All articles by Colin Hart
Colin is the Director of the Christian Institute.
Psalm 24:1 proclaims, ‘The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it’. Our world was made by God and belongs to him. The evidence of our Creator is all around us. As Romans 1:20 says, ‘For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse’. So, we can say of God that, ‘He shines in all that’s fair’. This line comes from a hymn penned over 100 years ago by the American pastor, Maltbie D. Babcock: ‘This is my Father’s...Read more
‘Co-belligerents, not allies’ In my work with the Christian Institute over the past 20 years I have often been involved in seeking to persuade politicians to propose good laws and resist bad ones. Comparatively few politicians are Bible-believing Christians. Anyone who is engaged in arguing for a change in public policy has to convince unbelievers of their case. Sometimes we have unusual co-campaigners. Atheists were as keen as evangelicals to defeat the Government’s religious hatred law in 2006. Today, a consistent defender of the rights of Protestant street preachers is Edward Leigh, a Roman Catholic MP. When Dale McAlpine, a Cumbrian street preacher, was...Read more
Carlisle Council has been forced to apologise for getting the law wrong after it tried to stop a street evangelist handing out gospel tracts. An official from Carlisle Council told Keith Bullock, an evangelist with the Open-Air Mission (OAM), that he could not hand out Christian literature in the city centre without their permission.…Read more
In 1967, the same year that Evangelical Times was founded, Parliament passed the Abortion Act. It was argued that the legislation was needed to help a small number of 'hard cases' where back-street abortions might lead to deaths. Since then the lives of over 6 million unborn babies have been snuffed out - the…Read more