But even if you should suffer for the sake of righteousness, you are blessed. And do not fear their intimidation, and do not be troubled, but sanctify Christ as Lord in your hearts, always being ready to make a defense to everyone who asks you to give an account for the hope that is in you yet with gentleness and reverence; and keep a good conscience so that in the thing in which you are slandered, those who revile your good behavior in Christ will be put to shame.  1 Peter 3: 14-16

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Friday, 18 January 2019 10:48

Halal Foods and Creeping Sharia Featured

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Is the ready availability of halal food and halal products in the West just a harmless aspect of multiculturalism, or is it an indication of something much more sinister? That various groups in Australia and elsewhere might want to avail themselves of special and specific foods is one thing.

But if...

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 11:48

On the Decline of Nations – And Their Possible Restoration Featured

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Hmm, there have likely been many thousands of books penned on the topic found in my overly-ambitious title. But sometimes thinking of a descriptive, accurate, yet catchy title can be the hardest part in writing an article! But there is a reason for all this.

Let me take you back some twenty years or...

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Monday, 14 January 2019 12:11

Pilgrims, Holland, America and Religious Freedom Featured

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I penned a piece yesterday on the very sad state of the Netherlands. It has really led the way in many respects with all the radical secular left agenda items, including being the first nation in the world to legalise homosexual marriage (2001) and euthanasia (2002).

Once a stronghold of...

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Sunday, 13 January 2019 10:57

Nashville, Holland and Christian Persecution Featured

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One might think that the land of country music and the Grand Ole Opry has little to do with the land of Erasmus and Rembrandt. But there is in fact a connection, and even I have a bit of a connection to both. The issue in question was something I thought I might write about at some point, but a few...

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Saturday, 12 January 2019 09:09

Security, Walls and Common Sense Featured

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“Walls are immoral.” “Walls don’t work.” “Walls are unjust.” How often have you heard these and similar statements made by those on the left? Like so many moral platitudes, they may give warm fuzzy feelings to the ones making such claims, but they have...

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Friday, 11 January 2019 09:43

The Bible, and More or Less of Moore Featured

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OK, a few quick confessions: I know very little about American Bible teacher Beth Moore, and up till this point I have not had a desire to learn more. Thus when a little storm erupted recently on the social media over something she said, I paid little attention to it. However, someone just now...

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Thursday, 10 January 2019 13:58

Time To Give the 10 Commandments the Flick? Featured

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In answer to the question found in my title, sadly there are some Christian leaders who certainly seem to think so. They seem to have little time for the Ten Commandments, and think Christians today need to move beyond them. One famous American pastor has just come out saying basically this.

Andy...

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Wednesday, 09 January 2019 11:50

Ocasio-Cortez, Truth and Morality Featured

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The darling of the left in America, and a quite likely presidential candidate there in the near future, is Democratic New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The self-described “Democratic socialist” is competing with the likes of Bernie Sanders for the title of the most far left...

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Tuesday, 08 January 2019 11:56

Yes, They Have Declared War On Children Featured

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It used to be that the best way to ascertain how civilised and compassionate a culture is was to see how they treated their most vulnerable – especially their own children. This had always been a good test of a caring culture. But it seems that in the West today we have turned that principle...

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Monday, 07 January 2019 09:54

The Crises We Face in 2019 Featured

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With a new year upon us, what can we expect? I refer here to the bigger picture – not whether you might get a new job, get married, or move house. Will things get better politically, socially, culturally, morally and spiritually – especially in the West? Or will things go downhill?

No...

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Sunday, 06 January 2019 11:10

A Review of The Saints of Zion. By Travis Kerns. Featured

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B&H, 2018.

Theology matters, and it matters greatly. In the past many believers were willing to even give their own lives in the defence of biblical orthodoxy. Today few believers would be willing to do so. Indeed, few would know the basic doctrines of their own faith. So the church is wide open...

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Saturday, 05 January 2019 17:35

Christology: When an Iota of Difference Really Matters Featured

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Sometimes seemingly small things can have big consequences – at least in the world of theology. The smallest of details can at times result in the largest of outcomes. Students of theology and church history will be aware of various examples of this.

Consider one of the more famous cases: the...

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Saturday, 05 January 2019 12:32

On the Filioque Clause Featured

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On the what? OK, I understand that many of you – probably most – may not know what is being referred to here. Students of theology and church history however should be familiar with the term. It is a Latin word and I will explain it in a moment. But first let me offer a few familiar...

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Friday, 04 January 2019 10:57

Notable Christians: John Bunyan Featured

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Most folks have heard of The Pilgrim’s Progress. And many folks have heard of John Bunyan, its author. But they may not know a whole lot more about either. The great Puritan preacher and writer (1628-1688) has given us some of the most memorable books in English literature.

Born some 50 miles...

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Wednesday, 02 January 2019 11:29

Gospel Preaching or Gospel Salt and Light? Featured

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Many of you might have seen the Old el Paso taco ad on TV in which the longing standing war between hard or soft tacos is debated and discussed. It seems things will remain at a stalemate until one six-year-old girl asks what may be one of the more important questions in life: “Why...

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Tuesday, 01 January 2019 10:43

25 Most Viewed CultureWatch Articles Featured

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With a new year upon us it might be worthwhile looking at what you, the reader, have been looking at – a least on my website. Most blogsites have various means to track visitors or visits, and that is true of mine. So I can see which articles are the most popular – by day, week, month,...

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Saturday, 29 December 2018 12:29

Wanted: Heroes For Dark Times Featured

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In ordinary times we can get by with ordinary men – and women. But we no longer live in ordinary times. We live in extraordinarily dark and evil times. And during such times the ordinary will just not cut it. We need heroes in days like this.

Up until recently all we could ask of most...

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Thursday, 27 December 2018 09:38

Morocco, Muslims, Murder and Media Mischief Featured

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As you might be aware, a week before Christmas two Scandinavian students were murdered while hiking in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. They were: 28-year-old Norwegian Maren Ueland and 24-year-old Dane Louisa Vesterager Jespersen. The horrific deaths (including decapitation) were videotaped by the...

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Wednesday, 26 December 2018 09:32

Difficult Bible Passages: Proverbs 26:4-5 Featured

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Have you ever found yourself dealing with someone – especially a Christian – who says some really bizarre, inane, or reckless things – either in person or online – and you have a hard time deciding if you should run with Proverbs 26:4 or Proverbs 26:5 in response?

If you have...

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Tuesday, 25 December 2018 07:54

Bible Study Helps: Revelation Featured

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The 66th and final book of the Bible is also the most mysterious and enigmatic of them all. Also called the Apocalypse, it has three main genres. Besides of course being a letter, it is also comprised of apocalyptic and prophecy. It is often hard to distinguish these two, but we can describe...

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Sunday, 23 December 2018 08:13

Forgetting Christmas: The Greatest Story Never Told Featured

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A friend posted something today on the social media that caught my attention. It concerned a rather disturbing fact: one half of all Russian young people know nothing about their own nation’s murderous Communist past, including the Gulag, the crimes of Stalin, and so on.

I chipped in by saying...

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Saturday, 22 December 2018 08:07

Family Wars, Tennis, and Culture Shift Featured

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How the times have changed. What a difference a few decades can make. Massive social and cultural change used to take a long time – often extending over centuries. But now we can observe and measure the speed at which cultural change – often, cultural decline – takes place in just...

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Friday, 21 December 2018 13:15

And Another 23 Recent Theological Titles Featured

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OK, in what has now become an irregular series, with an admittedly odd number of titles, here is another list of some recent books on theology and related topics which I have been reading of late. Some of these titles you might find of interest.

Once again they span a wide range of topics: found...

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Thursday, 20 December 2018 10:49

The 10 Commandments of Books Featured

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OK, my wife says I need a positive, uplifting article to offset my many rather gloomy articles. And it is nearly Christmas. So what better topic to cheer us all up tremendously than books? What else can so easily bring smiles on the faces of one and all? What better issue to discuss at this festive...

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Tuesday, 18 December 2018 12:33

Bible Study Helps: The Epistles of John Featured

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As we come to the close of the New Testament we find these three short but important letters by John (authorship is disputed, but likely all three were penned by the same John who penned the fourth gospel). These epistles of John contain many important theological truths.

Perhaps a major theme found...

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