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

True Repentance, True Conversion

Apr 15, 2012

There are very few things which are more important than getting the issues of repentance and conversion right. The fact that we need to get them right means that we may in fact get them wrong – to our eternal

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Discerning Love

Apr 1, 2012

Earlier today I wrote an article on the urgent need for critical thinking by believers. By that I basically meant that it is imperative that we think biblically. That is, we must not be slavishly following the world in its

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Revival and Repentance

Mar 23, 2012

Anyone who loves Jesus knows full well that the church today is nowhere near where it should be, and is in desperate need of a radical shakeup. Revival, in other words, is our most pressing need. Until that occurs, we

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Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Romans 1:18

Mar 20, 2012

I must confess that I would easily trade 50 of today’s sermons for just one sermon by a great expositor such as D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones of last century. His deep and rich treasure chests make most sermons today look like

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Hymns, Theology and Spirituality

Feb 15, 2012

One of the greatest sources of Christian theology and spirituality is the old hymns. In marked contrast to most of the worship choruses found in today’s church services, the old hymns were rich depositories of biblical spirituality, theological truth, and

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Ninety-Nine Shades of Grey

Feb 13, 2012

A clear description of the culture we now live in would go something like this: a hatred of absolutes, a dismissal of universals, an abhorrence of truth, and a disdain of certainty. Instead, we find an all-encompassing embrace of relativism,

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On Prayer

Feb 3, 2012

Admittedly, one should be more interested in actually praying, than just talking or writing about it. But there is obviously a place to discuss this, because Jesus himself spent time talking about prayer. He even gave his disciples instructions on

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On Loving God’s Law

Feb 1, 2012

As I near the end of reading through the Psalms – as part of my read-the-Bible-in-a-year regime – a few things are worth highlighting. One is how differently the psalmists seem to regard God’s law than we do. While the

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The Radical Demands of Discipleship

Jan 18, 2012

There are many marked contrasts between the message we preach today and the message Jesus preached. Perhaps one of the greatest contrasts lies in the way we seek to win people and engage in discipleship. Modern versions of this and

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Loving Enough To Offend

Dec 30, 2011

It has almost become a truism nowadays that whatever the secular world thinks is really neat is probably the opposite to what biblical Christianity is all about. If the world is really into something, it is likely the Christian faith

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Christmas and Our Costly Obsessions

Dec 23, 2011

Two recent news items tell us a lot about Australians and what they consider to be important. Indeed, what we spend heaps of money on tells us a whole lot about our priorities. And as we near Christmas, it seems

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Woe to the Hireling Shepherds

Dec 14, 2011

Jesus had some very strong words for those who are supposed to be leading God’s flock, but are not. False shepherds, or irresponsible and reckless shepherds, got a real serve from Jesus. He said in John 10 that he is

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What Will We Tell Our Children?

Dec 3, 2011

In twenty years from now (or perhaps sooner), what will today’s Christians tell their children and grandchildren? How will they explain to them how so much anti-Christian and anti-family bilge overcame their land? How will they reply when asked how

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Is It Time To Close Our Churches?

Nov 26, 2011

OK, now that I have got your attention, let me explain. I was again having a great conversation with a godly brother about the state of the church and related matters. I mentioned the sad state of so much of

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The Church as Boy’s Club

Nov 23, 2011

Thomas Sowell once said that “The biggest myth about labor unions is that unions are for the workers. Unions are for unions, just as corporations are for corporations and politicians are for politicians.” And I might add, sadly, some churches

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