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

Christian Compassion and Injecting Rooms

Jul 19, 2000

There has been a lot of debate lately about the issue of heroin injecting rooms. Voices from all sides are being heard on the issue, and the controversy often sheds more heat than light.  The Christian community has also

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Follow the Swedish Model

Jul 15, 2000

In June over 200 people gathered in Sydney’s Parliament House for Drug Summit 2000. Organised by Major Brian Watters of the Salvation Army, Jill Pearman of Drug Watch, and Rev Fred Nile MLC, the three-day summit brought together experts in

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A Challenge to the ACC

Jun 12, 2000

Christians both within and without the Australian Christian Churches are excited and encouraged about the formation of the ACC. As one who writes from outside the ACC, I share in the anticipation of what God can do in and through

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Child Care Follies

May 29, 2000

Commonsense seems to count for little these days. Instead, an army of “experts” are telling us how to best run our lives. Consider the following: Staff at day care centres do a much better job of minding young children than

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Families May Suffer Under GST

May 6, 2000

The Federal Government has admitted that some families may be worse off under the new tax system which comes into effect on July 1. Changes to eligibility rules for the parenting payment – worth up to $67 a fortnight –

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Abortion Wars

Apr 26, 2000

The war over abortion is far from over. Indeed, three recent events have sparked a new battle in the conflict over abortion. The main cause of the renewed hostilities is the publication of a book containing stories of post-abortion grief.

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Random Drug Tests For Politicians?

Apr 4, 2000

A recent call by Major Brian Watters of the Salvation Army for random drug tests among our public servants has caused quite a reaction. Major Watters, who chairs the Prime Minister’s National Council on Drugs, said that it is possible

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Why the Fertility Crisis?

Apr 1, 2000

Pro-family forces have long warned about declining fertility rates and the erosion of parenthood. When a woman who is known more for her commitment to feminism than for her allegiance to conservatism raises the same issues, then we need to

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And Baby Makes Five

Mar 2, 2000

A recent court case involving a baby conceived by IVF for two lesbians has reopened the issue of homosexual access to children. A Melbourne court decided in late February that two lesbians had not mislead an IVF treatment centre. Six-month-old

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The Gospel According to the ABC

Jan 10, 2000

While in Canberra recently, I had time to stroll into the local ABC Shop. Much of the content of these shops, of course, can be regarded as the cream of the politically correct crop. But I must confess I was

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What is Fundamentalism?

Jul 26, 1999

There exists an awful lot of conceptual confusion and definitional inexactitude concerning Christianity in general and fundamentalism in particular. Mind you, I’m speaking about the situation as it exists in America. In Australia the confusion is even worse! Australian commentators,

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End Times and Christian Responsibility

Apr 8, 1999

Often when I make an appeal for Christian social involvement, I get some Christians who bring up various objections, most of which boil down to this sentiment: we are living in the last days and it is silly to polish

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A review of The Facts of Life. By Brian Clowes.

Mar 9, 1999

Human Life International, 1997.

Human Life International has done us all a real service in publishing this book. This is a comprehensive, up-to date reference guide to all the life issues. Abortion, euthanasia, contraception, biomedical ethics, sex education and the

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Recovering God’s Holiness

Mar 4, 1999

Three recent occurrences are the occasion for this article.  The first was a conversation with a good friend and respected colleague, a fellow soldier in the pro-life, pro-family and pro-faith wars. We were discussing the judgments of God in

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Vale B.A. Santamaria

Feb 23, 1999

In late February one of Australia’s greatest pro-family and pro-faith warriors went home to be with the Lord. B.A. Santamaria died at the age of 82, after surgery on a brain tumor. Mr Santamaria, although never himself a politician, was

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Help For the Homosexual

Feb 23, 1999

There has been a lot of confusion both in the world and in the church surrounding the issue of homosexuality in general, and homosexual orientation in particular. This is partly due to the push by the homosexual lobby to force

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