Virtually Alone? by WRF Member Leah Farish, MA, JD
Occasionally I have the privilege of surveying church congregations to find out how to improve ministry. In surveying the women of a PCA church recently, I felt the most intriguing response was the answer to this question:Add a comment
In his book The Presbyterian Way of Life, published in 1960, John A Mackay described Presbyterians as ‘a theologically minded people’ (p 34). For Presbyterians and all Reformed Christians, theology addresses the human mind. But Calvin’s crest testifies that Reformed Christians also experience theology as energising the heart.Add a comment
WRF members know why this is a special year: It’s the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s nailing of the 95 Theses to the Wittenberg church door. This milestone offers Reformed congregations around the world a chance to shine a spotlight on the grace of God and the value of reading the Bible.Add a comment
NOTE: This particular blog was prepared by Peter Jensen, WRF member, former Anglican Archbishop of Sydney (Australia) and the plenary speaker at the 2006 WRF General Assembly in Johannesburg, South Africa.
500 Years On - Does the Reformation Still Matter?
When all is said and done, the fundamental question for every human being is, ‘How can a sinner like me stand before God on the Day of Judgement?’Add a comment
Lord, Grant Us Your Salvation
Psalm 85 is tailor-made for prayers on behalf of the various nations represented in the World Reformed Fellowship. It is a heartfelt prayer for a nation – specifically for the nation of Israel in the aftermath of returning from Babylonian exile. Yet the psalm is general enough for the people of God to pray it in all ages and on behalf any nation. In many ways it’s a remarkable fit for ANY nation today and offers us a great prayer template.Add a comment
What does Jesus mean to you?
I have heard people in Africa say: “Oh. He is our first Ancestor. Thus he is very far. You cannot approach him or talk to him. He is not really concerned about us.”Add a comment
“Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel” (Isaiah 7:14).
Every year at this time the attention of Christians comes back again and again to one miracle in the Bible: the Virgin Birth of Jesus. Our Christmas carols repeatedly mention this miraculous event. Handel’s Messiah rather boldly proclaims the words of Isaiah. And every time we recite the Apostles’ Creed we mention this event twice, when we say “conceived by the Holy Spirit,” and “born of the Virgin Mary.”Add a comment
A Medical Dialectic: Ten Important Questions
David R. Haburchak, MD, FACP, is Professor of Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia (MCG), Georgia Regents University, Augusta, Georgia, where he has practiced academic medicine for over 20 years. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the World Reformed Fellowship.Add a comment
It’s a pretty heavy thing to be accused of homophobia. The word is not an intellectual judgement but a more damning moral one.
There have always been examples of unkind attitudes, bullying and discrimination towards people who appear to be, or who identify as, homosexual, just as there has always been racism, snobbery and other ugly traits.Add a comment
In response to the blog posted on the WRF website entitled, “When a Pope Really Understands Luther,” WRF member Dr. Leonardo De Chirico has submitted this document and has urged all WRF members to sign the document - “"Is the Reformation Over? A Statement of Evangelical Convictions"Add a comment
(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