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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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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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July 2000
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Divorce and remarriage (2)

Marriage is not only the principal building block in society but also has a pivotal role in human life, not least in the church. There is no greater bond on earth between two mortals than the marital vow and covenant. It is so intimate that it surpasses our relationship with our beloved parents. That…

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July 2000
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Divorce and remarriage

This is a controversial subject and it would be easy for ET to ignore it. But it is also an important matter in a society where nearly half of all marriages end in divorce. The subject needs to be addressed both by churches and by Christians individually. This month we include three contributions on…

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July 2000
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Divorce and remarriage (3)

The increasing need to deal with divorce at a church level is both discouraging and encouraging. On the one hand it reflects the terrible decline in moral standards in society as a whole; on the other, it often indicates that people from that society are being converted. Whatever the reason, we need to think…

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July 2000
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Bringing our neighbour

Society today knows little of the gospel. Churches are seen as places for weddings and funerals. Many think that the regular church services cater mainly for the elderly and feature obscure rituals and boring preaching. Nevertheless, we have a mission-field next door. A Christian may be the only resident in his street who attends…

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June 2000
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Letting things slip

I hear it from many ministers. It seems to be a general concern that there is a lack of commitment in the churches. These days many Christians, particularly young Christians, seem reluctant to make any real sacrifice for the cause of Christ. This raises serious questions about their profession. After all, faith in Christ…

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March 2000
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Confessions of a small-town pastor

Small is beautiful, whether it be a tiny diamond on a fiancée's finger, a newborn baby in its bassinet, or a few dozen saints belting out Amazing Grace in a small-town church. Especially when the small town is surrounded by rolling countryside under a big, big sky of drifting cumulus. Let me tell you…

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March 2000
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It Amazes Me

It amazes me that anyone around here comes to Christ at all.  And it is no surprise that less than 3% of my fellow citizens of Marin County attend church services on Easter Sunday. Here are thumbnail sketches of items I read in the San Francisco Chronicle this week. Two teenaged brothers in Redding,…

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March 2000
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Is it worth dying for anything?

Life is very precious, and to give one's life for a cause is the greatest sacrifice we can make. But is it worth it? It depends upon what is at stake. We admire the fireman who risks his life in the course of duty to save others. Even more do we sing the praise…

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Being Positive?

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February 2000
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Being Positive?

Dave, a young man who worked with me when I first came to Miller Avenue Baptist Church, wanted to preach a sermon on faith. It would be his very first sermon. About two minutes into it he staggered a bit, his knees buckled and I caught him just before he hit the floor. Later…

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Unity and peace at what price?

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February 2000
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Unity and peace at what price?

'But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship Him' (John 4:23)How much truth are you willing to give up for the sake of unity and peace? While such a question seems ridiculous, yet it is…

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