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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 the most important duty of a government, any government?  Is it to make sure that the country becomes and stays as wealthy as possible?  Is it to keep the citizens happy?  Is it to provide education, health treatment, an efficient transport system for all? Well, a government may rightly aim at...

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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 cathedral say they have standing instructions to remove him whenever he appears. I’ve only watched two videos on YouTube relating to this ongoing matter. Maybe there are more. In the first video I watched, an officer from the City of London Police attempts a compromise. He asks Mr Coote if he...

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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 man to repent and return to his wife. He doesn’t. They ask again, but this time they also warn him about the possibility of excommunication. So, he resigns his membership. Case closed. He’s now immune. Or at least that’s what the adulterous man is saying. Is that correct? The case in...

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