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Church Meetings

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April 2015
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Church Meetings

Church meetings I smiled when reading of Stanley Delves, a Grace Baptist pastor in Sussex, who, on retiring after 60 years in the ministry, said with evident relief, ‘I will not have to chair any more church meetings!’  His attitude is regrettably easy to understand. While the church meeting is something central to Congregationalism,…

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Suffering for Christ

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March 2015
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Suffering for Christ

What we lack in the Western church today — Australia and New Zealand included — is a practical theology of personal and corporate suffering for the cause of Christ. Putting it simply, we Western Christians are often averse to the thought of suffering for our faith! Many Western believers have only a hazy idea…

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Can going to church reduce the risk of dementia?

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February 2015
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Can going to church reduce the risk of dementia?

Simply going to church may be putting off your chance of developing Alzheimer’s. We already know that research shows that ‘people with a faith, who regularly attend a place of worship’ tend to live longer. Commenting on the research, a professor said the evidence was so clear that, although he wasn’t a believer, he…

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January 2015
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ET Comment ‘Code of Conduct’

In November 2014, the directors and editors of Evangelical Times adopted the ‘Code of conduct’ set out in this comment column. This voluntary code was agreed on after fruitful discussion involving a number of editors of Christian journals, under the helpful chairmanship of Peter Milsom of Affinity. It does not impinge on ET’s editorial…

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Lessons from the launch of the Persian Bible

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November 2014
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Lessons from the launch of the Persian Bible

Recently I went to Elam Ministry’s service of dedication, to mark the translation of the whole of the Bible into modern Persian. Immediately I was captivated and lifted in my spirit. My first impression was the sheer beauty of the Iranian people, all dressed as befitted coming before a king — King Jesus! Oh…

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What God hears

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October 2014
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What God hears

During my childhood, the natural reaction of most parents who heard their children using bad language was to say, ‘Wash your mouth out!’ These days, if an adult has the temerity to complain to a parent about a child’s bad language, the likely outcome is a mouthful of bad language from the parent as…

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Church membership

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September 2014
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Church membership

Is church membership really necessary? Can’t a Christian have perpetual fellowship with a particular congregation while still remaining a ‘visitor’? To answer this, we first need to understand what the true church is. The universal church or Body of Christ (Romans 12:5) is composed only and entirely of elect and true believers in Christ.…

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Reflecting on a woeful childhood

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August 2014
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Reflecting on a woeful childhood

I reflected on a newspaper report (30 May 2014) from San Diego, California, about a girl who became a boy, at the age of five, when, ‘Jeff and Hillary Whittington shared the emotional story of little Ryland’s decision and gender transition as they accepted the Inspiration Award at the 6th annual Harvey Milk Diversity…

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A sweet or biblical Jesus?

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July 2014
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A sweet or biblical Jesus?

Do you have a ‘sweet Jesus’ in your heart, but not a ‘biblical Jesus’ in your mind? You need both; one will not do without the other. The biblical Jesus is also the truly sweet Jesus. Where might we find him? One of my favourite places to look for this sweet and biblical Jesus…

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Four words God loves to hear

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June 2014
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Four words God loves to hear

I assume that each one reading this comment earnestly wants to be heard by the Lord; and, if so, needs to know what words to use, what feelings to express and what attitudes to assume, in order to be heard by God. Well, here are four words we need to understand and sincerely adopt:…

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Hiding God’s Word in our hearts

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April 2014
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Hiding God’s Word in our hearts

Most Scripture memory schemes concentrate on individual verses that emphasise certain key truths. But I came across a method some time ago, by Dr Andrew Davis, that has a much bigger vision: to memorise not just a verse here and there, but whole chapters and even books. Can we be motivated to such a…

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March 2014
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A global vision

It has been good to see that the ‘Concert of Prayer’ for revival across the UK, now into its fourth year, has generally maintained a wider, global vision. Prayers have not focussed merely on our own needs in this country, and that is right and proper. Let’s never forget that our concern should be…

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