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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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February 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Apocrypha: those mysterious extra books

How well do you know the Apocrypha? The what? The Apocrypha. The word means the ‘hidden’ works. And it’s a collection of writings that you’ll find in some Bibles, usually placed between the Old Testament and the New Testament. They were written (with one exception) in the 400 years after the Old Testament had…

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January 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The search for assurance

Over the years Christian friends have come to me with all sorts of questions and problems. Of all the personal problems they share with me, perhaps the one that comes up most often is the problem of assurance. And it’s also one of the most difficult problems to address. The problem of assurance What…

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December 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

To drink or not to drink: the Christian’s dilemma

Christmas is coming. This Christmas will certainly be different from other Christmases. Covid has made sure of that. We may be unable to hold carol services (and what sort of carol service will it be if we’re all wearing masks, and we’re told we shouldn’t sing?). There will be fewer family get-togethers. There will…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

When sleep her balm denies…

The Covid-19 epidemic and the changes it has brought have affected us all in many ways. Some of them were immediately obvious, some less so. Some of us have been more directly impacted than others. But I suspect that most of us would say that our lifestyle has changed significantly. During the early days…

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October 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Copyrights and wrongs

Let me tell you a cautionary tale. It concerns a pastor – we’ll call him Simon – who found an envelope in the church mailbox. He opened it and read the contents with a mixture of surprise and alarm. The letter was from an agency based in France which handles copyright claims on behalf…

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September 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Bored with the Bible?

In last month’s ET Stephen Rees set out four things we shouldn’t do if we find that our Bible reading is becoming boring. Here, in the second and concluding part of his article, he sets out three things to remember and six tips to help. 1. There are lots of natural reasons why at…

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August 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Bored with the Bible?

There are times when reading the Bible isn’t easy. A dear friend was talking with me recently about the problem he was experiencing in his Bible reading. ‘I just find it boring. It doesn’t matter which bit of the Bible I read. None of it seems to touch me. I can read through a…

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