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The Jehovah’s Witnesses

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2018/09 The Jehovah’s Witnesses   One of the most prevalent religious sects active in our province today is the self-styled Jehovah’s Witnesses (JW). They are active in 240 lands with a claimed 120,053 congregations. As of 2017, they had 8,457,107 active members. Their yearly “Memorial of Christ’s Death” was attended by 20,175,477 people last year,

The Protestant at the Mass

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2018/07 The Protestant at the Mass - Should I Attend or Not?   This is a question that arises from time to time. A Roman Catholic whom we know through work, social connections or family links passes away and we ask, “Should I attend the funeral mass? Would it be rude if I do not attend?

The Importance of Sound Doctrine

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2018/07 The Importance of Sound Doctrine Increasingly and sadly, within evangelicalism, there is a diminishing appetite for what the Spirit of God identifies as sound doctrine. Towards the close of his ministry, Paul warned the church of Christ, “the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine” (2 Timothy 4:3). The word ‘endure’

2018/01 WANTED – NON-CONFORMISTS

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2018/01 Wanted - Non-conformists Have you ever felt under pressure from others to do something, go somewhere, or say things outside of your normal pattern of behaviour? If you have, you have experienced ‘peer pressure’. It has been defined as ‘the influence that a peer group or individual exerts, encouraging others to change their attitudes,

2017/09 MARTIN LUTHER AND CHRISTIAN EDUCATION

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2017/09 Martin Luther and Christian Education For you cannot teach an old dog new tricks, and it is hard to reform old sinners, but it is easy to train and bend young trees. Martin Luther recognised the importance of establishing Christian schools as part of the work of Reformation. It is sometimes forgotten that the

2017/07 WHY AM I A FREE PRESBYTERIAN

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2017/07 Why Am I a Free Presbyterian? Evangelism has always been a vital part of the ministry. It has at its heart the great objective of leading sinners to knowledge of Jesus Christ as Saviour. The late Noel Grant was well known for conducting Gospel campaigns around the country with his friend Matt Boland. He

2017/07 THE RAINBOW OF THE COVENANT

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2017/07 The Rainbow of the Covenant ‘He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth’. The beloved disciple John, in vision, saw a throne set in Heaven and One sitting on it (Revelation 4:3). Ezekiel, in vision, gives a similar description of the same throne and upon

2017/05 THE MESSAGE: JUSTIFICATION

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2017/05 The Message: Justification As the sinner trusts Christ for salvation, His perfect righteousness is credited to that sinner’s account before God, and he receives the forgiveness of his sin. With the most acute insight, Martin Luther declared that a church’s doctrine of justification indicated whether that church was standing or falling. He was right, and

2016/01 A HUMBLE APOLOGY

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2016/01 A Humble Apology We are seeking to win souls, not just arguments! The idea of respect has taken on a very particular flavour in our present culture. It may be described by the cliché ‘Live and let live.’ In essence, we are all supposedly given the freedom to believe what we want, and to

2014/01 ORDAINED WOMEN?

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2014/01 Should Women be Ordained? The announcement was made on 20th September 2013: The Church of Ireland had chosen Rev Pat Storey to be Bishop of Meath and Kildare.    ‘Nothing unusual in that’, you might say – except that Pat is not an abbreviation for Patrick but Patricia! Mrs Storey, rector of St Augustine’s in