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

Anzacs and Political Correctness

Apr 25, 2011

Let me say this boldly and bluntly: when the Anzacs died in huge numbers nearly a century ago, they did not do it so that we could legalise same-sex marriage. Nor did they fight and die to see creeping sharia

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Anzac Day

Apr 25, 2011

While most people enjoy the day off which Anzac Day affords, probably very few actually know what the day signifies. Some may know that it is celebrated every year on April 25. Some may know it has something to do

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Difficult Bible Passages: Matthew 5:39

Apr 20, 2011

In a recent discussion about an offensive work of art which some Christians took action about, one person said that turning the other cheek would be a better way to go. Admittedly Christians can debate what is the most appropriate

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Women in Combat

Apr 12, 2011

In a move which only can be described as jumping out of the pan into the fire, the Australian government has come up with this brilliant idea: in order to deal with sexual abuse issues and the poor treatment of

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On Living in Wartime

Oct 5, 2010

I have been watching a documentary series on the Second World War lately. Airing late on Monday nights, the American series chronicles in some detail this horrific conflict, and the lives of ordinary Americans caught up in it. The seven

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McLaren and Obama: Not So Strange Bedfellows

Oct 27, 2009

Generally speaking, those with liberal theological views tend to also have liberal political views. Conversely, those with conservative theological views tend to have conservative political views. Not always, but in most cases. So religious liberals can usually be counted on

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Now for the Military Obamanation

Oct 12, 2009

If I simply produced a website devoted to all of the pro-homosexual activism of US President Obama, I would have little time to work on anything else. He has been relentless and single-minded in pushing the radical homosexual cause at

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Obama and the Nobel Peace Prize

Oct 11, 2009

I was certainly quite shocked to learn that US President Barack Obama had just won the Nobel Peace Prize. My thoughts immediately turned to just how it was that he has promoted peace. Indeed, three areas immediately sprang to mind.

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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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Pacifism, Justice and Israel

Jan 19, 2009

The ethics of war and peace is a topic requiring great mental and moral dexterity and in-depth analysis. Issues arising over concerns about justice, peace and conflict are complex and multi-levelled. I cannot here go into much detail, but only

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Hamas, Terrorism and Media Complicity

Jan 13, 2009

Hamas is a terrorist organisation. It is backed by Iran which sends it arms via Egypt. It has been waging a double war: a war against Israel and a war against the Palestinian people. It cares little about the Palestinian

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Israel, Hamas and Moral Equivalence

Jan 6, 2009

Now that Israel has entered Gaza, the response from much of the world’s press has been totally predictable. Israel is called a nation of terrorists and mass murderers, and it is claimed that Israel is being far too disproportionate in

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On Israel’s Right to Self-Defence

Jan 3, 2009

The mainstream media is up to its usual tricks: for three years now some 3,500 missiles have been fired by Hamas into Israeli territory. I don’t seem to recall much of this reported by the MSM. Yet now that Israel

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The Case for Hiroshima

Sep 3, 2008

War sucks. But in a fallen world, war is often necessary for the preserving of both peace and justice. While some might argue that talk about the ethics of war is oxymoronic, over the millennia moral philosophers have sought to

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Iraqi Good News Met With Silence

Aug 15, 2008

Things are going pretty well in Iraq as of late. Things are by no means perfect there, but real progress is being made. The surge, which began over a year ago, has been quite successful in weeding out pockets of

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A review of The Gods of War. By Meic Pearse.

Feb 15, 2008

IVP, 2007. (Available in Australia from Koorong Books)

It is quite common for today’s militant atheists to throw around reckless charges and wild accusations. Their thinking seems to be that if you make such claims often enough, people might start

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The Value of History

Jul 24, 2007

It was the Spanish philosopher Santayana who once remarked that those who ignore history are doomed to repeat its mistakes. He knew that we could be spared a lot of grief if we simply studied history more closely, and sought

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