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Here we stood!

March 21, 2018

From four eastern states of Australia, 26 people – previously strangers to one another – were thrown together in a bus to be the inaugural PCA Reformation Tour group. Three weeks of living, travelling and dining together meant wonderful, long-lasting friendships emerged. Stirring sights and life-changing encounters are briefly and inadequately summarised by the following five highlights. Read More...

God’s Quiet Work

March 14, 2018

The Cronulla Presbyterian Church in the 1950s was average for the time. It was Presbyterian by tradition but not by spiritual heritage. Few of the elders would have made a credible profession of faith. The minister was evangelical, but he was not an expository preacher. Read More...

Unoriginal sins

February 9, 2018

The unconfessed sins of liberal Protestantism -Phil Burcham- It was an off-hand remark that revealed the gulf of miscomprehension between modern Aussies and churchgoers concerning what Christians believe or get up to in their gatherings. During a quick trip to the tea room one Friday afternoon a Read More...

The new Reformation

January 20, 2018

Just like the Reformers of the 16th century, so our modern day reformers go on a program of iconoclasm. They smash statues of national heroes with a racist past, they try to rename stadiums after people who have the right opinions regarding homosexuality, children’s books are edited to remove anything that might spark prejudice, language itself is reformed to ensure that over time all vestiges of the former way of thinking are erased. Read More...

1517 The Nail (& paper) that changed the world

October 3, 2017

1517 – The nail (and paper) that changed the world Elloit Ku  Few significant events in history can be nailed down to a specific place and point in time like Martin Luther’s posting of the Ninety-Five Theses: Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences. Although popular visual Read More...

God’s Goose

August 11, 2015

John Huss is one of the great figures of Christian history. -Campbell Markham- The German city of Constance (Konstanz) is one of the most beautiful in Europe. It overlooks the blue-green lake of the same name, and through it flows the mighty Rhine. It was there, 600 years ago on July 6, 1415, Read More...

Charismatic Chrysostom

June 10, 2015

To the great preacher, an authentic life was what shaped the words -Peter Moore- Fourth century preacher John Chrysostom was one of the greatest orators in Christian history. “Goldenmouth”, as the name translates into English, preached in Antioch as a priest and assistant bishop and Read More...

Making History

May 29, 2015

The Bible’s honesty makes it a model. -Noel Weeks- One of the interesting things about the Old Testament way of writing history is the putting of two different versions of the same history side by side. Compare Genesis 1:1-2:3 and 2:4-10; Genesis 6:13-22 and 7:1-8; Judges 1:1-16 Read More...

Bound but Unchained

May 28, 2015

Don’t confuse biblical slavery with the American Version -Peter Barnes- It is not uncommon to say that the Bible is a vicious book because God ordains slavery in the Old Testament, and the slavery of the American South, at least until the tragic Civil War of 1861-1865, showed how Read More...