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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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August 2013
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Staying healthy

The story goes that, during the years of the Great Depression in America, there was a foolish old farmer who tried to save money by feeding his mule on sawdust. He felt his mule was costing him far too much in oats, so he decided to mix a little sawdust in with its feed.…

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Developing church leaders

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August 2013
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Developing church leaders

It is the responsibility of church leaders to try to develop the potential in every believer under their care. Women are usually the largest group in a church and the ‘workhorses’ behind the scenes! Often they are the cement which holds the church together and, usually, if the women of the church are happy,…

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August 2013
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Instruments of praise – an alternative view

I would like — in response to Phil Harmonia (June ET) — to offer a defence of those preferring musical accompaniment on more than one instrument in congregational worship. My own favourite musical style for worship is, in fact, strong congregational singing supported by minimal instrumentation! The New Testament doesn’t mention musical instruments accompanying…

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August 2013
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Prison praise

Did you know that when the good news of Jesus first reached the continent of what we now know as Europe, those who preached it spent a night in jail for their efforts? The incident is recorded in Acts 16. A slave girl in Philippi, who earned her owners a lot of money by…

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July 2013
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Developing church leaders (1)

The spiritual life and progress of a church depends largely upon the quality of its leaders. Even with an outstanding minister, leaders who don’t share his faith and vision can seriously hinder the work. But, equally, a minister without vision or who isn’t a ‘team-player’ can frustrate progress. Therefore, a team of leaders need…

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July 2013
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Marriage and divorce (2)

Last month we explored the teaching of the Old Testament and Jesus on this and concluded that where marriage ends in divorce for illicit sexual activity, the divorcing partner is free to remarry. Although Jesus condemned the divorce practice of his day, he accepted the current concept of divorce, which was derived from the…

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June 2013
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The church Jesus built

‘And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hades shall not prevail against it’ (Matthew 16:18). What is this ‘church’ to which our Lord refers in this famous verse? It is common for people to interpret ‘church’ here (ekklesia…

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June 2013
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Personal view: Instruments of praise?

Over recent decades, some kind of musical experience has become a major component of evangelical worship — in the form of either a small classical ensemble or, more usually, a worship group or ‘band’.   Many welcome this change as a means of revitalising worship and attracting outsiders. As Iain Murray reminds us, however,…

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June 2013
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Reaching your 70th birthday

‘The length of our days is seventy years … and we fly away’ (Psalm 90:10).   The Facebook entries of young Christian people often reveal angst at leaving their teenage years, or twenties and thirties, behind. The formative periods of their lives are passed, never to be relived again. I found the passing of…

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June 2013
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Marriage and divorce (1)

Marriage was instituted by God to be monogamous (one man and one woman), heterosexual (one man and one woman), public (leaving and cleaving) and unitary (one flesh).   Such is the teaching of Genesis 2:24 — ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall…

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May 2013
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Pestering God

How do we pray? We perhaps give a lot of thought to the content of our prayers, but much less to the manner of our prayers. ‘What do we pray for?’ is usually more important than ‘How do we pray?’ We know that there are conditions for our prayers to be answered, such as…

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May 2013
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The Prosperity Gospel

Learnmore Zuze of Zimbabwe explores the fallacies behind a popular global heresy   A story is told of a dog that died. The owner loved his dog so dearly that he went to his pastor and said, ‘Pastor, my dog has died this morning. I have one request which, if you grant, I would…

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