CultureWatch

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

Burqa Bans

Jul 6, 2014

With Islam steadily making major inroads all over the West, and with so many Muslims refusing to blend in with the Western host cultures, remaining instead in their own cultural ghettos, the issue of the burqa (the full body covering

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The Risk of Truth Speaking

Jun 15, 2014

Speaking the truth is always risky for the simple reason that most people don’t want to hear the truth. In a fallen world full of selfish and sinful people, the truth is the last thing most folks want to hear.

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Who Will Stand For Marriage?

Jun 2, 2014

The greater something is, the greater the chance that it will come under attack. One of the greatest gifts of God to mankind is the holy institution of marriage. No wonder it is therefore under attack from every quarter. And

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Churchill, Lewis and Wartime

May 22, 2014

The life of the believer is all about battle, warfare and struggle. The Bible from start to finish makes this quite clear. It is ultimately a spiritual battle, but it manifests itself on so many levels of life: the political,

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On Books, Reading, and Christianity

May 10, 2014

OK, there is not much new one can say about books. They have been around for quite a while now. A couple of millennia ago King Solomon could say this about them: “Of making many books there is no end,

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Day Care Blues

Apr 23, 2014

Over 30 years ago social analyst Peter Drucker wrote this about the rise and rise of Western daycare, “We are busily unmaking one of the proudest social achievements in the nineteenth century, which was to take married women out of

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Christian Bunker Dwellers

Dec 16, 2013

OK, by now you should know that it does not take much to trigger another article out of me. The slightest thing can set me off. A news item did just that today. And this is one of those news

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A Tale of Two Women

Dec 6, 2012

Two amazing women have just passed away, within hours of each other. One was well known by millions, and the Australian as well as world press have told her inspiring story as front page news. The other woman was just

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Celebrating 2000

Mar 16, 2012

So we now mark the 2000th. No, I am not referring to the number of books I have bought in the past few years (although the figure would not be far off). No I am not referring to all the

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Kony, Kids and Campaigns

Mar 12, 2012

As most people now know there has been an Internet campaign which has gone viral big time to alert the public to the evil machinations of Ugandan rebel and mass killer Joseph Kony, and to seek to bring him to

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And They Call This Debate?

Sep 6, 2011

Anyone who has been involved in the culture wars for a while, or has publicly stood up for faith, family, and life, will know just how ugly things can get, and just how the other side tends to operate. After

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Good News for Book Lovers

Feb 18, 2011

It may not seem like a great time to be talking about good news in the book world. After all, news headlines report that 2,500 Australian jobs may go as the owner of Borders and Angus & Robertson has gone

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On Reaching 1500

Nov 24, 2010

No I am not that old – although I sometimes feel that way. I am referring to a small milestone which took place last week while in Perth. Amidst a busy schedule there, I managed to pen my 1500th article.

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On Trapped Miners and Spiritual Truths

Oct 13, 2010

As I write this piece, the 33 trapped Chilean miners are about to be rescued, one at a time. They have been trapped underground since August 5, and all the television networks are now devoted to their final release. It

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Books of Note

Feb 23, 2010

In my ongoing, irregular series of shorter book reviews, I offer another batch of volumes I happen to be reading at the moment and wish to recommend. Since they reflect my usual interests, you will find books on theology, apologetics,

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More Book Recommendations

Oct 18, 2009

This is another in my irregular series on notable books that you should be aware of. There is always an endless supply of new books which become available every year. I try to keep up on some of the more

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Cults and Amazing Grace

Mar 4, 2009

I don’t know about other newspapers, but in the Melbourne Herald Sun there have been some quarter-page ads placed lately with the banner headline, “He was right!” So who is he and what was he right about?

The ‘he’ in

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