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

Warren and Obama: Strange Bedfellows

Dec 21, 2008

It was recently announced that Barack Obama has asked megachurch pastor Rick Warren to pray at his inauguration. Warren has accepted the invitation to deliver the Inaugural Invocation. He released a press statement saying this:

“I commend President-elect Obama for

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Scrooge, the Church, and Christmas

Dec 21, 2008

For some years now, each new Christmas season is greeted with further outrages and attacks. There are all the usual incidents: banning nativity scenes, refusing to sing Christmas carols, taking away any references to Christ in Christmas, etc. There have

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More Recommended Reading

Dec 18, 2008

As has been my occasional habit, I offer another list of recommended reading. The books mentioned here simply happen to be some of the volumes I am reading at the moment. The books cover various subjects, including theology, philosophy of

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Mars Hill and Common Ground

Dec 17, 2008

There is a very important biblical text concerning how Paul shared the Gospel with a non-Jewish (Greek) audience. It is of course the very well-known passage in Acts in which Paul gives his defence of the Gospel at the Areopagus

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Destroying the Foundations of the West

Dec 14, 2008

The Judeo-Christian worldview was essential for the rise of the West. Without it the world would be a radically different place today. Most of the features that we now enjoy about the West – such as freedom, democracy, limited government,

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A review of Defying Death. By Stuart Robinson.

Dec 10, 2008

CityHarvest, 2007. (Available in Australia from Koorong Books)

Father Zakaria is a modern day Apostle Paul. Like Paul, he has evangelised extensively around the world and led countless people to Christ. He is a bold apologist willing to take on

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Whatever Became of Sin?

Dec 8, 2008

In 1973 American psychiatrist Karl Menninger penned a book with the intriguing title, Whatever Became of Sin? Good question. But we now know in part what has happened to sin. It’s been pulled. That is, one dictionary has actually taken

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He’s a Killer, But…

Dec 8, 2008

The US election is now history, but there is still plenty of discussion about the election of Barack Hussein Obama. His supporters and detractors are still slugging it out. Indeed, in my discussions with other Christians I find a constant

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Good News for Muslims

Dec 7, 2008

Some Christians think that they can help Muslims by affirming them in their faith, and encouraging them to be good Muslims. That is more or less how Christians in the interfaith movement operate. But there are other Christians who think

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Now Is Not the Time for Cowardice

Dec 4, 2008

Jesus promised us that dark days would lie ahead. They would not be a time for the weak-hearted or the half-hearted. Our Lord expects courage of us in these dark days, and he expects all of us to be fully

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Peace on Earth and Interfaith Dialogue

Nov 30, 2008

There are all sorts of reasons why people get involved in interfaith dialogue. Some are better than others. Some Christians, for example, may think in so doing they are being Christlike, or fulfilling biblical injunctions to be peacemakers and the

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Our Global Spiritual Crisis

Nov 27, 2008

Very few people are unaware of our global financial crisis. Yet many would be unaware that this financial meltdown may well be a symptom of a much greater and more significant crisis – a global spiritual crisis. Certainly in the

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Getting Our Priorities Right

Nov 24, 2008

When believers put God first, he is quite able to take care of the rest. As C.S. Lewis once said, “Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.” This of

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Jesus, Muhammad and Violence

Nov 21, 2008

We are continuously being told by Muslims and their sympathisers that if Islam has its violent aspects, well so too does Christianity. They are very eager to convince us of a moral equivalence that exists between the two religions. Sure,

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Why Can’t They All Just Get Along?

Nov 19, 2008

As the saying goes, “Jaw jaw is better than war war.” Thus getting warring factions together to talk through their differences instead of killing one another is a good thing. Discussion is better than warfare. This can apply to interfaith

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A Few Thoughts on Revival

Nov 18, 2008

As we study church history, we learn of exciting outbreaks of revival and renewal which have had profound global impacts. Today Christians rightly long to see similar moves of God’s spirit as well. We all desire to see God move

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Watch Out For Those Tolerance Thugs

Nov 14, 2008

It always amazes me how those activist groups who most go on and on about tolerance and acceptance and peace and love are often the most unloving and intolerant folks around. Their rhetoric often is light-years away from their actions.

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God and Goodness

Nov 13, 2008

The biblical understanding of morality is rather straightforward: There exists an objective, universal moral law because there is a transcendent, personal moral lawgiver – God. Our triune God is a personal, volitional and moral being who is the source of

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