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All articles by Mike Judge

Mike Judge is Pastor of Chorlton Evangelical Church in South Manchester, UK. He is the senior editor and a Director of Evangelical Times.

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December 2020
Articles > Comment

Churches, not Boris, must decide to be open or closed

As this editorial went to press, the closure of churches in England was still in force. Our sincere hope and prayer is that, by the time you read this, they will be open again. Regardless of where you may stand on the justification for the second coronavirus lockdown, as evangelicals we must surely all…

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December 2020
News > Society

Churches urge Boris, do not shut us down again in 2021

Church leaders from across England and Wales have urged the government not to close down places of worship again after lockdowns were imposed in November. There was widespread opposition to the second Covid-19 lockdown, imposed in England last month, which banned communal worship. A similar lockdown was imposed earlier in Wales. Writing in this…

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November 2020
News > Religious liberty

Call to outlaw churches that teach biblical sexual ethics

Churches should face ‘high-profile prosecutions’ in the future if they preach, pray, or offer pastoral counselling according to biblical sexual ethics. That’s the call that has been made by former evangelical, Steve Chalke, who has organised a conference on the issue. A press release sent by Chalke’s organisation, the Oasis Charitable Trust, outlandishly claims…

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A ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ should trouble us all

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November 2020
Articles > Comment

A ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ should trouble us all

The government is actively considering introducing a law to ban ‘conversion therapy’. If you haven’t heard of it, ‘conversion therapy’ is any attempt by any means to alter the behaviour or identity of anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. This is tricky territory for us as evangelicals. There are some extreme charismatic…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Lockdown lessons: Have we learnt anything at all?

The coronavirus lockdown, when it was imposed in March, came so swiftly upon churches that we barely had to think through the implications. Nightingale hospitals were being set up with the help of the military, and the government was desperately calling for ventilators to be manufactured as a matter of urgency. At that stage,…

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September 2020
News > International

MacArthur faces arrest and fines for defying the lockdown

The City of Los Angeles has issued a cease-and-desist order threatening Pastor John MacArthur with a daily $1,000 fine and possible arrest for breaching the Covid-19 lockdown. MacArthur, together with his fellow pastors and elders at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Los Angeles, has decided to restart full church worship gatherings in defiance…

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September 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christ or Caesar? MacArthur’s church disregards the lockdown restrictions

John MacArthur is never one to shy away from controversy. Throughout his long ministry he has spoken out on a number of thorny issues. He has attracted both admiration from his supporters and derision from his opponents. Most recently, he has sparked a debate in the US by deciding the time has come to…

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