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    The Age of Angst and the Death of Calvinism

    I became what some might call a Calvinist my junior year in High school. Going to a Dutch Reformed private school where I took a “Reformed Perspectives” class certainly aided this process. I had resisted of course. Coming from a Non-denominational Bible church, I had a gut reaction against...
  • “A Reconciled Community…of those Justly Condemned”

    In his commentary on Amos, Hans Walter Wolff writes, …Amos with his message of judgement thrusts Israel back among the nations, there appears here a negative print of Pentecost. The wall between God’s people and the nations of the world is already being broken down. The Church will suffer...
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    The Gospel Comes To Us

    I have only been to an Anglican church service a handful of times, but some of the most profound experiences I’ve had in church took place during an Anglican service. The most recent was my experience this past January when I took communion from the common cup for the...
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    Jesus the Bartender

    Fullerton, CA   The downtown area of this small Los Angeles suburb is home to over a dozen bars ranging from Mexican cantinas, Irish pubs and average American bars. Every Friday and Saturday evening, the streets swell with college students, business executives, the poor, the rich, and everyone in between....
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    The Good News of the Persecuted Church

    In this past year, as ISIS has committed targeted genocide against Christians, the Church at large has become aware of the reality and horror that is persecution. For those like myself in countries where forthright violent persecution is not a threat, it is difficult to know how exactly to respond. How,...
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    Transience.

    Here is no water but only rock Rock and no water and the sandy road The road winding above among the mountains Which are mountains of rock without water If there were water we should stop and drink Amongst the rock one cannot stop or think Sweat is dry...
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    ‘The Gospel according to Mormon’ in Scottish Journal of Theology

    This month’s issue of Scottish Journal of Theology published an article by BYU professor Noel B. Reynolds entitled ‘The Gospel According to Mormon’ (SJT 68: 218–234 ). As the title suggests, Reynolds sets out to analyze the definition of the concept of ‘gospel’ as set forth in the Book...
  • Sharing Meaningfully with Muslims

    When I first came to the mission field to work with Muslim peoples, I knew that I would need to find different ways of sharing the Gospel with them that were especially meaningful to them. I also knew that apologetics would look very different. And while I am by...
  • “You Should Come to My Church.”

    As we go about our week we often run into people in our community who are not believers and are not connected to any church. During the course of small talk, the topic of church is broached and we then ask our new acquaintance if they go to church...
  • I Belong; Therefore, I Am

    In America and western culture broadly we value critical thinking. Oftentimes we are completely baffled when people are unable to clearly think through situations. We are even more baffled when people believe things without critically assessing the validity of the “truths” which they claim to believe. It makes no...
  • The Priority of Evangelism in Global Missions

    Every day 38,000 Muslims die. They die and pass into an eternity in hell. There is one Christian missionary for every 420,000 Muslims on the earth. These are just the stats for Islam. If we add the world’s other major religious blocks—Hinduism and Buddhism—then the numbers become even more...
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    Follow Your Arrow?

    “Follow Your Arrow,” the catchy tune by singer-songwriter Kacey Musgraves, has found a home on country music radio and is getting love from those who embrace its message: be who you are, live for the moment, stop caring what people think. Like many of today’s chart-toppers, it tends to...
  • Love Beyond Language

    Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth.-1 John 3:18 She is new. None of us have seen her before. A woman with a modest hijab walks into our English class for the very first time. In many ways she is...
  • The Great Evangelical Divorce

    About a month ago, I wrote a post giving reasons why I believe Christians should be good storytellers. After I had shared it on my Facebook wall, one of my close friends commented, in a joking manner, that I should have written the article as a story.  While he...
  • Qur’anic Corruption

    If you have ever had the privilege of sharing the Gospel with a Muslim, you have probably heard many of their standard objections to Christianity. One of the most common that they turn to rather quickly is that the Bible has been corrupted. The objection has the effect of...