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July 2018
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Turning the Tide: Reclaiming Religious Freedom in the UK

This is a booklet that every Christian ought to make an hour or so to read. It distils so much of what is vital to the preservation of Christianity in our nation today and will save many hours of research on the historical background, recent cases and constitutional issues. Its purpose is stated: ‘This booklet has been written to explain the reason why Barnabas Fund is seeking a new Act of Parliament in the UK to guarantee seven fundamental aspects of freedom of religion. These seven freedoms have developed in the UK by various mechanisms over the last five centuries but are now under threat’. Do...

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May 2017
United Kingdom

Gospel initiative in Wakefield

Grace Church Wakefield (www.gracechurchwakefield.org.uk) is an initiative, sponsored by Dewsbury Evangelical Church (www.dewsbury-church.org.uk), to establish a gospel church in Wakefield. Wakefield is a busy city in West Yorkshire of at least 77,500, though this number probably increases to 110,000 when including near-neighbour areas. Wakefield has long been a gospel black spot, a city notable for its lack of thriving evangelical witness. In 2014, Dewsbury Evangelical Church, six miles from Wakefield, set apart a small team of seven people to pioneer a new gospel ministry there. We trialled Sunday afternoon meetings in a local cafe space and some low-key events to get to know people. Since...

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March 2017
United Kingdom

Gideons at Exeter University

We read in Judges 6-7 that God gave Gideon a vital task to fulfil with only a tiny number of men. So it was that, at the end of October 2016, an even tinier number of Gideons from local branches undertook the task of witnessing to the students of Exeter University and offering them a free copy of the Word of God. The outreach is organised each year with the help of the university chaplaincy and the Evangelical Christian Union. We are able to book a stand in the Forum, a large building at the university which houses a library, shop, restaurants and bar. There...

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November 2015
United Kingdom

Keep calm and think biblically!

Several times recently I have been asked by concerned Christians questions along the lines of, ‘Will Muslims take over in the UK/the West?’ or, ‘How should we respond to the violence of Islamic State or the influx of refugees?’ My precise answer depends upon the circumstances, but is usually along the lines of, ‘Keep calm and think biblically!’ Objective thinking What do I mean? There is a danger that we allow our thinking to be manipulated by the secular media or the agenda of people who want to scare us into supporting their particular cause. So here are some suggestions for a calm and biblical...

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October 2013
United Kingdom

Stretched to the limit, but giving God all the glory!

I have to admit that when I first signed up to do Weymouth beach mission, it wasn’t all about serving God and sharing the gospel. I did want to do those things but there were other reasons too! My brother-in-law and sister had been encouraging me to come for some time and I was keen to spend some time with them. So you could say I wasn’t the best prepared for what I was about to do. I soon realised that when I arrived. On Sunday afternoon the training began and I think it was then that the full impact of what beach mission was...

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June 2013
United Kingdom

Testimonies at Sidmouth

Testimonies at Sidmouth   From 8-14 April, a series of Parkinson-style interviews took place at Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sidmouth. Coming from the same county as the real Michael Parkinson, Yorkshireman and evangelist Roger Carswell interviewed a variety of inspirational Christians.       The first was Professor Stuart Burgess, head of engineering design at Bristol University, who has written extensively on the evidence for creation and a creator.       The interview was a revelation of how God has worked in Stuart’s life, leading him from a dysfunctional family background and poor academic achievement at school to be one of the country’s top design engineers.       Musicians Gus...

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April 2012
United Kingdom

SixtyEightFive

SixtyEightFive Ian Williamson was 28 years old and life made no sense to him. He was a nightclub bouncer with a £200-a-week cocaine habit; into sex, violence, alcohol and self-harm. Now, ten years later, he runs an inspiring Christian ministry to men and young people from troubled backgrounds in South Bank, a suburb of Middlesbrough in the north east of England. Matthew Evans asked Ian about his work, and how he got to where he is today, from where he was back then. Ian, tell us about your conversion My life was such a mess; I was suicidal. I wanted to love and be loved,...

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