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March 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The gospel of Greta

Last year saw the canonisation of Greta Thunberg. Her formal elevation to sainthood came as no surprise. She had already achieved an untouchable status. Her utterances such as: ‘I want you to panic, I want you to feel the fear I feel every day’ (Jan. 2019, World Economic Forum) and ‘We are in the…

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March 2020
Articles > Guest column

Hearts that need stirring

Not long after my wife and I were married, we moved to Cornwall and the house we rented had a great open fire. I soon realised there was an art to building a fire that lasts with the right materials. It is important to put the coal, kindling, scrunched paper, and logs in good…

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March 2020
Articles > Comment

Have environmental instincts, but beware of another gospel

In this edition of Evangelical Times, Alan Thomas has some strong things to say about ‘The gospel of Greta’ (p.21). He is surely right to highlight the dangers of presenting anyone other than Christ as a messiah figure. And he is also surely right to say that we as evangelicals should have ‘environmental instincts’…

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March 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

What can evangelicals expect from Boris’s new government?

The dust has settled on the general election. Boris Johnson’s Conservative Party won with a substantially increased majority. His Brexit deal was passed and – while we can expect more Brexit battles in the months and years ahead (oh, what joy) – the government can get on with other issues on its agenda. So,…

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March 2020
Articles > Historical

SASRA ‘peace2020’ initiative:Witnessing near the front line

Our second excerpts from the book, SASRA in the Second World War, follow some of the Scripture Readers who accompanied the Army and RAF overseas. Twelve went to France in 1940 with the British Expeditionary Force: There is no doubt as to the responsiveness of the men as there is equally no doubt concerning…

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March 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Antinatalism: are humans a plague?

According to the popular naturalist and TV presenter, Sir David Attenborough, ‘Humans are a plague on the earth… If we disappeared overnight the world would probably be better off.’ Attenborough has advocated limiting population growth and decries the ‘frightening explosion’ in human numbers. Although such views are not new, they have been given new…

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March 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Faithfulness in the little things where we are called

Henry had a derelict father who distracted himself with fishing and hunting. Lazy and irresponsible, he sent young Henry off to boarding school, left him to be taken in by the headmaster, and came to sign his letters ‘Uncle’ instead of ‘Father’. And yet for Henry Francis Lyte (1793–1847), who would grow up to…

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March 2020
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

An interview with Ken Ham

Ken Ham is the founder and CEO of Answers in Genesis, an apologetics ministry specialising in the defence of biblical creationism. How did Answers in Genesis begin? Its origin begins with my parents. My father was a believer and a schoolteacher in Queensland, Australia. He was aware of liberal trends within the church and…

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February 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Personal holiness essential for leaders

I was recently invited to a ministers’ lunch at Grace Baptist Church, Dunstable. The speaker was Rico Tice from All Souls, London. Around forty people had gathered as Rico spoke on the subject of ‘Personal holiness in leaders’. I was reminded of some basic truths: the reason I am a Christian is because the…

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February 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Speaking up for God’s name

It’s a dilemma. I’m talking with a non-Christian acquaintance, a neighbour whom I chat with from time to time. We’re not talking about anything in particular – the weather, how the children are doing, whether man-made climate change is a reality, what we make of the election result. He knows that I’m a minister…

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February 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Depression: a wimp of a word

William Styron was an award-winning US novelist, who is most well-known for Sophie’s Choice and The Confessions of Nat Turner. I haven’t read these. To me, he is the man who wrote lucidly about his depressive illness in his short book Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness. Based on an ancient Greek theory of…

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February 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Humble yourselves like little children

In Matthew’s Gospel chapter 18 the disciples come to Jesus and Peter asks, ‘Who is the greatest?’ Ever since they had come to acknowledge that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, they had been eager to share in the glory of the kingdom. That is not wrong of itself. The…

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