A More Excellent Way: Charlottesville and the Challenge of Evangelism in Volatile Contexts

A More Excellent Way: Charlottesville and the Challenge of Evangelism in Volatile Contexts

The question before us is what is the best way to persuade people to choose Jesus in volatile cultures and contexts? Sadly, it seems the United States has become a volatile context in our increasingly polarized political, social, and moral discourse. Our attention as Americans has again been fixated upon tragic events, this time in Charlottesville,

Remembering the Reformation: Truth in the Netherlands and Scandinavia

Remembering the Reformation: Truth in the Netherlands and Scandinavia

In The Netherlands the papal tyranny very early called forth resolute protest. Seven hundred years before Luther's time the Roman pontiff was thus fearlessly impeached by two bishops, who, having been sent on an embassy to Rome, had learned the true character of the “holy see“: God “has made His queen and spouse, the church, a noble and everlasting

You Are of Infinite Worth

You Are of Infinite Worth

  “How can I say no?” my mom asked, “You wouldn’t love me anymore.”   My mother and I had recently experienced a small but significant breakthrough in our relationship after 11 years of dissent and contempt.   Throughout my entire childhood, I had always been on Mom’s team. Dad was seen as the enemy. Although Mom first recruited me t

God’s Global Church: The Faith of Jesus for the Whole World (Part 1)

God’s Global Church: The Faith of Jesus for the Whole World (Part 1)

The Worldwide Church? The world is becoming increasingly smaller in some ways (i. e. technology- media, information access, social accessibility) and larger in others (information overload, social isolation, cultural heterogeneity).[1] In varied ways, this can create blessings for a global community of faith as well as impediments to true koinonia

Celebrating the 500 Year Legacy of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

Celebrating the 500 Year Legacy of Martin Luther’s “A Mighty Fortress is our God”

The famous composer Ludwig van Beethoven once said: “Don’t only practice your art, but force your way into its secrets, for it and knowledge can raise men to the Divine.” Perhaps many, especially musicians, know this famous quote by one of the most illustrious composers of all time. However, over 200 years earlier, Martin Luther, a fellow German, a