Editors commentary: Collateral


pigWEBOur home town made the national news.

A couple accused of child abuse had the charges against them dropped. They had taken their 6-week old baby to hospital worried about blood in the child’s mouth. Medical staff spotted what seemed to be bruises on the baby and X-rays appeared to show fractures. The couple were indicted. For three years they maintained their innocence. On 7 October, with the prosecution’s medical evidence proving consistent with rickets rather than violence, they were declared innocent.

However, meanwhile the local authorities had facilitated the baby’s adoption.

The couple, understandably, want their baby back. But legal experts believe it is extremely unlikely that such an appeal against the adoption would be successful. A Surrey County Council spokesperson said: ‘With any case like this we only have one thing in mind and that’s the welfare of the child.’ Imagine that. You take your baby to hospital out of parental concern and you end up having your child taken away from you.

But here’s the real sadness of the situation……(to read more click here)

This article was first published in the November 2015 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, subscribe to en or visit our website www.e-n.org.uk.

Prayer fuel: Helping refugees and some eye-opening statistics


World news - page 11

World news – page 11

Here are a handful of news-bites included in the November issue of en. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for persecuted Christians worldwide.

Egypt: whistle-blower
An Egyptian Christian who reported attacks against churches is still behind bars after other journalists were pardoned in September.

France: help refugees
Evangelical churches in France are developing a co-ordinated approach to the refugee crisis in Calais and other French cities, it was reported in September.

World: 288 a day
There is a Christian martyred every five minutes according to a religious freedom watchdog reporting in late September.

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Prayer fuel: Support for Sunday and praying for accusers


 

November issue News in brief

November issue News in brief

Here are a handful of news-bites included in the November issue of en. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for our country.

Corbyn supports Sunday – Jeremy Corbyn, the newly elected Labour leader, announced his support for the campaign opposed to the change in Sunday trading laws at a Labour Party church service in late September.

Cliff praying for accuser – Sir Cliff Richard is said to be praying for the person who has accused him of committing a sex crime against a young boy, it was reported in mid-September.

Headless – The Church of England is struggling to find enough Christian head teachers to lead its 4,700 primary and secondary schools it was announced in October.

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ISIS, medical ethics and the well-being of pastors…(November issue highlights)


Out now in the November issue of Evangelicals Now…

November issue OUT NOW!

November issue OUT NOW!

• ISIS begins executing captured Christians

• A Biblical approach to medical ethics in the age of advanced technology

• Reflections on the results of the FIEC pastors’ well-being survey

The November issue is out now! Read it online or enjoy the printed paper with your morning cuppa!

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Letter from America by Josh Moody: How to reach an increasingly secular culture


photo: iStock

photo: iStock

It is becoming more apparent day-by-day that Western culture is facing a post-Christendom reality.

Bruce Jenner1, the Supreme Court debating homosexuality2 and on and on. What then evangelicals?

Here is a three step plan to reach an increasingly secular culture….

(to read more click here)

Josh Moody is the senior pastor of College Church, Wheaton, Illinois.

This article was first published in the July 2015 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Prayer fuel: Secret believers and persecuted pastors


World News in brief – page 11

Here are a handful of news-bites included in the October issue of en. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for persecuted Christians worldwide.

USA: Released – On 3 September, Kim Davis, County Clerk of Rowan County, was sent to jail for refusing to issue marriage licences to same-sex couples, but was released on 8 September and will be returning to work.

Sudan: Home at last – Two South Sudanese pastors arrived home in Juba from Khartoum on 19 August after an eight-month ordeal.

Algeria: Demand higher – Algeria’s secret believers must hide their faith, but demand for the Bible is higher than ever, it was reported in late August.

 

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Prayer fuel: Prayermate app and fuelling extremism


Here are a handful of news-bites included in the October issue of en. Please use these articles to spur your prayers, personally or in regular prayer meetings, as we pray for our country.

Theology free – As theologyontheweb.org.uk celebrated its 14th anniversary on 1 September, the 25,000+ theological articles that it hosts are equipping millions of visitors around the world to study in-depth, not only the Bible, but also church history, biblical archaeology and Christian missions without the need to access a university or Bible College library.

RE: watered down – The Church of England’s chief education officer, the Revd Nigel Genders, said in August that changes to the GCSE system are creating a ‘moral vacuum’ which is fuelling extremism.

Prayer, mate? – The mobile app designed to help Christians pray more regularly, reached a major milestone in September after receiving its 100,000th download across both iOS and Android.

For more news and prayer fuel from around world and in the UK visit our website or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

The church that escaped


Yemeni fighters gather around military vehicles at the entrance of the airport in the port city of Aden. Photo: Press Association Images

Yemeni fighters gather around military vehicles at the entrance of the airport in the port city of Aden. Photo: Press Association Images

When we read the news about the Middle East there is not much to rejoice over.

There are wars and rumours of wars and many displaced people. An example of this situation is the country of Yemen.

Yemen is the poorest country in the Middle East, with a population of around 24.5 million. However, it has also been the home for many Somali and Ethiopian refugees over the last 20 years. Since March 2015 there has been prolonged fighting and bombing in the country. The political situation is complicated as Houthi rebels fight pro-government forces. Furthermore, a Saudi-led coalition which supports the ousted president is regularly bombing key targets in the country.

One of these has been the city of Aden, due to its location as a port and being the main city in the south. Buildings and homes have been devastated and many civilians have lost their lives in the fighting. There is no electricity, no water, no fuel – and no food, as nothing is grown locally and the humidity and temperature is unbearable. The situation is desperate… but here is a story from earlier this year of God’s amazing rescue.

Jabi’s story

Jabi came to Yemen as a refugee during the Ethiopian/Eritrean war in the 1990s. He served as a member of the Ethiopian navy. The ship he was on ended up being scuppered along the Yemeni coastline. The Yemeni government in their kindness took these naval seamen and allowed them to be refugees in the country. The United Nations High Commission of Refugees had a camp in the foothills around Taiz where many of the seamen started their new lives in Yemen. Jabi moved to Aden to look for work after being in the camp for some time. While in Aden he became very unwell with typhoid and malaria and was close to death. Two of his friends shared with him about Jesus but he just ridiculed them and laughed at them. However, unknown to Jabi,.. (to read more click here)

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This article was first published in the October issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Pep up your preaching!


John Delius provides a possible checklist to scare the daylights out of those in the pulpit

pep up your preaching

If you are a preacher, the following is a checklist you may find helpful.

It is not intended to be used by the whole congregation, but to be given to a friend to check out some of the nuts and bolts of your preaching.

The key:

☺ Hearers are blessed.

😦 Hearers are bored.

@ A helpful story or illustration*.

…(to read more click here)

John Delius is a university teacher, who on retirement, with his wife spent several years as a Christian worker in an East Asian country

EDITOR’S NOTE

But remember there can be no good preaching without prayer. Acts 6.4 ‘We will give our attention to prayer and the ministry of the Word.’

This article was first published in the June issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, visit us online or subscribe to en for monthly updates.

Editors commentary: Open sets?


circlesWEBThere were four ministers and their wives.

An Anglican couple, an American Presbyterian couple, a Baptist Union couple and a Grace Baptist couple. (It sounds like the opening line of some embarrassing joke. Should I set an en competition to see who can write the most amusing anecdote with that entrée?). But we were at a wedding reception and for some reason the bride and groom had decided to seat all the clergy around one table – perhaps so that the other guests could enjoy themselves!

The conversation at the table was stimulating, gracious and generally encouraging. We were all gospel people. But into the table talk – I won’t say from which quarter – came the idea of a gospel without boundaries. ‘If we have Christ at the centre and point people to him we need no fences. People are so put off by “fundamentalism”. I don’t want to get tied up on creation, or abortion, or the gay issue, etc. They need to hear about my Saviour, the Lord Jesus!’ Sounds convincing? Here we have the idea, in mathematical terms, of truth as an open set. There were all kinds of comments flying around to which I listened. Finally, everyone turned to me and asked me what I thought.

…..(to read more click here)

This article was first published in the October 2015 issue of Evangelicals Now. For more news, articles or reviews, subscribe to en or visit our website www.e-n.org.uk.