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Jesus and Division

Jun 22, 2018

It can be said with full biblical warrant that Jesus is the great divider. Perhaps no other figure in human history has been so divisive. And that may strike many people – even many Christians today – as being quite

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Why You Need To Be An Apologist

Jun 17, 2018

No, I don’t want you to go around saying “sorry” all the time. That is not what I mean. My title is referring to this: ALL Christians should seek to know enough about their faith that when they get asked

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On Controversy

Jun 14, 2018

Autobiographical preface: for a guy who is involved in controversy all the time, the truth is, I really don’t like controversy! As I have said before, I would much rather just quietly sit at home and read a book, maybe

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Our Apathy Really is Damnable

May 27, 2018

The older word “damnable” is still used today as an adjective. The word itself can mean many things, but in a biblical context it has the idea of ‘liable to or deserving damnation’. We do not hear about damnation much

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On the Royal Wedding

May 19, 2018

Millions and millions of people have just watched the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, held at Windsor Castle and televised to the watching world. I notice that here in Australia channels 7, 9, ABC and SBS were

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This is What Revival Looks Like

May 18, 2018

I have been reading a whole lot of books on revival of late. Absolutely inspiring stuff. In these dark days in this ungodly world I would think that all true followers of Christ would be desirous of and praying for

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Do Your Homework First – Then Speak

May 16, 2018

In many areas of life people will do a lot of careful research and undertake detailed investigations before they launch into something. Certainly if they are planning to spend a lot of money on something (a new house or a

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On Being Faithful

May 14, 2018

The Bible throughout speaks of the importance of faithfulness. While the faithfulness of God is of course key here, with his unwavering commitment to, and concern for, his people and his purposes, it is our faithfulness that I want to

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Dealing With Critics

May 9, 2018

You might be wondering: hasn’t Bill written on that topic before? Well yes, you are right: I have actually written on this issue quite often. But since the critics and the criticism seem to be never-ending, I have to keep

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The Sin of an Unteachable Spirit

May 3, 2018

It is a sad reality that many churches today do not even talk about sin. But hopefully the more evangelical and Bible-based ones still do. And then you will hear about sins “without” like abortion or homosexuality, or sins “within,”

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What If You Had Not Existed?

Apr 16, 2018

No, I am not asking some sort of weird existentialist question here, or anything too strange. I am really just asking this: if you had died young, or were not born at all, would it have made a notable difference

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On Dealing with Idols

Apr 14, 2018

We all have our idols, and we all must deal with these idols. An idol is anything which commands our attention and loyalty over and above the one true God. We are too sophisticated to bow down before carved statues

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What To Read on Revival

Apr 12, 2018

Revival is the need of the hour. All true Christians long for and pray for revival. Without sweeping revival we are in very dire straits. And it is certainly true that we NEED revival far more than what we need

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Elvis, Lewis and Eternity

Apr 9, 2018

There happened to be a documentary on Elvis Presley last night on TV which I watched a good part of. I assume there are plenty of such docos out there on “The King”. This one came out last year and

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David, Sin, Grace and Judgment

Apr 5, 2018

God said of the famous Old Testament character David that he was “a man after my own heart”. But he was also a very human and a very fallible man. That is the same with God’s people everywhere: they can

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A Tale of Two Men – and Two Faiths

Apr 1, 2018

Today is Easter Sunday. Christians the world over celebrate the most important event in human history: the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. At the heart of this event is one person giving his life for others, so that they

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