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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

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

Dr. T.T. Shields on Roman Catholicism: Pt. 1. Theologian and Pastor

On June 15, 1949, an article appeared in Maclean’s Magazine featuring Dr. T.T. Shields of Toronto; the title was “The Battling Baptist.” This perception of Shields as a controversialist, rightly or wrongly, has become the most defining feature of his life and ministry. In some respects, it is understandable how this perception has developed; there [...]

Dr. T.T. Shields on Roman Catholicism: Pt. 1. Theologian and Pastor2020-03-24T23:23:26+03:00

Five Guidelines for Church Music

For two millennia, the Church has tried to steer a safe passage through the dangerous waters of ecclesiastical music. History shows us that this is no easy task and in hymnody, as in other areas, the Church has failed and repeated that failure. Often, in trying to correct hymnody, the church went to the extreme [...]

Five Guidelines for Church Music2020-01-08T21:23:11+03:00

Pentecost and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: The Promise of Success in Missions

Moses prayed that “all” the Lord’s people would have the Spirit. Joel prophesied that the Lord would pour out of the Spirit on “all flesh” and Paul tells us that we have “all” been baptized into one body. The repeated gift of tongue throughout the book of Acts proves that this happened and shows that the giving of the Spirit at Pentecost was intended for the Church universal; “all” believers; “for there is no difference” (Romans 10:12).

Pentecost and the Baptism in the Holy Spirit: The Promise of Success in Missions2019-02-08T11:13:47+03:00

Characteristics of a Healthy Church

It is important to distinguish between a true Church and a healthy Church. Five of the seven churches in Asia minor were “true Churches” but they had serious health problems. Some were dying a slow and silent death. So, it is important to be able to identify health concerns and to work towards a healthy Church. [...]

Characteristics of a Healthy Church2019-01-21T23:20:03+03:00

The Kingdom of God’s Sovereign Grace

Understanding the kingdom of God (see PDF diagram) is fundamental to our understanding and enjoyment of the gospel. Salvation—the new birth—is an entrance into the kingdom (John 3:3) which we are commanded to “seek first” and before the things of this world (Matthew 6:33). However simple these truths may be in relation to salvation, the [...]

The Kingdom of God’s Sovereign Grace2017-02-23T18:07:34+03:00