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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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September 2020
News > Religious liberty

‘Arbitrary’ limit of 50 worshippers in Scottish churches is ‘not legal’

Churches in Scotland have been told they should not have more than 50 worshippers in their services because of the Covid-19 crisis, but the limit is not legally binding. The Scottish government’s guidance may change, but that is the latest situation at the time this edition of ET went to print. The Scottish government…

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September 2020
News > International

MacArthur faces arrest and fines for defying the lockdown

The City of Los Angeles has issued a cease-and-desist order threatening Pastor John MacArthur with a daily $1,000 fine and possible arrest for breaching the Covid-19 lockdown. MacArthur, together with his fellow pastors and elders at Grace Community Church in Sun Valley, Los Angeles, has decided to restart full church worship gatherings in defiance…

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September 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Christ or Caesar? MacArthur’s church disregards the lockdown restrictions

John MacArthur is never one to shy away from controversy. Throughout his long ministry he has spoken out on a number of thorny issues. He has attracted both admiration from his supporters and derision from his opponents. Most recently, he has sparked a debate in the US by deciding the time has come to…

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September 2020
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The limits of authority

The author wishes to emphasise that the views expressed in this article are his own and should not necessarily be attributed to anyone connected with him. During lockdown I have preached from Romans 13 on submission to governing authorities. In the course of regular emails to church members, I have encouraged them to observe…

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August 2020
Articles > Comment

Were churches too quick to surrender their liberty during the Covid crisis?

Whether or not one agrees with the merits of the legal action brought by a group of church leaders against the government for the forced closure of churches, the case raises some important questions. Does a state government have the right to force, by law, churches to stop gathering for worship? Does an agency…

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