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October 2021
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Good news for the Philippines

500 years ago at the Diet of Worms, one man – Martin Luther – took a stand against his many accusers and famously declared: ‘My conscience is captive to the Word of God… here I stand!’ It was in that very same year, 1521, that another significant event was taking place. On the other…

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The Church in Wales’ decision affects us all

So yet another mainstream church denomination has fallen to the LGBT juggernaut. The Church in Wales has voted to bless same-sex unions. It hasn’t yet gone the whole way and completely redefined marriage, but that is surely just a question of time. In truth, the Church in Wales has been drifting away from the…

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Church in Wales allows same-sex blessing services

The Church in Wales has overwhelmingly voted in favour of allowing same-sex marriages to be blessed in church services. The bishops passed the bill unanimously, the clergy by 28 to 12 with two abstentions, and the laity by 49 to 10 with one abstention. It allows same-sex couples who are already legally married or…

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Sowing the seed

Once again God has blessed our undeserving nation with a good agricultural harvest: ‘While the earth remains, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, and day and night shall not cease’ (Genesis 8:22). This is a blessing we should never take for granted, even as the petition ‘Give us this day our…

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Thinking it through: Come, ye thankful people, come!

As I write this, summer is coming to its end. We’re moving into autumn. Very soon the church here will be holding our Harvest Thanksgiving services. And I imagine that many of your churches will be doing something similar even if Covid precautions mean that it will be more low-key than in the past.…

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A shrink thinks: Covid-19 and the search for immortality

The Covid-19 pandemic has revealed important truths about our society, truths which are troubling, but which, to those who know their Bible, are not surprising. I have noted previously the overreaching and intrusive laws passed by our UK government. That similar laws have been passed in many other countries is beside the point that…

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God the righteous Judge

In his final moving words recorded for us in 2 Timothy, the Apostle Paul exhorts his younger co-labourer to steadfastness in the face of great difficulties. He predicts that ‘in the last days perilous times will come: for men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful,…

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Family Matters Part 2: How to fix broken relationships

In this series, Pastor Alan Hill considers what the Bible has to say about family life. ‘Which film shall we watch tonight?’ It starts so innocuously. In our series on family matters, we come to a most important subject: relationships. All of us struggle here, don’t we? There are some people with whom we…

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Facing death: Have the humanists got something to teach us?

The second week of May was ‘Dying Matters Awareness Week’, an initiative of Hospice UK. Death is indeed a serious subject worthy of reflection, and with the resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ at the heart of our faith, we as Christians have the best perspective on the topic. Or at least we should.…

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The modesty conversation we need to have

Once when I was a college student, some friends and I spent some time reading and discussing Wendy Shalit’s A Return to Modesty: Discovering a Lost Virtue. Shalit, a Jewish philosopher, argued that a culture of sex without limits is harmful and that female modesty is good for both women and for society as…

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When we fail

The XXXII Olympic Games were recently held in Tokyo after a one-year delay. Many Japanese people were unhappy that the Games were held amid the Covid pandemic, and at most events there were very few spectators present. More than 10,000 athletes from 206 nations competed in 33 different sports. Preparations for these Games were…

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Am I too traditionalist in my response to modern hymns at my daughter’s church, or missing out on something accessible?

Let’s not confuse the question of antiquity versus novelty (the old as opposed to the new) with the basic question of quality and the related question of accessibility (is it any good and do we understand it?). Assuming that we will sing hymns and not only psalms, every hymn (and every psalm, for that…

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A walk with Mr O: What about addressing modern issues?

Mr O, may I ask you a question? Of course, that’s what these walks are for. What’s on your mind? In my walks with you, all that we ever seem to talk about is the inner life – things like listening for the voice of Christ during preaching, meditating on the Scriptures, having personal…

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