Our Need of the Ever New, Unbegun Beginning
Dec28

Our Need of the Ever New, Unbegun Beginning

We have a certain natural inclination to “some new thing” (Acts 17:21). We live in time and that makes the expectation of change inevitable. New beginnings (such as a new year) can open fresh opportunities for transformation.  But it becomes unhealthy when we value things simply because they are new rather than using a more enduring standard. An addiction to novelty creates destructive rootlessness and distraction. It...

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Denying Any Wrongdoing?
Dec14

Denying Any Wrongdoing?

Any news bulletin about an allegation seems inevitably to include the phrase that the accused “denies any wrongdoing”. It seems to indicate a reflex response of stoutly resisting the glare of scrutiny. Whether accused in the court of public opinion or the law courts, no guilt can be admitted. Its constant use gives the impression of a society of either very scrupulous or unscrupulous consciences. It comes straight from the...

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The Headship of Christ in His Church in China
Dec12

The Headship of Christ in His Church in China

China detained Pastor Wang Yi of the Early Rain Covenant Church and more than 100 of the church’s members in a raid last week. More arrests are still being made. Wang Yi has vocally resisted the Chinese government requirement for all churches to be registered with the government and come under their regulations or be shut down. The purpose is to make sinicise or make all religion conform to the government ideology. Resistance to...

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The Remedy for a World Gone Toxic
Dec07

The Remedy for a World Gone Toxic

It’s the Word of the Year – “toxic”. Every year Oxford Dictionaries choose a word or expression to reflect the passing year in language. Their data shows that people used the term to describe a broad range of situations. Things like workplaces, schools, relationships, cultures, and stress. It’s commonly used about political debate and rhetoric, of course. “Reviewing this year in language, we...

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The Answer to a Political Crisis
Nov16

The Answer to a Political Crisis

There is no shortage of feverish opinion and speculation in a deepening political crisis. The rhetoric and debate may be polarised in all (not just opposite) directions. As onlookers perhaps we are thankful we do not bear the burden of managing it. But do we have a duty? Should we be concerned or resigned to whatever will happen? It seems impossible to find a solution that everyone can support. Events seem to compound rather than...

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Appealing Our Injustices to the Most Supreme Court
Oct11

Appealing Our Injustices to the Most Supreme Court

“I want to start by thanking God”, Daniel McArthur said on Wednesday. “He has been with us during the challenges of the last four years. Through the Bible and the support of Christians he has comforted us and sustained us. He is our rock and all of his ways are just.” There is a great deal more behind this than evident depth of experience and relief. The Bible directs us to look to and depend on God whenever we...

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