(Bonn, 03.11.2016) I have often referred to the signing of the document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World” by the Vatican, the World Council of Churches, and the World Evangelical Alliance in 2011 as a crucial event in the history of the church. Now I was allowed to witness another event in Lund of at least equal importance. I am neither Catholic nor Lutheran.Add a comment
I belong to a very ordinary Australian family, albeit with two obvious differences. First, compared with the stereotypical sports-loving, tough Aussie, some of us are quite weak and physically frail, thanks to a mutant gene. Second, my family has resisted the secularism that is a dominant feature of modern Australian life.Add a comment
Addressing the Scars on the Face of Christendom: World Mission and Global Persecution in an Age of Changing Intra-Church Relations
We have at least two ugly bleeding scars across the face of Christendom that we urgently need to address if we wish to see a Renaissance of Evangelical Christianity in our time. Both have to do with perceptions that may be at odds with the best research of our historians, but these perceptions, whether or not fully based on careful history, make us appear to some people as if we are monstrous Frankensteins, not representatives of the Suffering Servant, Good Shepherd, and Prince of Peace.Add a comment
My daughter loves puzzles and, for that matter, what three-year-old wouldn’t? Puzzles capture her attention and she loves to try to put the pieces together. But if the puzzle is too hard, or she has reached her limit to where she wants to go, she will pick a few pieces and play with them, leaving the rest of the puzzle unfinished. Later, she can become angry when some of the pieces don’t fit together. The Holy Spirit, you could say, has distributed to every believer a unique piece/pieces of the puzzle of his transforming grace.Add a comment
National Women's Day is a South African public holiday celebrated annually on 9 August. The day commemorates the 1956 march of approximately 20,000 women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria to petition against the country's pass laws that required South Africans defined as "black" under The Population Registration Act to carry an internal passport, known as a pass, that served to maintain population segregation, control urbanisation, and manage migrant labour during the apartheid era. The first National Women's Day was celebrated on 9 August 1994. In 2006, a re-enactment of the march was staged for its 50th anniversary, with many of the 1956 march veterans.Add a comment
When The Church Becomes Complicit In Sin: Lessons On Preventing and Combating Sexual Abuse
God wants those institutions that bear His name to be holy in the secret places. Only then are they truly His.
Just a month ago Elie Wiesel, survivor of Auschwitz and a voice for justice, died. His words remain: “Neutrality helps the oppressor, never the victim. Silence encourages the tormentor, never the tormented.”Add a comment
As a civil rights attorney, member of the International Network Promoting the Rule of Law, and professor of police and criminal law, I have some thoughts on race relations and the violence against police. First, some facts.Add a comment
In a recent article in the CHRISTIAN CENTURY, Sarah Hinlicky Wilson and Thomas Albert Howard discussed the appropriate ways for Protestants to celebrate the forthcoming quincentennial of Luther’s issuing of the 95 Theses. They proposed that this commemoration should include some Protestant repentance for sins we have committed in our break with Rome.Add a comment
Dr. Thomas Johnson is an individual member of the World Reformed Fellowship and he was recently appointed Religious Freedom Ambassador to the Vatican, representing the World Evangelical Alliance and its 600 million members.His paper on "Learning to Love the Persecuted Church" is posted as a pdf right below.
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"But how insensible and unmoved are most men, about the great things of another world! How dull are their affections! How heavy and hard their hearts in these matters! Here their love is cold, their desires languid, their zeal low, and their gratitude small.Add a comment
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The need for the prophetic voice
No one wants to see an end to the Anglican Communion. That is why the Primates went to Canterbury.Add a comment