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All articles by Ben Wilkerson

Ben served with Sheffield Presbyterian Church, UK, and is a Christian writer residing in the USA.

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March 2017
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The life and legacy of William Bradford (1590-1657)

Puritanism has never been a popular ideology for most modern Westerners. Mention the word ‘Puritan’ or ‘Pilgrim Fathers’ to any American and the image comes to mind of a dour, black-garbed, Bible-thumping man. At best, someone might recall it was the Puritans that first made a substantial settlement in New England.  J. I. Packer…

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February 2017
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: A very special wedding

February is a month most Americans equate with romantic, Hallmark-esque dinner dates with your wife or sweetheart, with the cares of the day and the world locked outside. A year ago, on Valentine’s Day, I witnessed the sweetest, most emotional and most real wedding I may ever witness. The wedding day is finally here,…

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January 2017
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Pearl Harbour

Just over 75 years ago, on 7 December 1941, 353 Japanese fighter planes, torpedo planes and bombers attacked the United States at Pearl Harbour, Hawaii. In a matter of 110 minutes, the Japanese had destroyed 188 aircraft and damaged eight battleships (sinking four), and sank three cruisers, three destroyers, an anti-aircraft training ship and…

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November 2016
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: The 2016 American presidential election

One of the fundamental privileges of belonging to a democratic nation is being able to vote. Our desire, especially as Christian citizens, is to make an impact on our nation and culture through that vote. We want to have good laws passed, and just rulers and judges put in places of authority, so that…

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October 2016
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: Rural American congregational singing

Over the last few hundred years since the American Revolution, ecclesiastical music and singing in America have not changed as much as one might think. Many of the colonies were founded for religious freedom, especially New England, where the Pilgrim Fathers and Puritans settled. During that time, the foundation for American church music and…

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September 2016
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Church assembly melted to repentance

This June, commissioners (elders) from the Presbyterian Church of America (PCA) met in the southern city of Mobile, Alabama, to convene the 44th General Assembly, the denomination’s annual meeting for business. For the last few years, missional theology, and most recently, racial reconciliation, are subjects that have sparked animated debate. But on 23 June…

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August 2016
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LETTER FROM AMERICA: How American churches justified slavery

‘There are few, I believe, in this enlightened age, who will not acknowledge that slavery as an institution is a moral and political evil. It is idle to expatiate on its disadvantages. I think it is a greater evil to the white than to the coloured race’ (General Robert E. Lee, 1856). No evil…

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