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
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