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Dr. Mackereth’s pronoun problem; The author of I Kissed Dating Goodbye repudiates the Christian faith.

Dr. Mackereth’s pronoun problem Dr. David Mackereth has worked as a medical doctor in the Accident and Emergency Department of government-run hospitals in England for over twenty years. Last year he became a benefits assessor for the UK Department of Work and Pensions, a job that involves determining whether a…

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Canons of Dordt, Head V: The doctrine of certain perseverance: The church’s “inestimable treasure”

Conditional versus unconditional perseverance (or preservation) Conditionality is the key to Arminianism, where salvation depends on the activity of the sinner: God chooses you if He foresees you will believe (conditional election); Christ redeems you by the cross if you accept it (conditional atonement); the Spirit saves you if you…

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1. Teacher is dismissed for “misgendering” student. 2. Teacher says, “God loves you” to a lesbian student—she is reported as a terrorist threat! 3. Church of Scotland’s “pastoral care” for “trans” people.

Teacher is dismissed for “misgendering” student Two recent stories from the United Kingdom (UK) involving teachers caught my eye; both of them illustrate the liberal agenda in public schools and the intolerance of the “LGBT community.” The first is the story of Joshua Sutcliffe, Christian pastor and math teacher in…

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1. The upcoming Irish abortion debate. 2. Pope Francis and the sixth petition. 3. A sinful royal engagement.

The upcoming Irish abortion debate On December 13, 2017 Ireland took a step closer to liberalizing her abortion laws, with a vote of an Oireachtas Éireann Committee of 14-6 to repeal the Eighth Amendment of the Irish Constitution. Oireachtas Éireann is the Irish legislature, the Irish version of Congress (USA)…

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Christ’s Submission, a Model for Marriage?

I am writing for clarification on Rev. McGeown’s article regarding the theological error of EFS (“Eternal Functional I am writing for clarification on Rev. McGeown’s article regarding the theological error of EFS (“Eternal Functional Subordination”). Rev. McGeown writes, Grudem [Wayne Grudem, Phoenix Seminary], for example, presents the Son’s submission to…

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The Error of Eternal Functional Subordination: An Evangelical Debate

A Theological Debate There is presently raging within American Evangelicalism a debate on the relationship among the three persons of the Trinity. This debate is called the “Eternal Functional Subordination” (or EFS) controversy. On one side of this debate are Wayne Grudem (Phoenix Seminary) and Bruce Ware (Southern Baptist Theological…

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1. Transgender Discrimination and Churches in Iowa and Massachusetts. 2. Non-discrimination Law and Religious Exemptions. 3. Conservative Christians Have “Lost” the Culture Wars: Now It’s Payback!

Transgender Discrimination and Churches in Iowa and Massachusetts In a recent submission to the “All Around Us” rubric (vol. 92, No. 18 [ July 2016]) I reported that across the Western world anti-discrimination laws are being amended to include protection for “transgendered” individuals, that is, for persons who “identify as”…

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Brexit

What is the EU? A new word entered the English vocabulary recently—Brexit, which means the “British exit” from the European Union (EU). To understand the implications of this move, let me briefly provide an overly simplified history of the EU, as well as an outline of its political and economic…

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1. Islamophobia: How Offensive is “Grossly” Offensive? 2. Planned Parenthood “Sting Operation” Boomerangs

Islamophobia: How Offensive is “Grossly” Offensive? On January 5, 2016, District Judge McNally of Belfast Crown Court, Northern Ireland, delivered his judgment on the now famous (or infamous) Islamophobia case. In a victory for free speech and freedom of religion, Pastor James McConnell who, in a sermon on May 18,…

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The Message of Daniel: His Kingdom Cannot Fail, by Dale Ralph Davis. Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown

The Message of Daniel: His Kingdom Cannot Fail, by Dale Ralph Davis, Downers Grove, IL: Inter-Varsity Press, 2013. Paperback, 169 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] I enjoy the Old Testament commentaries of Dale Ralph Davis. He has written quite a number, mostly on Old Testament narrative texts (Joshua, Judges, I-II…

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1. The Irish Vote for “Same Sex Marriage”. 2. Irish Abortion Battle Heats Up. 3. Islamophobia Revisited. 4. Think Before You Share.

The Irish Vote for “Same Sex Marriage” I reside in Ireland. Therefore, it is natural that I should report on the recent “Marriage Equality Referendum” here. On May 22, 2015, Ireland became the first nation in the world to redefine (defile, profane) marriage by a popular vote in a referendum.…

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Broken Minds: Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You’re Losing It, Steve and Robyn Bloem.

Broken Minds: Hope for Healing When You Feel Like You’re Losing It, Steve and Robyn Bloem. Kregel Publications: Grand Rapids, Michigan, 2005. Paperback, pp. 301. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] How do people—especially church people—react to depression? The Bloems, both of whom have suffered from clinical depression, argue that the…

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Islamophobia

Most of us are familiar with the charge of homophobia, that we Christians, allegedly, have an irrational fear of, hatred for, and intolerance toward homosexuals. We are labelled thus because we have the audacity to teach that homosexuality is sin. Much has been seen in recent years—bakers sued because they…

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The Strange Fire Conference

Charismaticism seems a world away from Reformed— especially Protestant Reformed—Christianity, yet there are an estimated 500 million Charismatics or Pentecostals in the world today. The Charismatic or Pentecostal movement (although we can distinguish between Charismaticism and Pentecostalism, I use the words interchangeably) is the fastest growing movement among Christians, especially…

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