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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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Faith in a Time of Crisis

Mar 23, 2020

The corona crisis is revealing what sort of faith we have – if any:

There is nothing like a major crisis to show us what we are made of. And for the Christian, there is nothing like a major crisis

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No More Business As Usual?

Mar 21, 2020

The most important thing is to let God change us during this time of crisis:

It seems we have heard these words before: “The world is now forever changed.” “There can be no more business as usual.” “There is no

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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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‘Will He Find Faith?’

Mar 17, 2020

Do God’s people really have faith, especially in times of crisis?

In the Parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18:1-8 Jesus finishes with these words: “When the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”. In the

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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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Are You in the Trenches?

Mar 12, 2020

It can get lonely and discouraging doing pitched battle in the trenches:

In an age of computer-driven weaponry and long-distance warfare, the older methods of man-to-man combat is becoming less and less necessary. Why bother with one-on-one fighting when a

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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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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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Cooperating With God

Feb 28, 2020

Christians cooperate with God in their growth:

Let me preface my remarks with a few qualifying words. First, this will be a rather brief piece. I am on the road again doing some speaking and things are rather busy. So

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Where is the Power of God?

Feb 26, 2020

Why is there so much powerlessness in our lives and our churches?

I wrote an article a few days ago in which I briefly mentioned how often the word “power” is found in the New Testament. In that piece I

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The Need For Improved Spiritual Vision

Feb 22, 2020

Most Western Christians are oblivious to the spiritual realities all around us:

We all have varying levels of vision. Some folks are born blind, and never get to see anything – they can only go by the descriptions of others.

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Where There Are No Lukewarm Christians

Feb 13, 2020

We need to learn about genuine Christianity:

There are two main types of Christianity. There is the version found in the West in which many (most?) people who call themselves Christians are basically indistinguishable from their non-Christian neighbours. They live,

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On Religious Sectarianism, Once Again

Jan 28, 2020

I need to keep saying why I believe what I believe:

While there are different forms of sectarianism out there, I am here focusing on that found in the Christian camp. One definition of sectarianism is this: “excessive attachment to

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