Labdaghati, Jharkhand state, happened on…

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September 2013
Articles > World Mission

Human trafficking today

Christian mission across the world often occurs in contexts of exploitation and abuse. In this article, Nola Leach, Chief Executive of CARE, exposes a growing problem of appalling abuse within the UK. Maria was born to an impoverished family in Eastern Europe. At 13 she was sold by her own sister to traffickers. Amazingly…

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September 2013
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Tweet out of purgatory

  The Vatican offered time off purgatory to Catholics who followed Pope Francis’s tweets, in a bizarre and brazen effort to combine social media with the ancient system of indulgences. The Vatican’s papal court handling pardons for sins said in July that Catholics could win indulgences by following Catholic World Youth Day on the…

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September 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

Should Christians tithe?

Tithing is a touchy topic! While some Christians believe they are governed by a rigid rule which dictates that they give one-tenth of their income to Christian causes, and others take a more flexible approach, many have never seriously considered the Bible’s teaching on the subject. The key text is said to be one…

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September 2013
Obituaries

Richard Denham (1927-2013)

On 31 July, the Lord called Rev. James Richard Denham into his presence. Richard was 86 years old and leaves a widow, Pearl, and seven children. He had served as a pastor and missionary in Brazil for 61 years.       In 1952, Richard and Pearl sold their possessions, leaving a pastorate in Oregon, America,…

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September 2013
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Pro-life conference

Christian Concern has teamed up with Abort67 to run a two day pro-life training conference at the Clarkson Academy in London, from 5-7 September. The academy exists to produce effective ambassadors for the most vulnerable in our society — unborn children. Speakers will include some of the best pro-life leaders in the world. Delegates…

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September 2013
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Whitby anniversary

Whitby Evangelical Church (WEC) celebrated its 40th anniversary on Saturday 29 June with a thanksgiving tea. The church was formed on 28 June 1973, when a small group of Christians living in the Whitby area came together under the leading of Rev. Peter Brumby.  WEC grew out of a period of blessing in the…

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September 2013
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Kent encouragement

Dave Workman heads an Open Air Campaigners (OAC) outreach ministry throughout Kent, particularly working with teenagers. OAC teams conduct outreach and evangelistic activities in different areas, working with local churches on an interdenominational basis. Dave leads a team of helpers who give their time and energies to a youth club. Non-Christian teenagers come along…

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September 2013
Articles > Biblical/theological

The glory of Christ (2)

Article 1 in this series is here The Lord Jesus Christ is not now on earth for us to show our appreciation to him, but his family, the church, is. And true love is relentlessly practical. ‘By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us; and we ought to lay…

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Review

September 2013

The Gospel’s Power & Message

The gospel’s power and messagePaul WasherReformation Heritage Books, 274 pages, £12.05ISBN: 978-1-60178-195-6Star rating : 5 This book is a most helpful contribution to Christianity. Seldom has such essential, solid theology been so readable. Washer likens the gospel message to the Acropolis of the Christian faith. Regrettably, today’s ‘gospel’ lies in ruins; hence the book’s…

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September 2013

The message of women — creation, grace and gender

The message of women — creation, grace and genderDerek and Dianne TidballIVP304 pages, £11.99ISBN: 978-1-84474-595-1Star rating : 2 This book explores the teaching of the whole Bible regarding women. It falls into four parts. First it considers the foundations: the image of God, the Fall and the new creation. Part 2 looks at women…

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September 2013

Galatians for you

Galatians for youTimothy KellerGood Book Company208 pages, £8.49 ISBN: 978-1-90876-234-4Star rating : 5 Ever since I first heard Timothy Keller speak in the mid-1990s at a Baptist church in Guildford, I have been struck by his ability to explain and apply God’s Word in clear and powerful terms. This is the first in a…

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September 2013

Kingdom Come — the amillennial alternative

Kingdom come — the amillennial alternativeSam StormsChristian Focus (Mentor)559 pages, £19.99ISBN: 978-1-78191-132-7 Reading Kingdom come has been a delight. For those who glaze over at the mention of millennialism, there are two main positions: that Christ comes after the millennium (post-millennialism and amillennialism); or that he comes before the millennium (historic premillennialism and Dispensationalism).…

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September 2013
Reviews > Book

Bitesize Biography – John Newton

John Newton John Crotts EP Books, 144 pages, £6.99 ISBN: 978-0-85234-908-3 Star rating : 4 This is another in EP’s Bitesize Biographies series, which served our church well last year, when ‘book month’ promoted the reading of Christian books. This series introduced people such as John Knox, John Chrysostom and Martyn Lloyd-Jones to folk…

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