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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The virtual Church

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February 2003
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The virtual Church

You can now be part of a church service without leaving your sofa, putting down your glass of sherry, or even pausing from eating you Sunday lunch.Christmas 2002 is now a fading memory, but it was then that the virtual church was brought forcibly to my attention.For the first time I discovered that Christmas,…

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Shopping for God

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January 2003
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Shopping for God

It's amazing what supermarkets have on offer these days. At ASDA we will soon be able to choose not only from a full range of soap powders but also gain some spiritual advice.ASDA stores are introducing a new sort of 'helper' to stroll up and down the aisles. They will be 'chaplains' who will…

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November 2002
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Maintaining the mood

An extract from Dan Lucarini's new book, Why I left the Contemporary Christian Music movement. We thought the Lord had finally led us to the right church. It seemed to be so balanced in all aspects of the ministry (including music) and church life, so solid in doctrine and practice. The pastor was once…

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August 2002
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Perspectives in Christian music (2)

Last month we looked at the biblical principles and theology that ought to govern our use of music in worship. Now we consider some of the practical guidelines we should follow in selecting good Christian music. Lyrics and Bible truth The foremost consideration in choosing a song is the content and message of its…

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August 2002
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Too Reformed for tears?

Is the entire world one big joke? If some of the things we see and hear are real, we might to tempted to believe it. So much careless and flippant conversation; so much giggling and raucous laughter; so much loud music; so much entertainment; and, of course, sport by the gallon. Yet take a…

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July 2002
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A time to pray together?

Do you think that it would be good thing for non-ecumenical Evangelical churches to unite together for prayer in their localities? The Council of the Protestant Truth Society does. At a meeting earlier this year it agreed to make a public appeal for this to be implemented wherever possible. Moreover, it suggested that such…

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July 2002
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Perspectives in Christian music (1)

Music is a powerful medium of communication. Today, the church is bombarded with all sorts of sights and sounds under the name of 'Christian contemporary music'. Advocates of 'pop-idiom' evangelism claim that their music and songs can help propagate the gospel. But are these claims true? The Christian church needs proper guidelines, standards or…

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The preacher in the pew – a fresh look at old things

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May 2002
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The preacher in the pew – a fresh look at old things

Pulpit-less Sabbaths are not easy for preachers, but the discipline of being confined to home or the pew can do them a power of good. Recovering from illness, I saw anew how vitally important is the public worship of God, and trembled, from the pew, to discover how much is determined by the man…

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Big stones first

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May 2002
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Big stones first

One day an expert in time-management was speaking to a group of business students, and used the following illustration to drive home a point.He pulled out a one-gallon, wide-mouthed Mason jar and set it on the table in front of him. Then he produced about a dozen fist-sized stones and carefully placed them, one…

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Your church

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May 2002
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Your church

How do you think of your church? What is it you are committed to, in your heart and mind? It is surprising how many different answers there can be to such questions as these, even in one small Evangelical church!Here I want to consider just three of these answers — and show why only…

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January 2002
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A great work

Now it came to pass, when Sanballat, and Tobiah, and Geshem the Arabian, and the rest of our enemies, heard that I had built the wall, and that there was no breach left therein; (though at that time I had not set up the doors upon the gates); that Sanballat and Geshem sent unto…

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December 2001
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Christ’s flock

Our Lord had just spoken to his disciples about circumstances and influences in this world of which they should be mindful or beware. He cites hypocrisy (Luke 12:1); persecution for the sake of the gospel by those who professed to know God (12:4-12); covetousness (12:15); and anxiety over the necessities of life (12:22). Alarm…

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