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All articles in category Biblical/theological

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March 2021
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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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January 2021
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Beginning at the right place

Ephesus was a dreadful place. It was a city full of evil spirits where people used books of magic. In particular, it was in Ephesus that the great goddess Diana was worshipped in the temple built for her. It was also a city in which many listened to the apostle Paul preach. The sick…

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January 2021
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The positive case for Christian education

In a recent edition of ET, Andrew Rowell wrote an article, ‘Have we lost our vision for Christian education?’ He ended with this: ‘Tragically, our national education system is fast becoming a vast machine for the promotion of liberalism, atheism, agnosticism, and godlessness.’ Nevertheless, Christian education remains a divisive issue, sadly among Christians just…

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January 2021
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The well-dressed Christian

Most of us are concerned with our appearance. We like to look as nice as possible, at least around others. But how concerned are we about our dress or appearance in spiritual terms? This question is presented in Scripture. In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve felt no shame in their nakedness. However,…

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December 2020
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The light shines in darkness

Are you someone who really looks forward to Christmas? It’s a special time that brightens up the long, dark days of winter. For many it’s a joy to spend quality time with family and friends. Because of Covid-19 of course, Christmas 2020 will be very different. In October people in Scotland were told by…

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December 2020
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‘For this cause I was born’

Let us focus on Jesus’s words in John 18:37. He said, ‘For this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.’ Jesus’s words here are fascinating for two reasons. Firstly, it’s clear he believed he was born for…

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December 2020
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Advent in a global pandemic

These have been dark days in 2020, even in the light of spring and summer. A global pandemic and fever-pitch identity politics. Protests devolving into urban warfare and civil division. Fierce hurricanes and raging wildfires. Those spared great personal suffering and pain haven’t lived under such ominous clouds in decades, if ever. The anxieties…

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December 2020
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The Word became flesh

Have you ever looked out of an aircraft and considered the reality of powered flight? There is something spectacular about what is taking place, and yet – when we understand the principle – there is a profound simplicity that underpins that reality. The Gospel of John is similar: it carries us away from the…

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October 2020
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Filtering for repentance

A pitfall of contemporary evangelicalism is to mistake quantity for quality. How many attended the meeting? How many hits has the website had? What’s the view count of that uploaded video? These can easily become acid tests for how well ministries are faring. However, surveys and statistics concerning the spread of the gospel do…

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July 2020
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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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June 2020
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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
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At the potter’s house

Have you ever visited a pottery? I was in the trade for thirty years and they are interesting, educational places — something the prophet Jeremiah learned. He was told by the Lord to ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words’ (Jeremiah 18:2). What words did…

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