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Military coups and the Bible

News from Zimbabwe has been dramatic in recent days: a military coup is underway and the outcome is far from certain.  So far it seems to have been peaceful, but it is not clear whether these events will trigger support for the military or opposition, peace or violence, tribal emnities or peacemaking.  Some hope for […]

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Reformation – dead history or living future? – part 5

As we conclude our series on Reformation, it is time to ask ‘Where is the continuing Reformation taking us today?’  The first Reformers started a process of recovery or restoration of truth from scripture.  Luther provided a key by pioneering the translation of scripture into the language ordinary people could understand.  He was frightened by […]

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Radical Reformation – dead history or living future? – part 4

Reformers like Luther and Calvin were famous, and used their political influence to further their dream of Reformation.  At the same time many unsung heroes of the “Radical Reformation” were persecuted by Protestants and Catholics alike for daring to suggest things like: only true believers should be baptised if Jesus said “Love your enemies” we […]

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Reformation – dead history or living future? – part 3

What do people mean by “I believe in one holy, catholic and apostolic church?” There are some ancient creeds, or statements of the faith, that all denominations and ‘orthodox’ churches accept as valid and binding. They were adopted before the Reformation.  This intriguing statement about “one holy, catholic and apostolic church” comes from the Nicene […]

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Reformation – dead history or living future? – part 2

In this month we mark the 500th anniversary of what became known as the Protestant Reformation, as reformers protested against the abuses they saw in the established, Roman church.  History can be viewed and analysed in various ways and we need to think prayerfully about how the church came to be in such need of […]

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Reformation – dead history or living future? – part 1

This month is the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, a major revolution in the Christian church.  It lifted the lid on small, popular movements for reform of the church. In very general terms the Catholic Church in the Middle Ages had become very institutionalised and worldly.  Martin Luther, a German monk with a sensitive […]

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The art of negotiation

The current negotiations over Brexit are clearly vital to the future health and success of the UK as a nation and of the EU.  But by any measure, and whatever views we may have about the desired outcome, they are not going well.  As we pray for wisdom for leaders of nations, is there any […]

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When the breakthrough isn’t the breakthrough I asked for

Jodie Ellis writes… One of the names of God is Baal Perazim – the God of the breakthrough. We Christians have become quite adept at calling on the God of the breakthrough to breakthrough in the negatives of our lives; whether it’s a breakthrough in our marriage (or singleness), our finances, our health, our families, […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 2 Timothy 4

Paul concludes this personal letter to his spiritual son with a series of encouragements – reminders of what he has said before (sometimes in this letter).  He knows he is approaching death and is able to say “I have fought the good fight” etc, (v7).  I ask myself “Can I say I have prayed all […]

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Prayer and fasting 21 days – 2 Timothy 3

There is nothing new about living in difficult times.  Surrounded by selfish and immoral people outside the church and sometimes inside church too, we find if we love God and want to live like Him we stand out from others and that can be painful.  Paul refers to some serious opposition he suffered.  He was […]

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