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Murray Campbell has contributed 31 articles

Penal Substitution is The Heart of the Gospel

by Murray Campbell

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Penal Substitution is at the heart of the atonement, and therefore the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and yet there are other aspects that are beautifully and powerfully affirmed in Scripture and need to be presented at length so that we can properly engage with people and encourage our churches.

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The Phoney War is Over

by Murray Campbell

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The Coopers beer and Bible Society 'events' have demonstrated the face of the new public speech in Australian society. We should no longer speak of free speech, but of costly speech

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STOP the Inequality: Melbourne’s Traffic Light problem

by Murray Campbell

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The great feminist battle of March 2017 is the pedestrian signal. I know it sounds small…and pedestrian, but how wrong was I. Contrary to current feminism which may turn to smaller things because the larger battles are won, the propensity of Melbournians is to focus on miniature and what are often trivialities, at the expense of facing the eternal questions that we must all one day address.

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Changes to Victorian Donor Laws: Some Notable & Unexpected Corollaries

by Murray Campbell

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Society functions best when we encourage family structures that enable children to be raised by their biological parents. As far as I understand the changes to the law, the Government has made a good decision, although I appreciate the difficulties attached for both children and donors. As good as all these things may be, there is something even better, and it is not dependent upon biology or family, and neither is it an alternative to these relationships.

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The Ethics of Peter Singer: He Believes What?

by Murray Campbell

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We need to appreciate that these ideas are not being whispered on the dark web or behind closed doors, but openly in one of America’s Ivy League Universities, and in some of the United States’ and Australia’s most respected news and journalistic outlets. I

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The Glass Ceiling Women Are Not Allowed to Break

by Murray Campbell

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Recent conversations about abortion in Australia and in the United States have made it clear that it is not enough for a woman to be a woman... I wonder, instead of women and men jumping to break more ceilings, what if we learned from Jesus, and stopped climbing on our step-ladders and shattering glass all over those underneath us?

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There was evil in Melbourne today

by Murray Campbell

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My city, our city, has been subjected to a pointless and evil act of terror. Like so many Melbournians I am trying to make sense of the incomprehensible, that a man would aim his car at innocent pedestrians in the centre of our city, along Elizabeth and Bourke Streets.

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Post-Truth is Not So New

by Murray Campbell

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Jesus Christ spoke of post-truth. In the parable Lazarus and the Rich Man, Jesus makes the point, that should a man rise from dead, people will not believe the evidence if they are not also prepared to believe God at his word. Post-truth is not a 2016 problem, it is a human problem. Our word of the year communicates something about the proclivity of the human heart. Searching for truth requires a posture of humility.

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Evangelical Fall Out from the Presidential Election

by Murray Campbell

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What effect will Donald Trump's ascent to the American Presidency have on evangelicalism in Australia and the USA? "It is one thing to be part of a Presidential win, but it is quite another to one day stand before the Judge of the earth and give an account of how or lives have adorned or maligned the Gospel of Christ."

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Nothing Will Change!

by Murray Campbell

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It is unsurprising to hear a growing cacophony of voices dampening suggestions that changing marriage in Australia will lead to any negative consequences for society and religious freedom. To acknowledge such impact would probably weaken their position. But it is important for Australians to recognise that the argument of ‘no change’ is simply untrue.

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Freedom For Faith: Melbourne Conference

by Murray Campbell

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Last Friday Freedom for Faith held a one day Conference in Melbourne, considering the topic, ‘Religious freedom in an age of equality. we keep being told a debate on same sex marriage is beyond the maturity of the Australian people and would be too harmful. Our conference was a humble attempt to show different positions can be put respectfully and that the terms of debate need to be both broader and deeper than we are hearing

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Victoria Prepares to Pull the Plug on Religious Freedom

by Murray Campbell

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Schools, Churches, Synagogues, Temples, and hundreds of organisations, will be required to pass a test, demonstrating to the Government that advertised positions inherently require an employee to affirm the beliefs and practices of that institution. The tribunal will then have authority to decide what is religious and what is not.

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Mother Teresa and Sainthood

by Murray Campbell

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Mother Teresa was last night made a saint by Pope Francis. What is sainthood according the Roman Catholic Church? How does it compare with the teaching of the Bible? Who and what are saints?

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The Autumn of Tolerance

by Murray Campbell

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We are losing the art of disagreement and because of this, true respect and reconciliation becomes evasive. Indeed it appears as though we are entering the Autumn of tolerance, and winter is on the horizon. It is only fair to ask, is this a sign of how dissent will be treated in the future?

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The Compelling love of Christ

by Murray Campbell

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What motivates Christians to tell people about Jesus? When we have truly experienced the love of God, it is impossible to keep it to ourselves. Embracing this love is personal and real, but God’s love experienced will become God’s love expressed. It is too wonderful to keep to yourself.

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Jesus, the Son of God?

by Murray Campbell

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In the lead up to Christmas and Easter, Jesus deniers and antagonists reappear on the media circuit espousing their speculations. Murray Campbell helpfully guides us here towards some clarity.

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The Stupidity and Brilliance of War

by Murray Campbell

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It has been 100 years since our great grandfathers first landed on the shores of Gallipoli. The war had begun 9 months earlier and Australian blood had already mingled with foreign soil, but it was in the near impenetrable hills of Turkey that we awoke to the truly horrifying nature of modern warfare.

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