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Guest Column – One Church

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February 2000
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Guest Column – One Church

The Nicene Creed confesses 'one church' (unam ecclesiam), meaning the church is built upon one rock, one Messiah, one confession. The Westminster Confession adds that the church's unity lies in Jesus Christ: 'The catholic or universal church, which is invisible, consists of the whole number of the elect, that have been, are, or shall…

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November 1999
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Influential words from wise men

Over the years certain sayings have helped to clarify my thinking and have had a formative influence in my life. One such saying comes from Daniel Rowland (1711-90) who said that throughout his life he had been seeking to learn four lessons: 'to repent, without despairing; to be angry without sinning'. The fact that…

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October 1999
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Children and Discipline

There are few things more lovely than disciplined children who know genuine happiness. There is a feeling abroad that discipline spells gloom and is inconsistent with love. Some Christian parents, who believe the Bible on the Incarnation, the cross, the resurrection and the Second Coming, seem to find it difficult to believe the Bible…

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September 1999
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Children in Church

So often we seem to be at two extremes in our approach to children in church. On the one hand the church service is conducted as a kind of mini children’s circus. The whole event appears to be centred on them. The singings are suitably chosen and the preacher demonstrates that if he hadn’t…

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August 1999
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The Christian Sunday Afternoon

For our immediate fathers, Sunday afternoon was a time of Sunday school and Bible class, with a host of workers reaching a host of children. Times have evidently changed. The host of children is still there, but the host of workers appear to have given up the ghost. Christians, once active in the Lord's…

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June 1999
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Guest column: What is Truth?

When Pilate said, 'What is truth?' (John 18:38) he expressed a scepticism that has become commonplace in our own time. Post-modernity, to use the now-popular term, is roughly equated with a denial that there is any such thing as universal verifiable truth. According to the spirit of our times, there is only my truth…

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May 1999
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Does God promise health and wealth? Trusting God when the light fades.

According to Thomas Brooks, ‘as a Christian is never out of the reach of God’s hand, so he is never out of the view of God’s eye’. It is a consoling truth which every wise Christian takes to heart. For life, the Christian life, can be hard. Losses and crosses are the lot of…

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April 1999
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Guest Column: Society and the Christian ethic

When I was a boy my father used to take me twice a year to Newport. The object of the exercise was hopefully to see Cardiff RFC tank our near neighbours and rivals which usually, but not as frequently as I would have liked, they did. (Little did he or I suspect that I…

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March 1999
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Guest Column – What is the gospel?

And just what is the gospel? Now before you are tempted to move on to the next article rather than waste your time reading one that asks such a naïve question, let me urge you to pause a while and hear me out. Why ask the question at all? Surely we who are evangelicals…

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February 1999
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Sometimes I wonder if we realise the extent to which our own country has become a mission-field. In reality it is something that we ought never to have forgotten. Has Britain ever been a 'Christian country' in the sense that a majority of its people could lay claim to that identity? Disturbing facts The…

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January 1999
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Guest column – The way ahead

A few years ago my wife and I spent a delightful holiday in Ireland and we found it was as beautiful as it is reputed to be. One very interesting thing that I noted there was the signposts. I had often seen picture postcards of the heavily over-loaded posts with signs pointing in every…

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December 1998
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True Religion

In the early years of my ministry in Cardiff I read a book which had been recommended to me, and in my opinion it would leave a lasting impression on anyone who read it. It is the sort of book that, as you lay it aside, causes you to become very thoughtful, because you…

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