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All articles in category Cultural and Ethical

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December 2020
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Why are pastors resisting the Welsh government’s order to close the churches?

On 19 October the Welsh government announced that all the churches in Wales must close from Friday 23 October for 17 days, for three Sundays. In response, 37 ministers of the gospel signed a letter to the government asking it not to ban or restrict services, and giving notice that, if necessary, they would…

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November 2020
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Christianity and public life: Critiquing national leaders

If you are politically minded you will have read many different views on our government’s actions recently. During times of unrest and uncertainty it’s natural that we judge our national leaders on how ‘well’ or ‘badly’ they respond. Is it helpful that we engage in this way? And if so, what principles should Christians…

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November 2020
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Live not by lies: Is soft totalitarianism coming to the West?

I grew up in the era of the Cold War. From my youngest days I was taught that the West was the bastion of democratic freedom and the Soviet Union the stronghold of oppressive totalitarianism. We knew who the enemy was, and we knew he was across the ocean, behind the Wall. On our…

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October 2020
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A day of national tragedy

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, was a day of national tragedy, made all the more poignant by the fact that few will regard it as such. On that day Members of Parliament in Westminster voted 253 to 136 to impose radical new abortion laws on Northern Ireland. The regulations make abortion on-demand available until 24…

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October 2020
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When authorities conflict: The separation of church and state

The author, who is here responding to recent articles by Paul Yeulett and Mark Richards, wishes to emphasise he is writing in a personal capacity. The 2020 Covid-19 crisis has been a tragedy for human society. National economies have been shattered; the familiar pattern of everyday life of only a few months ago is…

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September 2020
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The ‘Woke’ agenda

I am asleep. I am not awake. Or to use the PC term, I am not ‘Woke’. I fully agree with the excellent articles on transgender by Dr Sharon James in the February and March editions of ET. I am convinced that the Bible teaches that marriage is only for a man and a…

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September 2020
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I read the news today, oh boy

I recently spent time thinking through some of the unexpected sources of stress in modern life, resolving to put them in their place. One notable factor has been the influence of news media on my peace of mind and concentration. The pervasiveness and intrusiveness of current affairs can be a driver for anxiety and…

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September 2020
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Christ or Caesar? MacArthur’s church disregards the lockdown restrictions

John MacArthur is never one to shy away from controversy. Throughout his long ministry he has spoken out on a number of thorny issues. He has attracted both admiration from his supporters and derision from his opponents. Most recently, he has sparked a debate in the US by deciding the time has come to…

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September 2020
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The rise of anti-Christian ideologies and how Christians should respond

The first UK Gay Liberation Front Manifesto was published in 1971. The document urged activists to target law, education, and the media as part of a cultural revolution to demolish the family. It was critical of Christianity because its ‘teachings support the family and marriage’. Having such revolutionary aims demonstrates that the gay movement…

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September 2020
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The limits of authority

The author wishes to emphasise that the views expressed in this article are his own and should not necessarily be attributed to anyone connected with him. During lockdown I have preached from Romans 13 on submission to governing authorities. In the course of regular emails to church members, I have encouraged them to observe…

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September 2020
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A weary mum rejoices

I recall last Christmas visiting a certain clothing store for teenagers. I was trying to finish some last-minute shopping, and was down to a final few items. In true mum fashion, I round out my children’s Christmas gifts each year with new underwear and socks. Having shopped at this particular store before, I knew…

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August 2020
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Just what does the Black Lives Matter movement stand for?

All right, let’s get this out of the way first. I know that when people repeat the slogan, ‘black lives matter’, it doesn’t necessarily mean they support every single ideological belief of the whole BLM movement. For many people it’s just a way of saying, ‘I oppose racism.’ I accept that. I also know…

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