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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Loving children by example
January 2008
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Loving children by example

Loving children by example ‘Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweet smelling savour’ (Ephesians 5:1-2). If, as the apostle Paul admonished us, we ‘follow God as dear children and walk in love’, then our children will observe us and learn lessons more powerful than words alone can impart. Loving your child by example is part of your calling as a Christian parent. As a parent, I realise that God has given me a tremendous responsibility. Of course,...

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Outdoor preaching – questions to gospel ministers
January 2008
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Outdoor preaching – questions to gospel ministers

Outdoor preaching - questions to gospel ministersBack in the 1920s Frank Cockrem, then Secretary of The Open-Air Mission, wrote a pamphlet - challenging and encouraging preachers of the gospel not to confine their invaluable ministry within the four walls of their churches. Such challenge and encouragement are needed even more urgently today. In fact,…

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Ten wrong ways to listen
September 2007
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Ten wrong ways to listen

Ten wrong ways to listen by Gary Shepard'But be ye doers of the word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves' (James 1:22)Beloved, it is a wonderful blessing to any preacher's heart when those to whom he is called to minister love to attend and gather together to hear the gospel. It is encouraging…

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Which church is the true church?
September 2007
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Which church is the true church?

Which church is the true church?Many in the ecumenical movement were offended this July by a Catholic document published for the Vatican by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The offence was caused by (among other things) the declaration that Protestant churches are not proper churches of Jesus Christ.Structured around five questions…

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Am I pentecostal?
August 2007
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Am I pentecostal?

Am I pentecostal?by Kent PhilpottMy sermon for the last Sunday of May was entitled 'A safe place'. The sermon for the first Sunday of June was 'I am pentecostal'. The one explains the other. Or, to put it another way, because I am pentecostal (no capital P) there is a good chance that the…

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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
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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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