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Joe Biden’s transgender fictions

In early discussions of transgenderism, many people pointedly quoted Thomas Jefferson’s line about government power and religion: ‘It does me no injury for my neighbor to say there are twenty gods, or no God. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.’ Why, I was asked, are you bothered about whether someone born…

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March 2021
Articles > Biblical/theological > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why churches must gather for corporate worship

Qualifications There are scenarios in which there is a convincing case for churches not gathering, for example because of the severity of the health risk if they do gather or because of the vulnerability of a particular congregation as a whole. There are individuals who should not gather because doing so would be recklessly…

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March 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Solemnity and celebration, exclusivity and inclusivity

The Lord’s Supper is an occasion that is both solemn and celebratory. In the Lord’s Supper we remember the suffering and death of the innocent Son of God and we confess that it was our sin that made it necessary. In the Lord’s Supper we rejoice that God made a way for us to be saved and we proclaim with confidence that…

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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The storming of the Capitol

The events in Washington, D.C., on 6 January appeared to take everyone on Capitol Hill by surprise. However, many observers said that though they were shocked, they were unsurprised by what happened. For weeks, people had been breathing the noxious air of unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud and had been told they had been…

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March 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Judge people! (like Jesus did)

In his book The Most Misused Verses in the Bible, Eric Bargerhuff surveys an array of popularly botched verses – misunderstood by believers and unbelievers alike. What tops the whole list? Jesus’s statement in Matthew 7:1: ‘Do not judge, or you too will be judged.’ One could argue, Bargerhuff says, that this is ‘by far…

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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The Great Reset

During the last year, there was one phrase that I heard more and more often. I saw it on advertising screens. I heard it on the lips of politicians. I read it in opinion pieces in the newspapers. The phrase was this: The Great Reset. In the end I decided I should find out…

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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A good death

A good death. It sounds innocent enough in English. But put this as euthanasia, a transliteration from the Greek, ‘eu’ (good) and ‘thanatos’ (death), and you have a very different feeling, don’t you? Euthanasia is a word now avoided by those campaigning to kill off the unwanted. So the Voluntary Euthanasia Society became Dignity…

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March 2021
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Prayer is not abuse

The remarks of a Conservative MP who placed ‘prayer sessions’ alongside ‘corrective rape’ are outrageous. As reported in this edition, Alicia Kearns, MP for Rutland and Melton, thinks there should be a complete ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’. Campaigners want to ban any praying, preaching, or pastoral counselling that teaches biblical sexual ethics. In…

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March 2021
Articles > Guest column

Why creeds are biblical, part two

In last month’s article, I made two observations which set the context for the biblical basis of creeds: 1) The Bible itself contains various creeds and confessions. 2) The church is commanded to ‘confess’ Christ (Romans 10:9-10). For the church to obey the command to confess our faith, we of necessity are going to…

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March 2021
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Obituary: Revd Allan Murray (1938–2020)

Allan Murray was a native of Shawbost on the Isle of Lewis where he was born in 1938. Upon leaving school, he went to Glasgow University to train as a dentist, a profession he commenced in 1962. The following year he came under conviction of sin and, as he put it afterwards, he was…

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February 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

How Christians come to believe in revival

This article is about revival, so I ought to explain how I am using the word. By ‘revival’ I mean a sovereign act of God in which he pours out his Holy Spirit with the result that people are awed by his being, his attributes, and his works. Christians are awakened from their lethargy,…

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February 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Life in a goldfish bowl

The following is an excerpt from the book, ‘The Last Valley’, written by Graham Heaps and published by Evangelical Press. The book is an honest, graphic, and affectionately told account of the closing year of the life of Graham’s wife, Sue, dying of cancer. A review of the book is published in this edition…

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