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Bill Muehlenberg's commentary on issues of the day...

The Global Persecution of Christians

Apr 18, 2017

There is no other group on the planet subject to so much persecution, suffering and death as Christians. Primarily at the hands of Islam, Christianity is the most abused and persecuted group today, and it seems to be getting worse

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Four Important New Australian Books

Feb 28, 2017

Of the making of many books there is no end, or so the writer of Ecclesiastes said (Ecc. 12:12). I think he was on to something there. New books are pouring from the presses all the time, and some at

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Homosexuality, Islam and Christianity

Jun 15, 2016

Homosexuality is condemned in all three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. While there are some similarities found on this issue in all three, there are also some major differences. Here I wish to focus on just one aspect of

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Journalists Are Now Into Kidnapping?

Apr 13, 2016

I thought journalists were meant to be reporting on the news, not creating news. I thought journalists were meant to simply record the facts, not make them up as they go along. I thought journalists were meant to be neutral

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Moral and Political Clarity in an Age of IS

Dec 5, 2015

We live in an age which is so reduced to mere emoting, to clichés, to celebrity opinions, and to 30-second soundbites, that properly dealing with vital issues can be quite difficult indeed. We are so dumbed down, so historically illiterate,

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On Mecca and Natural Disasters

Sep 13, 2015

That all sorts of nasty and destructive things happen in nature is not in dispute. But for the Christian, how much of this might be the result of the direct hand of God is a matter of some debate. The

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Refugees and “Discrimination”

Sep 11, 2015

With the Australian government now committed to taking 12,000 Syrian refugees, with an emphasis on persecuted Christians, a lot of really dumb reactions have been forthcoming. As usual, it mainly comes from the leftists and their allies, including the Muslim

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On the Syrian Refugees

Sep 7, 2015

There are always certain issues, especially when clouded with emotive media imagery, which can result in people ceasing to reflect critically but simply run on emotions. The refugee issue is one such topic where emoting instead of thinking tends to

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Apocalypse Now

Apr 29, 2015

The book of Revelation, also known as The Apocalypse (the Greek word being used here), is of course one of the more intriguing and often mysterious books found in all of Scripture. It has fascinated and puzzled believers for millennia

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On the Netanyahu Win

Mar 19, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected in spectacular fashion, and as usual the left is going ballistic. Pitted against Obama and the secular left media around the world, it looked like he was a goner. But he confounded his

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The Feast of Purim

Mar 7, 2015

On March 5 of this year the Jewish world celebrated the Feast of Purim. This of course goes back to the Old Testament book of Esther, and commemorates the saving of the Jewish people through a remarkable series of events.

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Netanyahu at the US Congress

Mar 4, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has just delivered his historical address to the US Congress. This has been amazing for all sorts of reasons, not least of which is all the opposition of Barack Obama. The fact that Netanyahu came

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Obama: Dhimmi-in-Chief

Feb 6, 2015

I was just asked by someone greatly concerned about Barack Hussein Obama and his continued promotion of Islam to write an article on his latest case of appeasement and dhimmitude. I assured her that not only have I written about

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Tremendous News For Muslims

Nov 25, 2014

We all know about the Islamic State and its reign of terror, and of how all over the world people are being killed, tortured and enslaved in the name of the political ideology of Islam. And with creeping sharia also

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On Pacifism and the Islamic State

Sep 1, 2014

I am not a pacifist. Never have been, never will be. This is because it unsettles the biblical balance between love and justice. Both must be affirmed, or we are not being biblical. Pacifism of course emphasises love – especially

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Resisting Evil

Aug 26, 2014

With daily reports of Muslim massacres, atrocities and acts of unthinkable evil, many Christians are concerned, but also confused, as to what our response to all this should be. Every day we see more barbaric beheadings, more suicide bombings and

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Hamas, Gaza and Truth-Telling

Aug 4, 2014

One very telling political cartoon making the rounds shows US Secretary of State John Kerry at a table with a Hamas terrorist and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. The Hamas militant has a child human shield in one arm with a

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