Rock Music (# 2): Origins

Last time, we noted the five major themes of rock music (rebellion, sex, violence, nihilism, and the occult). We also observed that the musical...

Rock Music (# 1): Patterns

According to one study,1 the average Australian spends three to four hours a day listening to music. If that’s true, music could be one...

Blessed Antithesis

Today, 16 September, is the 100th birthday of Rev Dr Pieter van Gurp. Some readers may remember that he was the first Free Reformed...

Biblical Perspectives on Mixed Courtship and Mixed Marriage (2)

Courtship and marriage is no place for evangelism Sometimes the “insider” decides to continue the courtship because she believes that she will (with the Lord’s...

Biblical Perspectives on Mixed Courtship and Mixed Marriage (1)

What is mixed marriage? The term mixed marriage could easily be used to describe a marriage between two people of difference races, eg. between a...

Cultural Marxism

We live in a time of moral decay. The once-Christian west has become a breeding ground for violence and debauchery. In Romans 1, we...

Witnessing

Earlier articles on this website critical of modern evangelism nowhere suggest that we don’t have a task to witness. Br Retief, for example, said...

The distinction between true and false churches

What follows is the first part of a sermon on LD 21 by Rev. Mendel Retief. The way in which Satan attacks the church is...

More on Evangelism

There has been much debate on evangelism over the past months. In the October 2020 edition of the Contender, the article Rethinking Evangelism appeared....

Daniel and the Faith

We know the saying: ‘Dare to be a Daniel; dare to stand alone.’ Not: stand alone to do evil, but stand up for the...

Identity politics, critical race theory and the newly revised curriculum

As happens every few years—at great cost to the public—a newly revised Australian curriculum appears on the scene. It ought to have the concern...

Pluriformity of the Church (Denominationalism)

'Reformed churches' tend to have the Belgic Confession (BC) whereas 'Presbyterian churches' tend to have the Westminster Confession (WC). Some, such as the RCNZ,...

Synod Albany 2021 of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (Snippets 5)

This will be brief because I refer only to Friday evening’s sitting; synod does not sit Saturday. But first, a correction from a Canadian...

Synod Albany 2021 of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (Snippets 4)

Greetings from, and prayers for, our sister churches in South Africa and from the GGRI Timor had synod’s attention in the first part of...

Synod Albany 2021 of the Free Reformed Churches of Australia (Snippets 3)

Yesterday evening Synod 2021 saw some more speeches from churches abroad being presented, this time from our sister churches in Canada and Korea, and...