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Is the Kingdom of God Enough?

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In mid-2017, while traveling in Somalia to visit with a network of underground believers on behalf of the 21st Century Wilberforce Initiative, I was profoundly impacted by the testimony of Iman. Several years ago – though he had never met a Christian or seen a Bible – Iman’s reading of the Quran led him to the conviction that God was revealing God’s love to humanity through the person of Jesus Christ. When... Continue reading
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Are we not all grateful that the Holy Spirit bestows gifts on the followers of Jesus Christ? These gifts are meant to equip and empower us both to make responsible decisions and to fulfill our   vocations effectively. Through the service we offer, we contribute to the welfare of humankind and all creation to the glory of God. Hardly is any gift more precious than the gift of spiritual discernment. By exercising this... Continue reading
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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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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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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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