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July 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Is a Christian woman forbidden to wear jewellery?

‘Should a Christian woman wear jewellery?’ I was asked that question by a member of the church I pastor. We’ll call her Rita. Rita had been reading an article which said that no Christian woman should wear jewellery, even a wedding-ring. So she wanted to know, did I agree? I wasn’t ready to give…

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July 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The last enemy

Covid-19 has changed our society in many ways, and one of these is its view of death. For the pandemic has shaken our complacent confidence about sickness and death, hasn’t it? Just as the early 21st century disproved the late 20th century claim by Fukuyama that the end of history had arrived with the…

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July 2020
Articles > Personal view

Reflections on race

When I was young, I had big ideas on race. Now I am older my ideas are smaller because I realise issues are more complicated than I once thought. I am also conscious of the pressure of a news cycle that demands simplicity. ‘You must take a position and you must take it now,’…

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July 2020
Articles > Guest column

More than words: eyes and stories

God speaks to us without video, audio, diagrams, emojis, or musical notation: we simply have his Word. But because it’s exhaled and made understandable by his Spirit, (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 1 Cor. 2:13, 14), it has an incomparable communicative power (Heb. 4:12). In my three guest articles I’m meditating on that thought by…

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July 2020
Articles > Comment

Beware the twin idols of ‘social justice’ and ‘health & safety’

When it comes to questions about race and ethnicity the impulse for justice, fairness, and unity is a right one for us as evangelicals to have. But, as Ferris Lindsay points out in this edition, it is rarely that simple. As the son of Caribbean parents, he has spent a lifetime thinking through the…

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July 2020
Articles > General

Presbyterian theological college emerges in Newcastle

All around the world, there are seminaries teaching their students an English doctrinal standard: the monumental Westminster Confession of Faith. In Brazil alone, there are no less than nine such seminaries. For nearly a century, however, England lacked an educational institution to uphold her own Confession. The last Presbyterian theological college in England, Westminster…

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July 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The trouble with ‘The UK Blessing’

In the month of May a video called The UK Blessing, produced by 65 churches from all over the UK, went viral, reaching more than 2.5 million views within just a couple of weeks. Its main director, Tim Hughes, received an award from the Prime Minister, who called the video a ‘sensational singing masterpiece’.…

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July 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Health and safety or hope and salvation? The church’s message during a pandemic

‘Why do our church leaders worship at the altar of health and safety?’ ran the title of a recent article by a Sunday Times columnist, above a picture of the Archbishop of Canterbury at a homemade altar in his kitchen. That image seems to epitomise the response of church leaders in Britain to the…

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June 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Pictures of Jesus?

I’ve been searching the internet. I wanted to buy a present for some Christian friends. They live in an Eastern European country, have been married five years, and have two small children. I was looking for a book they could use to introduce their children to the Bible: a children’s Bible, or at least…

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June 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Are you feeling anxious?

I hope the answer is no. For anxiety is a horrible, painful, and disabling experience. But according to current surveys most people in the UK today are anxious. A recent poll reported 64 percent of the population were stressed or anxious, which means over 40 million Britons today are feeling anxious. Now I think…

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June 2020
Articles > Comment

Is the virus God’s judgement?

Is the coronavirus a judgement from God? Yes, every manifestation of the global curse is part of God’s judgement. Death and disease are all part of that. But is the virus definitely a specific judgement, to our specific nation, for its specific sins? Surely the Bible warns us not to jump to conclusions about…

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June 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The highs and lows of church life under lockdown

Church leaders from the UK and overseas have been sharing the highs and lows of the coronavirus lockdown with Evangelical Times. At the time of writing, government instructions for churches not to assemble to minimise the spread of Covid-19 remain in place. From the outset ministers had big decisions to make. Revd Jeremy Bailey…

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