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

Culture Watch - Apologetic Report

Crossway, 2018.

The subject of ethics from a Christian perspective is very important indeed. It often can be wrongly presented, so it is appropriate that someone like Wayne Grudem tackles this topic. The veteran American theologian is well qualified to take on such a task, and he offers us a...

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Monday, 17 September 2018 19:25

Seven Helpful New Books on the Problem of Pain and Suffering Featured

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Suffering is a perennial problem and we are all affected by it at least to some extent. It is part of what it is to be human in a fallen world. And we all have varying bouts of hardships and trials to endure. I personally know of others who are currently going through some really difficult paths:

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Sunday, 16 September 2018 11:51

Transmania: The Perfect Crime (and Punishment) Featured

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As I have suggested before, there are great ways today to be a crim and to beat the system. If you do get caught for your crimes and misdemeanours, there are now terrific means by which you can just about enjoy your ‘punishment’. Confused? Do let me explain.

Let’s say you are a...

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Saturday, 15 September 2018 11:59

Bible Study Helps: The Old Testament Featured

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The importance of the Old Testament for believers today cannot be overstated. But neither can it be overstated how often and how much the OT is ignored by contemporary Christians. This is a tragedy, and a long-standing one. Back in 1523 Martin Luther published his German translation of the...

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Friday, 14 September 2018 12:52

Bible Study Helps: The Minor Prophets Featured

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In this series on study tools on the entire Bible we now come to the final twelve Old Testament books – the Minor Prophets. These prophetic books are certainly not minor in terms of importance, but only in terms of their length – they range between one chapter each (Obadiah), to 14...

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Wednesday, 12 September 2018 14:55

Social Media and the Ugly Greyness of Groupthink Featured

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Imagine a world without colour – only a thousand shades of grey. Imagine a world without music – only dull monotones. Imagine a world without poetry – only politicised prose. Imagine a world without genuine diversity – only compulsory conformity.

Welcome to the world of big...

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Tuesday, 11 September 2018 12:04

Facebook Jail – Yet Again! Featured

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Sometimes it can take me a little while to figure out what I should write about on CultureWatch. I do try to have at least one new article written and posted every day. Usually there is plenty of new news that can be turned into an article, or stuff gleaned from my morning devotionals, or general...

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Monday, 10 September 2018 17:13

Persecution: Will the Real Christians Please Stand Up Featured

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Millions of Western Christians are fully focused on living the good life and getting more stuff. Their chief goal and driving passion seems to be bigger homes, more cars, even more European vacations, a terrific self-image, and a problem-free life. They are fully focused on self.

But it is not this...

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Saturday, 08 September 2018 14:19

Will There Be Blues in Heaven? Featured

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OK, another title that may perplex some, and perhaps intrigue a few others. The blues in heaven? Really? Well, it may be a bit misleading anyway. We know that in the next life all sorrows will vanish, death and darkness will be no more, and every tear will be wiped away.

But I need to take this a...

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Friday, 07 September 2018 14:14

Christians Living Like Atheists: Where Are the Warriors? Featured

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One of the biggest problems we find in the Western church today are countless people claiming to be Christians who are living like atheists. There is no discernible difference between how they live and how any pagan lives. The lifestyles are largely identical, and one would never know they were...

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Thursday, 06 September 2018 18:07

Yes, Change Is Possible Featured

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One thing CultureWatch is all about is letting people know that change is possible. The main change of course being promoted here is that of leaving behind a selfish and sinful life, and becoming a follower of Jesus Christ. Then those who once hated and cursed God can become those who share his...

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Wednesday, 05 September 2018 15:09

Adult Activists Are Grooming Our Vulnerable Children Featured

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What would you say if there was a 236 per cent increase in children who claimed they are actually trees, and wanted to get help to somehow physically transform themselves into trees? If you are at all sane, you would say these kids are messed up – big time. But you would also say that adult...

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Monday, 03 September 2018 13:50

Schaeffer, the State, and Absolutes Featured

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The Christian claim that Christ is Lord always puts it at odds with the state and other power structures. Demand of absolute loyalty to God alone makes the faith something that will threaten rulers who seek to have total control and demand complete allegiance.

This has always been the case, and was...

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Sunday, 02 September 2018 14:21

The Latest in Radical Rainbow Repression and Revisionism Featured

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“Nothing will change when homosexual marriage is legalised.” We were of course told this a million times by the militants over the years, but I never believed a word of it. Sadly many folks did however. So now we are all paying the price for the activists’ war against everything,...

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Wilberforce Publications, 2018.

In this extremely valuable and superbly researched volume everything you wanted to know about social science research and the issue of homosexual parenting can be found. Research on this topic is relatively new, for the simple reason that having numerous children...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 17:25

Difficult Bible Passages: Matthew 23:9 Featured

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As with so many of the passages I deal with in this series, this particular verse is not so much difficult as it is badly handled by many folks. There is plenty of fuzzy, irrational and downright nonsensical thinking associated with this word from Jesus.

For those still wondering what it says, it is...

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Friday, 31 August 2018 11:53

Fathers: A Threatened Species Featured

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My wife recently pointed out an interesting fact to me – as she often does. Two national days are celebrated in Australia within the same week, and sometimes they even fall on the very same day. The first is Father’s Day, which is celebrated in Australia on the first Sunday of September....

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Thursday, 30 August 2018 12:51

On Christian Freedom (and Bondage) Featured

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As with so many basic biblical truths, there is a bit of a balancing act required when we speak about Christian freedom. Certain extremes need to be avoided, and various biblical emphases need to be held together – if need be, in tension. And there may well also be a fair degree of paradox...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 17:50

Packer, Preaching and the Puritans Featured

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I confess: I love these three Ps. James Packer is one of my favourite theologians; the Puritans are among my most respected and revered Christians; and solid biblical preaching is always terrific to sit under. So here we have all three in one go. Terrific stuff.

imageAnd it is all fabulously brought...

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Tuesday, 28 August 2018 12:12

This is How We Take on the Trans Lunacy Featured

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Militant trans activism is so bizarre, so idiotic, and so completely illusory that it must eventually collapse under its own weight. It seeks to defy everything, including biology, DNA, truth and reality itself. Eventually such lunacy and delusion must self-destruct – either that or it is the...

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Monday, 27 August 2018 21:14

Notable Christians: J. Gresham Machen Featured

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One of the most important figures in the defense of biblical Christianity against theological liberalism early last century was J. Gresham Machen (1881-1937). His life was characterised by controversy, but it was controversy for the sake of biblical orthodoxy.

Born in Baltimore, his Presbyterian...

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Sunday, 26 August 2018 12:54

Time For a Minister For Human and Religious Rights? Featured

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Yesterday the new cabinet of Prime Minister Scott Morrison was announced. It was a mixed bag, but given that such appointments are often as much about pandering to various factional interests as getting the right people into the right positions, it was probably to be expected.

The positions and...

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Friday, 24 August 2018 13:16

Morrison and Christian Politicians Featured

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I have written often about the intersection of faith and politics, and how Christianity might fit into the world of partisan politics. And I have written often about Christian politicians, both here and overseas. All this becomes even more pronounced given our brand-new Prime Minister, Scott...

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Thursday, 23 August 2018 13:14

Scott Morrison: Australia’s New Prime Minister Featured

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Australia has a new Prime Minister – its 30th. He is 50-year-old Scott Morrison from Sydney. After no small amount of political intrigue over the past few days, he is now our new leader, and Turnbull is out. How long Morrison will last however remains to be seen.

There was a leadership spill...

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Tuesday, 21 August 2018 13:26

On Erroneous Christian Extrapolation Featured

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Yesterday I warned about the dangers of people extrapolating from their own personal experiences, making them binding, and allowing them to trump everything else, including all the facts and evidence. Some people will ignore the data and research, and simply assume that their particular experience...

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