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September 2015
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Is the UK under God’s judgement?

That things are terribly wrong in British society is obvious at all levels — individual, family, communal and institutional. Evangelical Times reports on this every month, perhaps less adequately than it should, not because the editors enjoy muck-raking, nor because they want to transform evangelical churches into communities of Pharisees, but in order to encourage the Lord’s people to serve the Lord more effectively and cry earnestly for revival. You can read and watch all about the nation’s moral mess in the media, as well as encounter it in many homes, streets and public places. From whatever source you get it, there is no doubt that...

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August 2015
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Is homosexuality inherited or chosen?

‘Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived, neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God’ (1 Corinthians 6:9-10). The Supreme Court of the United States has taken up the matter of ‘gay marriage’ and by a small margin has overturned all marriage protection laws in the United States. This means that the marriage law of Kentucky, my home state, will be struck down. But we must remember there is a difference between legality and morality. There are...

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The new morality
July 2015
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The new morality

Recent days have seen the citizens of Ireland decide by popular vote to accept ‘same-sex marriage’. The BBC revelled in the outcome and reported it as yet another endorsement of the West’s new social position. What are the implications for our society? Does this new morality undermine the Bible and its revealed position concerning marriage? The West historically has used the Bible as its baseline for morality, but, on a national, political level, in the UK at least, this is no longer the case. Huge issues arise as to what is morally right today, but the UK’s new phase of subjective moralism is open to...

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June 2015
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Facing upheavals

In AD 410 the city of Rome was sacked by the Goths. Rome was already drastically weakened by self-indulgence, and its social structures, heavily based on slavery, were falling apart. It had become easy prey to the invaders. In the minds of Roman citizens the sacking was, of course, a catastrophe. And to the Christians too it seemed a disaster, especially since the Roman state now recognised Christianity and seemed a final bulwark against Barbarian paganism. Unshaken It was to address such fears that Augustine of Hippo wrote his majestic treatise The City of God. In it, he shows that the church of Jesus Christ is...

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God’s Dynamite
May 2015
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God’s Dynamite

God’s dynamite ‘For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek’ (Romans 1:16). The word for ‘power’ in this verse in the Greek is dunamis, which is variously translated ‘strength’, ‘power’ or ‘authority’. You can easily recognise that it is from this word that we get the English word ‘dynamite’, which is an explosive formula used for various purposes.  Paul said that he was not ashamed of the gospel, for it is God’s ‘dynamite’ for salvation. I am very happy to say...

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Church Meetings
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, it is in practice a problem for many people. Mixed feelings In 1981, Derek Swann spoke on the subject of the church meeting at the Congregational Studies Conference and gave us two wonderful, opposite and apposite quotations on the subject, both of which came from R. W. Dale, a famous Congregational...

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Suffering for Christ
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 of the extent of daily hardships, difficulties, persecutions and sufferings that our brothers and sisters in Christ are undergoing for the cause of the gospel of Christ around the world today. Immense suffering Fellow believers in the Middle East have endured great persecution following the ‘Arab Spring’. The wars and extremist...

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Can going to church reduce the risk of dementia?
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 thought he might go for his health’s sake. This confirms previous research showing feelings of loneliness can be a risk factor for dementia. Measuring loneliness Robert S. Wilson, PhD, and his colleagues at the Centre for Aging, Rush University, Chicago, analysed the association between loneliness and Alzheimer’s disease, in 823 older...

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