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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

When sleep her balm denies…

The Covid-19 epidemic and the changes it has brought have affected us all in many ways. Some of them were immediately obvious, some less so. Some of us have been more directly impacted than others. But I suspect that most of us would say that our lifestyle has changed significantly. During the early days…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The problem of answered prayer

Last month we reflected on the absurd approach of ‘prayer experiments’ which assume a kind of slot machine view of how prayer is supposed to work, with God as the Great Provider, jumping to do our bidding. But let us approach this from a different direction and ask: ‘why should God answer prayer at…

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A ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ should trouble us all

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November 2020
Articles > Comment

A ban on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ should trouble us all

The government is actively considering introducing a law to ban ‘conversion therapy’. If you haven’t heard of it, ‘conversion therapy’ is any attempt by any means to alter the behaviour or identity of anyone who is gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender. This is tricky territory for us as evangelicals. There are some extreme charismatic…

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November 2020
Articles > Cults and other religions

Why Agnosticism is more harmful than Atheism

According to most recent surveys, over half of people in the UK no longer affiliate with any religion, representing a spiritual agnosticism which continues to flood our country. Faced with this however, many Christians still view convinced atheists, who in comparison constitute a measly 13 percent of the population, as the greater threat both…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Profanity is worse than you think

Growing up, ‘phooey’ was my U-rated response when disappointed with circumstances. If I was mad at a person, I’d go ‘PG’ once in a while (when my parents weren’t around) by hurling a few ‘stupids’ at my verbal victims. That’s about as rough as it got. My childhood home-life was pretty strict that way.…

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November 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christianity and public life: Critiquing national leaders

If you are politically minded you will have read many different views on our government’s actions recently. During times of unrest and uncertainty it’s natural that we judge our national leaders on how ‘well’ or ‘badly’ they respond. Is it helpful that we engage in this way? And if so, what principles should Christians…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Train hard, fight easy

A good friend of mine spent part of his career as an elite infantryman. Despite attaining a place among the ranks of his regiment, he is self-effacing and devoid of arrogance. His military background gave him a wealth of attitudes and axioms which cross over into everyday life. My favourite of his aphorisms is,…

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Historical

November 2020
Articles > Historical

250th anniversary of George Whitefield’s death

During the 250th anniversary of George Whitefield’s birth (1714), Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones described Whitefield as the ‘greatest evangelist England has ever produced’, but also as the ‘most neglected man in church history’. Were ‘the Doctor’ with us today, would he think Whitefield as neglected on the 250th anniversary of his death (30 September 1770)?…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The blessing of ‘No Men’

I still recall as a small boy learning in Sunday school about Rehoboam’s great folly. Perhaps you remember the history. Solomon had died and his son Rehoboam became king. The people of Israel came to him and asked that he lighten the burden that Solomon had placed on them. At that point, Rehoboam had…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Lockdown lessons: Have we learnt anything at all?

The coronavirus lockdown, when it was imposed in March, came so swiftly upon churches that we barely had to think through the implications. Nightingale hospitals were being set up with the help of the military, and the government was desperately calling for ventilators to be manufactured as a matter of urgency. At that stage,…

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November 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Live not by lies: Is soft totalitarianism coming to the West?

I grew up in the era of the Cold War. From my youngest days I was taught that the West was the bastion of democratic freedom and the Soviet Union the stronghold of oppressive totalitarianism. We knew who the enemy was, and we knew he was across the ocean, behind the Wall. On our…

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October 2020
Articles > Personal view > Uncategorised

PERSONAL VIEW: Why Christians must question ‘the science’ right now

This article is here published as a personal view by the author. Almost never before in history has it been more important for Christians to question ‘the science’. Why? Because your understanding of ‘the science’ will entirely affect your belief about how the worldwide church should respond to the unprecedented measures she is being…

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