A massive explosion rocked the Lebanese capital, Beirut, early on Tuesday evening (4 August 2020), causing utter destruction in the port area of the city and damaging homes up to six miles away. It was followed moments later by a blast wave that knocked people to the ground. At least 135 people were killed, about 5,000 injured and hundreds of thousands made homeless.
Read part 3 of Oliver Allmand-Smith's article on the Puritan family. "In any organisation, a worthy goal is not sufficient to ensure success; there must also be an agreed means to get there. The Puritans were no different, and they held up biblical love as the fundamental means in reaching their shared goal of God’s glory. In their view, such love had to flow out from the marriage that lay at the heart of the family."
When some deface statues of abolitionists in an effort to speak against racism, while others defend the past by keeping it under a veil of comfortable silence, we wonder what happened to sound reason. To resurrect reason, we need a serious commitment to honesty, humility, and hope in our study of history—and in how we present that history to our children.
The latest edition contains articles from our friends in Kenya, Keith Underhill & Oliver Allmand-Smith.
Pray for the brothers and sisters in Kenya as they seek to glorify God in their labours. Please pray for these friends.
Video footage has revealed the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS) illegally posting abortion pills to a woman who said she wanted to terminate her pregnancy because she didn’t “want to look pregnant on holiday.”
Read about the glorious doctrine of adoption into God's family.
Cultural Marxism has infiltrated the West and is increasingly showing it's ugly face in culture, the media and most worryingly, the Church. Melvin Tinker helpfully guides us through how the West was "lost" to this philosophy, what their anti-God agenda is and where it will guide our country in the future. Churches and Pastors must be prepared to take up their cross and stand for the truth of the gospel, even if this means suffering and oppression. We have a gospel of hope and salvation, but it is useless if we remain silent. Listen to this special podcast episode to find out more.
Read this article by the Christian Institute on this dangerous bill. Please pray that freedom to preach the gospel may remain.
We don’t have to sweep tricky phrases from Scripture under the carpet, says Christopher Ash. In many cases, Bible scholarship can help us make sense of them.
Please pray that God would bless their labours, that their witness on English streets would bear good fruit.
Some thoughts on the recent death of J. I. Packer.
Read this excellent article from Reformation21.
Praise God for this change in the law in Sudan. May Christians in Sudan remain faithful and not take their new freedoms for granted.
The Puritans had a worthy goal in family life- the glory of God. Read more of this article by Oliver Allmand-Smith.
Does the end justify the means? How are Christians to relate to this question? What should the Church's end goal be & what does all this have to do with Church gatherings? In this podcast, we delve into these important and relevant questions.
Read this eye-opening article from Justin at Reformation21.
Watch this video which explains what a confession of faith is & why it is so important for us to be "confessional".
Read & be blessed by this hymn from the @pandemicpuritan.
Please put this date in your diaries as Gavin Cox and Lucien Tuinstra will give us precious teaching on Saturday 30 January 2021.
An attempt to hijack the UK Government’s flagship Domestic Abuse Bill with two extreme abortion proposals has failed, in a major pro-life victory.
Praise God for His mercy & please pray that further attempts of the abortion lobby fail.
Please read about Christ's faithfulness to the Africa Pastor's Conference & please pray.
While we are thrilled to be able to meet as a church family for worship, we cannot accept the principle that government has any jurisdiction in our churches. We accept the need to consider government advice and recommendations, and to work with them as far as the law of Christ allows, but in remaining silent while secular authorities criminalise those who gather to worship God we have surrendered the independence of our churches and our freedom for worship. We therefore support wholeheartedly the action being taken by Christian Concern and would ask all members to be much in prayer concerning our freedom to self-govern as local congregations under the Lordship of Christ.
Below you can find the latest prayer matters from our partners in Kenya. May God bless their labours.
Read this article by one of our Pastors, Oliver Allmand-Smith
Listen to this striking podcast on how we are to handle immensely difficult and challenging times of suffering.
Please read about the recent work of the Pawaian Church and pray the matters mentioned in the sheet. There are many opportunities, but also many possible challenges.
Please commit these matters to prayer, that God would bless TASTE & the Churches of Nigeria
Please sign this petition and commit these believers to prayer.
Liz speaks about the wonder of God's comfort through times of immense suffering.
Listen as Matthew Barrett discusses his latest book. None Greater: The Undomesticated Attributes of God.