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Rachel Carling-Jenkins and Abortion

Oct 21, 2015

Rachel Carling-Jenkins is a conservative and Christian who has recently been elected to the Victoria Parliament. She won her seat in the 2014 election as a member of the Victorian Legislative Council, representing the Western Metropolitan Region She is the

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Whittaker Chambers, Witness, and Hope

Oct 2, 2015

Although the times can seem very dark, there is always hope. When Communism was threatening the entire globe, one hard-core Communist made the bold decision to renounce it, and embrace Christianity instead. I refer to the very important figure of

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Apologetics and Modelling

Sep 28, 2015

OK, my title is likely to be something resulting in relatively few google search result hits. In fact, I just tried it, and this is what I got: “No results found for ‘Apologetics and Modelling’.” Of course it is not

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Giving Honour in Canberra

Sep 14, 2015

I am just finished with a very busy and very rich weekend in Canberra. I will offer the details in a moment, but I was impressed to lift up some key Christian champions in Australia and to give them some

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Bruce Jenner and Trans-Sanity

Jun 3, 2015

Note to Bruce Jenner (no, not Caitlyn – you are Bruce, and always will be): you are obviously a very troubled individual who needs counsel, therapy and professional help. But you certainly do not need celebration, endorsement and praise for

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Fake Christians, Fake Marriage

May 23, 2015

One good way to spot a phony Christian is when some crucial moral or social issue comes up. When they declare their hand, that usually tells us all we need to know about a person’s supposed Christian credentials. For example,

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Amazing Grace in War Time

May 11, 2015

While some may not think so, God can use all sorts of things, even warfare, to carry out his purposes. As horrible as a war can be, God can be seen even there, and marvellous stories of his grace can

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The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

May 7, 2015

Most days my news wrap could be titled something like this. There is often a mixture of good and not-so-good news, although sadly the bad news seems to predominate. But here I can offer a few cheery bits to go

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More Second Thoughts

Apr 30, 2015

There is no shortage of those who have had a major rethink, and quite often that is a very good thing indeed. A few days ago I wrote a piece on this, providing some examples, and then highlighted one individual

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IVF, Babies and Frozen Peas

Apr 17, 2015

So what do babies and peas have in common? Well, both can be frozen and later thawed. While it is convenient for us to eat vegetables in this fashion, babies are not vegetables. Yet unborn babies are treated in similar

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Time to Raise the Bar

Apr 15, 2015

In much of life, and certainly in the Christian life, we need to be inspired, challenged and given a vision of something better, grander and more worthwhile. This is obviously true in the sporting world where the phrase “raise the

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He’s Alive: Lessons from Luke

Apr 7, 2015

By now most Victorians, and perhaps many Australians, will have heard the great news: Luke Shambrook is alive. The 11-year-old Victorian boy with severe autism had been lost in the bush since Good Friday. He had wandered away from a

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Another Brave Female Champion

Mar 27, 2015

It seems that as I write about great culture warriors and real heroes who are making a difference, increasingly I am writing about women. Nothing wrong with that at all of course, although it does raise the question: where are

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More Christian Atheists

Mar 25, 2015

Yep, you read that right: Christian atheists. Believe it or not, there are folks out there who claim to be Christians – even Christian leaders – who also proudly inform us that they don’t believe in God. Yep, makes perfect

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Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore and Christianity

Mar 23, 2015

Today the founding Prime Minister of Singapore passed away at age 91. He is rightly credited with single-handedly turning Singapore from a third-world backwater to a first-world success story. One of the wealthiest nations in the world, the Singapore miracle

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Fleecing the Flock of God

Mar 14, 2015

One of the most shocking passages in all of the Old Testament is Jeremiah 5:31: “The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the

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