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

The Radical Left and the War on Police

Jun 10, 2020

Straight thinking on the calls to disband the police:

OK, I confess: back in my wild youth you would often hear me shouting, “Off the pigs!” I and my radical-left counter-culture friends hated all forms of authority, and the police

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On How Not To Read Scripture

Jun 9, 2020

Are you an approved workman as you handle God’s word?

Because even Spirit-filled believers are still finite and fallen and fallible, none of us of course will ever get the reading and interpreting of Scripture completely right. Nonetheless, one can

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Christianity and Race

Jun 7, 2020

How should Christians think about race and racism?

With nearly 5200 articles on my site, it is rather surprising that up until now I have not really written entire pieces on the issue of race and racism – as far

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On Eliminating the Police

Jun 5, 2020

Now the progressives are calling for the end of the police:

We know that various leftist hate groups have made it quite clear that they want to eliminate the police – and quite literally. As their signs so often read,

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Christianity and the Cult of Youth

Jun 5, 2020

Why do so many churches sideline the elderly?

Here is my thesis: just as most of the West has elevated all things youth while ignoring, downplaying or overlooking the elderly, so too in most of Western Christianity. Not everywhere of

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Reflections on Psalm 2 

Jun 4, 2020

Psalm 2 offers us great news as we think of the murderous thugs ruling the earth right now:

Consider all the evil dictators, murderous rulers, and diabolical tyrants that people have had to endure over the years. They have terrorised

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Prayerless Christians

Jun 3, 2020

We all need to pray more – I sure do:

Just in case you are thinking: ‘Here goes Bill again, bashing other believers’ – not so. If anything, I am bashing myself here, while trying to encourage others. I have

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Who is Behind the American Rioting?

Jun 2, 2020

Just who is behind all the rioting, looting and chaos in the US?

We must not think that all the American cities now in flames have just come about by accident, or that this is just some peaceful protest over

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Hate the Sin, Love the Sinner?

Jun 1, 2020

Thoughts on ‘love the sinner, hate the sin’:

There are plenty of maxims, sayings, and clichés that routinely flow from the lips of believers. Some are more or less faithful to biblical truth while some are much less so. The

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On the George Floyd Rioting

May 31, 2020

What should we make of the rioting in American cities?

Most folk are aware of the tragic death of George Floyd that happened nearly a week ago in Minnesota. The 46yo African-American man was arrested by police but died soon

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Restoring Wasted Years

May 30, 2020

Do you feel that so much of your life has been wasted? There is hope if you do:

I stayed up till 2 this morning watching the first two hours of the three-hour live stream memorial service for the great

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The Messianic Feast

May 29, 2020

Some thoughts on the Messianic banquet:

We all like to eat. And most of us enjoy dining in community. The Bible actually speaks quite often about food, about eating, about feasts, and about dining with others. Both Testaments speak to

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Praying Against Enemies

May 28, 2020

How should we understand biblical prayers against one’s enemies?

Some might think I got my title wrong, and that I meant to say ‘Pray For Your Enemies’. Yes, there certainly is a place for that, as Jesus stated (Matthew 5:44,

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Encouragement for the Journey

May 27, 2020

We all need some encouragement as we seek to serve Christ and the Kingdom:

Here are some biblical truths you can bank on: Anyone living a committed Christian life will face opposition. How can it not be? Satan and his

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Bible Study Helps: Ezra

May 26, 2020

Here is some help for your study of the book of Ezra:

Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book, broken up sometime during the early church. Along with Esther, these make up the final three historical books which appear just

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Bible Study Helps: Nehemiah

May 26, 2020

Here are some aids to assist you as you study Nehemiah:

Nehemiah continues the story we find recorded in the book of Ezra. Just as with Samuel, Kings and Chronicles, Ezra and Nehemiah were originally one book in the Hebrew

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Bible Study Helps: Esther

May 25, 2020

Here are some helps as you read through the Old Testament book of Esther:

Having just reread the Old Testament book of Esther, I am again struck by its many unique features. It is the only book, along with Daniel,

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25 MORE Key Quotes from Ravi Zacharias

May 24, 2020

Here are another 25 gems from the great Christian apologist:

The legacy of Ravi Zacharias will last well beyond all the years he spent on earth (74). For half a century he ministered gospel truths all around the world, speaking

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