CultureWatch

Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

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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The Greatest Story Never Told

Dec 29, 2008

Another Christmas has come and gone, and for many people, at least in the West, there was not even the slightest connection made between the recent holiday and the birth of Jesus Christ. Food, family and festivities, along with a

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Now Is Not the Time for Cowardice

Dec 4, 2008

Jesus promised us that dark days would lie ahead. They would not be a time for the weak-hearted or the half-hearted. Our Lord expects courage of us in these dark days, and he expects all of us to be fully

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Our Global Spiritual Crisis

Nov 27, 2008

Very few people are unaware of our global financial crisis. Yet many would be unaware that this financial meltdown may well be a symptom of a much greater and more significant crisis – a global spiritual crisis. Certainly in the

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Getting Our Priorities Right

Nov 24, 2008

When believers put God first, he is quite able to take care of the rest. As C.S. Lewis once said, “Aim at heaven, and you will get earth thrown in; aim at earth, and you will get neither.” This of

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A Few Thoughts on Revival

Nov 18, 2008

As we study church history, we learn of exciting outbreaks of revival and renewal which have had profound global impacts. Today Christians rightly long to see similar moves of God’s spirit as well. We all desire to see God move

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On Being a Troublemaker (for Jesus)

Oct 27, 2008

“Blessed are the peacemakers” Jesus said, as recorded in Matt. 5:9. That is the normal way believers should go about their business: being a source of peace amidst conflict; being a place of calm amidst chaos and confusion; being a

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Two Kinds of People

Oct 3, 2008

At the end of the day, there are really only two kinds of people in the world. The first kind are those who simply want to please themselves. They live for themselves, they put self first in all things, and

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