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2011

1 Jul, 2011

Christianity is unacceptably intolerant

by John Legg

Christianity is unacceptably intolerant Does this mean, then, that some intolerance is acceptable? Probably, for there are many who say that they will tolerate anything except (Christian) intolerance. Some things, such as child abuse, are not to be tolerated at any cost, but generally we must not judge or condemn anything. Deviant sexual practices are…

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1 Jul, 2011

Barriers to belief

by Peter Jeffery

Barriers to belief What prevents a person from coming to faith in Christ? The prime reason given in Scripture is that ‘the god of this age’, that is Satan, has blinded people’s minds so that they cannot believe (2 Cor. 4:4). We can react to this truth in several ways. We can throw up our…

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1 Jul, 2011

We preach, God opens eyes

by Peter Jeffery

We preach, God opens eyes In evangelism we are called upon to present spiritual truths to men and women who are incapable of understanding these truths because the god of this age has blinded their minds. Written right across the situation is the word ‘impossible’. Spurgeon was right when he said, ‘No minister living can…

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1 Jul, 2011

Is the Bible unreliable?

by Peter J. Williams

Is the Bible unreliable? A friend of mine who runs a youth group in a rough area told me that he often finds that one of his eight-year-old kids knows absolutely nothing about the Bible … and yet feels quite sure that it’s a pack of lies! This is partly because there has been a…

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1 Jul, 2011

Enjoying life without God?

by Paul Daniel

Enjoying life without God? I can honestly say there were many things I enjoyed in my non-Christian life. My ethic was ‘work hard and play hard’. Sure, there were times when I was disappointed or angry with life, but on the whole I felt I was happy without God. My idolatry was this – I…

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1 Jul, 2011

Why is God so angry?

by Mark Barnes

Why is God so angry? Dear Ryan, Thank you so much for your recent letter. I’m glad you’ve started going to the church I suggested. I do pray that things will start to become clearer for you, and you’ll begin to understand why Christians get so excited about what Jesus Christ has done. I’m glad…

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1 Jul, 2011

Why doesn’t God stop the trouble?

by Roger Carswell

Why doesn’t God stop the trouble? Something is wrong with our world. Disease and death come as uninvited guests to wreck our comfort zones and leave us questioning. We have grown tired of false hopes and promises, whether made by politicians, doctors, bosses or lovers. Most of us are conscious that there is a God,…

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1 Jul, 2011

I don’t need Jesus, I’m a good person

by Tim Whitton

I don’t need Jesus, I’m a good person David was a Buddhist man I met during an open-air meeting recently, who swore blind that he had lived a perfect moral life for the past twenty years! As I tried to pinpoint areas of his life where he may just have possibly fallen short of perfection,…

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1 Jul, 2011

Hasn’t the new atheism disproved God?

by Edgar H. Andrews

Hasn’t the new atheism disproved God? Atheism was already around 3,000 years ago when David wrote ‘The fool had said in his heart, “There is no God”’ (Ps. 14:1). However, periodically throughout history, it has become resurgent, as Alister McGrath recounts in his perhaps over-optimistic book, The twilight of atheism. The Western world is currently…

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1 May, 2011

Strengthening struggling churches

by Richard Davies

Strengthening struggling churches What follows is taken from my personal experiences, not from a text book. It may therefore lack balance and not be as objective as it ought to be! But here are some principles which I hope will be of some help in considering this subject. Ask the right question ‘What are your…

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