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Our Woeful Churches

Oct 18, 2018

Anyone who says Jesus was only about preaching a message soaked in happy, uplifting and positive vibes has clearly not read the four gospels. Everywhere in them we find Jesus speaking about hell and judgment to come more than anyone

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Packer, Preaching and the Puritans

Aug 29, 2018

I confess: I love these three Ps. James Packer is one of my favourite theologians; the Puritans are among my most respected and revered Christians; and solid biblical preaching is always terrific to sit under. So here we have all

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Sexual Abuse in the Churches

Aug 19, 2018

At the moment the public spotlight is on the Catholic Church, with revelations of what has transpired in Pennsylvania. In this latest case some 300 priests are said to have abused some 1,000 children over many decades. Before looking at

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In Praise of the Puritans

Aug 9, 2018

When I consider some of my all-time favourite Christians of relatively recent times (men such as J. C. Ryle, Charles Spurgeon, Martyn Lloyd-Jones, and J. I. Packer) I have to immediately think of the Puritans, since these four – and

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The Deadly Fruit of Apostasy

Aug 7, 2018

Most folks don’t believe in apostasy anymore. That is because they no longer believe in sin, and they no longer believe in truth. If moral absolutes do not exist, then there can be no such thing as sin. And if

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Machen, Education and the State

Aug 5, 2018

Home-schooling continues to rise and rise for millions of parents throughout the West as the state school system continues to erode. Far too often our schools are turning out moral miscreants and intellectual zombies who know everything about radical political

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“But We Can’t Judge Unbelievers!”

Jul 25, 2018

I have lost count of the number of times I have heard some Christians say that believers should not seek to impose their morality on non-believers; that we should not expect pagans and/or leaders to adhere to basic biblical morality;

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Pink Apostates

Jul 14, 2018

There IS such a thing as apostasy, and there ARE such things as apostates. When folks deny key biblical truths and effectively call the Lord Jesus Christ a liar, they have become apostates. One way in which apostasy rears its

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Christianity Really Is Bookish

Jun 28, 2018

The Christian religion is one in which books really matter. Reading and writing matter greatly to biblical Christianity. It is a bookish religion. Note, I did not say Christians are bookish. Sadly that is not true of most Christians today.

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On Controversy

Jun 14, 2018

Autobiographical preface: for a guy who is involved in controversy all the time, the truth is, I really don’t like controversy! As I have said before, I would much rather just quietly sit at home and read a book, maybe

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Our Apathy Really is Damnable

May 27, 2018

The older word “damnable” is still used today as an adjective. The word itself can mean many things, but in a biblical context it has the idea of ‘liable to or deserving damnation’. We do not hear about damnation much

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