J. G. Paton’s Text

j-patonF. W. Boreham

I can see him now, as stately and patriarchal; he walked up the desk room of the old college to address us. As that impressive and striking figure appeared at the door, every student instinctively sprang to his feet and remained standing till the Grand Old Man was seated. I thought that I had never seen a face more beautiful, a figure more picturesque.

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By | July 24th, 2015|Biography, Christian Life, Herald, Service|

Communal Individuality

Dr. Alan DunnDr. Alan J. Dunn

My journey into individuality began as the snow gently fell one evening in the winter of 1973. I stood in a cone of light beneath a sidewalk lamp outside my college library, eagerly opening the book I had just checked out. My philosophy professor's description of Soren Kierkegaard's quest for authentic individuality resonated profoundly in me.

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By | July 9th, 2015|Christian Life, Herald, Service|

Companions of the Apostle Paul, Part 2

dr-peter-mastersDr. Peter Masters

After Justus the better-known name of Epaphras appears – 'Epaphras, who is one of you [a Colossian], a servant of Christ' (verse 12). What was distinctive about Epaphras? There is something that was probably true of the others also, but it particularly distinguishes this brother – he is an interceder. Paul says he was 'always labouring fervently for you in prayers'.

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By | June 16th, 2015|Bible Characters, Herald, Service|

Companions of the Apostle Paul, Part 1

dr-peter-mastersDr. Peter Masters

Seven most notable companions of Paul named in Romans. What they did, the risks they took, how they suffered, and their distinguishing accomplishments.

Towards the end of Paul's remarkable letter to the Colossians, written during his first imprisonment in Rome, he names seven men who assisted him at that time, men whose lives continue to challenge and encourage us today.

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By | June 15th, 2015|Bible Characters, Herald, Service|

Christian Service (1 Pet 4.10)

pastor-d-scott-meadowsD. Scott Meadows

As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.

What does the phrase “Christian service” bring to mind? Explicitly religious ministry like that which a pastor does? Or perhaps something like medical missionary work? To think biblically is to appreciate that such a phrase is best considered very broadly as the work of every Christian in every place with his or her God-given abilities. Whether we help others by hospitality, godly counsel, or any kind of genuinely loving act (1 Pet 4.9, 11), this is the service that Christians are called by God to render. According to the Bible, ministry is not reserved to “professionals.”

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By | March 4th, 2015|Christian Life, Herald, Service|