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The Raising of the Cross

Sep 8, 2019

Here we find combined great art and great theology.

Those who are somewhat switched on not just to basic Christianity but to the world of great art will know that I have a double meaning in my title. I refer

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Difficult Bible Passages: Ezekiel 23

Sep 6, 2019

Some of the most shocking words in all of Scripture are found in the book of Ezekiel.

There are many parts of the Bible – especially in the Old Testament – that lots of people today would be squeamish about.

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Do You Care?

Sep 3, 2019

Do you care about the things that God cares about?

I am not asking a rhetorical question here, but a very real one. Do you care? Of course how you reply depends on what you care about. Many folks care

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Thinking About the End of the World

Sep 2, 2019

How would you live if you knew the world was going to end today?

So what would you do if you knew the world was going to end in 12 hours? Yes I know, the hyper-leftist American Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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On Compatibilism

Aug 27, 2019

Scripture sees divine sovereignty and human responsibility as being fully compatible – so should we.

When we see a young married couple who seem so close to each other and so perfectly matched, we will speak of how very “compatible”

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On Christian Ministries and Biblical Balance

Aug 26, 2019

We must avoid both being hyper-critical of everything, and being accepting and undiscerning about everything.

As I have said so many times over the years, getting the biblical balance right may be difficult, but it is what all believers must

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Making a Mockery of the Faith

Aug 25, 2019

How should we think of Hollywood and its constant mockery of the faith?

When I recently saw trailers on the television for a new show that mocked Christian televangelists, I had two initial reactions: One, here we go again: Hollywood

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Difficult Bible Passages: Jude 14-15

Aug 23, 2019

How are we to understand NT writers quoting from non-inspired books?

The reason for the difficulty of this passage centres on the issue of the divine inspiration of non-biblical books. Jude quotes from the apocryphal book of Enoch. So the

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‘We Can Do Better Than Jesus’

Aug 22, 2019

Some Christians really seem to think that they can improve on Jesus!

One of the most appalling things you will find in some parts of the Christian church today is the mindset that we can actually do things better than

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Tozer and the Knowledge of God

Aug 19, 2019

The late great A. W. Tozer on knowing God:

There are certain topics that we can never have enough of. And there are certain authors that we can never have enough of as well. In this piece I will run

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On the Apocryphal Books

Aug 18, 2019

Why do some Bibles differ in terms of the number of books they include?

Just today I had this comment sent in to my website (obviously by a Catholic): “According to the Bible I read, it has 46 books in

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Suffering and Glory – Part One

Aug 17, 2019

Everyone wants glory, but few want suffering. But the two are bound together:

Hands up – who wants glory? Hands up – who wants suffering? It is not hard to know which option will be the most popular. We all

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Suffering and Glory – Part Two

Aug 17, 2019

“No cross, no crown” is how we referred to this matter in Part One. Throughout the Bible our present sufferings are tied in with our glory to come. I have already looked at some key passages on this, but many

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Giving Christianity a Bad Name

Aug 14, 2019

Sadly there are many nutters amongst us, giving the faith a bad rap.

When you have an interactive website, you never know what sort of comments will come your way. While many folks send in sensible, rational, and well-informed comments,

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Transgenderism, the Bible, and Christianity

Aug 10, 2019

What does biblical Christianity have to say about the issue of transgenderism?

Sadly what should be perfectly obvious is far too often not. For example, it should be obvious to any serious Christian that transgenderism is incompatible with what the

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Rejoicing in Calamities and Disasters

Aug 7, 2019

Christians of all people should not be celebrating each new tragedy and disaster.

‘What? Rejoice when a tragedy happens? Who would do such a thing?’ Sadly there are various folks around who DO get rather excited when some disaster or

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