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September 2019
News > Mission

Taking the gospel ‘behind the wire’

The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) is delighted to be placing two new Army Scripture Readers (ASRs) this autumn. Tracey Blackwell and Chika Onugha were recruited last year. They have undergone theological training at seminary and also in the field with established Scripture Readers. They will now deploy to their operational posts.…

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September 2019
News > Society

Welsh council resists secularists’ attempt to ban Christian prayers

Secularists have renewed efforts to prevent local councils from conducting prayers before meetings, this time targeting Denbighshire Council in Wales. Councillor Paul Penlington called on Denbighshire Council to conduct prayers away from the council chamber, and has received the support of the National Secular Society (NSS). However, the councillors have defended their freedom to…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

Reflections: Characters in Acts — A matter of the heart

‘Thorough’ and ‘thoughtful’ were words that came to mind as I was reading this book. This is a study of seven characters who feature in Luke’s account of the early church, showing how they responded to their encounter with the gospel message. There are four examples of those who were converted on hearing the…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

Why Should the Devil Have All the Good Music? Larry Norman and the perils of Christian rock

What are we to make of Larry Norman, the controversial pioneer of Christian pop music in the late 1960s and ‘70s? Gregory Alan Thornbury (son of occasional ET contributor John) tells the fascinating story with riveting style and careful accuracy. Unlike other Christian artists, Norman’s extraordinary musical and poetic gifts were lauded by his…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

That Hideous Strength: How the West Was Lost

A book offering to tell us ‘how the West was lost’ has set itself a very ambitious target. Perhaps it needs a few more pages to quite hit that target. But it succeeds admirably in drawing our attention to a dangerous intellectual and spiritual current of our time: ‘cultural Marxism’. That Hideous Strength is…

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September 2019
News > People > Obituaries

Dr Norman Geisler (1932-2019)

Renowned apologist, author and philosopher, Dr Norman Geisler has died at the age of 86. Known as a cross between Thomas Aquinas and Billy Graham, Geisler was a leading light in the defence of evangelical Christianity. In a career spanning seventy years, he founded Southern Evangelical Seminary in North Carolina and Veritas International University…

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September 2019
News > Conferences

Family Education Trust conference tackles Marxist-feminist view of marriage

The ramifications of liberalising divorce law, plus growing state regulation of family life were the focus of this year’s Family Education Trust conference. Colin Hart (Christian Institute director and Coalition for Marriage chairman) averred that the development of overly sentimental or Marxist-feminist views of marriage have undermined its meaning. Referring to governmental plans to…

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September 2019
News > Church news

Christian law firm celebrates its first anniversary

In June, around forty people gathered at the Cathedral View conference centre in Westminster to mark one year since the formation of Edward Connor Solicitors. The firm provides evangelical organisations and churches with Christ-centred legal services. The anniversary celebrations included a presentation on the importance of legal compliance. Caroline Eade, the firm’s Head of…

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September 2019
News > Education > Society

Vicar resigns as school governor after raising concerns about sex education

In June, an Anglican vicar came under fire for expressing concerns about proposed changes to Relationships and Sex Education (RSE). Writing in his parish magazine, Rev. Peter Hughes commented on sex education in general, suggesting that it can encourage experimentation and have the unintended consequence of grooming children and making them vulnerable to abuse.…

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September 2019
News > Church news

Cancer strikes budding preacher twice, threatening his speech

Reconciling suffering with a God of love is a staple of philosophical debate, but it became a painful reality for Ole Kristian Hunt, an elder at Grace Baptist Church, Ulverston, in Cumbria. At just 26, he was diagnosed with cancer. In a moving testimony at Grace Evangelical Church, Carlisle, he traced the ups and…

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September 2019
News > International > Society

Netherlands: Protest against PedoPride gains traction

Paedophile activists attempted to hijack the LGBT Pride Week celebration in Amsterdam, under the banner #PedoPride, reports have claimed. The activists stated they want to achieve acceptance for ‘alternative forms’ such as this vile practice by joining the LGBT movement, despite strong protests from all sides against allowing the group to take part. During…

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September 2019
News > International

Israel: Archaeologists discover King David’s city of refuge

Archaeologists in Israel believe they have unearthed the 12th century BC biblical city of Ziklag. In the book of 1 Samuel, David flees from King Saul and settles in the Philistine town of Ziklag until Saul’s death. The site was found 43 miles from Jerusalem, near the modern city of Kiryat Gat. While other…

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September 2019
News > International

Indonesia: Churches face closure

Two new churches in Java are facing the threat of closure in a rising tide of persecution in Indonesia. The Family of God Church in West Jakarta received its official permit earlier this year, but has yet to meet because of local protests. Pastor Timotheus said the church has received threats from Islamic Defenders…

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September 2019
News > International

Nigeria: Imam given award for saving nearly 300 Christians

An elderly Imam who saved the lives of hundreds of Christians fleeing a murderous attack by Muslim Fulani militants in Nigeria, has received an award recognising his courage. The 83-year-old man, called Abubakar Abdullahi, was given the US International Religious Freedom Award for selflessly risking his own life. On 23 June 2018 militants attacked…

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September 2019
News > Society

Public rejects calls for abortion law changes

Britons do not want current legal safeguards around abortions to be removed, two separate polls have found. The polls, from ComRes, revealed that proposals from abortion lobby groups for extreme changes to the abortion law in England and Wales are out of line with public opinion. Some 72 percent of respondents think abortion should…

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News

September 2019
News > Education > Society

Humanists want Christian content out of schools

Humanists UK has given its backing to parents who are looking to challenge daily acts of Christian worship in state schools. Lee and Lizanne Harris exercised their legal right to withdraw their children from school assemblies but now want the primarily Christian content ended, and have been given permission by the High Court to…

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News

September 2019
News > Religious liberty

Police pay £2,500 damages to street preacher

Christian street preacher Olu has been offered £2,500 in damages from the Metropolitan Police in relation to his false arrest and unlawful detention in February this year. The 64-year-old man had been preaching outside Southgate Underground station. A member of the public, Mrs Ambrosine Shitrit, saw a tall, hooded man squaring up to Olu.…

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September 2019
News > Society

Gambling fine is ‘small change’, claims CARE

Ladbrokes Coral’s £5.9m fine for failing anti-money laundering measures is ‘small change’ to a major bookie, Christian advocacy group CARE has claimed. Last month, the betting company was hit with the fine over failures to adequately protect vulnerable gamblers and for failing anti-money laundering measures. However, James Mildred, communications manager for CARE, commented, ‘The…

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News

September 2019
News > Politics

Former Lib Dem leader Tim Farron warns of ‘creeping lack of liberalism’

Former leader of the Liberal Democrats, Tim Farron, says Christians are often misunderstood and marginalised, and there is growing illiberalism in the West today. In a wide-ranging interview with Premier Christianity, Farron was speaking two years after the media relentlessly quizzed him about whether he believed ‘gay sex is a sin’. He admits he…

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News

September 2019
News > Ethics

Welsh smacking ban will cost millions

Welsh Assembly plans to criminalise parents that smack their children will cost millions of pounds, senior politicians in Wales have admitted. In July, the official consultation on the proposed smacking legislation revealed not only were there high levels of public opposition but also the costs of implementing the bill could be between £2.3m and…

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September 2019
News > Religious liberty > Society

Christian Legal Centre wins Sunday service battle with NHS

The Christian Legal Centre has won a year-long battle with the National Health Service to have appropriate Sunday worship services offered at a medium security mental health unit. The John Howard Centre in East London is a facility for people with a mental health problem who have been arrested, who are on remand or…

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September 2019
News > Society

Nearly one-quarter of all babies were aborted in 2018

Nearly 25 percent of all babies were aborted in 2018, official statistics have revealed. The Office of National Statistics released data for 2018 in England and Wales. It showed that, of a total of 862,371 pregnancies (excluding stillbirths and natural miscarriages), there were 657,076 live births and 205,295 abortions. This represents 23.8 percent of…

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News

September 2019
News > Church news

Joshua Harris kisses his wife and his faith goodbye

Joshua Harris, the author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye – a Christian guide to relationships – has left his wife and rejected his faith. Written when he was only 21, the book sold nearly one million copies around the world after it was published in 1997. According to the publisher, the book turned the…

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News

September 2019
News > International > Religious liberty

Christians hit as government restrictions on religion rise

Christians are being harassed in 143 countries worldwide as governmental restrictions on religion increase, according to a major report released recently. A squeeze on religion is happening not only in authoritarian countries, but also in many of Europe’s democracies, according to the findings. The Pew Research Center, which released its 10th annual Report on…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Church prayer meetings

From time to time — usually when I’m on holiday — I have the opportunity to join another church at its prayer meeting. That’s always a very interesting experience. You can learn a lot by attending the prayer meeting in another church — often more than by attending its Lord’s Day services. You learn…

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Article

September 2019
Articles

The image of God in dementia: Part 1

A lot of ink has been spilled on the subject of the image of God, much of it helpful and some not. What is not helpful is when image has been interpreted to mean ‘mind’. The idea here seems to be that humans have minds but animals don’t. The problem is this easily comes…

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News

September 2019
News > International

Presbyterian Church in America affirms Nashville Statement on sexuality

Throughout the years, the church has faced various trials and has had to make her stand, often due to theological or ecclesiastical issues. This year, the 47th General Assembly (GA) of the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA) met in Dallas, Texas and debated long and hard over how to deal with the cultural issues…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Guest column

How can older Christians glorify God? Through their trials

Pastoring a largely elderly congregation has shown me how old age can bring new challenges for the Christian. When your physical and mental strength are waning you can feel frustrated and even depressed about not being able to serve the Saviour as actively as you did before. Take heart! You remain a soldier of…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Comment

Joshua Harris, celebrity status, and the evangelical media machine

News of Joshua Harris separating from his wife and departing from the faith will sadden many. I was in my early 20s when his book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, was first published. Although targeted at the American scene where the culture of ‘dating’ is a little different from here in Britain, the book was…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Thinking the unthinkable: Parents withdraw children from a week of school

Withdrawing two primary-age children from a week of schooling is a step of last resort. But that is the point that two concerned parents reached just before the summer. Faced with a new Sex and Relationships Education curriculum, Matthew and Naomi Seymour felt they had no other choice. ET caught up with them to…

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Historical

September 2019
Articles > Historical

Theodore Beza (1519–1605)

Theodore Beza is probably unknown, or not well-known outside of scholarly circles. This is a great pity, given his gigantic stature in the history of the Reformed faith. Beza was John Calvin’s most illustrious personal disciple, and indeed Calvin’s successor as the spiritual leader of the Reformed ‘capital city’ of Geneva. Born five hundred…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Hidden in the heart

We are repeatedly warned that modern technology is changing the way we think, the way we remember. Tech gurus tell us that no longer do we remember information, we remember where to find it. So, for example, rather than remembering the kings and queens of England, we remember the webpage (or kind of webpage,…

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Article

September 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical > Evangelistic

Is Christianity good news for women?

The three deadliest words in the world today are the words: ‘It’s a girl!’ Over 100 million females are missing in the world due to gender selective abortion, infanticide, or neglect. And that’s just one of many markers of female inequality. Feminists are rightly outraged by this. If we ask what lay behind the…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

More Love – Elizabeth Prentiss

More Love is a short biography of Elizabeth Prentiss, though Williams uses her imagination to embellish the story by inserting conversations into the narrative. It is one of the Trailblazers books for children (8-14 years of age) but adults can enjoy them too! I was excited to review this as I had recently read…

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Review

September 2019
Reviews > Book

Remaining Faithful in Ministry: 9 essential convictions for every pastor

As the title suggests, this book is mainly directed at ministers, though occasional preachers and those considering going into the ministry would greatly benefit from its content. Dr MacArthur begins by stating that, despite having two godly ministers in his family, his father and grandfather, his ministry is most influenced by the Apostle Paul.…

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