Letter from the Manse

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1966 and all that

Next year will see the 50th anniversary of the publication of a very significant document – the 1966 Strict Baptist Affirmation of Faith.

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Persecution

Christians across the world are suffering. The media, both secular and Christian, report appalling cases of persecution on a daily basis – situations where Christians are tortured, raped, imprisoned, killed.

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It means what it says

I recently re-read an old and familiar friend: J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’ for the first time in 15 years. It’s one of the most well-known and widely read books in the English language and in consequence many theories have been devised about it.

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When is a lie a lie?

Reading through the Old Testament with four children is a challenge. One issue that has come up a number of times has been the importance of telling the truth, and whether it’s ever right to deceive somebody.

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Happy with my hymnbook

A few weeks ago I was at a conference. It was excellent. The accommodation was good and the food was plentiful. It was good to catch up with old friends and to make some new ones. And there was a lovely unity. Those who chaired sessions or spoke were united in their emphasis on the central truths of the gospel. The doctrine of God’s sovereignty came through powerfully in session after session. The worship was reverent. The preaching was earnest, passionate, winsome. The conference did me good.

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