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After the split – Stephen Ridgeway
July 2007
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After the split – Stephen Ridgeway

After the split by Stephen RidgewayWe know it happens. We see it happen. Yet nobody wants to talk about it. When it is over, people try to move on but acrimony often follows. Some liken it to bereavement, citing depression, anxiety attacks and guilt feelings as symptoms of its devastation.  Minors too are stung…

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Clarifying the call – Christopher Ash
June 2007
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Clarifying the call – Christopher Ash

Clarifying the callIn summer 2005 Generation Next conducted a survey of 400 men who were either in or contemplating the gospel ministry. The results showed significant confusion about what constituted a 'call'. This is a practical and important question - how do I know that Christ has called me to 'prayer and the ministry…

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Amen! A plea from the pulpit – John Woolley
June 2007
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Amen! A plea from the pulpit – John Woolley

AMEN!a plea from the pulpit A ministerial friend of mine shared with me recently his discouragement while leading public worship. He likened the worship service to a graveyard because of the deathly silence that followed his leading in public prayer. 'There was no audible response. There was no Amen from God's people', he lamented. Indeed,…

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Coping with diversity
May 2007
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Coping with diversity

Leeds Reformed Baptist Church (LRBC) has a thriving Persian-speakers fellowship (PSF) of between 60 and 70 men, women and children. The work began as a small 'home group' of 3 or 4 people in the late 1990s. Of the present number, 25 are members of LRBC and another 20 or so are in the…

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Providing for pastors
April 2007
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Providing for pastors

A recent survey of pastoral support conducted by the Grace Baptist Trust Corporation (see p.13) clearly suggests that, while many churches provide adequately for their pastors, this happy situation is not universal.I am not criticising those who cheerfully give all they can to support their church and its pastor - and who are served…

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Providing for pastors
April 2007
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Providing for pastors

A recent survey of pastoral support conducted by the Grace Baptist Trust Corporation (see p.13) clearly suggests that, while many churches provide adequately for their pastors, this happy situation is not universal.I am not criticising those who cheerfully give all they can to support their church and its pastor - and who are served…

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In praise of modesty
January 2007
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In praise of modesty

What values should children imbibe at school? I've noticed that for most people 'modesty' is absent from the list. It's an interesting omission, and one that should make us think about the nature of our society. In the first place, modesty is a very useful virtue when it comes to self-understanding. In seeking employment…

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Loving the imperfect church
November 2006
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Loving the imperfect church

Attending the local Evangelical church had been a revelation to Sal. Brought up in a one-parent home with an agnostic mother, and brothers who were self-confessed atheists, it had been a new world to her. What struck her first - before anything the preacher said - was the people's warmth. Unlike others she had…

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On site- witness in the workplace
October 2006
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On site- witness in the workplace

Witness for Christ in the workplace is one of the hardest things we face as Christians. We know we are called to be witnesses for our Lord wherever we are, yet we struggle with 'on site' witnessing.Somehow, whipping out a gospel tract at the office business meeting - or in the shed with the…

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God loves music
October 2006
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God loves music

An extract from 'Can we rock the gospel?' by John Blanchard and Dan Lucarini - a new book from Evangelical Press on music in worship and evangelism God loves music. We say this not because either of us has a vested interest in securing God's backing for our ministries nor because we want to…

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Plexiglas preaching
October 2006
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Plexiglas preaching

I am committed to expository preaching. It is my unshakable conviction that the proclamation of God's Word should always be the heart and the focus of the church's ministry (2 ­Timothy 4:2). And proper biblical preaching should be systematic, expositional, theological and God-centred.Such preaching is in short supply these days. There are plenty of…

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Should Christians gamble?
September 2006
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Should Christians gamble?

Some time ago the front page of one of Singapore’s tabloids reported that a dishwasher lady had gambled away $92,000 of her family’s money (from the sale of a flat) by playing the jackpot and had resorted to begging from strangers to feed herself.   According to an Inland Revenue source, jackpot machines here gobbled up more than $600 million in the last financial year (this amount excludes other forms of gambling). This obsessive and addictive game has adversely affected many families and Christians are not immune. This is a great cause for concern, especially with the explosive increase in Internet gambling that is occurring...

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