A Family Day…of Worship
Apr01

A Family Day…of Worship

In the recent “Keep Sunday Special” campaign against extending “Sunday Trading” it was said frequently that the Lord’s Day is “a family day”. From one point of view this is not correct at all. The Lord’s Day is the Lord’s Day. Yet the fourth commandment does have a lot to say about families. About how they should keep the Lord’s Day together as a day of worship. So in one...

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9 Spiritual Benefits from Family Worship
Feb05

9 Spiritual Benefits from Family Worship

Families today are under intense pressure. Frequently, they are struggling to keep up with the relentless pace. Activities, expectations and ever-changing peer pressures all make their demands. It can seem like parenting takes place within a maelstrom of economic, social and media pressures.  They take their toll on those who strive towards faithful parenting. Against this, it might seem that daily family worship is just one more...

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What’s Missing from Your Home?
Nov05

What’s Missing from Your Home?

What’s missing from this photograph? The answer is of course – handheld technology. Eric Pickersgill has deliberately removed smart phones from a series of photographs. Meanwhile, those in the photographs are posed as though still using them. The intention is to demonstrate visually how unreal our lives can look when we are joined to these devices. It arose from the experience of being near a family in a café who were...

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Are Evangelicals Redefining Marriage?
Oct20

Are Evangelicals Redefining Marriage?

Most evangelicals are not caving in on the issue of same-sex “marriage”. That is encouraging. Yet biblical marriage is not fully intact amongst evangelicals just because they oppose this. A more subtle and less publicised redefinition of marriage is prevailing in society. Things are not so hopeful in relation to this. This goes deeper into our whole attitude towards marriage. Is the Bible really supreme in our...

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No to the Named Person Scheme But Yes to What?
Sep11

No to the Named Person Scheme But Yes to What?

Through the Named Person scheme the State is stealing for itself the authority of parents. Standing up to that is unquestionably correct. But how have we arrived at this extent of interference and abuse of authority? It is because we have lost true values about government, the family and conscience. These positive values are part of our Reformation heritage as a nation, but we have sold them away. In exchange, we have adopted values...

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How to Define Not Redefine Marriage
Aug21

How to Define Not Redefine Marriage

“Marriage is to be between one man and one woman”. You couldn’t look for a clearer and crisper definition of marriage than this. It comes from the Westminster Confession of Faith. This in turn, faithfully echoes Scripture. It is a truth that cannot be changed. The Confession follows this definition by outlining in a helpful way the threefold purpose of marriage. Marriage was ordained for: (a) “the mutual help...

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