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  • How to Love the Sinner and Hate the Sin

    Every church has its problems. There are no perfect churches. But there are some churches that are so bad that they make atheism look appealing. Anyone compiling a list of worst churches in the world would need to consider, as a top candidate, the notorious Westboro Baptist Church [...]

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  • REZ Conference is coming soon

    South Africa is being treated to Woodstock of expository preaching this September. The Rezolution Conference is being held in Johannesburg on 2-5 September, 2015. The speakers are Steve Lawson and Phil Johnson from USA, Conrad Mbewe from Zambia, and Charlie Rampfumedzi from South Africa. The [...]

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  • How to avoid getting caught in adultery

    Like a premature unveiling of the picture of Dorian Gray, the hideous hypocrisy that lay discreetly stashed in the attic of AshleyMadison(dot)com’s online vault was unceremoniously exposed last week.  This outing of 28 million male and 5 million female adulterers has made a lot of [...]

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  • Rethinking the Rat Race: Five Reasons for Overwork

    There is no Workaholics Anonymous. Why would there be? Overwork isn’t a hamartia in our society’s currency-lubed, prestige based, multitasking rat race. Gambling, pornography, cocaine, booze, and most other addictions carry a stigma of shame associated with weakness or dysfunction. But for some reason the [...]

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  • Eating Disorder or Disorderly Eating?

    Last week we examined Fat Secret: The Invisible Sin of Gluttony. But that food for thought is only one serving among a smorgasbord of other gastronomical sins and dysfunctions.  Anorexia nervosa (voluntary starving), bulimia (self-induced vomiting), comfort eating (ice-cream therapy), and muscle dysmorphia ( or “megarexia” – [...]

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  • 25 Books in a Seminoid Library

    I like to see which books pastors have in their libraries. I especially enjoy the voyeurism of spying out which books they keep at arms length–those on their desks, or in their home office, if they have split their library over multiple sites. Here is [...]

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  • Is God a Cat Person?

    Not since Little Shop of Horrors have we seen a dentist portrayed as so thoroughly villainous as was done in last week’s wanton social media feeding frenzy. Mystifyingly, in the same news cycle that exposed the trafficking of infant body parts in the US, a story about [...]

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  • Plundering the Egyptians: Should Unbelievers Fund Missions

    This material is adapted from the chapter “That Makes Cents: How To Raise Funds for STM Trips” in my book Holding the Rope: Short-Term Missions: Long-Term Impact. As the Short-Term Missions (STM) co-ordinator at Grace Community Church, thoughtful questions about raising funds got posed to me [...]

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