In an article in World Magazine, Scott Allen examines what he thinks is a repeat of the social gospel movement in the 1920s.
I recently attended a church service and one of its elements communicated the following message: “People all over the world are hungry to hear about the saving grace of Jesus Christ.” Is that statement true?
The approach that a missionary or evangelist employs can be greatly influenced by their home culture. Imagine two missionaries: the first from a culture that values respect at all costs, and the second that values success at all costs. How might this show up in their approach? What if the elements of speed and novelty are added to the mix? These questions are not just rhetorical, but occur in real life. This article will examine how Matthew 24:14 has been used to justify the need for speed in missions.
Last year was the 400th anniversary of the Synod of Dordrecht which produced the Canons of Dort. One of the areas it addressed was the question "Did Christ die for everyone?" This question is answered in the blog below.
There are a few disturbing trends in some Bible translations, which have been compared to using a Jehovah’s Witness rendition of the Bible in some cultures. How, where, and why is this being done?
In his challenging article "Why Expository Preaching is the Power for Pastoral Ministry" Michael Milton demonstrates from the Scripture eight benefits of constant, consistent and careful opening of God's Word.
On Nov. 29, 1868, Charles Spurgeon preached a sermon on effectual calling, using the call of Abraham (Genesis 12) as his example. The sermon is a gold mine of advice for missionaries and evangelists. Here are a few nuggets:
As the CRCNA faces the changing winds of doctrine, one might wonder if a bit of contextualization theory might help it to ascertain the big picture behind some of the issues of the day?
Contextualization is not just the stuff of foreign missions. It affects how high-school age students think about living out the Gospel in the local context.
I would like to challenge the idea that a church can do its theologizing based on the "I have a friend who ..." on three counts.
What is willfulness? What are some characteristics of willfulness in a leader?
Hans Fiene, a Lutheran pastor looks behind the scenes at the motivation for social activism by the church.
"Do not judge, in order that you are not judged." Scott Clark examines Matthew 7:1 as it is the "go to" verse for many people, Christians and non-Christians alike.
"If you advocate for that position then you are condemning those people to a life of loneliness. That would be cruel and unloving." Just how should one respond to this statement?
Vern Poythress, professor of New Testament Interpretation at Westminster Seminary recently published his book The Miracles of Jesus: How the Savior's Mighty Acts Serve as Signs of Redemption.
D.A. Carson responds to the fact that he had written what he called a "restrained critique" of the emerging church movement, and was chided with "white hot" indignation for not having approached the persons named in his critique privately as per the text.
A Bangladeshi once described one of his countrymen as "having his feet in two boats." This same picture could be applied to a person who tries to maintain an image of Biblical orthodoxy and who is thinking with a secular mindset at the same time, for example, Joshua, Elijah, Jesus, and James.
As we examine the following select 20 Biblical personal interactions we observe that the Bible makes radical distinctions between how different receptors were addressed.