Welcome to Releasing Captives
I am convinced that Jesus Christ sets the captive free, and that our liberation, is at the heart of the Gospel. The Word of God revealed in the Scripture has the power to transform lives and I pray that it may transform yours.
Alistair Bates is the team leader at Wellington Presbyterian church in Ballymena, Northern Ireland.
Alistair has a keen passion for the Scriptures. This is evidenced in both his preaching and writings. Coupled to his high view of Scripture is his strong pastoral heart. After graduating from Queen’s University in Belfast with degrees in Social Anthropology and Divinity, he was ordained by the Presbyterian Church in Ireland in 1997. He then spent 14 happy and challenging years as the minister of Scrabo Presbyterian church in Newtownards. This church was planted in the middle of a Loyalist housing estate and was emerging from a period of sectarein conflict in Ireland.
His writing reflect the wisdom and insights acquired during this period and his subsequent call to Wellington Presbyterian.
Alistair is currently undertaking research at Glasgow University for his Doctorate in Practical Theology.
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Halloween, Happy Holiday or Dangerous Deception?
The church is divided as to how to celebrate Halloween. Alistair outlines the various responses, not only to this particular festival but also considers the proposed pagan roots of all the other major church festivals, namely; Christmas, Easter, and Harvest. He maintains that Halloween is different from all the rest. This fascinating read can be used for personal reflection or group bible study and is sure to engender much discussion and reflection.
Vital Signs: Book 1
In this first book in a new series of personal devotions and small group bible study Alistair considers the dying words of Jesus on the cross. Words that bring hope in the midst of heartache and despair. In Forgiveness and Paradise, he reflects on Jesus encounter with two thieves caught up in a divine drama.
Have you ever been subjected to major battles in your life? The premise of this book is that we all have and every day we face a war against, the flesh, the world, and the devil. Set against the backdrop of James 4:1-10, Alistair embarks on a personal journey, revealing how grace, can empower us to take our stand against these common enemies.