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January 2022
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

FAMILY MATTERS: Part 4 – Bringing up children

In this four-part series, Pastor Alan Hill considers what the Bible has to say about family life. All in a panic, the two of you left home a few days earlier, but now three of you arrive back home. Wrapped up in a bundle is something amazing. Another miniature human, created from your own…

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January 2022
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

CRUNCH POINTS: I’ve started a new job and I’m struggling to find a church.

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. In this answer, I presume that the questioner is not a church member; perhaps they are visiting and asking…

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January 2022
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A WALK WITH MR O: What do I do about my doubts?

Mr O, last time we met, you helped me with a spiritual problem. Can we now talk about another one? Of course. Tell me about it as clearly as you can. Well, almost everybody around me is an unbeliever. Is it really likely that they are all wrong and that I am one of…

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January 2022
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THINKING IT THROUGH: Christian friendship: A gift from God

One of my dearest friends has departed from this world. You will read elsewhere in ET an appreciation of Alec Taylor. Alec was an older man than myself and we lived several hours’ drive apart. But over recent years, we chatted over the phone almost every week. I know that he prayed for me…

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January 2022
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A SHRINK THINKS… False identities

Social media is something I’ve long tried to avoid for the same reason I’ve always avoided having a television. For while neither is intrinsically evil and both can be good (in the sense of useful and enjoyable), they are also the cause of much sin and can also be a source of great temptation,…

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January 2022
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

GUEST COLUMN: The seed of the gospel

During the previous two articles in this column, we have examined Jesus’s parabolic teaching about seeds. But the word ‘seed’ in Scripture stands for more than plant propagation. It also applies to human beings and their descendants. There is a key reference to human ‘seed’ in the ‘protoevangelium’ of Genesis 3:15, where, immediately after…

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January 2022
Articles > Comment

Comment: Our duty to God must come first

Our duty to God must come first Over 2,000 church leaders have signed a measured and sensible letter calling on the government not to criminalise the ordinary pastoral work of churches when it comes to matters of sexual ethics or gender identity. But as the letter so rightly says, if it effectively becomes a…

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January 2022
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Resolutions are not enough: Habits of grace for a new year

But haven’t we all tried this enough times by now to know how futile mere resolves are if not accompanied by more? Whether it’s eating and exercise or Bible-reading and prayer, the God-created mechanism we call ‘habit’ is vital for seeing our earnest resolutions become enjoyable realities. If we really are resolved to see…

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January 2022
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

How to prepare for the metaverse

Henry Ford didn’t set out to create megachurches. But before the advent of the personal vehicle, most Christians seeking a church faced a simple denominational decision: do you attend the Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, or Catholic church around the corner? With a vehicle, Christians could suddenly attend whichever church had the best children’s ministry…

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January 2022
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Think little

In 1970, the author Wendell Berry wrote an essay called ‘Think Little’. He argued that in order to sustain the Green Movement over the long-term, it couldn’t just be something we expected ‘Big Thinkers’ in government to fix. It had to be dealt with by personal change in how we live. Berry writes, ‘For…

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January 2022
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

I believe in God

Many people in Western Europe embrace secular humanism. They reject religion and believe in the freedom to set one’s own terms for living. Nature is all there is, and science is the key to understanding our world and ourselves. They do not appeal to a supernatural creator because, they tell us, the universe came…

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January 2022
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Why were our Reformers burnt?

We live in days when many in the UK are seeking to silence those who hold to certain biblical truths. They wish to prevent preachers declaring that biological sex is fixed. They wish to silence the teaching that biological sex (determined by one’s genes) is the same as gender. They wish to prevent anyone declaring…

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