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The Jerusalem Declaration

Jun 30, 2008

The week-long Global Anglican Future Conference (GAFCON) has just finished. The thousand-plus Anglicans met in Jerusalem as a protest to the July Lambeth Conference in the UK, and the failure of the Archbishop of Canterbury to strongly stand for Christian

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On Emergents and False Dilemmas

Jun 27, 2008

One thing a believer quickly discovers when reading or listening to the emerging church leaders is their love of dichotomies, or dualities. They are keenly intent on setting out a whole bunch of polarities or antitheses. They claim that believers

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Whatever Happened to Hell?

Jun 26, 2008

A recent report about religion in America found that while most Americans believed in heaven, a lesser amount believed in hell. The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life found that 74 per cent of Americans believed in heaven, but

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Time to Bring Back the A Word

Jun 24, 2008

At the time of this writing, over 1000 biblical Anglicans are meeting in Jerusalem at a Global Anglican Future Conference. It is being held as an alternative to the Lambeth Conference to be held next month. Many of these delegates

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On God and Prince Caspian

Jun 23, 2008

The second instalment of the film version of The Chronicles of Narnia is now in the cinemas. And it is very good in many respects. Prince Caspian as a film is perhaps even better than the first film in the

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It’s Time to Start Judging

Jun 17, 2008

By now most people would have seen this news item of interest: “NZ priest marries boyfriend”. According to the press accounts, the Kiwi priest wed his male lover in a London church. After the ceremony a champagne reception was held.

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The Offence of the Gospel

Jun 13, 2008

Preaching the biblical gospel is offensive. All true believers should know this. Jesus offended many with his message. The New Testament speaks about the offence of the gospel in various places. Paul talked about the “offence of the cross” (Gal.

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On My Favourite Theologians

Jun 9, 2008

There are all sorts of reasons why I should not be writing this article. First, I will not only flummox most non-believers looking at this website, but I will almost certainly lose about 95 per cent of believers as well.

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On Our Eternal Destiny

May 15, 2008

One does not wish to speak ill of the dead, and it is not my intention here to do so. But it is my intent to speak of how one believer did speak of the dead recently. I refer to

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Deconstructing the Bible, Again

Apr 10, 2008

Good intentions are seldom sufficient in and of themselves. Often a person can mean well, but still end up doing a lot of mischief. Consider the attempt by an Anglican vicar in the UK to make Bible stories more “accessible”

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Let My People Think

Mar 17, 2008

This title is not original to me. It is the title of the US radio program of Christian apologist Ravi Zacharias. It is also one of the biggest asks in the Christian church today. Contemporary Christians are not exactly known

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A review of Truths We Confess. By R.C. Sproul.

Mar 10, 2008

Presbyterian and Reformed, 2006, 2007. (Available in Australia at Koorong Books)

From 1643-1646 English and Scottish churchmen met at Westminster to formulate a new creed. Dominated as it was by Calvinists, the creed followed a certain theological trajectory. The result

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On Reading Jesus

Mar 3, 2008

While it is perhaps presumptuous of me to broach such an important topic, it is worth giving it a try. In particular, I want to address how certain groups read Jesus or perhaps misread Jesus. It seems that reading Jesus

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What I am Reading in Theology

Feb 14, 2008

Every once in a while I am asked about what I am currently reading. For those interested in such things, I occasionally put out an article describing some new books which I am devouring which others might be interested in.

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Living Between the Ages

Jan 28, 2008

Is the Kingdom of God present or future? If Jesus defeated Satan at Calvary, why is there still suffering and sin? Why aren’t more people healed when we pray? Does the Bible teach perfectionism in this life? Are believers to

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