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All articles by Paul Smith

Paul Smith is a full-time elder of Grace Baptist Church, Broadstairs.

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September 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Thinking the unthinkable: Parents withdraw children from a week of school

Withdrawing two primary-age children from a week of schooling is a step of last resort. But that is the point that two concerned parents reached just before the summer. Faced with a new Sex and Relationships Education curriculum, Matthew and Naomi Seymour felt they had no other choice. ET caught up with them to…

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August 2019
Articles > Guest column

Why ‘same-sex attraction’ may be a misleading term

Like a swift flowing river, progressive culture seems to surge forward, sweeping all with it. Like dead branches, liberal churches are caught up in the stream. Sometimes evangelicals feel battered by the torrent, barely clinging to the bank. We need renewed confidence in the Spirit’s power. GK Chesterton stated ‘a dead thing can go…

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July 2019
Articles > Guest column

Are unwanted desires sinful?

Last month we contrasted who we are (God’s image bearers) with how we are (scarred by original sin). Rather than defining ourselves and others by the (often sinful) strongest urges we experience, we must embrace the gospel hope of the master restorer. The Spirit of God patiently restores fallen image-bearers to the glorious original:…

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June 2019
Articles > Guest column

How I am is not who I am

Struggling for the right words, the prop forward tried to answer the question. Talking about his feelings obviously didn’t come easily. ‘I really loved my wife and children’ he said, ‘but then I started to have these urges – and I had to be true to my urges’. The BBC interviewer obviously approved –…

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December 2018
Articles > Evangelistic

Angels and shepherds

Tea towel-turbaned children and cosy Christmas card scenes often spring to mind when we think about the shepherds. But what were these first eyewitnesses of the manger really like? Our research takes us to the account by Luke, the historian amongst Jesus’ four biblical biographers. But what would it have been like for Luke…

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August 2017
Articles > Personal view

Personal View: Was Eden a garden-temple?

Few passages in the Bible provide a richer seam of truth than Genesis 1-3. As with any familiar passage, we delight to find new and fresh insights in it. In the last 20 years, Greg Beale has popularised one such potentially enriching idea: that Eden was a garden-temple. Beale puts forward the temple idea…

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Is it worth dying for?

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March 2010
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is it worth dying for?

Is it worth dying for?Paul SmithBelievers trembled, as well they might. In AD 303 the fires of Roman persecution were being stoked up with a new target - the New Testament scriptures.   The emperor's law demanded that all New Testament books be handed in to be destroyed. Faced with forfeiting God's word or their…

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