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June 2021
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The unequal yoke

We received sad news from a missionary friend recently. For many years, Don & Marianne (not their real names) have worked in a Muslim country. Slowly they have built up a little fellowship of believers, all converted from Muslim backgrounds. None of those young Christians have found it easy. Some have faced harassment from…

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June 2021
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Unwrapped: The Enemy

Editor’s note: Before his recent death, John had kindly agreed to ET reproducing this edited and slightly abridged chapter from his book Unwrapped! It is our pleasure to honour him by going ahead with this article, and we anticipate publishing a tribute to him in our next edition. God has delivered Christians from ‘the…

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June 2021
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Adjusting to the old normal

Coronavirus has changed church life dramatically. Services and activities have been reconfigured, moved online, or stopped altogether. And being creatures of habit, we could easily start to feel comfortable with this ‘new normal’, and continue with it unthinkingly, long after the pandemic is over. So we need to examine these changes in the light…

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June 2021
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God means it for good

The Bible tells us that God controls everything in our lives and in our world. The problem is, however, that our lives and our world often seem so out of control. We all have a year full of examples of that, don’t we? One of the most helpful places in Scripture to give us…

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June 2021
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Cry Freedom! – Part 3

Children, teenagers, young people – they look forward to being free. Of course they do and of course they should; this is one of the healthiest and most natural things in the world. The idea of breaking loose from parental control, to be able to go where I want, when I want, with whomever…

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June 2021
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Alfred the Great

Winston Churchill described him as ‘the greatest Englishman ever’. He was a warrior, a king, a social reformer, and a champion for the cause of Christianity in Anglo-Saxon England. He is known simply as Alfred the Great, and his life affords lessons for Christians even today. In 850 AD, Alfred’s England was in a…

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June 2021
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Would Jesus have preached the Sermon on the Mount on YouTube?

The world has changed. Like it or not, Covid-19 has changed our world permanently; it will never be the same again. The pandemic of 2020 and 2021 has revealed much about our society and our world, and such revelations have led to major changes, many of which will remain, whatever we think of them…

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June 2021
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Blessed are those who are persecuted

Sometimes a series of events come together at the same time to shine a light on a serious problem. A chaplain fired and accused of being a terrorist, a street preacher unceremoniously arrested, and a consultation on whether aspects of preaching, praying, and pastoral counselling should be illegal. The common theme? Daring to stand…

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June 2021
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A walk with Mr O (3) Making Bible reading fruitful

Mr O, I’ve taken on board what you said about Bible reading being no substitute for church. Nonetheless you said that we could talk about ‘how our personal reading of God’s Word can be more fruitful’. Yes, I remember. Reading God’s Word for ourselves is a marvellous privilege. But I am going to stress…

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June 2021
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John Newton & Newton House, Oxford

John Newton: a life to emulate In many respects, John Newton (1725–1807) was a quintessential 18th-century evangelical. The Anglican pastor-theologian was committed to a moderate Calvinism, Christocentric piety, conversionist preaching, and a generous catholicity, all of which were typical of the evangelical movement in the latter half of the 18th century, a movement that…

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May 2021
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Cry Freedom! – Part 2

God’s freedom, we saw last month, means that he does not need to seek the permission of any other being to act as he chooses. And because God is free, God loves freedom and he desires that his creatures should be free. The defining narrative of the people of Israel in the Old Testament…

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May 2021
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FIEC and Affinity leaders outline concerns about plans to outlaw so-called ‘conversion therapy’

John Stevens, National Director of FIEC, and Graham Nicholls, Director of Affinity, have said a ban on ‘conversion therapy’ could criminalise aspects of the Christian faith. The two leaders say ordinary church practices – such as preaching, prayer, and pastoral care – could all be criminalised if the government goes ahead with a blanket…

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