The life of evangelical churches and their spiritual leaders has been portrayed in some recent films and series. Can they help us start conversations?
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.
The miracle of new beginnings, the miracle of justice realised and the miracle of changed hearts.
A response to the Pew Research Center’s 2018 report, Being Christian in Europe.
We should defend the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. For, if we do not stand up against their erosion or redefinition, we will be consenting by default to enormous injustice.
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.
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.
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.
Religious identity, nationalism, and violence.
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.
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