Reading: Isaiah 55:6-11; Psalm 139 God is subject to none and nothing and He is the source and origin of everything. God is good. God is the norm, He is the measurement of good. He is the Light and in Him, there is no darkness at all (1 John 1:5). With God is the… Continue reading Meditation: God Is Good – 1 John 1:5
Reading: 1 Corinthians 8:1-6; Deuteronomy 6:4-19 We believe that there is only one God, Who is the origin of everything that exists. With this, we differ from most religions. Many religions believe in many gods. If we believe in more than one god, then that means that there is something higher than the gods.… Continue reading Meditation: The Only God – 1 Corinthians 8:1-6
Reading: Acts 17:22-34; Romans 1:18-25 God Is (2) The words in verse 28: ‘In Him we live and move and have our being’ are probably from Epimenides of Crete, while ‘For we are also his offspring’ come from Aratus’s poem ‘Phainomena’. Paul argued that God has put it in our hearts to seek Him. The… Continue reading Meditation: Who is God? (2) – Acts 17:22-34
Reading: Acts 17:16-28 God Is (1) Almost as long as mankind exists, there is a discussion going on about ‘Who Is God?’ Or even: ‘Does God Exist?’ Adam and Eve fell in sin because they wanted to be like God. They wanted to be their own god. With that they rejected God. This all… Continue reading Meditation: Who is God? (1) – Acts 17:16-28
At synod Bunbury 2018, there were delegates present from three different church federations in Indonesia. Two brothers came on behalf of the GGRI, which are sister churches of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia. Two brothers were present who came from the GGRC, a federation with which the FRCA maintain contact, and which are sister… Continue reading Churches in Indonesia
In June of this year, after severing the ties with the Reformed Churches in the Netherlands, Synod Bunbury of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (FRCA) decided to maintain contact with two small church federations in the Netherlands. These churches are usually referred to with the acronyms DGK and GKN. DGK stands for De Gereformeerde… Continue reading Attempt to church unity in the Netherlands
Some time ago, on this website in an article in November 2017, I raised the question if democracy may be on its way out. In that article I looked at the political situation in Australia, in a time that our government was struggling, still under then PM Mr. Malcolm Turnbull. I also described the situation in… Continue reading Democracy’s final crisis
ARPA Australia reports that currently, a Bill is before the WA Parliament, which, if passed, will allow male same-sex couples and single men to access surrogacy in order to have children. ARPA reminds its members that this proposal totally contravenes God’s design for the family, exploits women and places the rights of children as secondary… Continue reading ARPA urges action: write your Legislative Assembly Member
Part of the whole gender rights movement is that people who ‘don’t feel happy’ in their body, should have the right to ‘change gender’. Grammatically, it is incorrect to speak about changing gender, while is meant a change in sex. Gender refers to behaviour, while sex refers to biological and physiological characteristics. So when talking… Continue reading “I want my sex back” – documentary
Over the past couple of years, Political Correctness (PC) has run amok. What was common sense in the past or behaviour that was normally accepted even if not all agreed with it, that is now usually attacked by any kind of social warrior from either the alphabet movement (LGBTQ….XYZ) or any other minority group. Any… Continue reading Has Political Correctnes peaked?
On the 24th of August, Australia got a new Prime Minister. After a vote of no confidence within the Liberal Party, the previous Prime Minister had to vacate his position and after a vote, Mr. Scott Morrison was elected by the party to become its leader and new Prime Minister. Who is he? Before he… Continue reading Australia: Meet your new Prime Minister
“The Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science (SPPS) released a study last month demonstrating that religious people live longer.” That is what Fox News reported recently. Researchers found that religiously affiliated people lived between 5.64 and 9.45 years longer than those who were not religiously affiliated. However, there is no reason yet for Christians… Continue reading Religious people live longer
In my first article with Synod Reflections, I already mentioned a few things about relationships with sister churches and contact churches. There I discussed the argument of geographical distance, which has been used in the past as a reason not to enter in a sister church relationship with church federations in other parts of the… Continue reading Synod Reflections (3): Inter Church Relations
A bit more than a month ago, Ireland voted in a referendum to repeal an abortion ban in that country. With that abortion will be legal soon in Ireland. However, it seems that in more and more countries where abortion has been legal for quite a while, people start realising what abortion really is, and… Continue reading Abortion: the tide is turning
Synod Bunbury 2018 had to deal with a number of appeals. Usually, appeals are being dealt with in closed session because the character of an appeal is, that it is about personal matters. Article 31 of the Church Order states: ‘If anyone complains that he has been wronged by the decision of a minor assembly… Continue reading Synod Reflections (2): Appeals
Synod Bunbury 2018 is history. Synod closed on Tuesday at around 8 PM. The delegates met for six days over the course of one week and one day, in the Southern River church building. Some say that this is a record. I don’t know about that. It for sure is since 2003, but I don’t… Continue reading Synod Bunbury 2018: Reflections
On the 18th of June, the Synod of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia will convene. This synod will have to deal with the report of the deputies for relations with our Dutch sister churches. This report has received quite some attention in our churches. Of course, this also leads to the inevitable situation in… Continue reading How do we read the Bible?
On Saturday, the 26th of May, 20 years after the parliament of Western Australia decriminalised abortion, pro-life campaigners gathered in Perth in the Supreme Court gardens, to mark the 20th anniversary of this very sad event. A display of 3300 crosses was set up, each cross representing 50 babies aborted since WA legalised abortion in… Continue reading Life versus Choice in WA
In several countries, states, provinces over the world, assisted-dying laws have been adopted and implemented. Those resisting the adoption of these laws often warned that the availability of the option of euthanasia / assisted-dying would put pressure on those who are terminally ill to choose this option. This appears to be happening now in a… Continue reading Assisted-Dying laws incentive for insurance companies to deny coverage
This morning, when quickly scrolling through the posts on my Facebook account, all of a sudden my heart jumped up for joy. I read that North Korea was opening its doors for Christianity. That was great news! However, when I checked the source of this news, it appeared to be a page of the website… Continue reading Did North Korea really open its doors for Christianity?