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Crisis, Christianity, and Compassion

Mar 27, 2020

Mass crises have struck us before, and we need to learn from history how Christians have responded:

In dark times, the light of Christ is meant to shine the most. In this present corona crisis it is hoped that individual

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Occupy Till He Comes

Mar 25, 2020

In a sense we Christians carry on as normal, even in a time of crisis:

The other day I wrote a piece about no more business as usual. In it I mainly had in mind two broad concerns: One, that

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Plagues, Panic and Providence

Mar 20, 2020

Both biblical and secular history can be of great help in times of crisis:

As always, having an understanding of history can be extremely helpful, especially in dark times. Understanding that our current situation is not all that unique, and

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Coronavirus, Christianity, History and Faith

Mar 14, 2020

Here are some spiritual and historical considerations to keep in mind during these turbulent times:

With Coronavirus occupying everyone’s attention (and you know it is serious when most folk’s favourite sporting events are being cancelled), the Christian has a unique

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Tyranny, Terror and the God Who Is There

Mar 8, 2020

While murderous dictatorships and tyrants operate today, their days are numbered:

We all live in the moment, and we all live in time. We often have little sense of history, and less understanding of where history is going. So the

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Communism – We Dare Not Forget

Mar 8, 2020

Forgetting about the horrors of Communism will ensure that they are repeated:

The saddest thing about history is that we do tend to forget. It was only just over three decades ago that the Berlin Wall came down, yet most

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Warnings Given, Warnings Unheeded

Mar 2, 2020

It is shocking how often we ignore crucial warnings, until it is too late:

History is full of tragedies and catastrophes because of warnings that have gone unheeded. Numerous warnings are given about various things, but when they fall on

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Socialism in America

Feb 25, 2020

Bernie Sanders is not the first person to try to establish socialism in America:

If Bernie Sanders wins the Democratic nomination and goes on to beat Donald Trump in November, we will have our very first full-blown socialist (actually, Communist)

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On the Priesthood of All Believers

Dec 5, 2019

What exactly do we mean when we stress the importance of ‘the priesthood of all believers’?

One core teaching of the Reformation in general, and of Luther in particular, has to do with the priesthood of all believers. It is

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God, Socialism, and Thanksgiving

Nov 28, 2019

What we need to know about Thanksgiving – and economics:

With wokeness breaking out all around us, it is not surprising to see historical revisionism occurring everywhere – including things like America’s founding, and national holidays like Thanksgiving. Indeed, you

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The Dynamics of Spiritual Life

Oct 26, 2019

This older book on renewal and reformation is still well worth reading:

My title might have a nice ring to it, but believers who have been around for a while will recall seeing it elsewhere. Forty years ago a very

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On National Prayer

Oct 11, 2019

On the importance of national prayer and fasting:

It is not just individuals who pray. Entire nations can be involved in times of corporate prayer as well. Ancient Israel had such times of national prayer, as have other nations. Often

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September 11, Terrorism, and Memory

Oct 7, 2019

These two new books on 9/11 are must reads:

The main problem with the plea to “never forget” is that we invariably do. Our memory is poor, and we easily forget things that matter. That is why we must constantly

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Are You Being Persecuted Yet? Part 1

Sep 22, 2019

The true Christian WILL face persecution for sharing the gospel. Consider these three amazing examples.

Scripture offers us various ways to help us know if we really are God’s blood-bought children. There are various tests, if you will, or things

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Are You Being Persecuted Yet? Part 2

Sep 22, 2019

The true Christian WILL face persecution for sharing the gospel. Consider these three amazing examples.

In Part 1 of this article I said that persecution is a good indication of whether you are a committed Christian or not. It is

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Revival in Scotland

Sep 7, 2019

These books on mighty heaven-sent revival are must reads.

All true Christians long for revival, pray for revival, and love to hear or read about revival. Indeed, studying periods of mighty revival in history is always a rewarding endeavor. It

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On Religious Freedom Legislation

Sep 4, 2019

Some thoughts on the religious freedom debate.

As most of you would know by now, a draft bill on religious freedom has been released by the federal government. Last week Attorney-General Christian Porter released the draft bill, and already plenty

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