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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Serious Christians

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January 2012
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Serious Christians

Serious Christians During the 1970s when our church was experiencing a period of rich blessing, with frequent conversions and rapid growth, several other churches in town grew jealous and rumours about us began to spread. It was being said that our growth was due to us being sheep stealers. One of our elders had…

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The apostle Paul’s great aim

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January 2012
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The apostle Paul’s great aim

The apostle Paul’s great aim ‘Him we proclaim, warning everyone and teaching everyone with all wisdom, that we may present everyone mature in Christ’ (Colossians 1:28). Herein was the grand purpose and passion that motivated Paul’s apostolic life. The driving force behind all he did, wrote and taught, and the way he lived, was…

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Christianity or ‘i-anity’?

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January 2012
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Christianity or ‘i-anity’?

Christianity or ‘i-anity’? The apostle Paul was not in doubt about what he should preach. He put it very clearly: ‘I am determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified’ (1 Corinthians 2:2). It’s obvious that Paul was a preacher of Christianity. The word ‘Christianity’ has Christ in it,…

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Gospel preaching

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January 2012
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Gospel preaching

Gospel preaching Preaching the gospel faithfully should be the number one concern of all serious Christians and churches, and especially of those set apart as ministers of the gospel. I want to call on all such to proclaim a full-blooded gospel message and to use a biblical methodology in outreach. That way our efforts…

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Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts

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November 2011
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Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts

Personal view: A pastor’s plea for outposts I don’t know if it’s the same where you live, but here the council seems to have a particular fondness for removing trees. It’s heartbreaking to see a 200-300-year-old oak tree or mature chestnut cut down and obliterated in a day. Sometimes a whole row of trees…

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In the school of prayer

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November 2011
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In the school of prayer

In the school of prayer I was more than 6,000 miles from home, with no international telephone and I had just pulled a telegram from my pigeon-hole which read, ‘Father seriously ill. Taken to London hospital by ambulance’. It was 18 months since I had last seen my parents at their Sussexhome and it…

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November 2011
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Rod Badams

FIEC  Rod Badams     Rod Badams is retiring on 11 November after 13 years as administrator of the Fellowship of Evangelical Churches (FIEC). He previously worked for Christians at Work for 22 years, after 11 years in journalism. In his FIEC role, Rod was best known for his contributions to evangelical perspectives on current social…

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Still a cause for concern?

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October 2011
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Still a cause for concern?

Still a cause for concern? The headline was ‘A Cause for Concern’; the cover date was November 1973; and I was the author. The article, spread over four pages of Evangelical Times, described an unsolved problem facing hundreds of Christian families. The response of ET’s readers and others led directly to the founding of…

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Personal view: Don’t be a wimp!

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October 2011
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Personal view: Don’t be a wimp!

Personal view: Don’t be a wimp! A ‘wimp’ is a man who is failing to be what a man should be. He is ‘weak-in-my-personality’. And there seem to be an awful lot of wimps around! However, the cure for wimpishness is not found in bigger muscles, but in the spiritual realm. In fact, physically…

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The Weakest Link

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October 2011
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The Weakest Link

The Weakest Link Temptation has been around since the dawn of time. It is something we all face and it is usually at our unguarded points that we are attacked. ‘So, if you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don’t fall!’ (1 Corinthians 10:12). Is there a way to avoid temptation?…

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Leaving a church should be difficult

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October 2011
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Leaving a church should be difficult

Leaving a church should be difficult It appears that too many Christians have no difficulty in leaving the church they have attended for several years and going to another church in the same town. They will tell you that it was not an easy decision to make. Yet it happens so often that it…

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To be like Jesus

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September 2011
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To be like Jesus

To be like Jesus How often do we read familiar passages from the Bible without much thought? But we can’t do that with Ecclesiastes, for it’s a difficult book; it seems to flip-flop between the outlook of a believer and that of a sceptic. Perhaps Solomon is sometimes reflecting on his life when he…

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