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Francis Schaeffer and the Lord’s Work

Apr 15, 2016

Most people think of Francis Schaeffer of one of our great Christian apologists of last century. And that he certainly was. His work in the mountains of Switzerland, L’Abri, was and still is a terrific ministry which has reached so

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What is Evangelicalism?

Apr 1, 2014

I happen to be a Protestant evangelical. While most Christians at least should know what that means, surprisingly, many do not. Indeed, I have even lectured to evangelicals in various classes, only to have some of them ask me what

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Saviour But Not Lord?

Feb 10, 2013

Strangely enough, there are actually Christians today who are debating whether Christ needs to be Lord in the believer’s life. I would have thought that was a no-brainer; any straight-forward reading of the New Testament makes that perfectly clear.

But

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On ‘Lordship Salvation,’ Part One

Feb 9, 2013

For a few decades now there has been a fairly vigorous debate over what some critics of traditional biblical Christianity have called “lordship salvation”. Very simply, the critics say that if you think Christ must be both Saviour and Lord

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On ‘Lordship Salvation,’ Part Two

Feb 9, 2013

There are those who claim that a Christian is one who merely accepts Christ as Saviour, but not as Lord. In Part One of this article I examined the historical backdrop to this claim, and began a critical assessment of

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Woe To You Evangelicals

Aug 27, 2011

I am an evangelical. So let me for the moment confine my remarks to fellow evangelicals. If you are a non-evangelical, but want to read on, hopefully you will benefit from this as well. I wish here to simply offer

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What Is Evangelicalism?

Mar 19, 2011

Whenever I am asked where I am coming from theologically, I state that I am an evangelical Christian. However, since not everyone understands that term, it might be worthwhile to ask just what comprises being an evangelical.

While an entire

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In Search of Christian Vertebrates

Jan 28, 2013

Talk about an endangered species: it is getting harder and harder nowadays to find believers with a bit of backbone. One fears they may soon become extinct altogether. Sure, the churches are filled today with hordes of Christian invertebrates –

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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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The Imprecatory Psalms, Part Two

Feb 2, 2012

In Part One of this article I offered some general considerations as to how the Christian might approach the rather troubling imprecatory psalms. To properly tease these ideas out it is worth looking at a few imprecatory psalms in some

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Difficult Bible Passages: Judges 6:36-40

May 20, 2011

The difficulty of this text really lies in its application. Are Christians today to make use of this method when they seek to discover God’s will? The passage is the familiar story of Gideon using a fleece to find out

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When Christ Goes Missing At Christmas

Dec 26, 2010

Hope springs eternal – or so we are told. So each Christmas I have a fresh dash of hope, especially when it comes to the messages our church leaders will proclaim during this time of year. And sadly, each year

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The Powers Behind the Nations

Jun 27, 2010

Although it was not my intention originally, this is now the fourth – and hopefully final – article in a series of four pieces which sprang out of the recent political assassination in Australia. They show a progression – again,

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Now Is Not the Time for Cowardice

Dec 4, 2008

Jesus promised us that dark days would lie ahead. They would not be a time for the weak-hearted or the half-hearted. Our Lord expects courage of us in these dark days, and he expects all of us to be fully

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In Praise of Praise

Aug 15, 2007

I confess. I am writing this article for selfish reasons. You see, anyone who is in the public spotlight to a fair degree will be subject to two things: bouquets and brickbats. Praise and criticism. Compliments and complaints. Blessings and

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Revisiting the Christian Classics

Jun 21, 2016

I realise that it can be rather perilous to refer to anything less than a hundred years old as being a classic, but exceptions can be made to this basic rule. Some books may have been around only for a

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In Defence of C. S. Lewis

Jun 12, 2016

This sounds very odd indeed: defend one of the greatest Christian thinkers, authors, scholars and apologists of the past century? Why in the world would I seek to defend someone who has blessed millions, helped millions, and strengthened the faith

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