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

Difficult Bible Passages: Mark 16:17-18

Jun 2, 2012

This passage is as much a misused passage as a difficult one. And its misuse can often be deadly. There have been a number of fringe Christians who have died because of its misuse and abuse. Often found in America’s

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On Capital Punishment, Part 1

Oct 11, 2007

The recent squabble within Labor Party ranks as to whether the Bali bombers should be executed raises the old issue of capital punishment, and the biblical and ethical concerns surrounding it. How should the believer view this issue? Can a

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These Guys Are Utter Moonbeams

Jun 2, 2016

For those who adhere to the Judeo-Christian worldview, we know that one of the earliest creative acts by God was the creation of mankind. And this was a very specified creation. As we read in Genesis 1:26-27: “Then God said,

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Christ Our Righteousness

May 12, 2016

One of the great truths of the gospel is that what we could not do for ourselves as sinners, Christ did for us. A holy and righteous God is separated from fallen and sinful mankind. How can sinners change? As

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Was Ancient Israel Meant to Have a King?

Mar 20, 2016

Plenty of debate actually arises over the issue of the monarchy in ancient Israel. Especially when we see imperial presidencies like Obama’s in America (Trump’s could well be the same if he gets in), Christians are now talking a lot

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Bible Illiterates

Jan 22, 2016

Tragically there are so many believers today who say or think the following: “If only God would just speak to me”. Of course the simple truth is this: he already has. He has spoken to us clearly and sufficiently in

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The Omnipotence of God

Jan 5, 2016

This is another instalment in my irregular series on the attributes of God. I can think of no grander topic to write about than God and what he is like. Indeed, as a 20-year-old Spurgeon put it in a sermon,

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In For the Long Haul

Nov 2, 2015

Most people, as well as most politicians, only think in terms of the short term and immediate gain. They seldom think about the bigger picture and the longer term. Immediate benefits and short term gains tend to be the main

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So Where Are All the Real Christians?

Jul 16, 2015

You gotta wonder sometimes. Where is all the salt and light we are supposed to find whenever Christians are present? Why is there so little godly influence from the Christian churches? Why is Christianity in the West so lacking in

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Do We Have God’s Heart On This?

Jul 10, 2015

One good test to decide if we really are sons and daughters of the Living God is if we share his heart on important issues. The true child of God will of course think as God thinks and even feel

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Why Culture Matters

Mar 19, 2015

God is the author of culture, so it matters – end of story. But since folks expect a bit more from my articles, let me elaborate. I have been thinking the past few days about the many achievements of human

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Fifty Shades of Sleaze

Feb 10, 2015

Disclaimer: I have not read the lousy books and I do not plan to see the lousy movies – so shoot me already. But I don’t need to eat strychnine or drink poison to warn others about it. Moreover, when

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Vegetarianism and Christianity

Feb 4, 2015

My thesis is pretty simple: if Christians prefer not to eat meat for health reasons, dietary reasons, perhaps cultural reasons, or even moral reasons, that’s fine. No one is forcing them to eat meat. However, if they claim that vegetarianism

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Which Jesus?

Oct 4, 2014

Every year at this time I seem to write a number of articles about Jesus. Why is that? you ask. Good question. It is because each year I have an effective Bible reading plan which takes me through the entire

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More Clueless Celebs

Jul 1, 2014

I have hesitated on writing about this. The story has now been around for several days and is causing no small stir. But since I have written so often about celebutards in general, and this guy in particular and his

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Law, Culture Wars, and the Christian

Apr 5, 2014

Law and legal issues are of course a vital component of life. And for good parts of human history the laws of God stood over, and greatly influenced, the laws of men. But in the secular West today this is

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Seven New Year’s Resolutions

Jan 11, 2014

OK, OK, I know it is not exactly the new year, but well into the month of January. And I was not planning to write about resolutions anyway. But a very brief bullet point list I presented elsewhere seemed to

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