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September 2021
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Art and the glory of God

When I was a kid, our small-town congregation ended every church service with the doxology: Praise God from whom all blessings flow, praise him all creatures here below… I remember standing hand-in-hand with my dad, singing these words of worship to the one who created me. I knew that God deserved worship and honour,…

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September 2021
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A walk with Mr O: More about our hidden life

Mr O, we’ve talked about church membership, Bible reading, meditation, and cultivating a spirit of prayer. And you were very plain last time. You told me that where there is no spirit of prayer there is no true Christianity. I didn’t put it quite like that. But, yes, that is what I believe. So,…

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September 2021
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Crunch points – My son says now he’s a teenager he shouldn’t have to come to church. What shall I do?

We all value biblical advice from our elders, the first ones to whom we turn for counsel. Jeremy Walker outlines the kind of answer he might give to a question received at the chapel door. My son says now he’s a teenager he shouldn’t have to come to church. What shall I do? (The…

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September 2021
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Preparing for the stewardship of persecution

Since becoming a pastor I’ve been convinced that one of my most important responsibilities is to preach and pray in a way that prepares people to suffer for the glory of God. Suffering – which is a wide and broad biblical category – is a stewardship given to Christians and the church, and it…

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September 2021
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When people thought differently

I’ve been mining the minute books of a Baptist Association celebrating its 150th anniversary. But I’ve regularly got side-tracked from its history. Often, I’ve found events common to all evangelicals as intriguing as those that affected the group I was studying. I’ve been fascinated by when they protested to government and why. Christians used…

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September 2021
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Shattered lives – Mission in Armenia

It is safe to say that the heart’s desire of most Armenians is to live in peace. We have a small country with a population of under three million, but we have a unique culture and language. We have also experienced much turbulence in our past which continues to the present day. In world…

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September 2021
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Family Matters Part 1: How to have a happy home

In this four-part series, Pastor Alan Hill considers what the Bible has to say about family life. Nearly all of us have somewhere that we can call home. We spend more time there than anywhere else. It should be a happy place, but so often it is not. There are problems and difficulties, trials…

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September 2021
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Why I’m not a ‘conservative’ evangelical, and nor should you be

I’m a Calvinist, a Cessationist, and a Creationist. I hold to the five solas of the Reformation. I subscribe to the doctrines of grace. I proclaim the exclusivity of Christ for salvation. I defend the independence of local churches. I’m pro-life and pro-marriage. I’m a complementarian. By any stretch, people would define me as…

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September 2021
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A shrink thinks: Identity politics and the blank slate

Before the mid-twentieth century, most of the dominant models for explaining our behaviour and personality were variations on the blank slate approach. Such views argued that humans all begin as blank slates on which our personalities are later inscribed by our varied life experiences. Or to use a modern metaphor, each of us was…

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September 2021
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Thinking it Through – Persecution: the rising tide

Christians across the world are suffering. The media, both secular and Christian, report appalling cases of persecution on a daily basis – situations where Christians are regularly tortured, raped, imprisoned, killed. Researchers list at least fifty countries where Christians are suffering in such obvious ways. There are many others where it is officially lawful…

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September 2021
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Edifying one another

‘Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do’ (1 Thessalonians 5:11). The world is a tough and unfriendly place. It is easy to be hurt and become dispirited by events around us. But God desires his church to be a society of mutual support. Paul says so in this…

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August 2021
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Love one another: Forgiveness

‘And be kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God in Christ forgave you’ (Ephesians 4:32). One of the practical ways of one-anothering is forgiveness. There are times when we can get on each other’s nerves, or our opinions don’t coincide with our fellow members’ views. There are times when a…

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