Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

On C. S. Lewis, Again

May 31, 2013

On the writing about C. S. Lewis there is no end – or so it seems. And for good reason: Lewis was one of the greatest apologists and Christian thinkers of last century. He has impacted millions of people already,

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The Puritans

Jan 25, 2013

The Puritans have gotten a bad rap. From the very beginning the word “Puritan” was a term of derision. Indeed, we have the term “puritanical” because they have been wrongly pictured as dour, joyless, negative and repressive. But that is

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“Athanasius Contra Mundum”

Dec 30, 2012

So how’s your Latin? Even if it is not very good, it is not too hard to figure out what this phrase means. It is, simply, “Athanasius against the world.” Of course you need to know a bit about church

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The Normal Christian Life

Oct 21, 2012

There is no Christian life without such basic realities as godliness and holiness. There would be other features characteristic of the true child of God, but these two related concepts are the bare minimum. The Bible is quite clear on

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Notable Christians: Abraham Kuyper

Oct 15, 2012

Abraham Kuyper (1837-1920) was an amazing figure in so many ways. He was Dutch Calvinist theologian, pastor, politician, newspaper editor, statesman, journalist, educator, and Christian leader. Historian Richard Lovelace called him the greatest evangelical thinker since Jonathan Edwards.

Although known

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Christianity and Politics: A Case Study

Sep 26, 2012

Nothing like tackling two of the hottest topics going – and when you combine them you really can get explosive results. So put me down as a glutton for punishment I guess. But some things are important and well worth

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The Book Bucket List

Aug 18, 2012

In a bucket list a person draws up a listing of all the things he wants to do or see before he dies. As each activity is completed the item gets scratched off the list. I here propose a book

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Notable Christians: J. C. Ryle

Aug 8, 2012

John Charles Ryle (1816-1900) was an English pastor, preacher, writer, and Bible expositor. He was part of a strong Wesleyan Methodist family; his great-grandmother was converted under the ministry of John Wesley. He was educated at Eton and Oxford in

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Notable Christians: Keith Green

Jul 29, 2012

Thirty years ago the American Christian musician, singer, songwriter and evangelist Keith Green died in a tragic airplane crash, along with two of his children. His life was cut short at just 28 years of age, but his tremendous musical

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Francis Schaeffer and Abortion

Jun 30, 2012

There is no question about it: Francis Schaeffer was a prophet. Clear indicators of being a prophet of God include the following traits:
-speaking boldly and uncompromisingly about biblical truth;
-going against the grain and challenging convention;
-speaking truths well

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Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

Jun 11, 2012

OK, it is the middle of the year, so it is not much good speaking about New Year’s resolutions. But it seems to me that any time of the year is a good time to make fresh commitments to Christ.

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Notable Christians: Charles Colson

Apr 22, 2012

Chuck Colson has just passed away after surgery for a brain haemorrhage. He was one of the most influential Christian leaders of the past half century. His legacy will live on, and we all owe him a great debt of

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Notable Christians: C. S. Lewis

Jan 19, 2012

Where does one begin in writing up such a remarkable Christian? His impact has been monumental, and he has left an indelible legacy for generations to come. As Thomas Howard wrote, “We all have the same difficulty here: how to

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History, Biography and Baxter

Sep 26, 2011

A rather eclectic article is the only option following such an eclectic title. But there is method to my madness. I want to do several things here. One is to remind us all of the crucial value of history, and

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Victory Through Defeat

Aug 10, 2011

OK, I need to make two confessions here at the outset. First, this title is not mine; it comes from A.W. Tozer. Second, I will use anything as an excuse to further push the riches of Christian spirituality as found

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Notable Christians: John Stott

Jul 28, 2011

John Stott passed away this week at age 90. The British evangelical leader and Anglican clergyman was a giant of 20th century evangelicalism. He was a pastor, preacher, theologian, teacher, writer and renowned Christian statesman. It would be almost impossible

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Where Are All the Strong Men?

Jul 15, 2011

A bit of my feminist side must be coming to the fore here, all because of three episodes in the past 24 hours. All have to do with strong, heroic Christian women who are taking a stand, regardless of the

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David Wilkerson RIP

Apr 29, 2011

The world has lost a great man of God, a modern-day prophet, and a humble warrior for the Lord. He sadly died in a car crash earlier this week just before his 80th birthday. He was one of those rare

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Lessons From Bonhoeffer

Apr 26, 2011

There is plenty that we can learn from the life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, especially when it comes to challenging a sleeping, compromising and errant church. He was among the first to see the warning signs about the Nazis, and took

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