Spirit of Union

Union Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Monday

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August 2015

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NIV Zondervan Study Bible

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This month marks the publication of a significant new study Bible. The New International Version is the world’s most read and most trusted modern English translation and it is now complemented by study notes and resources. The General Editor of the NIV Zondervan Study Bible is D.A. Carson, co-founder of The Gospel Coalition, and one of its Associate Editors is Dr Desi Alexander of Union Theological College, Belfast. Dr Alexander, […]

Tuesday

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May 2015

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Bonhoeffer on Theological Education

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Paul R. House has written this helpful reminder about Bonhoeffer’s commitment to theological education. A Most Treasured Vocation Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906-1945) died 70 years ago this month. As recent bestselling biographies by Eric Metaxas and Charles Marsh indicate, Bonhoeffer is usually remembered as university professor, pastor, spy, and martyr. Yet he served as a seminary director from 1935 to 1940, longer than he did in any of these other important […]

Friday

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March 2015

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Reflection on “I Believe in Preaching”

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Seth Wright is a first year ministry student at Union College. As part of an assignment for a class in Homiletics he was asked to read a book on preaching and then identify key lessons he learned from it for his preaching ministry. Seth chose John Stott’s book, “I Believe in Preaching”. This is his reflection.   In I Believe in Preaching, John Stott makes a case in favour of contemporary […]

Friday

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March 2015

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Disciple-making

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This semester, the Ministry Formation Seminar is exploring the theme of disciple-making. As part of that seminar, teams of students are preparing and delivering sermons on the theme of discipleship from Colossians. Altogether, there will be eight sermons on aspects of discipleship based on the Fruitfulness on the Frontline sermon outlines. The sermons are entirely the work of the students in the ministry course at Union College. The first sermon […]

Monday

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January 2015

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Culture of Life or Death?

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One of the big issues facing us in 2015 is whether it will be the year when our society becomes more a culture of death rather than a culture of life. The proposals to change our local law on abortion, as well as Lord Falconer’s Assisted Dying Bill at Westminster, will force us to think again about the “edges” of human life, and how such life can be protected. If […]

Tuesday

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October 2014

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Living and Dying Well

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In recent months there has been increasing debate on whether or not the law should be changed in this country to permit a doctor to kill his terminally ill patients or to assist them in their suicide should they so request. The big questions that many lawyers, doctors and pastors are facing are these: Does medically-assisted death have a place within healthcare? Is medically-assisted death just another end-of-life choice that […]

Friday

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September 2014

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The Church in the Public Square

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The Church in the Public Square is a conference organised jointly between PCI’s Church and Society Committee and Union Theological College. Following on from the last successful conference in January, the theme of the upcoming autumn conference is Equality, Freedom and Religion. It will be held on Thursday 9th October 2014 in Assembly Buildings, Fisherwick Place, Belfast from 10 am to 3.30pm. Registration from 9.30am. The equality agenda is important in […]

Thursday

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August 2014

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Pre-Term Lectures

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  Our Pre-term Conference and Induction Days for all new students at Union College will be held on 22-24 September. This is an important time for those commencing studies at Union as well as for returning students. Our guest lecturer this year will be Dr Scott Oliphint, Professor of Apologetics at Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia. Dr Oliphint will be giving four lectures on Tuesday 23 September and Wednesday 24 September. […]

Friday

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August 2014

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Learning to talk

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  I was involved in an online conversation in a secular public forum last week and, after a bit of chat with a few folks, received a pretty vitriolic response from a new poster. He accused me of being deliberately provocative and (to paraphrase) too smarmy for my own good. I hadn’t realised that my posts were open to that interpretation and I apologised. To be fair to him, he also […]

Tuesday

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August 2014

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C’est magnifique, mais ce n’est pas la guerre: c’est de la folie

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  Quite by accident, I attended part of the ‘Sung Eucharist to Commemorate the Hundredth Anniversary of the Outbreak of World War 1.’ The invited guests filled perhaps a quarter of St Paul’s Cathedral in London with interested spectators taking up perhaps another quarter. Passers-by, like myself, came in and out, most paying little attention to what was happening at the front. I arrived perhaps ten minutes into the service […]