The Two Structures of God’s Redemptive Mission

It is the thesis of this article that whether Christianity takes on Western or Asian form, there will still be two basic kinds of structures that will make up the movement. Most of the emphasis will be placed on pointing out the existence of these two structures as they have continuously appeared across the centuries. This will serve to define, illustrate and compare their nature and importance. The writer will also endeavor to explain why he believes our efforts today in any part of the world will be most effective only if both of these two structures are fully and properly involved and supportive of each other.
by Ralph D. Winter
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The Living God is a Missionary God

Millions of people in today’s world are extremely hostile to the Christian missionary enterprise.
by John R. W. Stott
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The Story of His Glory

The Bible is basically a story about God. When we turn to the Bible as a self-help book, we end up bored or frustrated with what seems to be a rambling collection of stories.
by Steven C. Hawthorne
Views: 3540

Keeping faith in faith‐based institutions – a practical theology for faithful practice

April 2012
This is the transcript of a talk by Major Dr Dean Pallant at the Norway Diakonhjemmet Board Seminar in El Campanario, Spain in April 2012
by Major Dean Pallant
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LifeWork: Developing a Biblical Theology of Vocation

"LifeWork: Developing a Biblical Theology of Vocation" is a free, downloadable resource that contains a narrative and series of vocation-related Bible studies and exercises that will help you understand a Biblical perspective of vocation and develop a "biblical theology" for your particular vocational area, leading to practical steps you can take to align your faith and work.
by Darrow L. Miller
Views: 4178

Just Thinking, Volume 19.2

July 2010
Just Thinking is a teaching resource of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole of life.
by Ravi Zacharias, Danielle DuRant, Stuart McAllister, Cameron McAllister
Views: 4594

Just Thinking, Volume 19.3

July 2010
Just Thinking is a teaching resource of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole of life.
by John Lennox, John Dickson, Danielle DuRant
Views: 4462

Just Thinking, Volume 20.1

Aug. 2011
Just Thinking is a teaching resource of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole life.
by Ravi Zacharias, Danielle DuRant, Margaret Manning, Os Guinness
Views: 4607

Just Thinking, Volume 20.2

March 2012
Just Thinking is a teaching resource of Ravi Zacharias International Ministries and exists to engender thoughtful engagement with apologetics, Scripture, and the whole life.
by Ravi Zacharias, Danielle DuRant, Jill Carattini, Margie Zacharias, John Njoroge
Views: 4655

The Bad Urach Call

This is a short popularized summary of some of the points of the extensive Bad Urach Statement by evangelical leaders from many lands who gathered on September 16-18, 2009, in Bad Urach, Germany, on the invitation of the Religious Liberty Commission of the World Evangelical Alliance and other bodies, organized by the International Institute for Religious Freedom. The summary was edited by Pastor Dr. Thomas K. Johnson, Prague.
by International Institute for Religious Freedom
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Der Bad Urach Aufruf

Dies ist eine kurze allgemeinverständliche Zusammenfassung einiger Punkte der umfangreichen Bad Urach Er-klärung von evangelikalen Leitern aus vielen Ländern, die sich vom 16. bis 18. September 2009 auf Einladung der Kommission für Religionsfreiheit der Weltweiten Evangelischen Allianz und anderer Zusammenschlüsse in Bad Urach versammelten. Organisiert wurde dieses Treffen vom Internationalen Institut für Religionsfreiheit. Die Zu-sammenfassung wurde von Pastor Dr. Thomas K. Johnson, Prag, erstellt und von Maximilian Hölzl mit Unter-stützung von Dr. Christof Sauer ins Deutsche übersetzt.
by International Institute for Religious Freedom
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Bad Urach Statement

There are different types of theologies of cross in liberationist, Roman-Catholic, Orthodox and other streams of Christianity that have varying degrees of influence on the evangelical movement. Much can be learned from their insights and concerns. Simultaneously evangelicals need to clarify where at times they hold different paradigms and positions on particular issues in order to be better conversation partners. Therefore 24 participants from at least 18 different countries of origin and residence met from 16-18 September 2009 in Bad Urach, Germany, for a consultation on ‘Developing an evangelical theology of suffering, persecution and martyrdom for the global church in mission’. More people participated in an electronic discussion forum. This was organized by the International Institute for Religious Freedom, sponsored by the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission, together with the Theological Commission and Mission Commission, and the Lausanne Theological Working Group in preparation towards the Third Lausanne Congress on World Evangelization, Cape Town 2010. As an outcome of their consultation the participants want to send a message to the whole body of Christ and to their fellow evangelicals in particular. It comes from some of those evangelicals from different parts of the globe and various contexts who have possibly most advanced in formulating an evangelical theology of suffering, persecution and martyrdom. It is not addressed from ‘the West’ to ‘the rest’, or ‘from traditional sending countries’ to ‘mission fields’, nor from the ‘non-persecuted’ to the ‘persecuted’. It has rather been designed by evangelicals from contexts with various levels of persecution reading the Bible together, sharing their own contextually relevant theologies, and considering some of Christian theology and tradition together.
by International Institute for Religious Freedom
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Calvin and World Mission

At the end of the ‘Calvin-Year’, in which Christians all over the world celebrate Calvin’s 500 birthday, this book emphasizes Calvin’s role for establishing a Protestant mission theology which later led to a worldwide expansion of Protestant Christianity. The book presents major articles on the topic through 125 years of history and from different viewpoints from 1882 to 2002. Some of the articles discuss Calvin and his writings and thinking on mission alone. Some add the question, what kind of mission has been organized from Geneva during Calvin's time, because Calvin did not only speak about evangelism and mission, but also helped establish it in reality, even though on a quite small scale compared to later centuries. Some articles go further, and follow the students and followers of Calvin and their relation to mission through history. Thus sometimes the wider topic of ‘Calvinism and Mission’ is included. This book has not been edited to defend ‘Calvinism’ and its dogmatic system. This has even from Calvinism’s own firm position to be done on exegetical grounds. Nevertheless some of the authors wrote their articles as a defence of Calvinism or at least as very convinced Calvinists. Others write more from a neutral point of view as historical researchers.
by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 4975

Правда о Порнографии

by Томас Ширрмахер
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This history of indulgences and purgatory has established itself as a standard summary of the history of the theological development in stages leading to the full orbed view of the 15th century and a praxis that led to split the church. The author follows the further history through the centuries through to the major changes made after the Second Vatican Council. Even though the last chapter of the book contains a detailed Protestant and Orthodox criticism of the dogmatic foundations of indulgences, the book is seen as a fair contribution by many reviewers and has earned the approval of Catholic theologians, who regret, that the planed abolition of indulgences by the Second Vatican Council did not take place finally.
by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 3269

Human Rights Threatened in Europe

Lecture on the First European Pro-Life-Forum in Berlin
by Thomas Schirrmacher
Views: 3575

La Mort de Dieu

Les echanges theologiques entre l‘Europe et l‘Amerique sont peut-etre plus rapides que complets, du moins pour ce qui concerne une vulgarisation fidele de toute une pensee. Si les theologiens ont a disposition (dans les diverses langues) toute une matiere a reflexion, le public, lui, ne rec;:oit que debris et morceaux. C‘est dommage. La recherche theologique n‘est plus Iimitee aux seuls professeurs et etudiants des facultes concernees, mais s‘etend a un tres large public d‘autodidactes en la matiere. Je souhaite une diffusion tres large du present ouvrage sur un sujet qui, peutetre plus que d‘autres, est tres largement connu sans etre approfondi. N‘est-il pas normal qu‘un erudit americain nous parle sur cette pensee qui, bien que nee en Europe, a grandi aux U.S.A.
by John Warwick Montgomery
Views: 4140

Jésus: La raison rejoint l’historie

by John Warwick Montgomery
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Lessons in Humanity

Though once called the “father of modern education,” Jan Amos Komenský receives little more attention than the occasional reference in a history of education text today. This is to be regretted, since Komenský has much humanizing fare to offer to the standards-driven educational scene today. Jan Habl’s important book reminds us of Komenský’s educational ideas and draws attention to the role of the transcendent in his thought. In these secular and often dehumanizing times, educators would do well to read this book.
by Jan Hábl
Views: 3776

Martin Luther – The Problem of Faith and Reason

Luther’s critics have consistently charged him as an irrationalist and pessimist concerning reason’s capabilities, and even by his followers as a fideist who sees little or no relationship between faith and reason. In this book, David Andersen offers a fresh and timely re-evaluation of Luther and his understanding of the relationship between faith and reason based upon a thorough engagement with Luther’s mature writings. Dr. Andersen persuasively argues that, far from being either an irrationalist or a fideist, Luther stands within an empiricist tradition and that his pronouncements on fallen human reason can be understood only from that philosophical perspective. Based upon recent research into the writings of William of Ockham, who positively influenced Luther in this area, Dr. Andersen also shows that Luther can no longer be charged as a pessimist concerning human knowledge. Reason has an important role to play for Luther in bringing one to faith, and the objectivity of Christ’s resurrection serves as that focal point that validates all Christian discourse. In subordinating itself to the facts of the death and resurrection of Christ for the forgiveness of sins, reason’s created function is restored to some extent as it receives that forgiveness in the words of Holy Scripture and the visible means of Baptism and the Lord’s Supper.
by David Andersen
Views: 3750
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