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The Bible is unequivocal in its call to help the poor and suffering, and this season after Easter gives us opportunity to consider what it means to bring resurrection hope to a broken world. One way to do this is to get involved with this year’s Christian Aid Week.
Over the last couple of years we have been running regular stories of how God has been at work in the business and work lives of Christians around Sussex. We know from feedback what a great encouragement they have been to believers in the marketplace.
We caught up recently with Roger Greene, who started the Ignite business breakfast, initially with friends from his own church. Since writing for HEART OF SUSSEX he has seen many more come to the breakfast, with some regularly travelling 30 miles to meet on a Saturday.
Sweden’s most famous Pentecostal pastor converts to Catholicism
Ulf Ekman shocks evangelicals and Pentecostals
ULF EKMAN, THE WELL-KNOWN SWEDISH PASTOR AND WORD OF FAITH PREACHER, HAS ASTONISHED the Pentecostal and evangelical world by converting to Catholicism.
STORMS LASHING BRITAIN HAVE BEEN CAUSING DEATH AND ECONOMIC DISASTER FOR THOUSANDS. AFTER EACH LULL OF CALM WE ARE WARNED TO BRACE OURSELVES FOR THE NEXT ONSLAUGHT.
Is there a message in all of this? Writing exclusively for this paper, Clifford Hill answers the question that all of us have, churchgoers or secular – why?
“Why has there been no word from senior church leaders? The weather is one of the few things that is totally out of human control,” he writes. There is even dispute within the Government over whether the storms are linked to climate change; while PM David Cameron suspected it, Environment Secretary Owen Paterson, a known climate change sceptic, did not concur (Prime Minister’s Questions, 9 January).
Dr Hill, whose prophetic update messages are used in prayer groups across the land, sounds a stark warning: “The great storms battering our coasts are a precursor of the social and economic tsunami that will follow…unless there is a major change in the nation.”
By Sandy Medway
Sandy Medway works within the Christian voluntary and community sector as a freelance consultant and for the last 20 years has helped support a wide range of Christian charities and social action initiatives. She is a Street Pastor in Eastbourne, and an Associate Consultant with Aid for Trade, a Worthing based charity providing free online micro-enterprise resources for people in developing countries. Sandy is also part of a local group seeking premises to set up an Eastbourne-based wood recycling project.
Sandy says, “Instead of a new year’s resolution this year I thought it more beneficial to work out some reminders around my calling and ministry, which would help me stay focused on the important things during 2014.
Heresy of the “Social” Gospel
In our day, the Church is again facing an old heresy. That is, the preaching of “another Gospel”, sometimes referred to as the “Social Gospel.”
This “Gospel” upholds modernism, liberalism, humanism and the false ideas of Darwinism, which still linger in the minds of some.
Where can one find a good read, to inspire, encourage or to revive oneself if circumstances are tough and you are feeling low? Mark Weeden shares some of his bookshelf favourites
King Solomon wrote that the writing of books was endless (and the reading of many wearying to the soul) and this can even be so in Christendom! So here are some books that I have found especially helpful, and also worth rereading.
By Sister Joela Krüger
Published by the Evangelical Sisterhood of Mary
As we draw near to the time of Jesus’ second coming, it is his cross that will unite or divide us. How we perceive the cross will determine our future, and none of us will be able to dodge the issue indefinitely. For each of us personally, there will be a “falling” or a “rising.”