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December 2019
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

‘Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow’

Outside the snow has just fallen. It looks so lovely and white when it first falls to the ground. But I can also see that it is not pure on the street, for it mingles with the dirt and grime and becomes a mushy mess. Many years ago, a young lady saw in her…

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October 2017
Articles > Comment

Reformation 500

It is exactly 500 years since 31 October 1517, the day when Martin Luther placarded 95 theses on the door of the Castle Church at Wittenberg. This seemingly obscure event was arguably the flame that lit the touchpaper and the beginning of the sixteenth century Reformation. Luther’s theses went viral in Germany and Switzerland.…

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December 2000
Articles > Evangelistic

Good news

The gospel is the good news of what God has done for guilty sinners in and through the Lord Jesus Christ The gospel is good news in contrast to the awful predicament we are in because of our sin. Sin is the breaking of God's law, and we are all guilty of it. 'All…

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November 1999
Articles > Guest column

Influential words from wise men

Over the years certain sayings have helped to clarify my thinking and have had a formative influence in my life. One such saying comes from Daniel Rowland (1711-90) who said that throughout his life he had been seeking to learn four lessons: 'to repent, without despairing; to be angry without sinning'. The fact that…

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September 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Restoration must always be our aim – Forgiveness

Is there a difference between how a congregation deals with offences and how individuals should handle forgiveness? Yes, there is. When Ben left his wife to move in with the choir director, their church was thrown into turmoil. Repeated attempts to urge Ben to return to his wife were rebuffed. In a sombre business…

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July 1999
Articles > Biblical/theological

Forgiving the unrepentant

Near the end of the film 2000 Acres a dying widow makes her sister promise to care for her two children - and pass on the family legacy. The legacy, it turns out, is hostility toward their unrepentant and abusive father. As she dies she whispers, 'My sole accomplishment in life is that I…

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June 1999
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Forgiveness-who takes the first step?

What gift could we give our society that would make the greatest difference to the greatest number of lives? As I think back over my childhood; as I interact with business clients; as I read the newspaper; as I listen to church problems; and as I ponder the maturing of my marriage; I have…

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