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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

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May 1998
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Where union is not strength

A notable incident took place during the reign of Amaziah, King of Judah. We read about it in 2 Chronicles 25:5-13. After Amaziah had established himself on the throne, he determined to fight the Edomites. He counted his men of war, but they seemed few in number. Accordingly, 'he also hired one hundred thousand…

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May 1998
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So why don’t we pray?

If God has indeed 'shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God', it is only 'in the face of Jesus Christ' that this knowledge may be found (2 Corinthians 4:6). A constant stream of books and sermons encourages the church to pray. Exhortation to pray is…

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April 1998
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Training for the ministry

Q. Evangelical Times is both pleased and grateful to have this opportunity of interviewing you, Mr Eveson the principal of London Theological Seminary (LTS). Thank you for your time. I wonder if we could begin by asking you for a very brief history of LTS and why it was founded? A. On 20 October…

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March 1998
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More about the Promise Keepers

I would like to offer a personal comment and some additional pertinent information concerning Promise Keepers (PK). The interest of my men and the support of my Session for PK has dropped radically in the last three years for some of the very reasons that your article mentioned. We no longer support PK as…

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February 1998
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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…

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November 1997
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Pray for your pastor

Preaching is the chief means of advancing the kingdom of God: 'God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe' (1 Corinthians 1:21). It is through the preaching of God's Word also that Christians grow in grace. That being so, those involved in this vital business will be…

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November 1997
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The rebirth of a church – faithful ministry

In 1945 the Church of Scotland in Gilcomston was largely a social church, with plenty of organizations and clubs, but with little spiritual life. Indeed, presbytery twice tried to close the church. When he took charge Mr William Still said that he would not be their minister unless there was a weekly meeting for…

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September 1997
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Become a church member … why should I?

Every Christian should be a church member. Yet not all are persuaded of this. Some consider the matter very carefully. They prize it highly and take it seriously. Some attend the same place of worship regularly, but never become church members. Their full identification and commitment always falls short. Some join the membership, but…

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August 1997
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Striving for Unity

As long as the church of the living Christ is on this earth and composed of individual believers who are still in the flesh, it will never be perfect. This is the sad fact and is one of the reasons why the apostle Paul wrote his epistles to the Corinthian church. However, even Paul…

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July 1997
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Always the same faces – what a privilege!

There is perhaps more discouragement and depression among preachers of the gospel than in many other professions. They carry the burdens of many in their congregations and frequently have no one to turn to for help and encouragement when they themselves become discouraged. They faithfully pray, prepare and preach only to find that week…

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July 1997
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The Calf Path

One day through the primeval wood A calf walked home, as good calves should, But made a trail all bent askew, A crooked path - as all calves do.   Since then 300 years have fled, And I infer, the calf is dead. But still he left behind his trail - And thereby hangs…

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June 1997
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Dumbing down worship

There is a phrase which was imported from America a couple of years ago: 'dumbing down' (from the German word for stupid, dumm). It is used of previously serious institutions which lower their standards in order to increase their appeal. Newspapers are accused of doing it, so are universities, the BBC and churches. Constructing…

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