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24 May 2020

The Power of a Praying Pew-sitter A former pastor of mine liked to joke about church families getting home from church and having “pasta” for dinner.  The double meaning, of course, was that church families would often criticize the preacher’s sermon afterwards over the dinner table.  Now thankfully my experience… Read More

17 May 2020

How to train your children (and yourselves!) to listen to sermons (Part 3: Practicing the Preached Word). Brothers & Sisters, over the last two weeks I have been directing your attention to an article written by Dr Joel Beeke on training your children to listen to sermons (courtesy of “The Outlook” magazine from… Read More

10 May 2020

How to train your children (and yourselves!) to listen to sermons (Part 2: Receiving the Preached Word). Brothers & Sisters, last week I gave you the first part of Dr Joel Beeke’s article on training your children to listen to sermons (courtesy of “The Outlook” magazine from the Reformed Fellowship Inc.… Read More

3 May 2020

How to train your children (and yourself) to listen to sermons (Part 1: Preparing for the Preached Word). The following article is by Dr Joel Beeke, courtesy of “The Outlook” magazine from the Reformed Fellowship Inc. (visit https://www.reformedfellowship.net/ to see the good work of this group!).… Read More

26 April 2020

Eat bread and live! It’s been a few weeks since I’ve written here, and I hope and trust that you’ve been blessed as I’ve shared a few articles from other people.  This week I’d like for us to return to our series of meditations on the Lord’s Prayer. Yes, we are in remarkable and difficult circumstances,… Read More

19 April 2020

The Dove Mourns: Lamenting our sin. The following piece is by Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., President and Professor of Systematic & Homiletical Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary.   We all have heard the plaintive cry of a dove.  In fact, it is called the mourning dove because of… Read More

12 April 2020

In the pandemic, give thanks… Written by Gethin Jones, who is a minister in the International Presbyterian Church. He’s serving with UFM Worldwide alongside La Chapelle de Nesle, a reformed evangelical church in central Paris. In Paul's first epistle to the Thessalonians, the Lord commands us,… Read More

5 April 2020

The Deer Pants: Longing for Public Worship. The following piece is by Dr. Joseph A. Pipa, Jr., President and Professor of Systematic & Homiletical Theology at Greenville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. The Psalmist wrote in Psalm 42:1-2, “As the deer pants for the water brooks, so my soul… Read More

29 March 2020

8 Ways to Redeem the Time in This Season of Isolation Brothers and sisters, the following is a useful article from the Gospel Reformation Network (https://gospelreformation.net/). It was penned by the Rev.Dr. Jon D. Payne. I hope and trust that you will find it edifying and helpful! Soli Deo Gloria!… Read More

22 March 2020

Calm in the face of Coronavirus. How has your week been?  In some ways, that’s a tricky question to answer isn’t it?  For younger Australians, this is the first time we’ve really lived through an upheaval on this scale.  For older Australians, perhaps, memories of wars and other times of unrest will be something that you’ve… Read More

15 March 2020

Our Arena for Growth  “And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood,… Read More

8 March 2020

The New Covenant Meal Terry Johnson One of the great insights of the Reformation was the recovery of the biblical concept of “covenant.”  This recovery was fuelled by the “new learning” of the Renaissance humanism, the return ad fontes, “to the sources,” of theology in the original texts of the New and Old… Read More