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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Training for eternity

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September 2004
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Training for eternity

Among all the earth’s living wonders, nothing can match the beauty and versatility of the human body. In fact, it is so remarkable that all the nations of the world celebrate it every four years at the Olympic Games.Sport is one of the oldest and noblest ways of expressing pride and experiencing pleasure in…

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Evangelical-Roman Catholic relationships

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July 2004
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Evangelical-Roman Catholic relationships

The subject is a crucial one. It is also extremely relevant and pressing. As one might expect, it is a controversial subject too. I am referring to Evangelical-Roman Catholic relationships.No, I am not reporting on the latest Evangelicals and Catholics Together (ECT) developments or questionable appointments to evangelical agencies. My intention this month is…

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Are there any Christian leaders?

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July 2004
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Are there any Christian leaders?

I have noticed a subtle shift in Christian vocabulary over the years. When I began my ministry in Hull in 1985 I received an invitation to the local 'Evangelical ministers' fraternal'. On arriving in Thirsk seventeen years later, I was invited to the local 'Church leaders' meeting'.These days, it seems, leaders is a more…

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‘Go out quickly’ – Open-air evangelism

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June 2004
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‘Go out quickly’ – Open-air evangelism

In this age of high-tech media, is it necessary to take the gospel into the highways and byways? In our post-modern culture, is street preaching an appropriate means of evangelism? In the past the Lord has blessed such activities but doesn't it take something different to reach the sophisticated masses today? Well, as an…

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April 2004
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George Barna surveys the church

He has written a number of best-sellers including The frog in the kettle, The second coming of the church, and more recently, The state of the church (2002).SBC LIFE, the journal of the Southern Baptist Convention Executive Committee, published an interview with Barna in its January edition. What follows is a shortened version of…

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Essential things

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March 2004
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Essential things

Last month I suggested that the church had two essential functions to perform, one external and the other internal. Last time I focused on the external, namely, obedience to the Great Commission - because the church that does not evangelise must ultimately fossilise.Now I want to identify the internal essentials. I suggest that God…

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How to hold a day of prayer

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January 2004
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How to hold a day of prayer

Has 'We're praying for you' become a cliché? The dictionary defines cliché as an idea that has become trite. Roget's Thesaurusequates cliché with commonplace, banal, trivial or stereotypical. Is prayer, then, so commonplace that it has become passéamong fashionable Evangelicals? Being labelled 'old-fashioned' is the ultimate insult. We want to be cool - 'with…

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Called to preach

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November 2003
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Called to preach

Preaching at one of our Bible conferences several years ago, Pastor Scot Richardson made a profound statement about preaching. He said, 'Preaching is getting a message from God's heart to my heart and delivering it to your heart. Anything else is just filling in time'. What a profound, insightful and needful statement! The Lord…

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September 2003
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Evangelistic opportunities

Roger Thomas is a full-time evangelistic worker for the Welsh-speaking Evangelical Church in Aberystwyth. ETasked Roger to outline his work — to stimulate all of us to consider the evangelistic opportunities open to our own churches, and to help us pray for those engaged in such ministries. He writes:     I became a…

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On being sixty

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May 2003
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On being sixty

Actually, I’m sixty-one! In some ways I feel like I’m twenty-five, and now that I have cut down on some of my excesses, I can run like I did then. Well, maybe not — but I have to try because I need to keep up with the young men who play on my baseball…

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Showtime Religion

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March 2003
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Showtime Religion

Can the church fight apathy and materialism by feeding people’s appetite for entertainment? Evidently many in the church think so, as church after church jumps on the show-business bandwagon. It is a troubling trend that is luring many otherwise orthodox churches away from biblical priorities.What they wantChurch buildings are being constructed like theatres. Instead…

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Given to prayer

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February 2003
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Given to prayer

Pastors and preachers are entrusted by the Lord Jesus with a work of great importance and urgency. Nothing must be allowed to interfere with this work - nothing must come between them and their giving themselves utterly to it. We see this principle illustrated in the sixth chapter of Acts. There are important lessons…

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