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The Reformation was Missional

In 1544 John Calvin wrote a letter to Emperor Charles V to be presented at the Imperial Diet at Spires. In that letter, he defended the work of Luther and the Reformation and identified a number of corruptions that necessitated reform “without delay.” This was a call for reform in both “doctrine and the Church.” [...]

The Reformation was Missional2021-12-27T20:40:04+03:00

Did the Protestant Reformation have a Missionary Vision?

It has often been claimed that the Protestant Reformation did not stimulate missions and that the Reformers had no missionary vision. One Italian Jesuit, Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), claimed that the Protestant Church lacked evangelistic zeal which, he said, is a key characteristic of the true Church. Bellarmine may be forgiven for this claim, judging it by Martin Luther's teaching on the [...]

Did the Protestant Reformation have a Missionary Vision?2021-12-21T09:54:23+03:00

Rights Start in the Womb

Photo credit: unsplash.com Abortion is one of the greatest tragedies of our time. The most dangerous place in the world today for a child is not in some third-world slum or war zone but inside a mother’s womb!  When a woman says she has a right to do what she wants with her [...]

Rights Start in the Womb2021-10-11T22:48:00+03:00

From Dining with the Devil to Feasting with the Lamb

Photo credit: Alex Haney on Uusplash Some of the first words that Jesus spoke to Peter after the resurrection were “come and dine” (John 21:12).  In recording this incident of the appearance of Jesus after the resurrection, John makes the point that Jesus “revealed himself in this way” (John 21:1). In other words, [...]

From Dining with the Devil to Feasting with the Lamb2021-09-12T16:12:53+03:00

The Teenage Years of Jesus

A group of American young people on a missions trip to Africa The teenage years are referred to as the “formative years”—the development and maturing of adolescence (Latin:adolescere meaning "to grow up"). The teenage years are years of adventure, exploration, and learning. But they are also years of struggle, often torturous and painful, [...]

The Teenage Years of Jesus2021-04-30T01:22:14+03:00

Dr. John Crawford: Pioneer of Theological Education in Western Canada

Dr. John Crawford "No one made a greater sacrifice for Baptist education [in Western Canada] than Rev. John Crawford, D.D. His name is loved and honored by many, despite his apparent failure." —C.C. McLaurin[1] John Crawford was born around the year 1819 in Castledawson, Northern Ireland, about thirty-five miles east of Omagh, where [...]

Dr. John Crawford: Pioneer of Theological Education in Western Canada2021-04-28T00:30:16+03:00

The Rise of Modernism & Early Baptist Resistance in Western Canada

This decade marks the one-hundredth anniversary of the rise of militant Fundamentalism and the beginning of the “battle royal for the fundamentals.”[1] Although the struggle continued for a number of decades, these years (particularly between 1920 and 1927) were marked with denominational struggle and eventual splits, an explosion in fundamentalist publications, and the establishment of [...]

The Rise of Modernism & Early Baptist Resistance in Western Canada2021-04-27T10:14:51+03:00

Ludwig Krapf and His Impact on the Swahili Language in East Africa

The Swahili Coast, Watamu, (2018) The Roman Catholic Church arrived on the East Coast of Africa in 1498 in the form of the Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama. Between 1593 and 1596 the Portuguese built Fort Jesus on Mombasa Island, but they did not go beyond the coast and left in 1698 when Fort Jesus [...]

Ludwig Krapf and His Impact on the Swahili Language in East Africa2021-01-01T19:30:46+03:00

Was Ludwig Krapf as Monumental as the Monuments Suggest?

The First Protestant Church in East Africa at Rabai, Kenya. Today this building houses the Krapf Museum. In 2006 Jochen Eber published a biography of Ludwig Krapf in German. He has no plans for an English edition. In the introduction to that work, Eber points out, that there has been a renewed interest in the [...]

Was Ludwig Krapf as Monumental as the Monuments Suggest?2020-11-23T02:45:44+03:00
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