Let’s use the opportunity of #GivingTuesday to remember that it is more blessed to give than to receive – be it today or at any other time of the year.
Have you been good? is the magic question which echoes in children’s heads, and we encourage them to say “yes” in order to get their deserved reward in the form of presents. But is this Christmas?
The real first Christmas is not a fairytale or a myth, it is the remarkable launch of a rescue mission that changes human history.
A practical case study of mobilisation in Taiwan.
Christians have been wrong on the environment, but they have also, at times, been right, acting justly and humanely—and with results that we still benefit from today.
“Goodbye Christopher Robin” tells of the unavoidable distance between parents and their children, and the nostalgia for a lost home.
Every passage of the Bible is saying something about something in a unique way.
Let’s ask hard questions that demand more than just shallow answers. Only then can we really deal with and solve complicated social problems.
It has been great to see how students in Europe have gained new confidence to proclaim the gospel publicly.
“My children want to play sports, but that means not being able to go to church on many Sundays”. What should we do?
Humility is not just something God prefers. Humility is not an arbitrary demand we can hope to bypass. Nor is humility a contrast to God’s supposed demand for the spotlight.
If Roman Catholicism is Roman, it cannot be truly catholic.
In the battle of language, this diffuse form of populism is defining what is “progressive” and what is not, and thus imposing its ideas on society.
How did this young boy growing up in Kalispell, Montana make such an impact on the world that celebrities like Bono sought out his friendship and counsel?
With such division in our political leadership, is there any wonder that the tensions over Brexit remain so high?
As Christians we have a responsibility to take a stand against propaganda and make sure we are bearers and channels of the truth.
We need to be discerning as to the aspects of our nation and culture that can be affirmed by us, and those that must be challenged in the light of the character of God.
The influence of the Bible on political thought, speech and action is unparalleled, and has provided the foundations for modernity upon which has been built the liberal democracy that we enjoy in the West today.
Whichever way you plan your church Christmas schedule, you do need to pray for sensitivity to a set of potential people present.
How the gospel transforms the Untouchable to the Touched-by-Grace.
Joanne Appleton talks about nominalism with three attendees at the Lausanne Rome consultation: Tim Grass, Jaume Llenas and Olof Edsinger.
Four ideologies can become an intolerant and dangerous idol: secularisation, left-wing populism, nationalism and liberal values dogmatism.
The church slowly but surely tends to move away from the gospel just as our bodies slowly but surely move away from health.
The sexual abuse crisis has been on the table in a dramatically growing way since the years of Benedict XVI. The problem is systemic and pervasive.
Our generation must speak out for the poor and vulnerable, and the generations to come, and not act as if history ends with us.
What may stir pride in the preacher? When might we be vulnerable to this great enemy?
Christian alienation is not, by definition, a negative consequence of being Christian or an unintentional aspect of Christian life.
Abortion rates for prenatal diagnoses of Down syndrome, the most common chromosomal abnormality, are high: nearly 100 per cent in Iceland, 98 per cent in Denmark, and 90 per cent in the United Kingdom.
A book review of Hans Boersma’s two volumes on the topic.
When we meet them, we begin by showing them that there is a way of hope, because they all want to get out of their situation.
Our entire culture is still geared toward satisfaction. According to the Bible, this is quite dangerous.
Helping survivors of human trafficking in Thailand
Europe needs to ensure a true diversity of opinions within the European Parliament.
Lessons from the rise, fall, and repentance of Sierra Leone.
At first glance, it is difficult to understand the success of preachers of the prosperity gospel. Here, we present five reasons.
Sabbath is designed not only to make us more efficient and fruitful in our work, but more fundamentally to challenge our obsession with efficiency and with productivity.
We are first and foremost relational beings and the quality of our relationships matters to God.
Let’s pray that Britain and her European neighbours will find a pathway for lasting reform that’s rooted in biblical revelation and wisdom.
Ferry, like so many, does not seriously consider Christianity’s truth claims; he simply does not believe.
The historical record of proselytism carried out by Christians is tragically marred with all kinds of manipolative and violent means.
When an epistle does its work, it can really work in the heart and mind of a listener.
Christians appear to be able to offer a framework for insisting on the value and dignity of the human being in a mechanising world.
Religious identity, nationalism, and violence.
A good preacher of poetry does for listeners what a gallery guide might do for me: lead me beyond first impressions, cause me to slow down and start to feel with the artist.
The Bible shows us examples of legitimate opposition to the abuse of power by those in authority, and it is not simply limited to the subject of preaching the Gospel.
It would be good to penalize the blatant human rights abuses in Qatar rather than applauding them by letting bonded labourers build the new stadiums for World Cup 2022.
How is it possible to conceive that intelligent people could worship Osho as a god? Because, like Sheela, by worshiping him they were serving themselves.
Rome can be very softand adaptable in many respects, but the Eucharist is the core of its “Roman” identity and so it is strictly safeguarded.
The removal of children from their families should never be among the first options to consider.
The narrative is straightforward. They are the victims. They have been damaged by ‘conservative theology’ and they are going to change us evangelicals so that we accept their position.
The Observatory on Intolerance and Discrimination against Christians in Europe has collected over 2200 cases since 2006.
It’s impossible to imagine the BBC producing any sort of programme that examined the origins of Islam or the Quran with anything like the severity with which Christianity or the Bible is treated.
There is an increasing awareness in Western societies that there is more to reality than what can simply be explained using the categories of science.
When a narrative does its work, it can really work in the heart and mind of a listener.
Water is, biblically, a precious blessing from God. It is a gift, not a right. And wasting it, misusing it, failing daily to be grateful for it, are sins against God, neighbour and creation.
Salinger was born in New York to a Jewish father and a Catholic mother. This mixture set Salinger off on a continuous quest for answers from different creeds.
There is something deeply wrong with a society that rejoices so glibly over the killing of the unborn.
Altered Carbon goes a long way to showing us what an eternity without God’s presence would look like.
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.
Once you have prayed, wrestled, tried, failed, corrected and tried again, you may eventually arrive at a golden destination: an understanding of the text’s details in context.
Churches and its Christians would do well to simply follow the example of Jesus Christ and his approach to power and to those isolated or excluded by it.
Our understanding of anointed ministry should be rooted in a thoroughly biblical understanding of the work and person of the Holy Spirit.
Pursuing the flourishing of women through Imago Dei.
Having thrown off a religious sensibility, our death-haunted culture needs to squeeze every last drop of experience out of our limited existences, before it all slips away.
How Sanjayan is making a stand against ragging in Sri Lanka.
We cannot be what we want to be, because we are not infinite creators but finite and dependent creatures.
To claim that somehow Britain is morally superior to the other 27 countries of the EU is a dangerously arrogant position to take.
The reality of our global church goes beyond what we imagine, and is growing in unexpected ways.
Christians need to face the crisis with maturity and without getting carried away by political preferences.
Practical resources for advancing the Great Commission.
The “creative” way of redefining historical heresies for the sake of present-day quarrels could be used against Francis.
Some of the ideas about mission and society shared at the #2018ELF conference in Poland.
Preach to the people in front of you, but prayerfully ponder how the Sunday sermon can shape more than just that moment.
Our thinking, attitude, behavior with regard to Islam in Europe should be guided by God’s self-giving love manifested at the cross of Golgotha.
The government says that Sweden is “amongst the least religious countries in the world”.
Five stories of migrants and their neighbours in the Netherlands.
The European Commission launched the Online Citizens’ Consultation on May 9th. It is “addressed to all Europeans, asking them what direction they want the European Union to take in the future”.
It would be naive in the extreme to remove the most important human right of all – the right to life – from the Constitution and to put it in the hands of career politicians.
Google announced on May 9th that it would ban all advertising related to the Irish abortion referendum from its platforms.
It is easy to understand why many seek to escape by submerging themselves in virtual worlds - places where one can become what they have always dreamed of being.
The idea that all people are children of God means that all people will ultimately be saved, thus blurring the distinction between nature and grace, between being a created person and being a saved person.
I think there are two key questions with this case: ‘What is the best way of managing Alfie?’ and ‘Who should ultimately decide what treatment he has?’
Myth 7: A sermon is the output of a mechanical process.
A lot of churches own a building which lies empty for most of the week. This is madness, why not use your real estate to make friends with your community?
Notwithstanding our departure from the EU, we are still Europeans by culture, history and geography. How might such solidarities be strengthened?
It is on the cross that the character of Christ reaches its greatest splendour. During the hours of deepest darkness, his words shine like radiant gold.
MEPs signed a letter asking Romanian politicians to “support the organization of the referendum without delay.”
Christians are humiliated at airports, body-searched as if they were criminals or traffickers, compared to terrorists.
Balancing grace and truth in outreach.
The Annual Report on the situation of fundamental rights in the EU is a narrow document, that misses some of the key elements related to the very topic that it purports to address.
The REA wants to be a lay movement of church people concerned about inter-denominational cooperation.
Christian organisations are hesitant to openly express any opinion because they know that their members are very divided.
Myth 5: Only well-prepared sermons get blessed.
Christians must not give up disagreeing with each other. For the sake of truth it matters that we disagree but how we disagree makes all the difference.
We thank God for the long and fruitful life of Billy Graham, as he joins the great cloud of witnesses, for his extraordinary influence and for the model he leaves of a life well-lived and a race well-run.
“The fidelity of my parents gave my siblings’ generation a strong example to pass on to our children’s generation”.
The decision of the French Supreme Court can be seen as a victory for defenders of freedom of expression and of conscience, in particular concerning the option of quoting a verse from the Bible about homosexuality. But it also opens the way for new legal disputes on the subject.
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