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Faith Versus Feelings

Apr 27, 2017

The Christian life is meant to be based on faith, not on feelings. Followers of Jesus are to seek to know and understand God and what he desires of us and then act upon that. Thus we are to use

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Our Wounded God

Apr 21, 2017

There is only one religion in the world in which it makes sense to speak of a wounded God. And even more unique, this was a case of self-wounding. What religion would ever dare to speak this way? Just one:

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Why the Cross?

Apr 15, 2017

The Easter event is the most important event in human history. Without the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ we would all be lost – forever. The love relationship God desired with his creatures was marred by sin and rebellion,

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Minimalist and Maximalist Christianity

Apr 12, 2017

Warning: this is an article about theology. Now that I have scared away around 90 percent of my readers, let me continue with the remaining ten percenters! My thesis here is simple: every Christian, whether they like it or not,

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Beauty, Art, the Believer and Eternity

Apr 10, 2017

Our God is a God of beauty. One simply has to look at the world he created to see beauty everywhere: majestic mountains, wondrous oceans, incredible sunsets, amazing flowers, thundering waterfalls, and so on. Even in a fallen world we

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Leaders Are Readers

Mar 31, 2017

I just recently went through a very unpleasant experience. A rather arrogant, unteachable and quite theologically uninformed and confused Christian got into an argument with me on some biblical issue on the social media. I suggested he read a piece

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No Business As Usual In Wartime

Mar 22, 2017

I had the privilege of speaking to a group of committed believers in an inner city church recently. They were eager to hear about some of the battles we are involved in. I shared many of the areas where faith,

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Faith, Foolishness and Presumption

Mar 19, 2017

Christians can be real nutters at times. They may think they are being faith-filled disciples of Christ but sometimes they are just plain idiots! They are not in fact exercising great faith, but are demonstrating great foolishness, gullibility and presumption.

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This Scriptural Word Has a Sting in Its Tale

Mar 8, 2017

OK, there would be various phrases and sentences in the Bible which are encouraging and uplifting, but are also ominous, even frightening. One prime candidate of such a two-edged sword would be Revelation 2:21: “I have given her time to

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Whose Side is God On?

Mar 6, 2017

Around the time of the American Civil War, Abraham Lincoln was asked if God was on his side. His response is a classic: “Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be

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Going Back To Egypt

Feb 16, 2017

I am rereading the book of Numbers. As the title implies, there are a lot of numbers found here – lists of Israelite tribes and census enumerations for example. There are also portions of the law being given. But there

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You Always Hurt the One You Love

Feb 8, 2017

In the midst of a busy speaking schedule in Brisbane my wife and I managed to have some time out for brunch. As we enjoyed our meal near the beach, over the sound system they played an old John Lennon

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On Offering Correction

Feb 4, 2017

This is another article basically for Christians only, and as with so many of these pieces, one directed at myself just as much as at others. It has to do with correcting others, especially publically. Now that in itself is

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When I’m Sixty-Four

Jan 27, 2017

OK, another milestone I guess. And I even have a very famous pop song to commemorate it with. Most of you would be familiar with “When I’m Sixty-Four.” It is of course a classic song by the Beatles, released in

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