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

Churches Will Be Trashed When Marriage is Trashed

Sep 15, 2017

Reality always triumphs over ideology. When homosexual marriage proponents try to tell you that churches, faith-based institutions, and religious individuals of all stripes will not be impacted by the redefinition of marriage, they are telling you porkies – and they

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Four Important New Australian Books

Feb 28, 2017

Of the making of many books there is no end, or so the writer of Ecclesiastes said (Ecc. 12:12). I think he was on to something there. New books are pouring from the presses all the time, and some at

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Our Atheist Churches

Nov 25, 2013

If God indeed exists and has made us in his image, then it should be not in the least surprising that we have an incurable longing for eternity in our hearts, that we find a search for transcendence everywhere, and

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Australian Abortion Wars

Nov 22, 2013

A lot has been happening in Australia the last few days concerning baby killing. Good news in one state was countered by bad news in another. But that is often how things go in the culture wars: there are ups

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Is It Time To Close Our Churches?

Nov 26, 2011

OK, now that I have got your attention, let me explain. I was again having a great conversation with a godly brother about the state of the church and related matters. I mentioned the sad state of so much of

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When Churches Go Bad

Apr 29, 2011

You can always tell when churches are losing the plot when they start making the headlines – but for all the wrong reasons. When they stop preaching the gospel of Jesus Christ, and instead start pushing the latest trendy lefty

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When Churches Go Bad

Oct 3, 2008

What does one do when a Christian denomination or school or institution starts to go off the rails? By that I mean, when it begins to reject classic Christian teaching, and moves toward error, apostasy and heresy. Two choices usually

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The Demise of the Australian Democrats

Oct 24, 2006

Several recent events surely spell the end of the Australian Democrats. Three in particular come to mind: their electoral decline of the last few years; the announced retirement of one of their leading stars; and their continued war against religion.

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Our Bigoted Australian Democrats

Sep 22, 2006

Many people would be aware of a survey the Democrats launched several months ago to look at the role of religion in politics. Of course, given the secular bias of the Democrats, the real purpose of this “survey” was not

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Love and Hate in an Age of Tolerance

Feb 22, 2007

A poster which has recently been displayed outside of some Australian churches has caused a fair bit of controversy. The large outdoor posters feature the words, “Jesus loves Osama”. A Baptist church in Sydney, for example, displayed the poster, only

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The Christian Obligation to Speak Truth

Sep 23, 2017

There are certain basics and non-negotiables in the Christian job description. One is to be salt and light as Jesus clearly stated in Matthew 5:13-16. This is not some optional extra, but an essential component of the role of the

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It’s Time to Call Their Bluff

Sep 21, 2017

Here is a basic truth you can count on: in the culture wars, the other side will constantly throw at you all sorts of wild accusations, fake news, and reckless charges. Very little of it has any substance or credibility.

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Yes Homosexual Marriage Changes Everything

Sep 9, 2017

Yes, when a radical social experiment like the legalisation of homosexual marriage takes place, everything changes. This is certainly not the first time I have sought to make this case – more like the hundredth at least. And it won’t

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