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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Seeing straight

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April 2013
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Seeing straight

Seeing straight When we have impaired eyesight, many of us resort to wearing glasses, corrective lenses or LASIK surgery to undoubtedly improve our vision. But what happens when our spiritual lives become volatile because of an inability to see God? This impairment hampers our ability to earnestly seek him and trust him in our…

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Pure fellowship (2)

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April 2013
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Pure fellowship (2)

  Our churches must shine with the light of pure fellowship. We must have something real, living and satisfying to give others; otherwise what is the point of being the church? If we’re not going to be light to the lost, then let’s shut the doors; perhaps some churches should have closed years ago!…

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Developing the spiritual life of the church (3)

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March 2013
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Developing the spiritual life of the church (3)

Developing the spiritual life of the church (3) It is vital to restore true spirituality to its rightful place in the churches. In his book, The Puritans, Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones continually emphasises that true Christianity is of the heart, not just the head. It is founded on biblical truth, of course, but it is…

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Personal view: Have you considered ‘tent-making’?

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March 2013
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Personal view: Have you considered ‘tent-making’?

Personal view: Have you considered ‘tent-making’? Some readers of the recent ET correspondence concerning pastors and elders may have wondered if the discussion was relevant to them, since in their small church the prospect of a full-time ministry seems beyond their wildest dreams. But is it? The teaching of passages such as 1 Corinthians…

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Pure fellowship (1)

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March 2013
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Pure fellowship (1)

Pure fellowship (1) The apostle Paul was ever building fellowship in the churches and showing Christians how best to maintain unity. And why was he so set on united churches? I think he had the prayer of his Lord in mind: ‘And the glory which you gave me, I have given them, that they…

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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2)

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February 2013
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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2)

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (2) The title implies that our churches are not as spiritually healthy as they should be. Among other things, church leaders should seek to strengthen the prayer life of their churches. This might mean preaching a series of sermons on prayer. There are many aspects of prayer…

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Enchanted ground

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January 2013
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Enchanted ground

Enchanted ground In his famous work, The Pilgrim’s Progress, John Bunyan very perceptively opens up an important issue for the people of God by explaining the dangers of spiritual lethargy, under the idea of ‘Enchanted Ground’. Charles H. Spurgeon elaborated on this when he exhorted his congregation in New Park Street Chapel from the…

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Personal view:  The evangelical priesthood

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January 2013
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Personal view: The evangelical priesthood

Personal view: The evangelical priesthood We have identified some symptoms of evangelical decline — the downgrade of preaching and an accompanying overemphasis on music in worship (September & November 2012 ETs). We now consider a further disturbing element. Put simply, this is a departure from the historic and biblical view of the ‘Christian ministry’.…

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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (1)

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January 2013
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Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (1)

Developing the church’s spiritual life during 2013 (1) This title implies our churches are not as spiritually healthy as they should be. And isn’t it true that many evangelical churches have lost spiritual focus and confidence in God, and are retreating into what is safe, comfortable and sanitised? We are becoming too cerebral; our…

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November 2012
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Caring for the elderly

Caring for the elderly When Jesus hung on the cross, he faced incredible pressures. The burden of sin weighed heavily on his holy soul; physical agony racked his body; and the cruel abuses of men and attacks of hell distressed his mind and soul. In the middle of all this, he thought about his…

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November 2012
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The evangelical golden calf

The evangelical golden calf In The evangelical Cinderella we considered the downgrade of preaching increasingly to be witnessed at Christian events. At such events the preacher, if invited at all, is in the shadow of the ‘worship leader’, and music, not preaching, takes centre stage. This is a tragic and dangerous departure from biblical…

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Learning to be a Christian widow (2)

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October 2012
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Learning to be a Christian widow (2)

Learning to be a Christian widow (2) I was frequently troubled by the apparent pointlessness of my life as a widow. One Saturday morning about ten months after Ray’s death, I woke feeling completely flat and emotionless. I lay in bed thinking that I was really just going through the motions of life, marking…

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