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December 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

The Word became flesh

Have you ever looked out of an aircraft and considered the reality of powered flight? There is something spectacular about what is taking place, and yet – when we understand the principle – there is a profound simplicity that underpins that reality. The Gospel of John is similar: it carries us away from the…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

I was an actress in a hit US TV show, but there was still a void within me

The sun was setting across the dazzling Pacific as I contemplated my life. Was I happy? I was a success – that much was obvious. Successful in the eyes of my parents and friends back home in the UK. I’d effectively ‘made it’, if the objective was to get as far away from my…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

I thought I was living in the fast lane by clubbing and partying

When I was a child I was dragged out by the collar on Sundays to Sunday School and different things like that. I absolutely hated Sunday. But it did give me some foundation of knowledge of the Word of God, even though at the time I had no interest in it. After I left…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

Practising Islam was simply our way of life. Then I found Christ.

I was born in the West Midlands but my family is from South Asia. I always thought that to be Asian was to be Sikh, Hindu, Buddhist, or Muslim – and that to be anything else would be following Western ideas. Nearly everyone at my local school was Muslim. However, they fell into two…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

Stephen’s day of salvation

Stephen, a young blind Jewish man, contacted the missionary charity Christian Witness to Israel wanting to learn more about the Christian faith. However, he was worried about how his Orthodox family would react. The CWI office put him in touch with their Director of Ministry, Richard Gibson, who contacted Stephen to find out more.…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

I came to understand God’s immeasurable grace

I grew up in Hungary where I was baptised into the Roman Catholic Church as an infant for cultural reasons, even though my family are not Christians. I had been thinking about Christianity for a couple of years after some difficulties in school because of my own sins and sins against me. I felt…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

I kept asking, ‘What will happen to me if I become a Christian?’

I didn’t grow up in a Christian family. My mum did take us to church when we were children, but I had no concept of a relationship with God. I do remember praying once when I was an adult. That was when a good friend was terminally ill with cancer. When she died shortly…

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December 2020
Articles > Evangelistic

Jesus’s personality and character really struck me

I didn’t grow up in a Christian household, so I was never sure if there was a god of the universe out there. Even in the fleeting moments while I wished there was a powerful god, he just seemed vague and distant. Like many, I wanted to seek happiness and fulfilment, so a successful…

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December 2020
Articles > Comment

Churches, not Boris, must decide to be open or closed

As this editorial went to press, the closure of churches in England was still in force. Our sincere hope and prayer is that, by the time you read this, they will be open again. Regardless of where you may stand on the justification for the second coronavirus lockdown, as evangelicals we must surely all…

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December 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Scrooge’s Christmas conversion: A psychiatrist reflects on its credibility

Ebenezer Scrooge is one of the most famous names in English literature. Scrooge has become a synonym for miser as a result of his brilliant characterisation in Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol, a family film favourite each Christmas. In this short novel Dickens commits many errors about the afterlife, if we take his description…

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December 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

To drink or not to drink: the Christian’s dilemma

Christmas is coming. This Christmas will certainly be different from other Christmases. Covid has made sure of that. We may be unable to hold carol services (and what sort of carol service will it be if we’re all wearing masks, and we’re told we shouldn’t sing?). There will be fewer family get-togethers. There will…

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November 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

When sleep her balm denies…

The Covid-19 epidemic and the changes it has brought have affected us all in many ways. Some of them were immediately obvious, some less so. Some of us have been more directly impacted than others. But I suspect that most of us would say that our lifestyle has changed significantly. During the early days…

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