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September 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Singapore seminar on suicide

On 9 August, 71 participants from 26 churches and different backgrounds gathered for the Sovereign Hope Bible Presbyterian Ministry’s (SHBPM’s) seminar on depression and suicide. The seminar provided an edifying time of meditating on the medical and biblical perspective of suicide and depression.  This subject has been a matter of grave concern both locally…

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September 2018
Articles > Biblical/theological

Praise and prayer: reflections on Psalm 134

Psalm 134, which has only three verses, is the last of the fifteen psalms with the heading ‘A Song of Ascents’ (ESV).  In the Jewish Scriptures the headings were part of the Psalms. The pilgrims sang these psalms when they travelled to Jerusalem for worship. As they ascended up to Jerusalem they lifted up…

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Article

September 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Writing for God: appreciating Christian authors

The reason for this article is to consider the subject of Christian authors and the writing and publishing of Christian literature. I recently submitted a manuscript to a Christian publisher who, in their acknowledgement promised to have a look at it later in the year and also thanked me for my support. Their appreciation…

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September 2018
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The men who would not bow, budge or burn (2)

The Judeo-Christian heritage, which gave us the freedoms that we have enjoyed for many decades, has now, for the most part, gone. Consecutive governments have worked at eroding the foundations and the Ten Commandments that laid those foundations. We may not yet be experiencing persecution, but the pressure on Christians is mounting. We are…

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COMMENT: Respect those in authority

Article

September 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: Respect those in authority

I don’t personally know Allan Coote. He’s the man who has been told he’s not allowed to read the Bible on the doorstep of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. As far as I can tell, all he does is read aloud from the Scriptures to members of the public. But security officials at the…

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Article

September 2018
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Responding to the attack on the family

It’s some months now since I read a headline in The Daily Telegraph.  “We should applaud the end of the nuclear family, says top judge”.  I read the story with interest and a growing sense of anger and then checked to see what other newspapers were saying about it. The story concerns Sir James…

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Historical

September 2018
Articles > Historical

The Haldane brothers and the quest for evangelical unity (3)

Link to Article 1 Link to Article 2 Both James and Robert Haldane said that they didn’t intend to divide their own church or movement by their distinctive ecclesiological views (see ET, August 2018). Perhaps because he was a pastor, James was seemingly the more flexible of the two in the application of his…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

The Doctor Who Became a Preacher: Martyn Lloyd-Jones (Banner Board Books)

This is a cracking little board book for reading to very young children. It shows how doctors help people who are sick, before relating how Martyn Lloyd-Jones chose to preach the good news instead, with many people coming to hear him. Blair Bailie’s bright and attractive illustrations cover eight double pages, including a brilliant…

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September 2018
News > Society > Uncategorised

Tale of two cathedral cities

London and Gloucester, two cathedral cities, have taken very different approaches to public Bible reading in recent weeks. London’s St Paul’s Cathedral no longer dominates the skyline amid the rise of skyscrapers but its vast dome is unmistakable. Often presented as a symbol of hope — one thinks of the famous Second World War…

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September 2018
News > Ethics

MPs push to liberalise abortion laws

Vital protections for unborn children are put at risk by more than 170 parliamentarians More than 170 politicians from the UK and the Irish Republic signed an open letter in the Sunday Times, calling for a radical liberalisation of abortion law. The letter called on the British-Irish Intergovernmental Conference (BIIGC) to ensure that section…

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Article

September 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Southern Europe > Albania

Albania: a land of contrasts

Albania, land of the eagles, is a place of great contrasts. It is full of possibilities for the gospel and yet it faces deep challenges also. The apostle Paul was the first to preach the gospel to the Albanians according to Romans 15:19. Yet from apostolic times all the way to the 1800s, when…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

Small Town Jesus: Taking the gospel mission seriously in seemingly unimportant places

Small Town Jesus is problematic. Its premise is that Christian society regards small towns with disdain and irrelevance, which Griggs seeks to challenge. Interestingly, he never states his definition of a small town other than a place which lacks cinemas, coffee shops and restaurants. This comes across as patronising and implies class prejudice. Griggs…

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Historical

September 2018
Articles > Historical

SASRA and the World War 1 centenary (2)

In this second article, the Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) continues to highlight the work of its forerunners in the last months of World War One. Reading Ready and The British Flag and Christian Sentinel (the forerunners’ magazines), brings home both the physical suffering and the spiritual fruit known during the war.…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

Paul: A Biography

This is the latest book from retired Anglican bishop, N. T. Wright. It is geared towards a popular rather than academic audience. There is much to commend. An overview of Paul’s life and thought is provided, synthesising Acts and the Pauline letters. Extra-biblical material is also utilised to enhance our understanding. This endeavour to…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

It Takes a Church to Raise a Parent: Creating a culture where parenting for faith can flourish

This book aims to show how the church can equip parents so they can ‘parent for faith’. I agree wholeheartedly with its focus on helping one another within a church context. When we become Christians, we are part of God’s family and have brothers and sisters of all ages and from all backgrounds. We…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

Primer Issue 05 – Coming Soon – How to live and lead in the light of the world to come

This volume of ‘Primer’ is an introduction to eschatological themes in five chapters. Stephen Witmer outlines various views on the coming of the kingdom, opting for the inaugurated eschatology model: the kingdom is both already here and still to come as well. John Stevens reviews the elements of biblical eschatology and discusses where evangelicals…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

Invest Your Disappointments: Going For Growth

Paul Mallard wrote an excellent book called Invest your suffering. Here he brings us another dose of realism in a readable book with much scriptural wisdom. It is written by a man seeking to apply a firm belief in God’s loving sovereignty to his people in a fallen world. Do we not all know…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

McCheyne’s Dundee

Many Christians have heard of Robert Murray McCheyne (1813-43). His reputation endures as a holy and prayerful man who was greatly used by God before his early death. McCheyne’s Dundee examines the final years of his life when he ministered at St Peter’s Church, Dundee. It addresses the question, ‘How could such a short…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

Quiet time for Christians

Do we need another book on Christians having a quiet time? I did have reservations upon receiving this new title, but my interest was soon piqued after looking through it. It is aimed at those who are unaccustomed to regular ‘quiet times’ spent alone with an open Bible. It is written from a Reformed,…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

Whither God Brings Us: Cambridge and the Reformation Martyrs

This book was written in order to present histories of some of the Cambridge University Reformation martyrs. It provides varied portraits of men who grew into outstanding Christians. Some of them are well known, such as Thomas Cranmer, Nicholas Ridley and Hugh Latimer. Others include John Frith, Thomas Bilney, Robert Ferrar and Thomas Gusgate.…

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Review

September 2018
Reviews > Book

Triumphant Love: The contextual, creative and strategic missionary work of Amy Beatrice Carmichael in south India

The following information has been provided by Chris Kavanagh, director of the Dohnavur Fellowship Corporation. Dr Jacky Woolcock, who served in Dohnavur 1969–1987 writes, ‘I met Dr Kommers in the Dohnavur UK office in 2015, being offered to read the first complete draft of this book for accuracy of factual content. Before the meeting…

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Remembering Valerie Riches (1924-2018)

News

September 2018
News > People > Obituaries

Remembering Valerie Riches (1924-2018)

Valerie Riches, the founder president and former director of the Family Education Trust, died earlier this year, aged 93. When I was first introduced to Family and Youth Concern, as it was then known, in 1993, Valerie Riches had been labouring on behalf of the family and the welfare of children and young people…

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September 2018
News > International

International – Christ in Cuba

Radio is reaching the spiritually thirsty people in Cuba, according to Christian broadcaster Trans World Radio (TWR). Cuba has been through a time of great upheaval, with comings and goings in the relationship with the US, and the final end to the reign of the Castro family. The political and economic situation brings little…

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September 2018
News > International

International – African Bible college conference

One of Mukhanyo Theological College’s annual highlights is the Bible College Consultation, which this year took place from 19 to 21 June in Pretoria, South Africa. It was attended by some 100 delegates from more than 30 evangelical and Reformed Bible colleges, as well as other Christian missionary institutions, from 12 countries all over…

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Mission – Mission in Ukraine

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September 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Mission in Ukraine

‘I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night comes, when no man can work’ (John 9:4). God had reminded me several times of this Scripture before I went to Ukraine for a missions trip from 5 March to 15 April. Jesus had limited time to do…

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September 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – Creation update

Biblical Creation Trust (BCT) held its first regional supporters’ evening at Thurlaston village hall near Leicester on 30 June. After a meal kindly provided by friends from Thurlaston Chapel, trustee Stephen Bazlinton opened proceedings with a devotion from Psalm 95. Stephen Lloyd then summarised highlights from our past ministry, as well as outlining some…

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Conference – South Wales Revival Conference

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September 2018
News > Conferences

Conference – South Wales Revival Conference

The days of 7 to 14 July saw the 19th annual conference take place. Ian Parry opened the conference with a searching message from Elijah’s confrontation with the Baal prophets at Mount Carmel. Paul Mallard’s two pastoral sermons took us to the letters to the churches in Revelation, while Stuart Olyott’s theme was ‘Spirit-inspired…

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September 2018
News > Events

Event – Merged Church Society has first meeting

The new Church Society Council held its first meeting in London since the merger with Reform and the Fellowship of Word & Spirit. The council opened with a reflection on Ephesians 1: 1-14, and a time of prayer. Rev. Dr Mark Burkill was unanimously elected to be the chairman, with Rev. Paul Darlington and…

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Event – Last ever EMF graduation

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September 2018
News > Events

Event – Last ever EMF graduation

It was a warm day at Welwyn village, its streets filled themselves with smiling, familiar faces. As we made our way into Guessens’ big garden with the lovely tree in the middle, we shared lunch with others. It was a lovely warm day but with a sad tone, especially for former students like us,…

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Event – Greek focus at EMF

Article

September 2018
Events

Event – Greek focus at EMF

On 9 June, courtesy of Highbury Baptist Church, London, European Mission Fellowship (EMF) held a Saturday morning conference focusing on the needy land of Greece. This was a very informative and valuable time. EMF’s long-term missionary Leonidas Kollaros spoke about his local work in Ioannina. He has some very encouraging links with the university…

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Event – Arbroath hosts all-age holiday

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September 2018
News > Events

Event – Arbroath hosts all-age holiday

A total of 39 people, plus two day visitors, attended the 2018 Free Church (Continuing) all-age holiday held in Windmill Christian Centre, Arbroath. The aim of the holiday is for young and old to gather together for a time of relaxed fellowship in a safe Christian environment. Each day began with a prayer meeting for the early…

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Event – Peace movement in Ilford

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September 2018
News > Events

Event – Peace movement in Ilford

Teenagers concerned about growing street violence held a peace vigil at Redbridge Peace Monument, in Ilford town centre, during the first week of the summer holidays this year. Over the last few months, Redbridge Council has agreed a monthly schedule of community events with British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA) in Ilford’s pedestrian broadway, to…

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News

September 2018
News > Media

Media – Christian ex-mayor exonerated

A local councillor who was forced to resign as Mayor of Ferryhill over social media posts on Facebook has had formal complaints about his conduct dismissed. According to the Christian Legal Centre (CLC), which supported Richard Smith, the former mayor was lambasted and forced to step down from his position after a number of…

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News

September 2018
News > International

International – Willow Creek leaders quit

More church leaders have quit the Willow Creek mega-church in Illinoi, USA, following the allegations of sexual misconduct against the church’s former senior pastor, Bill Hybels. The leaders say they have quit because a ‘new start’ is needed and they should have handled the situation better. Bill Hybels stepped down earlier this year after…

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News

September 2018
News > Media

Media – Blackpool bus ban

Bus advertising to promote a church event in Lancashire have been banned by bosses at Blackpool Transport because they may upset the gay community. The Franklin Graham Lancashire Festival of Hope event placed the ads, which were then banned following a backlash from people claiming Franklin Graham was a homophobe because of his biblical…

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News

September 2018
News > Education

Education – Sex education opt-out

Parents are set to lose the right to withdraw their children from sex education when their child reaches the age of 15, and primary aged children should not be withdrawn from new ‘relationships’ classes. The alarming new proposals were announced by Education Secretary Damian Hinds. He said parents should lose their right to withdraw…

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September 2018
News > Society

Religious liberty – Bercow: LGBT rights ‘more important’

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, has said LGBT rights are more important than religious freedoms. Mr Bercow was speaking at an event hosted at Speakers House in support of the gay website, PinkNews. Mr Bercow said, ‘I respect people’s rights to adhere to and profess their faith, but for me,…

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News

September 2018
News > Society

Society – Disastrous prostitution zone

A legalised prostitution zone in Leeds has been a ‘disaster from day one’, a senior police officer has said. The zone was set up in an attempt to reduce crime related to the sex industry, but it seems the very opposite has happened. One senior police officer said, ‘Other criminals came into the area…

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News

September 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – ‘Brain damage’ safeguard removed

The UK Supreme Court has removed an important safeguard from ‘brain damaged’ patients, making it easier to end their lives early. Until now, doctors and families had to go to court to take the ultimate step of withdrawing food and fluids from such patients. But the Supreme Court has decided that doctors can go…

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News

September 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Pro-life group evicted

A pro-life group was thrown out of a Lambeth Council outdoor event because it went against the local authority’s ‘values’. The Life charity, which helps vulnerable women and the unborn, said the council’s actions were a breach of freedom of speech and did a disservice to ‘women in crisis who may need our help’.…

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September 2018
News > Ethics

Ethics – Gov’t cannot silence faith schools

The UK government’s attempt to silence church schools on gay marriage is ‘legally flawed’, a human rights expert has warned. According to Professor Christopher McCrudden, a barrister at Blackstone Chambers, moves by the Department for Education (DfE) to penalise schools that refuse to recognise same-sex marriages would be ‘not consistent’ with the European Convention…

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September 2018
News > Family

Family – Welsh smacking ban ‘a priority’

The Welsh First Minister says banning smacking in Wales will be one of his top priorities during his final months in office. Carwyn Jones will step down as First Minister in December, but in his annual statement he outlined plans for new laws he wants the Welsh Assembly to pass in the next year.…

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News

September 2018
News > Family

Family – Overriding parental consent

Local authorities in Scotland have been caught out telling teachers to override parental consent by default. An instructional video — which was swiftly been removed after it came to light — told teachers to act this way because ‘otherwise you’ll have to show you obtained parent and child consent’. Alison Preuss, of the Scottish…

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News

September 2018
News > Family

Family – Boost for anti-Named Person campaign

The President of the UK Supreme Court has said The Christian Institute’s landmark victory against the Scottish Government’s Named Person scheme is a ‘most important’ case. Speaking earlier this year about devolution, Baroness Hale considered the potential for devolved assemblies to pass laws outside their powers. In addressing that issue she highlighted the 2017…

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News

September 2018
News > International

International: Greece – Fire victims receive help

Greek people left homeless and injured after wildfires ravaged suburbs around Athens have received help and counselling from UK-based rapid response Team chaplains, from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. In July, the volunteers were deployed to the resort town of Mati to share hope in crisis alongside the local church community. The wildfires, the…

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News

September 2018
News > International

International: Argentina – Abortion on demand rejected

The Argentinian senate has rejected a move to allow abortion on demand. At present, abortion is only allowed in the South American country if the mother’s life or health is at risk, or in the case of rape. The senate called for various national and international agencies to give evidence. ADF International, a Christian…

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News

September 2018
News > International

International: Egypt – Coptic Christians under threat

A Muslim mob attacked Christian homes after an Egyptian Christian was accused of insulting Islam on social media. According to reports from Barnabas Fund, the mob attacked the homes of Christians in the Egyptian village of Menbal in the Minya governorate in July, after a member of the Christian community was accused of insulting…

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News

September 2018
News > International

International: Pakistan – kiln workers freed

More than 280 families have been freed from forced servitude in Pakistan’s brick-kiln industry. According to Barnabas Fund, many Christian families are being put into bondage to owners of brick kilns, forced to work as slaves because of debts, unable to send their children to school. One Christian man, Afzal, ended up as a…

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News

September 2018
News > International

International: Pakistan – Church banned from worship

Police discrimination has forced Pakistani Christians to petition the government to allow them to worship in church. According to reports from the British Pakistani Christian Association (BPCA), a church in New Sarabah Village, Pakistan, has been forced to approach the Deputy Commissioner of Police for Toba Tek Singh for permission to use their church…

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September 2018
News > International

International: Turkey – Pastor released to house arrest

American pastor Andrew Brunson has been released from a Turkish jail after more than 600 days imprisonment, although he remains under house arrest. American policy makers had been making repeated demands to Turkish authorities to release the pastor, threatening sanctions against the capital, Ankara. In a tweet, the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo,…

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September 2018
News

LETTER FROM AMERICA: The relationship between the US and Korea

On June 12, 2018, the President of the United States, Donald Trump met with Kim Jong-un, the leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in a special summit meeting in Singapore to discuss foreign relations between the two countries. While the United States has often sought to come to a peaceful agreement…

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News

September 2018
News > Guest Column

The means of grace (1): preaching

Do you hear God’s voice? Has Jesus ever spoken to you? Has the Holy Spirit ever brought the truth of God to bear on your life in a personal way? Can you say that you meet with the Triune God regularly? It may surprise you that as an evangelical, Reformed and Presbyterian minister of…

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