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On the Sufficiency of Scripture

Feb 29, 2016

Just as we speak about the various attributes of God, so too we can speak about the various attributes of Scripture. Thus we can speak about the authority of Scripture, or the perspicuity (clarity) of Scripture. As to the latter,

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Bible Illiterates

Jan 22, 2016

Tragically there are so many believers today who say or think the following: “If only God would just speak to me”. Of course the simple truth is this: he already has. He has spoken to us clearly and sufficiently in

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Josiah, Revival and the Word of God

Dec 27, 2015

The need of the hour is revival. All believers should be praying for heaven-sent, life-changing revival. Without it the West looks to be all but finished. While whole libraries have been filled with books on revival, let me look at

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God and Gender

Oct 29, 2015

Is God male or female? This question is often asked in recent times, and it is especially raised by feminists – both religious and secular. However the question had actually been discussed early on in Christian history. But it

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On Textual Criticism

Jun 15, 2015

Since we do not have the original manuscripts of the New Testament (the autographs), we must rely on copies of it, and we must determine which copies are closest to the original and most accurate and reliable. This is the

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On Personalising Scripture

May 20, 2015

It is all too common for all of us – Christians included – to find fault in others, but to see only sweetness and light in ourselves. Happens all the time of course. It is a regular feature of living

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The Traditions of Men, and Being Anesthetised

Oct 20, 2014

Pardon the somewhat odd title – let me explain: While evangelical Christians can look down on other Christian groups for adding to Scripture, or twisting Scripture, or misreading Scripture, or allowing man-made traditions to trump Scripture, the sad truth is,

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What is Evangelicalism?

Apr 1, 2014

I happen to be a Protestant evangelical. While most Christians at least should know what that means, surprisingly, many do not. Indeed, I have even lectured to evangelicals in various classes, only to have some of them ask me what

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Back to Christian Basics

Feb 23, 2014

One of the most tragic realities of contemporary Western Christianity is the fact that so many Christians simply do not read their Bibles. Certainly many – if not most – do not read the Bible regularly, daily, and determinedly. This

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On Biblical Rhetoric and Prophetic Speech

Feb 15, 2014

‘The church is in a mess.’ ‘We have cowards in the pulpits.’ ‘There is rampant sin in the pews.’ ‘Believers have lost their backbone.’ I and others are often making statements like this. They are all-inclusive or stereotypical statements. Examples

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Bible Revisionism, Again

Jan 23, 2014

People are always wanting to rewrite the Bible, or revise it to suit their own preferences. That has been going on for as long as Scripture has been available to us. It contains all sorts of politically incorrect truths and

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Responding to the Word

May 2, 2013

The Word of God is the gold standard for Christians. It is our source of truth, stamp of authority, and our moral compass. Without it we flounder, we derail, we perish. Without it we are lost. It is everything for

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On Bible Reading

Apr 5, 2013

It of course goes without saying that a staple of the Christian life is daily Bible reading, study and meditation. It is a no-brainer that this is an absolute core activity of anyone who calls himself a follower of Jesus

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Let’s Amend the Bible – Again

Dec 29, 2012

There is never a shortage of those who wish to amend, change, alter, or cut the Word of God to suit their own preferences, lifestyles, prejudices and sins. It has been happening all throughout church history in fact. There have

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The New Revised Perversion Bible

Dec 14, 2012

Good news folks! For all those who love their sin and want complete Biblical justification for it, helpful publishers are now quite happy to produce the Bible that fully condones and justifies your sin. Yep, if you are into adultery,

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Gutenberg’s Bible

Mar 13, 2012

On this day in 1456 Johannes Gutenberg’s first Bible was reportedly published. Sometimes called the 42-line Bible, it seems to have been the first book to be mass produced using movable type. His new printing press would of course change

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On Bible Versions and Translations, Part One

Jun 23, 2011

Walk into any Christian bookstore and you will find an amazing number of different versions and translations of the Bible on offer. Most believers may not know why that is or which version should be preferred. Entire libraries have been

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