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

Freedom, History and Memory

Jun 14, 2010

For both religious and non-religious reasons, history is vitally important, and it is imperative that we do not forget the lessons of history. As the Spanish philosopher Santayana once warned, those who forget the lessons of history are doomed to

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Making Excuses for Sin and Evil

Aug 15, 2016

There have always been apologists for evil. But here I especially refer to those who should not be such apologists. We expect those committing sin and engaging in evil to seek to justify and whitewash what they are doing. But

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And Even More Dumb Quotes and Posters

Dec 21, 2015

As part of my ongoing series on dumb sayings and posters, I offer a few more for your enjoyment and edification. Given that the social media supplies us with a non-stop supply of such things, I have a bottomless well

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Sin, Forgiveness, and Hyper Grace

Mar 17, 2015

Toward the end of his life the author of “Amazing Grace” and friend of William Wilberforce said this: “My memory is nearly gone; but I remember two things: I am a great sinner, and Christ is a great savior.” That

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Costco and America

Jul 8, 2014

This article is about the United States of America, as well as the book and film America by Dinesh D’Souza. And it is about the reprehensible cowards, PC loons, and callous censors at Costco. You may have heard by now

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Calvin and Geneva

Apr 29, 2014

As part of my mad dash through Europe – or parts of it – let me focus briefly on the Swiss city of Geneva. It is of course a famous city of the Reformation period, and today noted as an

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Marriage, SCOTUS, and a Missing Church

Mar 28, 2013

This week the US Supreme Court met to deliberate on one of the most important social and moral issues of our day: homosexual marriage. Yet I suspect the great majority of churches did not even know this was happening. And

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Europe and the Importance of Memory

Sep 4, 2007

One leading theme of postmodernism is what is known as the rejection of all metanarratives. PoMo argues that there are no grand stories, no overarching narratives that can give meaning and rootedness to our lives.

Instead we are cast adrift

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Needed: A Healthy Dose of Reality

Jan 27, 2015

Christians of all people should be realists. We should not be overly optimistic, nor should we be overly pessimistic – we should just be realistic. We should seek to look at the world as it really is – indeed, as

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Remembering Churchill

Jan 23, 2015

Fifty years ago Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill died. He was born on November 30, 1874, and died on January 24, 1965. He was without doubt one of the greatest leaders of last century, and his legacy will forever be with us.

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On the Crusades

Jan 20, 2015

If there is a constant and major objection raised to Christianity, it is the topic of the Crusades. Critics claim that this was a terrible blight on Christianity, and demonstrates that this is an evil and bloody religion, just as

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When Vice Becomes Virtue

Feb 2, 2013

I have said it often before, but it is worth saying again. The law can do one of three things when it comes to various activities, behaviours and lifestyles. It can prohibit, or it can permit, or it can promote.

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The Love of God

Mar 7, 2011

Of all the attributes of God, his love is the one most often held up as fully and compellingly expressing who he is. While all the attributes of God are equally important, and while his holiness might also be a

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Let’s Create a Master Race – Again

Feb 13, 2011

It seems that learning from the mistakes of history is not one of the strong points of many intellectuals. Although we can be taught so much by the study of history, especially truths about the avoidance of its past mistakes,

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