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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A spotless bride –  the holiness of the church (2)

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April 2012
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A spotless bride – the holiness of the church (2)

A spotless bride —  the holiness of the church (2) On this subject (see also March ET) as on so much else, there is a real and deep harmony between Scripture’s two testaments. Sketched out, that harmony looks like this. In the Old Testament, the book of Exodus gives us the account of how…

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Learning to say ‘No’

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March 2012
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Learning to say ‘No’

Learning to say ‘No’ Generally speaking, parents don’t like to hear their children say ‘No’. It usually indicates rebellion or at least disobedience. Whether it is used in connection with eating their vegetables or cleaning up their room, an answer of ‘No’ can be a refusal to obey the parent.     The same is…

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Preparing to be an amazing old person

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March 2012
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Preparing to be an amazing old person

Preparing to be an amazing old person It’s not uncommon for God to use older people. Take Caleb, who fought giants as an octogenarian. Or Moses, who led a cantankerous people up to the promised land, aged 120. Remember Anna, the widow, who served God with prayers at the temple in Jerusalem. God delights…

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‘I haven’t lost her’

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February 2012
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‘I haven’t lost her’

The old Christian’s wife of many years had died and the other believers in the church were not slow to express their sympathy. One of them said to him, ‘I am sorry you have lost your wife’. He replied, ‘I have not lost her; I know exactly where she is and one day I…

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No prayer – no power – no fruit

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January 2012
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No prayer – no power – no fruit

No prayer – no power – no fruit We see in Acts 4:23-31, after Pentecost’s initial blessing, that the church came under intense persecution and the spread of the gospel was seriously threatened. The church’s immediate response was to call out to the sovereign Lord in urgent, passionate prayer that he would intervene and…

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Serious Christians

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January 2012
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Serious Christians

Serious Christians During the 1970s when our church was experiencing a period of rich blessing, with frequent conversions and rapid growth, several other churches in town grew jealous and rumours about us began to spread. It was being said that our growth was due to us being sheep stealers. One of our elders had…

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The apostle Paul’s great aim

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January 2012
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The apostle Paul’s great aim

The apostle Paul’s great aim ‘Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ’ (Colossians 1:28). Herein was the grand purpose and passion that motivated Paul’s apostolic life. The driving force behind all he did, wrote and taught, and the way he lived, was…

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Christianity or ‘i-anity’?

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January 2012
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Christianity or ‘i-anity’?

Christianity or ‘i-anity’? The apostle Paul was not in doubt about what he should preach. He put it very clearly: ‘I am determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Corinthians 2:2). It’s obvious that Paul was a preacher of Christianity. The word ‘Christianity’ has Christ in it,…

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Gospel preaching

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January 2012
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Gospel preaching

Gospel preaching Preaching the gospel faithfully should be the number one concern of all serious Christians and churches, and especially of those set apart as ministers of the gospel. I want to call on all such to proclaim a full-blooded gospel message and to use a biblical methodology in outreach. That way our efforts…

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Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts

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November 2011
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Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts

Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts I don’t know if it’s the same where you live, but here the council seems to have a particular fondness for removing trees. It’s heartbreaking to see a 200-300-year-old oak tree or mature chestnut cut down and obliterated in a day. Sometimes a whole row of trees…

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In the school of prayer

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November 2011
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In the school of prayer

In the school of prayer I was more than 6,000 miles from home, with no international telephone and I had just pulled a telegram from my pigeon-hole which read, ‘Father seriously ill. Taken to London hospital by ambulance’. It was 18 months since I had last seen my parents at their Sussexhome and it…

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November 2011
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Rod Badams

FIEC  Rod Badams     Rod Badams is retiring on 11 November after 13 years as administrator of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (FIEC). He previously worked for Christians at Work for 22 years, after 11 years in journalism. In his FIEC role, Rod was best known for his contributions to evangelical perspectives on current social…

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