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August 2016
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Coping with tragedy

How can we cope with the constant stream of calamities reported almost daily in the media? How can we absorb all the heartaches and disappointments a fallen world confronts us with? For every new event we may consider ‘good’ or even ‘very good’, there follow ten ‘bad’ ones hard on its heels. Surely we live in a world where ‘all is vanity’ (Ecclesiastes 1:2)! Hatred, murder, abuse, division, war; tragedies, natural and human, unplanned and deliberate, avoidable and unavoidable: it is hard enough for onlookers to cope with it all, let alone victims — the real people who experience the suffering. Humility But in asking...

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July 2016
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Let us pray for our nation

•  What is my own personal standing before the Lord? For God to hear my prayer, I myself need to be in a right relationship with him. We come before God’s throne of grace, not trusting in our own righteousness, but in his mercy. •  Pray most especially for the nation’s repentance and that people may come to truly know the Lord and follow him. May there be heartfelt repentance for our sins. ‘Righteousness will exalt a nation but sin will destroy any people’ (Proverbs14:34). •  We have driven the Lord Jesus Christ out of our culture, our government and the education of our children. We have...

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May 2016
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COMMENT: Relating to the state

Unusually, our comment column this month takes the form of a book review, submitted to Evangelical Times in the normal course of its book-reviewing service for readers. The book it focuses on — God and politics — is a brief but excellent and accessible treatment of a vital issue; and one that draws ever closer, it seems, to evangelical churches. The question pressing upon us is, ‘Will we or will we not agree to do what the state demands, whatever it does demand?’ While God and politics does not go into the specific matter of teaching the Word of God to children and youth in...

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May 2016
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Brexit

I am an enthusiastic European. Europe has given the world great art, literature, architecture and music. It was here that the Reformation was birthed, and the scientific revolution. I have personally enjoyed visiting many European countries, including France, Holland, Germany, Spain, Poland and Albania. I’m even trying to learn the rudiments of the Polish language! It’s because I’m an enthusiastic European that I am in favour of Britain leaving the political project known as the European Union. The EU has been bad for Britain and is increasingly turning sour for the rest of Europe too. Sound political arguments apply to Christians and non-Christians alike and,...

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May 2016
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Brexin

In the swirl of debate over the EU referendum, statistics are thrown around by both sides without careful thought. But, after much consideration, I have stepped into the BrexIn (Brinit) camp. I too wanted Prime Minister David Cameron to come back with more than a piffling piece of paper like his predecessor Neville Chamberlain in 1938. But, with nearly 20 years as a financial journalist, I believe the economic argument is too big to ignore. I have known little else than the UK being in the European Union. I remember well the decision not to adopt the euro, which served us well during the current...

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COMMENT: The power of humility
April 2016
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COMMENT: The power of humility

Though achieving true humility takes patience and understanding of God’s Word, it is essential for being a convincing witness for Christ in today’s arrogant society. Humility isn’t thinking you’re not better than another individual. It has a much deeper root. And it is something God wants each of us to manifest in our daily lives. It is evident that humility is the opposite of pride. Consequently, it means being content with your identity and acceptance in Christ as part of God’s gift. It is the ability to walk gratefully in God’s grace, love and forgiveness. It leads naturally to the wonderful gift of being able...

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March 2016
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Pray for a real and lasting revival

We need a work of the Holy Spirit of a supernatural kind, putting power into the preaching of the Word, inspiring all believers with heavenly energy, and solemnly affecting the hearts of the careless so that they turn to God and live. We would not be drunk with the wine of carnal excitement, but we would be filled with the Spirit. We would behold the fire descending from heaven in answer to the effectual fervent prayers of righteous men. Can we not entreat the Lord our God to make bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the people in this day of declension...

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‘Not guilty!’
February 2016
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‘Not guilty!’

The apostle Paul urges Christians not to be ashamed of the gospel, but many people want us to feel ashamed of it. So, when Pastor James McConnell was found ‘not guilty’ of ‘grossly offensive’ remarks about Islam (see Pastor McConnell acquitted ), it was no surprise to hear the spin some put on the verdict. In a statement, the Public Prosecution Service (PPS) said: ‘It was clear from the judgement that the court considered Pastor McConnell had a case to answer and that the decision on whether the comment was offensive or grossly offensive was not only finely balanced, but one for the court and...

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