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On Christian Ministries and Biblical Balance

Aug 26, 2019

We must avoid both being hyper-critical of everything, and being accepting and undiscerning about everything.

As I have said so many times over the years, getting the biblical balance right may be difficult, but it is what all believers must

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Making a Mockery of the Faith

Aug 25, 2019

How should we think of Hollywood and its constant mockery of the faith?

When I recently saw trailers on the television for a new show that mocked Christian televangelists, I had two initial reactions: One, here we go again: Hollywood

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Difficult Bible Passages: Jude 14-15

Aug 23, 2019

How are we to understand NT writers quoting from non-inspired books?

The reason for the difficulty of this passage centres on the issue of the divine inspiration of non-biblical books. Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. So the

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‘We Can Do Better Than Jesus’

Aug 22, 2019

Some Christians really seem to think that they can improve on Jesus!

One of the most appalling things you will find in some parts of the Christian church today is the mindset that we can actually do things better than

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Green Religion

Aug 21, 2019

When people stop believing in God, they do not become irreligious – they simply find new gods to worship.

Everyone is religious. Christians are religious. Hindus are religious. Muslims are religious. And believe it or not, atheists are also religious,

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Tozer and the Knowledge of God

Aug 19, 2019

The late great A. W. Tozer on knowing God:

There are certain topics that we can never have enough of. And there are certain authors that we can never have enough of as well. In this piece I will run

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Are You an Enemy of God?

Aug 19, 2019

Yes this is well worth asking: Am I an enemy of God?

How’s that for the title of an article on a Christian website? Indeed, how’s that for a sermon title or a book title? Some of you are probably

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On the Apocryphal Books

Aug 18, 2019

Why do some Bibles differ in terms of the number of books they include?

Just today I had this comment sent in to my website (obviously by a Catholic): “According to the Bible I read, it has 46 books in

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Suffering and Glory – Part One

Aug 17, 2019

Everyone wants glory, but few want suffering. But the two are bound together:

Hands up – who wants glory? Hands up – who wants suffering? It is not hard to know which option will be the most popular. We all

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Suffering and Glory – Part Two

Aug 17, 2019

“No cross, no crown” is how we referred to this matter in Part One. Throughout the Bible our present sufferings are tied in with our glory to come. I have already looked at some key passages on this, but many

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Giving Christianity a Bad Name

Aug 14, 2019

Sadly there are many nutters amongst us, giving the faith a bad rap.

When you have an interactive website, you never know what sort of comments will come your way. While many folks send in sensible, rational, and well-informed comments,

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Islamic Jihad in Sydney

Aug 13, 2019

Shouting ‘Allahu Akbar’ while stabbing innocent citizens in Sydney.

A woman is dead and others are injured after a man went on a stabbing rampage in downtown Sydney – all the while yelling “Allahu Akbar”. But as is almost always

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Worthless Christianity

Aug 13, 2019

The words of warning given by Jeremiah to ancient Israel seem to be fully needed in today’s church.

Now that I have your attention, no, I am not saying that Christianity is worthless. But what I am wanting to say

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Woodstock 50 Years On

Aug 12, 2019

It is incredible to think that exactly 50 years ago Woodstock took place.

Exactly 50 years ago this week we had an event that defined a generation. It was either three days of madness and chaos, or three days of

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Transgenderism, the Bible, and Christianity

Aug 10, 2019

What does biblical Christianity have to say about the issue of transgenderism?

Sadly what should be perfectly obvious is far too often not. For example, it should be obvious to any serious Christian that transgenderism is incompatible with what the

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Trans Lunacy: Is Madness Infectious?

Aug 9, 2019

We seem to be in the midst of mass delusion and a wholesale flight from reality.

It is often said by conservatives that liberalism is a mental illness. While mostly spoken in jest, one really does have to wonder if

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You Must Do Something About This!

Aug 8, 2019

What is behind these mass killings in the West?

Whenever some crisis or problem arises, many people think there can be only one solution: the government needs to do something about it! Such is the state of affairs today that

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