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

What Good Is Christianity?

Nov 24, 2006

The Christian faith gets some pretty bad press nowadays. Certainly much of this is deserved. But for all its faults, the Christian religion is responsible for a tremendous amount of good in the world. But that story is often left

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What is Fundamentalism?

Jul 26, 1999

There exists an awful lot of conceptual confusion and definitional inexactitude concerning Christianity in general and fundamentalism in particular. Mind you, I’m speaking about the situation as it exists in America. In Australia the confusion is even worse! Australian commentators,

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Culture Wars, Theology, and Working Together

Aug 28, 2016

I have written frequently about issues like co-belligerency. I have written often about the fact that I am a Protestant evangelical, with very real theological differences with my Catholic friends. And I have written often about how I prefer my

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How Evangelicals Became Theological Liberals

Jul 7, 2016

Evangelical Christianity has long been known for its emphasis on theological orthodoxy, a high view of Scripture, and an adherence to sound doctrine. Indeed, one of the defining distinctions between evangelicals and theological liberals over the past few centuries was

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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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Against Christian Fatalism

May 6, 2016

There are many vital Christian doctrines which are so grand and so majestic that entire libraries are filled with large tomes discussing them, and even all that is not fully sufficient to do these themes justice. Thus it may be

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This is Why They are Winning

Apr 19, 2016

I wrote a piece yesterday on the culture wars and why our side is losing so much of the time, while the other side seems to be winning so often. I noted that the other side sees the bigger picture

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We Owe Sinners an Apology

Mar 12, 2016

Yep, we Christians need to say sorry to sinners. How come? Because for far too long we have been making excuses for sinners, making it easy for sinners, trying to cover up for sinners, and seeking to justify sinners. It

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Trump, the Pope, and Walls

Feb 20, 2016

I am no fan of Donald Trump. But I must say I am no fan of the current Pope either. It seems each passing day they both come out saying some quite ridiculous and foolish things. And don’t accuse me

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Recommended Recent Reading

Jan 30, 2016

As new books pile up around the home, and time does not permit a proper review of each one, the next best thing is to give a number of them at least a brief mention and write-up. So here I

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Dealing with Cults

Jan 6, 2016

Just this morning a Christian friend in another country contacted me, greatly worried about family members who had obviously gotten themselves involved in a deceptive and nutty cult. She was terribly concerned – and rightly so – about all this

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Ours is Not a Sissified Faith

Dec 28, 2015

The Christian faith is anything but a girlie faith. It is not for the faint of heart nor for woosies. It is strong stuff for strong people. It makes hard demands and expects firm responses. If you want to live

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On False Prophets

Sep 10, 2015

One has to speak about false prophets so often because there are so many of them around. Scripture throughout warns against false prophets, and we must take this matter quite seriously indeed. Jesus spoke often about false prophets and the

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