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10 New Books That Make You Think

Aug 2, 2019

These ten new Christian books will certainly make you think – and that’s a good thing!

It is always good to think. If you are a Christian you should know that Jesus commanded us to think. He told us that

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On Apologetics Systems

Aug 1, 2019

There are various systems or methods in Christian apologetics. Here are some of the main ones.

I realise that I may be writing for a rather limited audience here, but some folks might find this article helpful. It has to

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Difficult Bible Passages: Luke 18:8

Jul 28, 2019

I recently posted this passage on the social media, and one friend asked whether the question of Jesus was rhetorical or prophetic. I replied that it might be a bit of each, and added that I might pen a piece

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Can God Sin?

Jul 24, 2019

It is not just kids who can ask some really tough questions – even really hairy theological questions. Adults of course can also ask plenty of meaty questions about God, the Bible, and Christian beliefs. Assuming the ones asking these

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Difficult Bible Passages: 1 John 5:18

Jul 22, 2019

This is another passage that must be carefully considered, and in context, to do it proper justice. If not, it can lead to faulty, or cultic, or even heretical teachings. For example, some will use it to teach a type

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Sin, Adam, Christ, and a Little Latin

Jul 22, 2019

An odd title, but some might find theology to be a little odd. But theological investigations can be of real use in helping us better understand Scripture. And sometimes knowing a bit of Latin can be rather useful as well.

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On Original Sin – Part One

Jul 18, 2019

Let me begin with a few prefatory remarks. This is just an overview of one Christian issue which Christians can well differ on. I happen to have a point of view on this, but I realise that there is some

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On Original Sin – Part Two

Jul 18, 2019

The first half of this article introduced the concept of original sin and looked at a number of biblical passages that can be used to support the idea. Here I need to offer some remarks about how this has played

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Pelagianism and the Culture Wars

Jul 16, 2019

Yesterday I did two things which have become the basis for this article. One, I wrote a review of the new book by David Horowitz. Two, I came across a new article by Douglas Wilson. Both men happened to be

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General Principles of Biblical Interpretation

Jul 14, 2019

All Christians should be aware of the overriding importance of rightly handling the Word of God. So much harm to the church and to individual Christians has occurred when we do not carefully and properly interpret the Scriptures. Heresies and

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On Hermeneutics

Jul 12, 2019

On who? Hermeneutics is simply the practice or discipline of interpretation. Biblical hermeneutics – which is what I discuss here – is about the basic principles of biblical interpretation. In one sense the Bible is like any other book, and

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Christian Assurance

Jul 12, 2019

Most Christians can struggle at times with doubts about their walk with God. They might question if they really are Christians or not. Such internal struggles may be a good sign indeed – those who are not believers would not

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On Tattoos

Jul 7, 2019

OK, I have finally done it – I have penned a piece on tattoos! I have long put off writing a piece on this for various reasons. Indeed, let me open with a few prefatory remarks, which will help explain

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On Critics, and Speculative Theology

Jul 7, 2019

One advantage of having your own interactive website is you can decide what you write and when you wish to write it. And, if need be, you can respond to various attacks or criticisms of your work. If something you

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Difficult Bible Passages: Luke 17:21

Jul 6, 2019

In this series we have examined a number of passages which are not actually difficult as such, but are simply far too often misused and abused. That has long been the case with this text, especially by cultists, those involved

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