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Scripture Twisting and Delusion Compounded

May 12, 2010

You expect secular activists to mangle and abuse Scripture. That is bad enough, but it is much worse when people who call themselves Christians misuse and abuse the Bible. This especially comes out on the issue of homosexuality. There is

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V-E Day and the End of the World

May 7, 2010

Sixty-five years ago the world celebrated Victory in Europe Day. On May 8, 1945, the official surrender of Germany was accepted by the Allies, and war in Europe was over. (It would take another three months before Japan finally surrendered.)

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Jesus: Meek and Mild, or Conquering King?

Mar 1, 2010

Without question there is no more beautiful, loving and wonderful person to have walked the earth than Jesus Christ. He is known even by his critics as a loving, forgiving and gracious person. It was even difficult for his enemies

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The World is Coming to an End

Feb 9, 2010

Most cultures and religious traditions have as part of their beliefs and overall worldview the idea that the current world will in one fashion or another come to an end. There are various apocalyptic scenarios out there, some more negative

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A review of Heresy. By Alister McGrath

Feb 6, 2010

HarperOne, 2009. (Available in Australia at Koorong Books)

The subject of this book seems rather strange today. That is because the concept of heresy only makes sense if we accept the concept of orthodoxy, or more broadly, the concept of

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Combating Christian Paganism

Jan 17, 2010

While Christian paganism may seem to be a contradiction in terms, it sadly is not. Indeed, there are growing segments of the church which may be better described as pagan than as Christian. Many churches have abandoned biblical truth, and

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Haiti and Theodicy

Jan 15, 2010

When the great earthquake of 1755 rocked Lisbon, it raised all sorts of questions about God and faith. The quake, along with a devastating tsunami and massive fires, resulted in anywhere from 10,000 to 100,000 deaths in Lisbon alone.

The

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On Biblical Cooperation and Separation

Nov 27, 2009

As always in the Christian life, there are all sorts of important questions which have to be carefully thought through, prayed about, and discussed with others. Broad, general Biblical principles often have to be teased out in terms of application

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2012 and the End of the World

Nov 17, 2009

If you knew the world was going to end in one week, would you do anything different? I recently posted a question quite similar to that on a social networking website. I received only two responses: one person said ‘yes’

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Difficult Bible Passages: Matthew 19:12

Oct 30, 2009

This is hopefully the first in an irregular series on difficult Biblical passages. I do this for several reasons. There are admittedly some passages in the Bible which are somewhat hard to understand, or open to all manner of interpretations

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Spirituality: No Magic Pill

Oct 21, 2009

I caught myself the other day saying this: “This is taking absolutely forever!” And what was I referring to? The few seconds it was taking to open a new web page on my computer! Such a silly reaction tells us

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C.S. Lewis, Wartime and Britain

Aug 30, 2009

Britain has not always been a relative basket case. It was indeed a great nation not all that long ago. During the Second World War it produced gallantry, bravery and heroism. Not only leaders, such as Churchill, stood tall, but

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In Recognition of John Calvin

Aug 26, 2009

This year has seen and heard much of the double anniversary of Charles Darwin (the 200th anniversary of his birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publication of his Origin of the Species). But another man also has a

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Muddled Thinking on War, Peace and Justice

Jul 14, 2009

The broad topic of war and peace is a complex, multifaceted one which requires careful, prayerful and mature reflection. There are many considerations that need to be taken into account when seeking to properly discuss this issue: biblical, theological, ethical,

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On Being a Pilgrim People

Jul 10, 2009

The relationship between the people of God and the world which God has created is a lengthy and complex subject. Christians have had different ideas about how we should relate to this present world. It is not my intention here

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