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Great Grace in Great Suffering

Oct 10, 2014

I have said it before, and I might as well keep saying it: contemporary Western Christians are in desperate need of developing a theology of suffering. We have picked up this strange and unbiblical idea that Christians are never supposed

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Wanted: Men (and Women) for Christ

Aug 18, 2014

It is always wise to revisit great books written by great men. The words of the great saints always are of value, and one can never drink too often from these deep springs of biblical truth and spirituality. And some

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Britain and Christianity

May 15, 2014

Since I am now in Britain doing a whirlwind tour of the place, it might be appropriate to do a whirlwind tour of its Christian history and current state of play. Britain has been around for a long time of

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Calvin and Geneva

Apr 29, 2014

As part of my mad dash through Europe – or parts of it – let me focus briefly on the Swiss city of Geneva. It is of course a famous city of the Reformation period, and today noted as an

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L’Abri, Europe and Christian Hope

Apr 27, 2014

OK, perhaps we should now consider this to be an irregular series, with a title needed something like: “Bill’s European Travelogue and Worldview School”. It is hard not to write such articles when in Europe. And being in the Swiss

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Schaeffer, Art and the Christian

Apr 27, 2014

Having just left Italy, with a whirlwind tour of some of the greatest works of art and architecture of all time, it is worth reflecting a bit more on how believers should look at art. There are many ways I

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One Brave Christian Woman Contra Mundum

Feb 8, 2014

In my books, Heidi Mund is a Christian superstar, a champion, and a hero. We so desperately need more like her. Instead we have millions of gutless, spineless effeminate churchians who will never open their mouth about anything. Indeed, our

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Notable Christians: D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Nov 25, 2013

Where does one begin with someone as important as Martyn Lloyd-Jones? The superlatives keep rolling off the tongue. He was such an important, needed and influential Christian leader, statesman, preacher, theologian, evangelist and expositor of Scripture. “The Doctor,” as he

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Notable Christians: Fanny Crosby

Sep 2, 2013

Although she may not be a household name to many people – even to many Christians – certainly in the world of hymnody she has few equals. Except for perhaps Isaac Watts and Charles Wesley, she may be our greatest

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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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