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Why Christians are Losing Their Saltiness

Feb 10, 2005

In 1994 Mark Noll wrote an important book entitled The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (Eerdmans). In it he argued that the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is no evangelical mind. That is, we evangelicals are failing

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A review of The Case for a Creator. By Lee Strobel.

Jan 17, 2005

Zondervan Publishing, 2004.

Lee Strobel is an investigative journalist and a former atheist. When he started digging into the truth claims of Christianity, he found the evidence compelling, and became a believer. His investigation into the reliability and truthfulness of

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Disaster Relief and Religion

Jan 12, 2005

While we all shudder at the destruction wrought by the tsunami, we all can applaud the generosity of spirit and compassion that has poured out as a result. Australians have been especially generous. However, writing from a biblical point of

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Is This the Death of Christianity in Australia?

Dec 18, 2004

I just returned from the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal in Melbourne, where the two Christian pastors have been found guilty of vilifying Muslims. The decision handed down this morning marks the beginning of the end of freedom of speech

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A Closer look at Religion and Violence

Nov 25, 2004

Since Joseph Wakim of the Australian Arabic Council has given us a public lecture on what Christianity is meant to be about, perhaps I can return the favor and offer some comments on the nature of Islam. My main thesis

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Children at Risk

Jul 20, 2004

One reason homosexuals want marriage is for acceptance and respectability. Another reason they want marriage is to get access to children. Please consider this quote from the former president of the LA chapter of the National Organisation for Women, Tammy

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The Need for Christian Leadership

Jun 24, 2004

We live in dark times. And in dark times, there is a pressing need to have leadership that offers a way out of the darkness. In difficult times the need for wise and strong leadership is all the more pressing.

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Whose Voice Should be Heard?

Jun 9, 2004

In 1984 the American social commentator Richard John Neuhaus wrote an incisive book entitled The Naked Public Square. In it he argued that in the past few decades there has been an attempt to squeeze out those with a

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Why the Church is Losing in the Culture Wars

Mar 3, 2004

The steady march of those who seek to undermine pro-family and pro-life values continues unabated. Various activist groups are making great headway in the face of apathy and indifference from the general public. But too often their causes are greatly

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Targetting Believers

Jan 11, 2004

The Greens, along with the Democrats, are among the most supportive of the homosexual agenda, with Labor not far behind. Thus religious folk in general, and Christians in particular, need to be aware of what these parties are up to.

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Another Look at Jesus

Dec 25, 2003

Two years ago on this day the Herald Sun featured an opinion piece by Andrew Bolt entitled, “Even heathens can learn from a man who wasn’t the Son of God”. Given that this was Christmas Day, Mr Bolt’s piece was

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False Prophets: Lessons for Today?

Dec 1, 2003

It has often been noted that the most liked people in the Old Testament were the false prophets. How come? Simply because the false prophets told the people what they wanted to hear. Did the masses want to hear about

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A Tale of Two Cultures

Oct 27, 2003

I want to mention two films I have seen on television recently. How much you relate to what I am going to say will depend on how old you are and your cultural literacy.

Both films brought back a lot

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