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On Delivering a Hard Word

Sep 27, 2007

When the Apostle Paul was at Ephesus, he told the leaders of the church in his farewell message that he did not refrain from declaring the whole counsel of God to them (Acts 20:27). He was willing to tell it

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Artists Who Offend

Aug 31, 2007

It really does get tedious after a while. Self-proclaimed “artists” who want to make a strong and “courageous” statement to “get us to think”, et cetera, et cetera. Please, spare me. It is becoming so very common and so utterly

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In Praise of Praise

Aug 15, 2007

I confess. I am writing this article for selfish reasons. You see, anyone who is in the public spotlight to a fair degree will be subject to two things: bouquets and brickbats. Praise and criticism. Compliments and complaints. Blessings and

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On Being a Prophet

Jul 21, 2007

These are not good days for prophets, Then again, I guess they never were. Jesus could complain about this 2000 years ago: “A prophet is not without honour, save in his own country, and in his own house” (Matthew 13:57).

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Righteous Indignation

Jun 16, 2007

The phrase ‘righteous indignation,’ which has been around for quite some time, is meant to convey the idea of getting a bit agitated, even upset, with certain acts of unrighteousness. It really has to do with looking at the evil

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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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