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

Jesus, Law and Relationship

Nov 1, 2008

Law does not get a very good rap in today’s culture. For law is associated with such things as right and wrong, truth and falsehood – all of which are under attack in our postmodern times. And it is not

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On Creed and Conduct (and Emergents)

Oct 31, 2008

There are two areas which the believer is constantly encouraged to excel in. These two areas can be developed for the glory of God, or they can be ignored or negated, resulting in apostasy and judgment. I refer to creed

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When False Prophets Arise

Oct 29, 2008

“Be on your guard.” That is a message found constantly in the New Testament. There is much to be alert about. For example, Jesus solemnly warned about false teachers who would come in and deceive his followers. He could

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Thou Shalt Judge

Oct 8, 2008

No, I didn’t get it wrong: I did not mistakenly leave a word out of my title. While I certainly have Matt. 7:1 in mind, my thesis here is that believers are commanded to judge. When Jesus told us not

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When Churches Go Bad

Oct 3, 2008

What does one do when a Christian denomination or school or institution starts to go off the rails? By that I mean, when it begins to reject classic Christian teaching, and moves toward error, apostasy and heresy. Two choices usually

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On the Need for Watchmen

Sep 28, 2008

Those familiar with the Hebrew prophets will know that they often invoke the image of the watchman. There are various senses in which the figure of watchman is employed. Of course Yahweh is ultimately the watchman who looks over and

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The Urgent Need for a Biblical Worldview

Sep 24, 2008

The various battles we find ourselves continuously embroiled in – be they political, ideological, cultural or social – all finally come down to one chief conflict: a war of worldviews. Behind the many skirmishes and battles lies a war of

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The Bitter Fruit of Apostasy

Sep 16, 2008

Theologically speaking, apostasy has to do with turning away from the faith, and denying the basic truths thereof. It is a renunciation of the faith, and an abandonment of it. This can be true of individuals, but it can also

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The Pressing Need for Integrity

Aug 24, 2008

On a regular basis media reports highlight some politician, celebrity, community leader, sports star or high-flyer falling from grace. Whether through drugs, sex, dishonesty, abuse of power or corruption, there seems to be a constant stream of cases of well

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On Biblical Love

Aug 12, 2008

Without doubt the love of God is one of the great themes of the Bible. It may also be one of the more misunderstood themes as well. This is not the place to enter into a fully-orbed discussion of this

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On the Rights of Children and Pedophiles

Jul 11, 2008

The recent case of pedophile Dennis Ferguson raises important questions about the rights of criminals, and the rights of the rest of society. In this instance, the serial child sex offender is moved from one location to another – only

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Another Missing ‘A’ Word: Authority

Jul 7, 2008

The dean of evangelical theologians during the post-war period, Carl F. H. Henry wrote his magnum opus, God, Revelation and Authority, between 1976 and 1983. The six-volume master-work was a compelling defence of authority: the authority of God and

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