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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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January 2020
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Free speech is our freedom to preach the gospel

Free speech is more than just a civil liberty. For us as evangelicals, it’s our freedom to tell people the good news of Jesus Christ. Therefore, we welcome the settlement between Cumbria Police and street preacher Dale Mcalpine. Yes, there are some cranky street preachers out there who make us all wince. But many…

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December 2019
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Be wise as serpents and harmless as doves

Vote for the least-worst candidate, and pray Depending on your point of view, the last few years have either seen parliamentary democracy at its best, or its worst. Whatever view you take on that, we are nevertheless privileged to live in a democracy. Let’s not give in to the cynicism and apathy which blights…

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November 2019
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Begging the question

At Ligonier Ministries’ London conference Alistair Begg said many people say they believe in the Bible, but it’s when the Bible confronts the culture of the day that you find out what people really believe. How right he is. And it begs the question – if you’ll pardon the pun – what do you…

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October 2019
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The biased mindset of the BBC

Even by modern BBC standards, news that the broadcaster has produced a film for school children telling them there are over 100 different genders to choose from is shocking. The corporation is funded by British licence fee payers, and yet it appears to see itself as the mouthpiece for a tiny group of activists…

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September 2019
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Joshua Harris, celebrity status, and the evangelical media machine

News of Joshua Harris separating from his wife and departing from the faith will sadden many. I was in my early 20s when his book, I Kissed Dating Goodbye, was first published. Although targeted at the American scene where the culture of ‘dating’ is a little different from here in Britain, the book was…

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August 2019
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Beware the pitfalls of community engagement

News that a Grace Baptist church has not only allowed, but actively promoted, a play celebrating the LGBT movement within its building is deeply disturbing. But Evangelical Times has decided not to name the church because we are more concerned about the wider principles than this individual incident. We are forced to ask why…

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July 2019
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The devastation of abortion

News that abortion numbers have hit a record high in England and Wales is devastating. It’s devastating to the lives that have been lost. It’s devastating to the women who have gone through those procedures. It’s devastating to society as a whole. But worst of all, its devastating in the sight of God –…

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July 2019
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Online censorship in the name of regulation?

I wouldn’t blame you if it has slipped you by, but the government has released new proposals to regulate the entire internet. It wants to fine websites that fail to tackle ‘online harms’. It proposes to set up a new independent watchdog which will introduce a ‘code of practice’. What’s that got to do…

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