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July 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

THINKING IT THROUGH – Face to face in a faceless society

I filled my car up with diesel this morning. I pulled up alongside the pump, climbed out of the car, pushed my credit card into a slot, pressed my pin number into the keypad, started fuelling, collected my receipt from another slot, drove away. Quick, convenient — and I was in and out of the filling station without talking to anyone. I must have saved at least five minutes by using the machine instead of paying the cashier. I never have to queue when I go shopping at the local supermarket either. I can simply walk up to one of the auto-tills, place my basket...

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October 2018
News > Mission

Mission – Kosovo

A trip to a barber where he had been once before, gave OM evangelist ‘Peter’ (name changed to protect his identity), the opportunity for friendship and gospel conversation in Kosovo. There were several men in the shop, friends of the owner, just sitting around talking and having coffee. When his haircut was finished, the men invited him to sit with them for a bit. They were talking about politics and Peter asked them if they believed there is hope for Kosovo. They doubted that there is, unless the country could get younger, educated politicians who are not corrupt. Peter responded by explaining to them what...

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October 2018
News > Mission

Evangelism – Skegness witness

For nearly 20 years Theo Fox has taken the fairground organ, which he designed and built himself, to the shopping area of Skegness, and while the organ has played, he has distributed hundreds of thousands of gospel tracts to holiday makers and locals. For six hours every Sunday, which is the busiest day of the week for holiday makers, he is there during the summer months seeking to share Christ. He is warmly welcomed by the nearby shopping centre where staff help him, keeping a watchful eye at all times.  Brought up in the area, and converted as a teenager, Theo was a local businessman...

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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 going back to ‘normal’ Christianity. Certainly, if we are looking for an easy life as Christians, we have been born in the wrong era! Conservative evangelicals have been booed and heckled at the Church of England’s synod; open-air preachers are feeling the effect of daring to speak in public about traditional...

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August 2018
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Northern Europe > United Kingdom

Outreach to ‘broken’ Scotland

Another week of gospel outreach brought us into the large and broken housing estate of Lochside, located on the north side of the coast town of Ayr. On noticing that the local council’s motto was ‘sense and worth’, I couldn’t help but reflect on how detached these words were from the scenes we witnessed in this specific area, as we walked the streets and talked to those who lived there. If the motto’s words had been ‘senseless and worthless’, we would have clearly understood why. The people we reached out to with the good news had, in general, no sense about the worth and value...

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March 2018
Articles > Cultural and Ethical > Uncategorised

On worship as entertainment and ‘Evangelicoolism’

As one animated sitcom in America wryly pointed out, Christian rock music doesn’t make Christianity better, it just makes rock and roll worse. It’s a fair summary of pretty much anything we try to do as Christians in the name of marrying Christianity to whatever passes as ‘wicked’ or ‘wizard’ among the youth these days. Trying to make Evangelicalism cool is something of a hiding to nothing. As Dick Lucas once averred, ‘Christians are weird, so don’t be weirder than you have to be’. Given the inherent peculiarity of being a Christian, whilst we shouldn’t be stranger than the gospel inevitably makes us, it does...

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January 2018
Articles > Youth Features

UBM anniversary at New Quay

Does this photo make you miss summer, or at least the warmer weather? Perhaps this report will at least warm your hearts! ‘It’s very important the mission carries on for the next 50 years’. These were the encouraging words from Lynford Thomas, chairman of Ceredigion County Council in Mid Wales, at a special bilingual thanksgiving service, attended by more than 70 people, in Towyn Chapel, New Quay. The service last year was held to celebrate and give thanks for 50 years of work in the town by the United Beach Missions (UBM). UBM started missions in Llandudno in 1953, with the aim of sharing the...

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