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Coming Home: My Testimony, Part 1

Jun 27, 2012

(This is the first of a four-part article)

“My memory is nearly gone; but I remember two things: I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great savior.”
-John Newton (1725-1807), former slave ship captain, author of

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Coming Home: My Testimony, Part 2

Jun 27, 2012

(This is the second of a four-part article)

Depression and suicide bids

As I said, a poor self-image, a life being destroyed by drugs, a few cases of unrequited love, and I was pretty depressed for much of

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Coming Home: My Testimony, Part 3

Jun 27, 2012

(This is the third of a four-part article)

Thus our big problem was our way-out beliefs. The truth is, we all need the various giftings God has put in the church, and God has appointed teachers and pastors

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Coming Home: My Testimony, Part 4

Jun 27, 2012

(This is the fourth of a four-part article)

Then another thing happened which really finalised my conversion process. Two old Christian ladies in Tacoma were another real timely and strategic Godsend for me and my journey. They had

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On Backsliders

Jun 25, 2012

This is primarily a religious term, although it can and does have secular uses. Thus one dictionary meaning defines a backslider as follows: “recidivist: someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behaviour”. And in Christian thought, a backslider is

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On Being Lukewarm

Jun 19, 2012

Most Christians are quite familiar with the hard words of Jesus spoken to the seven churches in Revelation chapters 2-3. And most would know about the hard words spoken by him about the Laodicean church in 3:14-22. And most would

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Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

Jun 11, 2012

OK, it is the middle of the year, so it is not much good speaking about New Year’s resolutions. But it seems to me that any time of the year is a good time to make fresh commitments to Christ.

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The Power of One

Jun 5, 2012

Twenty-three years ago the Tiananmen Square protests were in full swing, and freedom lovers around the world hoped that some light would soon break forth in the dark land of China. But tragically it turned out to be a massacre,

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Against Sheilaism

Jun 5, 2012

It may not seem this way, but what I wish to discuss is perfectly reasonable, so hear me out. My admittedly opaque title refers to part of a 1985 volume, Habits of the Heart by Robert Bellah, et. al. (University

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On Church Membership and Discipline

Jun 4, 2012

These are the two major missing ingredients in most churches today. Sadly the commitment-less, non-judgmental and PC-heavy mindset which characterises the world also characterises much of the church. For too many believers church is a place of entertainment, therapy and

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What We Are Up Against

May 31, 2012

Anyone who stands up for faith, family and freedom today knows full well that the other side fights dirty. This is to be expected of course – given their paucity of solid arguments, facts or evidence, they find it is

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A Prayer of Repentance

May 31, 2012

There are a number of memorable prayers of repentance in the Bible. Psalm 51 is obviously one of the most famous. But there are other inspiring prayers of repentance. One very powerful prayer – and one which seems so very

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God in the Dock

May 27, 2012

OK, I’ve got a beef. Hopefully it is a biblical beef, or a God-given beef – if not, don’t even waste your time reading any further. But I would like to think I have some biblical warrant for this particular

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Grace Perverted

May 26, 2012

The one trait or attribute of God that almost all Christians will hold up as being of supreme and fundamental importance is his matchless grace. It is a reflection of his great love of course, and is something we all

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“You’re Too Negative”

May 24, 2012

How many times have you heard that one? I get it all the time. To simply stand up for your faith nowadays will result in you being called negative, defensive, judgmental, critical, unloving, intolerant – you name it. The spirit

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Against Tolerance and Broadmindedness

May 23, 2012

American pastor John Piper once wrote: “Relativism is a revolt against the objective reality of God. The sheer existence of God creates the possibility of truth. God is the ultimate and final standard for all claims to truth—who he is,

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Blind Guides and Small Men

May 17, 2012

There are two very big problems in today’s churches: a lack of godly leadership, and a lack of godly men. Sure, there are many great godly leaders, and many great godly men, but far too often they seem to be

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Does it Mean Nothing To You?

May 1, 2012

We are told in Scripture that “the word of God is living and powerful” (Hebrews 4:12), or “living and active” as other versions put it. In our daily reading God can and does speak to us, and his word is

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The Horrific Sayings of Jesus

Apr 17, 2012

‘Horrific sayings of Jesus’? Just what are you getting at Bill? How can anything Jesus said be horrific? Was he not the most loving and wonderful person around? Yes he was – no question about it. But he was also

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