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A Reformation Reader Guide

Dec 9, 2017

Five hundred years ago the posting of a number of theses by an Augustinian monk turned the world upside down. Plenty has been written of this, and if I simply tried to list here all the books that have appeared

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Gems from the Apostle Paul

Nov 24, 2017

That we can all learn heaps from the Apostle Paul of course goes without saying. He wrote a quarter of the New testament and was under divine inspiration as he did so. Thus all his writings are a constant source

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In Praise of Controversy and Dogmatism

Nov 7, 2017

We live in an age where the last thing most folks – including most Christians – want to hear about is controversy and dogmatism. This is the sort of stuff people flee from. We have been indoctrinated into believing that

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Just What is the Gospel?

Nov 5, 2017

Theology matters. Having wrong theology can result in people heading to a lost eternity. That is why we must get what we believe right. That is why we must get the gospel right. And that is why we must regularly

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Luther, the Cross, and Divine Love

Nov 4, 2017

With it being just a few days past the 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the 95 theses, it is worth looking at a particular aspect of Luther’s theology. Just six months after his famous theses were posted, he took

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Christians, Sin and Repentance

Oct 26, 2017

It must always be the case that core Christian truths and basic biblical beliefs must be restated and reaffirmed on a regular basis. Even though they may be basic or elementary biblical truths, that does not mean we can just

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On Theological Education

Oct 24, 2017

As with so many areas in the Christian life, certain issues can result in rather polarising views. Believers can be of two minds when it comes to theological education. Some think going to a Bible college or seminary can be

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Do You Go To Judas Church?

Oct 13, 2017

You might be asking, “Do I go where?” OK, let me explain. We all know about Judas, right? He of course is the guy that betrayed Jesus. He turned on him, betrayed him, and sold him down the river. His

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On Death Bed Conversions

Sep 29, 2017

With the recent passing of a very famous man, lots of talk about death bed conversions has again been heard – at least in the Christian community. Hugh Hefner just passed away at 91, leaving a very dark legacy indeed.

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Massacring Scripture for Fake Marriage

Sep 25, 2017

There are a few things in life that seem to be never-ending. Taxes would be one, but another one is the ability of clueless wonders or deceptive dupes to totally mangle, twist and distort the Word of God to promote

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Hurricane Irma: God and Natural Disasters

Sep 10, 2017

With North America at least very much conscious of natural disasters at the moment, old questions tend to resurface. With a number of massive hurricanes bearing down on America’s southeast, and the biggest earthquake to recently pound Mexico, many people

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The Sin of Sodom

Aug 16, 2017

Today there is a determined effort being made by some renegades and activists in the church to completely undermine and twist the scriptural position on homosexuality. A number of theological revisionists have appeared over the past half century arguing for

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Apostates Destroying Our Churches

Aug 10, 2017

The Bible is full of warnings about those who would lead God’s people astray with lies and false teachings, and drag them into sinful, immoral lifestyles. We should steer clear of such people and have nothing to do with them.

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On the Promises of God

Jul 31, 2017

All believers should love the promises of God, and all should want to claim those promises. But the simple truth is, many of these promises are conditional. They are not automatic, in other words, but they very much depend on

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