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Wheaton, Islam, Christianity and Truth

Dec 19, 2015

The ongoing saga of the hijab-wearing Wheaton College professor is not likely to go away anytime soon. Indeed, it seems to be escalating, with various sides becoming polarised on all this. The prof has now been suspended by the Christian

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5 Most Abused Christian Terms

Jun 12, 2015

It is a general rule of life that the more important or valuable something is, the more chances are it will be abused and misused. The greater something is, the more it will be attacked and slandered and misrepresented. So

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Basic Christian Conversion and Repentance

Jun 2, 2013

Fifty-five years ago the very important volume Basic Christianity by John Stott was published. Since appearing in 1958 it has gone through countless reprints and sold hundreds of thousands of copies. And well it should – it is a classic

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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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Cruise, Christ and Scientology

Jan 25, 2007

Tom Cruise, well-known proponent of Scientology, has been compared to Christ by the current Church of Scientology leader, David Miscavige. He believes the two share a lot of similar characteristics. Said Miscavige, “Tom has been told he is Scientology’s Christ-like

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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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Hermeneutics and Blood Transfusions

Apr 9, 2015

If this seems to be yet another rather bizarre or opaque title, just hold onto your hats: all is about to be revealed. Let me start with hermeneutics. For the uninitiated, this simply is about the practice or discipline of

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The Madness of Majoring in Minors

Sep 21, 2014

It is a perennial temptation of Christians to get their eye off the ball, forget what real biblical priorities are, and go off half-cocked on some hobby horse which is not really important at all. They will take up a

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On Heresy Hunters

Apr 9, 2014

On so many fronts, getting the biblical balance right is always crucial. It is always so easy to go off on unbiblical extremes. When it comes to the issue of heresy, there are two extremes to avoid. One is to

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Ben Carson, POTUS, and the SDA

Feb 26, 2014

I could be amiss here, but it seemed pretty clear to me that when Ben Carson released his 2012 book, America the Beautiful, he was contemplating life in politics, if not a run for the White House. With his

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“Athanasius Contra Mundum”

Dec 30, 2012

So how’s your Latin? Even if it is not very good, it is not too hard to figure out what this phrase means. It is, simply, “Athanasius against the world.” Of course you need to know a bit about church

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Recommended Reading on Eschatology

Nov 10, 2012

Eschatology, or the study of the end times, is a real hot potato topic with plenty of differing views. All sorts of major battles have been waged over these issues. I consider the subject to be important but secondary. We

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“You’re Too Negative”

May 24, 2012

How many times have you heard that one? I get it all the time. To simply stand up for your faith nowadays will result in you being called negative, defensive, judgmental, critical, unloving, intolerant – you name it. The spirit

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On Fundamentalists

Feb 25, 2012

OK, so I confess: sometimes I write articles just so that I can showcase what somebody else has written. There is a lotta good stuff out there, and sometimes I just wish to draw your attention to it, and give

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Biblical Balance and Biblical Discernment

Jul 11, 2011

The normal Christian life is one of constant vigilance and alertness. Many pits must be avoided, and lots of dangerous extremes must be stayed clear of. Christians need godly wisdom and discernment as they navigate through their Christian journey.

There

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