And Yet

Australian theologian Peter Tong is concerned about bad theology being perpetuated via the Internet. He, along with many pastors—including this one—is concerned that an overreliance, and an overexposure to the internet, can be unhealthy. In the book Women, Sermons and the Bible: Essays interacting with John Dickson’s Hearing Her Voice,...

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Rhetorical Reassurance

Genesis 18:14 records a rhetorical question, one that should reverberate in our hearts as we “fight the good fight of faith” (1 Timothy 6:12). In this verse, the Lord responds to Sarah’s unbelief with, “Is anything too hard for the LORD?” This question, like all rhetorical questions, answers itself. The...

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#WorstYearEver

As we approach the end of another year, one trending topic on Twitter has been #WorstYearEver. No doubt, a good many people have reasons to think that 2016 was a particularly disagreeable year. But the aforementioned hashtag has little to do with difficult economies, incessant terrorist attacks, the Zika virus,...

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Christmas and Africa

For many centuries, the church in Africa has suffered a spiritual identity and inferiority crisis. The assumption has been that the church in Africa is dependent upon the church in the West for its evangelism, its spiritual edification, its intellectual/academic instruction, and even its funding. Much of this mindset has...

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The Greatest Verse

Every year, BibleGateway.com, which bills itself “the world’s most visited Christian website,” publishes a list of the most read Bible verses on its website. Every year, the list includes a number of well-known and beloved verses, such as Proverbs 3:5–6; Psalm 23:4; 1 Corinthians 13:4; Romans 12:2; Philippians 4:6; Romans...

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Sermon Snobs

One of my daughters, who shall remain nameless (but she’s my youngest!) is what we affectionately refer to as a “coffee snob.” She and her caffeine-loving husband both share the same aromatically, highly-lifted nose in the world of coffee beans. They can smell an inferior brand a kilometre away. When...

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War Zone or Comfort Zone?

In recent days, I have been confronted with the thoughtful challenge as to whether or not it is right for a Christian to leave a country that seems to be falling apart. The conversations and questions have been honest and sincere. I have appreciated the opportunity to revisit this matter,...

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