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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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Will the Real Gospel Please Stand Up?

May 18, 2009

I recently bought two books I did not want to buy. I hate dishing out hard-earned money on books I consider barely worth stealing (at least one of them!). But because both books are such mega-sellers, I had to break

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The ABC’s War on Christianity

Mar 30, 2009

The acronym ABC (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) could as easily stand for the Atheist Broadcasting Corporation. Or perhaps Anti-Biblical Christianity. It is an incredibly secular, leftist and trendy network, pushing almost all the wrong ideologies. A good case in point is

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On Idolatry

Mar 29, 2009

In the Judeo-Christian scheme of things, idolatry is perhaps the defining sin against the one true God. An idol is anything that we dedicate ourselves to, and centre our lives around. It is a substitute for the true God. There

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Truth and Love

Mar 23, 2009

I return again to a theme which I have been writing much of as of late. I have mainly been doing so because so much silly thinking on these biblical concepts has arisen from segments of the church. The emerging

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Fritzl and Evil

Mar 23, 2009

Very few people – at least Westerners – would be unaware of Josef Fritzl, the Austrian man just found guilty of kidnapping, rape, murder and a host of other atrocities committed against his own family. He is routinely called a

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A review of The Truth War. By John MacArthur.

Mar 19, 2009

Thomas Nelson, 2007. (Available in Australia at Koorong Books)

That the Bible puts a very high premium on truth is indisputable. But sadly, the church today has largely downplayed and abandoned truth, content to follow the spirit of the age.

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Fighting the Good Fight

Mar 18, 2009

The Christian life is described in various ways in the New Testament. Various metaphors and images are used to depict the life of the disciple of Jesus. Sometimes, for example, athletic and sporting metaphors are used. One group of images

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On Truth and Unity, Part One

Mar 16, 2009

There are a whole range of issues in the Christian faith which require care and thoughtfulness. All sorts of extremes are to be avoided, and finding the elusive balance is always an arduous task. But getting the biblical balance right

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On Truth and Unity, Part Two

Mar 16, 2009

The unity of Christ’s followers is a strong emphasis in the Word of God. It is something which every believer is commanded to strive for. If the Scriptures are strong on the importance of unity, they are equally strong on

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In Praise of Doctrine

Mar 7, 2009

In his newest book Christless Christianity, Michael Horton makes this intriguing claim: “Secularism cannot be blamed on the secularists, many of whom were raised in the church. We are the problem.” Just what does he mean by that? He

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Cults and Amazing Grace

Mar 4, 2009

I don’t know about other newspapers, but in the Melbourne Herald Sun there have been some quarter-page ads placed lately with the banner headline, “He was right!” So who is he and what was he right about?

The ‘he’ in

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Darwin and the Image of God

Mar 3, 2009

The Judeo-Christian worldview is unique among the religions and philosophies of the world in affirming that human beings are made in the image of God. It is the uniqueness of humans that sets these two religions apart from all others.

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On Sin and Hell (and C.S. Lewis)

Mar 1, 2009

No, I am not being a masochist here in writing on topics which are too theologically incorrect to even mention nowadays. There is in fact a method to my madness, so let me explain.

My last post was a book

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In Praise of Bad News

Feb 28, 2009

I think bad news gets a bad rap. Bad news is actually a good thing. We all need bad news. Bad news is vital for us to properly function as human beings. OK, now that I have your attention, let

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