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We do not want our churches to merely include people with disabilities, we want them to be places where people with disabilities feel they belong.
The Gospel invites us to walk with those who are despised by society.
The author of Ephesians makes the point that in Christ the barriers between God and humanity, and the artificial barriers that people have put up against each other are destroyed.
A living example from the persecuted Christians in Egypt.
A generation that accepts uncritically that ‘you can’t say that’ will slide from unwillingness to inability to disagree with or critique the propaganda it is relentlessly fed.
Although a postmodern stance toward faith relegates theological issues to the background, they are indispensable for understanding the missionary reality.
It will be through spending time looking at Jesus that we will lose our appetite for self-promotion.
The recent papal journey to Myanmar and Bangladesh provides an entry point into the applied missiology of the Pope.
In Jesus Christ, we have the perfect fulfillment of the idealized Sumerian vision of the Shepherd King that Gudea and other kings sought to achieve in their lifetime.
Since the 9/11 attack in 2001, we have seen more than 60 new Muslim movements to Christ.
The Netherlands is known throughout Europe as the leading exponent of radically liberal social, medical and ethical policies.
In an increasingly uncivil environment, Christian Unions provide an unequalled safe space in which to proclaim a dangerous and life-transforming message.
The biblical doctrines which the Reformers rediscovered and emphasised provided the framework out of which modern medicine was available eventually to develop.
Five Lessons from Lausanne's engagement with younger leaders.
It is time for us to say #wetoo if we are praying for a profound awakening in our churches, if we are willing our churches to have a renewed testimony in our society. We mustn’t fear.
The push for a ‘right to abortion’ by the UN Human Rights Committee, under the guise of re-interpreting the ‘right to life’, is not just outlandish. It is also in strong contradiction to international law.
The one who is supposed to guard the Roman Catholic deposit of faith is charged with allegations of introducing confusion, if not heresy.
Five hundred years later, the Solas give us as followers of Jesus our identity. When people ask, “What makes you an evangelical?”, we can respond with the five solas.
We can make no greater investment of our resources than to help churches become infectious communities of gospel-gripped people.
We are facing massive challenges in Europe and America with rapidly spreading unbelief and a weak Church. But what God did then in changing the direction of Europe, He can do again.
Stories about lost children explore our greatest fears. The big TV revelation this summer was an impressive Argentinean series produced by HBO called The Bronze Garden.
The key question is whether Catholicism can consider popular Protestantism as God´s work. It is the same question that many traditional Protestant denominations also ask themselves.
Let’s take a look at a few of the many positive changes which sprang from the Reformation.
Let the Reformation continue… yes, but let it continue in the gospel terms of Scripture alone and Faith alone.
Preventing and treating human disease is a praiseworthy goal. But it must not be allowed to become a reason to turn human beings into designer products.
The 2013 document, signed by the Lutheran World Federation and the Roman Catholic Church in preparation for the 2017 Reformation anniversary, indicates the goal of an ecumenical trajectory for the two church bodies.
On the surface, the Pope’s comments on justification seem to be very biblical and indeed very Protestant.
The rapid growth of popular Protestantism has heightened the concerns of the Roman Catholic hierarchies in this region of the world.
In those regions which embraced the Reformation, Halloween came to be seen as incompatible with Biblical teaching.
A recent EBF Mission Partnership conference in Georgia sought to ‘encourage, and inspire in ministry’ a group of indigenous church planters from Eastern Europe.
We sometimes receive strong criticism from evangelical Christians over our friendly interaction with senior Roman Catholic leaders. A response by Thomas Schirrmacher and Thomas K. Johnson.
A person has an inherited dignity, regardless of whether he/she is healthy, sick, disabled, or suffering
In search of authenticity (5). Schaeffer taught me how to mourn for the world, instead of judging it. He was a man of God who served as a prophet for his generation, which he understood so well.
I have attempted to demonstrate that the Catholic and Protestant systems of salvation are mutually exclusive, and that ecumenical dialogue must take seriously the distance that the word “alone” puts between them.
What if, when a police chief or politician spoke about human trafficking, we were ready to respond with our stories and expertise?
In some churches those “in ministry” are expected to have it all together… so there may be nobody to talk to.
Jesus taught us to pray for God’s reign to come, that is, for his will to be done on earth, in Europe, in Spain and in Catalonia.
A review of Nick Spencer’s The Evolution of The West: How Christianity Has Shaped Our Values.
The church’s call to minister to, for, and with them.
In search of authenticity (4): Schaeffer was looking for the human contact that might reopen the discussion that the debate had closed.
The position of the European Evangelical Alliance summarised in fifteen ideas.
Michael felt that church leaders tend to see journalists as enemies. But they forget that journalists are all on very tight deadlines.
The story of “A High Wind in Jamaica” (Richard Hughes, 1929) might sound like a comedy, but it is in fact a drama of great cruelty, capable of making the skin of most insensitive readers crawl.
How can Islamic radicalism be countered after the imprisonment of the Christian governor of Jakarta?
The Catalonia independence debate in Spain can easily be reduced to a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ question with the answer splitting families and faith communities. How could Christians respond to such a situation?
A doctor visiting the Dominican Republic shares his thoughts after the storm.
Contemporary Germany may be the European leader, but the Berlin Wall still casts a long shadow over the country’s economic, political and spiritual landscape.
This educationalist, Prime Minister and theologian has left an imprint on Dutch churches, schools, media and politics visible even a full century later.
The Trinity is not some awkward add-on to God. No, God is beautiful, desirable, and life-giving precisely because He is the Father, the Son, and the Spirit.
So far, Evangelicals and Pentecostals have been talking about unity among “born again” believers. If they commit to “greater oneness” with the Roman Catholic Church and WCC, they need to reflect on what they become committed to.
Europe as the continent most exposed to the gospel over time and intensity, yet more recently also shaped by the abandonment of the gospel.
Launching a series is an opportunity to invite people in and to invite people back in who might have drifted from regular attendance.
When ‘alternative facts’ take over from truth, a culture is in big trouble. What can we do as Christians?
There is a struggle with temptation that is current and that is real.
There are some things that are preached with great life impact simply through clarity of explanation.
We too feel picked up by the scruffs of our necks by the same God of Abraham.
There is an urgent need for Christians to seek the peace and prosperity of the whole continent of Europe at an uncertain time in its history.
The only way the Reformation could possibly not still matter would be if beauty, goodness, truth, joy and human flourishing no longer mattered.
The first of a series of articles on Schaeffer’s legacy and on the challenge he still poses to the world today.
When a preacher helps them to see that this passage is relevant to their deepest needs, they will give it their full attention.
The concern of the artist is to penetrate psychologically in the scenes of Old and New Testament.
There are three great benefits of art, which every Christian should embrace: beauty, truth and imagination.
It hurts when people’s grievances seem to inevitably hit the most visible targets in the church, which tends to be those who lead and preach.
The danger of deception lies not only in the fact that we are not what we appear to be, but also in ending up believing that we are something other than our true selves. A review of “Smoke and Mirrors” (2016).
This request shows that when the Pope talked about all religious people being “children of God” he did not simply mean members of the human family.
The US withdrawal will make climate change solutions more difficult, and climate catastrophe more likely. The decision is unjust, immoral and unworthy of a great nation.
“The Handmaid’s Tale” portrays the nightmare of a society governed by fanaticism and intolerance.
Imagine having to choose between facing death in a war-torn country, or escaping and leaving loved ones behind.
A number of Muslim groups are actively seeking a Caliphate, although their conceptions of it differ. These groups include Al-Qa’ida, Daesh (IS), Hizb ut Tahrir, and the Muslim Brotherhood.
We should not only see the tares or weeds, the negative, but also remind ourselves of the positive things God is doing, the wheat.
The UK election raises two potential problems for Christians. One is not taking it seriously enough. The second is taking it too seriously.
The word rosary means “crown of roses”. The conviction behind this expression is that Mary has revealed that each time people say a “Hail Mary” they are giving her a rose.
Will Eisner invented the comic for adults in 1978 with a story about the crisis of faith of a Jewish immigrant.
Honor and shame are prominent in Majority World cultures, where these moral values form the ‘operating system’ of everyday life. People avoid disgrace and seek status in the eyes of the community.
There is no doubt that one of the greatest challenges Malta has faced in recent years has been coping with the influx of migrants from North Africa and the Middle East.
The force of Qureshi’s argument comes from applying the litmus test of history to the claims of each religion.
The New Testament writers tell us that God’s honour is not something so fragile that it needs to be protected by legal restrictions.
20 suggestions for a better connection between preacher and listeners.
The word “evangelization” is used across the spectrum of the Christian world. The question is: What is the meaning of it? How is it defined? What does it refer to?
Is the exit-strategy (like the one seen with Brexit) the only way forward amidst the widespread dissatisfaction towards the EU?
Sadly ‘integrity’, ‘incorruptibility’ and ‘honesty’ are not words often used to describe today’s politicians. That’s why we cannot leave our future just to the politicians.
Conversion from Islam is impossible in many places and in the few locations where it is possible legally, there are social and cultural impediments to change.
The Holy Spirit is neither present nor active in a mission in which sin and the cross of Christ are absent.
We take a look at four theories regarding Jesus' 'supposed' resurrection from the dead.
This “Holy Week” in Spain thousands of people who refuse to follow Jesus will be moved by religious images. They will sing and cry.
We spoke with Protestant Christians who had had their electricity and water cut off, who had been removed from the local population registers, whose children had been prevented from attending school.
When the devil lies, Jesus said, he speaks his native language. As fallen human beings, it is our native language too. Lying is universal.
Through his mysterious death in Paris in 1971, the charismatic and self-destructive Jim Morrison managed to create a legend.
Pope Francis focuses on the primacy of conscience rather than the prescriptive nature of law.
What can you do when people just don’t seem interested in good books?
Fundamentalist Muslims, Reformed Muslims, Converted Muslims, Secular Muslims... There are at least 11 ways this faith is lived out in Europe.
Granted, the European Union is a very imperfect human project, not to be confused with God’s kingdom. Yet we are told to pray for God’s kingdom to come, that is, for his will to be done in Europe as it is in heaven.
Painter Sergi Barnils talks about how his Christian faith influences his art in an interview with a Spanish newspaper.
Islam is in Europe to stay, albeit progressively and in different forms. Different versions and traditions of Islam compete with each other. It has become Europe’s second religion after Christianity.
While India has always had a religiously plural ethos, contemporary India has been polarized along religious lines with the advent of the Hindu nationalist political party to power in 2014 with an absolute majority.
It is good to rethink the gospel presentations we use.
Statistics often do not give any indication of the religious commitment, beliefs and practices of a person. Some believe that only a third of all Muslims in Europe actively practice their Islamic faith.
Produce information about your events in accessible formats. Book a sign language interpreter for the meetings during your mission week.
Most of the time most of us remain blissfully unaware of riches with which we have not yet engaged.
Citizens from all over Europe are driving to Brussels to offer themselves as ‘Official European Chauffeurs’, willing to bring refugees to their respective countries.
The main character of Himmelweg is a Red Cross worker who is an accessory to manipulating History, by covering up the truth of what really happened in a Nazi concentration camp.
Gavin Matthews on Arkady Ostrovsky’s The Invention of Russia.
The response of the European Churches to climate change, as with all environmental issues, has been patchy, but there are signs that this is beginning to change.
When confronted with the dichotomy of ‘people’ or ‘elite’, Jesus refused to be cornered. His answers to trick questions introduced a new dimension.
What are the priorities that Christ incarnated with his life?
According to Endô, the Catholic Japanese author whose book is the basis of Scorsese’s new film, “Silence” isn’t about God’s silence, but about how God speaks through silence and trauma.
First and foremost, a Christian vote is a vote for others.
Beginning in the USA and expanding then to Europe, we witness the rise of a rampant individualism where “my rights” are the primary interest.
Our churches should be examples of institutions that serve the common good, that speak out against injustice, and that are led with integrity.
Apparently, we all agree that the value of a person doesn’t depend as much from their doing as from their being. But, what does the world understand by being?
His autobiography “Porcelain”, introduces us this militant vegetarian, who defends animal rights, does not drink, smoke or take drugs, but confesses being addicted to porn.
Jamil, a former Muslim: “Yemenis follow Christ with all their hearts. There is no way back. We all know that. Becoming a Christian will cost you much”.
The fact of Jesus’ death for us is an objective truth that should grip us and reassure us. Was I wanted? Most definitely, yes. The cross has proven that!
Have I ever felt hated or rejected or made fun of? Yes, I have.
The Christian church is a global phenomenon, and mission is a worldwide endeavor.
Globally, some 65 million people have been displaced this year, roughly equivalent to Britain’s whole population.
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847) converted to Christianity when he was young, going on to become one of the foremost Protestant composers.
The situation of Christians in North Korea does not seem to have improved during this past year.
The final banquet that closes every Asterix book reflects humanity’s yearning for a happy ending.
We are totally vulnerable before him, whether we know it or not, he knows us.
We need to commit to escaping our filter bubbles and actively finding perspectives which challenge our default positions.
With Pope Francis the Roman Catholic Church is simply becoming more “catholic”, i.e. embracing and absorbing all, without losing its being “Roman”.
The new man, dreamed up by el Che, does not exist and will never exist, if he is not born from above.
For years I sat and heard messages that seemed to be targeted at someone else (and often that someone else was not there). What a wasted opportunity.
While the risk society is a secular phenomenon, it provides an opportunity for Christians to live distinctively and attractively.
One of the last biographies published about the Nobel literature prize winner says that Dylan has never rejected his faith in Jesus. But the lyrics of some of his songs reveal a spiritual battle.
Reconciliation requires sacrifice; it is costly and is humbling. But it is the only way to construct the identity of a nation that fosters peace, generosity and prosperity.
Here are some favourites that preachers sometimes find themselves repeating.
Jess and Rena with their baby son were kicked out and all their sheep and horses were taken away. They didn’t have any money, not enough clothes to wear and no place to sleep.
Because of the paradoxical relationship between God’s freedom and human freedom, Christians need a robust “theology of surprise”.
A suggestion on how to deal with Halloween and other popular festivals.
We, the Evangelicals of Albania, understand that this is how we must love our nation today in order to be true to our gospel calling.
I ask the Lord - who bore our griefs and pains - to erase the scars of the wounds and the pain of our Nigerian girl. And to show her that, for him and for all of us, she is a precious stone.
It would be a mistake to think that their story was nothing more than the nihilism of hopeless youth. Their rage was a cry of rebellion against an empty life.
509,980 is the number of people forced into labour in the EU. That’s more people than those living in Toulouse. Or Liverpool. Or Gdansk. Or Antwerp.
There is a place for patriotism and healthy national pride. But surely we should get nervous when British exceptionalism and nationalistic fervour get wrapped up in religious language.
Morning always comes. We live in darkness, but we live with hope. And our hope is God Himself.
In the most award-winning series at the Emmys, sin is not sweetened to make it more attractive, but it is shown in its most repulsive light. Is this a glorification of evil, or its complete opposite?
Across Western Europe and the US, those who hold to traditional Christian sexual ethics not only find themselves on the wrong side of popular opinion, but allegedly on the “wrong side of history” too.
Putting to one side the hermeneutical questions around the identification of the EU with Bablyon, what is clear is that the demonization of the “other” inspires hatred not love.
The main character in “Bridge of Spies” not only believes in the power of the word, but also seeks to identify himself with the other, with the enemy.
A look at European statistics on five key biomedical issues: surrogate parenthood, gender transformation, the new eugenics, euthanasia and abortion.
If the current situation has encouraged mission agencies in Europe to ask questions again about their core business and the values of service, radical availability, and sacrifice, then God will continue to be glorified, even in the midst of political turmoil and uncertainty.
I have always found striking, the discrepancy between the public support for euthanasia (among those who are healthy) and my patients’ desire for continued life.
Is there a Bible school where you could take a single course? Diligently hunt the best books to read, as well as well-informed people to engage with in conversation.
So as we look to the future, what should govern our aspirations? Perhaps Jesus’ models of salt and light in Matthew 5:13-16 could give us a framework.
We need to be people who guard hearts in the church environment. Good music and good preaching is not enough.
The issue at stake is whether or not Luther is to be rescued from himself in order to be heard by the church and the world.
Dr Calum MacKellar considers the ethics of the editing of human genes in the creation of embryos
An increasing atmosphere of Islamic triumphalism in the wake of the coup could potentially put pressure on Christians or increase the threat level for them in Turkey, but for now that threat isn't present.
A Commentary on Russia’s new anti-terror legislation. By expert William Yoder.
What mysterious properties do the Oikopleura dioica have to challenge God and cause such religious tremors?
What does it mean to be Catholic? The question is simple but the answer is fraught with complexities.
Nepal, Bhutan, and Myanmar have also enacted similar laws, with Nepal going so far as to include them in the recently adopted constitution.
In the midst of economic collapse, a couple thousand Christians in worship and prayer.
Two ideologies drive the attacks against Christian communities: the Mapuche worlview, and the Socialist and Anarchist movements.
Viewing the issues of the referendum debate through the lens of what theologians call “salvation history”, the mission of God to redeem His creation, throws new light on them and provides vital perspective to help us make our decision on the 23 June.
In Revelation 13, we have a description of what a state or a government can become when everything goes wrong. A state can become a devouring beast, destroying everything in its path, and especially attacking Christians with demonic hatred.
Our modern society has evolved in such a way that the manner it has chosen to resolve the class struggle has been to try to implement the entertainment principle as a “need” for human beings.
“There are 2,200 in France and about 50 in the Bretagne region. However, these are still relatively unknown churches”. French public television France 3 airs report about evangelical pastor Thierry Le Gall.
Any accommodation to the idea that we are ultimately capable of saving ourselves, any accommodation to the fact that salvation is not God’s gift from beginning to end is a slippery slope towards a false gospel.
We love new technologies and we use them passionately. But we also know God’s mission is done through and for real people. The ELF conference in Wisla (Poland) reinforces our aim to analyse the big challenges of today through the Christian worldview.
It is impossible to understand Prince (1958–2016) without one of these two powerful forces, but the same could be said of many of us.
Some of the ways that evangelical organisations are taking up the global challenge of implementing creation care as a mission task.
Glenn Frey (1948-2016) was the soul of The Eagles. The band’s success allowed them to enjoy everything that life had to offer them. The conclusion that they came to could not have been more disheartening.
Mangalwadi’s book ranges effortlessly though history, politics, economics, theology, sociology, and philosophy. His conclusion is cultures that are rooted in the Bible, provide the best environment for human flourishing.
The extreme political right has simply developed a compelling narrative that weaves a dystopian mythology around the themes of ethnic dilution, conspiracy, migration, religious terrorism, and resource scarcity.
Whatever happens in June, Britain will still be part of Europe; we are not voting for the English Channel to become an ocean.
The latest film by the Coen brothers, “Hail, Caesar!” presents us with the problem of the ministry of the gospel on screen: how to see in order to believe.
I find it amazing that God would “overcome” the world in the worst thinkable way, by letting his son be condemned to death. He allowed the darkest force to be used against him.
An evangelical emphasis on nurturing societies that encourage openness, tolerance, and diversity of religious expression should be seen as a benefit to all citizens and beneficial to mission and ministry globally.
The loss of ethical meaning in public, civil communities feeds religious extremism. People will search for meaning, sometimes leading to life, sometimes leading to death.
To my mind, 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.
Myth 1: Since the preacher was led by God in the preparation, it would be wrong to evaluate the sermon.
Child euthanasia, a reality in Belgium.
It is possible that the unnamed deliverer who saved the kingdom of Israel from the oppression and threat of the Arameans is none other than Adad-Nirari III himself.
Decisions are increasingly influenced by the fleeting diktat of popular opinion
“It only takes ten seconds to crush a man’s ambitions”, says Frank Underwood before becoming President.
Films about an empowered orphan, a struggling entertainer, a clumsy bear, a quadriplegic’s wife and a downtrodden boy.
The gift of the new operation world app to the global church.
The poem of Su-Shin is the oldest love poem ever discovered. Some of its lines sound very reminiscent of the Song of Songs.
This is not the story of a great man, but the story of a great God, who deeply loves miserable and tormented creatures like this monk.
There are many skeptics today that argue that the laws contained in the Old Testament are written on the basis of earlier Sumerian and Babylonian law codes.
The fulfillment of God’s great sin-conquering, life-giving, problem-solving, Satan-defeating, promise plan was Mary’s son, baby Jesus.
The need for missional theological education that values the whole church.
Sony created a subdivision dedicated to producing Christian films. The disconcerting fact is that it follows a pattern that has nothing to do with gospel values.
One of the main tasks of those involved in mission is to challenge the people to ask questions like “What does it mean to be a Christian?”
Digital reading, often by design, makes meditation difficult, because hyperlinks outward, continually refreshing newsfeeds and flashing ad banners are constantly encouraging us to move.
How to be effective in disciple-making in the twenty-first century.
You can preach the landmarks of a Bible book over the course of a few Sundays.
Jesus is suggesting a deep and wide vision for how to change the world: individually and corporately, in the home and the workplace.
We should pause to ask what causal links can be demonstrated between the Reformation and economic growth, democratic stability, and social justice in Protestant-background countries.
A response by Leonardo De Chirico and Greg Pritchard to articles written by Thomas Schirrmacher and Thomas K. Johnson.
The reality we have to face is that we are not immune to such struggles.
His own writings to Theo and his paintings of his latter phase bear witness to his preoccupation to the end with the person of Christ.
Being secular, or humanist, or atheist, seems to mean saying that you are tolerant or inclusive, when all you actually want to do is erase any trace of Christianity from our midst.
Modern Catholicism is “a synthesis of medieval essentialism and modern existentialism”, the Dutch philosopher and theologian Cornelius Van Til said.
Any information that we have today of the existence of Spanish sixteenth century reformers we owe to a faceless man, Luis de Usoz (1805–1865).
The two great European rivers, the Rhine and the Danube, have been a natural barrier across the continent through the centuries from the Black Sea to the North Sea.
It gets mentioned in outreach planning. Preachers long to experience it through each new sermon. Reports on social media stir our longings.
What we can learn from “American Gods”, the TV adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s best-selling novel.
A political body would be in charge of promoting gender ideology in many areas, including education, health, media, sports, and the workplace if the Equality Bill in Spain is adopted.
To be a good theologian is to seek to know and rely upon the Word of God better. It is to be a faithful Christian.
Censorship, curbs on self-expression and communications that might be considered offensive, heavy fines for expressing views that could be interpreted as degrading, and having to prove one’s innocence if accused of discrimination.
We can preach about money after all, the Bible has a lot to say. But it is very awkward to talk about money for preachers.
Are believers forming exclusively Romanian mono-cultural churches? Are they integrating into existing British churches? Are they joining in with multicultural churches that reflect Britain’s cultural and ethnic diversity?
His work is a model of Biblical balance, in the best meaning of the word.
In search of authenticity (3): Francis Schaeffer’s interest was not so much to win arguments, but to win people.
As Christians keep visiting the people affected by the disaster, they have come to be called Kirisuto-san or ‘Mr./Ms. Christ’, with respect and appreciation.
20-25% of undocumented immigrants in the US are evangelicals and many of them are pillars in their churches and communities.
For the Catholic Church, “by grace alone” means that grace is intrinsically, constitutionally, and necessarily linked to the sacrament, and thus to the Church that administers it.
The preacher’s family life is real, whether you get to see the inner workings or not!
A journey back into the past has encouraged us to believe that God is not yet finished with Europe.
There needs to be a radical and broad new level of commitment to common working.
The deepening partisan ideological divide in all sectors of US society will mean that governance will most likely lurch from one extreme to another. This will have major ramifications for the church and mission.
God will use for good what Satan means for evil. He works on a different schedule.
How can we know when instead of promoting the gospel in our context, we are merely reflecting the cultural and sub-cultural norms of our context?
2.1 billion people of world’s population has little or no Gospel access. Christ-followers should be outraged by this spiritual injustice.
As a preacher, I sometimes feel overwhelmed by the expectations of others.
“It’s no more difficult to be a Christian singer than a Christian banker or anything else”, says artist Jonathan Veira in an interview about fame, art, work and the faith that inspires him.
Some churches get very upset if the preacher uses any humour in the pulpit. Other churches esteem humour above all else that comes from the pulpit.
Answers to 5 of the most common questions.
Robots are on the point of being used in areas as diverse as taxi driving, construction, manufacturing, journalism and medicine.
Why would someone take their life and the lives of people they have never met, including an 8-year old girl, in the most despicable way? What were they hoping to achieve?
Notice how many buddha statues or wall hangings are for sale in local garden centres, or in home improvement centres, or cosmetic shops.
Freedom of conscience, freedom of speech and religious freedom are battles that are worth fighting.
First and foremost, Christian voters must remember that God is sovereign – not Brussels, and not the UK government.
The heavenly hope was, for Peter, no “pie in the sky when we die” – it was a real and life defining certain expectation.
“Arrival” is not a film about aliens, but about the problem of human communication.
We need to listen well, watch carefully, pray diligently, and keep in mind that in pastoral care situations there will be multiplied factors at play.
We should recognise that breadth of awareness is not evidence of the depth of our engagement.
Motherhood can sometimes be an idol to be worshiped - and as for all worship, it has its detractors and its fanatics.
If we would talk as much with Muslims as we do about them, Europe would be a different place.
The preacher speaks a message that is intensely personal, yet also expansively global in scope.
The problem with the ECJ ruling on religious clothing is that it seems to be working on the assumption that secularism is ‘neutral’. But this is a myth.
Without careful and disciplined action, the church’s theology and practice of mission will be impoverished.
One of the most painful situations for those serving among people without legal papers in the United States is to help parents to make plans for the care of their children in case they are arrested and deported.
The monsters and ghosts in “The Shining” are real, but they live within us.
Whether the election results swing left or right, the church will always steer its own course. And she will not be afraid to be critical of the government where the gospel would require. A manifesto by theologians Janneke Stegeman and Alain Verheij.
Today’s multicultural European society seeks to integrate the foreigner yet often fails because of the differences that exist between cultures. We believe that this is a challenge that God is putting in front of the churches of today.
The traditional theological structure was geared to give Yes or No answers. The post-Vatican II structure is more inclined to suggest Both-And types of answer on all kinds of issues.
Personal journeys, radical agendas and perplexing dilemmas.
It is estimated that over 100 million people in the majority world base their livelihoods on locally mining gold, precious stones, and other high-value minerals with minimal equipment, capital, and training.
Valentine was right. Marriage is worth paying a price for.
Transgenderism is the next major issue that Christians are going to have to come to grips with – theologically, morally, medically, legally and pastorally. Many in our churches have been taken by surprise.
Both content and form speak of the divine heart beating on every page of the Bible.
What the Pope has in mind is an altogether different kind of reformation, i.e. a reformation that will make his church more catholic and more Roman, doubtfully more evangelical.
Paul instructed his readers to pray for the authoritarian leaders of his day, so that the ‘soft powers’ of the gospel–love, truth and justice–could prevail.
Hope perseveres in the face of hardship, recognizes that God in his grace wants to preserve this world and protect it from its self-destructive powers.
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