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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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Spirituality and Material Riches

Apr 18, 2012

One major mistake of some believers in general, and the prosperity gospel in particular, is to equate a person’s economic and material standing with his or her spiritual condition. The more extreme proponents of this teaching seem to assume that

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Hymns, Theology and Spirituality

Feb 15, 2012

One of the greatest sources of Christian theology and spirituality is the old hymns. In marked contrast to most of the worship choruses found in today’s church services, the old hymns were rich depositories of biblical spirituality, theological truth, and

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The Desperate Need for Biblical Discernment

Nov 10, 2010

One of the greatest things crippling the church of Jesus Christ today is the almost complete absence of any biblical discernment. It seems that anything goes today, and very few believers are willing to stand up and say, ‘Yes but,

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Pantheism and Biblical Christianity

Jan 9, 2010

In the famous painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo there is the memorable scene of the creator God extending his finger to the outstretched hand of the newly formed Adam. The imagery makes clear that Adam

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Spirituality: No Magic Pill

Oct 21, 2009

I caught myself the other day saying this: “This is taking absolutely forever!” And what was I referring to? The few seconds it was taking to open a new web page on my computer! Such a silly reaction tells us

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Outlawing the Gospel

Jun 29, 2016

OK, so here we have a tale of two churches. In one place a new church was launched: a cannabis church to be specific. The state moved in rather quickly and put an end to that foolishness. In another place

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Christians and Trump

Feb 26, 2016

This is my first full piece on Donald Trump, but it more than likely will not be my last. The front-runner for the Republicans for the White House is certainly generating plenty of discussion and controversy, and it is vital

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A Church of One

Mar 25, 2015

There will always be disagreement amongst Christians. Indeed, there is nothing wrong with differences of opinions, at least on non-primary biblical doctrines. But one aspect of Christian maturity is learning when and where to pick your fights. Learning what battles

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Sanctification: Cooperating with God

Mar 22, 2015

Let me set things straight at the outset: in terms of our initial regeneration, this is a work purely done by God. We do not contribute to it. There is no synergism here. It is by grace through faith alone.

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On War Footing

Mar 2, 2015

The fact that military and warfare imagery is found throughout the Bible tells us a few things. One, it may tell us that ideological pacifism is a position not fully squared with the biblical record, but we will save that

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The False Gospel of False Grace

Feb 1, 2015

Here is a biblical truth you can bank on: any gospel which makes it easier for you to sin, and to feel OK about sinning, is not a gospel of Jesus Christ, but comes straight out of the pits of

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Truth and Encouragement In Song

Jan 12, 2015

As many of you might know, I am no great fan of contemporary Christian music: far too much silly repetition, vacuous choruses, and theological anaemia for me. Give me the great old hymns of yesteryear which were so very rich

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Europe and the Decline of the Church

Jan 4, 2015

In a recent article I discussed the growing trend of Christians leaving church (mainly in America), while still remaining followers of Jesus. They have found other ways to fellowship and grow together with other Christians, but they are basically “done”

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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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The Osteens and Another Gospel

Sep 4, 2014

I have penned many pieces on megachurch pastor Joel Osteen. But people say, “Oh, leave them alone” or “Don’t be so judgmental” or “We should not criticise other Christians” or “Do not touch the Lord’s anointed” etc, etc. Are they

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