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All articles & reviews tagged with authority

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February 2022
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

THINKING IT THROUGH: Christians and the authorities: second thoughts three years on

Back in 2019, I submitted an article to ET about our duty to the ruling authorities. In that article I tried to show from the Bible that we must have an attitude of willing submission to the government, but also that there are situations in which we must be prepared to disobey its commands.…

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November 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christianity and public life: Critiquing national leaders

If you are politically minded you will have read many different views on our government’s actions recently. During times of unrest and uncertainty it’s natural that we judge our national leaders on how ‘well’ or ‘badly’ they respond. Is it helpful that we engage in this way? And if so, what principles should Christians…

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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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February 2019
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Thinking it through: Crying out for justice

For the next twelve months, we have asked Stephen Rees – an experienced pastor – to share some thoughts on various topics. Whilst his column may be edited for reasons of length or style, his words and opinions are his own and may not necessarily reflect the views of the Evangelical Times. What is…

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COMMENT: Respect those in authority

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September 2018
Articles > Comment

COMMENT: Respect those in authority

I don’t personally know Allan Coote. He’s the man who has been told he’s not allowed to read the Bible on the doorstep of St Paul’s Cathedral in London. As far as I can tell, all he does is read aloud from the Scriptures to members of the public. But security officials at the…

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March 2018
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The pre-emptive resignation: a ‘Get out of jail free’ card?

Church leaders often ask how they should respond when a person who is being disciplined by the church resigns before the process of discipline is complete. Should they accept the resignation or continue moving toward excommunication? Suppose a man decides to leave his wife for another woman. Other members of the church ask the…

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November 2000
Articles > Biblical/theological

Love the Word

The Word of God should be central in the lives of God’s believing people. We need it for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:15-17). It gives us delight and joy, and an expectation of extraordinary glory, as the Holy Spirit reveals to us the wonders of God’s grace in the…

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