Spirit of Union

Union Theological College, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Ministry

Thursday

26

October 2017

1

COMMENTS

Thursday

26

October 2017

1

COMMENTS

Erin’s blog

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Students and friends of Union College may wish to catch up with one of our first year students, Erin Burnett, who blogs here. Erin has an interesting perspective to share on what it’s like to begin studying for a degree in Theology and living in Union College.

Tuesday

24

October 2017

1

COMMENTS

Monday

23

October 2017

0

COMMENTS

The Doctrine of the Church

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    As a blogsite, we have been inactive for a while, but we are trying to get started again! Part of the report on Relationships with Other Denominations at the PCI 2017 General Assembly included an appendix on the reformed doctrine of the church. The Assembly commended this appendix to the church at large and especially to those training for ordained ministry. It will also be of interest to all […]

Tuesday

26

May 2015

1

COMMENTS

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

13

March 2015

2

COMMENTS

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

13

March 2015

1

COMMENTS

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

12

January 2015

1

COMMENTS

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

14

October 2014

1

COMMENTS

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

12

September 2014

0

COMMENTS

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 […]