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October 2020
Articles > Guest column

Have we lost our vision for Christian education?

S. J. Curtis, in his History of Education in Great Britain tells us, ‘The important fact, so often forgotten in modern times when the State plays such a predominant part in education, is that the English schools were the offspring of the Church, which regarded them as one of its chief instruments in the…

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October 2020
Articles > Comment

Are we to be shaped by Scripture or culture?

Faithful are the wounds of a friend, says Scripture. It is in the spirit of friendship that this newspaper takes the unhappy step of raising concerns about recent online seminars broadcast by our friends in the Evangelical Movement of Wales. There were a number of seminars aimed at young adults, as part of AberLite,…

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October 2020
Articles > General

The enigma of J. I. Packer

In 1958 at a boys’ grammar school I was awaiting my move in the autumn to a university in Cardiff. An Anglican friend at school told me I would meet two religious groups there, the SCM and the IVF. For me to understand the difference he gave me Gabriel Hebert’s Fundamentalism and the Church…

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October 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

A day of national tragedy

Wednesday, 17 June 2020, was a day of national tragedy, made all the more poignant by the fact that few will regard it as such. On that day Members of Parliament in Westminster voted 253 to 136 to impose radical new abortion laws on Northern Ireland. The regulations make abortion on-demand available until 24…

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October 2020
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Inspiration in isolation: Learning from the letters of Samuel Rutherford

For many years now my go-to author in times of difficulty has been Samuel Rutherford. My thoughts have been turning to him again recently because almost 400 years ago he experienced exile under house arrest – confined indoors and allowed no contact with his loved ones. This was all long before the days of…

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October 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

When authorities conflict: The separation of church and state

The author, who is here responding to recent articles by Paul Yeulett and Mark Richards, wishes to emphasise he is writing in a personal capacity. The 2020 Covid-19 crisis has been a tragedy for human society. National economies have been shattered; the familiar pattern of everyday life of only a few months ago is…

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October 2020
Articles > General

Concerns raised over online Aber conference

Many Christians, whether from Wales, England, or further afield, have happy memories of the Evangelical Movement of Wales (EMW)’s Aber Conferences.  The move online this August – branded as ‘Aberlite’ – led some to enjoy the main sessions instead of their midweek meetings. The main speakers were Stephen Clark, Ian Parry, and Phil Swann. …

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October 2020
Articles > Biblical/theological

Filtering for repentance

A pitfall of contemporary evangelicalism is to mistake quantity for quality. How many attended the meeting? How many hits has the website had? What’s the view count of that uploaded video? These can easily become acid tests for how well ministries are faring. However, surveys and statistics concerning the spread of the gospel do…

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Coping with the Enemy

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October 2020
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Coping with the Enemy

The Christian life is full of realities. God is real: Christ is real: salvation and all its blessings is real. But there are also negative things that are real: the devil is real: the world is real, and so is sin. Some don’t like that term; they prefer to speak of mistakes, wrong choices…

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