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Fighting the Good Fight in the Culture Wars – The Way of Humility and Hope

Two decades into the 21st century we are in the thick of the culture wars, and there are no signs of any peace talks on the horizon. We fight on a virtual battlefield, but if sticks and stones may break your bones, words more deeply wound you (Matthew 5:21-26; James 3:1-12). Passions are high, and everything is deeply felt; everything is personal. Our tribal thought-boundaries are fixed and we are poised ready to respond to enemy attack. Sloganeering masquerades as deeply considered world-view while opinion pieces pretend to be balanced news. Tony Payne’s recent post drew attention to two follies...

Against the Devil and his Devices

One of C. S. Lewis’s most popular works, The Screwtape Letters, presents us with many of the schemes that Satan uses against Christians, through the lens of a senior demon advising his nephew on how to best destroy a believer. As a helpful counterpart to that book, I found much treasure in Precious Remedies Against Satan’s Devices by Puritan writer Thomas Brooks. His work is more straightforward and expositional, presenting many of the schemes Satan uses to induce Christians to disobedience, apathy, and other ills. There is great hope in this book because, as the title explains, Brooks also provides remedies we...

Reflecting on Beauty

Have you looked in the mirror today and told yourself you are beautiful? Have you jumped on the scales and congratulated yourself? Have you delighted in a mouthful of moist chocolate cake, savouring each mouthful without the aftermath of guilt? Frankly speaking, how is your relationship with your body—the physical body God has given you? Almost 10 years ago I became a mother. My body had stretched in places I didn’t know it could and like most women, I looked at my new body in the aftermath and wasn’t overly fussed about what I saw. One day, standing in front...

Evangelise Yourself!

Hungry. That’s how I spent my first decade as a Christian. I read verses about the deep, soul satisfaction found in God—but somehow I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere. I read verses about the deep, soul satisfaction found in God—but somehow I couldn’t seem to find it anywhere. I was forever on the hunt, placing my hope in any new possibilities that arose. I knew that my walk with God was missing something—something critical. What was it? A special anointing from the Holy Spirit? Was I really born again? Some people told me that I wasn’t. I drove far...

Ten Reasons Why You Need to Belong to a Church

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:24-25) 1. Because you need the regular support and encouragement of Christian fellowship. The Christian life is not designed to be lived in isolation, and those who try it that way are likely to crash! The Christian life is not designed to be lived in isolation, and those who try it that way are likely to crash! (see Hebrews...

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