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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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On Being Radical for God

May 4, 2015

In 1 Corinthians 10 Paul mentions some episodes from Israel’s life about how Yahweh judged them for their sins as recorded in parts of Exodus and Numbers. Then he says this in v. 6: “Now these things occurred as examples

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Fleecing the Flock of God

Mar 14, 2015

One of the most shocking passages in all of the Old Testament is Jeremiah 5:31: “The prophets prophesy lies, the priests rule by their own authority, and my people love it this way. But what will you do in the

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Carl Henry on the Holiness of God

Feb 12, 2015

One can never write too much about the holiness of God. It may well be his overriding and overarching attribute. I have already penned articles about Ryle on holiness, and Lloyd-Jones on holiness, and I will likely pen many more.

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Are We All Children of God?

Jan 17, 2015

A very common – but mistaken – claim made all the time is that we are all God’s children. Whether a person is a Christian or non-Christian, it is asserted that everyone is a child of God. While this may

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God, Divine Purposes, and Conditionality

Dec 11, 2014

I am reluctant to pen this piece for the simple reason that various die-hard armchair theologians of different persuasions may miss the point of what I am trying to say here, and seek to push their particular theological wheelbarrow instead.

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God Is On the Move

Oct 26, 2014

One of the highlights of the Christian calendar is the annual National Alliance of Christian Leaders dinner in Canberra. This is a premier Christian event which brings together Christian leaders and workers from around Australia, and often the world.

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We’re On a Mission From God

Oct 21, 2014

OK, if you like the blues – as I do – and some oldish classic films, then you will know what I am talking about here. Jake and Elwood got it right: “We’re on a mission from God”. But too

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The Call of God

Sep 30, 2014

In case you haven’t noticed, everything about the Christian life – from start to finish – is due to the initiative of God. God always takes the first step. We at best respond to his gracious overtures and agree with

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Nehemiah: Doing the Work of God

Jun 17, 2014

The small book of Nehemiah (just 13 chapters) contains some terrific lessons on doing the work of God. Spiritual nuggets abound, so here I simply offer a very brief look at some of the spiritual truths to be found in

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God, Games and Gimmicks

Nov 28, 2013

Sadly there has long been a temptation to resort to gimmicks to make the church “relevant” and appealing. This is especially true of so much of today’s church, where increasingly we are relying on games and gimmicks to attract the

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Yes God Is Still At Work

Sep 24, 2013

God is still on the throne, and he still reigns over planet earth. It may not seem that way, especially in the secular West, but God is still at work. Mere mortals may think they have dispensed with God, but

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God, Nations and Individuals

Sep 9, 2013

With another election concluded in Australia, it is worth reflecting some more on how our Christian faith relates to such things as politics, elections, leaders, and the nations. While zillions of man hours were spent by many on this election,

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God, Work and Vocation

Jul 17, 2013

For much of church history a rigid clergy/laity divide existed. This too often resulted in the masses believing that only a select few were really involved in the work of God. Even today we often have the disjunction between a

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God, Politics and Elections

Jul 10, 2013

We are getting near an election (but still waiting on Kevin to spill the beans as to when it actually will be), so once again I need to point out some basic truths concerning Christianity, politics, political parties and elections.

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