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April 2021
Articles > Evangelistic

God’s global work

Around the world, the number of professing Christians is on the rise. The Center for the Study of Global Christianity now estimates that the number of evangelicals and Protestants will grow by 50 percent from nearly one billion to more than 1.5 billion by 2050. Meanwhile, the United Nations anticipates the growth of the…

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Historical

April 2021
Articles > Historical

How Christianity transformed the world

The searing image of five screaming children fleeing a napalm attack in Vietnam in June 1972 was one of the iconic photographs of the twentieth century. Kim Phuc, the central child in the photo, suffered life-changing burns. She was left with physical and psychological scars, and a burden of anger and bitterness. When Kim…

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April 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Decisions, decisions

Life is full of decisions. Every day we all make many of them. Most are trivial and made without consultation with others: Alpen or cornflakes? Trousers or skirt? Cycle or car to work? But other decisions are more important, and for such decisions we should seek advice. This is the way of wisdom, according…

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April 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Longing to depart?

I’m checking my email. The usual assortment of junk mail, appointment reminders, freecycle offers, and invitations to share the hoarded fortunes of African presidents… Delete without opening. Delete without opening. Delete without opening. But then an email I know I have to read. And re-read. And read again. It’s from a friend whom I…

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April 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

God & ‘La République’ – are evangelicals a ‘problem’?

A controversial anti-separatist bill officially named ‘the Law to Uphold Republican Principles’ was adopted by the French National Assembly on 16 February (347-151 with 65 abstentions). It will pass to the Senate from 30 March. The 459-page bill has been the subject of fierce debate, receiving over 1,700 proposed amendments. But this bill is…

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April 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What Ravi taught me: nine thoughts from recent revelations

On 19 May last year, I wrote: ‘Thankful for the life of Ravi Zacharias, and for the thousands who first heard the good news of Christ through him. Thankful that the resurrection he preached in Christ is now sight for him, and faith no longer.’ What now? Should I take it down? What should…

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April 2021
Articles > Church news

Obituary: Peter Anderson (1931–2021)

On 21 January, the British evangelist Peter Anderson died in a care home in Leicester. He was born in Glasgow, and after his parents had moved their family six times in ten years, he joined the British Army aged 18. After intensive training, he was posted to Singapore where he came to faith in…

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April 2021
Articles > Church news

Iain Thomson inducted on Isle of Lewis

There was a real sense of anticipation among the congregation of Garrabost Free Church in January as the Western Isles Presbytery met to induct Revd Iain Thomson to the pastoral charge of the congregation. Due to lockdown restrictions, only 50 people were physically present in the church building, but a further two hundred people…

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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christians debate vaccines’ abortion links

Ought Christians to have a Covid vaccine or not? A live and lively debate has been prompted, not by wild anti-vaxxer conspiracy theories, but by concerns over abortion. Serious minded evangelicals are on both sides of the debate. Some Christians hold that receiving the vaccine means being complicit in the genocide of the unborn.…

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March 2021
Articles > General

My lockdown stairway to heaven

The first three-month lockdown began with a clang as the heavy gates slammed shut behind him. It took a while for John’s eyes to adjust to the relative darkness of his new, unwelcome home. His sense of smell worked only too well reacting to the dank mustiness. His ears reminded him that the muddy…

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March 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Are paper Bibles better? How screens shape our reading

It was a gift from my parents back in 2001. For weeks I had waited, and there it was under the tree on Christmas Eve from Mom and Pop: a first-edition English Standard Version. My first new Bible after leaving home. It would be the first Bible that I would read from cover to…

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March 2021
Articles > Biblical/theological > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why churches must gather for corporate worship

Qualifications There are scenarios in which there is a convincing case for churches not gathering, for example because of the severity of the health risk if they do gather or because of the vulnerability of a particular congregation as a whole. There are individuals who should not gather because doing so would be recklessly…

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