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Let’s Talk About Death For a While

May 31, 2010

I was mortified recently to read a book which actually had an entire chapter dealing with mortification (pun intended). When is the last time you have heard the word ‘mortify’? Mortification is a term which has pretty much landed on

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Discipleship: Making Things Difficult

May 25, 2010

When we preach a me-centred gospel, we end up with me-centred disciples. And when things get tough, these self-centred followers of Jesus will quickly fall away. Yet I hear believers all the time telling me we must make it easy

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He’s Not a Tame Lion

May 23, 2010

We live in an age in which everything has become trivialised and demeaned. We do not take things very seriously anymore, except perhaps ourselves. Sadly this disposition seems to have penetrated much of the church as well. And it becomes

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Sex, Lies and Christianity

May 22, 2010

To be honest, I am getting tired of listening to so-called believers making cheap excuses for their sin. They seem more intent on justifying their selfish and sinful lifestyle than in walking with Jesus in the only way he told

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A Word of Exhortation

May 19, 2010

This topic has been on my mind and heart for some time now, so here it is. It is a gentle word to my many Christian friends, whether close friends or those only known from afar. I trust it will

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More Gems From Tozer

May 14, 2010

Sometimes when you are reading a book, highlighting one passage after another, there is not much one can do by way of reviewing the book. Nothing better can be said than what is already in the book. I found that

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Worldliness

May 13, 2010

OK, when was the last time you heard a sermon warning against worldliness? I suspect for most believers it would have been a very long time indeed. There are several reasons for this. Likely it is because we are in

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V-E Day and the End of the World

May 7, 2010

Sixty-five years ago the world celebrated Victory in Europe Day. On May 8, 1945, the official surrender of Germany was accepted by the Allies, and war in Europe was over. (It would take another three months before Japan finally surrendered.)

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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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