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Testing the spirits

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May 2011
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Testing the spirits

A response to David Robertson's Fleabytes broadcast on the Pope's visit.

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ET Comment – Violent demonstrations

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February 2011
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ET Comment – Violent demonstrations

Violent demonstrations In London quite recently there have been orchestrated student demonstrations against the Government, and these demonstrations turned violent.      Millions of pounds worth of damage resulted, and not a few injuries to the police and others. Some had the audacity to threaten members of the royal family as they travelled to a function.…

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January 2011
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ET Comment – Tyndale’s legacy

Tyndale's legacy In 1611 the Authorised Version of the Bible was completed. Four hundred years on, we stand back, and in this article by Rt Rev. John B. Taylor, admire a marvellous translation largely achieved through William Tyndale's sacrificial labours. 'What finally do we say of Tyndale's legacy to the English-speaking world? First and…

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ET Comment – Innocent fun?

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November 2010
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ET Comment – Innocent fun?

Innocent fun? Every year as we approach the end of October, the aisles of our local supermarkets fill up with witches hats, plastic devil's horns, Frankenstein heads and the like. Halloween puts in its unwelcome appearance. In the USA, as you might expect, they do all of this on a much bigger scale. Whole superstores are…

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October 2010
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ET Comment – Why revivals stop

Why revivals stop Studies of revivals sometimes look at what causes revivals to stop. The usual answer given is that sins in the church like fanaticism, disunity and pride so grieve the Holy Spirit that he withdraws his gracious influences.     But that explanation has its limitations. If sin is the fundamental obstacle, although biblically relevant,…

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September 2010
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ET Comment – Making the best of it

Making the best of it Pope Benedict's visit this September - the first ever state visit to the UK by a pontiff - is another marker of Britain's declension from vital Christianity. This declension has continued steadily for well over a century.  While we acknowledge that a pluralistic society allows free access of religious leaders…

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ET COMMENT – The importance of the unimportant

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August 2010
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ET COMMENT – The importance of the unimportant

ET COMMENT The importance of the unimportant  What is important in our society? In our superficial age, things readily get turned on their heads. In general, things relating to the church are not thought to be important.      People tend to take it or leave it when it comes to attending church or any other special…

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ET Comment – Has Dr Venter created artificial life?

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July 2010
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ET Comment – Has Dr Venter created artificial life?

ET Comment - Has Dr Venter created artificial life? Announcing his 'creation' of the first synthetic life-form, geneticist Craig Venter declared on 20 May 2010: 'This is the first synthetic cell that's been made, and we call it synthetic because the cell is totally derived from a synthetic chromosome, made with four bottles of…

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ET Comment – A huge crowd

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June 2010
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ET Comment – A huge crowd

ET Comment A huge crowd Late April heralded a volcanic eruption in Iceland, grounding air traffic across the UK, Ireland and northern Europe, and preventing travel between the USA and UK. A huge cloud of ash, potentially damaging to jet engines and thereby lethal to passengers, was spewed out into the atmosphere.           Hundreds of…

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Comment – Money myths

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May 2010
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Comment – Money myths

Money myths A comment of a businessman who had attended a religious conference illustrates, I believe, the confusion many have on the subject of faith and material blessings.      He said: 'We can't win. If we work hard and do well, we are greedy. If we don't work hard and fail, then we are lazy…

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March 2010
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Comment – Open-air preaching

Open-air preaching Open-air preaching in the UK has a long and noble history. Often it has met with vicious opposition from hearers, towards preachers and those willing to identify with them. But sometimes opposition has given way to striking and even numerous conversions.     Some claim that where such preaching is not happily received true evangelism…

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Comment – Kingdom mathematics

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February 2010
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Comment – Kingdom mathematics

Kingdom mathematics My gran was always telling me: 'Look after the pennies, and the pounds will look after themselves.' Gradually I figured out what she meant!     Her approach encapsulates a vital truth when applied to kingdom living according to the principle of Matthew 6:33: 'Seek first the kingdom of God'. Diligence in small things -…

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