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

Maybe it should not be this way, but it is anyhow: the way believers respond to biblical truth is often determined by where they are at – by the environment they are in. Christians living in nations where suffering and persecution are the norm will often respond to Scripture differently than...

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Here is a general rule of thumb you can comfortably count on: most of the mainstream media looks upon Islam as something that is good, that can do no wrong, and must be promoted whenever possible. It also looks upon Christianity as something that is bad, that can do no right, and must be opposed...

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You know that we have come to the end of civilisation as we know it when we routinely call good evil and evil good, and celebrate and promote that which is wicked. And when the mainstream fully gets on board, then you know things have spiralled out of control. Consider this true story cheerily...

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Friday, 07 June 2019 15:36

A Review of Darwin Devolves. By Michael Behe. Featured

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HarperOne, 2019.

One of the leading pioneers in the intelligent design movement has been Michael Behe. In his first two books – Darwin’s Black Box: The Biochemical Challenge to Evolution (1996) and The Edge of Evolution: The Search for the Limits of Darwinism (2007) – he looked at...

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Thursday, 06 June 2019 10:34

D-Day and the Future of the West Featured

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June 6, 1944 is a day that should never be forgotten. It was the day some 150,000 troops landed on French beaches to roll back the Nazi menace. On that first day 10,000 of these young men died. Today you can go to the Normandy Cemetery and find 9,388 white crosses marking the graves of brave...

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Wednesday, 05 June 2019 09:40

History, Freedom and Fascism Featured

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Three events are taking place at the same time that sharply highlight some very worrying trends: the loss of memory, the erosion of history, the assault on freedom, and the descent into tyranny. The three are: the reaction to Trump’s UK visit; the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre;...

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Tuesday, 04 June 2019 13:35

Suffering and Christian Growth Featured

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It goes without saying that over time Christians are meant to grow spiritually, experience progressive character development, and increasingly become more Christlike. Scripture is certainly quite clear in what it expects of believers.

God wants us to be like him, he wants us to be holy, and he wants...

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Monday, 03 June 2019 15:53

Gutting the Gospel Featured

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Those who are Christians have been entrusted with the gospel. That is just what Paul said in 1 Thessalonians 2:4: “we speak as those approved by God to be entrusted with the gospel. We are not trying to please people but God”. This is a sacred trust, and we dare not misuse nor abuse it.

B...

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We expect those who hate God and hate God’s people to engage in all sorts of evil, and to take pleasure in doing these things. What we do not expect is when churches do the same. But sadly this happens far too often. Churches that should reflect God and his values will often run with the...

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Sunday, 02 June 2019 13:53

Human Suffering and God’s Presence – Part Three Featured

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In this series I have been looking at the biblical truths about God’s presence with his people as they suffer. Part One looked at the evidence of this from the Old Testament and Part Two looked at what the New Testament had to say about such matters.

Here I want to tie things together somewhat...

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Saturday, 01 June 2019 12:29

Human Suffering and God’s Presence – Part Two Featured

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In Part One of this article I looked at the issue of suffering as found in the Old Testament, and the wonderful truth that God promises to be with us in our suffering. He may not always deliver us from our hardships and trials, but he does say that he will not abandon us while we are in them.

This...

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Friday, 31 May 2019 12:36

Human Suffering and God’s Presence – Part One Featured

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Everyone suffers. The question is, how do we cope with it? The Christian believes various things about suffering, including the wonderful truth that we are not alone as we suffer. This is a major theme that emerges from the biblical data: God is with us in our suffering.

From Scripture we get the...

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Wednesday, 29 May 2019 09:53

A Review of The Right Side of History. By Ben Shapiro. Featured

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Broadside Books, 2019.

America and the West did not come out of nowhere. They have a past – a past steeped in various important ideas. These ideas span some 3000 years. Primarily, the ideas of Greek thought and the Judeo-Christian worldview underlie the West and its greatness.

It was the...

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Tuesday, 28 May 2019 11:19

Moral Madness in the Mad City Featured

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I can fully understand any couples today who are seriously questioning whether they should have children. Not for some of the poorer reasons (the world is overpopulated; we just want to live for ourselves and not be encumbered with the burden of kids; etc) but because they are so alarmed at the...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 15:09

Sex Wars: Can’t Get No Satisfaction Featured

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If you like blues and rock, you would know of a few old classic tunes, such as Muddy Waters’ I Can’t Be Satisfied (1948), or the Rolling Stones’ (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (1965). Both spoke about the frustration of not getting the satisfaction they were looking for. And...

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Monday, 27 May 2019 10:10

God, Grace and Grumpy Old Men Featured

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Yes, sadly there are such things as grumpy old men. I suppose I am one of them – at least many folks might think so. Not that I want to be. As a Christian I want to be known for being Christlike – and that includes being gracious. But we all know of such folks: they are grumpy,...

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Sunday, 26 May 2019 11:17

6 More Basic Book Buying and Reading Tips Featured

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One can never have too many books; one can never read too much; and one can never write about such matters too often. With all this in mind, let me pen yet another piece on the wonderful world of books, libraries and reading. A few weeks ago I offered “8 Basic Book Buying and Reading...

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Saturday, 25 May 2019 09:08

Nuggets From the Book of Ezra Featured

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Having just again finished reading the book of Ezra, I was struck by how many deep theological truths and spiritual gems are found in this short book. While only 10 chapters long, it contains so many great principles and lessons for believers today. There are too many to deal with in one article,...

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Friday, 24 May 2019 08:56

We All Have a Role: Giftings and God’s Glory Featured

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There is no one in the Body of Christ who is dispensable. There are no superfluous Christians. We are all needed. We all have something to offer. We all contribute to the work of the Kingdom. We all bring unique talents and giftings into the Body of Christ. That much is plainly stated in the Bible.

P...

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Thursday, 23 May 2019 10:16

Killing a Culture By Killing Its History Featured

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I have just returned from a very nice but brief visit to my homeland. It was great to be back in the US for a few short weeks. And as always, time and distance can really help put things into perspective. We can see things more clearly with the advantage of time, and often with the help of being...

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Tuesday, 21 May 2019 02:06

God, Nations, Rulers, and the Affairs of Men Featured

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Another national election – this time in Australia. Plenty of political machinations and moves were involved by all sides. People did all they could to get their desired candidates or parties elected. Millions of dollars and man hours were spent on getting the desired outcomes.

Yet for those...

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Monday, 20 May 2019 08:22

This is What Apostasy Looks Like Featured

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The Bible speaks about apostasy. Church history provides us with many cases of apostasy. But just what might it look like today? What kind of contemporary examples of it can be point to? There would be various things we could use as examples, but a recent headline pretty well fits the bill.

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Sunday, 19 May 2019 07:02

More on the Miracle Man Morrison Featured

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imageOrdinary Australians as well as biblical Christians were clearly delighted in Saturday’s election outcome. Instead of a progressive leftist government further coercively pushing all the radical causes, we have a government that should govern sensibly and responsibly for all Australians.

The...

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Saturday, 18 May 2019 01:38

Miracles and the Australian Election Featured

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On Saturday May 18 Australia decided who should run the country: Scott Morrison and the Liberals, or Bill Shorten and Labor. Although there are still more votes to be counted, we now know the results: the Liberal/National Coalition will get back into office.

This will add to the past six years that...

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Friday, 17 May 2019 01:26

Is This the Day Australia Commits Hari-Kari? Featured

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It has just turned past 9 am on Friday here in America’s midwest, but in Australia it has just become Saturday morning. This is D-Day for the nation: election day. Will the Australian people throw away their imperfect but worthwhile past, or will they stand against the radical nihilism of the...

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