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July 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The trouble with ‘The UK Blessing’

In the month of May a video called The UK Blessing, produced by 65 churches from all over the UK, went viral, reaching more than 2.5 million views within just a couple of weeks. Its main director, Tim Hughes, received an award from the Prime Minister, who called the video a ‘sensational singing masterpiece’.…

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July 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Health and safety or hope and salvation? The church’s message during a pandemic

‘Why do our church leaders worship at the altar of health and safety?’ ran the title of a recent article by a Sunday Times columnist, above a picture of the Archbishop of Canterbury at a homemade altar in his kitchen. That image seems to epitomise the response of church leaders in Britain to the…

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June 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Pictures of Jesus?

I’ve been searching the internet. I wanted to buy a present for some Christian friends. They live in an Eastern European country, have been married five years, and have two small children. I was looking for a book they could use to introduce their children to the Bible: a children’s Bible, or at least…

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June 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Are you feeling anxious?

I hope the answer is no. For anxiety is a horrible, painful, and disabling experience. But according to current surveys most people in the UK today are anxious. A recent poll reported 64 percent of the population were stressed or anxious, which means over 40 million Britons today are feeling anxious. Now I think…

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June 2020
Articles > Comment

Is the virus God’s judgement?

Is the coronavirus a judgement from God? Yes, every manifestation of the global curse is part of God’s judgement. Death and disease are all part of that. But is the virus definitely a specific judgement, to our specific nation, for its specific sins? Surely the Bible warns us not to jump to conclusions about…

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June 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The highs and lows of church life under lockdown

Church leaders from the UK and overseas have been sharing the highs and lows of the coronavirus lockdown with Evangelical Times. At the time of writing, government instructions for churches not to assemble to minimise the spread of Covid-19 remain in place. From the outset ministers had big decisions to make. Revd Jeremy Bailey…

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News

June 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral > News > Interviews

Interview with John MacArthur (part two)

This is the second part of a recent interview with John MacArthur, pastor of Grace Community Church in California. Each month millions around the world listen to his sermons through radio broadcasts or the Grace to You website. ET: Judgements regarding separation are tricky, for example when you associate or not. How much agreement…

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Historical

June 2020
Articles > Historical > News > People

‘What Mincaye and his tribesmen meant for evil, God used for good’ Mincaye Enquedi: 1930–2020

Mincaye Enquedi (90) passed away peacefully at home in the tiny village of Tzapino on 28 April 2020. Very few people will know the name, and fewer still will mourn his passing. While he was largely unknown on earth, he is now, by God’s grace, well known in heaven. Mincaye, meaning wasp, was born…

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June 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why we won’t celebrate the Lord’s Supper until we are together

During this time of physical-distancing and isolation, some have asked about having communion during the live-stream service. Since we live-stream the singing and the sermon, why not live-stream the communion service and allow each family to observe it in their own homes? This sounds reasonable, but our New Testament ecclesiology will not allow us…

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June 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

At the potter’s house

Have you ever visited a pottery? I was in the trade for thirty years and they are interesting, educational places — something the prophet Jeremiah learned. He was told by the Lord to ‘Go down to the potter’s house, and there I will cause you to hear my words’ (Jeremiah 18:2). What words did…

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May 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Put your house in order… The importance of making a will

As I write this, we’re a few days into the coronavirus ‘lockdown’. A couple of weeks ago, people were just realising the seriousness of the crisis that was soon to engulf the country. The phone rang. It was an old friend who wanted some advice. She spoke first to my wife and then my…

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May 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Loneliness in the time of Covid-19

‘It is not good for man to be alone’ declared the Lord when considering the plight of Adam in the garden of Eden. So he created Eve to be his companion and to relieve his loneliness. Adam, like all his descendants, was God’s image bearer and since God himself is not alone but exists…

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