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The Scandal of the Cross

Oct 14, 2020

Just what is the scandal of the cross, and why is it so offensive?

The cross of Christ is scandalous. The Apostle Paul made that clear in 1 Corinthians 1:22-25 where we read: “For Jews demand signs and Greeks

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On Getting What We Deserve

Oct 13, 2020

We should not want what we deserve – what we want and need is grace:

For some reason the word “merit” popped into my mind early this morning, so I reflected on it briefly, before moving on to other matters.

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Elections and Christian Responsibility

Oct 11, 2020

It is vital for believers to vote wisely in these four upcoming elections:

I hope that most folks – especially most Christians – are aware that there are four quite important elections coming up real soon. At the very least,

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Persistence in Praying For God’s Justice

Oct 8, 2020

Christians delight in God’s mercy, grace and patience – but never at the expense of God’s justice, holiness and righteousness. All these things the Christian celebrates. And when evil and injustice are running riot, it is fully appropriate that believers

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Difficult Bible Passages: Luke 9:45

Oct 6, 2020

Does God hide certain divine truths at times?

This passage has to do with the bigger and always rather difficult matter of how divine sovereignty can coexist with human responsibility. The verse speaks about how the disciples were left in

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How Long O Lord?

Oct 3, 2020

In dark times we are right to ask God when he will intervene and bring forth justice:

We have all asked the question “How long?” Kids impatiently ask on a journey, “How long before we get there?” We ask how

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Speaking Truth To Power

Sep 25, 2020

Yes Christians are called to speak truth to power:

I realise that those who use the phrase found in my title are often those of the left – including the religious left and the social justice warriors. But it should

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Fathers and Sons

Sep 21, 2020

Some personal and devotional reflections on fathers and sons:

OK, this will be something of a spiritual mixed salad, with various bits thrown in together: the closing verses of the Old Testament coupled with a New Testament parable, tied together

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Worthless Religious Leadership

Sep 21, 2020

It is time to distinguish good from bad religious leaders:

Sadly, in our churches today there are plenty of worthless religious leaders. They are not just worthless – they are evil. They are false shepherds who are leading the people

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Hope in Hopeless Times

Sep 17, 2020

Hope and trust are needed in these difficult days:

Millions of people the world over have been wondering how long things will keep going the way they have been. It is not just a global virus, but various government responses

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Yes We Should Hate Evil

Sep 12, 2020

Real love always discriminates between right and wrong, good and evil:

Plenty of Christians love to talk about love – and rightly so. It is a major attribute of God and is a major fruit of the Spirit, to be

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You’ve Been Chopped

Sep 11, 2020

There is a place for weeding out fake friends:

If you are into American cooking shows you will be familiar with my title. But no, I am not here going to talk about food or cooking contests. I am however

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A Faith That Makes a Difference

Sep 9, 2020

Real Christianity has always been about transforming our world – not just individual souls:

Christianity is a very practical faith. It of course offers eternal dividends for those who embrace it, but it also has very real implications for life

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Faith and Politics – Again

Sep 7, 2020

As always, some clear thinking on the matter of faith and politics is needed:

Discussions and debates about Christian political involvement will always be with us, and I will need to keep writing about this, as there always seems to

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For God’s Own Glory

Sep 4, 2020

Thoughts on the glory of God:

If we had to pick a major theme of biblical theology, it would be the glory of God. While we have all heard the Westminster Shorter Catechism on this so many times, it is

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Watchmen Missing In Action

Sep 3, 2020

Why are so few speaking out and standing up for what is right?

On the social media recently I suggested that concerned individuals write to the three MPs who had helped to pass a terrible bill in Victoria. I urged

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The End of History

Sep 1, 2020

Be comforted; human history is something God is in control of:

History is going somewhere. For the Christian, we believe God is not aloof or out of touch with the affairs of men but is actively involved in them. And

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