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

Islam, Apostasy and the Death Penalty

May 16, 2017

I have known of folks who were once adherents of Christianity but who have since turned their backs on the faith, renouncing it altogether. This is referred to as “apostasy.” It has been defined as “the abandonment or renunciation of

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Lessons from 2 Chronicles

May 14, 2017

Last night I was reading in Spurgeon’s Mornings and Evenings devotional. As would be expected from Spurgeon, every page seems to be loaded with spiritual gems and theological nuggets. It is amazing how much Spurgeon was able to glean from

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More Lessons from 2 Chronicles

May 14, 2017

As stated in my first article on this topic, there are heaps of spiritual truths that can be found in the accounts of the kings of Judah. Vital spiritual lessons can be gleaned from these stories, and we dare not

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The Collapsing Christian Worldview

May 13, 2017

On a regular basis, sadly, I find myself in debates with fellow believers who seem woefully clueless as to the biblical worldview. They seem to just regurgitate pagan thinking, beliefs and practice, yet still somehow think they are being good

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A Time To Fight, A Time To Love

May 10, 2017

There is a time for everything, as Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 informs us. And in verse 8 we read that there is “a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace”. No, I

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The Case for Christ

May 9, 2017

It was a key principle of Plato’s Socrates that one should follow the evidence wherever it leads. He also said that the ‘unexamined life is not worth living’. Thus those who claim to be seekers after truth need to carefully

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Crushing Differences, Imposing Stifling Uniformity

May 8, 2017

We have all heard, and perhaps used, the French phrase “vive la difference,” meaning “long live the difference”. As one online dictionary says, “(often humorous) Used to express appreciation of diversity, especially between the sexes.”

One hallmark of a free

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“Why Are You So Negative?”

May 7, 2017

The Old Testament prophets were well known as bearers of bad news. Their hard words, especially about judgment to come and the need for repentance, did not exactly make them the life of the party. They certainly were not on

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Scripture, Inspiration and Dual Authorship

May 5, 2017

Briefly stated, the biblical doctrine of inspiration states that God inspired the biblical writers in such a way that his true, infallible word is found in the original manuscripts of Scripture. This understanding is based on passages such as these:

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Dead Baby Jewellery

May 5, 2017

Yes you read that right. And you are likely as incredulous as when you read the title of an article I penned five years ago: “Pepsi and Dead Babies” (see link below). It seems an Australian company is actually taking

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This Is What Is Wrong With the World

May 4, 2017

Those who think there is far too much to read in the world – including on this site – would be greatly relieved if I simply followed in the footsteps of G. K. Chesterton. When an English newspaper asked him

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Major Theological Reference Works

May 2, 2017

The Apostle Paul commanded all disciples of Christ to “study to show yourself approved” (2 Timothy 2:15). That of course means careful and concentrated study of the Bible. And any Christian who wants to get a serious grasp of the

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