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Closing Churches During the Corona Crisis

Apr 1, 2020

What are we to make of forced church closures during this time?

Plenty of changes are happening with COVID-19. One of them is the forced closure of so many churches in the West. Some pastors are defying government orders and

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Crisis, Christianity, and Compassion

Mar 27, 2020

Mass crises have struck us before, and we need to learn from history how Christians have responded:

In dark times, the light of Christ is meant to shine the most. In this present corona crisis it is hoped that individual

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The Church, Apostasy and Homosexuality

Feb 24, 2020

Full-blown apostasy is among us, with homosexuality leading the way:

Here are three things that you should have heard repeatedly: One, the Bible often warns about the dangers of apostasy, of falling away. Two, Scripture and church history both attest

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Culture Wars and Christian Litmus Tests

Feb 20, 2020

Are you a secular leftist or a biblical Christian?

There are certain issues that pretty well define where a person is at, what he believes, and what he values. There are of course various core theological beliefs that one must

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Where There Are No Lukewarm Christians

Feb 13, 2020

We need to learn about genuine Christianity:

There are two main types of Christianity. There is the version found in the West in which many (most?) people who call themselves Christians are basically indistinguishable from their non-Christian neighbours. They live,

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On Friendship Evangelism

Feb 3, 2020

Should we only share the gospel after first forming close relationships with people?

There is the ideal, and then there is the real. Sometimes they overlap, but often they do not. This is true when it comes to how Christians

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On Religious Sectarianism, Once Again

Jan 28, 2020

I need to keep saying why I believe what I believe:

While there are different forms of sectarianism out there, I am here focusing on that found in the Christian camp. One definition of sectarianism is this: “excessive attachment to

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As the State Grows the Church Shrinks

Jan 8, 2020

The growth of the state usually means the demise of the church:

A few days ago I penned yet another piece seeking to make the case for Christian social and political involvement. Unlike some believers who think that Christians should

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Politics and the Gospel

Jan 7, 2020

Is political and social involvement part of the gospel?

This is not the first time I have written about the two subjects that are not supposed to be mentioned in polite society: politics and religion. And it won’t be the

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Here I Stand

Dec 7, 2019

Anti-Christian bigotry and persecution is rapidly rising in the West. How will you respond?

I have been writing and speaking a lot lately about the descending darkness in the West, the ramping-up of anti-Christian bigotry and persecution (and yes, being

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On the Priesthood of All Believers

Dec 5, 2019

What exactly do we mean when we stress the importance of ‘the priesthood of all believers’?

One core teaching of the Reformation in general, and of Luther in particular, has to do with the priesthood of all believers. It is

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