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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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August 2017
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The art of raising spouses

Shortly after our second child was born, we were at a fundraising event. I was sitting at the back of the hall, having just finished feeding my new-born, when a lady came over to me and said, ‘Oh what a privilege and a blessing to raise a son for the Lord!’ I looked at…

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August 2017
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Teach us how not to pray

‘But He has to do it; it says so in His Word!’ I’m pretty sure it was the worst prayer meeting I’ve ever attended! A friend had mentioned how people in the flat above were making life intolerable with their door-slamming, aggressive language and loud music. At the end of her tether, she needed…

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August 2017
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How are the mighty fallen!

David hears of the death of two of Israel’s heroes, and exclaims three times that two mighty men have fallen. He laments, ‘Tell it not in Gath, publish it not in the streets of Ashkelon’ (2 Samuel 1:19-27). He is ashamed that such news is proclaimed among his enemies. At the same time, he…

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August 2017
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Answering difficult questions (1)

We live in tricky times for Christian witness and living. There is hostility to the gospel and its proclamation. We see the hand of the evil one in laws against extremism manipulated against believers, even though their lifestyle is opposed to violence and they only aim to live out Christ’s words, ‘Love your enemies’.…

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June 2017
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Perseverance

There is a tale told about a farmer whose mule fell into a well. After many unsuccessful attempts to haul the mule out of the hole, the farmer decided the situation was hopeless. With sadness, he instructed his boys to fill truck-loads of soil and bury the old mule right there in the well.…

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June 2017
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Contentment

The boss has just told you that you will receive an immediate 5 per cent pay increase. Would you be content with that? In these days when the average increase is more like 1-2 per cent, you might be very pleased, and as a Christian thank God for it. At least, I hope you…

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June 2017
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‘Look at the fields’

Thank God for every effort being made to reach our nation with the gospel! May these endeavours greatly increase in number! Yet there are very many people not being reached with the greatest news that could fall on human ears. Our nation is very different from 50 years ago. Most of our children come…

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June 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Mornings

‘I hate people who sing in the morning’, muttered Snoopy the dog. Perhaps Charles Schulz got the idea from Proverbs 27:14, which says, ‘He who blesses his neighbour with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, will be counted as cursing’? Mornings. They can be a thermometer of where we are at. The…

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June 2017
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‘Why do good men sin?’

A question that perplexes and confuses most of us is, ‘Why do good men sin? We see a man we have always respected and admired make a mess of his life and commit some terrible sin. We find it unbelievable and it confuses us. It almost shakes our faith and we ask, ‘How could…

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God’s amazing love

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May 2017
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God’s amazing love

Imagine John, the last of the apostles, now an old man in his 80s, and close to death. He has not lost the wonder of God’s undeserved love; it still fills him with amazement. He says: ‘Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us…’ (1 John 3:1). It is years since…

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May 2017
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The ‘doing-business-with-God’ prayer meeting

Last month, I was taken aback when on different occasions three separate people, each of them stable, mature Christians whom I admire, said the same thing about the church to which they have each belonged for years. They are fully involved with their churches and, as far as I know, walking with the Lord.…

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May 2017
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Church-planting – the right way

Church-plants are breathing life into many unreached parts of Britain. But what happens when these plants conflict with existing ministry? Reports of church-planting have multiplied, with concerted efforts among organisations and large churches to revitalise gospel ministry across the UK. Acts 29, Co:Mission, the Fellowship of Independent Evangelical Churches (FIEC) and others are busy…

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