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01
Nov
1

The call to evangelism

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The church should not delegate its evangelistic mandate to gifted individuals in its ranks. Nor should it assign this responsibility to agencies established by, but separated from, the church. Evangelism is the responsibility of the whole church whose members the Holy Spirit gifts and calls for the work of evangelism.This was one of the declarations of the Fifth Assembly of the World Council of Churches (WCC). The theme of that assembly, which... Continue reading
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17
Oct
6

Commemorating the Reformation

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The church, which is the creation of God’s Word and God’s Spirit, belongs to God. It is holy, and the holiness of the church stands in contrast to individual and communal sin. Historically, sin, which runs counter to the church’s nature and vocation, has disfigured the church’s witness. God the Holy Spirit enables reform and renewal in the life of the people of God who have the vocation to serve God’s mission... Continue reading
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01
Oct
1

Of Sin and Grace

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In his widely read book, The Cost of Discipleship, German theologian and Christian martyr, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, praised Martin Luther for rediscovering the gospel of pure grace. For his part, however, Bonhoeffer warned of the danger of cheap grace. Cheap grace, he said, is “preaching ... forgiveness without requiring repentance, baptism without church discipline, Communion without confession. … Cheap grace is grace without discipleship, grace without the cross, grace without Jesus Christ, living... Continue reading
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15
Sep
6

Worship and Mystery

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Our experience of the God who chooses us, searches for us and finds us makes our life an exciting adventure. The worship we offer in response is a whole-life engagement by every follower of Christ. Organized corporate worship events are a vital part of the life of the Christian community. At least once per week, do we not assemble in God's presence in response to the experience of God's faithfulness? And when... Continue reading
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01
Sep
0

Appeal to Baptists in USA

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In 1911, the Northern Baptist Convention and the Free Will Baptist General Conference forged a church union. This was perhaps the first example of organic church unity in the 20th century. Since that time, the resulting group has led the way, among Baptists in the USA, in developing and manifesting a positive ecumenical commitment and outlook. In 1950, Northern Baptist Convention changed its name to American Baptist Convention and invited other Baptist... Continue reading
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