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All Articles from April 2020

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April 2020
Articles > Cults and other religions

When evangelical churches become cult-like

I received a sad email from a friend a little while ago. For many years he had served a small gospel church sacrificially as pastor. His eighteen-year-old son had recently left home to go to university and was attending a church in the university town.  He had been admitted very quickly to the membership and…

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April 2020
Articles > Scientific (including creation)

Dr Doolittle’s language delusion

Language is amazing, an immense blessing. Where would we be without it? We wouldn’t be doing this, would we? For there would be no reading or writing. There would be no books and no ET! Furthermore, language is intimately related to thought, and thus to mind. Thinking requires language, and language in turn enables…

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April 2020
Articles > Guest column

Encouragement for cold hearts

Maybe there have been times in your Christian walk when you have known the nearness of the Lord and glimpsed something of his glory and beauty in the Word. It may have been in your personal devotions or when you were gathered with the Lord’s people. But sadly, it is likely we have also…

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April 2020
Articles > Comment

Coronavirus shows how secular we have become

There are some very important articles in this month’s ET. Richard Turnbull alerts us to the dangers of the phrase, ‘spiritual abuse’ (p.14). We are re-publishing a review of the book Everyday Church in light of the fallout from the Steve Timmis abusive leadership allegations (p.21). And Stephen Rees thinks through the problems which…

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Historical

April 2020
Articles > Historical

SASRA ‘peace2020’ initiative: The war in Europe ends

Our third article of excerpts from SASRA in the Second World War concern the end of the war and continuing need of Christian witness to the Army and RAF. An account from a SASRA Rest Room on the first VE day: VE-DAY found us prepared — The Union Jack fluttered from our top window…

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April 2020
Articles > General

‘No guilt, no shame’: a new gospel for a therapeutic culture

When Stephen Cottrell, Bishop of Chelmsford, takes over from John Sentamu as Archbishop of York in June, he will become the second-most senior leader in the Church of England. Cottrell believes that Scripture must be interpreted in the light of ‘what we know now about human development and human sexuality’. In other words, biblical…

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April 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Spiritual abuse’ and the threat to religious liberty

‘Guard me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from violent men…’ (Psalm 140:4). The torrent of examples of abuse and inappropriate practices or behaviours within and without Christ’s church fills the heart of any observer with shock, compassion for the victims, and anger at cover-ups and institutional failures. There are…

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April 2020
Articles > Comment

Eight things the coronavirus should teach us

By Mark Oden, Pastor of the Chiesa Evangelica Neapolis in Naples, Italy. A former Royal Marines officer. This article was first published on March 11, 2020 I awoke this morning in Naples, Italy’s third city, to have been placed on lockdown. Public gatherings, including church services, have been forbidden. Weddings, funerals, and baptisms have…

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