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All articles by Peter Barnes

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.

The mystery of sovereignty

Article

November 2004
Articles > Biblical/theological

The mystery of sovereignty

God is utterly sovereign in all things, yet we human beings remain responsible for our actions. This is one of the most difficult, yet also one of the most crucial, teachings of the Bible.We cannot easily see how both these things can be true at the same time, but the Scripture certainly teaches both.…

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Heaven

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November 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Heaven

The word ‘heaven’ is found some 244 times in the New Testament. Yet, many people are vague about what heaven is, and how we get there.For example, one often hears that heaven is ‘only a state of mind’. No doubt, heaven is a state of blessedness. But, in his prayer of dedication of the…

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Miracle of faith

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April 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

Miracle of faith

Those who like to think themselves scientific often make the claim that the Bible was written before the days of Isaac Newton and Charles Darwin, and so people were more prone to ascribe supernatural explanations to events which can now be explained by science.For example, such people might delight in pointing to Christopher Columbus'…

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The sinlessness of Christ

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March 2003
Articles > Biblical/theological

The sinlessness of Christ

The cutting edgeAn occasional series on doctrinal issues todayThe early biblical critics were often quite cavalier in their treatment of the book of Genesis or the teachings of Paul, but they hesitated to criticise the person of Christ. Sadly, this is no longer the case.To give one example, Friedrich Schleiermacher — not altogether consistently…

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Psalm 110 in the New Testament

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March 2002
Articles > Biblical/theological

Psalm 110 in the New Testament

Blaise Pascal maintained that ‘The most weighty proofs of Jesus are the prophecies’. One of the most significant prophecies is in Psalm 110, which is quoted more often in the New Testament than any other psalm. Written by King David, this psalm presents the Messiah (Jesus) to us as King (vv. 1-3), Priest (v.…

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Clever devils

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April 2001
Articles > Cultural and Ethical

Clever devils

According to the Bible, the fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom. So keen is God that we grasp this, that it is stated no less than five times (Proverbs 1:7; 9:10; 15:33; Psalm 111:10; Job 28:28). It is not that Christian truth is the icing on the cake; it is the…

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Missionary Spotlight-The gospel in Australia

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January 2001
Australia

Missionary Spotlight-The gospel in Australia

The gospel came to Australia with the ‘First Fleet’ in 1788. On board was Rev. Richard Johnson, an evangelical Anglican clergyman. He ministered under great difficulties until 1800, when he returned to England. It was only in the 1850s and the 1860s – following the gold rushes and the end of convict transportation –…

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