“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?
Last week, the ABC ran an article about the Community Development Programme (DCP) of the Australian government. In that article it reported that many people who received funds under this program were slugged with fines for not completing all the jobs and activities required for which they received funding. Around 35,000 people are supported by… Continue reading How to help those in need
The website www.visualcapitalist.com publishes from time to time nicely done graphics to present statistics in an attractive way. Recently it published a graphic that makes the growth of the world population visible, and how it is divided over the continents. It is an animated graphic which leads you through the years from 1950 to 2100.… Continue reading World Population to reach 11.2 Billion in 2100
Every so often you can read ‘prophecies’ about the end of the world. Often these ‘prophets’ claim to have a special kind of revelation through which they are able to understand the Bible better than anyone else, even better than our Lord Jesus Christ Himself (Matthew 24:36-44; Mark 13:32-37). The Rapture Now again, there is… Continue reading 23 April: The End of the World?
Three well known leaders within Christianity were in the news recently. Two because of their passing away from this earthly life, one because of his resignation as leader of a well known mega church: Billy Graham, R.C. Sproul, and Bill Hybels. Billy Graham Billy Graham is a world renown evangelist. In February, we published a… Continue reading About Bill, Billy and R.C.
What makes the church grow? In the New Testament we read that in the first days and years after Pentecost the church grew rapidly. The first days it was about thousands who were added to the Christian congregation in Jerusalem. When through persecution the church was scattered over the surrounding areas, those who fled, took… Continue reading Why Christianity doesn’t grow in Western countries
Sir Charles Dilke [1843-1911] commented once that false statements can be arranged according to their degree under three heads, fibs, lies, and statistics. Mark Twain used a stronger word, when he wrote his now famous quote, which I will not repeat here. What is clear in these statements is, that people can lie out of… Continue reading Lies and Statistics
This afternoon, starting at 1:30 PM, ARPA receives the opportunity to present evidence during the hearing of the End of Life Choices Inquiry, in the parliament building of WA. The hearings are going on already since 13 December and many have had the opportunity to present evidence. This morning (8 March) the Chief Rabbi of… Continue reading End of Life Choices Inquiry: Committee hearings on Live Broadcast
With sadness we see our Dutch sister churches going into a direction which leads away from the truly Reformed heritage. Last year we remembered that five hundred years ago the church under God’s grace returned to the Bible. One of the important issues in the time of the Reformation was the authority of the Bible.… Continue reading Are we following the Reformed Churches in The Netherlands?
Archaeologists have discovered a seal impression dating from the 8th century BC which may have belonged to the prophet Isaiah. The prophet lived in the time of Ahaz and Hezekiah, which was indeed during the 8th century BC. Ophel excavation This seal was found at a scientific archaeological excavation in Jerusalem, at the Ophel, which… Continue reading Seal of the Prophet Isaiah found?
On 18 June 2018, the Synod of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia will convene in the Southern River church building. 18 February was the closing date for the material for the provisional agenda. After this date, no new items can be placed on the agenda. Churches can still interact with the material that is… Continue reading FRCA Synod 2018 – A Preview
Hungary has been in the news regularly in recent times because of defending Christian values, with Hungary’s Prime Minister as one of the vocal defenders of Hungary as a Christian country. He recently stated that Islam is advancing and Christianity is Europe’s last hope. This is not appreciated by the bureaucracy in the European Union.… Continue reading Too many smiling, dancing, white Christians