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January 2014
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How to encourage the church

The incident of Peter preaching to the Roman centurion, Cornelius, is a prime example of the gospel being received, in the book of Acts (chapters 10-11), by Gentiles. But Acts 11:19-26 was probably just as significant for the gospel’s spread to the Gentiles. This reads: ‘Now those who were scattered after the persecution that…

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December 2013
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Guest Column – The inside job

The movie Inside job tells the story of the banking crisis of 2008 from within the world of banking itself. Narrated by Matt Damon, it tells a story of greed from the world of bankers, regulators and ratings agencies. At the heart of the whole system is profound human fallenness, which can only lead…

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November 2013
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Cold-hearted mission

We all know the story of Jonah — the reluctant prophet tasked with taking a message of good news to his nation’s enemies. A reluctant prophet who comes good in the end — except he doesn’t; not really. The book ends as it begins, with a rebellious prophet whose heart is not really in…

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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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