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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Charismatic Confusion

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June 2001
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Charismatic Confusion

The charismatic movement, which has swept through the Protestant churches in the last forty years, has presented a formidable challenge to Reformed, Evangelical Christianity. The problem has been how to evaluate it. Is it, or is it not, of God? The question still remains unanswered for many. They suspend judgement because they have no…

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Lay hands on me

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April 2001
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Lay hands on me

Having spent two hours at San Quentin Prison, I walked into the Protestant Garden Chapel to say goodbye to the inmate clerk and return the briefcase I had used to carry the Bibles and tracts I had distributed. A youngish inmate was there too, one I had seen around the chapel for at least…

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Focus in worship

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March 2001
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Focus in worship

I experience much disquiet at the way in which my mind can wander during worship services. My thoughts ought to be on what the preacher is saying in prayer or preaching, but they become so readily distracted. Unnecessary movement among other worshippers breaks my concentration; and I lapse into banal thoughts about trivial, everyday…

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March 2001
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PARENTING 1. The family in the Bible

We are inclined to think that conditions in Britain today are some of the hardest Christians have ever had to face. At least, that is how it appears from the way we often talk. Clearly, this exaggerates the situation, but we all realise there is cause for concern as we look at our society.…

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Effective Evangelism

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March 2001
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Effective Evangelism

There is a general lethargy and slackness in many churches today. The ‘Great Commission’ is often our ‘Great Omission’. Yet we know that the Word of God is replete with many injunctions to evangelise a dying world. How can an average believer give attention to the vital task of propagating the gospel to the…

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Christ and his church

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February 2001
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Christ and his church

MarriageIn ancient Jewish wedding custom, at least a year passed between betrothal and marriage, and during this time the bride got ready in her own home for the climactic day when the bridegroom would arrive to claim her. In the same way the gospel age - the interval between the first coming of Christ,…

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e-vangelism

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February 2001
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e-vangelism

The Internet is rapidly growing. It is estimated that it doubles in size every six months and that somebody new joins the cyber-world every 10 seconds. Current estimates put the total number of Internet users world-wide at more than 300 million, with 170 million people using the Internet in English.Christians are often shocked at…

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All or nothing

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January 2001
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All or nothing

Most mornings I have to wait in line at the 7-11 store to buy my newspaper while people place their bets with the California Lottery. A woman, anticipating my impatience as she took an inordinate amount of time, turned to me and defended her purchase of 20 lottery tickets. 'I have to have something…

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Christ and his church

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January 2001
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Christ and his church

BetrothalIn biblical times, betrothal was an initiative taken by the man. The Rabbis spoke of it as 'man seeking in woman that which he had lost', namely, the rib or 'side' taken from Adam to form the woman. Quaint though this may seem, it is a picture. For Christ also came to seek and…

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November 2000
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Take-over bid

It has always been a danger. The Old Testament prophets were aware of it. The New Testament apostles consciously resisted it. The pulpit stands for the authoritative Word of God, its public reading and preaching. The pew, through long usage, has become a symbol for the hearing and reception of that word. And the…

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July 2000
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New things?

Our goal - get everyone speaking in tongues. We were leaders in the Jesus and charismatic movements of the 1960s and 1970s. Not that we purposely cast evangelism aside. But if we could get people speaking in tongues then we would know for sure they were indeed Christians (since a person had to have…

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July 2000
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Discipline & its benefits – A meditation on Hebrews 12:5-11

Last month we saw that discipline, though often hard to bear, is the product of God’s fatherly concern for his children. In this second article, we consider the problems that arise if there is no discipline, and the benefits that accrue when there is. No discipline The writer to the Hebrews tells us: ‘If…

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