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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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August 2020
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More than words: touch and Jesus

Jesus instructed the eleven to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). He wasn’t simply asking them to use their own words to tell others about him. As their rabbi (John 11:8), he was commanding them to pass on his story and teaching in the form he had taught to them. He had filled…

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August 2020
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The last enemy: The fight of faith and the pilgrimage

Last month we reflected on death and how our society and our churches have been freshly challenged about its reality and power. We began to think about how we need to learn how to face the challenge of our last enemy. Paul uses this language in 1 Corinthians 15:26 for our Lord Christ’s conquest…

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August 2020
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Bored with the Bible?

There are times when reading the Bible isn’t easy. A dear friend was talking with me recently about the problem he was experiencing in his Bible reading. ‘I just find it boring. It doesn’t matter which bit of the Bible I read. None of it seems to touch me. I can read through a…

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July 2020
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The last enemy

Covid-19 has changed our society in many ways, and one of these is its view of death. For the pandemic has shaken our complacent confidence about sickness and death, hasn’t it? Just as the early 21st century disproved the late 20th century claim by Fukuyama that the end of history had arrived with the…

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July 2020
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Health and safety or hope and salvation? The church’s message during a pandemic

‘Why do our church leaders worship at the altar of health and safety?’ ran the title of a recent article by a Sunday Times columnist, above a picture of the Archbishop of Canterbury at a homemade altar in his kitchen. That image seems to epitomise the response of church leaders in Britain to the…

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June 2020
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Are you feeling anxious?

I hope the answer is no. For anxiety is a horrible, painful, and disabling experience. But according to current surveys most people in the UK today are anxious. A recent poll reported 64 percent of the population were stressed or anxious, which means over 40 million Britons today are feeling anxious. Now I think…

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June 2020
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The highs and lows of church life under lockdown

Church leaders from the UK and overseas have been sharing the highs and lows of the coronavirus lockdown with Evangelical Times. At the time of writing, government instructions for churches not to assemble to minimise the spread of Covid-19 remain in place. From the outset ministers had big decisions to make. Revd Jeremy Bailey…

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June 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral > News > Interviews

Interview with John MacArthur (part two)

This is the second part of a recent interview with John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in California. Each month millions around the world listen to his sermons through radio broadcasts or the Grace to You website. ET: Judgements regarding separation are tricky, for example when you associate or not. How much agreement…

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June 2020
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Why we won’t celebrate the Lord’s Supper until we are together

During this time of physical-distancing and isolation, some have asked about having communion during the live-stream service. Since we live-stream the singing and the sermon, why not live-stream the communion service and allow each family to observe it in their own homes? This sounds reasonable, but our New Testament ecclesiology will not allow us…

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May 2020
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Put your house in order… The importance of making a will

As I write this, we’re a few days into the coronavirus ‘lockdown’. A couple of weeks ago, people were just realising the seriousness of the crisis that was soon to engulf the country. The phone rang. It was an old friend who wanted some advice. She spoke first to my wife and then my…

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May 2020
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Loneliness in the time of Covid-19

‘It is not good for man to be alone’ declared the Lord when considering the plight of Adam in the garden of Eden. So he created Eve to be his companion and to relieve his loneliness. Adam, like all his descendants, was God’s image bearer and since God himself is not alone but exists…

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May 2020
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‘O death where is thy sting?’

Nothing prepares you for the dying moments of a loved one. On Wednesday 1st April 2020 I received a phone call at 12:35pm from a concerned Doctor from Leverndale Hospital in Glasgow. My father, Revd John J. Murray, had been in isolation since 17th March when he tested positive for COVID-19 but his condition…

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