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Was Ancient Israel Meant to Have a King?

Mar 20, 2016

Plenty of debate actually arises over the issue of the monarchy in ancient Israel. Especially when we see imperial presidencies like Obama’s in America (Trump’s could well be the same if he gets in), Christians are now talking a lot

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Itching Ears and Hardened Hearts

Jul 27, 2013

A basic rule of thumb when New Testament Christians approach Old Testament texts is to discover its primary interpretation, while allowing for secondary applications. That is, the OT text must be allowed to speak on its own terms, and be

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A Prayer of Repentance

May 31, 2012

There are a number of memorable prayers of repentance in the Bible. Psalm 51 is obviously one of the most famous. But there are other inspiring prayers of repentance. One very powerful prayer – and one which seems so very

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A Review of Is God a Moral Monster? By Paul Copan.

Jan 25, 2011

Baker, 2011. (Available in Australia at Koorong Books)

There is nothing really new about the new atheists. They simply regurgitate the same old objections which have been levelled against Christianity for centuries now. Indeed, the idea that the Old Testament

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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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Art and the Second Commandment

Apr 11, 2017

Sadly some Christians have a very low view of art, and in good measure this is due to a faulty understanding and application of the Second Commandment. The prohibition against graven images has been wrongly interpreted and as a result

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The Return of Paganism

Apr 10, 2016

If you wanted a nutshell description of the past 2000 years of Western history, you could put it this way: Out of paganism Christianity emerged and won the day, establishing civilisation and civility. But as Christianity waned, civilisation began to

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2 Chronicles 7:14 in Context

May 2, 2015

One of the most famous and most often recited passages from the Old Testament is 2 Chronicles 7:14. Most Christians know it well and mention it often. It says: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble

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Leviticus, Holiness and the Christian

Feb 2, 2015

Since I am rereading Leviticus at the moment, it is not surprising that several articles have been generated concerning this book. Let me do one more piece, offering a more broad-brush look at this Old Testament book, and why it

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Your Worst Life Now

Dec 20, 2014

It can be said quite assuredly that America, along with so much of the West, is the home of the most materialistic, consumeristic, self-centred, money-hungry and hedonistic people on earth. Sure, such folks can be found elsewhere, and have been

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Going To War

Feb 20, 2014

There is no question that the Christian life is a life of warfare. It is spiritual warfare obviously, but that manifests itself on so many other levels. We do believe there is a monumental spiritual battle going on, and that

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Yahweh and Interfaith Dialogue

Jan 14, 2014

“I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God.” So says Yahweh in Exodus 20:5. The true and living God brooks no rivals, and he will not allow his people to wallow in any false god. We see these themes

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