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Cathedrals, Catholics, and Christianity

Apr 17, 2019

The destruction of an 850-year-old cathedral in Paris has resulted in a number of questions being raised. Some of them I have explored in my two earlier pieces on the Notre Dame fire. With so many churches in Europe being

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Yes It Is Loving To Tell Sinners About Hell

Apr 11, 2019

It always happens: whenever a devout Christian does the biblical thing and calls out sin, pleads with sinners, and warns of judgment to come, plenty of other Christians will come out of the woodwork and attack them. These are usually

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Difficult Bible Passages: 2 Kings 2:23-25

Apr 2, 2019

This is a passage that bothers many people. Some find it to be quite appalling in fact. As Peter Leithart remarks, it is “one of the most controversial passages in Scripture.” The problem is this: it seems that a prophet

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Prayer, Faith and Testing God

Mar 29, 2019

OK, these are certainly some rather large topics that I am attempting to cover in a very short article. But it follows on from a piece I penned yesterday on the absence or silence of God. In it I mentioned

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Divine Hiddenness: On God’s Silence

Mar 28, 2019

Many believers throughout the ages have experienced what appears to be the silence, absence, distance, hiddenness, or unresponsiveness of God. Prayers seem to be unanswered, God seems to be nowhere near, and we can have a sense of divine abandonment,

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Bible Study Helps: Ruth

Mar 25, 2019

Although Ruth is just a short book of only four chapters, it is an important part of the Old Testament story line and deserves careful reading and study. The short and simple story of Ruth is well known. It is

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Bible Study Helps: Judges

Mar 17, 2019

The 21 chapters of the book of Judges can make for some rather depressing reading, but they are an important part of Israel’s story and how God worked in the Old Testament. The events of this book take place between

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God, Walls, Borders and Morality

Mar 14, 2019

It has now become almost a truism: the more that various leftists pontificate on God and morality, the more likely they are to be just plain wrong – and certainly unbiblical. The related set of issues concerning border security, asylum

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Lloyd-Jones on Heresy

Mar 11, 2019

I came upon a great quote by the great Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones today, and so I did a quick hunt for where it originally appeared. It did not take long to find the relevant volume. Given that anything by the

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Shamima Begum: Is Wright Wrong Again?

Mar 3, 2019

One does not glibly nor lightly quarrel in public with a world-renown theologian. Indeed, when it comes to theological matters, I am more than happy just to walk humbly and cautiously before an esteemed New Testament scholar such as N.

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Bible Study Helps: Deuteronomy

Feb 13, 2019

All sixty-six books of the Bible are vitally important reading for the Christian of course, and in this series I have looked at all of them. But I must say that some books are so very important that they really

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The Mercy of God

Feb 12, 2019

All of God’s attributes are wonderful, incredible, adorable, phenomenal, and glorious. But so often I have to meditate on the matchless grace of God – certainly when I look at my own life. How patient, gracious and merciful God has

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Bible Study Helps: Numbers

Feb 5, 2019

The fourth book of the Pentateuch is directly related to the books preceding it and following it. In Exodus God delivers the Israelites from Egyptian oppression and gives them the law at Mount Sinai. Leviticus looks at these laws in

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Difficult Bible Passages: 1 John 2:27

Jan 28, 2019

This is another passage that is so often abused and misused. That is the main reason it can be so difficult or problematic. A subtitle to this article might be: “This Is How Cults Arise”. That is because those who

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