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  • Cry, the Beloved Country. Again.

    The news in South Africa last week has read like a macabre sequel to Alan Paton’s haunting novel Cry, the Beloved Country. Paton, in 1948, portrayed a disturbing dystopia of incipient segregation between Whites and Blacks in South Africa that would burgeon into the institutionalised racism of Apartheid. What is [...]

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  • Fun Facts about Charles Spurgeon

    Two of my favorite things are 1) fun trivia facts, and 2) Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892), my Baptist preaching hero. So this post combines those two items. Here are 32 fun facts about Charles Spurgeon…   1. One woman was converted through reading a single page [...]

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  • A Brief History of Eternity

    This is a snippet from my book A Visitor’s Guide to Hell. The book is meant to help unbelievers understand (or believers explain) why Christians believe in Hell, and what the Bible teaches about it. Here’a snippet… A History of Hell As far back as recorded history takes us, [...]

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  • Before We Pray for Religious Freedom

    I’m not trying to be relevant to the American media frenzy about Indiana’s new religious liberty law. From my disadvantaged vantage point from the nether side of the globe (South Africa), the snookered view I have of the brouhaha over the new (old?) religious liberty legislation [...]

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  • Does Christening and Confirmation Count?

    As the pastor of a Baptist church I frequently encounter this recurring couplet of questions posed by prospective members: Since I was baptized as an infant, and then later (in my denomination’s confirmation ceremony) confirmed publically that I trust Jesus as my Lord and Savior, why do you believe I [...]

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  • Financing the Lie

    I have come to suspect that there is a disconcerting mercantile imbalance in the spiritual war between the kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. Our side sometimes seems to be underfunded. If an economic discrepancy is observed, surely it would be in our [...]

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  • Do you grieve over sin?

    If you were to line up all 15 billion or so people who have ever lived in order of most godly to most vile, whereabouts would you place Jonathan Edwards? I’m not asking for exactitude, just a rough estimate, rounded off to the nearest billion. [...]

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  • Truth Decay: the ethics of lying

    I once tried to visit Canada without lying. As a South African citizen I needed a visitor’s visa to set foot on their delightful tundra. I was vacationing in Michigan with a friend who suggested it would be very jet-set of me to add Canada [...]

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"Who having been called to be a preacher would stoop to be a king?" - Puritan Thomas Carlyle