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All articles & reviews tagged with ecclesiological-pastoral

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October 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The ABC of prayer

Do you pray? Do you realize that prayer is important? I’m sure some will respond, ‘Of course we do! We’ve heard that numerous times’. Yes and doubtless you will hear the same thing time and again. The fact is there are many things we need to hear repeatedly. The proof of that is the…

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October 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

The Great Commission

In the wake of Scotland’s decision on independence, we bring an edited version of an address from Donald J. Morrison, home mission worker for the Free Church of Scotland (Continuing), to the FCC General Assembly. Christ’s timeless command is summed up in the often neglected words of the Great Commission: ‘Go ye into all…

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October 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Women elders?

The eligibility of women for ministerial office is one of the most contentious issues in the church today. Is there an answer? The Bible does not leave us without guidance on this important matter. God makes arbitrary choices; for example, his arbitrary choice of the Israelites as a people for his own. They were…

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September 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Women bishops

Dr R. Albert Mohler Jr, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Kentucky, brings a wider perspective to this vexed subject. The author A. N. Wilson once tried to explain to modern secular readers that there had been a time when bishops of the Church of England were titanic figures of conviction,…

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August 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Why Christians need to keep hearing the gospel (2)

We need to hear the gospel in Sunday services, in order to inform our minds (see July 2014 ET’s article). Proverbs 15:28 says, ‘The heart of the righteous studies how to answer’. If we want to tell others about Christ, we need to listen to instruction, to be able to pass on the message…

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August 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Crisis in the Church of Scotland

Evangelicals in the Church of Scotland, as in many other mainstream denominations, are facing a crisis. The crisis has arisen over two issues. The first question is whether those in civil partnerships may be selected for, or continue in, Christian ministry. The second is whether same-sex marriage, as defined by the State, is acceptable…

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From dawn until dusk

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August 2014
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

From dawn until dusk

I recently had the experience of being outside in the morning while it was dark and seeing the day dawn gradually. Then, as it happened, that very same day I was out in the early evening as the sun set and darkness appeared again. The experience reminded me of Psalm 113:3, which reads, ‘From…

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