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January 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

In the world but unlike the world

If you had no knowledge of Scripture but simply watched popular evangelicalism, you might reasonably infer that the church is under some order to imitate the world as closely as possible. Every popular fad or movement soon has a ‘Christian’ counterpart. Every product logo will eventually be mimicked with a religious slant, silk-screened onto…

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January 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Dealing with criticism

‘Save me from all those who persecute me; and deliver me, lest they tear me like a lion, rending me in pieces, while there is none to deliver’ (Psalm 7:1-2). How do you react when you are criticised for who you are or what you do? Do you automatically become defensive and start screaming…

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The good old days

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December 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical > Evangelistic

The good old days

Nothing wrong with getting nostalgic at Christmas, is there? Do you remember the feel of that thin, shiny foil Christmas presents used to be wrapped in? Or the Georgian soldier and his sweetheart on top of the tin of chocolates you were not allowed to touch until Christmas Eve? Can you recall the excitement…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

Coming home for Christmas

The nights may be dark and long and the weather wintery but the journeying home for Christmas is usually fully of eager excitement and thousands of memories.  It may be old, but the song ‘Driving home for Christmas’ still plays out each December! Millions of miles in the air, on rail-tracks, and roads are…

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December 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

This year has been dark, yet after darkness comes light

The year 2020 has been lived in ‘darkness and the shadow of death’. The whole world has been plunged into gloom by the coronavirus pandemic. Many lives have been lost. Many more people live in fear: fear of Covid-19, or fear of its effects on their families and their finances. A second spike always…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

Are you going to miss Christ this Christmas?

During the 1930s depression a small town on the east coast of the USA held a public meeting to discuss the serious financial problems faced by the town. Among those present was an out-of-town visitor whom no one knew. He seemed very interested and started to make helpful suggestions, but was interrupted. He stopped…

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December 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A question of trust

The year 2020 has raised many issues of trust. Can we trust the government? What’s their strategy? Haven’t they flip-flopped numerous times? And scientists? Have they really been objective in presenting data about coronavirus? We know MPs, scientists, and other advisers have broken lockdown rules themselves. We are also aware of the rise of…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

The Christmas census

The Christmas story began with a census, and the Bible itself ends with a different registration. 2021 is the year of the UK’s next census. William the Conqueror carried out the first one in England, the results of which were published in the Domesday Book in 1086 AD. Since 1801, when the first census…

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December 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

The light shines in darkness

Are you someone who really looks forward to Christmas? It’s a special time that brightens up the long, dark days of winter. For many it’s a joy to spend quality time with family and friends. Because of Covid-19 of course, Christmas 2020 will be very different. In October people in Scotland were told by…

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December 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

‘For this cause I was born’

Let us focus on Jesus’s words in John 18:37. He said, ‘For this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears my voice.’ Jesus’s words here are fascinating for two reasons. Firstly, it’s clear he believed he was born for…

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December 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Advent in a global pandemic

These have been dark days in 2020, even in the light of spring and summer. A global pandemic and fever-pitch identity politics. Protests devolving into urban warfare and civil division. Fierce hurricanes and raging wildfires. Those spared great personal suffering and pain haven’t lived under such ominous clouds in decades, if ever. The anxieties…

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December 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Why are pastors resisting the Welsh government’s order to close the churches?

On 19 October the Welsh government announced that all the churches in Wales must close from Friday 23 October for 17 days, for three Sundays. In response, 37 ministers of the gospel signed a letter to the government asking it not to ban or restrict services, and giving notice that, if necessary, they would…

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