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June 2021
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Affinity conference looks at ‘aspects of eschatology’

Affinity – a network of conservative evangelical churches – held its biannual conference in March on the theme ‘The Undiscovered Country – aspects of biblical eschatology’. Paper 1 was by Rupert Bentley-Taylor, who surveyed New Testament teaching on our ‘hope’. His talk was a warm-hearted appeal and rooted in biblical exposition. He stressed that…

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June 2021
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Christian Worship Birmingham Conference 2021 held online

The Birmingham Conference, organised by The Christian Worship Publishing Trust, took place online in March. Pastor Ibrahim Ag Mohammed (Metropolitan Tabernacle) ably opened up the Epistle to the Hebrews, giving us a soul-refreshing picture of Christ’s supremacy and sufficiency. Written at the time of Roman Emperor Nero (when some believers were losing heart), Hebrews…

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June 2021
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Romanian Ministries takes on the work of Support for Romania

This year sees Support for Romania pass its ministry to another charity after thirty years of front-line Christian service. Founder Alan Penrose first crossed the Romanian border at the wheel of an aid lorry three weeks after the 1989 Romanian Revolution. Widespread support for a flourishing ministry followed. Photos of Support for Romania aid…

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June 2021
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Outdoor baptisms in County Dublin bring joy during a time of pandemic

‘They that gladly received his word were baptised’ (Acts 2:41). In the providence of God, 4 April was a beautiful day in south County Dublin. Seven miles to the south of Dublin city centre is Dún Laoghaire, a small coastal town. Just after the Sunday morning service at Arann Reformed Baptist Church (we have…

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June 2021
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Obituary: Peter Parkinson (1945-2021)

On Saturday, 10 April, after a long battle with ill health, Revd Peter Parkinson went to be with his Lord and Saviour. Peter was brought up in a loving Christian home, and from an early age came to see what sacrificial Christian living looked like through his parents. Peter felt called to ministry at…

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May 2021
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Ian Hamilton: Worship today is lacking ‘reverence and awe’

Many churches today lack a sense of reverence and awe when they gather for worship, and they need to recover the God-ness of God. So says Ian Hamilton as he reflects on a lifetime of ministry in a video interview hosted by Heath Evangelical Church, Cardiff. Ian Hamilton was previously minister of Cambridge Presbyterian…

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May 2021
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OMF Conference: Mission work should never be ‘hit and run’

In February, the Overseas Missionary Fellowship ran an online event for people interested to learn more about how the good news of Jesus is being shared across the world. We heard accounts of how our sovereign Lord has been at work despite the pandemic. Highlighting the cross-cultural nature of our faith, UK and Irish…

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May 2021
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New Christian fiction publisher is launched for young readers

Reformation Lightning, a new micro publisher dedicated to creative Christian writing for young readers, launched in March. Founder Jonathan Pountney told ET, ‘Children’s and Young Adult fiction is hugely popular in the secular world. Walk into any high-street bookshop and you’ll see shelves dedicated to the genre. ‘We are missing something similar in the…

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May 2021
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Carl Trueman gives lecture on identity

‘Who am I?’ is a big question. A bigger one concerns just who gets to determine my identity in the first place. God? Society? Me? In March, Prof. Carl Trueman surveyed this issue with particular reference to the ideas of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Carl is on the faculty of Grove City College, Pennsylvania, and he…

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May 2021
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‘Taken without consent’: atheism and science webinar

David Williams, a lawyer, based this stimulating session on his intriguing 2019 book Taken Without Consent: How atheists have highjacked science. The question he posed – ‘How did we get here?’ – has fascinated humans for millennia. He showed that in the 20th century the widely-accepted answer was, by Darwinian evolution. But that century…

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May 2021
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‘Stayed upon Jehovah’ at online retreat

In February, the Crown Christian Heritage Trust hosted an online Winter Retreat in lieu of the usual in-person event held annually at Cefn Lea, Wales. The week consisted of testimonies, singing, and preaching. Bible teaching and training sessions were given in four different categories: the Christian home, apologetics, local church resources, and strengthening the…

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Churches gain public support

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April 2021
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Churches gain public support

A poll has revealed increased appreciation among non-Christians for the role of UK churches since the Covid-19 pandemic. 2,170 adults were surveyed in February by Savanta ComRes. 25% of those identifying as non-Christians agreed that churches ‘make a positive difference’ compared to just 19% of the same demographic agreeing with the statement three years…

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