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Rev Dr Peter Barnes is a Presbyterian pastor who lives in Sydney, Australia. He has served on the mission field in Vanuatu, ministered on the Nambucca River in northern NSW, and is currently pastor at Revesby Presbyterian Church. He lectures in Church History at the Presbyterian Theological College in Burwood.

He is editor of the periodical Australian Presbyterian (AP), and has written several books.

‘If the foundations are destroyed …’ – The undermining of the foundations

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March 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

‘If the foundations are destroyed …’ – The undermining of the foundations

Continued from What we owe to the Christian faith There is an ever present danger that the church will capitulate to the world, usually because of its desire to be considered relevant in its own day. In his poem Expostulation, William Cowper writes: ‘When nations are to perish in their sins, ’tis in the…

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‘If the foundations are destroyed …’  What we owe to the Christian faith

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February 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

‘If the foundations are destroyed …’ What we owe to the Christian faith

Continued from ‘If the foundations are destroyed…’ There is undoubtedly a temptation to ignore or downplay the dark side of the role of professing Christians in the history of Western society. Yet it remains true that the Christian faith has been a purifying leaven in the Western lump. Simone Weil’s view was that ‘the…

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‘If the foundations are destroyed…’

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January 2011
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

‘If the foundations are destroyed…’

About a thousand years before the coming of Christ, King David asked: ‘If the foundations are destroyed, what can the righteous do?’ (Psalm 11:3) But he knew the answer to his own question: ‘The Lord is in his holy temple; the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes see, his eyelids test, the children…

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On the edge of ministry – reaching those with dementia, intellectual disabilities or brain damage

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October 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

On the edge of ministry – reaching those with dementia, intellectual disabilities or brain damage

On the edge of ministry - reaching those with dementia, intellectual disabilities or brain damage The Westminster Confession declares that 'elect infants, dying in infancy, are regenerated, and saved by Christ, through the Spirit, who worketh when, and where, and how he pleaseth: so also are all other elect persons who are uncapable of being…

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Should we litigate?

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September 2010
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Should we litigate?

Should we litigate? New South Wales is now second only to California so far as litigation is concerned. A part-time masseuse has sued her employer because her clients' whingeing made her depressed. She was awarded $26,000 as a result.  A basketball referee sued the Mt Isa Basketball Association because she tripped over while running backwards.…

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Losing a child

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February 2010
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Losing a child

Losing a child Peter Barnes All deaths are terrible but the death of a child is especially terrible and the death of one's own child possesses a peculiar kind of horror. The great men of faith were not protected from it - Thomas Boston outlived six of his ten children while John Owen outlived all eleven of…

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Why you don’t believe

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December 2008
Evangelistic

Why you don’t believe

Why you don't believeA famous preacher called Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones once lamented that present-day preaching is so innocuous that it doesn't even annoy people. That could not have been said of Jesus Christ. No one could be more compassionate than Jesus but no one is more direct in pointing out that behind unbelief is…

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