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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Thursday, 15 November 2018 06:31

A Review of The Letter to the Galatians. By David deSilva. Featured

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Eerdmans, 2018.

What a difference a generation makes. When it comes to buying new commentaries, some might ask: Why bother? Are not the older ones sufficient? Well, yes and no. Older commentaries are still vital in any careful study of the biblical text, but there are newer developments that need to...

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Wednesday, 14 November 2018 15:58

Bible Study Helps: Corinthians Featured

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The two lengthy letters Paul wrote to the believers at Corinth are very important parts of our New Testament. Both letters were likely penned in the mid-50s by Paul. They stem from his earlier time of ministry with them – an 18-month visit which was part of his second missionary journey (see...

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Tuesday, 13 November 2018 10:40

Contending for the Permanent Things Featured

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The fight for truth, for faith, for morality, for humanity, and for civilisation is perennial. That is because the enemies of these things are ever at work, ever seeking to undermine and destroy that which they hate. Because the permanent things are just that – permanent – we know that...

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Monday, 12 November 2018 12:07

Bible Study Helps: Romans Featured

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The book of Romans is in many ways the magnum opus of the Apostle Paul. In its 16 chapters so many vital Christian truths and teachings are to be found. And its impact throughout Christian history has been immense. At the beginning of his 14-volume set of expository sermons on Romans Martyn...

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Eerdmans, 2018.

The newest volume in the excellent Pillar New Testament Commentary series is another first-rate effort. The American New Testament professor has already done a very good commentary on 1-3 John (BECNT, 2008). His newest commentary adds to a now rather impressive line-up of Pillar...

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Saturday, 10 November 2018 08:14

Let’s Get Real About Islamic Terrorism Featured

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Face it folks: we have a Muslim problem. We have an Islam problem. And the problem is not with “extremists” but with the religion itself. The religion commands its followers to kill the infidel. Its founder led the way here, leaving all Muslims a perfect example of what they should do.

Mo...

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Friday, 09 November 2018 08:04

More On the Melbourne Muslim Terror Attack Featured

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Islam and terrorism go together like, well, Islam and terrorism. While non-Muslims can commit acts of terror, and while not all Muslims are terrorists, we do know that the overwhelming majority of terrorist attacks since September 11 for example have been carried out by Muslims in the name of Islam....

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 17:48

Life and Death in Melbourne Featured

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Two events that took place in Melbourne this afternoon make for a very real and marked contrast. The first has to do with Islamic terrorism again striking horror on our city streets. As I type this, blood is still to be cleaned up, and citizens are still reeling.

imageYet another terror attack in...

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Thursday, 08 November 2018 10:16

I Identify As… Whatever Featured

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It is now official: reality does NOT exist. Progressive Westerners early in the 21st Century have decided this is the case – and that is the end of the matter. There is now no such thing as reality. There is only what I want things to be. End of story. If you don’t like that, you are a...

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Wednesday, 07 November 2018 07:18

On Prayer, Faith and God’s Will Featured

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Avoiding unbiblical extremes and staying within the bounds of the data of Scripture is paramount for the Christian. I have been writing of late on issues of faith versus presumption, and examining the name-it-and-claim it and positive confession teachings.

It is worth doing another piece on all...

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Tuesday, 06 November 2018 14:30

The US Mid-Term Elections Featured

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On November 6 America had its mid-term elections. As the name implies, it comes between the presidential election cycle (in this case, between 2016 and 2020). This year all 435 seats in the House of Representatives were up for grabs, 33 of the 50 Senate seats, and 36 of the 50 governorships.

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Monday, 05 November 2018 08:54

Faith or Presumption? Prayer or Magic? Featured

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It should go without saying that no Christian would want to be involved in magic – or at least most forms of it. Some things, like sleight-of-hand card tricks might be OK. But the magic I have in mind here is that of the common definition: “the power of apparently influencing events by...

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Sunday, 04 November 2018 09:41

How NOT To Respond To the Evils of Our Day Featured

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Anyone who knows a bit about me and my ministry knows that I deal with a lot of rather unpleasant stuff – evil, dark and destructive matters. Whether it is things like abortion, or Islamic jihad, or the war on marriage and family, or the sexualisation of our children, or the undermining of...

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Saturday, 03 November 2018 13:34

Christians Denying Christ Featured

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What, Christians denying Christ? Isn’t that a sort of an oxymoron? Isn’t that a contradiction in terms? Are not Christians supposed to always affirm, obey and submit to Christ? How can you claim to be a Christian and deny Christ? Good questions – let me seek to answer them.

It is...

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Friday, 02 November 2018 16:20

On Doing Our Christian Duty Featured

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Getting the biblical balance right on a whole range of issues is essential if we are to live the normal Christian life. Oftentimes various unhelpful and unbiblical extremes are pushed, resulting in a lopsided, distorted and skewed Christianity.

At different times and different places there can be...

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Thursday, 01 November 2018 12:03

James Packer and Knowing God Featured

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There is no more important question that any of us can ask than this: Do I have a real knowledge of God? This means not just head knowledge, but personal, heart-felt knowledge based on a relationship with the living God. Another way of asking this, and perhaps a more important way, is to ask if God...

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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:42

Our Pathetic University Snowflakes Featured

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If you want to know everything there is to know as to what is wrong with Western universities, simply consider two recent incidents that make clear the sad, mad state higher education is in. Both come out of the UK and both show us that the West is toast if we are allowing these snowflake students...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 16:27

Facebook Gulag Yet Again!! Featured

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Yikes, this is just getting to be a rather ugly and tedious joke. Hot on the heels of my last 30-day prison stint by Facebook, they have chucked me in there again for yet another 30 days. What a pathetic joke these folks have become. No wonder many prefer to call it Fascistbook.

When you regularly,...

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Monday, 29 October 2018 10:45

Eurabia and Blasphemy Laws Featured

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By now most of you would have heard of a recent ruling in Europe which basically informs us that sharia blasphemy laws are now in effect, and one has no right to say anything that will make a Muslim feel bad. Yes it really is that serious. The courts there are pushing sharia law on the rest of...

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Sunday, 28 October 2018 13:20

Time To Ditch Bigoted and Hateful Reality Featured

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Thankfully we now live in such liberated times. We have turned our backs on all the old superstitions and all the repressive beliefs of the past. We have freed ourselves from narrow, bigoted and outdated understandings, and soared into the brave new world of meality.

Finally, we have renounced the...

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Saturday, 27 October 2018 14:23

Fighting Back Against Trans Insanity Featured

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The war on biology, on reality and on our children continues unabated as the trans militants keep pushing their nefarious agenda. One of the most recent outrages comes from Tasmania. Labor and the Greens there want to remove sex from all birth certificates. As one report states:

Tasmania is on the...

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Friday, 26 October 2018 16:58

Martin Lloyd-Jones on Ephesians 2 Featured

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I have often written about the incredibly gifted and anointed Welsh preacher and teacher Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Many times I have spoken about his tremendous 14-volume set of expository sermons on the book of Romans. No Christian library should be without it.

See here for more on this superlative set: b...

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Thursday, 25 October 2018 14:41

On the Sanctuary Movement Featured

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Beginning in the early 1980s, various political groups on the left, assisted by many religious groups on the left, started ignoring and resisting American immigration laws, viewing them as being immoral and discriminatory to Central Americans. They felt US laws had to be violated in order to help...

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Tuesday, 23 October 2018 13:34

On the Central American Caravan Featured

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Who said the following? “The American people are a welcoming and generous people. But those who enter our country illegally, and those who employ them, disrespect the rule of law. And because we live in an age where terrorists are challenging our borders, we simply cannot allow people to pour...

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Monday, 22 October 2018 11:19

The Government’s Ongoing Sexual Assault on Our Children Featured

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Yesterday I wrote an article about the state’s sexualisation of our children. It looked at how so many leaders, politicians and sexperts have declared war on our children, and are using things like “Safe Schools” programs and comprehensive sex education to target our kids, destroy...

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