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On Doing Our Christian Duty

Nov 3, 2018

Getting the biblical balance right on a whole range of issues is essential if we are to live the normal Christian life. Oftentimes various unhelpful and unbiblical extremes are pushed, resulting in a lopsided, distorted and skewed Christianity.

At different

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James Packer and Knowing God

Nov 2, 2018

There is no more important question that any of us can ask than this: Do I have a real knowledge of God? This means not just head knowledge, but personal, heart-felt knowledge based on a relationship with the living God.

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Ephesians 2

Oct 27, 2018

I have often written about the incredibly gifted and anointed Welsh preacher and teacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Many times I have spoken about his tremendous 14-volume set of expository sermons on the book of Romans. No Christian library should be without

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Our Woeful Churches

Oct 18, 2018

Anyone who says Jesus was only about preaching a message soaked in happy, uplifting and positive vibes has clearly not read the four gospels. Everywhere in them we find Jesus speaking about hell and judgment to come more than anyone

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Australian Idols

Sep 29, 2018

Today a decidedly religious experience will be experienced by millions of people. There is a shrine in Melbourne Australia dedicated to this event, and it will be cram-packed – perhaps with 100,000 people. And many millions will watch this religious

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Yes, Change Is Possible

Sep 7, 2018

One thing CultureWatch is all about is letting people know that change is possible. The main change of course being promoted here is that of leaving behind a selfish and sinful life, and becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. Then

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On Christian Freedom (and Bondage)

Aug 31, 2018

As with so many basic biblical truths, there is a bit of a balancing act required when we speak about Christian freedom. Certain extremes need to be avoided, and various biblical emphases need to be held together – if need

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Packer, Preaching and the Puritans

Aug 29, 2018

I confess: I love these three Ps. James Packer is one of my favourite theologians; the Puritans are among my most respected and revered Christians; and solid biblical preaching is always terrific to sit under. So here we have all

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On Erroneous Christian Extrapolation

Aug 22, 2018

Yesterday I warned about the dangers of people extrapolating from their own personal experiences, making them binding, and allowing them to trump everything else, including all the facts and evidence. Some people will ignore the data and research, and simply

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We Need More Jeremiahs

Aug 20, 2018

How should the Christian relate to the world around him? What should our attitude and mindset be? It seems we can get some solid answers to these questions by looking at the life of Jeremiah. He of course was called

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More Cheap Excuses For Sin

Aug 1, 2018

Yesterday I wrote a piece in which I looked at six common sayings which in effect can become nothing but cheap excuses for sin. The article got a bit of attention, and some folks offered a few more such excuses.

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Stop Making Cheap Excuses For Sin

Jul 31, 2018

There are plenty of popular sayings and expressions tossed about by believers which may sound good at first, but when they are more carefully considered, they often turn out to be little more than cheap excuses for living a life

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On National Reprieves

Jul 29, 2018

Just as individuals might get a second chance at life, so too nations. Sometimes a nation may seem to be on the edge of a precipice, just about to head over, but a reprieve of sorts will come along. To

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“But We Can’t Judge Unbelievers!”

Jul 25, 2018

I have lost count of the number of times I have heard some Christians say that believers should not seek to impose their morality on non-believers; that we should not expect pagans and/or leaders to adhere to basic biblical morality;

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What Gets You Passionate?

Jul 24, 2018

There are all sorts of things that get people excited and passionate – some good, and some not so good. It might be a new car, or the next sexual conquest, or making lots of money, or one’s favourite sports

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The Thai Cave Rescue and Gospel Parallels

Jul 10, 2018

A dozen boys aged 11-16 trapped in a flooded mountain cave in northern Thailand with their football coach for over two weeks have all been rescued. As millions of people prayed and watched the media coverage, the thirteen have been

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