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Putting Theos Back Into Theology

Apr 19, 2007

At the heart of theology, as the term implies, is God. Theology is simply the study of God. So God should be the focus of everything we do and think as believers. As such, theology should be at the centre

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Assessing the US Elections

Nov 10, 2006

Even though it is still early days yet, there have been hundreds of analyses and discussions about the Democratic swing in the recent US midterm elections. There are probably as many different spins being put on the outcome as there

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Law and Gospel: Getting the Right Mix

Aug 24, 2006

The theological issue of the relationship between law and gospel is far too complex and has had way too much ink spilled over it for me to do it any real justice here. Simply trying to get an understanding of

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Why Christians are Losing Their Saltiness

Feb 10, 2005

In 1994 Mark Noll wrote an important book entitled The Scandal of the Evangelical Mind (Eerdmans). In it he argued that the scandal of the evangelical mind is that there is no evangelical mind. That is, we evangelicals are failing

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When the Church Loses Its Way

Jun 1, 2001

The ink had just dried on a piece I wrote critical of a new book on homosexuality and the church by the Anglican Church doctrine committee, when the May 28 Australian ran an opinion piece that nearly made me unload

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Truth-Speaking: Getting the Right Mix

Feb 26, 2001

Much of the Christian life involves getting the right balance. Heresies in the church usually arise when we over-emphasise a certain doctrine or teaching, resulting in imbalance. Those involved in teaching and leadership always need to get the right mix.

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The Crisis of Truth

Feb 24, 2001

The first line of Carl F. H. Henry’s six-volume, 3,000 page work, God, Revelation and Authority says this: “No fact of contemporary Western life is more evident than its growing distrust of final truth and its implacable questioning of any

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A Challenge to the ACC

Jun 12, 2000

Christians both within and without the Australian Christian Churches are excited and encouraged about the formation of the ACC. As one who writes from outside the ACC, I share in the anticipation of what God can do in and through

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End Times and Christian Responsibility

Apr 8, 1999

Often when I make an appeal for Christian social involvement, I get some Christians who bring up various objections, most of which boil down to this sentiment: we are living in the last days and it is silly to polish

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“Normal” Christianity

Mar 2, 1998

A radical thought came to me recently. It happened as I was reading a biography of Charles Wesley, and was blessed by the exciting accounts of how God used him to bring revival to England and the rest of the

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