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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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October 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The old lady with the two umbrellas

The story concerned gold coins that were mysteriously being smuggled out of France into Spain. The French authorities knew exactly the point where the smuggling was taking place, but, despite extensive searches over many weeks, they could discover nothing. Fair and foul The gold continued to leak out from France to Spain. Everyone was…

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October 2001
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Training workers

There is a duty laid upon Christian leaders by the Lord to train others in gospel ministry. No amount of leadership training itself creates preachers (the indispensable prerequisite for that is a commission from the Lord of the harvest: 1 Corinthians 9:16; Matthew 9:37-38; Isaiah 6:9), but faithful attention to training greatly enhances the…

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August 2001
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A child was bored!

An elder preceded the minister into the pulpit and then came to the front and addressed the congregation in solemn tones. 'Last week ... a child was bored in the service'. A gasp went through the congregation. Men looked at their feet, women cried quietly, and children went white. 'The church officers are meeting…

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July 2001
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A bicycle built for two

'Christian' feminism and the acceptable of homosexuality among Christians are like a tandem bicycle. The feminist movement in Christianity is riding in front and steering the machine. In the second position are those who accept homosexuality as normal, even God-ordained. The latter are pedalling hard and may eventually take over the front position. Syncretism…

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June 2001
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The weapons of our warfare

The popular image of the Christian church is of an organisation that is pliant and accommodating to the spirit of the age and to every whim of man. The church itself has been responsible for creating this image by an almost total lack of conviction in its biblical message. But the picture of the…

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June 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Charismatic Confusion

The charismatic movement, which has swept through the Protestant churches in the last forty years, has presented a formidable challenge to Reformed, Evangelical Christianity. The problem has been how to evaluate it. Is it, or is it not, of God? The question still remains unanswered for many. They suspend judgement because they have no…

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April 2001
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Lay hands on me

Having spent two hours at San Quentin Prison, I walked into the Protestant Garden Chapel to say goodbye to the inmate clerk and return the briefcase I had used to carry the Bibles and tracts I had distributed. A youngish inmate was there too, one I had seen around the chapel for at least…

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March 2001
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Focus in worship

I experience much disquiet at the way in which my mind can wander during worship services. My thoughts ought to be on what the preacher is saying in prayer or preaching, but they become so readily distracted. Unnecessary movement among other worshippers breaks my concentration; and I lapse into banal thoughts about trivial, everyday…

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March 2001
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PARENTING 1. The family in the Bible

We are inclined to think that conditions in Britain today are some of the hardest Christians have ever had to face. At least, that is how it appears from the way we often talk. Clearly, this exaggerates the situation, but we all realise there is cause for concern as we look at our society.…

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March 2001
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Effective Evangelism

There is a general lethargy and slackness in many churches today. The ‘Great Commission’ is often our ‘Great Omission’. Yet we know that the Word of God is replete with many injunctions to evangelise a dying world. How can an average believer give attention to the vital task of propagating the gospel to the…

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February 2001
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Christ and his church – Marriage

In ancient Jewish wedding custom, at least a year passed between betrothal and marriage, and during this time the bride got ready in her own home for the climactic day when the bridegroom would arrive to claim her. In the same way the gospel age - the interval between the first coming of Christ,…

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February 2001
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

e-vangelism

The Internet is rapidly growing. It is estimated that it doubles in size every six months and that somebody new joins the cyber-world every 10 seconds. Current estimates put the total number of Internet users world-wide at more than 300 million, with 170 million people using the Internet in English. Christians are often shocked…

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