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October 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Darkness and Light: Hallowe’en and Reformation Day

We dread the last week of October. Why? Because we have a nervous dog. The closer we get to the end of October, the more reluctant he is to leave the house, especially after dark. He’ll stiffen his legs and refuse to move. He’ll whine and shake. He’ll search for hiding-places: under the stairs,…

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October 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The image of God in dementia: Part 2

Last time we thought about God’s image in us and on the importance of relationships to a proper expression of this. We observed that God himself is a God-in-relationships. We saw that people with dementia continue to live in God’s image and have value in relationships with other people and with God. In the…

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October 2019
Articles > Guest column

How can older Christians glorify God? Through their prayers

When you can’t be involved in Christian service as actively as you once were, you can find yourself standing on the sidelines of church life, feeling like a spare part. But the church is a body, with no dispensable members (1 Corinthians 12:12-25). There are important roles which only older believers can fulfil. In…

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October 2019
Articles > Comment

The biased mindset of the BBC

Even by modern BBC standards, news that the broadcaster has produced a film for school children telling them there are over 100 different genders to choose from is shocking. The corporation is funded by British licence fee payers, and yet it appears to see itself as the mouthpiece for a tiny group of activists…

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October 2019
Articles > Biblical/theological

Archaeology backs up the Bible

Remember the time when ‘scholars’ claimed that the Bible is not reliable history? It was confidently asserted that biblical personalities and incidents were ‘mythological,’ created to set forth religious views of the ancient Hebrew people.  Well, folks, a new day has dawned.  We know now that the Bible is historically and scientifically accurate. There…

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October 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Five tests to evaluate Christian resources on the internet

The availability of Christian resources on the internet can be both a blessing and a hindrance. On the one hand, there is excellent and extensive material available that is edifying and God-honouring. It can be of practical use and we would be foolish not to make use of it for study, teaching, sermon preparation…

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Historical

October 2019
Articles > Historical

200 years of Grove Chapel

This year marks the bicentenary of Grove Chapel in Camberwell, an historic independent and non-conformist congregation in which, by God’s grace, the gospel has been faithfully preached throughout its history. It all began with the conversion of a young man from Hertfordshire called Joseph Irons (1785-1852), who very soon experienced a desire to preach…

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October 2019
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

What the ear reveals about the Creator

The human ear is an intricate example of miniature and sophisticated engineering. Scripture is clear about its origin: ‘The hearing ear, and the seeing eye, the Lord has made them both’ (Proverbs 20:12). Note the dual stress upon the hearing ear and the seeing eye, implying a marvellous system in operation. It invites readers…

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October 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Feminism: Liberation or Betrayal?

Two themes run in parallel through Scripture with regard to men and women. Equal dignity and significant difference. Women are badly served when their essential dignity as human beings is disrespected. They are also badly served when equality is assumed to mean sameness. Radical feminism cheered for equality, but failed to take sufficient account…

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