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All articles by Don Haddleton

Don lives in New South Wales, Australia.

Article

February 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘You once were, now you are not’

Practising homosexuals who profess to be believers in the Lord Jesus Christ are demanding that they should be welcomed as equals in faith into the mainline denominations. They also argue they should not be excluded from enjoying the same rights, responsibilities and privileges as heterosexual believers, including the role of pastoral leadership within the…

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Article

March 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Same gender love

‘The soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David’ (1 Samuel 18:1); ‘your love to me was extraordinary, surpassing that of a woman’ (2 Samuel 1:26). In China’s past, close female friends sometimes bound themselves to each other in friendship by means of a voluntary contract called Laotong — a contract in…

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Suffering for Christ

Article

March 2015
Articles > Comment

Suffering for Christ

What we lack in the Western church today — Australia and New Zealand included — is a practical theology of personal and corporate suffering for the cause of Christ. Putting it simply, we Western Christians are often averse to the thought of suffering for our faith! Many Western believers have only a hazy idea…

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Meeting Abdul

Article

February 2012
Articles > World Mission > Islam

Meeting Abdul

Meeting Abdul The meeting takes place in his small grocery shop. [The Christian’s speech is italicised.] Hi! Good morning! My name’s Richard. I am Abdul. I notice that you have the shahada [Muslim declaration of belief in the unity of Allah] on your wall. Do you read Arabic? No. But I recognise the shahada,…

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The apostle Paul’s great aim

Article

January 2012
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The apostle Paul’s great aim

The apostle Paul’s great aim ‘Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ’ (Colossians 1:28). Herein was the grand purpose and passion that motivated Paul’s apostolic life. The driving force behind all he did, wrote and taught, and the way he lived, was…

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Contextualisation

Article

September 2011
General

Contextualisation

Contextualisation What exactly is contextualisation? This article seeks to explain, in simple terms, to non-missionary readers what contextualisation involves and the aims of those missionaries who recommend contextualisation methods. As we do so, we will begin to understand why there is such acrimonious debate for and against contextualisation.     Although this article relates to…

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The pastor’s praying

Article

May 2009
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The pastor’s praying

The pastor's praying The main purpose of Paul's first letter to Timothy is stated in chapter 3, verse 15, namely, that pastor, elders, deacons and the flock may all know how to behave in the 'household of God, which is the assembly of the living God, a pillar, and fortress of the truth'. This 'behaviour' includes…

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