How should we report about Justin Bieber, Kanye West and other cases of well-known personalities who are considering the Christian faith?
Concerns about the digital currency being used to facilitate money laundering, drug purchases and terrorist financing are high on the list.
The need for transformative pastoral training in the majority world.
Let’s resist being caught up in polarising narratives and instead adopt the Samaritan strategy: see others through God’s eyes.
Perhaps we too easily skim over the more minor characters that fill the pages of our Bibles?
There is nothing wrong with generous hospitality but sometimes we can overdo it or be so focussed on everything being perfect that we forget the very reason we are doing it at all.
This popular culture icon is nowadays described to us as a sad and vulnerable figure, timid and unsure – a far cry from the frivolous, joyful and radiant star that she was for her contemporaries.
Standing on the shoulders of the apostolic catholicity recovered by the Reformation, this is a promising way to reclaim and to live out the catholicity of the Church in our broken world.
How can Christians think about decluttering, our values, and our relationship with the things which surround us?
Candles can be vulnerable, but they can also burn brightly, lighting up a room, changing darkness into light.
Finding the balance between safety and compassion.
You might be a good communicator, your message might be technically accurate in every detail, but if there is a leap from text to message, then you are undermining the foundational reality that God is a good communicator.
These sixteen stories serve as a useful read for evangelical leaders seeking to understand common themes that might help to understand what influenced an evangelical intellectual to embrace the Roman Catholic Church.
Bridging the field and academia.
As preachers, as pastors, or as parents, let’s not usurp the Spirit’s role and try to force things along.
The Italian politician’s worldview precludes the teachings of the good Samaritan, despising it as naïve do-goodism.
His Bible expositions were adorned by familiar illustrations taken from everyday life. Deceptively simple in appearance, they concealed a vast erudition and deep understanding of Scripture.
What our churches need is for people to have their hearts and minds engaged with the Word of God.
We can relate to refugees because we, too, have no permanent home in this life. We are on a shared journey, equals in the eyes of the Lord, all dependent upon His grace.
Jesus message of selflessness, putting others first, serving others, loving others, is counter-cultural in today’s society.
History was indeed written on that forest road thirty years ago.
At times, additional needs parents can play many of the familiar roles of circus performers.
Throughout the history of the church, the relationship between our faith and art has often been tense, ambivalent and confusing.
Despite all that can go wrong, testimonies can be so powerful.
James’ journey through life has not been an accident; it has and continues to have purpose.
I can tell you that people whose presence I once resented have become good friends. That is what the gospel does!
The dynamics of global collaboration among Christians are changing. Not only Skype, Whatsapp and Zoom are used frequently, but also smaller, more specific tools are of great use in specific mission contexts.
Yes, he did. He made you perfectly, he made you wonderfully.
Human activity is threatening biodiversity across all animal species.
True biblical preaching is not primarily about outlines. It is about heart-to-heart communication.
Doctrines and practices cannot be disjoined as if they were independent silos, but must be seen as mutually influencing one another.
The hardest question can be the one from a child themselves… “Why am I different?”
The Bible warns against using dishonest weights, but we have raised that to an art form.
The seed has the capacity to be stored and kept for a long time. However, if we decide to plant it, the event becomes a process.
It should be about that genuine, heartfelt, willingness to work together to create an environment where everyone can join in.
Confronting gender bias and cen in reintegration.
It’s not your fault that our child is Autistic. It’s not your fault that he has Learning Difficulties and struggles to communicate effectively. None of these things are your fault, or mine; they are no-one’s fault.
Spanish newspaper El País interviewed Nancy Roncesvalles, the director of the Gospel Choir of Madrid since its foundation.
Leaders who have the character and resilience to thrive in the midst of adversity are not born; they are formed by the choices they make.
The main thing that J.R.R. Tolkien inherited from his mother was the Roman Catholic faith. With the help of a priest, he was able to gain access to higher education.
Jesus is not in the habit of fanning the flames of our egos as we pray.
Marian devotions were fueled by writings that were never considered to be inspired. Mariological ideas and practices were added from the outside and allowed to penetrate the faith of the people.
So-called haugeans established churches in the New world as more and more Norwegians chose to cross the Atlantic throughout the 19th and 20th century.
When I’m seeing parents who are looking for tips about how to support their child better in church, at home, and elsewhere, it’s often Mum that I see.
Some of the biblical themes underlying specific verses about remuneration are justice, dignity and reward.
It is important to provide a child with additional needs with someone they can trust who can help them understand what is happening, where they are supposed to be and what they are supposed to be doing.
What did it mean to be a priest during the time of Moses? What ideas did the holiness of priests convey?
In the science vs faith debate, each side seems oblivious to the quotes opposing its views, which allows the “ping-pong quote” to go on forever.
For many of us, our child with additional needs or disability is not our only child.
Instead of simply provoking a celebratory nod from “the choir” in your church, why not clarify what you mean in your explanation, and what you mean by way of application?
Members of churches often ask what one change can make the most difference, can have the greatest impact, can enable lasting transformation.
Evangelical theology needs to pursue a realistic reading of the Fathers under the supreme authority of Scripture and at the service of the cause of the gospel.
About 821 million people in the world today are undernourished. Jesus gives us a wonderful example when it comes to thinking about food.
We might find ourselves washed up on the beach from time-to-time, but we and our child jump up and run back in to the surf once more to try again.
Books, series and films have left us with striking testimonies of those who, while representing Christianity, wonder where their faith is. An article about three of the most acclaimed stories of 2018.
Always take a look and see what the context of the Biblical text is offering by way of motivation.
Let's pray for the next 5 years of the European Union to be a period where wise and just decisions are made to face the economic, technological, environmental, social and security challenges.
The Hindu fundamentalism or Hindutva has important implications for India and global mission.
A question many Christian parents of a child with additional needs or a disability ask.
Aim to build up, don’t hype up. Be sure to treat people as real people – both the unknown person you are speaking to and the famous person who just walked past you.
For Taylor, the loss of transcendence in a secular age is disastrous for human beings.
A well-functioning Parliament is an important guarantor of a well-functioning European Union that knows its role and place.
Prepare and preach a sermon that has a fingerprint as unique as the passage it is based on.
Many women regret having postponed childbearing. Our society still hasn’t given a viable solution to the challenge of balancing professional life and motherhood.
Since no political party has a monopoly on truth and wisdom, Christians will vote in different ways. But, there is still huge value in praying and discussing together, asking for the Lord’s blessing and mercy.
The danger facing Christians today is becoming truly trapped by the logic of immediatism. We are called to play the long-game, because church history tells us that God’s truth will outlast and outshine man’s ignorance.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI denounces a “new, modern Catholicity” that overturned the traditional moral fabric of Catholic theology and opened the door to the justification of homosexuality and other sexual promiscuities among the clergy.
Why European languages are not sufficient in African contexts.
When you receive feedback make sure that instead of letting praise go to your head or criticism to your heart, first take it all to the throne.
James’ favourite song for me to sing with him is “Jesus loves me, this I know”.
“If our shared vocabulary excludes words such as ‘God’ and ‘belief’, we will have lost more than a building. We will have lost the lexicon of our souls”, writes the evangelical pastor in Rome.
Somebody has said that we tend to over-estimate what can be achieved by our next sermon, but we under-estimate what can be achieved through the next five years of faithful preaching.
Love is really a quality of relationship, and biblical law shows us what loving relationships look like, in contrast to unjust or abusive ones, across a wide range of settings.
Nicaea can’t bring people together because Evangelicals and Catholics have developed different dogmas and practices in their histories in all key areas of the Christian faith.
For us as parents of a child with additional needs, there are certainly many times to weep, times to be sad. But there is so much more to life than the tears if we are willing.
We judge our experiences in the light of the Bible, not the other way around. That is the difference between evangelical faith and mysticism.
In the early stages there is the trigger for relationship breakdown as we are struggling with understanding what is going on with our child.
Surveys show that integrity is highly sought after in many workplaces but few can confidently define it.
The Samaria Ostraca and LMLK Jar-Handles are two invaluable collections for any scholar intent on understanding the world of iron age Israel and Judah.
Practical steps for strengthening the church.
One of the things about parenting a child or young person with additional needs, is that life is never predictable.
What we go through in our infancy is recorded as by fire in our heart.
When we speak about or pray for the persecuted are we exemplifying biblical ethics and the best of the Christian tradition?
The tablet itself consists of 3 fragments that are pieced together, and 102 of the original 202 proverbs are preserved and legible.
Why not help them to use a Brick Bible which tells Bible stories through Lego pictures?
Cross-cultural wisdom for a polycentric missions reality.
The ministry is the work of God and we cannot “protect” His work by trying to conceal our sin. The Lord calls us to confess and be transparent.
Maybe we should think about our own motivation for praying for healing for others; is there a risk that we are praying for healing for a loved one because that might make our life a little easier?
God has given a certain dignity to work, making it something that we cannot live without. However, if we look to our work to find meaning in life, we will end up with an empty heart.
Michael Green started where people were, but always took people to Jesus.
If disabled people were a nation, they would be the third most populous in the world (after China and India). Surely they deserve for us to keep fighting with them to change perceptions, change reality, and yes, change the world.
Did you know that a small group of Spaniards wrote a confession of faith in London after being exiled from their country?
Evaluating the effectiveness of virtual discipleship.
For a long time, the main thrust of politics with respect to religion was separation of Church and state. In our secularised multi-religious society, the question is: how can churches contribute to the common good in society?
What is a Christian response to the bewildering parliamentary pantomime we’re currently watching of MPs trying to deal with Brexit?
The conflict between God and Satan is not a fight between two powers with equal chances of winning.
Knowing yourself and knowing your preaching will increasingly help you to anticipate where a sermon may start to drag.
EEA Hope for Europe Prayer Network writes a prayer for 2019.
On Wednesday, the European Evangelical Alliance celebrates 25 years of engagement in EU circles, after the opening of a Brussels socio-political office in 1994.
There is no replacement to the discipline of reading a good book and/or going through deep soul-searching while looking at a painted masterpiece.
There is no one-size fits all introduction.
Present-day Roman Catholic Mariology is still framed in an emotional setting that makes it hardly reformable according to the Word of God.
A visible unity would make our voice more effective and credible? This is not so obvious as it might seem at first sight.
Disability is neither due to a person’s sin nor the sin of their parents.
How does the way that David welcomed Mephibosheth into his royal court challenge the way we welcome children and young people with additional needs into church?
The peoples in the east have resisted militant atheism. We, the west, are under another form of atheism which is a sort of political agenda.
The three years since the vote to leave the EU have shown the heightened impact of speech on political culture and how that flows into society and community relations.
In a major speech in 2016, President Xi Jinping called for the ‘sinicization of religion’. For the Chinese Communist Party, the rise of religion, especially Christianity and Islam, represents an existential threat to its political health.
Throughout the summer, a number of attacks on graveyards, church buildings and other church properties have been reported in Europe.
How should we report about Justin Bieber, Kanye West and other cases of well-known personalities who are considering the Christian faith?
Sensory Processing Disorder can mean that children or adults have under-developed or over-developed senses.
What older generations can be great at is having a heart to help a particular child or young person, having the pastoral skills to see when they are struggling and to help them.
The temptation facing us is either to push the panic button, adding further confusion to the chaos, or to take flight and escape into denial about what’s going on in society. For Christians both of these options are simply unacceptable.
Much of our time as parents of children with additional needs is spent tending to their needs, supporting them. Jesus modelled this in so many ways during his ministry, and during those times that he served people he taught them too.
Something is missing in the answers of the Pope. Christ is never mentioned in the whole interview.
Jesus taught his disciples to love their enemies, and pray for those who persecute them.
With different speakers (be they team members or visiting speakers), there is potentially some need to introduce the speaker.
As students head off to university, there are several ways we can be praying very specifically for them.
4 reasons why projects like the new luxurious temple built by the Mormons in Haiti are unhelpful.
If difficulties arise, immature Christians soon disappear, because the last thing they are willing to do is endure difficulties.
Politicians often emphasise the sense that they will be ‘judged by history’. Jesus though, said that our ultimate accountability is to God.
Migration is our time’s greatest challenge (and opportunity).
A nominal Christian at that stage of his life, Irwin experienced an unexpected spiritual encounter on the moon that changed his life forever.
The Bible warns us that an obsession with the ‘good’ of productivity actually prevents us from doing real good.
Stephen knew that the only listener that ultimately mattered was the one standing to receive him into glory.
Systemic persecution and its implications.
Never, in a million years, did we expect to have a disabled child.
Are we simply critiquing the environmental debates being played out in public, or is there a solid biblical agenda for engagement?
What do you see when you first meet a child with additional needs or a disability?
Christians in these rural areas often find themselves in the middle of two armed groups fighting each other for territory and for corridors through which to traffic their illicit goods.
What is the connection between the burning of Norwegian churches in the 90s and the appearance of the Scandinavian rock genre?
Embracing our mission of holistic transformation.
Transformation occurred when the story of Jesus changed the way people thought about God, the gods, and human life.
How integrity can tame the beast of bribes and extortion.
The impact of demographic change on religious populations and how this could relate to the future of secularisation in Europe.
VIctor Hugo’s perspective helps us realise we cannot take the privilege of voting in the European elections for granted. This weekend saw the highest turnout in the EP elections.
We have experienced a change of destination, we’ve ended up somewhere we didn’t expect, or initially want, to go… How will we respond? How will it affect us?
Let’s vote for those who value a Europe of partnership, respect, compassion, peace, equality and freedom.
After three decades of loosening Communist Party control and expanding freedoms, Xi Jinping is systematically trying to reassert Party control over all sectors of society.
The environmental crisis of the current age is symptomatic of a deeper relational crisis.
What is the attitude of the parties / candidates towards freedom of religion for all, including in public? How will they make sure that people of all faiths and none can live together as good neighbours?
It is heartening to see Christians take a robust, positive and directive stance on artificial intelligence.
A visual timetable may also be really helpful for some children with additional needs, helping them to know what is happening now, what is coming up next, and how much longer the session is going to last.
Remember that how we support the bereaved can bring glory to God.
Do we see that what every child brings to Jesus, whether they have additional needs or not, is enough and can be used by him?
The recent book by Thomas G. Guarino, The Disputed Teachings of Vatican II. Continuity and Reversal in Catholic Doctrine, is particularly helpful for evangelicals for at least two reasons.
Anna from Afghanistan became a Christian in India. In the camp, she has started a WhatsApp group which gets 20+ women to do sports each morning at 6:30am.
James’ Autism is neurodiversity, a different way of ‘being’. His brain is wired differently to mine, he thinks differently to me, sees and responds to the world differently to me.
One of the most overlooked items in the Istanbul Archaeological Museum is the 8th century BCE marble Lamassu statue discovered in Assur, Iraq in 1845.
The warning is clear - if you really must have a faith, keep it private. But there is no such thing as private faith.
Playing a healthy and contributing role on a multicultural team in cross-cultural Christian service is increasingly part and parcel of the normal requirements of serving Christ well.
Jesus in an age of secularism, relativism, and tolerance.
Like a good parent you won’t be able to serve up a feast at every meal, but you will look to offer health at every opportunity.
What did the “Lordship” of Jesus mean for first century Christians?
The response to date, and what still needs to be done.
Present the object of faith better, don’t just pressure people to have better faith.
The Brexit crisis has overwhelmed almost everyone who cares about the issue and the feelings of exhaustion and confusion seem unbearable. The temptation now is to switch off and go to sleep.
A summary of the sermon Lindsay Brown preached at Michael Green’s funeral on 2nd March, 2019.
A healthy church requires more than just a good diet from the pulpit.
There is always hope, hope for every child. No matter how profoundly they are impacted by their additional needs or disabilities, the love of Christ can and does reach them as powerfully as anyone else.
It’s better to risk understating the extent and severity of persecution than to risk overstating the problem. What’s at stake is credible religious freedom advocacy.
Seen from the outside, the battle between supporters and opposers of Pope Francis is of little significance if it does not lead to the recovery of the biblical gospel.
Perhaps we are being offered a wake-up call and a hope. And perhaps we can bring a humble, rich theology of creation (one that spurs us into action) squarely into the debate.
What should fill us with hope is that the present order of things won’t always remain the same: everything will be turned upside down and in the end it is not the powerful that will triumph.
Thinking biblically about public life begins with framing reality according to the Word of God.
True biblical preaching should always be potentially life-changing, and not at just the superficial level of traditional “to-do list” applications.
Instead of pushing for tolerance, norm critical pedagogy tries to influence people (even small children) to distance themselves from the two-sex norm.
Listeners are impacted when the unique message of a passage is planted in their hearts.
The gospel is still obscured by centuries of unwillingness to expose the church to a time of doctrinal reformation and by scores of devotional practices that lead the faithful astray.
As followers of Jesus, we are called to positive cultural engagement. This must begin with assessing where we ourselves are adopting these narratives uncritically, and going on to evaluate them in a constructive way.
Binding up the brokenhearted.
Christianity departs from any kind of moralism. What is good news for Duch, is bad news for those who consider themselves too be good and righteous.
I keep hearing messages that start with an engaging or humorous story (great! Attention grabbed!) and then an awkward transition to the message.
Harnessing the power of social media for Christ.
Gone are the days when you had to enter a dingy betting shop to wager a fiver. Now you place a bet with just one tap or swipe on a smartphone.
The apartment he lives in is replete with Marian images. The rooms where he officially meets with people are furnished with portraits of Mary. His own daily clothes carry objects associated with Mary.
Breaking free from the lens of white culture in global mission.
Spend fifteen or twenty minutes chatting with the guy on the sound desk as you collect your microphone, and a handful of other people you can strike up a conversation with, and you tend to learn a lot about a church.
Embracing a theology of ‘unity in diversity’.
We have to go above and beyond a casual reading of Scripture in order to speak it out to others.
For Paul Schrader’s characters, salvation is often synonymous with self-redemption. Atonement for guilt is sought through violence, which, far from being divine, is profoundly human.
To be strong in one area of religiosity does not guarantee that a person will be strong in other areas. Inconsistency may be evident in any one of the parameters of being Christian.
As with any addiction, the brain always wants more, harder, more intense. Saying that one can actually change the likings of the enormous mass of consumers towards a kind of porn that is non-violent and non-sexist, is a lie.
When we are expressing our dependence on and need of God, then it is our prayer that makes us most human!
Populism presents itself as the real, orthodox incarnation of popular will but makes itself unaccountable.
The real challenge is not filling time, but knowing what to cut out to fit the time you have.
What today we call Satanism is really just a form of atheism, born out of the rejection of an all-too-familiar religion.
Out in the open, a beach mission is like a church without walls. Those who are unsure can sit at a distance, listening and looking. There is something too about the anonymity of being away on holiday that makes people more willing to try new things.
The way we communicate online is changing the political debate in strange ways.
Twice-monthly social events are held for between 80-150 people, sometimes even more. The asylum seekers and refugees cook meals from their own countries, with occasional British cuisine.
Most Venezuelans are now ‘burned out’ as they basically just try to survive. An unprecedented exodus has ensued, some 1,642,400 left the country between 2015 and 2017.
A relief in the Istanbul Archaeology Museum captures Sennacherib’s pride and character.
Children have vivid imaginations. When you read them a story, they can see it happening.
When citizens who have an evangelical faith engage in social life, they have the same rights as others who are agnostic, atheists or of any other belief.
We run the risk of making the humour a feature of the message, and sail very close to being an entertainer, which is a far lesser calling than being an engaging authentic proclaimer of God’s Word.
Communications technology, changes culture. And just as the printing press, the telegraph, radio, and television have done, so the internet is changing our culture. And at lightning speed.
Cuba was reviewed earlier during this year in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review conducted by the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva.
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