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July 2021
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Love one another

We all have ‘others’ in our lives – friends, family. Many readers belong to a church family. Most of the time we take these ‘others’ for granted. They are part of our scenery, part of the backdrop of our lives. They’re always there. We depend on that to help us feel comfortable in the…

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July 2021
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Freedom restored! The importance of sharing a meal

I’m writing this on the 17th of May. A date long-awaited by our family. As from today, we are allowed to invite guests into our home to eat with us. Not many of them, admittedly. The government has decreed that up to six folk can meet in a home, or more than six providing…

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July 2021
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State overreach sets a worrying precedent

Christians have long recognised three legitimate authorities under God: government, church, and family. Each of these has distinct domains of authority and associated powers. These distinctions are not absolute, as if churches are allowed to say nothing about family life and governments can say nothing relevant to churches. Nonetheless there are boundaries, and intrusion…

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Church history and cultural engagement

What can we learn from the history of the church for our engagement with our own culture today? Let me begin with a caution: we should not read the stories of the great figures of church history to feed our fantasy of becoming them and reproducing their cultural context. Not only would that be…

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July 2021
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Don’t substitute your pastor with a screen

Screens have been a problem since long before Covid was an issue. The problem is that, because of accessibility, many Christians are quick to make famous pastors their pastors. While there are many great things we can learn online from people like Alistair Begg, John Piper, Mark Dever, John MacArthur, Ligon Duncan, and others,…

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July 2021
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Scottish teaching union promotes play featuring a transgender Jesus

A teaching union in Scotland is set to promoted a play featuring a transgender Jesus in order to ‘celebrate’ LGBT pride at the end of the school year. ‘The Gospel According to Jesus, Queen of Heaven’ is written by Jo Clifford, a man who identifies as a woman. Excerpts from the play are set…

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July 2021
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Love your enemies

Sadly, there are many examples of hatred in our world today. Hatred between peoples leads to conflict, such as the recent hostilities between Israel and Hamas. In Africa, inter-tribal conflicts blight the lives of many people. The systematic persecution of the Uighur Muslims in China seeks to rob them of their human dignity. Many…

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Devoted to doing good – Christian care homes amid Covid-19

Challenges faced by care homes have featured prominently in news coverage of Covid-19. Fatality figures among residents, recriminations about government policy, as well as the vexed question of visitation rights have often hit the headlines. However, little attention has been given to care home workers and their front-line efforts. Examples abound of remarkable sacrifices,…

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July 2021
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Why is error so easy to slip into?

Jude 4 tells us that error creeps in unnoticed. Obvious error is relatively easy to reject. But are we over-confident in our ability to spot the less obvious error and to avoid subtle shifts in our thinking? We are susceptible to teachings that allow us to fit in with the world by softening the…

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July 2021
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That’s worth thinking about! Subjects for Christian meditation

From time to time you hear of people commending the benefits of meditation. Oprah Winfrey, Paul McCartney, Novak Djokovich – they all say they find it a tremendous help. Are they to be followed? Is it something Christians should engage in? When we scratch below the surface, we find that the sort of meditation…

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July 2021
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By all possible means to save some

Historically, two of the most common approaches to gospel outreach across a wide variety of Bible-believing evangelical churches have been door-to-door calling and street evangelism – sometimes alongside open-air preaching. This has brought churches into contact with people from many different backgrounds and ethnicities, rich and poor, religious and non-religious, asylum seekers, and those…

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July 2021
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Why our church will unplug from streaming

When Orlando Grace Church launched its first livestreamed service on 5 April 2020, it seemed a great blessing that people could worship from their homes. We did the right thing then, and we would do it again, but those were unique circumstances. We believe it is time to cut the feed. The point of…

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July 2021
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A walk with Mr O (4) I’m struggling in my prayer life

Thank you, Mr O, for the three walks we’ve had so far. I’ve really benefitted from them, but I’ve especially looked forward to this one. Why is that? It’s because we agreed that today we would talk about prayer and, to be frank, right now I’m really struggling in my prayer life. People often…

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I am a Christian

In Esther 3, we read of the rise of Haman, whose newly-obtained lofty position grants him the favour of the king to such a degree that he is to receive not only bowing, but also reverence from the members of the palace. His pride is wounded by Mordecai, who will neither bow nor reverence…

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