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More College Crackdowns on Faith

Feb 4, 2012

A secular war has been declared against people of faith, and our Western universities are leading the charge. I have documented numerous examples of how our higher education system is deliberately and regularly targeting people of faith – Christians especially.

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When the Bible Goes Missing

May 9, 2011

For Christians the Word of God should be everything. It should form the basis of all our thinking about all things – not just religious, spiritual and theological, but ethical, social and political. But it increasingly seems that the Bible

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The Bible: A Book Without Peer

Dec 20, 2009

When a politician today talks about the importance of the Bible, you can expect there to be a swift and stern reaction. Federal Opposition leader Tony Abbott made such a remark recently and all the usual suspects started lining up

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Notable Christians: Leonard Ravenhill

Feb 22, 2016

Some of the great saints of recent times need to be spiritually bathed in more than merely written about. Reading their books and hearing their sermons is often far superior to just reading a written report about them. This is

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Baylor: The Winnowing Fan at Work

Jul 9, 2015

The what!? OK, for those of you not fully up on their biblical terminology, I refer of course to something found in the gospel accounts. In Matthew 3:1-12 we read about John the Baptist, how he is preparing the way

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Amazing Grace in War Time

May 11, 2015

While some may not think so, God can use all sorts of things, even warfare, to carry out his purposes. As horrible as a war can be, God can be seen even there, and marvellous stories of his grace can

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We’re On a Mission From God

Oct 21, 2014

OK, if you like the blues – as I do – and some oldish classic films, then you will know what I am talking about here. Jake and Elwood got it right: “We’re on a mission from God”. But too

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On Biblical Rhetoric and Prophetic Speech

Feb 15, 2014

‘The church is in a mess.’ ‘We have cowards in the pulpits.’ ‘There is rampant sin in the pews.’ ‘Believers have lost their backbone.’ I and others are often making statements like this. They are all-inclusive or stereotypical statements. Examples

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On Strange Fire, Part One

Oct 18, 2013

Some of you would be aware that American pastor John MacArthur has been holding a three-day “Strange Fire” conference which is a criticism of the charismatic movement. Next month a book by the same title will be released. For those

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Can Hitler Speak Too?

Nov 1, 2011

(Preface: I actually wrote this article over a year ago. I had spoken to the person behind it back then, and in an effort to show a bit of grace and respect, I did not print this. But this

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Loving God and Keeping the Commandments

Jun 18, 2011

A sad situation is enveloping large parts of the evangelical church today, especially those associated with the emergent church. Increasingly we are being told that love is the only thing that matters in the Christian life, and any talk of

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Biblical Illiteracy

Apr 18, 2011

As I travel around the country – and overseas – speaking at churches, Bible colleges, Christian conventions, and so on, one thing I find is the alarming increase in biblical illiteracy. Many believers simply seem to have very little grasp

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Creedless Christianity

Jan 31, 2011

This phrase has a neat ring to it, especially to some Protestants. It certainly sounds very spiritual. It is often used as a kind of religious one-upmanship: ‘You have all your creeds and doctrines, but I am a Jesus-Only Christian’

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On the Perspicuity of Scripture

Dec 1, 2010

Now that I have most of you rushing to your dictionaries, let me explain what this is all about. The Christian doctrine of the perspicuity of Scripture simply refers to the belief that the Bible is clear in terms of

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In the Name of Compassion

Jun 20, 2010

The throw-away term ‘compassion’ today covers a multitude of sins. It seems that any behaviour, lifestyle and belief system can today be justified by simply saying it is the ‘compassionate’ thing to do.  We must be compassionate we are

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Prayer is a Verb

Oct 10, 2009

OK, yes I know: prayer is also a noun. But the point is, it is one of those terms that should involve us in actual doing, not just knowing. Indeed, it is somewhat strange to be writing about prayer, when

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