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October 2013
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The ‘yes-man’

Sometimes it’s good to be a ‘yes-man’. Let me tell you about one; his name was Arch. That’s his real name, and a few readers may have known him. He was a deacon and church secretary of the first church I pastored and one of the best men I have ever known. He was…

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September 2013
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How to avoid falling away

I was converted just a few weeks before going up to university 40 years ago this month. In my first week there, two Christian girls living in the same halls discovered I was a new Christian and made it their job to encourage me, integrate me into the Christian Union and a church, and…

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August 2013
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August!

August: the month of school holidays (always), my holidays (sometimes) and sunshine (occasionally). It’s also the anniversary of my father’s death. He hadn’t been answering his phone all day, so I went across in the evening and found him. There had been no warning, no preparation; no prior illness, no indication that we were…

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July 2013
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Motherhood

  Have you ever wondered what it would be like to have a perfect child? Can you imagine a child who never threw selfish tantrums or scowled at the meal you set before him? But here’s a reality check — if you did have a perfect child, life as a mother would still be…

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June 2013
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Christian community – seeking contentment without complacency

Christian reflection on community is often an exercise in romanticism. By viewing the early Christian community of Acts 2 through rose-coloured glasses, we imagine a homogenous cloister of haloed saints meeting all of each other’s expectations, living as one big happy family.   Buzzword   By projecting this inaccurate, abstract ideal on our own…

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May 2013
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Scoping Apollos – nine marks of a healthy Christian

Most great pirate stories have one thing in common. At some point someone slides out their spyglass and focuses on an unsuspecting person, whose every movement is then seen in the black-bordered circular frame. The Scriptures are the Christian’s spyglass. Paul says, ‘Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who…

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April 2013
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Fellow workers and fellow soldiers

Identifying with the church of the Lord Jesus Christ in a society that is becoming increasingly hostile towards Christianity takes courage and determination. As faith is privatised and pushed out of the public arena, it becomes increasingly challenging to live holy and Christ-honouring lives. Believers Serious religious decline in the nation together with things…

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Reflecting on the cross

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March 2013
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Reflecting on the cross

Guest Column Reflecting on the cross It takes courage to make a stand for Christ, particularly in the age in which we live. Other people expect our faith to be kept private and not affect the way we interact with those around us. The privatisation of faith will be a challenge to the people…

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Christian usefulness

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February 2013
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Christian usefulness

Guest Column         John Rubens Christian usefulness Some years ago, a friend of mine decided to take early retirement from his secular employment and, having done so, promptly resigned as a deacon of his church. His argument was that it was now time to sit back and let others do the work in the church.…

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‘Lead us not into temptation’ — Christians and the internet

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January 2013
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‘Lead us not into temptation’ — Christians and the internet

Guest Column   Peter Milsom ‘Lead us not into temptation’ — Christians and the internet Christians today face some significant new challenges. One of these is the internet and the way we use it. For people of all ages, and especially the young, the internet is an important part of their daily lives. Recently, I…

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November 2012
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‘And some pastors and teachers’

Guest Column   Peter Milsom ‘And some pastors and teachers’ One of the great gifts our ascended Lord gives to his churches is pastor-teachers. The ESV helpfully brings out the root meaning of ‘pastor’ when it uses the word ‘shepherd’. The apostles and prophets laid the foundations of the church; the evangelists bring the gospel…

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October 2012
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Encouragements for evangelistic preachers

Guest Column – Conrad Mbewe Encouragements for evangelistic preachers We come to the end of our series on evangelistic preaching. It is such an important topic, because we are dealing with the reason why Jesus left heaven to come and die on the cross. It was for the purpose of glorifying God through saving…

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