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  • What sport should my kid play?

    Parenting provides an ever ready laboratory for experimenting with theology’s application to real life. Doctrine is designed to seep deeply into the substance of life. If truth isn’t changing your workaday decisions about everything from toothpaste (why do you want whiter teeth?) to diet (for [...]

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  • Believe it or Not: 5 Types of Doubters, Pt 2.

    I have no doubt that you remember last week’s Part 1 post covering the first two types of doubters. Jude said to have mercy on them (Jude 22) as there are genuine believers who may for one reason or another momentarily think like a unbeliever. 1. Cautious [...]

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  • Believe it or not: 5 types of doubters

    Hamlet said it eloquently: Doubt thou the stars are fire, Doubt that the sun doth move, Doubt truth to be a liar, But never doubt I love.”   It’s not great theology, but makes a pretty rhyme. And the poem touches on a universal theme: what [...]

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