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Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

In Need of Some New Theses (95 Or So)

Nov 19, 2010

Because we live in a fallen world, and all of us – even the redeemed – are still fallen and finite, there will always be the need for the church to continually renew itself, reform itself, and revive itself. When

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Are All Sins Equal? Part One

Nov 12, 2010

This is a biblical and theological question which may not be as easily answered as might be expected. The short reply is this: Yes, on the one hand they all are, but on the other hand, no, not necessarily. So

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Are All Sins Equal? Part Two

Nov 12, 2010

In part one of this article I examined some of the biblical material which bears upon this question. It was found that one can speak about degrees of sinfulness, responsibility, and punishment. While every sin equally puts us over against

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The Sin of Tolerance

Nov 10, 2010

Tolerance is all the rage today, and perhaps no other value is so trumpeted in modern Western culture than this one. It is the ultimate test of whether one is politically correct or not. But the modern notion of tolerance

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The Desperate Need for Biblical Discernment

Nov 10, 2010

One of the greatest things crippling the church of Jesus Christ today is the almost complete absence of any biblical discernment. It seems that anything goes today, and very few believers are willing to stand up and say, ‘Yes but,

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Christians and Asylum Seekers

Nov 9, 2010

There is a lot of fuzzy thinking on the issue of asylum seekers, especially from the religious left. They want to take the high moral ground here, criticising those who say we need to be a bit careful about who

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Churches Gone Dog Wild

Nov 1, 2010

You can always tell when the Christian faith starts going downhill big time: it starts going to the dogs – literally. A recent headline to this effect caught my attention, and it is as staggering as it is indicative of

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Christians Living Like Pagans

Oct 7, 2010

The answer to the question, “Why aren’t more nonbelievers becoming believers?” is quite simple really. Why in the world would they want to? When it comes to how people actually live, it seems that Christians for the most part live

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Sin and the Need for Radical Surgery

Sep 15, 2010

When one’s sickness is severe, and one’s condition is terminal, then the need for radical measures is clearly called for. Any doctor knows that: the more radical the illness, the more radical is the needed cure. It is the same

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On Sin

Sep 14, 2010

The more important a biblical theme is, the more likely it is to be misunderstood, misrepresented, or mangled altogether. Thus going back to basics is never amiss in the Christian life, and that is why I so often return to

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Difficult Bible Passages: Leviticus 25

Sep 2, 2010

A text often used by those of the religious left, or those advocating for a type of socialism, is Lev. 25. Here we find Yahweh’s instructions on giving the land rest every seventh year (vv. 1-7), and the Year of

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On Co-belligerency

Sep 2, 2010

Simply defined, co-belligerency is working with someone who you would normally not associate with, or might even be at war with, as the term implies. You may be quite opposed to another person’s beliefs, or creeds, or stances, but you

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The Reigning Kingdom of Self

Aug 31, 2010

The cult of self is of course endemic in Western culture. Yet to a large degree, the kingdom of self has invaded the kingdom of God as well. In many ways the church today has traded self-denial for self-fulfillment. Christians

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