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All articles in category Ecclesiological & Pastoral

December 1996
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A pilgrim’s progress

1. When did you become a Christian? I became a Christian at sixteen years of age in my local congregation, Kilraughts Reformed Presbyterian Church in Ulster. Rev. James Blair, the father of Professor Hugh Blair, came to that church when I was fourteen years of age. His warm evangelistic preaching touched me as no…

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December 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

What is a REFORMED church?

Last month we considered this subject historically. Now we shall consider it doctrinally. In so doing, we shall begin to mark the leading distinctives of a Reformed church. A Reformed church believes that the Bible in its entirety is God's written Word, without error or fault of any kind; and it also believes that…

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Children in worship
November 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

Children in worship

There is a certain difference of opinion concerning whether small children should stay in worship services or should have a separate class during sermon time. Children should stayThere are those like Walter Chantry who is the pastor of Grace Baptist Church, Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He believes that children belong in church. It is his judgement…

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Learning to preach at a distance
November 1996
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Learning to preach at a distance

The colleges are into their new academic year: never so many students undergoing higher education; never so many universities in debt. More than half will be running at a loss by the end of the decade. Increasing numbers of students are taking part-time jobs, as always has been the case in the USA. Others,…

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November 1996
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

A pilgrim’s progress

1. When did you become a Christian? It was at the age of ten in February 1970 that I consciously professed faith in Christ, but I have often wondered if that was simply the tip of the iceberg of something much greater. I had been born into a Christian home and had received a faithful biblical upbringing and I am sure God had actually worked in my heart before that age in keeping with his covenant promises to believers and their children. What was clear was that my understanding of the Christian faith began to crystallize at that point and thereafter I was conscious of...

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You call that worship?
August 1995
Articles > Ecclesiological & Pastoral

You call that worship?

What is new or unexpected in the order of worship is distracting. Good changes should be made, if necessary, and then stick with them. Of course, worship should include different hymns, different prayers, and a different sermon each week; but the sequence of elements should be relatively constant. When the order of worship changes…

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Danger of independency
July 1995
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Danger of independency

Judges 18 tells us of the unsettled tribe of Danites seeking a place in Palestine to occupy. For that purpose they sent warriors into the hill country of Ephraim to find a territory to raid, capture and make their own. The Danites selected the town of Laish as their victim, partly because this region…

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All sorts, diversity and variety
June 1995
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All sorts, diversity and variety

'For who maketh thee to differ one from another? and what hast thou that thou didst not receive? now if thou didst receive it, why cost thou glory as if thou hadst not received it?' (1 Corinthians 4:7). The apostle Paul wrote these words because of divisions in the Corinthian church. It was a…

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