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May 2021
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Cry Freedom! – Part 2

God’s freedom, we saw last month, means that he does not need to seek the permission of any other being to act as he chooses. And because God is free, God loves freedom and he desires that his creatures should be free. The defining narrative of the people of Israel in the Old Testament…

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March 2021
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Why creeds are biblical, part two

In last month’s article, I made two observations which set the context for the biblical basis of creeds: 1) The Bible itself contains various creeds and confessions. 2) The church is commanded to ‘confess’ Christ (Romans 10:9-10). For the church to obey the command to confess our faith, we of necessity are going to…

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February 2021
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Why creeds are biblical, part one

A striking and yet often ignored fact is that the Reformation and Puritan eras produced over 40 confessions of faith. Men like John Calvin, John Knox, and John Owen saw the writing (and confessing!) of creeds and confessions as essential to the recovery of gospel truth and the building of Christ’s kingdom. Contrast this…

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January 2021
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Covid-19 and worship

‘Absence makes the heart grow fonder’ according to the popular proverb. While this is often true, so is the opposite – ‘Out of sight, out of mind.’ In response to the Covid-19 pandemic churches cancelled in person worship services. Many have only recently begun to meet in person again. Some have yet to do…

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October 2020
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Have we lost our vision for Christian education?

S. J. Curtis, in his History of Education in Great Britain tells us, ‘The important fact, so often forgotten in modern times when the State plays such a predominant part in education, is that the English schools were the offspring of the Church, which regarded them as one of its chief instruments in the…

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September 2020
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The importance of Christian education

The question of how we educate our children is not a matter of indifference or personal taste for Christian disciples. Our God is a literate God! His handwriting is at the centre of his covenant relationship with his people (Exodus 32:15-16, 34:1) This original writing of God is intended to act as a signature…

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July 2020
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More than words: eyes and stories

God speaks to us without video, audio, diagrams, emojis, or musical notation: we simply have his Word. But because it’s exhaled and made understandable by his Spirit, (2 Tim. 3:16, 17; 1 Cor. 2:13, 14), it has an incomparable communicative power (Heb. 4:12). In my three guest articles I’m meditating on that thought by…

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May 2020
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Hope in difficult days

As the Prime Minister’s press conference ended, it was clear that life was going to be very different for the next few weeks, possibly months, possibly longer. Severe social distancing measures were announced in the next attempt to combat COVID-19. It was not long before my phone began to ring, text messages, emails looking…

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April 2020
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Encouragement for cold hearts

Maybe there have been times in your Christian walk when you have known the nearness of the Lord and glimpsed something of his glory and beauty in the Word. It may have been in your personal devotions or when you were gathered with the Lord’s people. But sadly, it is likely we have also…

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March 2020
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Hearts that need stirring

Not long after my wife and I were married, we moved to Cornwall and the house we rented had a great open fire. I soon realised there was an art to building a fire that lasts with the right materials. It is important to put the coal, kindling, scrunched paper, and logs in good…

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November 2019
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How can older Christians glorify God? Through their legacy

In the last two columns I’ve tried to show that old age doesn’t mean the end of your Christian usefulness. Older saints are particularly well positioned to glorify God, through your trials and through your prayers. In this final instalment we’ll think about how you can do so through your legacy — and I’m…

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October 2019
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How can older Christians glorify God? Through their prayers

When you can’t be involved in Christian service as actively as you once were, you can find yourself standing on the sidelines of church life, feeling like a spare part. But the church is a body, with no dispensable members (1 Corinthians 12:12-25). There are important roles which only older believers can fulfil. In…

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