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All articles in August 2020

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August 2020
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The Noble Liar: How and Why the BBC Distorts the News to Promote a Liberal Agenda

‘Whatsoever things are true, honest, just, pure, lovely, of good report’ (Philippians 4:8) was incorporated into the mission statement of the BBC, founded in 1927. The first Director-General John Reith’s vision for the corporation was that it should provide education, promote moral improvement, and take a fair and impartial stance on political matters. Old…

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August 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Just what does the Black Lives Matter movement stand for?

All right, let’s get this out of the way first. I know that when people repeat the slogan, ‘black lives matter’, it doesn’t necessarily mean they support every single ideological belief of the whole BLM movement. For many people it’s just a way of saying, ‘I oppose racism.’ I accept that. I also know…

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August 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Intersectionality and the church

A few years ago, during an open question and answer session on a college campus, a student accused me of hate speech. She referred to something I described in my lecture, when in 1998 I was in my kitchen confessing to my transgender friend Jill that I was starting to believe that the gospel…

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August 2020
Articles > Historical

A Tailor, a Tinker, and a Cobbler

As a leap year, February in 2020 had 29 days. So did 1640, and on 29 February 1640, in the remote Buckinghamshire parish of Stoke Hammond, Benjamin Keach was born to John and Joyce Keach. He became a prominent preacher in London after 1668. He was the most prolific writer among the Particular Baptists…

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August 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

J. K. Rowling, latest casualty in the war of transgender ideology

On Twitter in June, J. K. Rowling took issue with the use of the term ‘people who menstruate’ as a needlessly transgender-friendly substitute for the more obvious word: ‘women’. The furore from transgender supporters in the wake of Rowling’s tweet was as predictable as it was depressing. Rowling ended up publishing a 3,600 word…

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August 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Atheists in praise of Christianity

Historian Tom Holland is known primarily as a storyteller of the ancient world. Thus his newest book, Dominion: How the Christian Revolution Remade the World, came as a surprise for several reasons. First, Tom Holland is not a Christian. Second, Holland’s book is one of the most ambitious historical defences of Christianity for a…

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August 2020
Articles > Comment

Were churches too quick to surrender their liberty during the Covid crisis?

Whether or not one agrees with the merits of the legal action brought by a group of church leaders against the government for the forced closure of churches, the case raises some important questions. Does a state government have the right to force, by law, churches to stop gathering for worship? Does an agency…

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August 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Who has ultimate authority over the church? A debate we need to have

Covid-19 is more than the outbreak of a virus, more than a public health crisis, more even than a global pandemic. Its effects extend far beyond the realms of medicine; it has come and shaken the whole world radically, perhaps like nothing has since 1945. Covid-19 is a powerful catalyst which has accelerated momentous…

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August 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

More than words: touch and Jesus

Jesus instructed the eleven to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). He wasn’t simply asking them to use their own words to tell others about him. As their rabbi (John 11:8), he was commanding them to pass on his story and teaching in the form he had taught to them. He had filled…

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August 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The last enemy: The fight of faith and the pilgrimage

Last month we reflected on death and how our society and our churches have been freshly challenged about its reality and power. We began to think about how we need to learn how to face the challenge of our last enemy. Paul uses this language in 1 Corinthians 15:26 for our Lord Christ’s conquest…

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August 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Bored with the Bible?

There are times when reading the Bible isn’t easy. A dear friend was talking with me recently about the problem he was experiencing in his Bible reading. ‘I just find it boring. It doesn’t matter which bit of the Bible I read. None of it seems to touch me. I can read through a…

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