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September 2018
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September 2018
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Tale of two cathedral cities

London and Gloucester, two cathedral cities, have taken very different approaches to public Bible reading in recent weeks. London’s St Paul’s Cathedral no longer dominates the skyline amid the rise of skyscrapers but its vast dome is unmistakable. Often presented as a symbol of hope — one thinks of the famous Second World War image of the dome rising above the smoking ruins following a German air-raid — the cathedral was built by Christopher Wren, who wanted to rebuild a monument to God’s grace after the 1666 Fire of London destroyed the old, medieval cathedral. One has to wonder what he would have made of...

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August 2018
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The Haldane brothers and the quest for evangelical unity (2)

Link to Article 1 Link to Article 3 Noble as the ideal of evangelical union was; and hard as the Haldanes worked during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, to see it realised; in the end they failed. This was a time when the Dissenters in England were agitating for their civil liberties. In 1828 the Test and Corporations Acts were repealed, but that was only the beginning of a long process of redressing English Nonconformist grievances. Independent churches on the borderland of the Church of England and Dissent became more distinctively Congregationalist, as did such interdenominational agencies as the London Missionary Society, Village...

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COMMENT: Sexual sin amongst church leaders
July 2018
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COMMENT: Sexual sin amongst church leaders

Both here and in America, there have been a number of cases of evangelical church leaders caught in, or accused of, sexual sin. There have been allegations of affairs, cover-ups, cases of abuse and hypocrisy. Some of them have been proven. Others not. It’s all very sobering and heartbreaking. All sin is serious. But as the Bible says, sexual sin is especially serious because it is a sin against one’s own body, and sometimes a sin against someone else’s body. Sexual misconduct is notoriously difficult to prove because it generally takes place in private. Unless there is corroborating evidence, it usually comes down to a...

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July 2018
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July 2018
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March 2018
Articles > Cultural and Ethical > Uncategorised

On worship as entertainment and ‘Evangelicoolism’

As one animated sitcom in America wryly pointed out, Christian rock music doesn’t make Christianity better, it just makes rock and roll worse. It’s a fair summary of pretty much anything we try to do as Christians in the name of marrying Christianity to whatever passes as ‘wicked’ or ‘wizard’ among the youth these days. Trying to make Evangelicalism cool is something of a hiding to nothing. As Dick Lucas once averred, ‘Christians are weird, so don’t be weirder than you have to be’. Given the inherent peculiarity of being a Christian, whilst we shouldn’t be stranger than the gospel inevitably makes us, it does...

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March 2018
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Mission – New commissions for SASRA

The Soldiers’ and Airmen’s Scripture Readers Association (SASRA) has commissioned two new Scripture Readers. The first was Army Scripture Reader (ASR) Jim Henderson. On 22 October 2017, 80 friends and members of the family gathered together at Milton Baptist Church, Stoke-on-Trent, to witness the commissioning of Jim Henderson as an ASR for SASRA. The association continues to enjoy the unique opportunity to befriend personnel in the British Army and Royal Air Force and demonstrate practical faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ. Jim’s call to SASRA happened while he was studying theology at the College of North Staffordshire. He knew he was preparing for service...

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March 2018
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Media – Reformation 360

Historic buildings at the heart of St Andrews, Scotland, have been digitally reconstructed to reveal how they looked nearly 500 years ago, before the Reformation changed the face of the town forever. St Salvator’s quad and chapel, at the heart of the University of St Andrews, can now be seen in a virtual recreation, which reveals how these historic buildings appeared before the religious changes of the Reformation. The reconstruction, created by historians and computer scientists at the university, drew from images and manuscripts in the university’s special collections department. This is the first phase of a wider project to digitally recreate the entire burgh of...

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February 2018
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Reformation woman: Anna Reinhard

Katharina Luther looms large in any discussion about Protestant women during the Reformation. She earned her acclaim through her work — and her high-profile, high-maintenance husband. But there were other women who also laboured for the newly revived church. They, too, have much to teach us. The first woman to become a Reformer’s wife was Anna Reinhard (c.1484–1538). Like Calvin’s wife, Idelette, Anna was a young widow when her future husband arrived in town as the new priest. We have no record of her birthdate, but many believe it was in 1484. We know little about her youth, except that she was beautiful and that...

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February 2018
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December 2017
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True freedom

I’m not sure what you think about Christianity or even Christians as you are reading this, but I would like to share with you the way the God of the Bible changed my life in ways I never thought would happen. My upbringing was a Christian one, as both my parents are Bible-believing Christians. I grew up going to church on a Sunday and hearing what the Bible has to say. However, I didn’t believe what was being taught and I had little interest in God or changing the way I lived because of what I heard. As I saw it then, God was in...

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