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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

2015/07 ABORTION – ANOTHER LOOK

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2015/07 Abortion - Another Look Parents will recall the joy of heart when given the news of an impending addition to the family.  As Christians, we testify that: “children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.”  (Psalm 127:3). For some, that joy is shattered by the detection

2013/09 CHRISTIANS AND SPORT

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2013/09 Christians and Sport The love of sport is no new phenomenon.  Ancient Greeks were avid sports fans – but this generation has embraced sport like no other.  Since sport takes up so much time, thought and money in the lives of so many, believers must formulate a biblically based approach to it.   Our lives

2015/09 A HOSTILE WORLD

2015/09 Can We be Heard in a Hostile World? I hold no brief for the Presbyterian Church in Ireland (PCI). Indeed, as you might expect, I find myself at odds with the denomination into which I was born, and in which I was raised, on many significant matters. But it would be churlish to dismiss

2013/11 SANCTIFICATION

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2013/11 SANCTIFICATION When did you last have a conversation about sanctification or holiness? Perhaps you are already about to turn the page and see what else is in this magazine? But this is a vital issue!    I may surprise many by stating that the decline in evangelical circles in our nation is largely due to

2016/05 ROME & THE REFORMATION

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2016/05 Rome and the Reformation Father’ Raniero Cantalamessa, Preacher to the Papal Household since 1980, participated at the inauguration of the Church of England’s Tenth General Synod in Westminster Abbey in November 2015. The Catholic Herald reported that Cantalamessa praised the “theological and spiritual enrichment” of the Reformation. Fine words – but was this really

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

2016/03 ROMAN CATHOLICISM – PART 2

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2016/05 Roman Catholicism Part 2 Last time, we looked at the opportunities afforded to Christian young people (indeed to us all) to positively witness for Christ to Roman Catholics. We considered various reasons why many of them are disillusioned with “religion” and suggested some ways in which we might evangelise them. Nothing is impossible with

2014/03 CONTEMPORARY CHRISTIAN MUSIC

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2014/03 Contemporary Christian Music: Why Not? What is Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)? Wikipedia defines it thus, “Contemporary Christian music (or CCM—and occasionally “inspirational music”) is a genre of modern popular music which is lyrically focused on matters concerned with the Christian faith. Today, the term is typically used to refer to pop, rock, or praise

2016/07 1966 – REMEMBERED?

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2016/07 1966 Should it be Remembered? 1966: To most in the United Kingdom the year means only one thing: the triumph of the English soccer team in the World Cup – an event all the more memorable because it has not been repeated in the fifty years since! But for Free Presbyterians, there is something