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1 Sep, 2012

Evangelizing the Welsh Valleys, 1870-90

by John Aaron

Evangelizing the Welsh Valleys, 1870-90 From about 1850 onwards all the religious denominations in Wales faced a huge problem. By 1914 the population had increased from 1.2 million to 2.5 million, most of whom now worked in the coalfields instead of on the land, especially in the Rhondda Valley. The proportion of Welsh speakers had…

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1 Sep, 2012

Starting a school CU

by Matt Ingle

Starting a school CU Being in school is one of the hardest places to be a Christian in some ways. I remember back in my school days that it wasn’t a done thing to say you were a Christian. That’s where a Christian Union can be helpful. It can be a place to get encouragement…

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1 Sep, 2012

Students are human beings: lessons learnt from student work in church

by Dan Owensby David Strivens

Students are human beings: lessons learnt from student work in church We found it rather amusing to be asked to write a profile about the student work at our church. Our numbers are not particularly large, planning meetings involve a five-minute chat after the evening service and the leadership is certainly not hip, innovative or…

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1 Sep, 2012

What is the meaning of life?

by Jamie Carter

What is the meaning of life? The question ‘What is the meaning of life?’ is often written off as a rather ridiculous, impossible-to-answer conversation stopper. But it is actually a very important question to answer, because meaning and life are things we instinctively know are weighty and significant. We want to know what things mean….

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1 Sep, 2012

Facebook

by Alan Pibworth

Facebook ‘Dad that was one of the best weekends I ever had’ my daughter said. She was speaking about a weekend way back in 1989 when members and families on United Beach Mission teams met up for fellowship and teaching. She had only been seven at the time and along with her brothers and a…

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1 Jul, 2012

Materialism: Reflections on returning home

by Linda Lewis

Materialism: Reflections on returning home To live in a developing country for a long period of time is both an education and a challenge. It gives a perspective on life that I had never been exposed to before. The facets of life that are part of it are so diverse it is hard to even…

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1 Jul, 2012

The battle against secularism

by David Meredith

The battle against secularism I write on a day when the secularists are not happy. The Queen has just ended her speech at the opening of Parliament with the words, ‘I pray that the blessing of Almighty God may rest upon your counsels’. Secularism holds that there should be a very strict separation of church…

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1 Jul, 2012

Dealing with doubt

by Tim Curnow

Dealing with doubt The etymology of ‘doubt’ can be traced back to archaic roots meaning duality, hence to be of two minds. Doubt is so much a part of all human existence that it’s difficult to envisage a world without it. We live with ambivalence and ambiguity. Like batsmen facing accurate bowling, we are plagued…

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1 Jul, 2012

All work and no play

by Gareth Davies

All work and no play It’s 10:30pm on a Monday night. It’s been a long day. I was in work by 7:30am and didn’t get home until 6:30pm. After a quick bite to eat and a short hello to my wife it was off out again to our church officers’ meeting. It’s only now I…

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1 Jul, 2012

The fight of faith

by Philip Eveson

The fight of faith ‘I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith’ (2 Tim. 4:7) is Paul’s testimony at the end of his full and eventful life. Have you ever thought: ‘Wouldn’t it be great to go to heaven as soon as you’re converted’? Just think no…

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