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The State is Not Absolute

May 15, 2020

Do not forget that in the Old Testament both prophet and priest kept kings in check:

The biblical Christian constantly needs to maintain biblical balance and deal with dangerous and incorrect views concerning Christian truths. The disciples 2000 years ago

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Further Thoughts on the Passing Corona Scene

May 14, 2020

My latest ruminations on the corona craziness:

Here is a collection of random reflections on the corona crisis, some older, some newer.

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According to the latest government figures, 2.7 million Australians are now unemployed or underemployed due to the

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Difficult Bible Passages: Proverbs 18:21

May 14, 2020

This is another passage so often massacred by Christians:

I really must retitle this series. Most of the passages I have looked at are not all that difficult to be honest. But most of them have been massacred by various

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Fear, Fascism and Fealty

May 12, 2020

It is amazing what a bit of fear can do in a time of crisis:

If you wanted to conduct a grand social experiment to see how easily the masses can be controlled by means of fear, you do not

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Lost and Found

May 10, 2020

What do you search the most for?

Most of us have experienced the sadness of losing something of value. And most of us – hopefully – have also experienced the joy of finding some of these lost objects. There are

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Celebrating V-E Day (and Christian Hope)

May 9, 2020

The V-E Day celebrations of 75 years ago have nothing on the celebrations Christians will have when Christ returns:

Exactly 75 years ago much of the world was celebrating the defeat of the Nazis and victory in Europe. After six

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The State, Mandatory Health Care, and Eugenics

May 8, 2020

Some thoughts on government power, the public good, and mandatory policies:

Australian leader Scott Morrison recently said that those in some sports codes should not be allowed to play unless they are vaccinated. As one report put it: “Prime Minister

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On Dealing With Trolls, Yet Again

May 6, 2020

Have you ever had to deal with an argumentative Christian troll?

I have been heavily involved in the culture wars for well over 30 years now. They will certainly bring out the trolls, miscreants and critics. And with the advent

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The Corona Rebel Alliance

May 4, 2020

On the indispensable role of asking questions and holding the State to account:

Not everyone is happy with various government lockdown and shutdown measures as States seek to deal with corona. Many have been critical of numerous matters, such as

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Our Naming and Shaming Corona Pharisees

May 3, 2020

It is time for the meddling moralisers to chill out:

I know I am not alone in getting rather sick and tired of all the corona alarmists and their incessant moralising, preaching and finger pointing. Sorry, but I will not

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Covid-1984 Concerns

May 2, 2020

When we stop asking questions of the State we surrender our freedoms:

During times of crisis, many people will become overwhelmed by fear, will succumb to panic, and will all-too readily submit to whatever it is that the State demands

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When God Must Judge His Own People

May 2, 2020

We learn important spiritual truths from the life of King Manasseh:

One of the biggest problems Yahweh had with the people of Israel was the sad reality that they preferred to listen to the false prophets instead of the true

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Corona Facts and Realities

May 1, 2020

Keep asking questions and keep looking at the numbers:

One of the many things that has puzzled me somewhat during this crisis is the number of people I had known to be fairly level-headed and rational, who did not buy

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James Cook and Australia

Apr 29, 2020

250 years ago today this monumental achievement occurred:

Many folks will not know this – including plenty of Australians – but exactly 250 years ago today the British explorer James Cook landed at Botany Bay, resulting in the birth of

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On Corona Tracking Apps

Apr 27, 2020

What could go wrong with a government app?

As expected, there is already a massive debate over the merits or otherwise of the new government COVID-19 tracking app that folks can download onto their phones. A major part of the

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