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Revival or Reformation?

May 3, 2010

For years now when asked what I thought to be the main task of the church – revival or reformation – I have always answered: ‘both’. I have said both are vitally important and we need not choose between the

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L’Oréal Christianity

Apr 30, 2010

By now most of you would have seen the ads for L’Oréal cosmetics with its slogan, “Because I’m worth it”. Other versions of the slogan have been “Because you’re worth it” and “Because we’re worth it”. It speaks loud and

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Lest We Forget

Apr 25, 2010

Today is the 95th Anzac Day commemoration. The motto of this remembrance of what the Diggers did is “Lest We Forget”. The phrase comes from Rudyard Kipling’s 1897 poem “Recessional”. We use it of other important historic events, including the

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(Mis)Representing God

Apr 24, 2010

Jesus is “the radiance of God’s glory and the exact representation of his being” according to Heb 1:3. Or as Paul said in Col 1:15: “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation”. If we

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Spiritual Juveniles

Apr 24, 2010

In 2007 Diana West wrote an interesting book entitled The Death of the Grown-Up. In it she bewailed the fact that adults just don’t want to grow up. Elsewhere I said this about her incisive volume:

“This book asks

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On Making Disciples

Apr 21, 2010

Most of the people who come to this site are – like me – evangelical Christians. As the word suggests, we put a very high premium on evangelism. We believe everyone needs to hear the evangel, the good news, the

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So Who Wants To Be a Prophet?

Apr 18, 2010

There are plenty of thankless and miserable jobs one can get into. One would imagine that being a full-time septic tank cleaner would not be high on the list of favourite jobs. You might have some other candidates to add

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Justifying Lifestyles, Ignoring Scripture

Apr 16, 2010

In today’s postmodern climate, truth means nothing, and personal preferences mean everything. OK, we expect that from the secular world. But what happens when the church soaks up this dangerous attitude big time? We end up with a church in

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Are You Causing a Bit of Trouble?

Mar 4, 2010

A simple study of church history reveals that whenever committed Christians sought to make a difference for Christ and the Kingdom, they usually got into some sort of trouble. Radical discipleship for Jesus usually results in severe opposition from the

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Beware Outward Appearances

Feb 21, 2010

Nearly a year ago a television event occurred which took the world by storm. When the episode was posted on the Internet the video clip was viewed by millions and millions of people within days. I refer to the day

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The World is Coming to an End

Feb 9, 2010

Most cultures and religious traditions have as part of their beliefs and overall worldview the idea that the current world will in one fashion or another come to an end. There are various apocalyptic scenarios out there, some more negative

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Comfort for the Broken and Afflicted

Jan 16, 2010

In 1975 the band America had a Top Ten hit, “Lonely People,” the first line of which being, “This is for all the lonely people”. This article is not only for the lonely people, but for all those who have

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Christmas: When God Visited This Planet

Dec 22, 2009

When noted philosopher and atheist Bertrand Russell was asked how he would respond if he found himself standing before God asking him, ‘Why didn’t you believe in me?’, Russell replied, “I would say, ‘Not enough evidence, God!’”

In 1927 he

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Where Have All the Prophets Gone?

Dec 12, 2009

One very significant – yet often neglected – Old Testament passage is Numbers 11:29. There Moses says this: “I wish that all the LORD’S people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” All Christians today

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David’s Mighty Men: Godly Discontentment

Nov 29, 2009

I was recently speaking and teaching interstate at some churches and Christian groups. A number of these groups, I was informed, had actually broken away from a larger Pentecostal denomination. They had simply grown disillusioned with what their megachurches were

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We Need to Hear Preaching Like This

Nov 19, 2009

Once when George Whitefield was visiting New England he said, “The reason why congregations have been so dead is because dead men preach to them.” There is a lot of truth in this. Quite often the spiritual condition of a

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2012 and the End of the World

Nov 17, 2009

If you knew the world was going to end in one week, would you do anything different? I recently posted a question quite similar to that on a social networking website. I received only two responses: one person said ‘yes’

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Thinking About Revival

Nov 17, 2009

Study the history of revival. God has always sent revival in the darkest days. Oh, for a mighty, sweeping revival today! (Adrian Rogers)

When we study church history, we learn of exciting outbreaks of revival and renewal which have had

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