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August 2021
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Missionary trio sent to Transylvania

Spiritually, Europe is becoming very needy. Figures for church attendance and church plants are relatively low. This makes it all the more encouraging to see new workers getting involved in mission in Europe. At a meeting of the Executive Committee of EMF (European Mission Fellowship) at the end of April, three new missionaries were…

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August 2021
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Aberdeen church plant enjoying growth

I was sent with my family to begin a church plant in Spring 2019 without any fixed building, money, or people. Nonetheless, the biblical framework of being sent by a local church (Grace Baptist Church, Edinburgh) coupled with the doctrinal clarity of being confessionally Reformed Baptist served as a solid foundation for a new…

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August 2021
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Iain Murray: ‘Britain being brought low’ but God is sovereign

Revd Iain Murray is known across the evangelical world for his biographies, history books, and preaching ministry. He was recently interviewed as part of Before They Leave the Stage, a YouTube series organised by Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff. The series features retired but well-known ministers speaking from their homes to an online audience. They…

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August 2021
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Engaging Eastern Orthodoxy

What do you know about Eastern Orthodoxy? Do you think it’s a bit like Roman Catholicism, but with an Eastern flavour and one or two minor doctrinal and liturgical differences? Eastern Orthodoxy happens to be the most European of all the major religions: the vast majority of the world’s Eastern Orthodox people live in…

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August 2021
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Leading atheist calls church to ‘preach its gospel’

Best-selling author and social commentator Douglas Murray has expressed concern over what he perceives as the compromised state of the UK church. Murray was being interviewed alongside former Anglican bishop N. T. Wright as part of Premier Christianity’s Unbelievable YouTube series. The episode was entitled ‘Identity, myth & miracles: How do we live in…

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July 2021
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Obituary: Dr John Blanchard (1932–2021)

On 21 March this year, John Blanchard was the guest on ‘Before they leave the stage’, a YouTube series from Heath Church in Cardiff interviewing older men who have served the Lord faithfully in their generation. Approaching his 89th birthday, John was as clear as ever: recalling his childhood, his conversion, and the Lord’s…

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July 2021
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Andrew Roycroft inducted in Portadown

On 11 April 2021, Portadown Baptist Church in Northern Ireland inducted Andrew Roycroft as their new senior pastor, following a pastoral vacancy of almost three years. The service was led by Paul Wright (elder), with the other members of the eldership team (Raymond Pollock, Carl Sands, Stephen Archer, and Anthony Irwin) leading the Act…

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July 2021
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Pastor protests BBC racism allegations

A pastor of a Welsh Baptist church staged a four-day protest against the BBC in April. Revd Peter Cho of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Newbridge, Caerphilly, took issue with a BBC television programme which, he felt, unjustly stereotyped Christians as racist. The broadcast in question was an episode of Panorama (the BBC’s current affairs…

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July 2021
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Obituary: Sinclair Horne (1927–2021)

Sinclair Horne was born in Port Seton, East Lothian, on 9 March 1927. At the age of 14, he pursued his childhood dream of going to sea. He became a cabin boy on a boat acquired by the Army to move troops and supplies around Scotland. The trip ended in Oban, and after the…

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July 2021
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Oban minister retires after 31 years

Tributes have been paid to Revd James Beaton who retires this year after serving the FCS congregation at Oban for 31 years. Revd Robert Macleod said it was both a ‘privilege and poignant moment, as it seemed like bidding farewell to the backbone of ministry in rural Argyll after such a long, faithful, and…

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July 2021
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40 years for Creation Resources Trust

2021 marks forty years since the founding of Creation Resources Trust. Based in Somerset, the ministry provides resources and organises events which advocate biblical creation and critique the theory of evolution. The ministry was founded in 1981 following a talk by chemist and former atheist Dr A. J. Monty White at West Camel Methodist…

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July 2021
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Peter Mackenzie is the new pastor at Melbourne Hall

In April, Peter Mackenzie was inducted to the pastorate of Melbourne Hall Evangelical Church in Leicester. Church elder and secretary Cliff Harries spoke of pastor Mackenzie’s call to the pastorate at Melbourne Hall. He becomes the ninth pastor since 1878, the first being F. B. Meyer. Peter himself also spoke of a sense of…

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