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On Restoring Notre Dame

Apr 20, 2019

Plenty of money has already been raised for the reconstruction and restoration of the damaged Notre Dame cathedral. And plenty of discussion and debate has already ensued about all this. Should it be rebuilt? Are we moderns even capable of

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On Being a Cultural Missionary

Apr 20, 2019

After the Apostle Paul had a radical conversion, he began to fearlessly proclaim the gospel, first to his fellow Jews. He then of course made a move into a rather different culture: that of the Greek-speaking Gentile world. Although his

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When Believers Turn On Their Own

Apr 19, 2019

One of the clearest teachings of Jesus has to do with our public witness: how nonbelievers will know that Christ has sent us. He said our unity and love for one another will be what convinces the world that we

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Cathedrals, Catholics, and Christianity

Apr 17, 2019

The destruction of an 850-year-old cathedral in Paris has resulted in a number of questions being raised. Some of them I have explored in my two earlier pieces on the Notre Dame fire. With so many churches in Europe being

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How the West Was Won – and Lost

Feb 28, 2019

In 1890 William Booth, the English minister and founder of the Salvation Army, wrote a book called In Darkest England and the Way Out. It was sort of a juxtaposition to books about those Christians going into deepest, darkest

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Christian Bigamists

Feb 8, 2019

No, I am not talking here about various aberrant religious groups, including some Mormon subgroups today. There may be a few nutters out there who claim to be Christians and actually promote bigamy, polygamy and the like, but they are

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‘Holy Spirit Only’ Christians

Jan 26, 2019

Sometimes Christians who seek to pass themselves off as the most spiritual and the most godly are often the most carnal and the most arrogant. That is, in an effort to impress others with just how spiritual they are, they

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The Bible, and More or Less of Moore

Jan 12, 2019

OK, a few quick confessions: I know very little about American Bible teacher Beth Moore, and up till this point I have not had a desire to learn more. Thus when a little storm erupted recently on the social media

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Wanted: Heroes For Dark Times

Dec 30, 2018

In ordinary times we can get by with ordinary men – and women. But we no longer live in ordinary times. We live in extraordinarily dark and evil times. And during such times the ordinary will just not cut it.

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