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The Imprecatory Psalms, Part Two

Feb 2, 2012

In Part One of this article I offered some general considerations as to how the Christian might approach the rather troubling imprecatory psalms. To properly tease these ideas out it is worth looking at a few imprecatory psalms in some

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On Capital Punishment, Part 2

Oct 12, 2007

It is clear that the Old Testament has ordained the death penalty as part of criminal justice in a fallen world. Human life is so valuable to Yahweh that one who takes innocent life must lose his own life as

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Australia Votes 2016

Jul 4, 2016

I started writing this piece before the counting began on Saturday’s federal election. Now, a few days later, it still may be premature to complete it, but something has to be said, even if it is still early days yet

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Christianity and Suicide

Apr 19, 2016

With the push for the legalisation of euthanasia being made throughout the West, Christians need to think carefully and biblically about this issue. My forthcoming book, The Challenge of Euthanasia, will certainly offer plenty of detailed argumentation – both

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This is Islam – This is What Islam Does

Mar 29, 2016

‘Bodies flying through the air.’ ‘Blood on the streets.’ ‘Human flesh on the walls.’ Another day, another series of terrorist attacks. But not just any old terrorist attacks – these are specifically, and relentlessly, Islamic terrorist attacks. These attacks are

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PC, Whiny Babies, and the Death of Education

Nov 29, 2015

Everywhere in the West today we see the decline of the great universities, and the death of education in general. Instead of proper teaching and learning, we find indoctrination, propaganda, political correctness, and grown up cry babies who throw hissy

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Nelson Mandela

Dec 6, 2013

It was not my intention to say anything about this subject, but with so much hagiography and historical revisionism taking place already, even by Christians, it seems a piece to help bring a bit of balance here might be in

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Woolwich: Islam According to the Book

May 23, 2013

By now most of you would have heard about the latest Islamic attack on non-Muslims, this time in the UK. A British military man in southeast London was repeatedly stabbed to death, along with an attempt to behead him. The

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Jonathan Edwards’ Resolutions

Jun 11, 2012

OK, it is the middle of the year, so it is not much good speaking about New Year’s resolutions. But it seems to me that any time of the year is a good time to make fresh commitments to Christ.

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The Imprecatory Psalms, Part One

Feb 2, 2012

If you read the Psalter through in one sitting (which can be done) or at least read all 150 psalms in a concentrated period of time (which I have just recently done), a number of things will stand out. One

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Not Always the Wright Stuff

May 10, 2011

I never thought I would write an article locking horns with N.T. Wright. Certainly not on a political matter, since he is a New Testament scholar and theologian, not usually given to writing all that much on contemporary political issues,

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Nations, Virtue, Religion and Freedom

Dec 22, 2010

Very few people would realise it, but there is a very real and vital connection between freedom, religion and morality; between liberty, faith and virtue. And perhaps nowhere was this concept so explicitly and strenuously promoted and championed than in

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Three Cheers for Polyamory

Dec 8, 2010

Don’t you just love it when the other side makes your case for you? I sure do. The other side always seeks to shoot you down when you spill the beans about what they are up to. But when people

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A Review of Son of Hamas. By Mosab Hassan Yousef.

Apr 20, 2010

SaltRiver, 2010. (Available in Australia at Koorong Books)

Are you looking for a riveting action thriller? An inspiring autobiography? An insider’s account of the Middle East conflict? An insight into militant Islam and terrorism? A close-up look at geo-political realities

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McLaren and Obama: Not So Strange Bedfellows

Oct 27, 2009

Generally speaking, those with liberal theological views tend to also have liberal political views. Conversely, those with conservative theological views tend to have conservative political views. Not always, but in most cases. So religious liberals can usually be counted on

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Jesus, Muhammad and Violence

Nov 21, 2008

We are continuously being told by Muslims and their sympathisers that if Islam has its violent aspects, well so too does Christianity. They are very eager to convince us of a moral equivalence that exists between the two religions. Sure,

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On the Rights of Children and Pedophiles

Jul 11, 2008

The recent case of pedophile Dennis Ferguson raises important questions about the rights of criminals, and the rights of the rest of society. In this instance, the serial child sex offender is moved from one location to another – only

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Who’s a Totalitarian Now?

Jan 24, 2007

The twentieth century witnessed the onslaught of several totalitarian regimes, all of them atheistic or secular in nature. While things are a bit more quiet in the West at the moment, a creeping totalitarianism is still apparent. This totalitarianism comes

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