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All articles by Derek Thomas

Originally from Wales, Derek Thomas is Senior Minister of First Presbyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina, and the Robert Strong Professor of Systematic and Pastoral Theology at Reformed Theological Seminary in Atlanta, Georgia.

After pastoring for 17 years in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thomas returned to the USA in 1996 where, in addition
to his service to the Jackson campus of RTS, he served as the Minister of Teaching at First Presbyterian Church
in Jackson until 2011, when he joined the staff at FPC, Columbia. As well as serving in the pastorate, Derek has
served as editor of the Evangelical Presbyterian, a monthly denominational magazine.
A graduate of RTS in 1978, he gained a Ph.D. from the University of Wales, Lampeter in Calvin’s preaching on the
book of Job. He has written or edited several books .

Komodo Dragons and the virgin Mary

Article

December 2011
Scientific (including creation)

Komodo Dragons and the virgin Mary

A few days before Christmas 2006, the London Times ran with the headline, 'Wise Men seek a virgin mother'. Another newspaper ran the headline, 'Lizard's immaculate conception'.

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WHY A VIRGIN BIRTH?

Article

December 2001
Evangelistic

WHY A VIRGIN BIRTH?

Three years before his death in 1826, Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States of America, wrote: 'The day will come when the mystical generation of Jesus by the Supreme Being as his father, in the womb of a virgin, will be classed with the fable of the generation of Minerva in the…

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D. L. Moody

Historical

February 2000
Articles > Historical

D. L. Moody

Controversial Evangelist Born into an agricultural community in February 1837, in Northfield, Massachusetts, Dwight Lyman Moody was the grandson and son of stonemasons. His father died when he was only four years old. Nearly all the parental influence, therefore, came from his mother, Betsey Moody, who lived to within a few years of the…

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Article

June 1999
Articles > Guest column

Guest column: What is Truth?

When Pilate said, 'What is truth?' (John 18:38) he expressed a scepticism that has become commonplace in our own time. Post-modernity, to use the now-popular term, is roughly equated with a denial that there is any such thing as universal verifiable truth. According to the spirit of our times, there is only my truth…

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Article

May 1999
Articles > Guest column

Does God promise health and wealth? Trusting God when the light fades.

According to Thomas Brooks, ‘as a Christian is never out of the reach of God’s hand, so he is never out of the view of God’s eye’. It is a consoling truth which every wise Christian takes to heart. For life, the Christian life, can be hard. Losses and crosses are the lot of…

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