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.
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.

Add a comment
The Protester, the Dissident, and the Christian

The Protester, the Dissident, and the Christian

WRF Member This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Discusses "Biblical Principles in the Public Square: Theological Foundations for Christian Civic Participation"

2011 was widely recognized as the year of the protester and the dissident.

Add a comment
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.

Add a comment
Incoherent Preaching: The Remedy

Incoherent Preaching: The Remedy

Some sermons are like this math problem: “4  3  2  1 = x”. What’s the answer? It could be “23” (4 x 3 x 2 – 1), or “24” (4 x 3 x 2 x 1), or “2” (4 – 3 + 2 – 1). To solve the problem, you need to know how the parts are connected. Otherwise, all you have are random numbers, or thoughts.

Add a comment
The Origin and Foundation of Human Dignity

The Origin and Foundation of Human Dignity

 In modern thought one finds two types of answers to why human life is valuable; some claim the dignity of the person is earned by some human function or ability while others claim that human dignity is a gift given in a relationship. This is functionalism versus personalism.

Add a comment
What Job Didn't Know... And We Do

What Job Didn't Know... And We Do

Job knew loss and pain, suffering and depression. He had been a good man, a man of integrity who loved others and served God. And he had been blessed and prospered. God had “hedged him about” with a devoted family and great business success. He had everything, and he was grateful for God’s hand of mercy and grace.

Add a comment
The Evangelical Presbyterian Church Speaks About Abortion

The Evangelical Presbyterian Church Speaks About Abortion

  Note: The Evangelical Presbyterian Church is a denominational member of the World Reformed Fellowship.  The statement below was received by the WRF on February 19, 2019, and the WRF was granted permission to post this statement on our website.  While this statement has not been officially endorsed by the WRF, it is consistent with the WRF Statement of Faith (XI, 5) and we post it here as an encouragement to our members.  The pdf version of the statement is offered in the link above.

Add a comment
Communicating Meaningfully with Muslims: Analysing the Melkite Language Shift in the Light of Christian-Muslim Relations in Northern Nigeria

Communicating Meaningfully with Muslims: Analysing the Melkite Language Shift in the Light of Christian-Muslim Relations in Northern Nigeria

 The Melkites were one of the eastern Christian communities that came under Islamic rule following the Arab conquests. To stay in conversation with their Muslim political leaders, the Melkites were the first among the Christian groups in the East to have their theological works appear in Arabic.

Add a comment
The Role of Small Group Ministry in Church Revitalization

The Role of Small Group Ministry in Church Revitalization

The Presbyterian Church of Brazil (IPB) is the third largest Presbyterian denomination in all of the Americas and the attached document deals with the important question: Why were some churches in this denomination challenged by a significant loss of members while others were experiencing ‘times of refreshing’ (Acts 3:20)?

Add a comment
"We Sent Soldiers" -  Gospel Ministry To and In Japan

"We Sent Soldiers" - Gospel Ministry To and In Japan

 “We sent soldiers, to invade; but you send missionaries, to love”. From the lips of a gentle and humble Japanese pastor to a surprised Australian Presbyterian minister … this unexpected admission got my attention.

Add a comment
From Rudolph to Bethlehem

From Rudolph to Bethlehem

Even though Rudolph had been around as a story book character well before 1949, Gene Autry’s recording in that year of the musical version of the saga made the red-nosed reindeer a standard member of the Yuletide cast in popular culture. I was a nine-year-old at the time and, having successfully pleaded for the Rudolph record, I played it over and over, much to my parents’ frustration.

Add a comment