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September 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Contending for the faith (1)

When we view the situation in some of the historic denominations in the United Kingdom, we see how they are dominated by false teachers. Ministers and elders can hold the most outrageous opinions and yet no action is taken against them. Trials for heresy seem to have become a thing of the past. We…

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September 2016
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International – Eisteddfod outreach

In 1947 an international musical eisteddfod (festival) was held in Llangollen seeking to bring war-torn countries together. It has been held here ever since and provides a unique opportunity to share the gospel with competitors and spectators from all over the world. Glanrafon Evangelical Church have hosted an evangelistic team for many years to…

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September 2016
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Politics – Abortion fears

Theresa May’s new cabinet poses challenges to pro-lifers, according to anti-abortion campaigners. Paul Tully, director of parliamentary research for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children (SPUC), said the new Prime Minister’s cabinet comprised several members whose track record on abortions left much to be desired. In particular, SPUC noted the July appointments…

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September 2016
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International – French tragedy response

Nice has welcomed the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, an international coalition of crisis-trained chaplains. The team journeyed to France to offer emotional and spiritual care on the streets of Nice, following the horrific terror attack on Bastille Day, in July. More than 80 people died in the violent attack, with dozens more seriously…

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September 2016
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

PERSONAL VIEW: Brexit reflection

‘Vote leave’ supporters seemed as surprised as everyone else that Britons decided to exit the EU on 23 June 2016. At the time of writing this article no asteroid strike had taken place. Even the rumbling Icelandic volcano failed to erupt in disgust.  And there was no earthquake. Or was there an earthquake? In…

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September 2016
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Media – Anglican lectionary

Church Society has created weekly expositions on the Church of England’s lectionary (Scripture readings list) to help support ministers and others. A blog post on the Church Society website explained how many, if not most Anglican churches use the lectionary to guide them each week, in at least one of their services. It said,…

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September 2016
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Conference – Keswick bonanza

For several weeks during July and August, the small town of Keswick in Cumbria, in the North of England, was swarming with people attending the 141st Keswick Convention. According to organisers, the convention (16 July-5 August) was ‘completely packed out’, with more visitors than ever, and an extra relay venue needing to be added…

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September 2016
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Conference – Northumberland Bible teaching

‘Another excellent weekend!’ That is what those who attended the Northumberland Bible teaching weekend said. Sponsored by Longhorsley Mission Church, Kevin Bidwell (Sheffield) and Derek Cleave (Bristol) addressed the 200-plus attendees who gathered on 2-4 July 2016. In three sessions, Mr Bidwell opened up our call as Christians to run, wrestle and box. Mr…

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September 2016
News

Persecution South Sudan: Thousands flee

Violence in Sudan has seen at least 5,015 people, of whom 90 per cent are women and children, flee to the West Nile region of north west Uganda since July. According to reports, refugees are overwhelming border crossings with their high numbers. It is reported that, on 17 July alone, 1,633 refugees escaped to…

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September 2016
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Event – Ryedale anniversary

Ryedale Evangelical Church met with friends from Ripon, Northallerton, Darlington, Whitby, Scarborough and Hull in Middleton Chapel, Pickering, on Saturday 16 July. They joined to give thanks for God’s faithfulness in providing for and upholding its minister William Horsburgh and the Ryedale church over the last 30 years. The church was formed in 1984,…

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September 2016
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Politics – ‘Cameron overruled me’

David Cameron, former UK Prime Minister, overruled the former Secretary of State for Education after she attempted to make sex education mandatory in primary schools. Nicky Morgan, who until the latest cabinet reshuffle was Education Secretary, had intended to ensure sex education became a statutory subject for all schools in England. However, in reports…

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Article

September 2016
Belarus

Progress in theological education in Minsk

Next year I will be 40. The middle-age crisis will not necessarily hit me too hard, but I have begun asking questions like, ‘What have I been doing for the last 20 years?’ Basically, I have been striving in one direction in everything I have done. I have wanted to try to help recover…

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September 2016
Evangelistic

Ben-Hur: the making of the story

I have seen Charlton Heston in the 1959 film Ben-Hur more times than I care to remember, and I loved viewing it. I have never been bothered by the faux pas of the twentieth century images in the background of the chariot race, but have been moved by this simple tale of the injustice…

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September 2016
News

Ethics – Britain’s shame

The United Reformed Church (URC) has become the latest denomination to allow same-sex couples to marry in its buildings. During a meeting in Merseyside, the URC’s ruling general assembly voted overwhelmingly in favour of allowing gay marriage, although individual churches will not be forced to comply. According to a report from the BBC, this…

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September 2016
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Church – Anglican revival

Could the Church of England (CofE) be God’s chosen instrument to revive the church? At first sight the question might seem ludicrous, but that proposition may not be quite as absurd as might appear at first sight. The Anglican denomination has an archbishop who has openly declared that he sometimes doubts whether there even…

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September 2016
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Youth – Chernobyl youth at Nairn

The Nairn congregation of the Free Church of Scotland has recently hosted a group of school-aged children from Chernobyl in the Ukraine, in a partnership developed alongside other local churches. Many will remember the horrific explosion at the nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, close to the border between Ukraine and Belarus, in 1986.  While…

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September 2016
Articles > Comment

The Pole Star

One of the blessings of believing in God is to stand in wonder and worship while beholding the glory of God’s creation. Many of you may know that a few miles north of me here, in Lexington, Kentucky, there is a building phenomenon, a huge wooden boat built by Answers of Genesis, that is…

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News

September 2016
News

Compassionate ministry – Steadfast Global

A Scotland-based mission to the suffering church, Steadfast Global, has been instrumental in arranging the Dohuk Summit, a meeting of church leaders in Northern Iraq. For the first time, leaders from the evangelical church joined with Orthodox denominations in late June, with the primary purpose of seeking a lasting solution for the migration of…

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September 2016
News

Extreme counter-extremism

The government’s counter-extremism measures have been roundly criticised by a joint committee of MPs. In May 2016, a Counter-Extremism and Safeguarding Bill was included in the Queen’s Speech. Christian organisations warned then that the government could end up trapping innocent people in its measures, and now, an all-party Joint Committee on Human Rights (JCHR)…

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September 2016
News

Persecution UK: – Appalling injustice

Christian anti-abortion campaigner Aisling Hubert is facing a £47,000 bill for legal costs after the Crown Prosecution Service derailed her attempt to prosecute gender-abortion doctors. Christian Concern, whose sister organisation the Christian Legal Centre was supporting 23-year-old Ms Hubert in her private prosecution attempt, has urged Christians to contact their MPs about her situation…

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September 2016
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Mission – Solas at the Fringe

The Solas Centre for Public Christianity (Solas SPC) held a series of outreach events over August as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival took place. The Fringe arts festival, which attracts thousands with its artistic, musical, theatrical and comedic shows, this year featured more than 3,000 events, from 5-29 August. While many of these are irreverent,…

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September 2016
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Youth – RE youth debate

School children in the House of Commons took part in a major debate in July about the role of religious education. More than 70 students from across England came together at the Houses of Parliament for the inaugural Youth Debate on the role of religious education in schools. The debate was staged by the…

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September 2016
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Mission – Salford-Manchester Evangelical Presbyterian church plant

A typical northern city, whose cotton mills were once powered by water from the River Irwell, Salford experienced massive decline in the twentieth century as its traditional industrial base was eroded. Now slowly regaining some prosperity as an excellent commuter area for those working in adjacent Manchester, and home to Manchester United Football Club,…

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September 2016
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International – Russian crackdown latest

Russian elections in September may offer a ray of hope to Christians in the country, who are at risk of a serious crackdown on religious activities. On 24 June, the lower house of the Russian parliament — the Duma — approved legislation known as Yarovaya’s Law, which aimed to tackle extremist religious groups operating…

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September 2016
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Media – Life of Brian protest

Christian charity director Richard Norton has slammed the decision of a local church to put on a screening of The Life of Brian. The film, which parodies the life of Jesus, caused great controversy when it was produced in 1979 for its implicit and explicit blasphemy. However, during July, it was screened at a…

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Article

September 2016
Articles > Biblical/theological

Fishers of men (2)

‘When Simon Peter saw [the miraculous catch of fish] he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord! For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken … And Jesus said to Simon, Do not be afraid. From…

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September 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Are you called to gospel ministry?

If there is anything else a man can do other than preach, Martyn Lloyd-Jones maintained, he ought to do it. The pulpit is no place for him. The ministry is not merely something an individual can do, but what he must do. To enter the pulpit, that necessity must be laid upon him. A…

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September 2016
Scientific (including creation)

James Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879)

In a recent BBC TV programme, The man who made the modern world, Professor Iain Stewart began by asking people in Edinburgh’s George Street whether they recognised a portrait of James Clerk Maxwell. Virtually none did, even though they were standing right under his large monument, erected in 2008. He is known as Scotland’s…

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News

September 2016
News

Event – Church history afternooon

On Saturday 4 June 2016, a good number travelled to the tiny Leicestershire village of Barton-in-the-Beans to join with local chapel members for their annual church history afternoon. The historic Baptist church in Barton was founded in the eighteenth century, and witnessed scenes of great blessing and conversions in those early days. The speakers…

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September 2016
News

Persecution: Nigeria – Land grab

Nigerian Christians have suffered a death toll of at least 133 since mid-June, after Islamist group Fulani have embarked on a wave of violence. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, on 10 July a pastor’s wife was murdered in Abuja as she shared the gospel in her local neighbourhood. The following week, a mob…

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September 2016
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Youth – School badge scandal

Parents at a Church of England primary school in Huddersfield have expressed anger after the school removed a cross on its new school badge. The school is the result of a merger between three schools around Crosland Moor, near Huddersfield. The cross formed part of a pupil’s winning entry, in a competition to design…

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Article

September 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Lessons learned from a crank sensor

Trials are part and parcel of the Christian life. We may not like that, but it is a fact we have to face up to. Trials refine us and remove the dross. But, I never imagined in a million years that I would learn something about trials from a ‘crank sensor’! What on earth…

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Jonah for today’s church (1)

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September 2016
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Jonah for today’s church (1)

I once heard a prominent British preacher say the book of Jonah might well be the most underrated book in all of Scripture. Having just taken a Bible study group through this little book, and having also taken a local church through it in recent years, I agree with that statement. The book of…

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News

September 2016
News

Persecution: Pakistan – Whatsapp arrest

WhatsApp messages have caused a Christian man to be charged under Pakistan’s severe blasphemy law. According to reports, police have registered a case against Nadeem James and are searching for him, as he has fled his home to save his life. The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) reported Mr James had…

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September 2016
Articles > Guest column

The hunger for significance

Richard Gere, in a recent film, plays the part of a homeless man who has this line: ‘I’m nobody; I don’t exist’. Andrew Carnegie was asked how much money it took to make a man happy. His answer was, ‘A little more’. The relentless hunger for significance in the human heart cannot be satisfied…

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News

September 2016
News

Mission – Christ in Calais

Most people would not venture into the migrant encampment known as the Calais Jungle, notorious for potential danger. Yet there are a few teams of Christians who visit regularly, including Dave Workman, evangelist with OAC Ministries (formerly known as the Open Air Campaigners). Mr Workman says, ‘My guesstimate is that 70 per cent of…

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September 2016
News

Politics – ‘Named Persons’ thrown out

Christian organisations have given thanks after the Supreme Court pronounced the Scottish government’s controversial Named Person scheme plans unlawful. In an historic decision the five judges, including two from Scotland, unanimously struck down the central provisions of the scheme, in a landmark judgment in July. The Christian Institute and others v. The Lord Advocate…

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September 2016
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Mission – Christian Prison Resourcing

There have been many doors closing and opening in the UK’s prison service and, according to the latest Christian Prison Resourcing (CPR) newsletter, some of these changes have affected CPR teams directly. HMP Holloway has now closed. The last of the women prisoners have been relocated to other prisons and this means a change…

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September 2016
Obituaries

Peter Bull (1939-2016)

Peter Bull, the guesthouse owner whose legal battle to defend biblical marriage went all the way to the Sup-reme Court, has died peacefully in hospital aged 76. In a statement from the Christian Institute, which supported Mr Bull and his wife Hazelmary since 2008, when legal proceedings first started against them, the organisation claimed…

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News

September 2016
News

Church assembly melted to repentance

This June, commissioners (elders) from the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) met in the southern city of Mobile, Alabama, to convene the 44th General Assembly, the denomination’s annual meeting for business. For the last few years, missional theology, and most recently, racial reconciliation, are subjects that have sparked animated debate. But on 23 June…

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September 2016
News

Media – Project Hannah

Trans World Radio’s (TWR’s) Project Hannah has been given an award in recognition of its family-focused broadcasting. Project Hannah is TWR’s women’s ministry, centred on the radio programme Women of hope, which, according to TWR, brings together practical and spiritual teaching elements under a common theme. The Association of Christian Media (ACM) for Southern…

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September 2016
News

International – Humanitarian crisis

Barnabas Fund has launched Project Joseph, stepping up the delivery of food aid to Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, which are facing a serious humanitarian crisis. In Ethiopia, up to 10 million people are in danger of starvation. Two failed rainy seasons, followed by catastrophic flooding, have destroyed crops across large parts of a country in…

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September 2016
News > Youth Features

Caring For Life – compassion in action

Esther Smith, senior pastoral admin-istrator of Caring For Life (CFL) writes: CFL is supporting an ever-increasing number of extremely vulnerable people, and right now, some of the youngest are having a really tough time.’ They are simply lost, due to a dire shortage of safe housing and ongoing cuts to the welfare support available…

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September 2016
News

Politics – Loving Muslims, exposing Islam

Christian Concern has called on Christians not to be afraid to talk about Christ to Muslims, despite media coverage of atrocities carried out allegedly in the name of Islam. In a statement, Andrea Minichiello Williams, chief executive of Christian Concern, said: ‘Even among Christians, there can be hesitancy about speaking publicly about the errors…

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Historical

September 2016
Articles > Historical

Whatever happened at Salters’ Hall (2)

In Evangelical Times, August 2016, we looked at the historical and theological ethos of the nation after the restoration of Charles II to the throne in 1660. Our story proper begins in Exeter, Devon, in 1717. It involves two Presbyterian ministers, Joseph Hallett and James Peirce. Joseph Hallett was principal of a dissenting academy…

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Review

September 2016

Ichthus — Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Saviour

Jesus Christ should surely be at the forefront of our thinking and at the centre of our life. This is why this book is a delight to read. Jesus Christ is its all-consuming interest. Its title, Ichthus, is modelled on the acronym in the Greek, which is rendered ‘Jesus Christ, God’s Son, the Saviour’. There are…

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Review

September 2016

Ann Judson – A Missionary Life for Burma

Adoniram and Ann Judson were certainly pioneer missionaries. They set sail for Asia in 1812, expecting never to see America again. Ann was one of the first female American missionaries. Their original plan was to serve in India, but various providences led them to Burma, a land whose customs, language, religion, mindset and climate were totally foreign to them.…

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Review

September 2016
Reviews > Book > Historical

Theodore Beza – The Man and the Myth

This title opens with, ‘Theodore Beza? Who’s he? Why should I care about him?’ The author (associate professor of church history at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary) answers these questions with warmth and clarity. Three reasons are given for writing. The first is that Theodore Beza (1519-1605) is a great example of what it…

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Review

September 2016

Different – Living the Holy Life

Many books have been written on holy living. This is not surprising, as the Lord constantly calls his blood-bought people to walk in his ways of righteousness, justice and truth. Here we have another book on the same subject, but this one is different. It is different because it is written for people like…

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Review

September 2016

The Christian and Money

The subject of the Christian’s relationship with money is an important one. The way we use the money God gives us reveals much about the condition of our heart. On the one hand, ‘money answers everything’ (Ecclesiastes 10:19); on the other, ‘the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil’ (1…

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Review

September 2016

The murderous history of Bible translations: power, conflict and quest for meaning

This books comprises 13 chapters, subdivided into three parts: ‘Before the violence’, ‘The violence begins’ and ‘Enlightenment’. The book is broadly chronological, beginning with ‘The legacy of Alexandria’ and ‘The legend of the Septuagint’, while concluding with thoughts on ‘The future of the translated Bible’. The author, Harry Freedman, is a writer and academic…

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Review

September 2016
Reviews > Book

A great blessing to me — John Newton encounters George Whitefield

This is a delightful study of a fruitful friendship between two evangelical leaders of the eighteenth century. George Whitefield was probably England’s greatest preacher. John Newton was a pastor, spiritual counsellor and hymn writer. Both men deserve to be better known. Whitefield’s ministry shows us what God can do in desolate times. It should…

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Review

September 2016

For the Glory – The life of Eric Liddell from Olympic Champion to Modern Martyr

This is a biography of the celebrated Olympic champion and missionary to China, Eric H. Liddell (1902-1945). The publishers’ dust-jacket claim that it ‘tells for the first time the full story of the life of Eric Liddell in extraordinary, vivid detail’ seems to ignore no less than six previous, fairly full biographies of Liddell!…

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Review

September 2016

A Survey of Church History (Part 6) DVD

This is a series of twelve, approximately 25-minute lectures on DVD, surveying the history of the church in the twentieth century. The first lecture is a general introduction to the century which saw both the best and the worst things in human history. Lecture 2 looks at the work of world mission in the…

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Review

September 2016

Pentecostal outpourings: revival and the Reformed tradition

There are Christians today who have little place for revival. Some focus on the most useful methods for reaching unbelievers with the gospel. Others concentrate on taking Christianity into the public square by promoting social justice or confronting aggressive secularisation. Then there are those who confuse revival (a spontaneous and surprising work of God)…

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Review

September 2016

1966 and all that: an evangelical journey

1966 was a memorable year, not least for this reviewer who enjoyed the thrill of being at Wembley to see England lift the World Cup! However, of far greater significance for British evangelicalism was a meeting of the National Assembly of Evangelicals on 18 October. There, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones delivered his now much discussed…

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Review

September 2016

War and Faith

This is a sequel to Don Stephens’ highly successful book War and grace (EP); it is essentially more of the same. War and faith looks at the life story, conversion and subsequent Christian life of eight men and women whose lives were impacted by the gospel around the time of the Second World War.…

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