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At the beginning of January 2017 John stood down as pastor of CSBC and the church set him apart for a new role with the John Owen Centre (part of London Seminary). He is now involved in the pastoral support of pastors. Garry Williams, director of the Centre, said: ‘As I meet with pastors on our Study Projects to help them with their theological work, I am struck by how often our conversation turns to the ups and downs of ministry. Many are thriving, but my sense is that more are struggling. A significant minority are in serious difficulty and on the brink of leaving the ministry.’ John will continue his work as editor of Evangelicals Now and he and his wife, Ann, are still very much part of the church family.

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Political correctness in 2013

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January 2013
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Political correctness in 2013

Political correctness in 2013 Political correctness (PC) is closing down freedom in many areas. The great upward path of Western society to produce a society in which, within the rule of law, individuals enjoy liberty of thought and of expression is being put into reverse… We are beginning to see this bite with the…

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When Christmas is the hardest time

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December 2007
Evangelistic

When Christmas is the hardest time

When Christmas is the hardest timeJohn Benton finds comfort at Christmas for those bereavedIn bereavement two gigantic realities collide. They are very different but very real. They are the realities of love and death. Bereaved people often say, 'It doesn't get any easier' - and times like Christmas are the worst. Past memories of…

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Love actually

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December 2006
Evangelistic

Love actually

The film Love actually begins dramatically - the victims of the terrorist attacks on 9/11 sent only messages of love before they died. Their last act was to tell family or friends, 'Never forget I love you - thank you for loving me'. Love is that important. Christmas is a good time for many…

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Rescue mission

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December 2005
Evangelistic

Rescue mission

C. S. Lewis, author of the Narniastories, said that the essentials of what we are as human beings can be argued quite cogently from two things - dirty jokes and attitudes towards death.The former centre almost exclusively on reproduction and going to the loo - two of the most natural processes on earth. Why…

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The Ten Encouragements

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May 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Ten Encouragements

I have a theory that most Christians face discouragement so often that when encouragement comes along we are not sure how to handle it. We look at our feet and think: 'Are they talking to me?' Y et the Word of God is full of encouragements and calls for us to encourage one another.…

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