CultureWatch

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

Priorities in a Time of Extreme Emergency

Mar 11, 2018

A big part of our problem today is most people – including most Christians – think we are living in normal, conventional and unexceptional times. Everything seems peachy – more or less – and so most folks just go on

Continue reading...

Oprah, Pence and Hearing From God

Mar 4, 2018

Anyone following American politics and the culture wars that are going on there will know of two recent cases of the concept of ‘hearing from God’ or ‘God speaking to me’ being thrown around in the popular discussion. For a

Continue reading...

More Lessons From the Life of Whitefield

Feb 23, 2018

The other day I penned a piece about the life and ministry of the great evangelist George Whitefield. It was largely based on the two-volume, 1200-page biography by Arnold Dallimore. There are so many lessons for us today that we

Continue reading...

Lessons from the Life of Whitefield

Feb 19, 2018

For those few ferociously faithful followers of this website, you may have noticed that things have been a bit quiet here for the past few days. That is because I have been rather busy, and the main thing occupying my

Continue reading...

Suffering as Divine Discipline

Feb 18, 2018

Suffering is a universal phenomenon. We all suffer in various ways, and we all have questions as to why we do. Like Job of old, we may have plenty of questions about suffering, but we may not always get the

Continue reading...

Jeremiah and the Suffering of God

Feb 14, 2018

The true prophet identifies with and represents the people of God before God, but he also identifies with and represents God before the people of God. Jeremiah is a classic example of this. Here I want to highlight both of

Continue reading...

Who Is Your Spiritual Mentor?

Feb 11, 2018

Most Christians have someone in their lives who has inspired them, encouraged them, helped to disciple them, and who they greatly look up to. Often it is a Christian friend or a pastor or someone from a local fellowship. But

Continue reading...

Lessons from the Book of Numbers

Feb 4, 2018

There are numerous spiritual lessons to be learned from the fourth book of the Old Testament. While many Christians may have given up on reading through the OT by the time they get to Leviticus and Numbers, perseverance is vital.

Continue reading...

Sports Fans, God, and the Christian Life

Jan 29, 2018

Believe it or not, there are some parallels between sporting enthusiasts, and how we might go about living the Christian life. And with what just occurred over the weekend, I have some quite well-known sporting moments to draw upon here.

Continue reading...

Three Cheers For Lament

Jan 28, 2018

One might argue that only a morose and maudlin melancholic or a moody misanthrope would dare to write such a piece (let alone offer such poor alliteration). OK, I confess, I am not exactly Mr Joe Bubbly. But one need

Continue reading...

On Christian Forgiveness

Jan 22, 2018

Here is a truth you can bank on. The devil loves to stir up nonbelievers to hate on you, abuse you, misuse you, mistreat you, lie about you, and attack you. But – and this is the really worrying bit

Continue reading...

“But I am Not Eloquent”

Jan 17, 2018

I often have Christians tell me that they are not able to do what I and some others do. They cannot get up and speak to a crowd, or write books and articles, or do public lobby work. And of

Continue reading...

Great Leaders, Unhappy Childhoods

Jan 15, 2018

My readers by now should be used to somewhat odd articles with somewhat odd titles. But there is a reason – or two – for a piece such as this. The first simply deals with my recent reading habits, and

Continue reading...