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All articles by Stephen Rees

Stephen Rees is pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Stockport. He travels widely as a preacher and conference speaker.

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January 2022
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THINKING IT THROUGH: Christian friendship: A gift from God

One of my dearest friends has departed from this world. You will read elsewhere in ET an appreciation of Alec Taylor. Alec was an older man than myself and we lived several hours’ drive apart. But over recent years, we chatted over the phone almost every week. I know that he prayed for me…

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January 2022
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OBITUARY: Alec Taylor (1937–2021)

Many ET readers will feel a sense of loss as we report the home-call of Alec Taylor. Alec was widely known and loved as a pastor, preacher, writer, counsellor, and friend. Born in Birmingham, he came to Christ at the age of thirteen through the witness of Pentecostal believers. He began to attend the…

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December 2021
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Calculating Christmas

In a few weeks most of us will be celebrating Christmas. Not all of us, of course. Some of you have settled it in your minds that you’re going to have nothing to do with it. If that’s your position, I admire you and I must admit I feel a pang of envy. I…

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November 2021
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I dreamed a dream…

Last night I was dreaming. What were my dreams about? I’ve no idea. I slowly emerged from sleep, through that strange phase where dreams and realities blend with one another, opened my eyes, knew I was awake. At that point I could still remember what I had dreamed. Ten minutes later my dream was…

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October 2021
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Thinking it through: Come, ye thankful people, come!

As I write this, summer is coming to its end. We’re moving into autumn. Very soon the church here will be holding our Harvest Thanksgiving services. And I imagine that many of your churches will be doing something similar even if Covid precautions mean that it will be more low-key than in the past.…

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September 2021
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Thinking it Through – Persecution: the rising tide

Christians across the world are suffering. The media, both secular and Christian, report appalling cases of persecution on a daily basis – situations where Christians are regularly tortured, raped, imprisoned, killed. Researchers list at least fifty countries where Christians are suffering in such obvious ways. There are many others where it is officially lawful…

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August 2021
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‘The cup that we drink’ – Enjoying the fruit of the vine

Jesus ate a last supper with his disciples before he was arrested, convicted, and crucified. At that meal, he gave the disciples bread to eat and a cup to share. What was in the cup? Jesus spoke about it as the fruit of the vine: in other words, wine (Matthew 26:29, Mark 14:25, Luke…

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