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A Prayer of Repentance

May 31, 2012

There are a number of memorable prayers of repentance in the Bible. Psalm 51 is obviously one of the most famous. But there are other inspiring prayers of repentance. One very powerful prayer – and one which seems so very

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Revival and Repentance

Mar 23, 2012

Anyone who loves Jesus knows full well that the church today is nowhere near where it should be, and is in desperate need of a radical shakeup. Revival, in other words, is our most pressing need. Until that occurs, we

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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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Earthen Vessels

Aug 21, 2011

If an alien were to come to planet earth (or, to be less melodramatic, a brand new Christian) and read the New Testament for the first time, if he (or it) was observant, one name would keep cropping up. No,

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A Theological Dead End

Apr 22, 2003

Three guesses as to who said the following: “Even in purely nonreligious terms, homosexuality represents a misuse of the sexual faculty and, in the words of one…educator, of ‘human construction.’ It is a pathetic little second-rate substitute for reality,

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I am Praying for Milo

Feb 21, 2017

I just finished saying elsewhere that I have written three articles on the controversial conservative, homosexual firebrand Milo Yiannopoulos thus far, and I don’t intend on doing any more. OK, so I have had a change of heart. The main

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You Always Hurt the One You Love

Feb 8, 2017

In the midst of a busy speaking schedule in Brisbane my wife and I managed to have some time out for brunch. As we enjoyed our meal near the beach, over the sound system they played an old John Lennon

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Love Actually, Biblically Speaking

Dec 21, 2016

There is no question that the word “love” is one of the most misunderstood, mangled and abused words going around today – at least in the West. And worse yet, this would be fully true of countless Western Christians as

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Christianity Without Christ

Dec 4, 2016

We have gotten to a pretty bizarre place when you have Christians effectively disowning Christ. Yet increasingly we find some folks who seek to do just that: run with a Christianity without Christ. One might as well speak about Marxism

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Trump Wins

Nov 9, 2016

With a record turnout, and with even the New York Times now calling it, it is clear that Donald Trump has got enough disaffected voters to rise up and say no to the Democrats, to Hillary and to Obama. He

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Is Trump a Christian?

Oct 12, 2016

Without wishing to start yet another world war (and if folks want to go on yet another attack, please stay away thanks – I have had enough!), some have asked me what I think about the rumours that have been

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God, Satan and Self

Aug 14, 2016

This is a theological and biblical exercise, dealing with topics that have been debated for centuries. Indeed, entire libraries have been written on such topics, so this is going to be the briefest of brief introductions to it all. But

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There Is Only One We Dare Not Offend

Aug 10, 2016

Taking offense has become a national pastime in much of the West. Everyone seems to be getting offended about something. We have not only become an easily offended people, but we are even now making laws about all this. Vilification

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Speak, Even When No One Wants to Listen

Jul 25, 2016

Those who will unflinchingly and relentlessly proclaim truth are becoming an endangered species throughout the West today. Truth itself is under attack, and those who speak it are increasingly treated as haters and bigots. People would much rather be told

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A Teachable Spirit

Jun 20, 2016

I am becoming increasingly convinced that one real indication of genuine salvation – of a person really being a true follower of Jesus Christ – is having a teachable spirit. The willingness to admit that we don’t know it all,

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The Return of Paganism

Apr 10, 2016

If you wanted a nutshell description of the past 2000 years of Western history, you could put it this way: Out of paganism Christianity emerged and won the day, establishing civilisation and civility. But as Christianity waned, civilisation began to

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