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Christianity and the Cult of Youth

Jun 5, 2020

Why do so many churches sideline the elderly?

Here is my thesis: just as most of the West has elevated all things youth while ignoring, downplaying or overlooking the elderly, so too in most of Western Christianity. Not everywhere of

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Reflections on Psalm 2 

Jun 4, 2020

Psalm 2 offers us great news as we think of the murderous thugs ruling the earth right now:

Consider all the evil dictators, murderous rulers, and diabolical tyrants that people have had to endure over the years. They have terrorised

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Prayerless Christians

Jun 3, 2020

We all need to pray more – I sure do:

Just in case you are thinking: ‘Here goes Bill again, bashing other believers’ – not so. If anything, I am bashing myself here, while trying to encourage others. I have

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Restoring Wasted Years

May 30, 2020

Do you feel that so much of your life has been wasted? There is hope if you do:

I stayed up till 2 this morning watching the first two hours of the three-hour live stream memorial service for the great

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The Messianic Feast

May 29, 2020

Some thoughts on the Messianic banquet:

We all like to eat. And most of us enjoy dining in community. The Bible actually speaks quite often about food, about eating, about feasts, and about dining with others. Both Testaments speak to

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Encouragement for the Journey

May 27, 2020

We all need some encouragement as we seek to serve Christ and the Kingdom:

Here are some biblical truths you can bank on: Anyone living a committed Christian life will face opposition. How can it not be? Satan and his

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Bible Study Helps: Nehemiah

May 26, 2020

Here are some aids to assist you as you study Nehemiah:

Nehemiah continues the story we find recorded in the book of Ezra. Just as with Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book in the Hebrew

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Bible Study Helps: Esther

May 25, 2020

Here are some helps as you read through the Old Testament book of Esther:

Having just reread the Old Testament book of Esther, I am again struck by its many unique features. It is the only book, along with Daniel,

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25 Key Quotes from Ravi Zacharias

May 20, 2020

Here are 25 gems from the great Christian apologist:

Having just passed away at age 74 after nearly a half century of ministry, Ravi Zacharias has left us such a rich legacy, and a wealth of important Christian thinking and

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On Teaching

May 18, 2020

Some thoughts on Christian teachers and teaching:

God has appointed teachers for the body of Christ, and teaching is a spiritual gift and office (see for example Ephesians 4:11-12 and Romans 12:6-8). Of course we all know of misguided Christians

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On Dealing With Discouragement

May 17, 2020

Are you easily discouraged? Here is some help:

I suspect most people get discouraged at times. Indeed, if you are like me, you will often be discouraged, deflated, demoralised, and dispirited. Some folks are more prone to this than others,

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The Throne of God

May 16, 2020

We must not lose sight of the throne of God:

Throughout Scripture we read about God’s throne. It of course speaks to the rule and reign of God. It tells us about God’s sovereignty, his majesty, his dignity, his holiness,

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Lost and Found

May 10, 2020

What do you search the most for?

Most of us have experienced the sadness of losing something of value. And most of us – hopefully – have also experienced the joy of finding some of these lost objects. There are

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Celebrating V-E Day (and Christian Hope)

May 9, 2020

The V-E Day celebrations of 75 years ago have nothing on the celebrations Christians will have when Christ returns:

Exactly 75 years ago much of the world was celebrating the defeat of the Nazis and victory in Europe. After six

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On Dealing With Trolls, Yet Again

May 6, 2020

Have you ever had to deal with an argumentative Christian troll?

I have been heavily involved in the culture wars for well over 30 years now. They will certainly bring out the trolls, miscreants and critics. And with the advent

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When God Must Judge His Own People

May 2, 2020

We learn important spiritual truths from the life of King Manasseh:

One of the biggest problems Yahweh had with the people of Israel was the sad reality that they preferred to listen to the false prophets instead of the true

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Scripture, Reason, and the Holy Spirit

Apr 25, 2020

The Christian needs both brains and the Spirit to rightly understand Scripture:

All Christians believe that God speaks to us through the Bible – not just in the sense that Scripture contains God’s propositional truth for us, but that God

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Corona, Christ, Judgment and Lament

Apr 25, 2020

What is God trying to say to us amid COVID-19?

This is my 44th piece on the coronavirus. The world certainly has changed from just a few months ago. Some of my earlier articles focused on spiritual, biblical and

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