(August 3, 2017) Dr Jim McClure, renowned theologian, challenges churches to their responsibility to alert people to the demonic activity around them that is cloaked in what appears to be ‘nice.’
In 1859 Charles Dickens wrote a book that he called, A Tale of Two Cities. It is set in the conditions that led to the French Revolution and the Reign of Terror and the two cities are London and Paris. It begins with the famous sentence: ‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way – in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.’ (more…)
(July 11, 2017) Dr Jim McClure, renowned theologian, challenges a current argument about moral values…
Currently the ethical values of the Western world are being turned upside down as moral relativism (that is, that there are no universal moral therefore all views are equal, that there are no values that are categorically right or wrong and that the views and behaviour of others should be respected even if we totally disagree with them).
There are a number of problems that flow from this argument. For example:
- If there were no agreed values, society would disintegrate into anarchy and chaos, and
- If all views are of equal value, why do those who push the philosophy of political correctness, so vehemently disagree with, abuse, attack and demonise those who maintain a different point of view? Isn’t there a glaring inconsistency here?
Apart from anything else, common sense tells us that two opposite values or views cannot equally be right! And that is confirmed even by the moral-relativists/politically-correct brigade whose views are foisted upon others by any possible means and who brook not dissent or disagreement. (more…)
GLEANINGS (March 9, 2017):
- MELBOURNE – Disturbing slow erosion and silent churches!
- MIDDLE EAST – Prayer and Christian love in action
- PERTH – Strenuous stairway to heaven or easy highway to hell?
THE INSIDIOUS WORK OF THE ENEMY
Erica Grace challenges changing the definition of marriage…
I had just finished writing to my local state and federal Members of Parliament letting them know I was not in favour of changing the definition of marriage to include same sex marriage.
Their answers arrived back and basically they both said the same thing: ‘Changing the definition of marriage will not change your life one iota!’
Oh really? (more…)
(May 3, 2015) Maureen McQuillan recalls a memorable believers’ water baptism service:
Ali, a converted Muslim from Iran, had expressed his desire to follow his Saviour Jesus through the waters of baptism.
A humble and most sincere man who loves Jesus and doesn’t hesitate to share his faith in Christ, he had his wish fulfilled in a heart-touching baptism service at last month at the Highton campus of Moolap and Barrabool Hills Baptist Church, Geelong, Victoria, last March.
The service meaningfully centred on Ali’s baptism and quite a few of his converted Muslim friends from Melbourne and Hoppers Crossing attended to celebrate the occasion. Moein, a delightful young Iranian friend I know, was among the visitors and kindly supplied photos for this article.
Barrabool Baptist’s teaching pastor Matt Jacoby conducted the baptismal segment along with Reza – who only likes to known as ‘a servant of Jesus.’ Matt Jacoby highlighted the meaning of adult believers’ water baptism and Reza interpreted for Ali as he shared his testimony in Farsi. (more…)
Mike Shreve, Special to the ASSIST, shares good advice…
Last month many worldwide grieved with the people of Paris who suffered such a tragedy last week at the hands of Muslim extremists. I believe that attacking ISIS militarily is right and should have been done in greater fury long ago.
However, I would urge Christians everywhere to also respond to Muslim-related terrorism a completely different way. (more…)