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On Christian Compromise – and Treason

Aug 5, 2020

What happens when Christians renounce their faith in order to please the state?

My title may sound a bit ominous, but this piece is actually an exercise in theology and church history – with some contemporary application. The main issue

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Where Are the Real Shepherds?

Aug 2, 2020

Where are the bold prophetic voices that are so much needed today?

Now more than ever we need Christian leaders who will stand up and be counted. We need shepherds who will actually lead and not just follow. We need

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Are We Christians Or Secular Humanists?

Jun 28, 2020

More evidence that too many Christians think and act like pagans:

Christians are in the world to have an impact and an influence on non-Christians. At least that is how it is supposed to work. But more often than not,

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Christianity and the Cult of Youth

Jun 5, 2020

Why do so many churches sideline the elderly?

Here is my thesis: just as most of the West has elevated all things youth while ignoring, downplaying or overlooking the elderly, so too in most of Western Christianity. Not everywhere of

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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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