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February 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

How Christians come to believe in revival

This article is about revival, so I ought to explain how I am using the word. By ‘revival’ I mean a sovereign act of God in which he pours out his Holy Spirit with the result that people are awed by his being, his attributes, and his works. Christians are awakened from their lethargy,…

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February 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Life in a goldfish bowl

The following is an excerpt from the book, ‘The Last Valley’, written by Graham Heaps and published by Evangelical Press. The book is an honest, graphic, and affectionately told account of the closing year of the life of Graham’s wife, Sue, dying of cancer. A review of the book is published in this edition…

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February 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

‘Hands, Face, Space’ – for how long?

Let’s imagine we could jump into a time machine and fast-forward to, say, Christmas 2045. Here are two scenarios we could envisage. Spot the differences! Scenario 1 – Seven-year-old girl looking at photos from the summer of 2019 says ‘Mum, I don’t believe it! Why are all these people sitting together and not wearing…

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February 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The new normal, God with us

‘We’ll soon be back to normal!’ So the politicians keep telling us, thanks to the Covid-19 vaccine. But what is normal? I think the politicians’ hope is that by this time next year, social distancing, face masks, and ubiquitous hand sanitisers will be a thing of the past. Hopefully by Christmas 2021, we shall…

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February 2021
Articles > General

Ravi Zacharias: A parable from the dead

Evangelicalism received crushing confirmation recently that allegations against Ravi Zacharias have proven true. Ravi, who died in May, was a world-renowned apologist for Christianity. But his outward influence and popularity disguised a deep wickedness. Graphic as it is, it needs to be said. In his death Ravi has been accused by several women who…

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February 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christian medics speak out on transgender ideology

Medical professionals have warned about the damage transgender ideology is causing UK children in a recent video. In it, doctors and scientists give ‘a scientific and compassionate response’ to the transgender agenda. Copies have been sent to schools and MPs. Although the producers, Truth in Science, and the contributors are Christians, the arguments are…

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February 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

I fear God, and I’m afraid of God

The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Not only that, but the fear of the Lord is the beginning of the Christian life. The Bible makes it clear that to love God, to honour God, to obey God, we must fear God. But ‘fear’ is a word with many dimensions, many…

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Backlash from the US Capitol riot may hit UK evangelicals

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February 2021
Articles > Comment

Backlash from the US Capitol riot may hit UK evangelicals

The attack on the Capitol building in Washington, D.C., last month was an outrage, and a sad day for democracy across the western world. President Trump must bear his share of responsibility for raising the temperature of the crowd, just as those on the left must bear their share of the responsibility for firing…

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February 2021
Articles > Guest column

Why creeds are biblical, part one

A striking and yet often ignored fact is that the Reformation and Puritan eras produced over 40 confessions of faith. Men like John Calvin, John Knox, and John Owen saw the writing (and confessing!) of creeds and confessions as essential to the recovery of gospel truth and the building of Christ’s kingdom. Contrast this…

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February 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Burnout and the minister

Have you heard of the phrase ‘moral injury’? Probably not. It is more likely you have if you are American because moral injury is a medical term used in the United States for what we have long called burnout. This occurs when someone becomes chronically exhausted and forms highly negative views about themselves and…

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February 2021
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Apocrypha: those mysterious extra books

How well do you know the Apocrypha? The what? The Apocrypha. The word means the ‘hidden’ works. And it’s a collection of writings that you’ll find in some Bibles, usually placed between the Old Testament and the New Testament. They were written (with one exception) in the 400 years after the Old Testament had…

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February 2021
Articles > World Mission > Europe > Western Europe > France

France: the mission field next door

Western Europe was where the Reformation began. Schoolchildren in France are taught this, but it remains absent from the English National Curriculum. Moreover, finding a church where the Reformed doctrines of grace are taught is increasingly difficult for many believers. Lausanne Free Church (LFC) in Switzerland (which is English-speaking and Reformed) welcomes anglophones who…

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February 2021
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

All Fulham boys matter

People are far from equal. Socially, academically, economically, mentally, physically. Rightly, politicians and educators try to address this, and in doing so ‘group’ people together. Pupil Premium (disadvantaged children who receive additional school funding), BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), SEN (Special Educational Needs) and so on. Pressure groups and organisations take up the…

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