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December 2020
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Churches, not Boris, must decide to be open or closed

As this editorial went to press, the closure of churches in England was still in force. Our sincere hope and prayer is that, by the time you read this, they will be open again. Regardless of where you may stand on the justification for the second coronavirus lockdown, as evangelicals we must surely all…

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

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November 2020
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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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October 2020
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Are we to be shaped by Scripture or culture?

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, says Scripture. It is in the spirit of friendship that this newspaper takes the unhappy step of raising concerns about recent online seminars broadcast by our friends in the Evangelical Movement of Wales. There were a number of seminars aimed at young adults, as part of AberLite,…

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September 2020
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Are you helping or hindering your exhausted church elders?

Having spoken with several elders from different churches in recent times, they are all saying the same thing. Serving the church during the Covid crisis has been exhausting. One church leader put it this way. He said it has been like starting a new job, with all the information overload that comes with that,…

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August 2020
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Were churches too quick to surrender their liberty during the Covid crisis?

Whether or not one agrees with the merits of the legal action brought by a group of church leaders against the government for the forced closure of churches, the case raises some important questions. Does a state government have the right to force, by law, churches to stop gathering for worship? Does an agency…

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July 2020
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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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June 2020
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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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May 2020
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Recording those who have gone to be with the Lord

In these days of a pandemic, ET believes it would be helpful provide a place in future editions of this paper for people to record those believers who have gone to be with the Lord. Those who are well-known may have a tribute in ET, but most will not be noticed outside of their…

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April 2020
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Coronavirus shows how secular we have become

There are some very important articles in this month’s ET. Richard Turnbull alerts us to the dangers of the phrase, ‘spiritual abuse’ (p.14). We are re-publishing a review of the book Everyday Church in light of the fallout from the Steve Timmis abusive leadership allegations (p.21). And Stephen Rees thinks through the problems which…

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April 2020
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Eight things the coronavirus should teach us

By Mark Oden, Pastor of the Chiesa Evangelica Neapolis in Naples, Italy. A former Royal Marines officer. This article was first published on March 11, 2020 I awoke this morning in Naples, Italy’s third city, to have been placed on lockdown. Public gatherings, including church services, have been forbidden. Weddings, funerals, and baptisms have…

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March 2020
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Have environmental instincts, but beware of another gospel

In this edition of Evangelical Times, Alan Thomas has some strong things to say about ‘The gospel of Greta’ (p.21). He is surely right to highlight the dangers of presenting anyone other than Christ as a messiah figure. And he is also surely right to say that we as evangelicals should have ‘environmental instincts’…

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February 2020
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Trump’s mistaken tweet reveals troubling tribalism

For a few hours on the evening of 20 December this newspaper was caught in a bit of a storm because the US President Donald Trump had mistakenly tweeted ‘I won’t be reading ET again’ when he meant to say ‘CT’. As a result, ET staff had to deal with an angry online backlash…

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