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Commentary: Winter 2013/14

Welcome to the Winter 2013/14 edition of Commentary. Please click the links below to read each article online, or download the whole magazine. To comment on any particular article, or on the magazine as a whole, please go here.

Monsters and voices
Mike Ovey introduces this edition of Commentary by reflecting on the unchanging sufficiency of scripture, in a culture which creates new issues and situations for Christians to navigate.

The courage the church needs today
As the church today is increasingly under pressure to conform to cultural change, Nick Tucker draws inspiration from an earlier generation of the church which stood firm against the sins of its culture.

To tweet or not to tweet
Selfies and likes, clips and comments, tweets and timelines are all now part of the everyday experience of most Christians. Hugh Bourne considers the opportunities and challenges of social media for the church.

Staying in without caving in
Matt Graham, who recently completed his ordination training at Oak Hill, asks: Will anyone still believe in the Church of England?

The noonday demon
Weariness and despondency are seen in Christian thought not merely as an affliction, but as a sin. Fiona Gibson takes a fresh look at "the noonday demon", as it was once known.

When celebrity culture comes to church
Mike Ovey looks at celebrity in the life of our culture and in church and asks: what would the Apostle Paul say about it?

Faith and feelings
Feelings play an exalted role in modern culture and also in many churches. We talked to Graham Beynon, whose book Emotions explores the place of feelings in the Christian life and the church community.

So long and thanks for all the ichthuas
Chris Green is leaving Oak Hill after 14 years of teaching about leadership, church planting, preaching and ministry, to be Vicar of St James, Muswell Hill. Commentary caught up with him.

Taking risks for the kingdom of God
Matt Kottman, an American who has ministered a church in London for the past decade, reflects on the British aversion to risk and calls for greater bravery in mission.

Are you really real?
Bring real and not a fake is critically important for Christians on mission in deprived, urban communities. Efrem Buckle, pastor of a church in South London, talks about the realities of taking the gospel into diverse, minority cultures.

With spies and spymasters making news headlines, Chris Green has been following two new spy novels, one giving James Bond a new assignment, the other placing the Alfred Dreyfus affair in an historical fiction.
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