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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christians debate vaccines’ abortion links

Ought Christians to have a Covid vaccine or not? A live and lively debate has been prompted, not by wild anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories, but by concerns over abortion. Serious minded evangelicals are on both sides of the debate. Some Christians hold that receiving the vaccine means being complicit in the genocide of the unborn.…

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March 2021
Articles > General

My lockdown stairway to heaven

The first three-month lockdown began with a clang as the heavy gates slammed shut behind him. It took a while for John’s eyes to adjust to the relative darkness of his new, unwelcome home. His sense of smell worked only too well reacting to the dank mustiness. His ears reminded him that the muddy…

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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Are paper Bibles better? How screens shape our reading

It was a gift from my parents back in 2001. For weeks I had waited, and there it was under the tree on Christmas Eve from Mom and Pop: a first-edition English Standard Version. My first new Bible after leaving home. It would be the first Bible that I would read from cover to…

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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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