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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.

His Lordship first

Article

October 2008
Articles > Biblical/theological

His Lordship first

His Lordship first The book of Acts reveals how the gospel was first made known to people who were, initially at least, not Christians, be they Jews or Gentiles. The epistles, however, were written to churches or people who at least professed faith in Christ. It should be clear, therefore, that to learn how to present…

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The fool says …

Article

January 2008
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

The fool says …

The fool says …Atheism does not spring from superior rationality. It is the fool, says the psalmist, who says in his heart there is no God (Psalm 14:1). Indeed, the verse ends by tracing this atheistic conclusion not to a powerful intellect but to a corrupt heart.Today we are witnessing a new-found zeal on…

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This side of heaven

Article

March 2007
Articles > Biblical/theological

This side of heaven

In 1971 Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones reminisced on Welsh radio: 'I shall never forget travelling in a train back from Plymouth to London. We arrived at Newton Abbot and a woman with two small girls came into the compartment ... It was obvious that the children were returning to a boarding school after the holidays.…

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Australian Evangelicalism

Historical

February 2007
Articles > Historical > Australia

Australian Evangelicalism

Snapshots of history have their charms and their dangers. The last forty years or so of Australian evangelicalism have seen hopes rise and fall, as they invariably do. The mid-1960s were nothing short of catastrophic — despite the 1959 Billy Graham crusades. These crusades were considered so successful that many thought Australia came close…

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A force for good

Historical

May 2005
Articles > Historical

A force for good

John Newton persuaded William Wilberforce to stay an MP - thank God!by Peter BarnesImagine that a gifted young man, able to think on his feet and speak for three or four hours if need be, were to profess faith in Christ and ask for advice as to what he should do with his life.…

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The Da Vinci Code

Article

February 2005
Cults and other religions

The Da Vinci Code

Last month I reviewed Dan Brown's best-selling 'historical' novel, The Da Vinci Code, and showed that it is fiction with very little basis of fact. We now turn to Brown's alleged historical sources.Brown relies on the so-called Gnostic Gospels, none of which can be dated in the first century and none of which can…

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The Da Vinci Code – fact or fiction?

Article

January 2005
Cults and other religions

The Da Vinci Code – fact or fiction?

Dan Brown's 'historical' novel The Da Vinci Code was published in 2003 and has topped the best-seller lists ever since. A year after its publication, it had sold almost six million hardback copies. The movie is on the way, directed by Ron Howard.The book is a gripping murder mystery, with an extraordinary number of…

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