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Lessons From the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Nov 3, 2009

As things continue to decline spiritually, morally, culturally, politically and ideologically, we need more than ever men and women willing to stand up, go against the tide, and provide some hearty resistance. We need, in other words, men and women

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Spirituality: No Magic Pill

Oct 21, 2009

I caught myself the other day saying this: “This is taking absolutely forever!” And what was I referring to? The few seconds it was taking to open a new web page on my computer! Such a silly reaction tells us

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What Sort of Gospel Are We Preaching?

Oct 16, 2009

Today I was reading the very familiar parable of the sower which Jesus gave (Matthew 13:1-23 = Mark 4:1-20; Luke 8:5-15). Of course as many commentators point out, this is really a parable about the soil. It primarily deals with

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Prayer is a Verb

Oct 10, 2009

OK, yes I know: prayer is also a noun. But the point is, it is one of those terms that should involve us in actual doing, not just knowing. Indeed, it is somewhat strange to be writing about prayer, when

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Encouragement in the Face of Battle

Sep 19, 2009

Christians hold two passports. We are citizens of this world, but also of the next. Thus there is always tension in this life. Indeed, there is an ongoing struggle, a spiritual war which we daily find ourselves in. Those who

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The Church and Self-Esteem

Aug 23, 2009

An ad in a church bulletin recently caught my attention. It was advertising an upcoming ‘Self-Esteem Seminar’. Nothing unusual about that. There must be zillions of such self-help seminars being run in churches throughout the Western world. They have become

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Learning the Language of Babylon

Jul 23, 2009

In two earlier articles I looked at Israel in captivity, and lessons for the church. Here I want to pen a third and final article on this theme of living as a people in exile. In particular I want to

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On Being a Pilgrim People

Jul 10, 2009

The relationship between the people of God and the world which God has created is a lengthy and complex subject. Christians have had different ideas about how we should relate to this present world. It is not my intention here

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By the Rivers of Babylon

Jul 5, 2009

One of the saddest and most shattering passages in the whole of the Bible is Psalm 137:1-4: “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps, for there

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On Turning the World Upside Down

Jun 9, 2009

We live in very dark times. This website provides hundreds of examples of the gathering gloom which is overtaking much of the Western world. As the West seeks to jettison all traces of its Christian heritage, it is heading down

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The Ultimate Makeover Show

May 14, 2009

Reality television has been all the rage for at least a decade now. While it actually goes back some decades, it has especially taken off in the past ten years or so. One popular stream of this entertainment genre has

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Why Did Jesus Die? An Easter Story

Apr 2, 2009

At the heart of the Christian gospel is a love story. It is your typical three-part love story: boy meets girl; girl rejects boy; boy wins back girl. God of course is madly in love with us, but we have

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On Idolatry

Mar 29, 2009

In the Judeo-Christian scheme of things, idolatry is perhaps the defining sin against the one true God. An idol is anything that we dedicate ourselves to, and centre our lives around. It is a substitute for the true God. There

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Truth and Love

Mar 23, 2009

I return again to a theme which I have been writing much of as of late. I have mainly been doing so because so much silly thinking on these biblical concepts has arisen from segments of the church. The emerging

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Fighting the Good Fight

Mar 18, 2009

The Christian life is described in various ways in the New Testament. Various metaphors and images are used to depict the life of the disciple of Jesus. Sometimes, for example, athletic and sporting metaphors are used. One group of images

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On Truth and Unity, Part One

Mar 16, 2009

There are a whole range of issues in the Christian faith which require care and thoughtfulness. All sorts of extremes are to be avoided, and finding the elusive balance is always an arduous task. But getting the biblical balance right

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On Truth and Unity, Part Two

Mar 16, 2009

The unity of Christ’s followers is a strong emphasis in the Word of God. It is something which every believer is commanded to strive for. If the Scriptures are strong on the importance of unity, they are equally strong on

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In Praise of Bad News

Feb 28, 2009

I think bad news gets a bad rap. Bad news is actually a good thing. We all need bad news. Bad news is vital for us to properly function as human beings. OK, now that I have your attention, let

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What Can We Do?

Feb 2, 2009

For those people concerned about pro-faith, pro-family and pro-life issues, these are dark days indeed. In the West these values are taking a hammering. It really seems that a new Dark Ages is about to descend. Simply opening the morning

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