Blog Articles

NOTE: The content below expresses the views of the individual named as the author and does not necessarily reflect the position of the WRF as a whole.
Remembering the Global Church

Remembering the Global Church

I distinctly remember an incident that happened in my Worship class over 30 years ago.   I was teaching in an evangelical and Reformed seminary.   The seminary stressed the importance of the Bible as the Word of God, and an appreciation of the Westminster Standards and the Reformed tradition.  If my memory serves me correctly, I was, on that cold, winter day (unheated classrooms) in the late 1980s, teaching the Genevan order of worship used by Calvin.  

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The Eclipse of Justice: Loving God and Our Neighbor

The Eclipse of Justice: Loving God and Our Neighbor

In modern day Christianity the integral relationship between sharing the good news of the gospel and pursuing biblical justice has been eclipsed. There are many people today, including many Christian pastors, who are calling for justice. But rather than allowing God to define what justice is, what it entails, and how we are supposed to pursue it, they redefine it to suit their own purposes.

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The Feast Comes First!

The Feast Comes First!

Today we hear a lot about ‘divine child abuse.’ That’s what some people call Good Friday, when Jesus died in our place on the cruel cross, taking upon himself his Father’s judgment on our evil lives. Isn’t it a lot better to think of it this way, they say, that God just loves us so much that he makes everything better for us through Jesus? Do Easter without Good Friday.

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Preliminary Report on the WRF Survey on Churches in the Covid-19 Pandemic

Preliminary Report on the WRF Survey on Churches in the Covid-19 Pandemic

This is a preliminary report on our ongoing survey of how churches that are connected to the WRF have responded over the last 10 months to the Covid-19 pandemic.  The preliminary report only brings you the direct data (distribution of responses) and analysis will come once the survey is completed.

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Is Communion Via Live-Stream Communion?

Is Communion Via Live-Stream Communion?

One of the big ecclesiological questions that arises as Christians have moved into isolation is whether communion can be served via live-streaming. While it is an understandable pastoral desire, this introduces some major questions about the nature of the sacrament.

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Another Perspective on Communion During Coronavirus

Another Perspective on Communion During Coronavirus

Should a Local Church Session Administer the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper During the Present Lock-Down Situation?

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Virtual Communion and the Real Presence

Virtual Communion and the Real Presence

What follows is not intended to be a scholarly paper, exegeting Scripture and drawing on learned sources, it is rather a more or less spontaneous reflection on the challenge of whether or not Reformed Protestant Christians should seek a cyber experience of the Lord’s Supper.

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God's Glory in Our Dark World

God's Glory in Our Dark World

Isn’t abortion just terrible? Babies are human! If you don’t think they are, then you’re buddying up with those Nazis who were glad to slaughter Jews, since they’re Untermenschen, subhuman. Yes, it’s terrible, so what can we do about it?

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WRF Member Dr. John Norwood Discusses "Complementarianism and the Ministry of the Church"

WRF Member Dr. John Norwood Discusses "Complementarianism and the Ministry of the Church"

“Complementarianism” refers to the Bible’s teaching that men and women are created with equal value by God and have “complementary” roles within the church and family.

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Is Your Denominational Label Helping You?

Is Your Denominational Label Helping You?

 For me, the function of a denomination has been especially hard to understand since I have worked almost all of my life in trans-denominational seminaries.

I remember one year when we had students from 80 denominations and 40 countries!  When I talked with a student I was definitely not aware of his denomination.

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Dr. P. J. Buys, Chairman of the WRF Missions Commission, Evaluates "Prosperity Gospel Theology"

Dr. P. J. Buys, Chairman of the WRF Missions Commission, Evaluates "Prosperity Gospel Theology"

Prosperity  Gospel Theology has become one of the fastest growing religious movements in the world.  Several international consultations in the last decade have dealt with it and provided constructive critique to understand it and offer correctives.

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