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

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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Islam and Fifth Columns

Nov 10, 2008

During the Spanish Civil War of 1936-1939, four columns of insurgent forces approached Madrid, while a ‘fifth column’ of supporters was inside the city, seeking to undermine the Republican government from within.

The term became popular after then, especially during

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More Election Reflections

Nov 7, 2008

As can be imagined, entire oceans full of ink have already been spilt on the US elections. This will continue for many weeks to come. Democrats will be salivating over their victories, while Republicans will be licking their wounds and

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Christian Political Involvement

Nov 6, 2008

Yes I know: I am a glutton for punishment. I am writing about the two things one is not supposed to discuss in polite society: politics and religion. But here I am, talking about both. So call me a sadist,

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Random Thoughts on the Election

Nov 6, 2008

First let me go through the mandatory disclaimers: I am a Christian, I am more or less conservative, and Obama was not my choice. Now that I have declared my hand, and revealed my biases, a few random thoughts on

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Why the Mainline Becomes the Sidelined

Nov 5, 2008

It has often been said of the more liberal Christian denominations that in their attempt to become trendy and relevant – at the expense of biblical truth – they have ceased being mainline denominations and have in fact become sidelined.

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Christians and Civil Disobedience

Nov 2, 2008

Throughout history civil disobedience (that is, the public, nonviolent conscientious resistance to, or breaking of, a law deemed to be unjust) has been engaged in. Somewhat recent examples of those resorting to civil disobedience include Henry David Thoreau, Mohandas Gandhi,

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Jesus, Law and Relationship

Nov 1, 2008

Law does not get a very good rap in today’s culture. For law is associated with such things as right and wrong, truth and falsehood – all of which are under attack in our postmodern times. And it is not

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On Creed and Conduct (and Emergents)

Oct 31, 2008

There are two areas which the believer is constantly encouraged to excel in. These two areas can be developed for the glory of God, or they can be ignored or negated, resulting in apostasy and judgment. I refer to creed

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Dawkins, Deism and Jesus

Oct 30, 2008

Arch-atheist Richard Dawkins is an evolutionist. But many are now asking whether the dyed-in-the-wool critic of religion may be, well, evolving in his views about God. You see, in a recent debate with theist and Christian John Lennox, he let

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When False Prophets Arise

Oct 29, 2008

“Be on your guard.” That is a message found constantly in the New Testament. There is much to be alert about. For example, Jesus solemnly warned about false teachers who would come in and deceive his followers. He could

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Is Christianity Just a Crutch?

Oct 29, 2008

There have been numerous objections raised against Christianity over the centuries. There may be 20 or so major standard objections raised, covering a variety of issues. One quite common complaint is that Christianity – or religion in general – is

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On Being a Troublemaker (for Jesus)

Oct 27, 2008

“Blessed are the peacemakers” Jesus said, as recorded in Matt. 5:9. That is the normal way believers should go about their business: being a source of peace amidst conflict; being a place of calm amidst chaos and confusion; being a

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Culture Wars and Worldview Wars

Oct 20, 2008

We are now familiar with the culture wars raging in the Western world. Battles over such things as abortion, or the institution of marriage, are being fiercely contested in many places. And it often seems that the opposing camps will

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Should Christians Support Obama?

Oct 16, 2008

Now that I have caught your attention by means of a deliberately provocative question, let me start by asking another question: Will Christians be voting for Obama? There certainly will be. The real question is, should they be?

The short

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