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How to Deal with Refugees' Plight in Europe?

How to Deal with Refugees’ Plight in Europe?

  A special report from the World Evangelical Alliance Religious Liberty Commission. Academics are calling it Europe’s “migrant” crisis, and some sympathetic media are terming it as the continent’s “refugee” crisis, both focusing on the “problem” faced by Europe. Lost in these analyses is the suffering of nearly 600,000 people, some of them Christian, who, […]

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Nigel Biggar: In Defence of War

Nigel Biggar: In Defence of War

Nigel Biggar, In Defence of War (Oxford University Press, 2013), 384 pages, ISBN 9780199672615. Dr. Biggar is Regius Professor of Moral and Pastoral Theology at Oxford University. Although too young to remember WWII, his childhood memories were filled with stories from relatives and neighbors of the “good war” that England fought to prevent the unspeakable […]

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That the life of Jesus may be manifested: An interview with Dan Izzett

That the life of Jesus may be manifested: An interview with Dan Izzett

What would you do if you learned you had leprosy? Pastor John Lathrop interviews pastor and missionary Dan Izzet about his ministry and advocacy for those afflicted with the ancient, debilitating disease.   John Lathrop: Please tell us where you come from and how you began your walk with Jesus. Dan Izzett: When I was […]

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Antipas Harris: Holy Spirit, Holy Living

Antipas Harris: Holy Spirit, Holy Living

Antipas L. Harris, Holy Spirit, Holy Living: Toward a Practical Theology of Holiness for Twenty-First Century Churches (Eugene: Wipf & Stock Publishers, 2013), 181 pages, ISBN 9781610979306. In Antipas Harris’ book, Holy Spirit, Holy Living: Toward a Practical Theology of Holiness for Twenty-First Century Churches, the author aims to broach the topic of holiness by […]

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Alister McGrath: Faith and Creeds, The Living God

Alister McGrath: Faith and Creeds, The Living God

Alister McGrath, Faith and Creeds: A Guide for Study and Devotion, The Heart of Christian Faith Series (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2013), x + 115 pages. Alister McGrath, The Living God: A Guide for Study and Devotion, The Heart of Christian Faith Series (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2014), ix + 111 pages. Alister […]

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The Ninth Decade of Life

The Ninth Decade of Life

Pastor Mur talks about finishing well and blessing the people you encounter no matter where you are in life. Once you pass your 80th birthday, opportunities disappear. Everyday logic says that you are too old for a new career in any field. Time is short. Health, a question. No one wants you, your best days […]

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A Faith Encompassing All Creation, reviewed by Stephen Vantassel

A Faith Encompassing All Creation, reviewed by Stephen Vantassel

Tripp York and Andy Alexis-Baker, eds., A Faith Encompassing All Creation: Addressing Commonly Asked Questions About Christian Care for the Environment, The Peaceable Kingdom Series (Eugene, OR: Wipf and Stock Publishers, 2014). A Faith Encompassing All of Creation is the third book in The Peaceable Kingdom Series. The editors state that the purpose of the […]

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Pursuing the Possibility of Peace with Iran

Pursuing the Possibility of Peace with Iran

Reading news that diplomats say they have an agreement that would block Iran from developing nuclear weapons and prevent another war, my mind went back to the 1979 hostage crisis. As a 19-years-old American, I was so outraged by the treatment of our diplomats that I enlisted in the Navy to prepare for the coming […]

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The Sinfulness and Destructiveness of Conspiracy Theories

The Sinfulness and Destructiveness of Conspiracy Theories

Chasing conspiracy theories is not going to solve any problems. True restoration begins when God’s people repent and walk in righteousness. A recent conspiracy theory has garnered much national attention. It involves “Jade Helm 15,” an Armed Services training exercise employing the elite units of the Armed Forces in counter-terrorist warfare. About 1,200 servicemen will […]

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An Introduction to Dreams and Visions in the Bible and Today

An Introduction to Dreams and Visions in the Bible and Today

God continues to give dreams and visions to his people.   Introduction The Bible has been around for a very long time; it has stood the test of time and been widely distributed. The Bible is available in many different English translations and has been translated into numerous foreign languages as well. It is probably […]

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Empowered to do Extraordinary Things

Empowered to do Extraordinary Things

I hope that you are off to a wonderful week! Sunday, I preached three services at the First Presbyterian Church of Norfolk. We had an amazing time! The sermon was entitled: “Empowered to do Extraordinary Things.” Our focus passage was Acts 3:1-10 about Peter and John’s encounter with the lame man at the Gate called Beautiful. The […]

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Bringing Light and Life to Nepal

Bringing Light and Life to Nepal

Pastor Mina KC is a short, quiet, and polite woman from Nepal. Her slight stature and quiet demeanor hide from immediate view the great ways that the Lord has used her. Her story is both inspiring and encouraging to women who desire to be in ministry, especially those who desire to be in pastoral ministry. […]

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Walter Brueggemann: Sabbath as Resistance

Walter Brueggemann: Sabbath as Resistance

Walter Brueggemann, Sabbath as Resistance: Saying No to the Culture of Now (Louisville, KY: Westminster John Knox, 2014), 89 pages, ISBN 9780664239282. Walter Brueggemann delivers another of his thought provoking works (in the vein of The Prophetic Imagination and its various spin-offs) intended to provide a positive framework and application of the Sabbath for the […]

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Alister McGrath: Mere Apologetics

Alister McGrath: Mere Apologetics

Alister E. McGrath, Mere Apologetics: How to Help Seekers and Skeptics Find Faith (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2012), 197 pages. As a well-known professor of theology, ministry, and education at Kings College, London, McGrath needs no introduction. This book serves as an introduction to apologetics, the field of Christian thought that focuses upon the […]

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