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Author Archives: Michael Penfold

Safe Home at Last (Poem)

Safe Home at Last by Isaac Ewan Fallen asleep, Lying at rest, Tranquil and deep, Safe on His breast! Life’s journey o’er, Heaven’s portal passed, Pilgrim no more, Safe home at last. No more to fear, No more to die, Shed every tear, Breathed every sigh, All sorrows borne, All trials past, No more to […]

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Movies, Social Media and the Christian (Audio: 47 min)

Movies, Social Media and the Christian Audio sermon by Michael J. Penfold Should Christians watch movies? Should Christians be on social media? In this sermon the timeless principles of the Word of God are applied to these two issues: content, worldviews, actors, acting and fiction in relation to movies; privacy, addiction, depression and narcissism re. […]

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Premillennialism or Amillennialism – Which view is correct?

Premillennialism or Amillennialism – Which view is correct? by David McAllister David McAllister, a Bible teacher from Donegal, Ireland, examines the vital topic of the Millennium. He gives 8 major reasons why the premillennial view of prophecy is correct and scriptural, as opposed to the amillennial view. In Revelation 20:1-7, we read about a period […]

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What makes a meeting “an assembly gathering”?

What makes a meeting an “assembly gathering”? by Michael J. Penfold A survey of the Acts of the Apostles and the Pauline epistles reveals that churches in the first century assembled for a variety of regular meetings, among them; prayer meetings, Bible teaching meetings and, of course, the Lord’s Supper.1 On such occasions a whole […]

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Everyone Worships Something

Everyone Worships Something by Michael J. Penfold Everyone worships something, even atheists. Actually, especially atheists. Obliterating God from one’s life leaves a gargantuan hole that, consciously or unconsciously, God-rejectors cannot help but try to fill with meaningful God-substitutes. Nature abhors a vacuum. Now, here’s where it gets tricky. The substitute gods of secularism over-promise and […]

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This Thing is from Me

This Thing is from Me by Laura Barter Stow “This Thing is From Me” by Laura A. Barter Snow (died 1939), is a touching and comforting piece of writing that deserves, and will bless, a wide readership. The expression, “This thing is from Me” comes from 1 Kings 12.24. The disappointments of life are in […]

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Apologetics 101: The Rock of Scripture (Audio: 63 min)

The Rock of Scripture Audio presentation by Michael J. Penfold Apologetics 101 – PART 4 of 5 In 1890, British Prime Minister, William Gladstone, wrote a book about the Bible entitled “The Impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture”. Battering this rock over recent centuries has been Higher Criticism, one of the off-shoots of the Enlightenment. In […]

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Doing or Done – Which is it? (Poem)

Doing or Done – Which is it? How clear is the sound which the trumpeter gives, That when a poor sinner believeth, he lives; He has done with his nature, condition, and birth, No longer belongeth to Adam or earth; He is born of the Spirit, because he has heard The truth of salvation, as preached in […]

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“Christ, of the Substance of Mary” – A History of the Defence of the Doctrine

“Christ, of the Substance of Mary” – A History of the Defence of the Doctrine by Michael J. Penfold Elsewhere on this website I have written defending the truth that, in His incarnation, the Lord Jesus took of the substance of the virgin Mary (See Did the Lord Take Anything from Mary?). I briefly referenced […]

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The World’s Future According to the Bible – Eugene Higgins (12 Video presentations)

Eugene Higgins (New Jersey, USA) preaches a series of sermons on future events according to the Bible, from the second coming of Christ to the inauguration of the new heavens and the new earth, and everything in between. Clear, contextual and challenging, these Biblical messages will repay careful viewing. PART 1 – It’s the Road, […]

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Few Sophisticated People Believe the Bible – Here’s Why

Few Sophisticated People Believe the Bible – Here’s Why. by Michael J. Penfold Psychologist, author and Harvard professor Steven Pinker is one of the world’s leading atheists. In his book, Enlightenment Now (Penguin, 2018), he says: “Few sophisticated people today profess a belief in heaven and hell, the literal truth of the Bible, or a […]

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Preaching 101 – Preaching the Sermon (Audio: 52 min)

Preaching 101 – Preaching the Sermon (Audio: 43 min) Audio sermon by Michael J. Penfold In the last of a 4-part series on gospel communication, this sermon sets out how to present a gospel message. Preachers should preach with authority, dignity, sensitivity, simplicity, clarity, cogency, authenticity, solemnity, intensity and fervency. Practical advice is given on […]

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The Tragic Triumph of Experience over Truth in Evangelicalism

The Tragic Triumph of Experience Over Truth by Michael J. Penfold Across vast swathes of evangelicalism, doctrine and theology have become dirty words. What “feels good” has won the day. Exposition has been surrendered to entertainment, preaching to performance, doctrine to drama, and theology to theatrics. Anyone questioning the “big band feel” of the contemporary […]

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Is the Appendix Vestigial?

Is The Appendix Vestigial? In 1871, twelve years after his On the Origin of Species was published, Charles Darwin released another explosive book about evolution, The Descent of Man, in which he outlined his theory of human evolution, his main proposal being that mankind had evolved from “some lower form”. Humans are descendants of ape-like creatures, he claimed. Only prejudice […]

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BOOK REVIEW: 5 Books Examining Contemporary Christian Music (CCM)

BOOK REVIEW: Books examining Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) by Michael J. Penfold “Christian rock”, “Christian rap” and all other forms of Contemporary Christian Music (CCM) have long since swept away all the early objections that were raised against it by conservative Christians in the 1960’s and 70’s. Hardly anyone talks about ‘worldly music’ anymore. The once radical […]

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NT Church Basics – Ch 5 – The Local Assembly Displays Divine Order

New Testament Church Basics Chapter 5 – The Local Assembly Displays Divine Order We take our leave of the subject of “lordship” to look now at “headship”. These two topics – both of which significantly impact assembly life and testimony – need to be carefully distinguished. Lordship has to do with rule; headship with role. […]

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NT Church Basics – Ch 7 – The Local Assembly Proclaims Divine Truth

New Testament Church Basics Chapter 7 – The Local Assembly Proclaims Divine Truth Before looking, in this chapter, at the local assembly’s role as a vehicle for the dissemination and defence of Bible doctrine, a particular aspect of ‘proclaiming divine truth’ must be mentioned. In the weekly Lord’s Supper, sometimes called “the breaking of bread” […]

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What is the Difference between Propitiation and Atonement?

What is the Difference between Propitiation and Atonement? Samuel McBride This article was originally published as a book called Atonement – Old or New Testament Doctrine? It is taught by many that ‘atonement’ is an exclusively Old Testament idea that means to “cover sin up”, whereas ‘propitiation’ is a New Testament truth that enables the […]

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Origins Apologetics Conference – Michael Penfold (6 Video presentations)

In October 2015 a Christian apologetics conference on the subject of “Origins” was held at the Gospel Hall in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. Over seven sessions, a wide range of fundamental issues were taken up by Michael Penfold, all relating to the question of origins. Session 1 dealt with The Origin of Truth. What is truth? […]

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Dispensations Conference – Dan Shutt, Ian Jackson and David Vallance (4 Video presentations)

In October 2015 a conference on the subject of “dispensations and ages” was held at the Gospel Hall in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada. Understanding the Bible’s dispensations greatly aids in appreciating its overall flow, structure and goal. These sessions will repay careful viewing. Dan Shutt opened the conference with “An Introduction to Dispensationalism”, outlining the concept of […]

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Stephen Hawking’s Sleight of Hand

Stephen Hawking’s Sleight of Hand by Michael J. Penfold In his 2010 book, The Grand Design, Stephen W. Hawking includes a sentence of staggering, perhaps unparalleled, sleight-of-hand proportions. “Because there is a law such as gravity,” he writes, “the Universe can and will create itself from nothing. Spontaneous creation is the reason there is something rather […]

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Christian music festivals – a warning

Christian music festivals – a warning. by Michael J. Penfold Lifest is an annual 4-day Christian music festival that takes place in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, USA, each July. It attracts around 20,000 attendees per day and features around 100 artists performing on 6 different stages. It is a member of The Christian Festival Association, a group representing all […]

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Postmodernism – explained and exposed.

Postmodernism – explained and exposed. by Michael J. Penfold “What’s true for you may not be true for me,” encapsulates the postmodern idiom fairly well. Despite its recent origin, postmodernism currently dominates Western 21st Century media, academia, politics and much of ‘the church’. Statistics reveal that a majority of young people in the West hold […]

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Understanding our Culture’s Secular Worldview (Audio: 23 min)

Understanding our Culture’s Secular Worldview Audio sermon by Michael J. Penfold Everyone has a worldview – their take on the world; the glasses through which they view reality. This sermon explains what a worldview is, and outlines how the various false Western worldviews such as humanism, pragmatism and postmodernism all come under the heading of […]

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